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ESSA Whack-A-Mole | Save Maine Schools
ESSA Whack-A-Mole | Save Maine Schools: ESSA Whack-A-MoleRecently, I read a comment on Diane Ravitch’s blog that said that with the passage of ESSA, we will now be playing “whack-a-mole” with the American Legislative Exchange Council and host of billionaire-backed foundation-funded groups who – if they have not yet descended upon your neck of the woods – are no doubt ready to pounce on your state
Hite: Pa. school plan is 'a recipe for disaster'
Hite: Pa. school plan is 'a recipe for disaster':Hite: Pa. school plan is 'a recipe for disaster'Tucked into a late-night school-code bill passed by the Pennsylvania Senate this week are details that some education watchers - including the Philadelphia superintendent - say could cripple city schools.Aimed squarely at the Philadelphia School District, the "opportunity schools" language wo
New U.S. education law includes ban on abortion funding by school-based health centers - The Washington Post
New U.S. education law includes ban on abortion funding by school-based health centers - The Washington Post: New U.S. education law includes ban on abortion funding by school-based health centersPresident Obama is flanked by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), left, and the committee’s ranking member Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.),  along with other dignitaries as he signs the “Every Student Succeeds Ac
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Washington State Charter News Breaking Fast
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Washington State Charter News Breaking Fast: Washington State Charter News Breaking FastStatement from the Washington State Charter Schools Association on First Place Scholars, the first charter school in Washingon, closing as a charter and going back to being a private school:We support First Place Scholars in its decision to pursue converting back to a tuition-fr
CURMUDGUCATION: Can Principals Turn Around Rural Schools
CURMUDGUCATION: Can Principals Turn Around Rural Schools: Can Principals Turn Around Rural SchoolsRural schools are often left out of discussions of ed reform and public schools and all the rest. I'm acutely aware of this because I teach in a rural district, centered in a small town of around 7,000 people, but spread across many townships. We don't think of ourselves this way, but if you look at t
“We Are Not Throw-Aways!”: A Statement from the High Point Middle College Site Council | Seattle Education
“We Are Not Throw-Aways!”: A Statement from the High Point Middle College Site Council | Seattle Education: “We Are Not Throw-Aways!”: A Statement from the High Point Middle College Site Council“WE ARE NOT THROW-AWAYS!” — A slogan from the fight to save High Point Middle College, June, 2015Why is Seattle Public Schools (SPS) denying our underserved students an opportunity to become creative, criti
New education law is more capitulation than compromise - Baltimore Sun
New education law is more capitulation than compromise - Baltimore Sun: New education law is more capitulation than compromisee No Child Left Behind Act, once hailed as the most important education law in our nation's history, has been left behind, abandoned by bipartisan Congressional passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act which President Obama signed Thursday.The new law answers the feverish
Straight Talk About Standardized Tests | The Progressive
Straight Talk About Standardized Tests | The Progressive: Straight Talk About Standardized TestsFor the average civilian who doesn’t spend hours obsessing over the details of education reform, it may seem odd or even hypocritical for teachers to complain about big Common Core tests like the PARCC or SBA or [Your State's Name Here] Big Standardized Test. After all, we've been giving students standa
Protesters seek to reverse appointment of Margaret Spellings to run UNC system - The Washington Post
Protesters seek to reverse appointment of Margaret Spellings to run UNC system - The Washington Post: Protesters seek to reverse appointment of Margaret Spellings to run UNC systemMembers of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors who met in Chapel Hill on Friday morning were greeted by dozens of demonstrators protesting the recent appointment of controversial former education
UFT calls for moratorium on new Success Academy charters | United Federation of Teachers
UFT calls for moratorium on new Success Academy charters | United Federation of Teachers: UFT calls for moratorium on new Success Academy chartersThe UFT Delegate Assembly put an exclamation point on its November meeting by ending it with a resounding rejection of the education practices of Eva Moskowitz and her Success Academy Charter Schools.To raucous applause, the delegate body unanimously app
CURMUDGUCATION: NY: Cuomo's Nothing Sundae
CURMUDGUCATION: NY: Cuomo's Nothing Sundae: NY: Cuomo's Nothing SundaeThey said it couldn't be done, but today NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's Common Core Task Forcedelivered a big old report in less time than it takes my students to complete their major research project. And it's a big ole Nothing Sundae with a few scoops of Fluff on the side, with a cherry on top.The announcement came with the same s
Superintendent candidates emerge as L.A. Unified seeks to keep job hunt a secret - LA Times
Superintendent candidates emerge as L.A. Unified seeks to keep job hunt a secret - LA Times: Superintendent candidates emerge as L.A. Unified seeks to keep job hunt a secretLos Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon C. Cortines has said he wants to retire by the end of the year.e Los Angeles Board of Education is immersed in the biggest job it has: choosing the next leader of the nation's sec
Why adults have to stop trying so darn hard to control how children play - The Washington Post
Why adults have to stop trying so darn hard to control how children play - The Washington Post: Why adults have to stop trying so darn hard to control how children playHere’s a new piece from Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England. She has written a n
The Original ESEA: Only 32 Pages | deutsch29
