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NYC Public School Parents: Part II of the inBloom saga: what NYSED emails to the Gates Foundation from 2011 reveal
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Marie Corfield: NJ's literacy solution: longer school day for kindergarteners?
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CURMUDGUCATION: The Best Lobbyists
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4LAKids - Ref Rodriguez: LOCAL LAUSD BOARD MEMBER FOCUSED ON MIDDLE SCHOOLS
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NYC Public School Parents: Part II of the inBloom saga: what NYSED emails to the Gates Foundation from 2011 reveal

NYC Public School Parents: Part II of the inBloom saga: what NYSED emails to the Gates Foundation from 2011 reveal:

Part II of the inBloom saga: what NYSED emails to the Gates Foundation from 2011 reveal


A few days ago I posted Part I of this saga, about how NYSED officials delayed for a year and half the release of their FOILed emails to the Gates Foundation, Wireless Generation/Amplify, and inBloom Inc. about their plans to share personal student data with these private corporations. Some of those emails were finally released to our lawyers on December 11, 2014, the day after John King announced his resignation as Commissioner.  Part II  is below, with excerpts from the their emails sent in 2011. Part III with more emails will follow soon!

When my FOIL was finally responded to I received hundreds and hundreds of pages with printed out emails to and from NYSED and the Gates Foundation mostly; offering all-expense trips for various meetings about teacher evaluation, data collection, and other issues, as well as a pile of contracts and agreements.  It took weeks just to sort them and start to look through them.  Sadly there were no emails from Merryl Tisch’s account, as I had asked for; and no emails from most of the state officials whose communications we had FOILed.  But we did find out some juicy details; here are some excerpts:

1/6/2011: The first email that refers to the incipent inBloom project is sent to John King, then 
Stacey Childress led the inBloom project for Gates Foundation
Deputy Commissioner, from Stacey Childress, who led the data-sharing project for the Gates Foundation.  She asks to schedule a “time to talk” about the “intersections between your RTTT instructional improvement plans and a project we are working on Gates.”

1/25/11:  Joe Scantlebury, Senior Policy Officer of the Gates Foundation, thanks Commissioner Steiner and Deputy Commissioner King for joining a call this morning; he adds that “the foundation is supportive of your interest to implement your P-16 data NYC Public School Parents: Part II of the inBloom saga: what NYSED emails to the Gates Foundation from 2011 reveal:

Marie Corfield: NJ's literacy solution: longer school day for kindergarteners?

Marie Corfield: NJ's literacy solution: longer school day for kindergarteners?:

NJ's literacy solution: longer school day for kindergarteners?



My blog has been quiet of late. Due to some health problems, I've had to scale back a bit on my workload. Nothing life-threatening, mind you, just enough for me to reprioritize for a little while. But I'm on the mend, and there's no better day to start back up than New Year's Day.

This week marks the end of the current NJ legislative session. Newly elected officials will soon be sworn in, but there's a bill coming before the Assembly Education Committee next week that has me scratching my head. 

A4779, sponsored by Ams. Reed Gusciora (D-15) and Asw. L. Grace Spencer (D-29) says: 


a. The Commissioner of Education shall declare an educational state of emergency for a school district in which, for at least 75 percent of the schools in the district, 65 percent or more of the students in the school to whom a State assessment was administered have not achieved proficiency in the English language arts/literacy subject area of the State assessment. 
b. Upon declaring an educational state of emergency pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the commissioner is authorized to distribute supplementary State aid to the school district, which shall be in addition to the State aid payable to the district pursuant to P.L.2007, c.260 (C.18A:7F-43 et al.) or any other law. The supplementary State aid shall be used for the specific purpose of establishing a mandatory after school program for students in grades kindergarten through three, the duration of which is two and a half hours from the end of the school day, which is designed to increase student proficiency in English language arts and literacy. The supplementary aid shall also be used for establishing voluntary literacy programs for students in other grades, including after school programs and summer programs. 
c. When an educational state of emergency is declared for a school district, the executive county superintendent of schools shall hold a public meeting of interested stakeholders for the district including, but not limited to, parents, Marie Corfield: NJ's literacy solution: longer school day for kindergarteners?:


CURMUDGUCATION: The Best Lobbyists

CURMUDGUCATION: The Best Lobbyists:

The Best Lobbyists



Most industries are the subject of reports about the effectiveness of the various players. Why would the lobbying industry be any different? Let me introduce you to Bloomberg's quarterly report on theBest-Managed Lobbyists in the government sector.

We're going to look at the third-quarter report from 2015, and it starts by laying out the challenges of the current DC.

For lobbyists, Washington is growing more complex and more competitive. Lobbyists say their clients are more sophisticated. Clients expect more, despite there being fewer opportunities to influence legislation. Competition, lobbyists say, is intense–and growing. 

Bloomberg notes that (in a sign of These Tough Times) that out of 1300 lobbying groups, only 22 are Bloomberg certified awesomesauce proficient performers who exceed expectations.

To be influential, firms need to be savvy about how they use information to get ahead. “There was a time when personal relationships were the only thing that mattered,” Greg Nickerson of the #1 ranked Washington Tax & Public Policy Group tells us  (page 4). “Those days are gone.” 

