Friday, August 28, 2015

What to believe? Greedy teachers, a successful budget director, a warped news account, threat of a shutdown | Reclaim Reform

What to believe? Greedy teachers, a successful budget director, a warped news account, threat of a shutdown | Reclaim Reform:

What to believe? Greedy teachers, a successful budget director, a warped news account, threat of a shutdown



Teacher pensions are bankrupting a state, the $30,000 per month budget consultant successfully saved the state, the legislature and governor still have no spending plan, the governor praised the consultant’s brilliant success, the consultant suddenly quits in triumph, the state faces a shut down by the governor for lack of budget funding – all in the same article in the Tribune.
Donna Arduin
This is not, unfortunately, a TV soap opera.
This what happens when corporate media propaganda disguises itself as news, as honest journalism.
This causes cognitive dissonance which causes stress and can lead to destructive behavior and damage to an individual’s mental health. On a mass delusional level, this can destroy a country’s ability to tell the difference between image and reality.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“(Illinois) Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “superstar” (Donna Arduin) $30,000-a-month budget consultant is leaving the administration as a stalemated state government continues without a spending plan…
Donna Arduin, who joined the Rauner team in early February, helped the 
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Louisiana Charters Are by Far the Worst According to 2011 8th-grade NAEP Anaysis | deutsch29

Louisiana Charters Are by Far the Worst According to 2011 8th-grade NAEP Anaysis | deutsch29:

Louisiana Charters Are by Far the Worst According to 2011 8th-grade NAEP Anaysis




One of the primary problems with Louisiana’s state-run, all-charter Recovery School District (RSD) is that the same state that is in control of data (and the official word on its data) is also committed to representing its state-run district in the best light.
For this reason, independent analysis of data on Louisiana’s schools is particularly valuable, especially when the researchers are able to procure data independently of the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE).
Such is the case of an analysis of student-level eighth-grade 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data by two researchers from the University of Arizona, Francesca Lopez and Amy Olson. The Lopez-Olson analysis is featured in this Network for Public Education (NPE) policy brief. Specifically, Lopez and Olson compared traditional public schools to see what notable differences there might be between charters and traditional schools on eighth-grade 2011 NAEP outcomes.
Lopez and Olson’s analysis of charters versus traditional schools in Louisiana is particularly interesting since most charter schools in Louisiana are located in New Orleans, with RSD being the dominant district in New Orleans. In January 2011, Louisiana had 77 charter schools; 51 (66%) were located in New Orleans. Of these 51 New Orleans charters, 41 (80%) were state-run RSD charter schools. The remaining 10 were operated by the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB).
In order to make clearer comparisons between traditional public school students and Louisiana Charters Are by Far the Worst According to 2011 8th-grade NAEP Anaysis | deutsch29:

Chester-Upland can't pay its teachers -- but they're working anyway | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Chester-Upland can't pay its teachers -- but they're working anyway | Philadelphia Public School Notebook:

Chester-Upland can't pay its teachers -- but they're working anyway




Photo: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY
Teachers at Science and Discovery High School in Chester


Teachers union president Michele Paulick said she received some unwelcome news at the Chester Upland School District teacher convocation this week.
"Our superintendent, Gregory Shannon, read a letter from our receiver, Francis Barnes, that informed the teachers that there are no funds," said Paulick, who described feeling "shock, frustration and anger" at the news.
However, in a Thursday evening vote, the 200-member union decided unanimously to work without pay for as long as individual members are able, Paulick said. The Chester Upland School District educates about 3,500 students, with nearly the same number attending area charter schools.
"We arrived at the decision to continue working because we have to put our children first," she said. "It's not their fault we're in this situation."
Two factors put Chester Upland in an especially difficult position. The district, which has been designated fiscally distressed for more than 20 years, is carrying a $24 million budget deficit from the last school year. Thanks to Pennsylvania's ongoing budget gridlock, no money is flowing into the district from state coffers.
With no fund balance and no money coming in, officials said they won't be able to make payroll for the first week of school, which starts Wednesday.
The parent union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, is helping to raise funds to supplement teachers' loss of income. This is the second time in recent memory that Chester Upland teachers voted to work without pay. In 2012, the district ran out of operating funds in January and asked for an emergency infusion of cash from then Gov. Tom Corbett.
This year, the timing is worse, said Paulick. "We haven't had any paychecks coming in over the summer, so it was very difficult to budget" for the coming weeks.
News that the district is too broke to operate comes on the heels of another blow to the district's finances. Earlier this week, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Chad Kenney rejected several portions of a recovery plan that would have eliminated the district's existing fund deficit.

