Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7-23-14 Ed Notes Online

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14 More Schools for Avaricious Eva - Coming to a School Near You - Or in Your Own School
....with so many schools how can Eva assure a consistent quality of cheating that keeps her scores so far above any of the other charters?By way of example, the application points to one Harlem district school co-located with a Success school has started posting college flags in school hallways, based on a Success practice....I'm trying not to fall off my couch laughing at this major impact Succes




7-22-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Lee Sustar on #AFT14 Convention: Lots of Tough Talk - But Watch What They Do....to Randi Weingarten, "fighting forward" apparently means embracing the New York contract as a template for the entire union. The supposed benefits of the deal were hammered home throughout the convention. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose administration negotiated the agreement, spoke




Marie Corfield: My open letter to President Obama about public education and his legacy

Marie Corfield: My open letter to President Obama about public education and his legacy:



My open letter to President Obama about public education and his legacy




Dear President Obama,

Along with millions of Americans, I proudly and joyously voted for you in 2008. I believed that finally our nation was living up to its promise of a land where 'all men [and women] are created equal'. I have continually admired your resolve and poise in the face of birthers and other racists who have purposefully jeopardized the best interests of our nation as they plot your political demise. And I voted for you again in 2012, albeit without the same level of enthusiasm. In many ways I'm still happy you are my president. The economy is heading in the right direction, millions of previously uninsured people now have access to affordable healthcare, and our troops are coming home from over a decade of war. But to be perfectly honest, in certain ways it's more about what an alternate McCain or Romney universe would have looked like, and less about what yours looks like now because theirs would have been exponentially worse for people like me and those whom I serve.

You see, I'm an educator, and I see first hand the devastating effects your education policies, and by proxy, those of state and local officials, have on the very people whose hopes and dreams carried you to victory; whose hopes and dreams you hold so close to your heart: the people who waited hundreds of years, and waited hours in line to cast their vote so that someone just like them could finally sit in the Oval Office. Mr. President, you have let them—and all of us—down. And in light of all the good that you have accomplished, in light of what your presidency means to the history and the moral conscience of this nation, what a terrible, ironic tragedy it would be if your legacy turns out to be the further marginalization of those who have lived their lives in the margins.

Now you may wonder what a middle class, white woman from the suburbs knows about racial inequality. And that's a fair question. While I could never walk a mile in your shoes, I walked many miles in other shoes. I was raised by Roman Catholic Republicans who Marie Corfield: My open letter to President Obama about public education and his legacy:

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Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
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7-23-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Two Excellent World War One Resources From The GuardianThe British newspaper The Guardian has recently produced two excellent resources about World Ward One that I’m adding to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I: A global guide to the first world war – interactive documentary is an impressive multilingual…inte
7-23-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Ten minute drawing. Ken Griffin.by Fred Klonsky / 26min hide  //  saveTerrence P. Carter claimed a doctorate as principal at Chicago’s Barton Elementary School. Do we get a rebate?- Linda Posted on the Ravitch blog from a Chicago reader, notice his “teaching” experience increases two years in a one ye
7-23-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
Wait What?: Wait What? Questions Grow On Incoming School Chief’s Use Of Ph.D. Title, Financial ProblemsClaiming that he was “hand-picked” by Arne Duncan to be part of the corporate education reform industry, “Dr.” Terrence Carter has become a national example of what is wrong with the education reform movement. The latest article on Carter, entitled, Questions Grow On Incoming School Chief’s Use O
7-23-14 Answer Sheet
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7-23-14 Schools Matter
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7-23-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: About the radio showJoin Drs. Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar LIVE Sundays at 6PM EST and Wednesdays at 7PM EST on Blog Talk Radio for progressive, pro-public education talk radio. Call in to speak live with Tim and Shaun during the show, (805) 727-7111. You can also listen to our Monday "Sunday-Replay" at 7PM EST, and re-broadcasts of the archives every Tuesday and Thursd
7-23-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): The Real “Low Expectations” ProblemI have asked this about the U.S. Secretary of Education: Why Is Arne Duncan Still Pushing the Dangerous Myth of Low Expectations? And a large part of the answer may be because the uncritical mainstream media not only buy that message, b
7-23-14 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: My Doctoral ThesisI've been following the problems of Dr. Terrence Carter in Connecticut with some interest. It seems that the Dr., "hand picked by Arne Duncan" might not have an actual PhD. Not even a super-easy PhD, but a PhD he just bought. Faked the whole thing. And he's not remotely alone in this.How can somebody do that, I wondered. Seriously, how do you do that?Tur
7-23-14 Perdido Street School Week
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A sacred obligation by teacherken
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Common Core in Louisiana: Two Days, Two Lawsuits | deutsch29
Common Core in Louisiana: Two Days, Two Lawsuits | deutsch29: Common Core in Louisiana: Two Days, Two LawsuitsJuly 22, 2014In May 2009, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and then-State Superintendent Paul Pastorek signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to commit Louisiana to be “state led” and participate in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative, a show that the National Governors As
Russ on Reading: Student Advocacy and Tenure: A Philadelphia Story
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Louisiana Educator: Important Statement From 3 BESE Members
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NYC Educator: Remediating the Remediators
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New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career Teachers | NEA Today
New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career Teachers | NEA Today: New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career TeachersJuly 23, 2014 by twalker  Filed under Featured News, Top StoriesLeave a CommentBy Tim WalkerWhile most Americans agree that teachers do not receive the professional pay they deserve, the conversation has generally been framed around t
Common Core-Free Day | Truth in American Education
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Colleges Not On Board With College Ready? | Missouri Education Watchdog
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Corinthian Colleges: For-Profit Schools Preying on the Vulnerable While Soaking Up Tax Dollars | janresseger
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Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn | The Hechinger Report
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What's behind the tough talk? | SocialistWorker.org
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OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity
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Why would anyone have remained a teacher when… ? | Reclaim Reform
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7-21-14 The Whole Child Blog — Free Webinar: Digital Learning Strategies with Mike Fisher
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: Free Webinar: Digital Learning Strategies with Mike FisherJoin Mike Fisher, author of the ASCD Arias Digital Learning Strategies: How do I assign and assess 21st century work?, for an exciting, free webinar to explore six questions for deciding whether or not to digitize your instructional strategies, processes, or products. Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:
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7-22-14 LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
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