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Modern School: Detroit’s Continuing School Problems #wiunion

Modern School: Detroit’s Continuing School Problems

Detroit’s Continuing School Problems


Robert Bobb, now in the final months of his contract as state-appointed emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools (DPS), has failed to close the district’s budget deficit, which currently stands at $327 million. He has shuttered dozens of schools and privatized many others. He has also proposed closing half of DPS’ remaining schools (which would raise class sizes to 62) or privatizing 41 within the next six months. The Detroit Free Press says that this would make DPS the 2nd largest chartering district in the nation. However, many charter operators believe it is impossible to achieve Bobb’s ambitious goal within his 6 month timeframe.

DPS plans to release the list of schools slated for privatization within the next week and will

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Jersey Jazzman: St. Michelle's Miracles

Jersey Jazzman: St. Michelle's Miracles

St. Michelle's Miracles

The World's Greatest Woman is so wonderful she can increase student learning just through her magical aura!
Consider, for example, that roughly 70 percent of the DC-CAS “gains” in math and reading proficiency during Rhee’s three-year tenure occurred in the first year. Assuming for a moment that these increases reflect actual progress among DCPS students, we all know that her primary policy reforms – the IMPACT evaluation system and the newWashington Teachers Union contract – went into effect in 2010, her third year.
Can somebody please explain to me how Michelle Rhee (or anyone else) could possibly have

The Planets Align...

Interesting how that happens sometimes:
Last week the New York Times ran a stunning piece about the investments made by the Libyan dictatorship's sovereign wealth fund. According to the article, the fund owns a 3.27 percent stake (valued at $453 million) in Pearson, publishers of the Economist, the Financial Times, and Penguin Books, making it the company's third largest shareholder.

What the Times does not mention is that Pearson is also one of the biggest standardized testing companies in the U.S., touting themselves on their website as "the largest commercial processor of student assessments." They score statewide tests for 30 states, as well as the SATs and ACTs. In fact, Pearson's North American education division is responsible for almost half the

The Education Grassroots Ascends (#EduSolidarity, Great American Teach-In, and Save Our Schools) | The Jose Vilson #wiunion

The Education Grassroots Ascends (#EduSolidarity, Great American Teach-In, and Save Our Schools) | The Jose Vilson

The Education Grassroots Ascends (#EduSolidarity, Great American Teach-In, and Save Our Schools)

Wisconsin Solidarity Fist

I have the privilege of being a part of a triumvirate of grassroots educational movements that I hope will change the landscape of the local and national discussions around education. Passionate. Provocative. Inspiring. Participatory.

First is #EDUsolidarity, an effort born from the mind of Steven Lazar, union leader and acclaimed social studies teacher in the blog. The principle of the movement is simple. Read on:

On Tuesday, March 22, teachers in NYC will wear red in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are under attack in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and elsewhere. We also stand with teachers in places like Idaho, California, and Texas who are facing massive layoffs. We would like

School Redesign vs. School Reform « Cooperative Catalyst

School Redesign vs. School Reform « Cooperative Catalyst

School Redesign vs. School Reform

Reform: To return to a good state.

Redesign: A plan for making changes to the structure and functions of a system so as to better serve the purpose of the original design, or to serve purposes different from those set forth in the original design.

I look at the reform movement in education and see a form of insanity that boggles the mind. It is as if the past education structure was good and all we need to do is bring it back to its previous glory by adding more time on task, core standards, professional learning communities, small learning communities, measure math and reading, measure more math and reading, phonics, whole language, tracking, social promotion, class size, blended learning, standards, merit pay, site based management…. I could go on an on and write a book about each of these reforms, in fact many books by respected people have done just that. Yet all of these reforms

Do I Have to be a “Great” Teacher? | Mr. Teachbad's Blog of Teacher Disgruntlement

Do I Have to be a “Great” Teacher? | Mr. Teachbad's Blog of Teacher Disgruntlement

Do I Have to be a “Great” Teacher?

Be forwarned: This post is all over the place. But, for what it’s worth, it accurately reflects my mental state. And that’s all I can do. God help us.

Question: What do you call the guy who finished medical school at the bottom of his class?

Answer: Doctor

What is it with all of us teachers suddenly having to be “great”? Where I come from, I was taught not to show off. The ultimate goal for we Midwesterners was always understood to be “quiet adequacy.”

What if I am content to be “pretty good” or “unobtrusively a little above average”? Is there a place for me?

And can’t you only be “great” if somebody else sucks? Isn’t this a relative measure? You can only be smart if somebody else is stupid, right? Smart people need stupid people.

Wait…wait….the tests! THE TESTS! If everybody does well on the tests, all the teachers can be

Making School Lunch Healthy and Tasty on a Shoestring - The Bay Citizen

Making School Lunch Healthy and Tasty on a Shoestring - The Bay Citizen

Making School Lunch Healthy and Tasty on a Shoestring

Oakland and W. Contra Costa school districts are innovating more nutritious, less fatty meals that kids will like

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By ANNETTE FUENTES on March 21, 2011 - 5:00 p.m. PDT
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In W. Oakland Middle School, cook Tamara Purifoy prepares cheeseburgers

Think of Jennifer LeBarre as the general of the Oakland Unified School District’s food service.

Every day, she marshals an army of 300 employees who prepare, cook, deliver and serve 21,000 lunches (and 6,500 breakfasts) to 107 schools, some with as few as 35 students and others with more than 1,000. She must devise meals for schools that have no kitchens to warm up hot food as well as those with warming ovens.

As director of the district’s nutrition service, LeBarre crafts weekly menus that she hopes will satisfy all constituents: federal and state agencies that set guidelines on student nutrition, school administrators, parents and, last but not least, her customers—the students. She must do all of this without spending more than about $1.20 for the food on

Big Education Ape: 3-21-11, Special PM #wiunion Edition #p2 #WEAREWI

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now, #wiunion

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now

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host.madison.com - DAVE ZWEIFEL | Cap Times editor emeritus | dzweifel@madison.com madison.com | | Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 7:00 am One of our city’s unsung civic organizations is Historic Madison Inc., whose m...

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defendwisconsin.org - – March 21, 2011Posted in: Announcements Public hearings are being held at the Capitol on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for three Senate bills related to public education. Show up at the hearings to...

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