Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Ten minute drawing. Daley. « Fred Klonsky

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Ten minute drawing. Daley. « Fred Klonsky: Ten minute drawing. Daley. by Fred Klonsky

This Insider heads out - D.C. Schools Insider - The Washington Post

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This Insider heads out - D.C. Schools Insider - The Washington Post: [image: D.C. Schools Insider] This Insider heads out By Bill Turque This is my last post for D.C. Schools Insider. As some of you already know, I’ve accepted an assignment to help out with The Post’s presidential campaign coverage. The schools beat was more than an interesting job; it was a privilege. That’s what made the decision to leave after four years so difficult. People sometimes ask me whether Michelle Rhee’s departure made the story less compelling. My view is that while the post-Rhee days may lack the ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Obama's horrible interview with Savannah Guthrie

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Obama's horrible interview with Savannah Guthrie: Obama's horrible interview with Savannah Guthrie by Mike Klonsky *"When I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as POTUS, because workers deserve to know that somebody’s standing in their court."* -- Barack Obama in 2007 Pres.Obama's response to Savannah Guthrie's Education Nation interview questions left me cold -- literally sent a chill down my spine. I had no expectations that he would offer anything beyond the usual empty plat... more »

Modern School: Let Them Eat Ballots: Unions’ Obsession With Political Action

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 41 minutes ago
Modern School: Let Them Eat Ballots: Unions’ Obsession With Political Action: Let Them Eat Ballots: Unions’ Obsession With Political Action by Michael Dunn California’s Proposition 32, on the November ballot, has been dubbed the Stop Special Interests initiative. In reality, it is targeted at the state’s unions, with the goal of preventing them from using payroll deductions to fund their political campaigns and lobbying. The bill would have virtually no effect on private businesses or corporate lobbying, as private businesses do not raise political funds through payroll deductions... more »

Legendary crooner Andy Williams has died

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 44 minutes ago
Legendary crooner Andy Williams has died - Comments - - - - [image: E-mail] - [image: Print] - [image: Share] By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY Updated 32m ago CAPTION Neilson Barnard, Getty Images Sad news to report from the music world: Legendary singer Andy Williams died Tuesday night. His rep tells Lifeline Live that Williams passed away after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. He was 84. Williams, who was one of the most popular vocalists of the 1960s as well as an avid golfer, died at home in Branson, Mo., where he owns the Moon River Theatre. *Moo... more »

Does being connected help in being recognized? « My Island View

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Does being connected help in being recognized? « My Island View: Does being connected help in being recognized? by tomwhitby This is a difficult subject to write about without being labeled smug, arrogant, conceited, or all three, but that is a risk I take. The Bammy Awards took place recently. If you never heard of The Bammy Awards for educators, there is good reason. They were invented this year. From the Bammy Awards site we have this: “The Bammy Awards acknowledge that teachers can’t do it alone and don’t do it alone. The Awards aim to foster cross-discipline recognition of ... more »

Schools Matter: How Do Charter Schools Compare to “Schools with Students Like Ours” in South Carolina?

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Schools Matter: How Do Charter Schools Compare to “Schools with Students Like Ours” in South Carolina?: How Do Charter Schools Compare to “Schools with Students Like Ours” in South Carolina? by P. L. Thomas *How Do Charter Schools Compare to “Schools with Students Like Ours” in South Carolina?* Using the South Carolina School Report Card system and the state Poverty Index, the tables below identify charter schools within the SC Public School Charter District and 5 additional selected charter schools to identify how charter schools in SC compare with “Schools with Students Like O... more »

Op-Ed: Why charter schools are not enough | Ballard News-Tribune

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Op-Ed: Why charter schools are not enough | Ballard News-Tribune: Op-Ed: Why charter schools are not enough 09/26/2012 [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] *This editorial is by Demian Godon, an opponent of I-1240 -- an initiative that would allow charter schools in Washington -- and a parent of two kids at Ballard High School.* It’s no secret that we need to improve education in this state. But a charter schools measure on this year’s ballot is the wrong move. Initiative 1240 forces the state to spend millions on unproven ideas for a few, while neglecting to do anything that wil... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-26-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Rhee’s Teacher Evaluation Program Bombs in DC by dianerav This is a stunning article about the teacher evaluation system that Michelle Rhee put in place in the District of Columbia. Rhee fired about 1,000 teachers during her time as chancellor. Since her evaluation system was put into place, 400 teachers have been fired. Since the evaluation system was put into place, the federal test scores for the District went flat. Some teachers get big bonuses. One teacher, at the end of the article, says she is rate... more »

New 2-year lease on life for 163 Partnership Academies | EdSource Today

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New 2-year lease on life for 163 Partnership Academies | EdSource Today: New 2-year lease on life for 163 Partnership Academies ** September 26th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services Financially threatened high school career academies will get a lifeline and new career tech programs will get a lift, now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation committing $68 million for those and related projects over the next two years. [image: Students in the engineering academy at Dublin High Sc... more »

