Friday, October 7, 2011

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Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top late nite Posts

U.S. Gov\'t Goes to Federal Court to Block Alabama Immigration Law - Hispanically Speaking News

U.S. Gov\'t Goes to Federal Court to Block Alabama Immigration Law - Hispanically Speaking News:JUST IN: U.S. Gov’t Goes to Federal Court to Block Alabama Immigration Law from Going into EffectToday, the U.S. Justice Department has asked the Federal Appeals Court to block Alabama from enforcing its immigration law. The H.B. 56 law is considered the toughest and most invasive immigration law of its kind in the nation. The new law now requires public schools to inquire as to the ... more »

WEAVE Needs Your Help to Save SART

WEAVE Needs Your Help to Save SART:Please demonstrate your commitment to the safety of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by making a donation.One year ago, WEAVE faced an unfathomable situation when Sacramento County eliminated all of its funding for the Sexual Assault Response Team program. Without that critical support we feared that victims of sexual assault would not receive the support and advocacy they need in the harrowing hours after reporting a sexual assault. We reached out to ... more »

One Urban District with a Bad Habit - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

One Urban District with a Bad Habit - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:One Urban District with a Bad HabitBy Anthony Cody on February 16, 2009 11:03 AM | 3 Comments | No RecommendationsOakland is addicted to low-cost beginning teachers.Ten years ago, the Oakland schools had a big problem. Every summer 400 teaching positions would open up, but only one hundred teachers would be found who were willing to accept jobs in Oakland at the salary offered. When fall ... more »

Teachers’ union bankrolls NAACP bash - NYPOST.com

Teachers’ union bankrolls NAACP bash - NYPOST.com:NAACP taking heat as UFT chips in 25GBy CARL CAMPANILELast Updated: 12:27 AM, October 7, 2011Posted: 12:27 AM, October 7, 2011More PrintIt’s the teacher’s pet.The city teachers union is helping bankroll the costs of the New York NAACP’s 75th-anniversary conference beginning today.The United Federation of Teachers is listed as one of the top three financial sponsors for the three-day Diamond Jubilee celebration at the Westin Times Square Hotel and Conference Center.The UFT contributed $25,000, ... more »

Students to protest charter school in Providence - Boston.com

Students to protest charter school in Providence - Boston.com:Students to protest charter school in ProvidenceOctober 7, 2011E-mail|Print|Comments (0)Text size – +PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Students opposed to an Achievement First charter school in Providence are set to hold a rally at the state Department of Education.Tweet Be the first to Tweet this!ShareThisHigh school students who are part of a group called Providence Student Labor Action Project will gather outside the department's headquarters Friday afternoon to protest the opening of a charter run by ... more »

PROTEST CHANCELLOR WALCOTT DURING HIS SPEECH Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública

Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública:THE PRESIDENT OF LOCAL 372 UNION MEMBERS PROTEST CHANCELLOR WALCOTT DURING HIS SPEECHThis morning, to protest DOE's decision to layoff 701 school support workers, Local 372 President, Santos Crespo, Jr. and union members stood up and turned their backs to Chancellor Dennis Walcott during his speech, to demonstrate their solidarity with those who will be laid off tomorrow. Chancellor Walcott spoke at an event that honored DOE workers with over 20 years of ... more »

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Seattle Times Op-Ed on "Teacher Quality"

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Seattle Times Op-Ed on "Teacher Quality":Seattle Times Op-Ed on "Teacher Quality"by Charlie MasOnce again the Seattle Times ventures an opinion on public education, Refocusing the Teacher-Quality Debate. Once again the Times acts as the mouthpiece for Education Reform in the least thoughtful way.The Times writes in support of changes in teacher education to replace much of the current regulation of those programs with, you guessed it, improvements in student test scores.The Department of Education proposes ... more »

Debt collectors with government contracts paid penalties - NorthJersey.com

Debt collectors with government contracts paid penalties - NorthJersey.com:Debt collectors with government contracts paid penaltiesFRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011BY DAVID ESPOASSOCIATED PRESSASSOCIATED PRESSPRINT | E-MAILWASHINGTON — Two private debt collection companies that work for the Education Department paid more than $4 million combined in civil penalties in the past year after another federal agency accused them of using abusive language with consumers, making illegal threats and committing other violations of the law.One of the firms, West Asset Management Inc., agreed in ...more »

Denying the Facts: Investing in Computers and Higher Test Scores | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Denying the Facts: Investing in Computers and Higher Test Scores | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:Denying the Facts: Investing in Computers and Higher Test Scoresby larrycubanFive years ago, with little evidence that teacher and student use of computers in classroom lessons would raise test scores, Kyrene (AZ) school district voters authorized $33 million in technology expenditures. Since then Kyrene administrators and teachers have offered enthusiastic endorsements, teachers and students have used the technology, and, here is the ... more »

Last Stand for Children First: 1 in 4 Students Are in the Bottom Quartile in Reading

Last Stand for Children First: 1 in 4 Students Are in the Bottom Quartile in Reading:

1 in 4 Students Are in the Bottom Quartile in Reading

School is in session. But what kind of schools are we sending our kids to?

Every morning as we send our eager fourth graders off to school, ready to learn with their backpacks and lunch boxes, we are entrusting them to an education system that accepts the fact that nearly 25% of them are reading in the bottom quartile on standardized tests.


Let me repeat again in bold for added emphasis: One in four U.S. fourth graders are reading in the bottom quartile. This is not okay.

