The California Department of Education (CDE) seeks to recognize outstanding educational programs and practices. The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools while the California Distinguished Schools Program is on hiatus as California transitions to new assessment and accountability systems. Last year, we recognized 193 middle schools and 180 high schools as Gold Ribbon School Award recipients. We will honor elementary schools in 2016.
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We’ve put up with 7 years of Duncan’s buffoonery as U.S. Secretary of Education: A man with no practical knowledge of the field. A corporate functionary. A drone. A mouthpiece for all the worst ideas of the 1% to sabotage public schools and replace them with charters.
And who does Obama replace him with!? Former New York State Chancellor King!? A man who was almost run out of his state on a rail!? A man with – admittedly – more experience than Duncan but all of the worst kind.
It’s true: US Secretary Arne Duncan has resigned. He will be out of the White House in December. His story is that he is headed back to Chicago to be with his family.
What is noteworthy is that Obama has another year in the White House. The Duncans could have stayed in Virginia where they were residing (and where Duncan’s kids were attending Common-Core-free public school) for another entire school year. Instead, Duncan’s wife, Karen, and their children headed back to Chicago in July– more than a full school year before Obama would finish his time as a two-term president.
So, for Duncan to say that he is resigning to be with the fam seems more like he knew he would be resigning at the end of 2015– right in the middle of a school year. So, it became realistic for the Duncans to move back to Chicago summer 2015.
No More School Closures and Charter Takeovers…Time for Community Schools | WeArePCAPS: No More School Closures and Charter Takeovers…Time for Community SchoolsThe School District, once again, is embarking on a new round of school closures and privatization. This, in spite of clear evidence that these policies have not produced the desired educational results and in the face of broad opposition fro
CURMUDGUCATION: The Future for Duncan and King: The Future for Duncan and KingLet me join the sixty gazillion people who will have something to say about the news from the US Education Department. I'll make my comments in the form of predictions.Duncan will spend his last couple of months doing what he's been doing for years-- making statements that sound pretty good, connecting them to terrible p
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Text of Arne Duncan’s note to his staff about resigning as education secretary - The Washington Post: Text of Arne Duncan’s note to his staff about resigning as education secretaryThe following is a text of an internal e-mail Duncan sent to his staff on Friday, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post:Subject line: An inspiring new leader for our extraordinary teamDear colleagues,I’m wr
If you thought Arne Duncan was controversial, meet his successor - The Washington Post: If you thought Arne Duncan was controversial, meet his successorNow that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has decided to step down in December, the U.S. Department of Education will be headed by John King. And if you thought Duncan was controversial, meet his successor.King was the New York State education commi
John B. King, Jr., Senior Advisor Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education -- Biography: John B. King, Jr., Senior Advisor Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education — Biography Versión en españolJohn B. King, Jr. is the Senior Advisor Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education, a position he assumed in January 2015. In appointing him, Secretary Arne Duncan called Dr. King &
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AP sources: Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down: AP sources: Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping downWASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan, one of the longest-serving members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, will step down in December, officials said Friday.In an email to his staff, Duncan said he's returning to Chicago to live with his family. He said he isn't sure
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EduColor Advocates for Children of Color in Public Schools - Scenarios USAScenarios USA: EduColor Advocates for Children of Color in Public Schoolsvia http://www.theblackhomeschool.com/This year marks the 10th anniversary of when I started writing online. As a teacher, there were a lot of reasons that I wanted to expand my classroom to be inclusive of a broader world: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if
"Golden" Granada Hills Charter High School: Scofflaws When It Comes to California Ed Code?: “Golden” Granada Hills Charter High School: Scofflaws When It Comes to California Ed Code?By Carl Petersen. “I am a former candidate for the District 3 seat on the LAUSD School Board, founder of Change The LAUSDand member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council. Opinions are my own.”“Per GHCHS
CURMUDGUCATION: Dammit, NEA: Dammit, NEAThe national leadership of the NEA today is one step closer to ramming the endorsement of Hillary Clinton down its members throats.Steven Singer zeroed in on the maximum-irony quote from NEA president Lily Eskelsen-Garcia:“We are what Democracy looks like.”With those words, Lily Eskelsen Garcia took the reigns of the National Education Association (NEA) as P
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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Duncan's grand charter give-away. Feeding the beast.: Duncan's grand charter give-away. Feeding the beast.Arne Duncan has turned the D.O.E. into little more than a feeding trough for even the most corrupt and unaccountable charter school operators. His latest gift of $157M to charter privateers comes virtually accountability-free. The most stunning part is that Dunca
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CORPORATE ED REFORMOhio Congressman questions Arne Duncan’s $32 million charter grant - The Washington PostOhio Congressman questions Arne Duncan’s $32 million charter grant - The Washington Post: Ohio Congressman questions Arne Duncan’s $32 million charter grantRep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) had an unusual reaction to news that the U.S. Department of Education was giving his state a $32 million grant: He