A picture is worth a thousand words. Two side-by-side pictures are worth ten thousand words.
Chris Christie is a distraction from the man behind the curtain with all the corporate education reform money and power, John Ellis Bush. Bush prefers to be called simply Jeb. Wealthy, powerful people purchasing images rather than reality do things like that. Donald With-That-Thing-On-His-Head is the other major distraction. Between the two of them, they serve the purpose of making an extremist like Jeb seem reasonable or moderate, which he is not. Jeb and his financial cronies intentionally underfund public schools and create faulty high stakes tests in order to privatize them – public education tax money given as profit to a few billionaire controlled corporations or foundations.
Donald’s attention-getting is already wearing thin enough to tear of its own volition. His jealousy of Christie bullying a female teacher drove him to say he would like to punch all teachers in the mouth via their unions. However, Christie has the bully photo.
Christie, who is attempting to stay away from investigations and corruption charges, will fight like crazy to stay in the candidate game where he is safe from charges – for now. As people are barraged with Christie’s image of a tough guy who does what he has to do to get the job done, whatever that means, they realize that “Christie-Man” is a false image. What does a loudmouthed bully such as Christie have to say about himself? It doesn’t really matter. His actions and behavior are what count. Pathetic, isn’t it?
Marcos Breton: Accusations put City Hall culture in question | The Sacramento Bee: Marcos Breton: Accusations put City Hall culture in question Marcos Breton - KJ Is It Time For Bromance Relationship Counselling Rarely has a city employee accused a Sacramento City Council member of sexual harassment. No one could recall it happening before Mayor Kevin Johnson and his close ally and friend, Council
Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Ed Reformers: The Ed ReformersI thought it might be a good idea to review who's out there and what they have been doing.Of course, the Big Daddy of ed reform (for elected officials) is none other thanArne Duncan. He seems determined to stay (and stay the course) until the President leaves office. But Duncan is seeing his "my way or the highway" back
Could Charter School Scandal Weaken The Kasich Campaign? | John A. Tures: Could Charter School Scandal Weaken The Kasich Campaign?Ohio Governor John Kasich got some good news, as he made the cut for the Fox News debate. He's also been rising in the polls. But a charter school scandal in Ohio could derail the Kasich 2016 Campaign.During the 2014 election, three of Kasich's top donors were charter s
State labor board issues complaint in charter school unionization effort - LA Times: State labor board issues complaint in charter school unionization effortCalifornia’s labor oversight board has issued a complaint alleging that the largest charter school organization in Los Angeles interfered with the right of its teachers to unionize.The complaint filed by attorneys with the Public Employment Re
LAUSD Stop Supporting the Occupation And Militarization of Our Streets and SchoolsOn Thursday, July 30th at the Los Angeles Unified School Board, the Labor/Community Strategy Center’s Fight for the Soul of the Cities Campaign members and leaders held a demonstration calling on the Los Angeles Unified School District to end the militarization of our schools by ending their relationship with the Fed
Project Fatherhood Builds on Strengths | John Thompson: Project Fatherhood Builds on Strengthshttp://www.projectfatherhood.org/It is not just the education sector that seeks simple solutions for complex, interconnected social problems. Schools aren't alone in hoping that cheap and easy silver bullets will solve intertwined challenges so that we can avoid difficult discussions of uncomfortable dile
Sacramento Democratic Party calls for ethics reform in wake of scandals | The Sacramento Bee: Sacramento Democratic Party calls for ethics reform in wake of scandalsSacramento’s Democratic Party leadership is calling for the creation of an ethics commission with enforcement powers in the wake of two sexual harassment complaints made against elected officials at City Hall.At the same time, the part
Parents Hate Common Core Math—But Their Also Going Back to School to Master It - The Atlantic: When Parents Are the Ones Getting Schooled by the Common CoreGrownups are hitting the books and taking classes just so they can help their kids with their math homework.“It feels like a dark time,” wrote the comedian Louis C.K. in a tweet last April. “I’m pissed,” he wrote in another, a few minutes later
“Children have the capacity to see the wonderful in the ordinary.” – Prof. Philip Jackson | Reclaim Reform: “Children have the capacity to see the wonderful in the ordinary.” – Prof. Philip JacksonPosted on August 5, 2015by Ken Previti“He believed in creating school experiences that provided children access to wonderful lives, because he believed children have the capacity to see the wonderful in
Voteria Project: What Voteria Taught MeBig Education Ape: Whatever you call it, bribing voters is a bad idea - LA Times http://bit.ly/1HQdyScAfew months ago I was approached by Antonio Gonzalez the President of Southwest Voter Education Registration Project to help with a project that eventually became named “Voteria”. The concept while controversial was simple. Southwest Voter, a nonprofit ded
How to Handle a Bully? - Lily's Blackboard: How to Handle a Bully?My friend asked me, “How can you stand him speaking about us like that?!” She was upset because she felt as if Governor Christie wasn’t just speaking to me as president of the National Education Association, but to all the teachers, and all the education support professionals, and all the principals, librarians, and counselors who a
