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Governor Walker in Milwaukee: Bring out the National Guard to jail public union workers | Dailycensored.com

Governor Walker in Milwaukee: Bring out the National Guard to jail public union workers | Dailycensored.com

Governor Walker in Milwaukee: Bring out the National Guard to jail public union workers

picture of Italian fascist Benito Mussolini, darling of the ruling classes of the western world

Gov. Scott Walker of Milwaukee, Wisconsin says he is confident state workers will continue to show up for work and do their jobs, despite their potential disappointment in his emergency budget proposal. However, if there is worker unrest, Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond.

This is precisely the type of activity Mussolini engaged in in fascist Italy and Pinochet engaged in in fascist Chile. Jailing union members as they developed the corporate state. Of course as man of the year for Time magazine, he was loved by the US Chamber of Commerce at the time (Man of the Year for Life Magazine) and other industrialists and bankers, like Dupont, JP Morgan, Henry Ford and other fascist sympathizers. The issue is no different today.

The governor revealed today, Friday the 11th of February, that he wants the state Legislature to go into Special Session next week to take up his

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Why would we move backwards?

Rick Scott’s budget proposal

• During his campaign and his first month in office, Governor Scott promised education funding would not be cut, but his budget cuts education by 10% – billions of dollars.

• These funding cuts will certainly result in layoffs throughout our schools, for teachers and other school employees, more privatization, and will lead to the loss of thousands more jobs throughout the state.

Teacher quality

• The new “teacher quality” bill, SB 736, is this year’s version of SB 6, and raises many of the same concerns.

• The legislation increases the number of tests that must be developed and given to every student every year – and shifts millions of dollars to pay for these new tests. It will tie teacher salaries directly to student tests.

• SB 736 allows all new teachers – regardless of rating – to be fired without a reason or a hearing.

Retirement

• Tallahassee wants to take 5% out of the paychecks of teachers and school and public employees – not because the pension fund is in trouble, but so they can spend the money elsewhere, including tax cuts for corporations. These proposed pay cuts will harm small businesses and local economies all over Florida.

• Pensions for teachers and education staff are very modest, and are taxable. Teacher pensions average about $325 per week, and other school employees get much less – about $195 per week. Teachers and education employees earn these modest pensions through decades of public service.

No Child Left Behind: Truths and Consequences



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Modern School: Minnesota's Assault on Teachers Unions

Modern School: Minnesota's Assault on Teachers Unions

Minnesota's Assault on Teachers Unions


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The Minnesota Senate has approved a two-year salary freeze for teachers in public and charter schools, supposedly to avert mass layoffs. The bill also prohibits any school employee from striking over the freeze. More to the point, the bill undermines teachers’ right to collectively negotiate their contract directly with their districts.


While many teachers unions across the country are voluntarily accepting pay freezes, and while this is terrible for teachers, at least they are making this

Viewpoints: 'Parent trigger' law should be stronger, more transparent - Sacramento Opinion - Sacramento Editorial | Sacramento Bee

Viewpoints: 'Parent trigger' law should be stronger, more transparent - Sacramento Opinion - Sacramento Editorial | Sacramento Bee

Viewpoints: 'Parent trigger' law should be stronger, more transparent

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 15A

The state's new "parent trigger" law must be fixed so that the actual process for empowering parents as set out in the law is as worthy as the goal.

Using the new "trigger" provision of the law, parents at McKinley Elementary School in Compton were recently asked to sign a petition to turn their low-performing school into a charter school. Unfortunately, this first real-world application of the provision has deeply divided the school's community and pitted well-meaning parents against each other.

Let's be clear: Persistently underperforming schools cannot and should not be tolerated. Wherever there is a clear pattern of a public school repeatedly not providing students with access to a quality



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NEA - Helena students reap the benefits of union-district collaboration

NEA - Helena students reap the benefits of union-district collaboration

Helena students reap the benefits of union-district collaboration

Montana district to share ideas on recruiting, retaining quality teachers at national conference


WASHINGTON - February 08, 2011 - With more than half of the teaching force nearing retirement, teachers and administrators in Helena, Mont., have joined forces to address staffing issues and ensure their schools are not only competitive but attractive to job seekers. The Helena School District and the Helena Education Association (HEA) have developed an alternative compensation plan to draw more qualified teachers to the district. The two groups will share details on their partnership during a national education conference on labor-management collaboration set for Feb. 15-16 in Denver.

