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School Tech Connect: Penchant For Pensions

School Tech Connect: Penchant For Pensions

Penchant For Pensions

Well, back to the grind. And by grind, I mean defending the pensions. Apparently this is now the permanent, ongoing thing we all have to do on a weekly basis. I'm ready. I'll be revving up the fax tomorrow and recruiting my network of hellraisers.

If you're working in a school, may I suggest that you do like Arne Duncan says to do, and raise the bar. You might even want to change the game. Ask people to post their advocacy letters on a bulletin board; use a checkoff list. Give people little gold stars. Set a goal for x number of letters and faxes by a certain date.

Colleagues sometimes ask me what to write--- and sometimes I help them. The thing is to do a bit of research

All Things Education: Research Papers vs Blogs: Defending "Antiquated" Teaching from 21st Century Education Reform

All Things Education: Research Papers vs Blogs: Defending "Antiquated" Teaching from 21st Century Education Reform

Research Papers vs Blogs: Defending "Antiquated" Teaching from 21st Century Education Reform

Here is the guest post I mentioned earlier today, from Cedar Riener, a college professor of psychology who normally blogs at Cedar's Digest:



Cathy Davidson is making the rounds again in the education blogosphere. A few years ago, she gave up on grading, structuring her classes around peer review. Each assignment was graded by peers (pass/fail) and the final grade was determined by the number of assignments completed. Now she is promoting her new book Now You See It, which, as I see it, is an effort to apply Dan Simons' and Christopher Chabris' Invisible Gorilla to... well, everything. But the edu-blogsphere is all a-twitter through Virginia

Emanuel Chooses a School as a Father Rather than a Mayor « Jay P. Greene's Blog

Emanuel Chooses a School as a Father Rather than a Mayor « Jay P. Greene's Blog

Emanuel Chooses a School as a Father Rather than a Mayor

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Choice for me but not for thee, episode 5,486.

It’s easy to send a torpedo slamming into the USS Rahm below the waterline on this, but for the record, I think Emanuel should make schooling decisions as a father, rather than as a Mayor or the leader of the Chicago

Teachers Feeling 'Beat Down' As School Year Starts : NPR

Teachers Feeling 'Beat Down' As School Year Starts : NPR

Teachers Feeling 'Beat Down' As School Year Starts

As students prepare to begin another school year, their teachers are hopping mad. They're facing layoffs and deep budget cuts and many say they're tired of being blamed unfairly for just about everything that's wrong in public education. They're so mad that many are bypassing their unions and mounting a campaign of their own to restore the public's faith in their profession.

Betsy Leis, a middle school teacher in Florida, is one of these angry teachers.

"I give my heart and my soul to every single student in my classroom and all I see on the news is that we aren't doing our job. We're constantly beat down. That's why I'm angry," Leis says. "I don't

Jersey Jazzman: Portrait of a Charter Cheerleader

Jersey Jazzman: Portrait of a Charter Cheerleader

Portrait of a Charter Cheerleader

Derrell Bradford, Executive Director of the corporate "reform" shop, Better Education for Kids (B4K), has been pushing charter schools for years. But his Deputy Director's career highlights the very problem with charters Bradford doesn't want to acknowledge: namely, that they serve a far more affluent group of students with far fewer special needs than neighborhood schools.


Unfortunately, this same charter advocate, Shelley Skinner, has used her connections and media influence to obscure the problem: she has repeatedly stated that charter schools serve a disproportionate number of at-risk children, when research shows exactly the opposite.


Maybe that's why she has been rewarded with influential positions in Chris Christie's government. Here's her

Church policy could complicate city’s new sex ed requirements | GothamSchools

Church policy could complicate city’s new sex ed requirements | GothamSchools

Church policy could complicate city’s new sex ed requirements

Public schools located in former Catholic school buildings will have to find another place to teach newly required sex education.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott surprised principals last night with the news that sex education will be mandatory in middle and high schools starting this year—a decision the New York Civil Liberties Union called “a great step forward for students’ health.”

For schools that operate in space leased from the Archdiocese of New York, the new requirement could induce a scheduling headache. A Department of Education spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, confirmed that those schools would have to conduct the sex education lessons off-site in accordance with the archdiocese’

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