NYC Educator: Work Expands to Fill the Available Space

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
NYC Educator: Work Expands to Fill the Available Space: Work Expands to Fill the Available Space by Miss Eyre I usually spend about 10 hours inside the school building on any given day. That means 50 hours/week. Add in the time I spend on the weekend and you're probably up to about 55. Which sounds like a more-than-adequate work week. Yet I can't figure out how that never seems like enough time. And trust me, those are ten badass hours. I usually work through my lunch, or if I do stop, I only take about half the period. Factor in a bathroom or coffee break here and there and... more »

Teachers Teach and Do The World Good [Why We Write Series] | The Jose Vilson

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Teachers Teach and Do The World Good [Why We Write Series] | The Jose Vilson: Teachers Teach and Do The World Good [Why We Write Series] by Jose KRS-One My lunch period usually consists of a walk around the way with a strawberry-banana-mango protein shake and a baked empanada, enough to hold me over until five o’clock dinner, usually uninterrupted by the passersby, especially not a former student yelling my name for the entire neighborhood to hear. “Oh my God, is that who I think it is?” I push my Kangol a little lower, smile quietly, and keep walking, fully expecting to remain an... more »

Georgia’s schizophrenic politics of education | Get Schooled

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Georgia’s schizophrenic politics of education | Get Schooled: Georgia’s schizophrenic politics of education by Maureen Downey Lee Raudonis is a former teacher and former executive director of the Georgia Republican Party. He is currently a communications consultant and writer for an education publication. This is his first essay for the blog. Welcome. By Lee Raudonis I admit it. I am confused. I do not understand the method behind what certainly appears to be the madness of Georgia education policies. O.K., maybe “madness” is too strong of a term to use, but there is no doubt tha... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Standardized Testing Stole Our Day!

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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Standardized Testing Stole Our Day!: Standardized Testing Stole Our Day! by Lisa M I planned in advance and completely forgot that we were having the standardized Math test today! Bummer! Wonderful plans put on hold.... This is what my students and I lost today because Standardized testing took a day from us... - The chance to read an article on Tweentribune and poist comments and/or leave a comment on ourQuadblogging friends website. - Sharing laughter over the Brainpop Joke of the Day and viewing/discussing the video offered on

A people’s education platform - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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A people’s education platform - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] A people’s education platform By Valerie Strauss With the presidential election approaching and the recent Chicago teachers strike, it seems like a good time for the following post, a “people’s platform” for education, or what Americans really want from their public schools. It was written by Nancy Flanagan, an education consultant and blogger at Education Week Teacher, and Don Bartalo, a retired superintendent who now works as an instructional coach and is also an author. By Nancy Flana... more »

The Call For Lucy Calkins to be Arrested, Prosecuted, Convicted and Sentenced.southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: The Call For Lucy Calkins to be Arrested, Prosecuted, Convicted and Sentenced by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) We here in the past month or so we have taken, and deservedly so, Lucy Calkins to task for her systematic compliance in ruining the lives of NYC's students. Tonight we welcome a special correspondent attached to The Crack Team with a post on how Lucy Calkins and her cult of failure have ruined not only this guest blogger's students, but the reading process as well. *Administrators advocating for Teachers College Reading and Writing a... more »

LAUSD, STRS, UTLA - Perdaily.com

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LAUSD, STRS, UTLA - Perdaily.com: LAUSD: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS? by Leonard Isenberg [image: Baby boomers.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en EspaƱol) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)** Five years ago, there was serious concern about the critical shortage of teachers that would take place over the next ten years as the Baby Boomer generation- 4 times larger than any previous generation- reached retirement age and left the profession. This was projected to create a 50% loss of all teachers throughout the country. How... more »

A Glimpse of EdTour 2012 « InterACT

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A Glimpse of EdTour 2012 « InterACT: A Glimpse of EdTour 2012 by David B. Cohen The U.S. Education Department has wrapped up its 2012 tour, conducted under the banner “Education Drives America.” You can read about some of the events and interactions at the official blog of the bus tour: Teaching Ambassador Fellow Dan Brown wrote up a good summary. While I think its appropriate to maintain a degree of skepticism about public relations events like this, I credit the department for creating actual opportunities for relations. The events I saw in the San Francisco Bay Area on Septem... more »

Preparing Students for the Future? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

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Preparing Students for the Future? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: [image: Teacher in a Strange Land] Preparing Students for the Future? by Nancy Flanagan I just finished *The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age, *certainly the most useful book I've read lately on how to cope with might be ahead in education. Whenever prognosticators discuss our collective ed-future--21st century learning, the disrupted class, the shift-- there are snazzy phrases and new, improved strategies to make learning more efficient. Higher scores in less time ... more »