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CCSS Follow Up System: More than Money Will Follow Your Students | commoncorediva

CCSS Follow Up System: More than Money Will Follow Your Students | commoncorediva:

CCSS Follow Up System: More than Money Will Follow Your Students



While it's yet to be determined if money follows your students, CCSS certainly is already following your students.


In fighting the War Against the Core, we’ve all met those warriors who are great at sending tips to areas of the “Common Core” overreach into our lives. From an educational standpoint, we’ve seen the CCSS Machine usurp our schools; from a privacy standpoint, we seen the CCSS Machine ruin it. The damage is far from new NOR is it over.
Here in NC, the “Common Follow Up System” has been in place since 1992! How is this part of the agenda that comes with “Common Core”? Keep reading, my followers and anti CCSS Warriors..
What is a “CFS”?
The purpose of a “Common Follow Up System” is: “The purpose of the Common Follow-up System (CFS) is to provide information on the educational and employment outcomes of participants in publicly supported educational, employment and training programsfor use in planning, policy-making, program evaluation, resource allocation and career planning.”
Do you see the CCSS/CTE footprints? I do. If you don’t, look at the emphasized words. Publicly supported education means schools or programs connected to them. That’s the CCSS portion. The employment and training is the Career Technical Education (CTE). The two are one in the same in that the CTE portion of the Common Core begins well before high school graduation.


Let’s dig deeper, shall we? The CFS (Common Follow Up System) was designed to be a unified effort to collect massive amounts of data. The data was supposedly to help all the agencies involved to plan better as well as to have better CCSS Follow Up System: More than Money Will Follow Your Students | commoncorediva:

Have charter schools left out some New Orleans students?

Have charter schools left out some New Orleans students?:

In reforming New Orleans, have charter schools left some students out?






JUDY WOODRUFF: That brings us, appropriately, to our look at what’s happened to New Orleans’ schools over the course of the past decade and the big changes that they have undergone.
It’s a story we have reported on closely throughout.
Tonight, John Tulenko of Education Week, which produces stories for the NewsHour, has our report.
JOHN TULENKO: As you can see, in parts of New Orleans, life seems to be getting back to normal 10 years after Katrina. But many folks are wondering about the public schools. For the last 10 years, they have been engaged in what some have called the most ambitious experiment ever in public education. And whether or not it’s working depends on whom you ask.
WOMAN: I do see improvement in the kids and in the schools.
JOHN TULENKO: Is it working?
MAN: No.
WOMAN: The charter system has done tremendously well for the local kids here.
WOMAN: It’s working for those who have their money, their hand in the cookie jar.
MAN: I think they are better than they were 10 years ago.
JOHN TULENKO: Ten years ago, New Orleans’ public schools were headed for rock bottom. Fewer than a third of eighth graders could pass a reading test. And corruption was so deep, the FBI had set up an office inside the school administration building.
Patrick Dobard, who oversees the schools today, remembers those days.
PATRICK DOBARD, Superintendent, Recovery School District: Orleans Parish School Board at that time, unfortunately, it was really academically and in some instances morally and financially bankrupt.
And then Katrina came. When you have a catastrophe like that, it is an opportunity to start anew, because a lot of the institutional barriers, both real and perceived, were literally and figuratively, unfortunately, washed away.
JOHN TULENKO: Seizing the moment, the state took control of the city’s failing schools. Pink slips were sent to all 5,000 teachers and the state set out to remake New Orleans as a city where nearly all the schools would be independently run charters. Local school officials were no longer in charge.
MAN: I will know you’re ready because your eyes will be just on me. Thank you so much.
JOHN TULENKO: Some charters split up the boys and girls. Others focused on the arts. Most introduced uniforms and strict rules, and all were to be held accountable for Have charter schools left out some New Orleans students?:


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