Monday, November 8, 2010

Seattle Public Schools community blog: Well, the SCPTSA

Seattle Public Schools community blog: Well, the SCPTSA

Well, the SCPTSA

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Dora Taylor said...

Melissa,

You haven't got their notification up but I read it earlier tonight.

All I want to say is that Ramona and Heidi were in front of the line in Olympia pushing Bill 6696, the Ed Reform bill for our

LAUSD, UTLA, The L.A. Times and Yellow Journalism - Perdaily.com

LAUSD, UTLA, The L.A. Times and Yellow Journalism - Perdaily.com

LAUSD, UTLA, The L.A. Times and Yellow Journalism

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On Sunday, November 7th Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article entitled "Teachers unions clout in question," which is a completely and utter distortion of everything that he knows from having daily and intimate access to the highest echelons of LAUSD, which he once described to me as resembling a "MASH triage unit in Superintendent Ramon Cortines's offfice," where they are running from brush fire to brush fire without a clue as how to deal with any of the issues they face in a logical and definitive manner.

Mitchell Landsberg, Jason Song, Howard Blume, and other journalists that limit themselves to publishing what Diane Ravitch ironically calls "the dominant narrative" party line that is parroted all the way down the line from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines and below, who all know the reality of public education's programmed failure that has gone on for generations, but choose for what must be their own career security to write articles that incessantly mention dominant narrative talking points without the slightest critical analysis which should be the hallmark of real journalism.

In Landsberg's Sunday article he mention 3 supposed factors that once politically powerful teachers' unions have

Schools Matter: Top Priority of Republican House: Add $700 Billion to the Federal Deficit

Schools Matter: Top Priority of Republican House: Add $700 Billion to the Federal Deficit

Top Priority of Republican House: Add $700 Billion to the Federal Deficit

If you buy the bromide that Reagan was the great communicator, you will find it even easier to see Obama as the great equivocator. Last year during the health care fiasco, I watched Obama repeatedly fumble-fork explanations for why we need a public option. Now he is doing the same thing with his marshmallow response to the question of continuing the Bush tax cuts for millionaires. From the 60 Minutes interview:
KROFT: . . . Are you ready to compromise on the Bush tax breaks?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think we're gonna have to have a serious conversation about it. Here's an example where I'd like to think we could at least settle on those things we agree on. I think both Democrats and Republicans agree that for people making $250,000 a year or less, the last thing we want right now is to see their taxes go up. Not only would it be bad for them, but it'd be bad for the economy as a whole. Because those are the folks who are most likely to spend. And a lot of

IEA latest to join in support of hotel workers. � Fred Klonsky's blog

IEA latest to join in support of hotel workers. � Fred Klonsky's blog

IEA latest to join in support of hotel workers.

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Progressive, religious and labor organizations have supported the efforts of Unite Here to win decent working conditions for its members. The IEA has now finally joined the movement and good for them.

Azbuka Academy, a defunct charter school in Northeast Portland, files suit seeking to reopen | OregonLive.com

Azbuka Academy, a defunct charter school in Northeast Portland, files suit seeking to reopen | OregonLive.com

Portland Public Schools wants $548 million, a record, to upgrade school buildings

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By Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian

November 08, 2010, 5:31PM
If voters say yes to a bond measure in May, Roosevelt, Jefferson and Cleveland high schools would be fully rebuilt, as would burned-down Marysville Elementary and four K-8 schools Full story »

Azbuka Academy, a defunct charter school in Northeast Portland, files suit seeking to reopen

By Steve Beaven, The Oregonian

November 08, 2010, 5:18PM
Slavic Youth of America, which operated the Azbuka Academy, filed the suit on Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Full story »

Right Brain Initiative returns art to Portland-area classrooms

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By Candice Ruud, The Oregonian

November 08, 2010, 4:22PM
The Right Brain Initiative, a Portland nonprofit that aims to replace vanishing arts education in public schools, is in its third year in elementary and k-8 schools from Hillsboro to Clackamas and everywhere in between. Resident artists in all mediums work directly with students in participating schools once a week for several weeks, culminating in a final project. Full story »

