Wednesday, September 29, 2010

School Tech Connect: Whining

School Tech Connect: Whining

Whining

Have I not been saying this for a year now? Valerie calls it irony. Fred calls it hypocrisy. Not to be outdone, I'm calling it ironipocracy. I've got to say, it's impressive. It takes some serious brass to stiff-arm your political base in favor of policies that not only don't work, but that actually do harm, and which are embraced by people who think you're not even a citizen of the country where you might have been a two-term President!

Deadline nears for college tuition plans | EdNewsColorado

Deadline nears for college tuition plans | EdNewsColorado

Deadline nears for college tuition plans

The discussion about how much tuition Colorado college students will pay next fall kicks off in earnest on Friday, the deadline for state colleges and universities to submit tuition flexibility plans to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

A new state law allows colleges to raise resident undergraduate tuition as much as 9 percent a year for each of the next five school years. And, institutions that want larger increases can request permission to do so from CCHE. (Prior to the law the legislature set tuition increase caps every spring when it prepared the annual state

Remainders: Ed school professors favor tenure reform | GothamSchools

Remainders: Ed school professors favor tenure reform | GothamSchools

Remainders: Ed school professors favor tenure reform

  • More than 80% of ed school professors favor making it easier to terminate teachers. (Fordham)
  • Bloomberg refused to say if he’d sign a contract that included teacher seniority rights. (Daily Politics)
  • Two charter school backers are among the NYC stars on a “40 under 40″ list. (City Hall News)
  • What if ed schools only accepted pupils once they’d already tried out teaching? (Goldstein)

As city overhauls school progress reports, release is kept quiet

New York City is releasing its annual report cards for every public elementary and middle school tomorrow, and though this event is usually the focus of the week’s news cycle, city officials are trying to keep the release quiet.

Last year, when 97 percent of elementary and middle schools received an A or B on their progress reports,

Disaster Capitalism Comes to Education | Tran|Script

Disaster Capitalism Comes to Education | Tran|Script

Disaster Capitalism Comes to Education

There are only a couple of books I’ve read in the past year that have radically changed my way of thinking about things. Fresh on the heels of the co-option of the rhetoric of the open education movement by for-profit interests I read The Shock Doctrine, and it suddenly brought a bunch of things I had been struggling with into clear relief.

Here’s the basic idea — slow

Tyler Clementi left Facebook status 'Jumping off gw bridge sorry' after Rutgers dorm sex hidden video | NJ.com

Tyler Clementi left Facebook status 'Jumping off gw bridge sorry' after Rutgers dorm sex hidden video | NJ.com

Tyler Clementi left Facebook status 'Jumping off gw bridge sorry' after Rutgers dorm sex hidden video

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 6:44 PM Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 7:12 PM
tyler-clementi-molly-wei-dharun-ravi-facebook-rutgers.jpgView full sizeTyler Clementi apparently posted a Facebook status saying "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry," after his roommate Dharun Ravi and his friend Molly Wei allegedly broadcast a sexual encounter between Clementi and another man. A Facebook tribute page to Clementi, pictured above, has been established.


PISCATAWAY -- Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who was allegedly had a sex encounter broadcast via a hidden video by his roommate Dharun Ravi and his friend Molly Wei, changed his Facebook status to "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry" on Sept. 22.

Clementi's car, cell phone and computer were found near the George Washington Bridge and his wallet was found on a bridge walkway, police have said. His body has not been found, but

Mass. schools chief urges probation for charter - BostonHerald.com

Mass. schools chief urges probation for charter - BostonHerald.com

Mass. schools chief urges probation for charter

By Associated Press
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 -

State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is recommending the board of education place a Gloucester charter school on probation.

Chester says the trustees of the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School failed to manage the school effectively by not planning for construction delays and opening three weeks late.

Chester acknowledged that the school is open, however, and said

Whoa: Cal Thomas: Politicians allow public education to fail kids | Washington Examiner

Cal Thomas: Politicians allow public education to fail kids | Washington Examiner

Cal Thomas: Politicians allow public education to fail kids

By: CAL THOMAS
Examiner Columnist
September 29, 2010

"Waiting for Superman" is the new film by documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, director of "An Inconvenient Truth," and it should be mandatory viewing for every member of Congress.

As a synopsis on the Fandango movie site says, this film "explores the tragic ways in which the American public education system is failing our nation's children. ..."

Not only do we see children and their parents on the edge of their seats during



Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Politicians-allow-public-education-to-fail-kids-1045340-104016718.html#ixzz10xmMDJb6

John Merrow: Four Days IN Education Nation

John Merrow: Four Days IN Education Nation

John Merrow

John Merrow

Posted: September 29, 2010 06:34 PM

Four Days IN Education Nation

What's Your Reaction:

I've spent the past four days immersed in public education. First in Texas, where I spoke with and listened to superintendents and school board members; then at Education Nation, a day-and-a-half event put on by NBC and sponsored by the University of Phoenix and some major foundations, and finally at the annual dinner where the McGraw Prize in Education is awarded.

Remember that classic western, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?" Just like the movie's title, I'm starting with the good. That would be the McGraw Prize, an annual black tie event I hadn't attended for five or six years. Last night three educators who are making a huge difference were honored, men who

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