Sunday, May 15, 2011

Detroit Schools: The fight for Catherine Ferguson Academy continues and other Detroit news | Dailycensored.com

Detroit Schools: The fight for Catherine Ferguson Academy continues and other Detroit news | Dailycensored.com

Detroit Schools: The fight for Catherine Ferguson Academy continues and other Detroit news

Picture of outgoing ‘Emergency Financial Manager’, Robert Bobb one of Eli Broad’s capos.

To see slideshow of students (mostly students who were involved in the occupation, see:http://lightbox.time.com/2011/05/12/teen-moms-in-detroit-fighting-to-save-the-school-that-saved-them/#8. Also see references to the occupation and our march below.
The Catherine Ferguson Academy, part urban farm, part college prep, has horses grazing along the former running track, hay growing in empty lots and an apple orchard with hens running through it, all in the heart of burned-out Detroit. In a city that has a graduation rate of 62%, the academy, part of the Detroit Public Schools system, grants diplomas to 95% of their students—all pregnant teens or young mothers—and every one of them has a college acceptance letter in her back pocket.

 Detroit Schools: The fight for Catherine Ferguson Academy continues and other Detroit news The farm at the Catherine Ferguson Academy, Detroit, May 2011

But even a success story, and the subject of a prize-winning documentaryGrown in Detroit, has no guarantee of survival in a district that is $327

School Tech Connect: Grass Roots In Pilsen: Quality Schools For All

School Tech Connect: Grass Roots In Pilsen: Quality Schools For All

Grass Roots In Pilsen: Quality Schools For All

Approximately 100 people braved the Chicago weather yesterday to attend the first Quality Public Schools For All Parent Summit at Whittier Dual Language Community School in Pilsen. The event was sponsored by the Whittier Parent Committee and Blocks Together. Whittier was the site of a remarkable 43-day parent sit-in, protesting the planned demolition of La Casita, a small field house that former CPS CEO Ron Huberman planned to demolish to make room for some kind of turf field. Whittier parents would rather have a library-- it turns out that Whittier is one of 160 CPS schools that don't even have a library. The sit-in ended when the parents received word that the board would back down from its demolition plans, although the final resolution is hardly a done deal.

Architect Katherine Darnstadt
The day's event began in the fieldhouse-- La Casita, whereKatherine Darnstadt, an architect affiliated with the Chicago chapter of Architects For Humanity, presented a plan for the complete

Education Nation – A Union Leader Reacts « InterACT

Education Nation – A Union Leader Reacts « InterACT

Education Nation – A Union Leader Reacts

This guest post is an excerpt from a longer piece by Christal Watts, president of the Vallejo Education Association. Like me, Christal was tuned in to the Education Nation Los Angeles Teacher Town Hall webcast earlier today (5/15/11 – archived video available beginning 5/16/11). Her post was generated at near-lightning speed, and she allowed me to cross-post a portion of it here at InterACT, where I expect we’ll have some other California teachers presenting their views as well. Many thanks to Christal for allowing InterACT to use part of her work, and you can read the rest of it, along with more of Christal’s writings, at Five Feet of Feisty.

I reluctantly pointed my browser to today’s Education Nation to watch it online. Last year’s Education Nationappeared to be nothing more than a forum to beat up on public education, teachers and their unions. This webcast felt much more balanced than the small bit I watched last year. There were actual educators on the panels who had experience teaching in public schools mixed in with college professors, charter school teachers and others.

It was great to see Teresa Montano correct the misconception about tenure. As a college professor, she

THE MAY REVISE: Governor Brown’s revised budget proposal to be broadcast and posted online Monday May 16 @ 11AM

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: THE MAY REVISE: Governor Brown’s revised budget proposal to be broadcast and posted online Monday May 16 @ 11AM

May Revise Summary Governor's Revised Budget - Revised Budget Summary

Governor's Revised Budget - Revised Budget Summary
Revised Budget Summary
The Revised Budget Summary provides an update of revenues, expenditures, and reserve estimates based upon the latest economic forecast and changes in population, caseload, or enrollment estimates.


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To access the entire Revised Budget Summary document in a printable format (pdf), click here:
Revised Budget Summary - All Chapters (pdf * - 1588K)


BUDGET SUMMARY CHAPTERS Back to Top

Shaking HandsIntroduction (pdf * - 539K)Pie ChartSummary Charts(pdf *- 311K)Dollar Sign and ArrowEconomic Outlook(pdf * - 291K)
CalculatorRevenue Estimates(pdf * - 288K)State CapitolLegislative, Judicial, and Executive (pdf *- 57K)Family with State CapitolState and Consumer Services(pdf * - 44K)
Road and BuildingBusiness, Transportation, and Housing (pdf * - 66K)Plants and BirdsNatural Resources(pdf * - 51K)State of California with Energy SymbolsEnvironmental Protection (pdf * - 42K)
Medical SymbolHealth and Human Services (pdf * - 113K)School HouseK thru 12 Education(pdf * - 75K)Graduation CapHigher Education(pdf *- 56K)
Worker DiggingLabor and Workforce Development (pdf * - 48K)Prison BuildingCorrections and Rehabilitation (pdf * - 56K)California Flag WavingGeneral Government: Non-Agency Departments (pdf * - 57K)
Family with State CapitolTax Relief and Local Government (pdf * - 44K)A bar chart consisting of four bars, each with a dollar sign at the top. The first three are increasing in height, and the fourth is shorter than the first.Statewide Expenditures (pdf * - 50K)Dollar bill being split in two opposite directionsRealignment (pdf * - 152K)
Magnifying Glass over CaliforniaReducing State Government (pdf * - 112K)

Image of open bookGo to the Revised Budget Detail web pages.
Image of open bookGo to the Proposed Budget Summary web site (January 2011).
Image of open bookGo to the Proposed Budget Detail web site (January 2011).




solidaridad: Dr. Stephen Krashen on The Case for Libraries

solidaridad: Dr. Stephen Krashen on The Case for Libraries

Schools need real solutions, not magic-bullet fixes

Schools need real solutions, not magic-bullet fixes

Schools need real solutions, not magic-bullet fixes

Education Secretary Terrel Bell (left) and President Ronald Reagan discuss school issues in the aftermath of 1983's "A Nation at Risk" report. Reagan had earlier created the Commission on Excellence in Education in response to Bell's concern that schools were failing to meet the demands of a competitive workforce. The commission produced the 1983 critique of the U.S. education system.

In the nearly 30 years since publication of the national wake-up call, "A Nation at Risk," the United States has used the silver-bullet approach to fix what's broken in education, trying every fad and ideological whim to improve student achievement. Today we favor the "business" or market approach, hoping to spur higher academic test scores by creating private-school choices, simply measuring achievement through standardized tests or threatening teachers by firing staff or shuttering public schools. But left in the wake are ineffective charter schools and voucher programs that are largely no better, and



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