Monday, July 27, 2015

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Test & Punish & Civil Rights | The Progressive
Test & Punish & Civil Rights | The Progressive: Test & Punish & Civil RightsThe Murphy Amendment (Premise: the worst parts of NCLB are actually the best parts; let's give them steroids) was one more manifestation of the Civil Rights Argument for Test and Punish. Amendment proposer Chris Murphy (D-Conn) invoked that justification for his test and punish bill, saying that ESEA "
"For the Kids" - Comprehensive Review of California School Bonds, Executive Summary
"For the Kids" - Comprehensive Review of California School Bonds, Executive Summary (Section 1 of 9) - California Policy Center: "For the Kids" - Comprehensive Review of California School Bonds, Executive SummaryCalifornia School BondsSee the complete California Policy Center report For the Kids: California Voters Must Become Wary of Borrowing Billions More from Wealthy Investo
How One Educator is Taking Ethnic Studies Mainstream - NEA Today
How One Educator is Taking Ethnic Studies Mainstream - NEA Today: How One Educator is Taking Ethnic Studies Mainstream Thousands of high school students from Los Angeles, Calif. will benefit from a more diverse curriculum this year, thanks in large part to the efforts of Jose Lara, a social studies teacher at Santee Education Complex High School.His labors led to make ethnic studies a graduation r
DEMAND AUDITS: California Charter School Fraud
Risking Public Money: California Charter School Fraud | Center for Popular Democracy: DEMAND AUDITS: California Charter School Fraud In 1992, California became the second state in the nation to pass legislation authorizing the creation of charter schools. Since the law’s passage, which originally authorized 100 charter schools, the number of charter schools in California has grown rapidly. Today,
Why Don’t Schools Give Teachers Enough Time to Use the Restroom? - The Atlantic
Why Don’t Schools Give Teachers Enough Time to Use the Restroom? - The Atlantic: Using the Restroom: A Privilege—If You’re a TeacherEducators seldom have enough time to do their business. What’s that doing to the state of learning?It’s common knowledge that teachers today are stressed, that they feel underappreciated and disrespected, and disillusioned. It’s no wonder they’re ditching the classroo
Peg with Pen: I'm Not Grateful for Compromise
Peg with Pen: I'm Not Grateful for Compromise: I'm Not Grateful for CompromiseBut I am grateful for every activist out there who is pushing hard - in their own way - to save our public schools. Truly I am grateful for that and I want to make that clear before I jump into this blog.This is my first blog of the summer.  I couldn't blog due to fatigue and I wouldn't let myself blog because I knew tha
Education lobbyists’ backers stay in the shadows - The Buffalo News
Education lobbyists’ backers stay in the shadows - City & Region - The Buffalo News: Education lobbyists’ backers stay in the shadowsALBANY – Three groups pushing education reforms that spent heavily lobbying state government this year funded at least a portion of their efforts though donations whose original sources are essentially untraceable.Those question marks remain despite a 2011 ethics
Kevin Johnson's Cronies Trump Up Racism Scandal Against His Enemies
Kevin Johnson's Cronies Trump Up Racism Scandal Against His Enemies: Kevin Johnson's Cronies Trump Up Racism Scandal Against His EnemiesThere’s a price for taking on Mayor Kevin Johnson in Sacramento, Calif., and the SacramentoNews & Review is now paying it. The small weekly paper has consistently taken the lead in exposing Johnson’s abuses of the public trust—and now, for its troubles, finds
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Trust was a bust. Now where's Bill and Randi?
