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Geaux Teacher!: THE REALITY OF REFORM AS I KNOW IT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 minutes ago
Geaux Teacher!: THE REALITY OF REFORM AS I KNOW IT: THE REALITY OF REFORM AS I KNOW IT by noreply@blogger.com (Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT) After reading Diane Ravitch's recent blog *Are Charter Schools Public Schools*, and slogging through all the comments her writing always generates, I responded myself. I realized that I am filled to capacity with the think-tank "research," the back and forth theoretical debate, and the pre-packaged rhetoric of reform. I know what I know - the New Orleans experience. That perspective is not based on theory but on the reality of the destruction th... more »

FairTest to Honor Diane Ravitch with the Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award | FairTest

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 29 minutes ago
FairTest to Honor Diane Ravitch with the Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award | FairTest: FairTest to Honor Diane Ravitch with the Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award Submitted by fairtest on March 26, 2012 - 1:52pm - about us - assessment - FairTest in the News - in house - k-12 - national - news - whats new *Date and Time: *Tuesday, 5 June, 6:00-830 p.m. *Place*: Julia Richman Educational Complex, 317 East 67th St., New York City Diane Ravitch is an internationally renowned and respected historian of education. Formerly a supporter o... more »

Daily Kos: The Graphic Truth: Disaster Capitalism and Education Reform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 36 minutes ago
Daily Kos: The Graphic Truth: Disaster Capitalism and Education Reform: The Graphic Truth: Disaster Capitalism and Education Reform by rss@dailykos.com (plthomasEdD) Reflecting on how one becomes the person she/he is offers a clarity that both brings into focus and distorts how our history shapes us. But for me, it is undeniable that who I am as a student, teacher, writer, and scholar was profoundly influenced by the coincidence of my becoming a comic book collector in the 1970s. Directly, buying, reading, collecting, and drawing from comic books reinforced my fascination with sci... more »

Modern School: LAUSD Sabotages Harassment Settlement, Imposes Abuser’s Name on School

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 41 minutes ago
Modern School: LAUSD Sabotages Harassment Settlement, Imposes Abuser’s Name on School: LAUSD Sabotages Harassment Settlement, Imposes Abuser’s Name on School by Michael Dunn A settlement with an employee who accused formed LAUSD Sup. Ramon Cortines of sexual harassment may be coming apart at the seams over both the disputed terms of the agreement and the disclosure of the victim’s name by LAUSD without his consent, the Los Angeles Timesreported on Wednesday. The proposed settlement would have required the accuser to resign from his post in exchange for $200,000 and lifetime benefit... more »

Policy to Practice: An Abundance of Metaphors | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 46 minutes ago
Policy to Practice: An Abundance of Metaphors | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Policy to Practice: An Abundance of Metaphors by larrycuban Metaphors simplify yet they can reveal complexity. Over the years, I have used different metaphors (see here, here, and here) to capture the complex interdependence among reform-driven policymakers, practitioners, parents, students, academics, business and civic leaders during times when strenuous efforts are underway to improve schools. At times like this, policymakers decide to expand online instruction in K-12 school... more »

Transforming Schools to Match the Needs of a Minority-Majority Nation

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 47 minutes ago
Transforming Schools to Match the Needs of a Minority-Majority Nation: Transforming Schools to Match the Needs of a Minority-Majority Nation by Sam There’s an Op-Ed in today’s *Washington Pos*t in which the New America Foundation’s Maggie Severns urges states to rethink teacher preparation in light of our country’s ongoing shift to a minority-majority nation. As Severns explains, immigrant youths and the children of immigrants are among the lowest-performing groups of students in U.S. public schools, AND they will account for virtually all growth in the workforce over the next 40 ... more »

DOE-Destroyers of Ed, Top Secret Doc To Gut SpEd & Violate Law « New York City Parents Union

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
DOE-Destroyers of Ed, Top Secret Doc To Gut SpEd & Violate Law « New York City Parents Union: DOE-Destroyers of Ed, Top Secret Doc To Gut SpEd & Violate Law by admin Breaking News | Top Secret | DOE – Destroyers of Education Document from a concerned parent who learned the evil truth of the DOE’s motives | Unveiling the Truth Behind the Special Education Reforms | Forward Widely | Protect Your Children Rights & Education Under Federal Law! The evil plan is to violate our most high needs and vulnerable children’s rights, layoff Special Education teachers and yellow bus drivers. Our ... more »