At Last Stand for Children First, it's our goal to make sure every child in America has a great teacher in every

4LAKids - LAUSD CLASS SIZES PUT ON TRIAL BY TEACHERS UNION

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: LAUSD CLASS SIZES PUT ON TRIAL BY TEACHERS UNION:


LAUSD CLASS SIZES PUT ON TRIAL BY TEACHERS UNION

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October 6, 2011 - The union that represents Los Angeles' public school teachers held a mock trial Thursday to blame the school district for allowing excessive class sizes, which the union said has led to falling class attendance, less time for personal instruction and fewer resources for students.
"Order in the court!" David Lyell, the secretary of the United Teachers Los Angeles, shouted as he acted as the prosecutor and hammered a fake judge's mallet on the podium top, kicking off the "trial" outside Manual Arts High School in South LA.
"This is a civil rights issue," he said. "We need real reform, not the kind espoused by

Sacramento Press / Occupy Sacramento continues after 20 protesters arrested

Sacramento Press / Occupy Sacramento continues after 20 protesters arrested:

Occupy Sacramento continues after 20 protesters arrested

Authorities said 20 protesters were arrested at about 12:45 a.m. Friday when they refused to leave Cesar Chavez Plaza, the site of the Occupy Sacramento demonstration.

Both police and protesters described the arrests as peaceful.

“They went without any problems or issues,” said Sgt. Andrew Pettit, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department. “They were booked for failure to disperse after a lawful order.”

Anthony Bondi, a spokesman for Occupy Sacramento, agreed.

“It was completely violence-free,” he said Friday afternoon. “The protesters laid down and chose to be arrested.”

Despite what some protesters said they think was an overbearing police presence, Pettit said units

Presidential Proclamation--National School Lunch Week | The White House

Presidential Proclamation--National School Lunch Week | The White House:

Presidential Proclamation--National School Lunch Week

Release Time:
For Immediate Release

NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK, 2011

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Children are America's greatest treasure, and ensuring their health is one of our most important duties as parents, families, and community members. Our children's continued ability to learn in the classroom, grow up healthy, and reach their full potential will depend on what we do now to secure their future. The National School Lunch Program has been a central part of our Nation's commitment to healthy children since its inception in 1946, improving the nutrition of generations of children with affordable, nutritious meals at school. It now serves tens of millions of children every day.

Despite our successes, too many American children go without proper nutrition. One third of children in our country are overweight or obese, and without a major change, one third of children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. Schools are central to improving child health, as children who eat both school breakfast and lunch may consume more than half their daily calories at school.

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 has brought historic reform to school meal programs. The law takes new steps to address childhood obesity by setting nutritional standards for foods sold in schools, updating requirements for school wellness policies, and providing more nutritional information to parents. It also works to eliminate hunger during the school day by increasing the number of eligible children enrolled in school meal programs and removing barriers to school meals for children most in need.

First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative has worked with schools nationwide to create healthy opportunities for children. This year, we exceeded our goal of doubling the number of schools that meet the HealthierUS School Challenge. We have also engaged child care providers in adopting healthier practices, and this year 1.7 million Americans achieved the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.

To advance our goals even further, Let's Move! has collaborated with individuals and organizations across our Nation to bring over 800 salad bars to schools, providing thousands of children with greater access to fruits and vegetables. School nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents, and communities have also used their talents to develop nutritious foods for schools through the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition and the Chefs Move to Schools initiative.

Good nutrition at school is an investment in our children's futures. During National School Lunch Week, we thank the food program administrators, educators, parents, and communities who provide for our Nation's sons and daughters, and we recommit to ensuring all our children have the healthy food they need to grow and succeed.

The Congress, by joint resolution of October 9, 1962 (Public Law 87 780), as amended, has designated the week beginning on the second Sunday in October each year as "National School Lunch Week," and has requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this week.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week of October 9 through October 15, 2011, as National School Lunch Week. I call upon all Americans to join the dedicated individuals who administer the National School Lunch Program in appropriate activities that support the health and well being of our Nation's children.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

#occupyedu: challenge schools to change « Cooperative Catalyst

#occupyedu: challenge schools to change « Cooperative Catalyst:

#occupyedu: challenge schools to change

Relate & create

Relate & create

A simple truth lurks behind our schools: we built them to keep our kids apart.

But we can do better.

Join #occupyedu to share the countless, unique ways you challenge the status quo in public education.

Children, parents, educators, community members – all are invited. We cannot re-imagine or recapture schools without the stakeholders they serve.

Every child deserves a personally meaningful education and a community of learning that includes, involves, and

How One CATO Economist Shows Why Testing’s Primary Triumvirate are Wrong | Scathing Purple Musings

How One CATO Economist Shows Why Testing’s Primary Triumvirate are Wrong | Scathing Purple Musings:

How One CATO Economist Shows Why Testing’s Primary Triumvirate are Wrong

From StateImpact, comes this link to an opinion piece by Cato Institute economist Arnold Kling who believes “test scores are not the right metric for evaluating teachers.” Writes Kling:

Pay-for-performance supporters in K-12 education argue that good teachers should receive higher pay than mediocre teachers, while poor teachers should be dismissed.

Opponents of pay-for-performance argue that test scores do a poor job of measuring teacher quality, and that the incentive to “teach to the test” will have adverse consequences.

I agree with both of these points of view. I believe good teachers should be rewarded, and I also believe test scores are not the right metric for evaluating teachers.

Using test scores as the determinant of teacher pay misses what economist Friedrich

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Virgin Mary On A Grilled Cheese And Other Miracles

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The School Closing Follies, by Marc Epstein

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Paradoxes of the Finland Phenomenon

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