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School board hears debate about new charter school - Latest News - sacbee.com

School board hears debate about new charter school - Latest News - sacbee.com

School board hears debate about new charter school

Published: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Supporters of St. HOPE Public Schools flooded the Sacramento City Unified School District board meeting Thursday evening in support of a new charter petition, but the large group was met with resistance during the first public hearing for the Oak Park middle school.

Push back for the proposal has been expected, as the district and St. HOPE have had a rocky relationship since a previous school board approved the controversial move of turning Sacramento High into a charter in 2003. St. HOPE operates three schools - Sacramento Charter High, Public School 7 and Triumph Center for Early Childhood Education.

In its newest petition, St. HOPE is asking to create a middle school called Oak Park Preparatory School, which would serve 60 students beginning in 2012 and grow to 180 students. Sacrament



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Schooling in the Ownership Society: Autocrat Bloomberg's Golden Rule: He who's got the gold makes the rules

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Autocrat Bloomberg's Golden Rule: He who's got the gold makes the rules

Autocrat Bloomberg's Golden Rule: He who's got the gold makes the rules

According to a story in today's New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg "cajoled" five of his impossibly wealthy peers to help him foot the cost of the midyear Regents examination.

The mayor put $30 million of his own philanthropic stash — along with $30 million

Kids in the Kitchen: Food Obsession Hits the Next Generation - The Bay Citizen

Kids in the Kitchen: Food Obsession Hits the Next Generation - The Bay Citizen

Kids in the Kitchen: Food Obsession Hits the Next Generation

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Thomas McNaughton, chef at Flour + Water restaurant, addressed a room full of attentive grade-school-age children. “Today, we’re going to make pig brain lasagna!” he said, smiling broadly. His punch line, though, fell flat. While a typical group of children may have squealed at the gross image, the students from Sprouts Cooking Club, a training program for aspiring young foodies, did not find cooking with brains to be such an outlandish proposition. “We learn that you have to use every part of an animal, even the blood,” said Julia Sweeney, 13, a third-year veteran of the program. Sprouts, a nonprofit in Berkeley that runs four intensive one-week summer camp sessions, as well as after-school programming during the year, is one of several[...]

SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Whitney Tilson Attempts To Defile Matt Damon

SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Whitney Tilson Attempts To Defile Matt Damon

Whitney Tilson Attempts To Defile Matt Damon

Looking back, I had noticed that the name Whitney Tilson has only graced the pages of this blog only twice in the last 4 months. For those of SBSB's readers who come here looking for a good laugh, we here at SBSB do apologize profusely. We have been attempting to live by the words of my mothers, "always wear clean underwear in case you are hit by a car, and never argue with egotistical, attention seeking hedge fund managers." But sometimes mom's are wrong.

This past weekend, there was a thing called the SOS March

An Urban Teacher's Education: On Data: Part One

An Urban Teacher's Education: On Data: Part One

On Data: Part One

Basing decisions on data is not the same as basing them on knowledge.
- Jeff Henig, Guest Post for Rick Hess Straight Up

"Please explain why it's so important for data to drive the decisions of educators," directed a principal during a recent interview I had for a teaching job.

A red flag went up in my head. My experience with people who like to talk about data-driven decision making in education has not been a positive one. I gathered myself and tried to address the question as sincerely as possible.

I said (as best I can remember):
I think good teachers have always used evidence of student understanding to guide their

Returning with the Same Old Lesson? Spice it Up! « Diary of a Public School Teacher!

Returning with the Same Old Lesson? Spice it Up! « Diary of a Public School Teacher!

Returning with the Same Old Lesson? Spice it Up!

I attended a DEN (Discovery Education Network) weeks ago. I always love professional development where I can take away at least one thing I didn’t know. I took away more than one thing, but I am going to share this one, PhotoPeach as a quiz! When Cynthia Brown shared this little tidbit, I knew immediately what [...]

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School Tech Connect: Miracle of Miracles

Miracle of Miracles

What a terrible summer it's been for reading, at least for me. I've struggled through book after book, trying to find something that interests me. And I'm a reader.

The good news is I finally read a book this summer without it being interrupted by 50 naps.

I just finished Paul Aster's Invisible (2009) and it was brilliant. I found it in this curiously open-to-the-public building up the street where they have all of these books they'll let you read for free. Would have cost me $10 on my Kindle. That tenspot is being immediately redeployed into the frothy refreshment budget, believe me.

But this isn't a book review.

I mention it because it's becoming clearer and clearer to me that the time I spend on

Paper galore at Lakeview Elementary School | The Education Report

Paper galore at Lakeview Elementary School | The Education Report

Paper galore at Lakeview Elementary School

By Katy Murphy
Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 1:13 pm in budget, community, elementary schools.

Lake Merritt Breakfast Club supply donation

Lakeview Elementary School should not run out of copy paper this year. Today, the charitable arm of the 78-year-old Lake Merritt Breakfast Club dropped off

IEA President attempts to explain Soglin’s role on anti-union group’s board of advisors. « Fred Klonsky's blog

IEA President attempts to explain Soglin’s role on anti-union group’s board of advisors. « Fred Klonsky's blog

IEA President attempts to explain Soglin’s role on anti-union group’s board of advisors.

Jerry Mulvihill is a colleague in my Local. He sent an email to new IEA President Cinda Klickna asking why IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin had joined the Board of Advisors of the anti-union National Council on Teacher Quality.

Here is Klickna’s response.

Dear Jerry,
Thank you for your email.
You correctly state that the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is not a traditional ally of education employee unions and has not always supported what we would consider the best ideas for improving teaching and learning.
This is why, a few months ago, Audrey received encouragement from the IEA officers (myself, Ken

More Heat Than Light: The empty promise of the Parent Trigger « Parents Across America

More Heat Than Light: The empty promise of the Parent Trigger « Parents Across America

More Heat Than Light: The empty promise of the Parent Trigger

Parents Across America’s position paper on the Parent Trigger is here. The following commentary is by Bill Ring, a PAA member from Los Angeles and founder of TransParent®

The American Federation of Teachers apparently embarrassedthemselves recently when their Connecticut affiliate was caught with a document on its website memorializing its strategy to defeat Connecticut’s version of California’s parent empowerment legislation (unfortunately known in California as the “parent trigger”).

I went through the powerpoint credited to Connecticut AFT’s legislative advocate, Jennifer

Daily Kos: the "Teacher Organ Program" - a creative way of school financing #SOSMarch

Daily Kos: the "Teacher Organ Program" - a creative way of school financing

the "Teacher Organ Program" - a creative way of school financing

Anyone around schools has seen the desperate lengths to which educators and parents are now going attempting to maintain programs, both academic and extra-curricular.

While at the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action last weekend, I encountered a woman who had had a biting letter published in a local newspaper. I have her permission to publish it in its entirety, which I will do. We cannot, however, link to or in any way directly reference the publication in which it appeared. I do want to offer that publication kudoes for having the courage to print the letter, which I now present to you:

Thinking outside the box

The problem with school financing is that we haven’t gotten creative enough. While in college, my

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