How to succeed as a Corporate “Education Reformer” Announce Programs That Already Exist - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
How to succeed as a Corporate “Education Reformer” Announce Programs That Already Exist - Wait, What?: How to succeed as a Corporate “Education Reformer” Announce Programs That Already Exist by jonpelto The press release from Paul Vallas, the “education reformer” who serves as Bridgeport’s $229,000 part-time superintendent of schools, invited the media and public to attend a major announcement at Bridgeport City Hall. “I have goose bumps, I’m so excited about this” Vallas told the assembled. The initiative? — An Early College Program for Bridgeport high school students. And we aren... more »

2/3 of King 1% Johnson campaign funds come from Fat Cats outside city | KCRA Home - KCRA Home

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
2/3 of Johnson campaign funds come from outside city | KCRA Home - KCRA Home: 2/3 of Johnson campaign funds come from outside cityPolitical donations total $822,395 *Kevin Johnson tells us why he should be relected King 1% of Sacramento.* SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) - More than two-thirds of mayor Kevin Johnson's re-election funds came from outside Sacramento, the campaign reported Thursday. - JOHNSON CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS [image: Johnson campaign contributions] VIEW LARGE Johnson received $260,000 from political donors in Sacramento, wrote campaign spokesman Steve Mav... more »

Charter schools drain public finances | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Charter schools drain public finances | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME: Charter schools drain public finances [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] The reliance on charter schools as viable alternatives to public education is part of a larger alarming nationwide trend toward zealous individualism and self-absorption. Rather than being turned outward toward our communities, many of us are turning inward in self-serving ways. As responsible democratic citizens, we should be committed and willing to pour our collective energy, resources and passions into e... more »

A Solution to the Testing Mania « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
A Solution to the Testing Mania « Diane Ravitch's blog: Upcoming Events *June 5, 2012 (New York)* Fairtest Deborah Meier Award, details TBA. *June 8, 2012 (Providence, RI)* Netroots Nation, details TBA. *June 27, 2012 (Baltimore, MD)* American Association of School Administrators Summer Leadership institute, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street (registration required) A Solution to the Testing Mania by dianerav The popular rising against high-stakes testing grows larger every day. In Texas, more than 500 school boards have endorsed a resolution opposing hi... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Do you need another reason to resist the testing madness?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Do you need another reason to resist the testing madness?: Do you need another reason to resist the testing madness? by Mike Klonsky Here's a good one. It comes from veteran high school English teacher, Larry Strauss, posting at Huffington: *A colleague of mine who works as a home and hospital school teacher for those sick and disabled children who cannot make it to school, told me he is required to test all of his students, regardless of the severity of their illness or injury. In most cases, disabled students are given testing accommodations accord... more »

Pass / Fail : UTLA President says union is ready to 'bargain teacher evaluation' | 89.3 KPCC

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Pass / Fail : UTLA President says union is ready to 'bargain teacher evaluation' | 89.3 KPCC: UTLA President says union is ready to 'bargain teacher evaluation' By Tami Abdollah [image: UTLA President Warren Fletcher] Grant Slater/KPCC UTLA President Warren Fletcher UTLA President Warren Fletcher says the current teacher evaluation system isn't perfect but that any new process needs to include discussion with the union. "We're at the door, we're more than ready to bargain teacher evaluation," said Fletcher in an interview earlier this month. "Not only do we want to comply with the la... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Gov. Walker called on Rhee to help him fight Wisc. teachers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Gov. Walker called on Rhee to help him fight Wisc. teachers: Gov. Walker called on Rhee to help him fight Wisc. teachers by Mike Klonsky Soon after Wisconsin's Gov. Scott Walker moved to crush the state's teacher unions, he called on Michelle Rhee for help. While she declined to actually come to Wisconsin and stand behind Walker in the face of angry teacher protests, Rhee did come to Walker's rescue on more than one occasion. Mother Jones writer Andy Kroll gleaned this from some of Walker's newly released internal emails. *Rhee did defend some ... more »

Bush Policy Aviser Mocked for “Most Compellingly Lousy Education Research of the Past Year” | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Bush Policy Aviser Mocked for “Most Compellingly Lousy Education Research of the Past Year” | Scathing Purple Musings: Bush Policy Aviser Mocked for “Most Compellingly Lousy Education Research of the Past Year” by Bob Sikes Matt Lander, a key policy and research aid to Jeb Bush, referred to “teachers and their unions” to Hitler’s forces in an ALEC paper this summer. His intellectually flawed and dishonest work received just due this week. rom Teresa Stepzinski in the *Florida Times-Union*: He likely won’t be showcasing the award in his office. But Matthew Ladner, a senior advisor... more »

