Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crenshaw alum: Teacher suspension shed light on LAUSD teacher jail

Crenshaw alum: Teacher suspension shed light on LAUSD teacher jail:




Crenshaw alum: Teacher suspension shed light on LAUSD teacher jail

    







Iris Stevenson arrives at Crenshaw High after being released from "teacher jail." | Amanda Scurlock

Iris Stevenson arrives at Crenshaw High after being released from “teacher jail.” Scroll below for video of Stevenson’s return. | Amanda Scurlock
ACrenshaw High School in South Los Angeles, the 2014-2015 school year almost began without one of the campus’s most beloved teachers. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced in August that music instructor Iris Stevenson had been restored to her post. However, questions about her several-month-long absence remain. The case has shed light on “teacher jail,” the unofficial nickname for a sort of institutional purgatory for district teachers, which until recently meted out a virtually secret form of punishment.
The LAUSD removed Stevenson from her classroom in December 2013, shortly after she returned from a performing trip with the Crenshaw Elite Choir to Washington, D.C. and Paris. Of the 20 participants, only three were enrolled Crenshaw students. The rest of the group consisted of alumni, chaperones and musicians from around Los Angeles. Upon their return, district authorities reassigned Stevenson, and did not explain why to students and families. She had worked at Crenshaw since 1985.
“Her case, which is a confidential, personnel matter, remains under investigation,” the district said in a statement last month.
Alumni, faculty and community figures decried Stevenson’s ouster, overwhelming the principal’s office and the district with phone calls to vouch for her good character and to demand justice. As a former student of Stevenson’s, I supported their efforts.
“We have to let the school and the district know that we love Ms. Stevenson and what [LAUSD is] doing is not right,” said Vanity Brown, a Crenshaw alumna who spearheaded the protests against LAUSD’s action this spring.
Brown created a Facebook group called “Team Iris Stevenson” to spread information about the case to others who opposed Stevenson’s suspension. Brown also made suggestions of what to say when speaking with LAUSD officials or the Crenshaw principal. With the Facebook group, Brown mobilized generations of Crenshaw alumni who wanted to share memories of Stevenson.
“She opened a lot of doors for me when it came to going places,” said Brittney Hall, a recent graduate from Crenshaw.

Many students, parents and alums believe Stevenson was penalized for taking students on the trip without submitting the proper paperwork. Her students and advocates can’t understand why such a minor infraction would call for such a serious punishment. “She did not do anything wrong,” said Shelieha White, a senior at Crenshaw High and one of the three students who participated in the trip. White said she thought bigger motives may have been at play, explaining her hunch that LAUSD is “trying to close down our school.” “They don’t like Crenshaw,” she said. Supporters of Stevenson and other suspended teachers believe LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy supports a new pedagogical approach that focuses more on standardized tests than on enforcing critical thinking and creativity – and that this emphasis might explain the crackdown on Stevenson. “All teachers must administer these tests, and then they are judged on the performance of each student, and if their students don’t perform as required, the students are labeled failing and the teachers are labeled failing,” said JoAnn Wypijewski, who wrote “Where Shame is Policy: Inside LA’s ‘Teacher Jail” that appeared in the May 19 issue of The Nation. “Teachers are under fire tremendously,” she added. “What is exciting, though, - See more at: http://intersectionssouthla.org/story/crenshaw-alum-teacher-suspension-shed-light-on-lausd-teacher-jail/#sthash.tExcLSlX.dpuf

We Know What Equity Looks Like, and We are Passionate About it - Lily's Blackboard

We Know What Equity Looks Like, and We are Passionate About it - Lily's Blackboard:








We Know What Equity Looks Like, and We are Passionate About it

Equity is a cause I have fought for all my life, since the days I taught in a Homeless Shelter School in Salt Lake City. It is the cause of my heart. I work every day—as I know many of you do—in the hope that some day every blessed child can walk into her neighborhood school and have everything necessary to succeed.
I fight every day—as I know many of you do—so that students in our most vulnerable and marginalized communities will some day have the same access to great public schools as children in the most affluent communities.
Today we have taken a major step toward making that dream a reality. This morning Secretary Duncan announcedthat his Office of Civil Rights will – as a priority - investigate claims that children of color do not enjoy the same extracurricular programs, Gifted and Talented and Advanced Placement programs, and arts and athletic programs.
They will investigate claims that facilities, technology, and instructional materials are not equally available to all children. They will investigate claims that critical support services and licensed, experienced teachers are not equally available to all children.
We know what equity looks like. Walk into the most impressive, shiny, gorgeous public school you can find. It has a theater department and a chemistry lab and a library full of books. It has computer clusters and sports equipment and a schedule full of AP offerings. You know those schools. They are the best schools in the world.
Equity means every school should look like those schools. When someone says, “We can’t afford that,” fearless fighters for equity will say, “Si se puede! Yes, you can.” If you can afford it for those kids, you can afford it for these kids.
But they can only investigate where they know there is a problem. When I found out the Secretary was doing this wonderful thing, I asked my NEA staff to create a place on our website where we can gather the claims that trigger these investigations:
Stake your claim. Tell the story of a school crying out for equity. Tell us where it is and the information will go directly to the Office of Civil Rights. Si se puede. Go Fight Win.We Know What Equity Looks Like, and We are Passionate About it - Lily's Blackboard:

NYC Schools May Be Leading Us Back to Real Education Policy | DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing

NYC Schools May Be Leading Us Back to Real Education Policy | DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing:



NYC Schools May Be Leading Us Back to Real Education Policy



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 To mw what follows is a fabulous example of trying to do the right thing under very constricted laws that need changing.

I know there will be those of you ready to comment negatively on this report. Some of you will argue that Farina goes too far and some that she doesn’t go far enough, but  what I saw in this first paragraph is the the kind of leadership in NYC schools we haven’t seen in decades.
“New York City is overhauling its system for evaluating schools, de-emphasizing test scores in favor of measures like the strength of the curriculum and the school environment, and doing away with an overall A-through-F grade for each school, the schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, said on Tuesday.”
New School Evaluations Will Lower Test Scores’ Influence
I have often written and emphasized that when I was  a student in NYC public Schools during the 1950’s and mid 1960’s and a teacher there from 1970-1986, I was part of a system that allowed for the respect of creativity in the creation of curricula and innovation in teaching methodology that emphasized student engagement and learning though authentic assessments and evaluations. In fact my book, Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks is based on those sets of experiences as well as others.
For example, in 1941, the NYC Association for the Teaching of Social Studies published this book , A Handbook for the teaching of social studieswhich was used as the guide for new social studies teachers in NYC and elsewhere for decades. Its second printing was as late as 1985. It was my student teaching handbook and my textbook for  my Social Studies methodology class when I attended Fordham University. This book along with observing its practices used during  the  student teaching experience taught us how to use student centered developmental lessons which were based on the use of  a few essential questions (pivotal questions) and mostly class discussion led, not controlled, by the teacher . Yes, It was written in 1941.
It is only one example of the student centered spirit of education that existed in NYC schools (if of course you were in a building with a positive environment for teaching…determined by the Principal [teacher] in each school). That much has not changed, except that in NYC over the past few decades  the role of a Principal has become less about teaching and more about managing.
The Di Blasio – Farina  team have hopefully set us back on the right track. Even though they are forced to work within the guidelines set up by the NYC Schools May Be Leading Us Back to Real Education Policy | DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing:

10-1-14 Curmudgucation - What Lily Misses about the Common Core

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The Six Big Lies of Reformsterdom

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10-1-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum

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McCleary; One Justice Weighs in at The Stranger
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Student Data: Protect Your Child's Data
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9-30-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools and Garfield Field Trip Incident: PTSA meetingI attended Garfield's PTSA meeting last night.  There were about 65 people in attendance.  It was a bit odd because they chose to have the lights down so as to put the agenda and supporting documents on a big overhead screen.  It was pretty dark and made the remarks even more gloomy.I was fairly astonish




Angry About Drag Racing, Town Bans Jaywalking | Taking Note

Angry About Drag Racing, Town Bans Jaywalking | Taking Note:



Angry About Drag Racing, Town Bans Jaywalking




Bizarro, Nevada, October 1–In a powerful response to hordes of young adults using Main Street for drag races “day and night,” an angry City Council voted to impose $250 fines and 30-day jail terms for jaywalking. “These damn hot rodders are endangering our citizens, and the only way to stop them is to keep our citizens out of the streets.”
Well, OK, that didn’t happen. There is no town of Bizarro, Nevada, and I hope no one would pass laws to punish the victims…but that’s what came to mind when I read a Wall Street Journal report about schools’ beefing up test security, headlined Schools’ Test: Beat the Cheat.
The gist of the article: Because no school district wants to be “the next Atlanta,” where intense pressures from leadership led to massive cheating by some principals and teachers, they are investing heavily in security measures to keep students and teachers from cheating. But the Journal article says nothing about addressing the cause of widespread cheating, the pressure from leadership to produce high test scores. It might have at least raised the question of whether districts were treating symptoms, not causes.
Here’s an analogy: Imagine you are sitting on a bed of nails and screaming in pain–and, to cure the problem, someone gives you strong pain pills and then stuffs a gag in your mouth to stop you from screaming. Problem solved, right?
The reporting is flawed in another important way. The Journal cites as the leading authority on cheating prevention the founder of Caveon Security, John Fremer. Clearly no one did a simple background check. If they had, they would have learned that Caveon’s track record includes some significant failures, starting with Atlanta. That’s right: Caveon was hired by the Atlanta School Board to investigate allegations of cheating…and its investigators found nothing wrong!
“Caveon couldn’t find its ass with either hand,” said one of the two lawyers who led the subsequent investigation demanded by Georgia’s governor; that’s the one that found the cheating, identified the alleged cheaters, and produced the indictments. (The trial began on September 29th.)
Caveon had been hired by the (so-called) “Blue Ribbon Committee” established to look into allegations of cheating in Atlanta. Caveon looked–and reported finding nothing wrong in what turned out to be the epicenter of cheating by adults on standardized tests. Dr. Fremer told me that while he ‘knew’ there was widespread cheating going on, that was not mentioned in his final report. “We did not try to find out who was cheating,” he said. “Our purpose was to rank order the schools beginning with those with the most obvious problems (of unbelievably dramatic score increases), in order to make the task of investigating more manageable.” In other words, Caveon produced a list!
Dr. Fremer admitted that he knew some Atlanta teachers were lying to him, but he said his hands 
Angry About Drag Racing, Town Bans Jaywalking | Taking Note:

10-1-14 LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD

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Morning Read: Brown vetoes two out of four truancy bills
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9-30-14 This Week in LA - School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
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Reading Requires Outside Knowledge | Truth in American Education
Reading Requires Outside Knowledge | Truth in American Education: Reading Requires Outside KnowledgeFiled in Common Core State Standards by Shane Vander Hart on September 30, 2014 • 0 Comments1051Daniel Willingham is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and he wrote a piece at Real Clear Education entitled “Common Core and ‘Close Reading’: Effectiveness Questionable without Outs
Is the Impact of Charters Schools on Achievement a Big Lie? | Cloaking Inequity
Is the Impact of Charters Schools on Achievement a Big Lie? | Cloaking Inequity: Is the Impact of Charters Schools on Achievement a Big Lie?I have been called a charter school “lover” and a charter school “hater” in the same week. Are both true? Neither? I think we as a society must be pragmatic on charters. I recently had a conversation with my grandmother, who was a lifelong educator at a middle
9-30-14 Answer Sheet
Answer Sheet: Professor: Why I tell students to become teachers — even though the profession is under assaultWhy, given the continuing assault on the teaching profession, would anyone suggest to young people that they consider becoming teachers? Here’s why, from Mark Naison, a professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. H
How LGBT Students Can Pay an ‘Unfair Price’ for Life | NEA Today
How LGBT Students Can Pay an ‘Unfair Price’ for Life | NEA Today: How LGBT Students Can Pay an ‘Unfair Price’ for LifeSeptember 30, 2014 by twalker  Filed under Featured News, Top StoriesLeave a CommentBy Tim WalkerAn economy still plagued by stagnant wages, sluggish growth and a tight job market has left millions of Americans financially vulnerable and struggling to make ends meet. A new landmark
Russ on Reading: VAMs: Stupid Economist’s Tricks
Russ on Reading: VAMs: Stupid Economist’s Tricks: VAMs: Stupid Economist’s TricksThe formula to the left will allow you to calculate your Value Added Score. Please don't forget to show your work.I am not an economist. I had one intro to economics course in college. Everything I have learned about economics since then has come from reading Paul Krugman in the New York Times. I consider it a good mo
School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap | 89.3 KPCC
School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap | 89.3 KPCC: School spending by affluent is widening wealth gapEducation is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:Preschool can lift children from poverty. Top high schools prepare students for college. A college degree boosts pay over a lifetime. And the U.S. e
9-30-14 Cali Education Headlines | CSIS – California School Information Services
Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team | CSIS – California School Information Services: Education HeadlinesStockton USD truancy force puts love in tough loveOne little girl had a lice infestation so severe, she’d gouged her scalp trying to relieve the maddening itch. Badly infected, she was ashamed to go to school and her family too ashamed to reach out for help. September 30, 2014John Gre
9-30-14 Curmudgucation - What Lily Misses about the Common Core
CURMUDGUCATION: What Lily Misses about the Common CoreMy esteemed colleague at Edushyster scored an interview with NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia, and as always, it's pretty encouraging to see an NEA boss express herself in plain English that clearly opposes reformster ideas-- except for the Common Core. I'm going to reprint a full paragraph because I think it articulates more clearly than any
9-30-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools and Garfield Field Trip Incident: PTSA meetingI attended Garfield's PTSA meeting last night.  There were about 65 people in attendance.  It was a bit odd because they chose to have the lights down so as to put the agenda and supporting documents on a big overhead screen.  It was pretty dark and made the remarks even more gloomy.I was fairly astonish
9-30-14 This Week in LA - School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District): Homeless student population in US grew rapidly since recessionHomeless student population in US grew rapidly since recession Via Hechinger Report | by Jill Barshay Despite signs of a national economic recovery, homelessness in U.S. public schools steadily increased 8 percent, to 1.26 million students, in
“More Than a Score” named in The Nation’s “5 Books to Build a Movement for Education Justice!” | I AM AN EDUCATOR
“More Than a Score” named in The Nation’s “5 Books to Build a Movement for Education Justice!” | I AM AN EDUCATOR: “More Than a Score” named in The Nation’s “5 Books to Build a Movement for Education Justice!”By I AM AN EDUCATOR on September 30, 2014I am thrilled to announce that Kenzo Shibata, writing for the current issue of The Nation magazine, named the forthcoming book I edited, More Than a S
Is the new AP U.S. History really anti-American? | The Hechinger Report
Is the new AP U.S. History really anti-American? | The Hechinger Report: Is the new AP U.S. History really anti-American?What changed and what didn’t in the latest “Common Core” version of the classBy Emmanuel FeltonMartin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, George Washington Carver, James Madison and Rosa Parks. If you’ve heard that the new AP U.S. History course description doesn’t mention these
The growing disjunction in education policy | TheHill
The growing disjunction in education policy | TheHill: The growing disjunction in education policyA flurry of activity among education reformers across the country exposes a growing bifurcation within its ranks, uncovered by recent challenges to teacher tenure in New York. Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown's Partnership for Educational Justice, which recently recruited renowned attorneys David Boie
The Games Charter Schools Play | Frank Breslin
The Games Charter Schools Play | Frank Breslin: The Games Charter Schools PlayJudging by the claims made by charters, one would think it but child's play to make good on their boast of having higher test scores than their public-school cousins.Charters' ability to deliver on their promise of achieving higher scores is, after all, their sole reason for existing and the only justification for their
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BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-30-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Tennessee: Most Teachers Say Abandon Common CoreTennessee is one of Arne Duncan’s favorite states because it was one of the first states to win Race to the Top funding, it has a rightwing govern





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