The Original ESEA: Only 32 Pages | deutsch29: The Original ESEA: Only 32 PagesOn December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the latest revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) into law.This latest ESEA version, called the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA),is 1,061 pages long and will replace the 670-page No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).ESEA has become re
Divided On Arrival: Even In Diverse Schools, New Immigrants Face Bullying | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
Divided On Arrival: Even In Diverse Schools, New Immigrants Face Bullying | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio: Divided On Arrival: Even In Diverse Schools, New Immigrants Face Bullying Students labeled as 'chanchi' can be targets of violenceIn Montgomery County, some schools have hundreds of new students who arrived illegally and alone in the United States after fleeing gangs in some of the mo
With A Brooklyn Accent: An "Affirmative Action" Story to Bring Us Back to Reality
With A Brooklyn Accent: An "Affirmative Action" Story to Bring Us Back to Reality: An "Affirmative Action" Story to Bring Us Back to RealityJust a heads up: the number of alumni children (legacies); recruited athletes ( most of whom are white and play non-revenue sports) and students whose parents pay full tuition far outnumber the "under represented minorities" as be
Zuckerbergs’ New Philanthropy Promotes Charity over Justice | janresseger
Zuckerbergs’ New Philanthropy Promotes Charity over Justice | janresseger: Zuckerbergs’ New Philanthropy Promotes Charity over JusticeAfter today, this blog will take a winter break. Congress and state legislatures will recess. Schools will close for winter break. Universities that do the research on educational policy will break at semester’s end. And here at home, it’s time to cook and shop and
A Guide to Evaluating Pay for Success Programs and Social Impact Bonds | ITPI | In the Public Interest
A Guide to Evaluating Pay for Success Programs and Social Impact Bonds | ITPI | In the Public Interest: A Guide to Evaluating Pay for Success Programs and Social Impact BondsThere’s no free lunch. Yet across the country, advocates of Pay for Success (PFS), or Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), serve up this alternative private financing model as a cost-free, risk-free silver bullet to support critical, y
Brazil is Testing U.S. Education Policies Including Charter Schools and Pay-For-Performance - The Atlantic
Brazil is Testing U.S. Education Policies Including Charter Schools and Pay-For-Performance - The Atlantic: Testing U.S. Education Policies in BrazilThe country has implemented a series of strategies including pay-for-performance and charter schools, modeled after the American system.Tying teacher pay to student test scores. Creating public schools of choice with private operators. Setting common
Katherine Bradley's influence calls into question who really makes the decisions on D.C. education reform - Washington City Paper
Katherine Bradley's influence calls into question who really makes the decisions on D.C. education reform - Washington City Paper: Shadow ChancellorKatherine Bradley's influence calls into question who really makes the decisions about D.C. education reformShe’s the wife of a media mogul, a friend of the Washington Post’s Graham family. She’s a philanthropist, adviser to public officials, and con
Can Anti-testing Bloc Swing the 2016 Election? | Al Jazeera America
Can Anti-testing Bloc Swing the 2016 Election? | Al Jazeera America: Can anti-testing bloc swing the 2016 election?A candidate who embraces the anti-testing movement in education can draw support across party linesPublic school teachers and other opponents of high-stakes testing won a significant, if partial, victory when Congress agreed to revise the No Child Left Behind act on Wednesday. The new
‘Snyder Flu’ Continues As Detroit Students, Teachers Protest Plan For Charter Schools « CBS Detroit
‘Snyder Flu’ Continues As Detroit Students, Teachers Protest Plan For Charter Schools « CBS Detroit: ‘Snyder Flu’ Continues As Detroit Students, Teachers Protest Plan For Charter SchoolsDETROIT (WWJ) – A handful of Detroit schools have closed this week due to what has been called ‘Snyder Flu’ and Thursday was no different.A plan in Lansing supported by Gov. Rick Snyder would turn dozens of schools
Taxpayer money wasted on private property when charter schools close
Taxpayer money wasted on private property when charter schools close: Taxpayer money wasted on private property when charter schools closeThe state lost as much as $150,000 in taxpayer money it invested in two Treasure Coast charter schools that lasted less than eight years.That money was intended to help pay for rent, renovations and equipment for the now-closed Indian River Academy Charter Schoo
How Arne Duncan Lost The Common Core And His Legacy | FiveThirtyEight
How Arne Duncan Lost The Common Core And His Legacy | FiveThirtyEight: How Arne Duncan Lost The Common Core And His LegacyArne Duncan could barely conceal a smirk as he answered the Republican congressman’s question about educational standards that his Education Department had encouraged states to adopt.“Facts matter,” Duncan, the secretary of education, said, dismissing concerns raised by Rep. Ma
Common Core takes a hit: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s task force recommends overhaul - The Washington Post
Common Core takes a hit: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s task force recommends overhaul - The Washington Post: Common Core takes a hit: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s task force recommends overhaulThe Common Core initiative just took a hit in New York state: A task force created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to review the curriculum and aligned standardized testing is recommending a total overhaul, saying that there were big mis

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Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 12/10/15
CORPORATE ED REFORM Education Protection Account, Fiscal Year 2015-16 - Principal Apportionment (CA Dept of Education)Education Protection Account, Fiscal Year 2015-16 - Principal Apportionment (CA Dept of Education): Education Protection Account, Fiscal Year 2015-16Distribution of 2015-16 Education Protection Account (EPA) funds to local educational agencies in accordance with Proposition 30, The








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