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Trust was a bust. Now where's Bill and Randi?: The Trust was a bust. Now where's Bill and Randi?Back in 2012, Rahm's proposed Infrastructure Trust got him him great press, especially with flack David Axelrod pumping it like it was the second coming of the Marshall Plan. The New York Times hailed it as the  $7 billion plan  that would "transform the city’s in
Will John Kasich Stand Up to the Republican Donors Taking Billions from Ohio’s Charter Program? – InsideSources
Will John Kasich Stand Up to the Republican Donors Taking Billions from Ohio’s Charter Program? – InsideSources: Will John Kasich Stand Up to the Republican Donors Taking Billions from Ohio’s Charter Program?As John Kasich begins campaigning for President, he’ll be proclaiming a number of impressive policy successes on the trail. In Congress, he was the chief architect of the 1997 balanced budget
Is Donald Trump right about what Gov. Scott Walker did to Wisconsin schools? - The Washington Post
Is Donald Trump right about what Gov. Scott Walker did to Wisconsin schools? - The Washington Post: Is Donald Trump right about what Gov. Scott Walker did to Wisconsin schools?Is Donald Trump right about what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s education policies have done to the state’s public schools?Trump, who is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is going from one opponent in t
What I Did Over My Summer Vacation | deutsch29
What I Did Over My Summer Vacation | deutsch29: What I Did Over My Summer VacationI began my ten-week summer vacation in ;ate May 2015 with a trip to Houston on the Wednesday following Memorial Day. The purpose of the trip was to help my sister Anna move some of her belongings from her temporary housing in Houston back home to southern Louisiana. She is an engineer with Chevron, and she was finish
Geaux Teacher!: Big $$ Expected to Flow to 2015 Louisiana BESE Campaign
Geaux Teacher!: Big $$ Expected to Flow to 2015 Louisiana BESE Campaign: Big $$ Expected to Flow to 2015 Louisiana BESE CampaignReflecting on the 2011 BESE campaign in which I ran for the first time against my current opponent Atty. James Garvey, I found this report and thought it worth sharing with Louisiana voters.Taxpayers should ask themselves which of the candidates this year will be most lik
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Director Peaslee Gives Her School Board Picks
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Director Peaslee Gives Her School Board Picks: Director Peaslee Gives Her School Board PicksI would like to say this is a parody of sorts but no, it's Director Peaslee's recommendations for School Board.Now the first thing you'll note is that she gives recommendations for all the races (even though not all are on the primary ballot anyway) except for her own distri
States in Motion: Visualizing how education funding has changed over time | EdSource
States in Motion: Visualizing how education funding has changed over time | EdSource: States in Motion: Visualizing how education funding has changed over timeAfter a complete redesign and the addition of new data, we’re excited to relaunch “States in Motion.”The project explores numerous datasets through interactive charts for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. The idea behind the proje
CURMUDGUCATION: Teacher "Shortage" Reflections
CURMUDGUCATION: Teacher "Shortage" Reflections: Teacher "Shortage" ReflectionsAssembling my recent post on teacher shortages gave me a lot to reflect on, but since the piece was already a gazillion words long, I saved that reflection for another post. Here is that post.In no particular order, here are some of the things that jumped out as I did my national tour.Spin Is a ThingI
MapED | Educational Attainment Comparison of School Districts and the Nation
MapED | home: Educational Attainment Comparison of School Districts and the NationMapED | home:NEW MapEDMapED is a project developed by the NCES CENSUS Mapping Program. Our goal is to provide a rich GIS experience using CENSUS and NCES datasets and publications. Story Maps present interesting data concepts in an interactive and easily digestable format for everyone.Get Started...NEW EDGEThe Educat
Five Things on Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do List - Politics K-12 - Education Week
Five Things on Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do List - Politics K-12 - Education Week: Five Things on Arne Duncan's Summer To-Do ListWe're more than halfway through the summer, and most kids, and even many teachers are in full-on vacation mode. But the U.S. Department of Education—and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—still have a lot on their plates.Here's what the department is burning the midni
Carnegie Mellon project revives failed inBloom dream to store and analyze student data - The Hechinger Report
Carnegie Mellon project revives failed inBloom dream to store and analyze student data - The Hechinger Report: Carnegie Mellon project revives failed inBloom dream to store and analyze student dataPrivacy controversy to be dodged by not storing student names, addresses or social security numbersLearnSphere, a new $5 million federally-funded project at Carnegie Mellon University, aims to become “th
Jersey Jazzman: State Standards, Mapping the NAEP, & Student Performance: Who's the "Liar"? Part I
Jersey Jazzman: State Standards, Mapping the NAEP, & Student Performance: Who's the "Liar"? Part I: State Standards, Mapping the NAEP, & Student Performance: Who's the "Liar"? Part I Education Secretary Arne Duncan is sick and tired of all those states that "lie" to their students:“The idea that the Common Core standards are nationally-imposed is a conspiracy
