Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2011 Unpublished GQ Interview [Mr. Vilson vs. Jose Part 3] | The Jose Vilson

2011 Unpublished GQ Interview [Mr. Vilson vs. Jose Part 3] | The Jose Vilson:

2011 Unpublished GQ Interview [Mr. Vilson vs. Jose Part 3]

Mr. Vilson (left) vs. Jose (right)

For some reason, GQ Magazine (Yes, Gentlemen’s Quarterly) decided not to publish their interview with me for Man of the Year 2011. Those of us who’ve been occupying and marching on Washington, DC, got a little shine via Time Magazine’s Person of the Year issue as “The Protestor.” Obviously, we can do better. I know, I know. I’m as disappointed as you are. At some point, I’m hoping teachers get some props nationwide. But at least they passed me the first draft of the interview, and here’s what we came up with. Enjoy.

Interviewer: We have in this chair, Jose Vilson, writer, activist, and Spongebob enthusiast. He’s been rather critical of the testing industry and the proliferation of corporate rule in public schools. In the other chair, we have Mr. Vilson, math coach and teacher in a NYC public school. He handles data, technology, and a plethora of other hats, or should I say Kangols, for his school. Let’s start with this question: what’s it like working for one of

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Reflections on my Schools

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Reflections on my Schools:

Reflections on my Schools

I have not really contributed much to this blog so far this school year. Since we are almost finished with first semester, I would like to share some thoughts and observations about Ingraham and Rainier Beach.

I can see why there was such outrage at Ingraham last year over the termination of Mr. Floe. He is a very good principal (and in case Mr. Floe reads this, I’m not just saying it because he is my evaluator!!!) He is a very strong leader, but at the same time gives the staff as much freedom as they need to do what is best to educate the students. He has assembled a very strong faculty who really knows what they are doing. This strength goes beyond the faculty and includes the other administrators and support staff. I am very impressed and I feel very supported. There is calmness to Ingraham that I feel that makes it easy to teach.

I have the same schedule that I had last year. I am teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Algebra 2 Honors. My

Modern School: Schools and Communities Lose By Outsourcing Lunch Services

Modern School: Schools and Communities Lose By Outsourcing Lunch Services:

Schools and Communities Lose By Outsourcing Lunch Services


Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons
Public schools get about $1 billion worth of free surplus fruits, vegetables, meat and cheese from the USDA each year which, instead of preparing into healthy fresh meals, they outsource to large corporate food processors like Aramark and Sodexo. The “logic” of this system is that it is supposed to save schools money on labor costs and economies of scale. In reality, schools do not save money in this scam, according to Lucy Komisar, when the fees charged by the food processors and supply costs are factored in.

Komisar notes that roughly one-fourth of the school nutrition program has been privatized and outsourced, primarily to just a few food giants, like Sodexo, Aramark, Chartwells, Tyson and

Charter Schools Rarely Closed For Academic Performance: Report

Charter Schools Rarely Closed For Academic Performance: Report:

Charter Schools Rarely Closed For Academic Performance: Report

Charter School Closure

Posted: 12/21/11 08:18 PM ET


In nearly two decades, only 3 percent of charter schools have ever been closed for underperforming, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The Center for Education Reform, a pro-charter advocacy group, traced charter-school closures since 1992 in what it called the "first-ever national analysis" of its kind. It found that 15 percent of 6,700 charter schools have been shuttered, and 18 percent of those closures were attributed to academic underperformance. Other prevalent reasons charter schools were closed include financial deficiencies (41.7 percent), mismanagement (24 percent), district-related issues and facilities problems.

The data is key to deciphering whether charter schools -- which are publicly funded but can be independently run -- are holding up their end of the



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Sacramento Press / The Occupy movement struggles to resonate within the black community #ows

Sacramento Press / The Occupy movement struggles to resonate within the black community:

The Occupy movement struggles to resonate within the black community

by Rashad Baadqir, published on December 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM


For the past few months cities across America have seen crowds of protestors taking to the streets angered by the state of the U.S. economy in the wake of noticeable corporate greed, Wall Street failures, and home lending corruption scandals to name a few gripes. In what has become known as the “Occupy Wall Street” or “OWS” movement, citizen discourse has largely become a protest of “We won’t take it anymore” politics, against the widening wealth divide and continued mistrust of a political system. A type of corporate-political combo agenda that has seemingly sold out main

Big Education Ape: 12-21-11 PM More Angels Under the Bus EDition #edreform #ows

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