“Identifying and agreeing on mutual goals is critical, as the folks in Helena have learned,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association. “Putting aside differences and working collaboratively to improve teacher quality will directly benefit students in their district. Others can learn from the success of this partnership.”

Innovative Union-District Approach
The joint venture shows how labor and administrators can work together when they share a common goal – in

Modern School: Reality Check: A Military Coup is Not a Revolution

Modern School: Reality Check: A Military Coup is Not a Revolution

Reality Check: A Military Coup is Not a Revolution


The protests in Egypt have been exciting, inspiring and even potentially revolutionary, (emphasis on potentially). It is stirring to see so many people protesting throughout a region plagued by brutal dictatorships that have until recently terrorized their citizens into submission. However, the protesters in Egypt had only a couple of simple demands: They wanted Mubarak to step down, which they got, and they asked for more freedom, which they have not got. These do not make up a revolutionary platform.

Now that Mubarak has left and the military is in control, the media are calling it a momentous occasion. They’ve claimed that the Egyptian people have changed the world. Yet how is a military coup momentous? And how has the world changed? Another military coup, ho hum, what’s new?

What if the military does allow free elections in which Egyptians get to vote

President Obama to Announce Cuts in 2012 Budget, but Not to Education - Political Punch

President Obama to Announce Cuts in 2012 Budget, but Not to Education - Political Punch

President Obama to Announce Cuts in 2012 Budget, but Not to Education

February 11, 2011 6:57 PM

Jordyn Phelps reports:

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says President Obama will be some announcing some “tough” and “painful” cuts when he lays out his 2010 budget next week but says those cuts will not compromise children’s education.

“The president is making very tough cuts, and painful cuts, across agencies, and there are pieces of our budget that are being hit hard, but we have to continue to invest,” Duncan said. “What parents don’t want is their children’s future to be impacted.”

Next week, President Obama will highlight the administration’s plans to “win the future” through focusing on education. Traveling to Baltimore on Monday, the president will speak to middle school students at Parkville Middle & Center of Technology. Secretary Duncan says the school

Egypt and Moving Beyond Privilege | Lefty Parent

Egypt and Moving Beyond Privilege | Lefty Parent

Egypt and Moving Beyond Privilege

Like many others, I am caught up in the events as they continue to unfold in Egypt. Watching the video this morning of the jubilant crowds after Mubarak announced that he was stepping down brought tears to my eyes. Sharing that joy, I still understand that it is an unfinished narrative of a possible transition from patriarchy to partnership, from autocratic rule by a privileged oligarchy of civilian strongmen and military generals to a more egalitarian parliamentary system. Like any compelling story

Evening Edition 2-11-11: Big Education Ape: Ed News Now, Education

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now, Education


Big Education Ape: Ed News Now

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nydailynews.com - Bonifacio for News; Pool Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo are deep in talks about education issues in New York City. ALBANY - Gov. Cuomo revealed Wednesday that he's deep in talks with Mayor Bloomber...

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washingtonpost.com - Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, known for her crusade to use standardized test scores to help evaluate teachers, is facing renewed scrutiny over her depiction of progress that her ...

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tfa20years.org - In the two decades since Teach For America’s inception, there has never been so much momentum for change. Teach For America’s 20th Anniversary Summit will convene thousands of alumni, together with...

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denverpost.com - WASHINGTON — Sen. Michael Bennet wrote in a letter to President Obama today that he will propose the "Presidential Teachers Corps" to craft an army of 100,000 new mobile teachers in the next five y...

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insidehighered.com - Governor Rick Perry wants public colleges and universities in Texas to develop bachelor's degrees that would cost students only $10,000 in total, including the cost of textbooks, KXAN News reported...

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montgomeryadvertiser.com - Bigger class sizes and few­er working days for teachers could be in the works as a remedy to fill the projected shortfalls in the state's 2012 education budget.The state Department of Education is ...

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educationnext.org - Evidence from the New York City schools | Print | NO PDF | Share Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2 An unabridged version of this article is available here. Merit pay proponents argue that monetary incen...

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blogs.edweek.org - Three things were obvious after the new GOPed-up House education committee held its first hearing on education:1) No more money: Just in case the message hasn't gotten through, school districts sho...

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oregonlive.com - Published: Friday, February 11, 2011, 6:00 AMGovernor John Kitzhaber will announce an executive order today creating the Oregon Education Investment Team, a temporary group that will be tasked with...

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blogs.edweek.org - Dear Diane,"This is not democracy—letting people yell and scream," says Mayor Michael Bloomberg in publicly chiding the protesters at the meeting of his education advisory board. As UFT President M...