Gresham middle school library earns national recognition

Gresham middle school library award

By Matt Buxton, The Oregonian

November 08, 2010, 12:24PM
On Monday morning, West Orient Middle School -- the only middle school in the district with a certified librarian -- was recognized as the most outstanding public-school library in the state. Full story »

Forest Grove students to celebrate armed service members during assembly

By Kelly House, The Oregonian

November 08, 2010, 11:13AM
The assembly typically packs the high school gymnasium with students, veterans and well-wishers. Full story »

Schools Matter: Mayoral Control of Schools? Not So Much

Schools Matter: Mayoral Control of Schools? Not So Much

Mayoral Control of Schools? Not So Much

A top priority of the handful of oligarchs who control federal education policy and Arne Duncan is the elimination of public governance of the public schools by ceding power to CEOs, once known as mayors, and eliminating elected school boards. Mike Klonsky gives us a rundown on how it's going in Chicago. Not well. Here's a clip, but do read it all, please at HuffPo:
. . . . Duncan couldn't deliver a victory for Fenty, even while resorting to threats of pulling millions of federal grant dollars from D.C. schools should Gray win. This left many wondering if Duncan only favored mayoral control if he could control the mayor.

But now, with Chicago's schools in a state of leaderless limbo, the problems of having a single autocrat running big-city school systems have become obvious to all. After a decade and a half of Daley's top-down reform efforts, seven of those years with Duncan as the CEO, neighborhood

Committee vote may endanger Md. Race to Top grant

Committee vote may endanger Md. Race to Top grant

Committee vote may endanger Md. Race to Top grant

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 8, 2010; 7:41 PM

A Maryland legislative committee voted Monday to reject a new regulation requiring that half of teachers' evaluations be based on student progress, calling into question the future of a $250 million federal Race to the Top grant.

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The move is a challenge to a core component of the education plan proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and State Schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick in the spring. The federal money was awarded in part because Maryland promised that student progress would be such a large component of the evaluations, and President

School Tech Connect: Promote the General Welfare

School Tech Connect: Promote the General Welfare

Promote the General Welfare

I'm not back from my vacation yet, but I do want to point out that this is what your right-wing relatives are listening to on the radio.



Last year, I couldn't wave any amount of money under Blue Cross's nose to get a policy. Why? Because I have high cholesterol. Nor would any of the other insurers in this market take me on. You literally have to list every

CoCoLoCo for Common Core Standards [A Conversation in Earnest] — The Jose Vilson

CoCoLoCo for Common Core Standards [A Conversation in Earnest] — The Jose Vilson

CoCoLoCo for Common Core Standards [A Conversation in Earnest]



Sonny Coco

Let me say it straight up: I’m tired of the Common Core standards talk. No, I’m not tired of the Common Core itself, but the talk. It’s easily ran by the word like “differentiation,” whizzed all over the phrase “workshop model,” and is about to stomp all over the word “collaborative” to boot. Everyone’s talking about it the way one might yell

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Charter Schools: ASSESSING THE ICEF MODEL IN SOUTH LOS ANGELES

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Charter Schools: ASSESSING THE ICEF MODEL IN SOUTH LOS ANGELES

Charter Schools: ASSESSING THE ICEF MODEL IN SOUTH LOS ANGELES

BY LETANIA KIRKLAND IN INTERSECTIONS: THE SOUTH LOS ANGELES REPORT |USC ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION | HTTP://BIT.LY/AIYVMP

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Nov 8, 2010-- At Frederick Douglass High School in the West Adams District you are likely to see students working the reception desk, answering the phones, handing out tardy slips and making sure any students waiting in the hallway belong there. Most are volunteering, just looking for a way to spend their time during a free period.

Every five minutes or so you might hear, “Are you late?” If a lie is suspected, the next question is, “Are you lying?” They keep a close eye on everyone.

The high school is one of 15 elementary, middle and high schools in the Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools. ICEF is a group of charter schools in South Los Angeles founded by former CEO, Mike Piscal, who envisioned bringing rigorous education to the inner city.

ICEF has become, to many, a symbol of high academic achievement all over South Los Angeles.

As of this year, ICEF schools have a 95 percent graduation rate and more than 85 percent of those graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges. Six of ICEF’s 15

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