American Students Need to Copy Canada's Tuition Protests - Education - GOOD

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
American Students Need to Copy Canada's Tuition Protests - Education - GOOD: American Students Need to Copy Canada's Tuition Protests by Liz Dwyer [image: quebec.protests] In the past four months, the Canadian province of Quebec has become a hotbed of Occupy Wall Street-style protests—marches with hundreds of thousands of protesters, and battles with tear gas throwing, pepper-spraying police. And it all started over proposed tuition increases at Quebec's public universities. Indeed the Quebec Spring first blossomed in February when the government proposed hiking tuition from $2,168... more »

Geaux Teacher!: Save Our Schools National Convention

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Geaux Teacher!: Save Our Schools National Convention: Save Our Schools National Convention by noreply@blogger.com (Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT) *Get ready for the SOS National Convention! * Join education activists from around the country this August 3-5 in Washington, DC for the Save Our Schools National Convention! Parents, students, and people of all professions and persuasions are encouraged to attend and assist with crafting a progressive set of principles regarding what we expect from public education and how it should function to serve every type of child. Once completed, w... more »

A nightcap with Tony. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
A nightcap with Tony. « Fred Klonsky: A nightcap with Tony. by Fred Klonsky When the news came that the pension bill would not be voted on this session I headed over to the Red Line Tap. If ever I needed a drink, it was last night. Two Loyola college kids were over in the corner nursing a couple of beers. And Tony was at the bar. “Dodged a bullet?” “Big time,” I said. “Why don’t you buy this time?” “Nope,” said Tony. “That would ruin my reputation.”

Engaging Parents In School… » NAEP Decides To Reach-Out To Parents

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Engaging Parents In School… » NAEP Decides To Reach-Out To Parents: “Fact-checking “Won’t Back Down”” Larry Ferlazzo at Engaging Parents In School... - 5 hours ago I’ve previously posted about an upcoming and apparently very misleading movie about the parent trigger. Caroline Grannan just fact-checked the trailer itself, which was full of inaccuracies. It doesn’t bode well for the whole flick. You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t Good For Parents, Kids [...] NAEP Decides To Reach-Out To Parents Larry Ferlazzo at Engaging Parents... more »

Louisiana is following trend of taking ‘State’ out of state colleges in slow move to privatization of higher education « Louisiana Voice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Louisiana is following trend of taking ‘State’ out of state colleges in slow move to privatization of higher education « Louisiana Voice: « Budget crisis! Revenue shortfall! Drowning in Debt! Cut health care and education but fund construction projects Louisiana is following trend of taking ‘State’ out of state colleges in slow move to privatization of higher education May 31, 2012 by tomaswell All but lost in the brouhaha over Gov. Piyush Jindal’s overt moves to privatize the Louisiana Office of Risk Management, Office of Group Benefits, state prisons, Medicaid, the Louisiana Off... more »

Provoked | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Provoked | The Jose Vilson: Provoked by Jose Dear disciplinarians and other enforcers within our school communities, Please note: you’re trying to keep kids in school, not keep them out of it. Let me first admit my own biases in this topic, of which I have a couple. As a teacher, I readily admit that I can reasonably reach 90% of my given class, given that my classes aren’t considered “magnet” or “gifted and talented” by most academic measures. I tend to get the classes people forget, the ones that have to fend for themselves in the swarm of adult confusion, the ones that no one hu... more »

The Washington Teacher: Arne Duncan's Close Ties to Victor Reinoso, Former DC Deputy Mayor of Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
The Washington Teacher: Arne Duncan's Close Ties to Victor Reinoso, Former DC Deputy Mayor of Education: Arne Duncan's Close Ties to Victor Reinoso, Former DC Deputy Mayor of Education by Candi Peterson Victor Reinoso (right)*Written by Candi Peterson* Word has it that Victor Reinoso, former DC Deputy Mayor of Education from 2007-10 under the Fenty administration is now a high-powered consultant to the United States Department of Education (DOE), working for Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. Confirmation that Reinoso is a local friend of Arne Duncan's was evidenced on R... more »


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