Thursday, January 12, 2012

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Early Evening Posts #ows #edreform 1-12


The Charlotte Post - For-profit charter schools questioned

The Charlotte Post - For-profit charter schools questioned:For-profit charter schools questionedWith N.C. cap removed, companies apply for approval Published Thursday, January 12, 2012 7:21 amby Sommer Brokaw The emergence of for-profit charter schools is drawing fire in North Carolina.The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP sent a letter to the North Carolina State Board of Education last month to block the application for Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School, which is on the fast track to open in August. According to its ... more »

Shanker Blog » Beyond Anecdotes: The Evidence About Financial Incentives And Teacher Retention

Shanker Blog » Beyond Anecdotes: The Evidence About Financial Incentives And Teacher Retention:Beyond Anecdotes: The Evidence About Financial Incentives And Teacher Retentionby Eleanor FulbeckOur guest author today is Eleanor Fulbeck, who earned her Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.A couple of weeks ago, an article in the New York Times, written by reporter Sam Dillon, took a look at the new incentive ... more »

Schools Matter: Guest Post: Against Oligarchical Roundtables In Education

Schools Matter: Guest Post: Against Oligarchical Roundtables In Education:Guest Post: Against Oligarchical Roundtables In Educationby P. L. ThomasAgainst Oligarchical Roundtables In Education (and really, everywhere else too)by Douglas StormIf they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s RainbowIt’s that simple really. All we do now is ask the wrong questions and get irrelevant answers because the questions determine the direction we’ll be heading. The Pynchon quote comes from the ... more »

LA study: Poor students stuck with worst teachers - LA Daily News

LA study: Poor students stuck with worst teachers - LA Daily News:LA study: Poor students stuck with worst teachersBy Christina Hoag, Associated Press WriterPosted: 01/12/2012 01:00:00 AM PSTLOS ANGELES - Good teachers are the key to accelerating academic achievement by Hispanic and black students to levels on par with their white and Asian counterparts, but poor, minority children are consistently stuck with the worst instructors, according to a study released Thursday."We know that great teachers have the power to help ... more »

NYC Educator: Teachers and Principals Behaving Badly

NYC Educator: Teachers and Principals Behaving Badly:Teachers and Principals Behaving Badlyby Miss EyreMy brothers and sisters in education, if it wasn't painfully obvious, we are at work in difficult times. Principals and teachers alike are under attack, often due to factors that are well beyond our control. School budgets are bleeding money and that picture is not set to improve. So why, why, why are we still being treated to stories like this one, in which a school principal falsified ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Charter Schools: the Landscape Today

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Charter Schools: the Landscape Today:Charter Schools: the Landscape Todayby Melissa WestbrookThis is the last in the series on charter schools. I will have a final piece on what I think it means and what we need to think about for Washington State. I hope that this has been a helpful series. (I note that I asked the Washington State PTSA about putting up a link about this series and got a busy signal. I will also ... more »

5 Ways Families Can Honor Dr. King & The Dream « MomsRising Blog

5 Ways Families Can Honor Dr. King The Dream « MomsRising Blog:5 Ways Families Can Honor Dr. King The DreamPosted January 11th, 2012 by Homa TavangarI think it’s essential that kids grow up with memories of actively marking the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and birthday. At most schools this is a day off, and a growing movement advocates making this a “day on.” When parents engage with their children on the important matters Dr. King spoke out for, ... more »

Daily Kos: What it feels like to fire people

Daily Kos: What it feels like to fire people:What it feels like to fire peopleby rss@dailykos.com (teacherken)I have had to do it twice, once in the private sector, once in the public sector.My work career before becoming a teacher was in data processing, where at various times I was a programmer, programmer analyst, systems analyst, consultant, supervisor, and manager.The first time I had to fire an employee was while a manager at a private company then the world's largest vendor ... more »

Diane Ravitch will speak to Sac City Teachers Association members - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Diane Ravitch will speak to Sac City Teachers Association members - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee:Diane Ravitch will speak to Sac City Teachers Association membersShareBy Melody Gutierrezmgutierrez@sacbee.comPublished: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B Education historian Diane Ravitch, an outspoken critic of the movement to reward or penalize teachers based on student test scores, will speak to hundreds of teachers at a public event organized by the Sacramento City Teachers Association.Nine ... more »

What does a Vulture Capitalist become when they grow up?