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gothamschools.org - Education Reform Now — the advocacy organization now chaired by former Chancellor Joel Klein — unveiled a TV spot today that shows relatively senior teachers arguing against seniority. The ad’s deb...

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chron.com - A sharply divided Houston school board agreed Thursday to expand Superintendent Terry Grier's signature school reform program to 11 elementary campuses next year despite concerns about a looming bu...

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blog.aflcio.org - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Republican legislators launched their biggest assault yet against Buckeye state public employees with a hearing yesterday on a bill to eliminate collective bargaining ...

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ajc.com - By D. Aileen DoddThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionParents of more than 200 students at Imagine Marietta school may have to look for new options for their kids next fall after the state upheld the re...

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ednewscolorado.org - A new anti-bullying bill introduced in the legislature Thursday proposes to do everything from creating a legislative study committee on the issue to requiring schools to conduct annual surveys abo...

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blogs.ajc.com - Michelle Rhee Former DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee appealed to both ends of the political spectrum today in her visit to the Georgia Capitol, touting vouchers to provide low-income children w...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Big Education Ape: Ed News NowBig Education Ape: Ed News Noweducationnext.org - | Print | NO PDF | Share Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2 The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Edu...

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blogs.ajc.com - 9:09 pm February 10, 2011, by Maureen Downey As expected, Georgia lawmakers are pushing for a version of California’s controversial parent trigger bill to overhaul failing schools even as that stat...

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quickanded.com - There’s a lot to learn from Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen’s Disrupting College, published this week by the Center for American Progress. Two things in particular: First, Christense...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Dear Mr. Velderman:I Just read this disconcerting blog post from a public school art teacher whom I respect and admire immensely.In fact I have already investigated his work and I can provide some ...

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hispanicallyspeakingnews.com - A good education is the lifeblood of the American dream. For millions of young Americans, that dream is now in jeopardy because the education system is failing them.A group of leading educators and...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - LYNWOOD — The Lynwood Unified School District is being sanctioned by the federal government for not being compliant with the No Child Left Behind Law after the district’s new director of human reso...

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gothamschools.org - The Center for Education Reform's new journalism-rating site, The Media Bullpen, launched this morning. A new website that will rate national and local news coverage of education issues — funded an...

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thenotebook.org - Superintendent Arlene Ackerman today acknowledged the size of the District's budget gap for next year to be "$400 to $500 million or more" - an amount that likely represents about 15 percent of tot...

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ed.gov - Event Date 1: February 12, 2011 04:45 pm - 06:45 pmEducation Secretary Arne Duncan will highlight the work Teach for America has done to narrow the achievement gap during his keynote address at the...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Greetings Potential Presenters: SCUSD African American Student Leadership Conference committee invites you to submit an application, detailing your proposed 50 minute workshop, which demonstrates k...

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pepperdine-graphic.com - At the end of last year, Pepperdine's School of Public Policy's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership has been in the news for the release of a report on the current state ...

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ednewscolorado.org - A tiny Eastern Plains school district is seeking a waiver from one education reform law by invoking the terms of a different reform statute. The 109-student Kit Carson district wants to be declared...

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blogs.chron.com - « HISD board barely approves expanding Apollo program |MainFebruary 10, 2011HISD plan ties teacher ratings to test scores Does this look like the chalkboard of a highly effective teacher? Classroom...

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edutopia.org - 2/10/11 The overall education policy and even more strongly, in my home state of New Jersey, encourages the development of charter schools. Often, support for charter schools is framed in the conte...

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huffingtonpost.com - Lately we hear a lot about teacher merit. Mayor Bloomberg, for example, wishes to end LIFO, the system of last-in first-out layoffs (LIFO). This makes sense to a lot of people. Why shouldn't we kee...

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aolnews.com - If school reformer Michelle Rhee hasn't yet parachuted into your hometown, chances are she soon will. You'll recognize her immediately -- she's the blunt-talking, young Korean-American woman praise...

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modeducation.blogspot.com - The San Francisco school board revoked the Edison Academy’s charter ten years ago, when it was run by the for-profit Edison Schools chain. Edison appealed with the California State Board of Educati...

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online.wsj.com - In a growing rift between the city and the teachers union, the president of the United Federation of Teachers yanked his participation in a national conference set for next week in Denver featuring...

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teachbad.com - If you are a reader of this blog, you know that my school is a little heavy-handed with the data and the telling of teachers what to put on their walls and the specificity with which all manner of ...

