Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Charter Law - Third in the Series on Charter Schools

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Charter Law - Third in the Series on Charter Schools:

Charter Law - Third in the Series on Charter Schools

This is probably the most difficult piece of the charter puzzle because (1) there are 41 charter laws and (2) the mission and goals of those laws vary greatly (although the language might be similar).

Just by the numbers, there are about 5600 charter schools across the country. More than 500 open across the country in fall 2011 and 150 closed with California leading in both categories. California opened 100 new schools, closed 34 schools. Florida opened 76 new schools and closed 18 schools. Arizona opened 35 new schools and closed 22 schools.

Charter law covers a huge number of issues. Some of these include:

Top 5 Misconceptions About Teacher Leadership / Coaching | The Jose Vilson

Top 5 Misconceptions About Teacher Leadership / Coaching | The Jose Vilson:

Top 5 Misconceptions About Teacher Leadership / Coaching

Tightrope Walker

I don’t know whether it’s because I’m young, Black / Latino, and / or well-dressed more often than not, but people have serious misconceptions about what I actually do in the building. This seems to be the case with lots of teachers I’ve met who, for whatever reason, have been pulled out of the classroom. Some of us are an ambitious lot who don’t really want to be in the classroom but want to work in education. Others just want to become administrators (no way). Most of the the teacher leaders and coaches I know, however, simply believe that they would better serve their community at large by having this in-between role where they could have a teacher’s voice in a board room. That often has mixed results, but that’s not the point of this particular post. So,

UC Davis Students become Powerful Teachers - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

UC Davis Students become Powerful Teachers - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:

UC Davis Students become Powerful Teachers

Yesterday I joined my 19-year-old son, a sophomore at UC Davis, and about 10,000 other people, for a demonstration on the Quad at his school. This was the location of Friday's infamous incident, when peacefully protesting students were sprayed in the face with military-grade pepper spray. But on this day, no police were to be seen. That made the place feel much safer.davis3.jpg

We heard first from the students who had been sprayed. They related their experiences one after the other, in shocking detail.

Here is some of what student David Buscho shared with us.


Someone yelled 'pepper spray,' and I closed my eyes. My arm was around my girlfriend and I kissed her on the cheek. My friends buried their faces into their chests. And then it happened. At that point I entered a world of pain. It felt like hot glass was entering my eyes. I couldn't see anything. I wanted to open my eyes but every time I did the pain got worse. I wanted to breathe but I couldn't because my face was covered in pepper spray and every time I breathed I was nauseous. I couldn't see anything. I could feel my friends and my girlfriend writhing in pain. I wanted to cover her face but I couldn't because my hands were covered in pepper spray. I didn't know where the police were. I didn't want to stand up because I thought I would be arrested. I was afraid. I was no longer

Do we need better parents? | Taking Note

Do we need better parents? | Taking Note:

Do we need better parents?

A Classroom Activist Deals with High-Stakes Testing « City School Stories

A Classroom Activist Deals with High-Stakes Testing « City School Stories:

A Classroom Activist Deals with High-Stakes Testing

Teacher Stories

Submitted by Serena on November 23, 2011

Teaching in Philadelphia these days at a time of high-stakes testing requires educators to think beyond our administrative leaders’ expectations of an effective teacher. The Administrative District Teams that walk through our school buildings and classrooms are understandably anxious that students perform well on the standardized state test, but they do not ask the tough questions about how we are truly meeting the needs of our students, and whether or not authentic and deep learning is taking place.

I do not mind spending some time preparing students for the PSSA, nor do I mind looking at Predictive Test data or giving effective feedback on constructed responses, but that is only one way for me to help my students

What Happened to Freedom of the Press? | Seattle Education #ows

What Happened to Freedom of the Press? | Seattle Education:

What Happened to Freedom of the Press?

Why is it that the only news outlets showing what’s really going on in the streets of the United States are online news outlets such as Democracy Now, truthout and other blogs such as Common Dreams and the Occupy Nowwebsites around the country and Livestream websites as in Oakland and New York City? And yes, other blogs like this one and a few others?

The Seattle Times so-called education writers used to post only press releases from our Broad-trained superintendent and the Seattle Foundation that is funded by Gates’ money. Now they write faux op-ed’s and columns written by so called education writers who only write the corporate/company line that are fed to them by the League of Education Voters, Stand for Children and the Seattle Foundation pushing charter schools and

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Early Evening Posts #ows #edreform


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Former Marine, Officer Calls Pike “Cowardly” in Open Letter - Davis, CA Patch #OWS

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Nonviolence, Resisting Arrest, and the Student Movements of the Sixties and Today « Student Activism #OWS

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Education Research Report: Formative Assessment Initiatives in Two States

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Teachers union leader says battle's just begun - Washington Times

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Special Education Students and Charter Schools « A "Fuller" Look at Education Issues

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Schools Matter: "[N]ot the Time. . .to Follow the Line of Least Resistance"

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Wow. « Student Activism #ows

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Jersey Jazzman: Reformy Turf Wars?

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Are there really too many 'mediocre' charter schools?

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Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Early Evening Posts #ows #edreform

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Dear John, Education Sector Thinks A Lot About Teachers and More School Time

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Grumpy Educators: 2011 EduBlog Award Nominations

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Yee calls for independent probe into UCD pepper-spraying | Davis Enterprise #ows

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