Thursday, May 26, 2011

School Tech Connect: With Democrats Like These...

School Tech Connect: With Democrats Like These...

With Democrats Like These...

Here's a clip from the end of today's session. I've chosen to highlight the section where Daniel Bill (D-17) asks a couple of good technical questions. If I'm not mistaken, he also hints pretty strongly that he's probably going to be one of those Social Security privatizers later on in his career, so let's tuck that away. There's a lot going on in this clip, so feel free to chime in.
By the way, that's Michael Madigan front and center; he's there to bully the members into voting for this pile of crap, and Tom Cross next to him. Between the two of them, these

The Downey Patriot - Popular programs victim of budget cuts

The Downey Patriot - Popular programs victim of budget cuts
Popular programs victim of budget cuts
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California school districts -- wielding new fiscal flexibility granted by state lawmakers -- cut deeply into several popular programs to balance local budgets, according to a study of 10 diverse districts released this week.

Local educators in 2009 were granted total control over $4.5 billion that previously funded 40 regulated programs, a change made as Sacramento lawmakers cut educational spending by almost one-fifth. The new study begins to illuminate how local school boards changed spending on adult education, special programs for gifted students, new textbooks and other programs.

“District actions were driven mostly by the need to plug deficits in their budgets, rather than from careful evaluation of programs and priorities,” said Brian Stecher, a study co-author and senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization. “How this continues to evolve will have important impacts on K-12 students across California.”


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Los Angeles school board: Teachers' union candidate wins L.A. school board seat - latimes.com

Los Angeles school board: Teachers' union candidate wins L.A. school board seat - latimes.com

Teachers' union candidate wins L.A. school board seat

Retired teacher Bennett Kayser defeats Luis Sanchez, who was supported by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, for the last open seat on the board.

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Bennett Kayser, the candidate favored by the teachers union, won the last remaining open seat for the Los Angeles Board of Education on Thursday, beating Luis Sanchez, who was supported by the mayor.

"Teachers and teachers unions have been scapegoated, and I think we're on the road to vindication right now," Kayser said.

Kayser, a retired teacher, received about 10,700 votes, nearly 600 more than Sanchez, who is chief of staff for the current school board president, Monica Garcia. Voter turnout was less than 10%, and most ballots were cast by mail. Sanchez said he does not plan to ask for a recount.

The race to represent the 5th District, which covers the area

Michelle Rhee pats DougCo schools on back for voucher program - The Denver Post

Michelle Rhee pats DougCo schools on back for voucher program - The Denver Post

Michelle Rhee pats DougCo schools on back for voucher program


By The Denver Post

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools, today in a speech in Denver congratulated the work of the Douglas County School District in implementing a voucher program.

Rhee said before her work in Washington, her Democratic affiliation contained her support for education reform to anything that wasn't vouchers — until she started talking to mothers who felt they had no good school options for their children.

"I was not going to be the one to tell these moms that they couldn't take the money, that they should stick it out with us and hopefully in five years we could get the schools performing — even though in the meantime



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2011-12 School Year in Review: I’m still sane « EducationCEO's Blog

2011-12 School Year in Review: I’m still sane « EducationCEO's Blog

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With all the
faux pas
major screw-ups this school year, I naively thought the last 3 days would be peaceful and incident free. Just when I thought the Universe was conspiring for my greater good, I have yet another fire to extinguish with this school run by bumbling idiots. No more than twenty minutes after I enter the house, Boy Wonder asks me if he can have money to eat lunch tomorrow. Hmmm, that’s odd because the last time I checked, he was supposed to receive free breakfast and lunch at school. So, as mothers do, I unloaded a barrage of questions:
Me: Why didn’t you eat lunch today?
Boy Wonder: Because they didn’t serve lunch today?
Me: Why not? Did you eat breakfast at school today?
Boy Wonder: Yes.
Me: Well, what time do you normally eat lunch?

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