What does a Vulture Capitalist become when theygrow up?AVulture Philanthropist

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Early Evening Posts #ows #edreform 1-11

A Culture of Resistance is Born in 2011: the People United in an Independent Movement | OWSnews.org #OWSBig Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-10 minutes agoA Culture of Resistance is Born in 2011: the People United in an Independent Movement | OWSnews.org:A Culture of Resistance is Born in 2011: the People United in an Independent MovementKevin Zeese at OWSnews.org - 3 minutes agoIn 2012, the Real Conversation will be in the Occupations, while Corporate Candidates have a False Conversation By ... more »

Grumpy Educators: Republicans Put On Notice Over Education Reform

Grumpy Educators: Republicans Put On Notice Over Education Reform:Republicans Put On Notice Over Education ReformFlorida’s legislative session opened with education bills pouring out like MMs.With eyebrow raising speed, on opening day, the Senate Pre-K 12 Education committee considered and passed SB 962, Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program on January 9, 2012 by a vote of 4 to 2, and came back on January 10 to revisit some changes, and on January 11, the bill moved to the Budget Subcommittee on ... more »

Supreme Court sides with churches in employment fights - The Washington Post

Supreme Court sides with churches in employment fights - The Washington Post:Supreme Court sides with churches in employment fights Text SizePrintE-mailReprintsBy Lauren Markoe| Religion News Service, Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2:11 PMWASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan. 11) unanimously threw its support behind a church school that fired a teacher, using a widely watched church-state case to bolster a legal doctrine that exempts religious institutions from some civil rights laws.Religious groups heralded the ruling as a firm ... more »

So Rick Scott Wants More for Florida Schools, But His Legislative Allies Want More Cash For Charter Schools | Scathing Purple Musings

So Rick Scott Wants More for Florida Schools, But His Legislative Allies Want More Cash For Charter Schools | Scathing Purple Musings:So Rick Scott Wants More for Florida Schools, But His Legislative Allies Want More Cash For Charter Schoolsby Bob SikesWhile Rick Scott says that “he cannot budge” on increasing funding for education, he doesnt tell voters that two republican legislators, Sen. Steve Wise and Rep. Janet Adkins are sponsoring legislation that would put more money into the pockets of ... more »

Looking at Education as a Civil Right – SchoolBook

Looking at Education as a Civil Right – SchoolBook:Looking at Education as a Civil Rightby SchoolBookLessons about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. are presumably going on in classrooms all over the city this week, in anticipation of the holiday on Monday to honor Dr. King.Or maybe not.Some teachers have complained privately about the need to freshen up their approach to this important chapter in American history, and studies have shown that many teachers could use some help: students ... more »

Remarks by the President on Insourcing American Jobs | The White House

Remarks by the President on Insourcing American Jobs | The White House:Remarks by the President on Insourcing American JobsEast Room 12:51 P.M. ESTTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Please, please have a seat. Thank you. Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. And Tim, thank you for that introduction.I could not have enjoyed more the meeting that I had this morning, because what these companies represent is a source of optimism and enormous potential for the future of America. ... more »

Support NAACP OneMilwaukee Initiative « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

Support NAACP OneMilwaukee Initiative « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!:Support NAACP OneMilwaukee Initiativeby millerlfJobs, Jobs, JobsBy Larry Miller from OnMilwaukee.com blog 1/11/2012What’s the real picture on joblessness in Milwaukee?At a conference I attended this past weekend titled OneMilwaukee and sponsored by the NAACP, Mayor Tom Barrett estimated that there are 30,000 people out of work presently and up to 20,000 jobs lost in the city since 2007. He went on to describe the dilemma he faces as mayor. People ... more »

My Love/Hate Relationship with Educational Numbers « Cooperative Catalyst

My Love/Hate Relationship with Educational Numbers « Cooperative Catalyst:My Love/Hate Relationship with Educational Numbersby Kristan MorrisonA few months back, I wrote about how my college was going through the NCATE accreditation process. The outcome of that long event was a report about how we are doing. One area in which we were “dinged” was in our assessments of our graduate programs. As director of one of our biggest graduate programs, this report finding means that I am now under the ... more »

Back to basics | Taking Note

Back to basics | Taking Note:Back to basicsby John MerrowWhat are the basic tenets of education? John takes a stab at four of them -- and how a focus in that direction could be good for American education.Lately I have been lying awake at night thinking about basic skills. To be precise, I am wondering what you — or I — would do if we were in charge of getting America “back to basics” in education. Just what are ‘the ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Why Should You Stand Up Now?

Missouri Education Watchdog: Why Should You Stand Up Now?:Why Should You Stand Up Now?by AnngieThe catalog of dystopian literature that is required reading for middle and high school is quite large; from 1984, to Brave New World, to The Giver. So you would think that with all of us reading these novels, and seeing the wretched outcome which began with the best intentions, we would be on our guard against having any of that happen in our real world. Unfortunately, ... more »

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