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parentsacrossamerica.org - The Education and Workforce Committee of the US House of Representatives is holding hearings on “innovation” in education policy today. The list of witnesses completely excludes the people who hav...

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californiaprogressreport.com - Printer-friendly versionSend to friendBy David Dayen House Democrats have been extremely focused over the past couple weeks on the spate of Republican bills and provisions aimed at women’s health a...

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californiaprogressreport.com - Printer-friendly versionSend to friendBy Mike OdehChildren Now Two years ago President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Thanks to new opportunitie...

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scnow.com - A spokesperson for the South Carolina Dept. of Education explained the No Child Left Behind system and the Annual Yearly Progress. "No Child Left Behind requires schools and districts to break out ...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - I'm reading the article "Teaching the iGeneration," in the the February 2011 issue of Educational Leadership, and was stunned to see that Mr. Rosen missed such a critical resource. He talks about k...

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nj.com - Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 10:32 AM Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 10:41 AMTo the Editor:For nine years, teachers and students have lived under the federal education mandate...

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nydailynews.com - Watts/News Mayor Bloomberg is all smiles at the 2009 St. Patrick's Parade -- but he's feeling less love from the Irish community in New York after a questionable joke. Mayor Bloomberg sure got thei...

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nypost.com - By FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany and CARL CAMPANILE in NYAn education-reform group is launching a multimillion-dollar TV ad blitz to persuade the state Legislature to repeal the "last in, first out" ...

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connectedprincipals.com - At a conference that I was at in Chicago in October, I was fortunate enough to see Douglas Fisher, an outstanding speaker who forever changed my thinking. One of the many things that he talked abo...

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huffingtonpost.com - Now the issue regarding Michelle Rhee's claims to have increased her students' test scores from the 13th to the 90th percentile is settled. Now the disagreement is whether she lied, or simply repea...

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thenotebook.org - Turnaround is a failed measure that’s led to instability in schools and “massive demoralization” among teachers and school officials, said New York University professor and author Diane Ravitch Mon...

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huffingtonpost.com - Now the issue regarding Michelle Rhee's claims to have increased her students' test scores from the 13th to the 90th percentile is settled. Now the disagreement is whether she lied, or simply repea...

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voices.washingtonpost.com - "U.S. students, who once led the world, currently rank 21st in the world in science and 25th in math," Newsweek reported in September. I hear that a lot. Politicians and business leaders often bemo...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - This was written by Larry Cuban, a former high school social studies teacher (14 years, including seven at Cardozo and Roosevelt high schools in the District), district superintendent (seven years ...

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gothamschools.org - Nearly nine months after Albany passed legislation requiring all charter schools in New York City to form parent groups, the city does not yet know exactly how many city charters are in compliance ...

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voiceofsandiego.org - Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 6:45 pm | Updated: 7:15 pm, Thu Feb 10, 2011. San Diego officials faced a choice the night they pushed a billion-dollar bill they'd been secretly working on fo...

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catalyst-chicago.org - A show of support from principals for MazanyPosted By Rebecca Harris On Thursday, February 10, 2011 In Principals In his opening remarks Thursday morning at the Chicago Principals and Administrator...

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blogs.edweek.org - Yesterday I shared a conversation between an ex-Teach For America intern and his mentor. The focus of their discussion was on the need for far more effective forms of mentoring than is offered by T...

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tfninsider.org - By Dan Last month’s announcement by a prominent creationist group that it had decided not to seek state approval to sell instructional materials to Texas public schools was good news for supporters...

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edweek.org - Two groups of states that are designing assessments for the new set of common academic standards have expanded their plans to provide instructional materials and professional development to help te...

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charlotteobserver.com - Posted: Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 N.C. Republican lawmakers will likely get the state's 100-school limit on charter schools lifted this year. Fine. But they shouldn't push through changes that would co...

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blogs.chron.com - « HISD to play musical school buildings -- updated |Main | HISD plan ties teacher ratings to test scores »February 10, 2011HISD board barely approves expanding Apollo programI just filed this story...

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huffingtonpost.com - I know we wear a lot of hats already, but I believe that we as teachers need to don a new one, that of publicist. After all, looking at the villainization of teachers in the media, and frankly, the...

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preaprez.wordpress.com - I told you about this group called The Education Action Group. Their boy, Ben Velderman has filed an Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, demanding all my work emails. That’s a picture of Ben...

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northjersey.com - N.J. Assembly panel considers proposed constitutional amendment on rules for privatization TRENTON — An Assembly panel is discussing a proposed constitutional amendment that would give state and lo...

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