The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe Not : NPR Ed : NPR
The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe Not : NPR Ed : NPR: The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe NotRosie The Assistant Principal?LA Johnson/NPRIt's been a theory of mine that the Assistant Principal has the toughest job in education.I got that idea a long time ago, when I was a student teacher at a middle school.It seemed, the assistant principal's job goes something like this:She's On duty well bef
Is The Senate Attempting To Change The Constitution with ECAA? » Missouri Education Watchdog
Is The Senate Attempting To Change The Constitution with ECAA? » Missouri Education Watchdog: Is The Senate Attempting To Change The Constitution with ECAA?As a plaintiff in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the testing consortia, I pay close attention to law, rule and policy that has to do with student testing. In the latest draft of the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) t
Expect Education To Be Big Issue In 2016 Presidential Campaign, Survey Shows - Forbes
Expect Education To Be Big Issue In 2016 Presidential Campaign, Survey Shows - Forbes: Expect Education To Be Big Issue In 2016 Presidential Campaign, Survey ShowsWhat’s the most important issue facing the country? As usual, it’s the economy and jobs, according to the latest annual survey from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. But education is the second issue on the minds of America
The scariest lesson of No Child Left Behind - Vox
The scariest lesson of No Child Left Behind - Vox: The scariest lesson of No Child Left BehindNo Child Left Behind did two major things: It forced states to identify schools that were failing according to scores on standardized tests. Then it told states what to do to fix those schools.Congress is now overhauling the law. The biggest likely change in any compromise is that the federal government w
Malloy signs charter school "transparency" bill - News - West Hartford News
Malloy signs charter school transparency bill - News - West Hartford News: Malloy signs charter school transparency billHARTFORD >> Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill Tuesday that requires charter schools and their management organizations to provide more information to the state about their finances.The so-called “charter transparency” bill will require the state education commissioner to monito
Campbell Brown has a new education-focused site: Is it news or advocacy? - The Washington Post
Campbell Brown has a new education-focused site: Is it news or advocacy? - The Washington Post: Campbell Brown has a new education-focused site: Is it news or advocacy?Is it news, or is it advocacy? In the case of the Seventy Four, a new news site focused on education, the answer appears to be yes.The site, co-founded and edited by former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown, bills itself as “a nonpr
The Washington Teacher: DC Corporate Profiteers Expose the Dark Side of Charter School Industry
The Washington Teacher: DC Corporate Profiteers Expose the Dark Side of Charter School Industry: DC Corporate Profiteers Expose the Dark Side of Charter School IndustryWritten by Candi Peterson, WTU General Vice PresidentRecently, an education colleague asked me how do we make charter schools better? I really had no answer to his question in light of some of our recent local charter school scandal

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United Opt Out Offers an Intimate Portrait of Activism - Living in Dialogue
United Opt Out Offers an Intimate Portrait of Activism - Living in Dialogue: United Opt Out Offers an Intimate Portrait of ActivismThe administrators of United Opt Out have published An Activist Handbook for the Education Revolution: United Opt Out’s Test of Courage. It should of high interest to advocates for real change in our schools.One of the benefits of the 2011 Save Our Schools march in Was
Newark trying to force teachers to talk parents out of special education programs | Bob Braun's Ledger
Newark trying to force teachers to talk parents out of special education programs | Bob Braun's Ledger: Newark trying to force teachers to talk parents out of special education programsTurnamian: So wrong about so many thingsNewark school administrators now working for newly appointed state superintendent Christopher Cerf are trying to force the city’s special education teachers and specialists to
Brevard County School Board: $4 Million “improperly” paid for “undelivered” delivered software? Investigation needed… | Reclaim Reform
Brevard County School Board: $4 Million “improperly” paid for “undelivered” delivered software? Investigation needed… | Reclaim Reform: Brevard County School Board: $4 Million “improperly” paid for “undelivered” delivered software? Investigation needed…Watch Brevard County School Board members Andy Ziegler and Karen Henderson engage in double-talk about paying $4 million of “improper” payment for
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 7/26/15
SPECIAL NITE CAP CORPORATE ED REFORMSeattle Schools Community Forum: Who to Vote For?Seattle Schools Community Forum: Who to Vote For?:Who to Vote For?In discussions with friends and neighbors, I find two kinds of voters.  The "I got my ballot, filled it out and mailed it already" and the "I'm waiting until the last minute" voter.  I'm somewhere in-between.I'm going to give you






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