So what does the report tells us about these days. Well, there's a list of the top ten issues for which lobbies were filing 9that's out of 79 possibilities). Budget is #1, followed by taxes. Number ten on the list? Education. So we're still in the lobbying world's top 10. Which begs the question-- why are 
CURMUDGUCATION: The Best Lobbyists:



Children are more than test scores: My 2016 Walking Man Resolution of Resitance to 124 years of failed education reforms

Children are more than test scores: My 2016 Walking Man Resolution of Resitance to 124 years of failed education reforms:

My 2016 Walking Man Resolution of Resitance to 124 years of failed education reforms

In 2014 Dean Paton Executive Editor of YES magazine wrote an important piece about the roots of privatization taking over our public schools. Two years later it is well worth the read people.http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/education-uprising/the-myth-behind-public-school-failureHis is a brief history of education reform since 1980.

However the roots of privatization go back over a hundred years. We can't separate commerce from wealth and power. What if there is a method to the insanity of returning to the same failing policies over and over again?
In the nineteenth century America’s academic elites feared American students were not college-ready. Thus in 1892 The National Education Association created the Committee of Ten to create uniform college admission requirements based on new content standards using common entrance exams.  From the beginning the standards established America’s wealthy, powerful and connected were never rooted in principles of democracy or morality, but on content knowledge measure through uniformed testing. 
Now let us include standards obsession with our history of school inequity. In 1896 four years after America’s love for standards found itself further supported by Plessey v Ferguson. Establishing segregation as the law of the land for nearly 6 decades. In 1954 Brown v the Board of Education ends jurisprudence segregation. For the first time in public education history the wealthy, the powerful and the connected status quo found their policies threatened. Hiding behind their trusted mantra of “standards and exam uniformity” gave cover to “de facto” segregation. Now standards and testing uniformity policies continued to make our public schools segregated and unequal places of learning.
I have come to accept that after 124 years inequity in our public schools “equity” was never the 
Children are more than test scores: My 2016 Walking Man Resolution of Resitance to 124 years of failed education reforms:

4LAKids - Ref Rodriguez: LOCAL LAUSD BOARD MEMBER FOCUSED ON MIDDLE SCHOOLS

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Ref Rodriguez: LOCAL LAUSD BOARDMEMBER FOCUSED ON MIDDLE SCHOOLS:

Ref Rodriguez: LOCAL LAUSD BOARDMEMBER FOCUSED ON MIDDLE SCHOOLS

by Sheila Lane, Los Feliz Ledger Contributing Writer | http://bit.ly/1Opf58z



December 30, 2015  ::  Ref Rodriguez, the newly elected Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Board Member for District 5, faced what he called “a sort of surreal” day on December 15th when all schools in the LAUSD were closed due to a perceived terrorist threat that was later revealed to be a hoax.

“Ultimately, I felt that it was handled really well,” said Rodriguez. “If we had done nothing and [the threat was acted upon,] parents would have been thinking, ‘What were you doing playing with our kids’ lives?’”

Rodriguez acknowledged that there were problems in alerting parents and teachers in a timely manner, but that the LAUSD is working to improve that process.

On more typical days, Rodriguez has been working with the schools in his district that includes Silver Lake and Los Feliz to the northeast, and to the southeast, Vernon and South Gate.

“Because the needs and the communities and context are so different, we approach [these areas] in different ways,” Rodriguez said.

In the southeast—which Rodriguez is less familiar with than the northeast where he lives—Rodriguez’s team is working to better understand the area and “to help people determine what are the best approaches to do great work.”

In the northeast, it’s more about helping to facilitate programs and ideas already working well and supporting new ones, he said.

As an example, Rodriguez pointed to Silver Lake where some parents are considering starting a middle school.

“I love the fact that we have a parent initiative that the district is supporting,” he said, “rather than a district initiative that we’re trying to get parents to support.”

A native Angeleno who, in 1999, partnered with another educator to open the first public charter middle school in Los Angeles, Rodriguez went on to create 15 more charter schools under the “Partnerships to Uplift Communities” banner.

Elected to the school board last May, Rodriguez—who beat incumbent Bennett Kayser—has been targeted by critics who say that he is too beholden to the charter school movement to be impartial on the issue.
  
Rodriguez says that is not the case.

“I look at schools,” he said, “through the lens of, ‘[Which] are the schools that are doing the most innovative things and getting results?’”

Rodriguez said that he believes charter schools—which are publically funded and accountable to the district, but are managed independently—can be a great vehicle for the overall district to learn innovative educational and management approaches, but that there are too many charter schools that do not live up to that promise.

Conversely, Rodriguez said, he has seen some outstanding models within the traditional LAUSD system.

“What’s interesting to me is that in places where you have parents and teachers who feel empowered in L.A. Unified,” he said, “they are doing some of the most innovative things that
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Revenue minded Refugio "e;Ref"e; Rodriguez opposes ethnic studies in favor of more test preparation


 Why won’t Ref Rodriguez tell the truth?

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