Thursday, January 7, 2016

The “Dear Colleague” Letters and John King’s Homework | deutsch29

The “Dear Colleague” Letters and John King’s Homework | deutsch29:

The “Dear Colleague” Letters and John King’s Homework


No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) both include sections regarding civil rights, which originate with the Title IX Amendments of 1972. NCLB includes civil rights in its Title IX:
IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed to
permit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (except as otherwise permitted under title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972), national origin, or disability in any program funded under this Act.
Exceptions in the Title IX document from 1972 include but are not limited to institutions controlled by religious organizations “with contrary religious tenets” and organizations that traditionally admit only a single sex.
In ESSA, the title that incorporates civil rights and that refers back to Title IX amendments from 1972 is now labeled Title VIII. Still, the civil rights component is in ESSA just as it was in NCLB. And there is not much to that civil rights component (which might be broadly referred to as Title IX, even though Title IX has many more sections than just the one on civil rights).
The importance of the above information is that it provides background for a six-page letter dated January 07, 2016, from Senator James Lankford, who chairs the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management (part of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs), to Acting US Secretary of Education John King. Lankford’s letter concerns the USDOE’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and its issuance of what it calls “Dear Colleague letters,” or letters sent The “Dear Colleague” Letters and John King’s Homework | deutsch29:


CURMUDGUCATION: Rules for Tools

CURMUDGUCATION: Rules for Tools:

Rules for Tools

Tom Vander Ark is as prolific as hell, so I have to admire his tenacity and energy, but every time I read his stuff, I'm driven to conclude that he's kind of a tool.

I don't intend to make a personal judgment-- for all I know, he's a delightful gentleman. But he often seems to achieve the near-perfect expression of the corporate tool approach to the education biz. This is unsurprising-- Vander Ark has been the executive director of education for the Gates Foundation, an education venture capitalist, and the head of a retail chain start-up. 

If you want a taste of Vander Ark's corporate tool approach to education, you can check out his latest thoughts at Buffington Post-- "21 Things Education Leaders Should Do Right Now"

Well, actually, twenty-one things ed leaders should do in the next 180 days or so. Vander Ark has broken the Things into three groups of seven. 

First Ninety Days



1. Make good first impressions. Visit every school.

2. Check out your leadership team. Get rid of anybody necessary in order to build a "high trust, high capacity team."

3. Hone your personal narrative. (Seriously-- this is how Vander Ark writes). "You'll have a hundred opportunities to share your story during your first ninety days," particularly if you don't waste time listening to people.

4. Open your political capital bank account and make initial deposits. He's talking about making CURMUDGUCATION: Rules for Tools:


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