Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mother Crusader: Sorry Mr. Brown, but I gotta DIS your opinion piece

Mother Crusader: Sorry Mr. Brown, but I gotta DIS your opinion piece:


Sorry Mr. Brown, I gotta DIS your opinion piece

I have a thought or two about Neil Brown's guest opinion column. 

I am disappointed by what is said by many of those who will establish recently approved charters. When asked what is special about their school’s program, they often say something like: “We plan to hire high-quality teachers and have longer hours.” My former students would call that a “duh” statement — their fancy term for a tautology.
All too often, proposed schools seem more like boutiques, catering to communities 

Modern School: Crippling the Right to Organize?

Modern School: Crippling the Right to Organize?:


Crippling the Right to Organize?


Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons
In an Op-Ed in the New York Times on December 15, William Gould (Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, 1994-1998) argued that American workers will lose their right to be represented by a union on New Year’s Day because the National Labor Relations Board will lose its quorum and therefore its ability to decide cases.

The Sky Is Not Falling On New Year’s Day (It’s Been Falling All Along)
In reality, the NLRB lost its quorum in 2008, when three of its five seats became vacant and Democrats and Republicans repeatedly blocked each other’s nominations. In March 2010, Obama made 2 recess appointments, which temporarily gave the body feet again, but those will expire at the end of the year. Thus, the NLRB has 

Hechinger Report | Two of nation’s largest Head Start providers must fight for funds in Obama administration quality push

Hechinger Report | Two of nation’s largest Head Start providers must fight for funds in Obama administration quality push:


Two of nation’s largest Head Start providers must fight for funds in Obama administration quality push

Lady Bird Johnson visiting a classroom for Project Head Start in 1966.
New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is at risk of losing a $190 million grant, after the federal government included it on a list of 132 substandard Head Start agencies across the country this week.
Head Start is the half-century-old federal preschool program for low-income children. ACS, among the oldest and largest Head Start agencies in the country, did not meet the “quality thresholds” set by the federal Office of Head Start, according to a list made public Tuesday by the Administration for Children & Families, which oversees the 

This Week In Education: #LAUSD: The Story Behind John Deasy's Mystifying Labor Deal

This Week In Education: #LAUSD: The Story Behind John Deasy's Mystifying Labor Deal:


#LAUSD: The Story Behind John Deasy's Mystifying Labor Deal

School-zone-stop-225x300A couple of days ago on a Souther California Public Radio station talk show, two longtime education reform allies, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy and former LAUSD board member Yolie Flores, got into their first public disagreement. There with UTLA head Warren Fletcher to discuss the proposed new UTLA / LAUSD agreement, Deasy and Flores disagreed over whether the proposed deal would gut the accountability and competition elements that were key to 2009 Flores' Public School Choice initiative, a two year-old program that gave low performing schools over to new groups including outside charter organizations.

Deasy, UTLA, E4E, Randi Weingarten, and others have lined up behind the deal.  Charter organizations, some LA teachers, and reformers including Ben Austin and Mike 

#EDreform I Heard It Through The Grapevine-I'm a parent - How the hell am I supposed to hear anything?

On Bullying | The Jose Vilson #edreform #1

On Bullying | The Jose Vilson:


On Bullying



Maria was a girl who was not so different from other girls in my neighborhood. As young kids, we spent the majority of our time in 6th grade avoiding her because of one person’s little rumor. They said she smelled. Badly. And if she smelled, then that means she has some sort of disease. As that rumor spread, she became lonelier, to the point where people wondered if she had any friends … or anyone outside of her family. Throughout that year, I never remember actually smelling this scent that everyone said permeated her pores, but, as someone who got picked on for his weight, I didn’t need any more reasons to draw attention to myself. If I could make it out of elementary school without doing any number of little things that would ostracize me from my friends, I’d go somewhere where I could make a new reputation.
Sometime in May of that school year, we sixth graders got our autograph books, hoping everyone who we built 

Jersey Jazzman: They Say This Cat Darcie Is One Bad Mother...

Jersey Jazzman: They Say This Cat Darcie Is One Bad Mother...:


They Say This Cat Darcie Is One Bad Mother...

Shut your mouth! 

Just talkin' 'bout Darcie Cimarusti - and her new blog, Mother Crusader. And if the posts are going to be anything like this, you're going to be talking about her too:
I just can't let Justin Barra's statement to Gannett Statehouse reporter Michael Symons regarding my meeting with Acting Commissioner Cerf go unanswered.  

Department of Education spokesman Justin Barra said acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf met in August with Cimarusti and others from Highland Park, who were opposed to the proposed Tikun Olam Hebrew Language Charter High School, which 

Kenzo Shibata: In Defense Of The Mic Check #ows #edreform

Kenzo Shibata: In Defense Of The Mic Check:

In Defense Of The Mic Check




 After years of attending Chicago Board of Education monthly meetings, on December 14, 2011 I felt like I left one where the community was actually heard, by the public and by the board. During the "public participation" segment of the meeting, a lone voice stopped the business-as-usual.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Adourthus McDowell, a Chicago Public School parent and member of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, began the takeover by rising from his chair and interrupting a presentation by Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard on a new $660 million capital construction plan.



Using a 'mic check' technique borrowed from Occupy Wall Street protestors, McDowell read 

School Tech Connect: We've Totally Caught Up To Finland

School Tech Connect: We've Totally Caught Up To Finland:


We've Totally Caught Up To Finland

This is just unbuckingfelievable.  H/t to Mike Klonsky.

It's such an obvious shell game, and yet they get away with it all the time.

Two things:

1. Drop-out rates and graduation rates are a thing shrouded in eternal, purposeful mystery. According to Matt Farmer, and it bears out here, the 88 Collins graduates in 2011 represent two-thirds of the number of 9th graders enrolled in 2007. That's a graduation rate of 66%. Fully a third of the kids vanished. Yet if you go to the AYP data on the Illinois Interactive thing from NIU, they're posting a graduation rate of 80%.

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Taking It to the Next Level With CPS and AUSL

huffingtonpost.com - Did I miss a recent press conference at Chicago's Collins Academy? You know, the shindig where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard announced that Collins, as of November 2011, was no...
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Malloy outlines broad principles for education reform

ctmirror.org - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today outlined six broad principles that he says will guide the debate on education reform next year, including "intensive interventions" by the state in troubled school syste...
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Charting a course for charter schools

dothaneagle.com - At Pataula Charter Academy, they do things differently. At the K-7 school in Edison, Ga., teachers use an education philosophy called expeditionary learning, where real-world applications of school...
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Turnaround cronyism at Collins High

michaelklonsky.blogspot.com - Be sure and read Matt Farmer's excellent Huffington post on Chicago turnarounds. He lays bare the crony relationship between venture capitalist Mike Koldyke's Academy for Urban School Leadership (A...
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