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My Two Speaking Engagements in October
I will be speaking in Indiana and Maine in October. On Thursday, October 2, 2014, I will be in North Manchester, Indiana, at Manchester University (Cordier Auditorium, 7 – 8 p.m.). The title of my talk is, “When Education Reform Becomes ‘Erroneous Ideology Well Funded.” I will include information from my book, A Chronicle of Echoes: […]
9-23-14 @ The Chalk Face
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Bill Clinton: Charter Schools Must Be Held To 'The Original Bargain'

Bill Clinton: Charter Schools Must Be Held To 'The Original Bargain':



Bill Clinton: Charter Schools Must Be Held To 'The Original Bargain'

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 NEW YORK -- Charter schools have great potential, but they aren't living up to their promise, former President Bill Clinton said late Tuesday night at a gathering of about 100 international philanthropists and businesspeople.

"If you're going to get into education, I think it's really important that you invest in what works," Clinton said. "For example, New Orleans has better schools than it had before Hurricane Katrina, and it's the only public school [district] in America where 100 percent of the schools are charter schools."
But the reforms shouldn't stop there, he added. "They still haven't done what no state has really done adequately, which is to set up a review system to keep the original bargain of charter schools, which was if they weren't outperforming the public model, they weren't supposed to get their charter renewed," he said.
Charter schools -- which are publicly funded but can be privately run -- present an issue that tends to divide Democrats. Even supporters have argued that such schoolsare not sufficiently regulated, and various studies show that they are rarely shuttered for low academic performance.
After his speech, Clinton told The Huffington Post that he had been a backer of charter schools when their use first expanded in the 1990s. He said the deal was that in exchange for being "unfettered," they were supposed to do a better job of educating students -- or they would be closed.
The former president made his remarks during an unannounced appearance at a dinner hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative and the Varkey GEMS Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in the United Arab Emirates that runs private schools around the globe and produces education research. The dinner was held to mark the launch of Business Backs Education, a new UNESCO-supported campaign that aims to make education the recipient of 20 percent of global corporate philanthropy aimed at matters of social responsibility by 2020, up from 7 percent now. (There was a panel discussion about it led by CNN host Fareed Zakaria.) The campaign suggests that such increased investment would enable three million more children to attend school annually.
Clinton briefly praised New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his work on regulating charter schools. Rhode Island also earned a thumbs up for "rigorously enforc[ing] the second part of the grand bargain, which was any charter school that was doing better than public schools was supposed to systematically work with the public schools to Bill Clinton: Charter Schools Must Be Held To 'The Original Bargain':

Volunteers can help frame Common Core tests | EdSource

Volunteers can help frame Common Core tests | EdSource:



Volunteers can help frame Common Core tests



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 Teachers and others from California have until Friday to sign up for a crowd-sourcing exercise that will help determine how questions will be scored on the new Common Core tests students will take next spring.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the testing organization serving 20 member states, extended the deadline a week to encourage thousands of higher education faculty and K-12 teachers, as well as parents and anyone else interested, to enroll. About 1,400 Californians had signed up by last Friday.
The three-hour online session that participants can do over a two-day period next month is the first level of several score-setting exercises that will determine how students in grades 3 to 8 and grade 11 will be graded on the tests in English language arts and math. Each person who signs up will focus on one grade and one subject.
“This will be the first time that a scoring process will be opened up to such a widespread, participatory process,” said Jacqueline King, the director of higher education collaboration for Smarter Balanced.
Teachers will gain a better understanding of how assessment questions are scored, as well as have a voice in the process, she said.
A more intensive effort will take place in Dallas next month, when 500 teachers, administrators and college faculty, nominated by the Smarter Balanced states, will go through several rounds of group scoring over two days in 35-person panels organized by grade and subject. The collective results from the online scoring exercises will provide guidance and a check for their own judgment, King said.
The Smarter Balanced tests will have four levels of attainment, roughly comparable to the levels on various standardized tests: below basic, basic, proficient and advanced. The achievement level names, which have yet to be decided, will be different to discourage people from comparing the scores of the old and new tests. The Common Core tests will be different from previous state standardized tests as Volunteers can help frame Common Core tests | EdSource:

Aldermen Target Incentives Offered by Charter Schools | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

Aldermen Target Incentives Offered by Charter Schools | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!:



Aldermen Target Incentives Offered by Charter Schools




Filed under: Charter Schools — millerlf @ 7:50 pm 
Council members target enrollment incentives offered by charter schools
News release from Alds. Nik Kovac and Michael J. Murphy
By Nik Kovac – Sep 23rd, 2014
Charter schools in Milwaukee would be prohibited from using financial incentives as a recruitment tool, under legislation introduced today by Alderman Nik Kovac and co-sponsored by Common Council President Michael J. Murphy.
The charter ordinance is in response to reports that Central City Cyberschool—and others like it—offered cash incentives for student referrals. A flyer from Central City Cyberschool indicated that parents, staff and daycare centers could “earn $200” if they referred a student who met a number of conditions.
“Students and their families should be evaluating schools based on the quality of the education they will receive,” Alderman Kovac said. “Any schools that receive public money should not be trying to game the system like this, and it certainly should not be taking place at a school that is chartered by the city.”
The ordinance will be referred to the Steering and Rules Committee, and Alderman Kovac said he hoped it would quickly be adopted by the Common Council.
In conjunction with the proposed ordinance, Alderman Murphy said he will also be introducing a resolution that calls on the state legislature to prohibit choice and public schools from offering similar financial incentives as well.
“We don’t want any funds that could be used to educate children being diverted to spurious recruitment efforts,” Alderman Murphy said. “A race to the bottom isn’t in anyone’s best interest—least of all the children in our schools.”Aldermen Target Incentives Offered by Charter Schools | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!:

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