Teacher: I’m not Tom Cruise but my job is a lot like ‘Mission Impossible’ - The Washington Post: Teacher: I’m not Tom Cruise but my job is a lot like ‘Mission Impossible’David Lee Finkle is a middle-school teacher in Florida who draws the comic strip “Mr. Fitz” for the Daytona Beach News-Journal. He has done some unusual work in this space, including this moving series of cartoons in which he tell
CURMUDGUCATION: The Human-Proof Classroom: The Human-Proof ClassroomI am a big believer in having a teacher toolbox chock full of many and varied tools. I also believe that just because a tool doesn't work well for me, that doesn't mean it can't work for someone else. Nevertheless, there are some approaches that simply don't belong in a classroom ever.Take scripting. Scripted lessons ha
Superintendent Scarice addresses the powerful and ugly truth about SBAC testing charade - Wait What?: Superintendent Scarice addresses the powerful and ugly truth about SBAC testing charadeWith Connecticut’s State Department of Education refusing to release the results of the 2015 Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in a timely manner – other states released their state wide
A Few Lessons That AP U.S. History Can Teach the Common Core :: Frederick M. Hess: A Few Lessons That AP U.S. History Can Teach the Common CoreThis morning, the College Board released its newly revised version of the AP U.S. History framework. As readers may recall, last year marked the first time that the College Board put out an extensive framework for AP U.S. History. The resulting framework ha
Teachers’ Union Engages Community to Confront Cult of Efficiency Pushed by Politicians | janresseger: Teachers’ Union Engages Community to Confront Cult of Efficiency Pushed by PoliticiansThis blog will take a short, early August break. Look for a new post on Tuesday, August 11.In her recent article in The Atlantic, Using the Restroom: A Privilege—If You’re A Teacher, Alia Wong seems obsessed wi
Louisiana’s 2015 District ACT Composite Scores | deutsch29: Louisiana’s 2015 District ACT Composite ScoresOn July 16, 2015– the same day that the Senate passed its version of the ESEA reauthorization, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015– Louisiana superintendent John White decided to release his version of the 2015 ACT composites for Louisiana school districts, as noted in a nola.com article by J
41 Ohio school districts create Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network | Local News - WLWT Home: 41 Ohio school districts create Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy NetworkNetwork designed to keep control of schools local, not in hands of government, organizers sayCINCINNATI —Local school districts are telling Columbus to back off.On Monday, 41 districts from Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clerm
Imagine that you wanted to slowly kill public education | Dangerously Irrelevant: Imagine that you wanted to slowly kill public educationImagine that you are a policymaker who is generally anti-government, anti-union, and pro-privatization. Public schools conflict with all of those, don’t they?So you’ve got a challenge. Citizens and communities generally like and strongly support their schools. So
Eduwonk » Blog Archive » The Every Child Achieves Act Is Loose-Loose: The Every Child Achieves Act Is Loose-LooseSpend enough time in education policy, and you’re bound to hear someone articulate the concept that federal education policy should be “tight-loose.” That is, federal policy should be “tight” on the expectations for what students should know and be able to do, but “loose” on how student
New Mexico teacher evaluations see change | Albuquerque Journal News: New Mexico teacher evaluations see changeSANTA FE – New Mexico’s Public Education Department will no longer require school districts to use test scores and other data to evaluate roughly 1,000 teachers who teach subjects that don’t use standardized testing – removing one of the most controversial components of the evaluation sys
The new, new framework for AP US history | 89.3 KPCC: The new, new framework for AP US historyThe College Board has just released the latest curriculum framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and it appears to have satisfied many of the old framework's critics.The re-write comes after anger over its 2014 framework sent the College Board, which administers the AP exam, back to the
First day of school: Why August is the new September - CNN.com: Back to school: Why August is the new September(CNN)First came the summer camp promotion from the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, crashing like a brick into my inbox June 17."Six more weeks of summer," the subject line taunted. "Make 'em fun!"Didn't the fine people at the YMCA know that the summer solstice had not yet arriv
No ‘public purpose’ in school vouchers | News & Observer: No ‘public purpose’ in school vouchers The N.C. Supreme Court’s vote to overturn the ruling that the education voucher program is unconstitutional means taxpayer funds will now flow freely to schools that are not required to have trained or certified teachers, any identified or minimum curriculum, any accreditation or criminal backgroun
The 74 Campbell Brown - Bill Gates ConnectionWIN - WIN Settlement approved on Bill Gates' horse poop case in Wellington | www.palmbeachpost.com:Settlement approved on Bill Gates’ horse poop code caseWELLINGTON — Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates has 30 days to pay $30,600 in Wellington to clear up code violations involving a misplaced manure bin.The infractions against Ga
SPECIAL NITE CAP CORPORATE ED REFORMSchools Matter: With Friends Like These...reduxSchools Matter: With Friends Like These...redux: With Friends Like These...reduxBy Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education!August 4, 2015Leaders of the U. S. Congress are beginning meetings of a Conference Committee to reconcile differences in the Senate and House versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Ac