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Mitchell Chester: Positioning MA for Delayed PARCC? | deutsch29

Mitchell Chester: Positioning MA for Delayed PARCC? | deutsch29:

Mitchell Chester: Positioning MA for Delayed PARCC?

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On October 21, 2015, I received a copy of an email written by Maureen LaCroix, who identifies herself as “educational consultant at Massachusetts Department of Education” (DESE) on Linkedin.
The email (which was forwarded to me by one of my readers) is LaCroix’s take on recent discussions surrounding the potential future role of PARCC in Massachusetts. On October 19, 2015, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester proposed that DESE create a hybrid of the state’s current assessment, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and PARCC. The board is set to vote on November 19 to either retain and “upgrade” MCAS or to replace MCAS with PARCC.
Chester’s politically pacifying compromise essentially sets Massachusetts up for a future MCAS “zombie” stuffed with PARCC. Of course, he is not stating so in this manner. However, the more information I read on the issue, the more Chester’s goal to transform MCAS into PARCC-with-MCAS-label Mitchell Chester: Positioning MA for Delayed PARCC? | deutsch29:

Essential Politics: It's all about the money, money, money - LA Times

Essential Politics: It's all about the money, money, money - LA Times:

Essential Politics: It's all about the money, money, money


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Finally, did you know Clinton has a political action committee of educators behind her?
Joy Resmovits obtained an invitation for a "meet and greet" from a group describing itself as a PAC "supporting the education vision" of Clinton. America’s Teachers is hosting a "community discussion" on education at the office of Propper Daley in Los Angeles Wednesday. The firm’s co-president is Mark Daley, who worked for Clinton’s campaign in 2008.
Appearing at the event are Steve Barr, the chairman of California Democrats for Education Reform, founder of the Green Dot Public Schools charter school chain and CEO of the Future is Now education nonprofit; Propper Daley co-president Greg Propper, and former Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. Also listed on the invitation are Naveed Amalfardand Luke Villalobos from America’s Teachers.
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I’m Christina Bellantoni, your Essential Politics host for Back to the Future Day.

It’s not often we get to report on what’s being said to wealthy donors behind closed doors.
But Seema Mehta got some details from Jeb Bush’s Newport Beach fund-raiser at the bayfront Lido Isle home of Andrew Littlefair, a former Reagan staffer who is the president of a natural gas company, and his wife, Karen. Mehta reports that he told the more than 50 donors in the room that the Republican Party is at a "crossroads" and must either embrace an optimistic vision for the nation’s future that is personified by his campaign, or trundle down a pessimistic path offered by Republican rival Donald TrumpRead her story to learn how Bush describes how he differs from Trump on foreign policy.
We’ve also been reporting about where celebrities stand on the presidential candidates.
On Aug. 10, Sarah Silverman urged a crowd of 27,500 people at a rally in Los Angeles to join her in supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, saying, "His moral compass and sense of values inspires me."
The comedian didn’t mention that earlier in the year she gave the $2,700 maximum donation to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Silverman was among the artists appearing on a long Sanders endorsement list last month, but we’ve noticed her name does not appear in the Federal Election Commission database as opening her wallet for the self-described Democratic socialist. It is not her first foray into politics — she has donated several times to Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
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Parents Across America Online Panel: How Washington State Activists Nixed Charter Schools | Seattle Education

Parents Across America Online Panel: How Washington State Activists Nixed Charter Schools | Seattle Education:

Parents Across America Online Panel: How Washington State Activists Nixed Charter Schools

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How Washington State activists nixed charter schools
Sunday, Oct 25, 2015
5 pm EDT, 2 pm PDT
Join us on Sunday, October 25th, to talk about the Washington State Supreme Courtruling declaring charter schools  unconstitutional!
Hear from PAA President Dora Taylor, who played a pivotal role in getting the word out about charter schools, along with winning plaintiffs, education professor Dr. Wayne Au and Washington State League of Women Voters Education Chair Catherine Ahl. 
You will need to download Zoom.
Or join by phone, +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) or +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll).
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International numbers are available.
There is a 50 participant cap on this meeting: The first 50 people to log on as the meeting begins will be able to join us so please mark your calendars and sign on promptly at 5 pm ET, 2 pm PT. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. A recording of the webinar will be available on our web site.
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The Most Important Election You’ll Probably Skip | gadflyonthewallblog

The Most Important Election You’ll Probably Skip | gadflyonthewallblog:

The Most Important Election You’ll Probably Skip

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The future prosperity of your state may be decided this November.
Will your public schools receive adequate, equitable and sustainable funding?
Will you be permitted to choose medical marijuana to treat certain ailments?
Will your state enact sensible gun reforms to keep firearms out of the hands of the criminally insane?
Will your voice be heard in future elections?
All this and more is on the table and YOU get to cast the deciding vote.
But more likely than not, you won’t show up.
Why? You’re too busy worrying about the upcoming Presidential election.
With both Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries approaching in February through June, 2016, most people just don’t have the energy for another general election before the end of 2015.
However, most states will ask residents to cast a ballot on Nov. 3 for all kinds of important initiatives. There will be municipal, school board, gubernatorial and state legislative elections in a few states; as well as numerous citizen initiatives, and a variety of other local offices on the ballot.
Yet if history is any guide, most people will stay home while vastly important decisions are being made by the few who trudge to the polls. On the one hand, that means the results are bound to be unrepresentative. On the other, it means if you show up, your vote will have more weight than ever!
Either way, the course for the future of your state will be quietly and discreetly set for years to come.
Take my home state of Pennsylvania.
We’re holding a historic election with three state Supreme Court seats up for grabs. The last time this many seats were open on our highest court in the same year was The Most Important Election You’ll Probably Skip | gadflyonthewallblog:

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MaryEllen EliaIn New York State, we are committed to higher standards and to evaluating the standards on a regular basis with input from stakeholders. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is conducting a review of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. NYSED is conducting a survey in order to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the standards. The results of the survey will directly inform any changes that we make to the standards as a result of the review. I look forward to hearing from you and reviewing your feedback on the standards.
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Jersey Jazzman: Eva Moskowitz Crosses The Line

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Eva Moskowitz Crosses The Line




Looks like the pressure is finally getting to Eva Moskowitz.

She's had a good long run as the Queen of Reformyland. As Peter Greene notes in his quick biography, Moskowitz pretty much gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Not only that: she has, up until now, been given a free pass for taking some pretty brazen actions. How do you think the press would react if a public school superintendent moved her district's calendar around so her students could go to the state capital and protest?

Unfortunately for Eva, all the attention she's brought to herself has inevitably led people to start taking a hard, critical look at her self-proclaimed successes. Leo Casey has a comprehensive piece out at Shanker Blog that casts serious doubt on Success Academy's disciplinary policies:


To provide the most complete picture possible of what is happening in both the Success Academy schools and regular New York City public schools, it was necessary to gather data from a number of different sources. Let us start with most recent dataset, for the year 2013-14, which was published late last spring as part of the New York State School Report Cards. According to the state data, in 2013-14, Success Academy Charter Schools had a total of 728 suspensions for a suspension rate of 11 percent, while the New York City public schools had a total of 9617 suspensions for a suspension rate of one percent. 
We know that the NYC public school data is understated, however, because
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