The Innovative Educator: Teen Exposes Romney As Clueless To High Stakes Testing Flaws

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The Innovative Educator: Teen Exposes Romney As Clueless To High Stakes Testing Flaws: Teen Exposes Romney As Clueless To High Stakes Testing Flaws by noreply@blogger.com (Lisa Nielsen) *Nikhyl Goyal*: *Considering standardized testing has increased to historic levels causing a lot of teaching to the test, billions of dollars spent, and killing creativity, how would you as president change this trend*? *Mitt Romney: I don't have a better model than a testing system.* * ** -------* * **And there ya have it.* * **Nikhil Goyal, the teenage author of One Size Does Not Fit All, presented... more »

ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION – THE SAME FOR EVERYONE – UNLESS YOU’RE A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE « Teachers Fight Back

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ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION – THE SAME FOR EVERYONE – UNLESS YOU’RE A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE « Teachers Fight Back: ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION – THE SAME FOR EVERYONE – UNLESS YOU’RE A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE by alkleen In the November election the voters of Illinois will be asked to discriminate against public employees in the state of Illinois. State sponsored discrimination ! What next ? Yes, there will be a ballot question asking whether or not voters want to pass an amendment that would require a three-fifths vote in the General Assembly before any pension benefits could be increased in Illinois. ... more »

Daily Kos: Social Programs - a personal history

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Daily Kos: Social Programs - a personal history: TUE SEP 25, 2012 AT 05:02 PM PDT Social Programs - a personal history byteacherkenFollow 1 PERMALINK1 COMMENT My mother died when I was 17. Part of my college was paid for by Social Security Survivor Benefits. While I was an active-duty Marine in the 1960's, I had free government health care. I finished college on the GI Bill and with the help of government-insured loans. I have drawn unemployment insurance when my company moved out of state. I bought the house from which I write this with a VA-backed mortgage. I had government-ins... more »

Last Stand for Children First: Union Referees Need to Think of the Fans

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Last Stand for Children First: Union Referees Need to Think of the Fans: Union Referees Need to Think of the Fans by Last Stand for Children By Jean Rangel, *Vice-President of Media Affairs Canadian Football League* Let me begin by saying that I love referees, Nobody has a tougher job than these dedicated professionals charged with running up and down the field, keeping up with world class athletes, calling a game with a lot of rules If it were up to me, the referees would be the highest paid people on the field. Unfortunately, it's not up to me and there are certain economic ... more »

School Tech Connect: Heartland Media To The Rescue

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 15 hours ago
School Tech Connect: Heartland Media To The Rescue: Heartland Media To The Rescue This is video from Saturday. Distribute widely.

GOOD Education: Chicago Teachers’ Strike Lesson: We Need Autonomous Educators, Not Corporate Reform « Cooperative Catalyst

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GOOD Education: Chicago Teachers’ Strike Lesson: We Need Autonomous Educators, Not Corporate Reform « Cooperative Catalyst: GOOD Education: Chicago Teachers’ Strike Lesson: We Need Autonomous Educators, Not Corporate Reform by Nikhil Goyal [image: lincoln.park.high]This piece originally appeared on GOOD Education: Chicago Teachers’ Strike Lesson: We Need Autonomous Educators, Not Corporate Reform. One week ago, the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education reached an agreement on teacher contracts. But, what most pundits still don’t realize is that the strike wasn’... more »

IEA is unrepentant in their IPACE recommendation policies. That’s why members are pulling their dollars. « Fred Klonsky

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IEA is unrepentant in their IPACE recommendation policies. That’s why members are pulling their dollars. « Fred Klonsky: IEA is unrepentant in their IPACE recommendation policies. That’s why members are pulling their dollars. by Fred Klonsky Yesterday I posted that I had stopped giving money to IPACE. I encouraged others to do the same. I reported that former IEA President Ken Swanson promised a review of IPACE recommendation procedures. It never happened. But in a response on his website, IEA Communications Director Charlie McBarron gives a full-throated defense of

PSAT for 9-25-12: Protest Walmart! Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 9-25-12: Protest Walmart!: PSAT for 9-25-12: Protest Walmart! by admin I already forgot my new strategy to call for some boycott or action against a corporate reformer on the first Tuesday of every month, but it’s my blog and I figure I can go after WalMart any time I want. I have close relatives who work at WalMart and they have been able to build a pretty nice life. I have even been known to go to WalMart once in a blue moon and (also rarely) to order from Walmert online because they usually have the cheapest item... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: BEX IV Thread

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: BEX IV Thread: BEX IV Thread by Melissa Westbrook [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] I would really love to go in-depth on this subject right now but I am running a state-wide campaign against I-1240 (so I have my hands full). However Facilities has always had a special place in my heart so I digress to put up this post. Charlie has pointed out the numerous issues of the lack of clarity in this BEX. Frankly, I'm not sure the district has a real plan. Again, instead of long-range planning and forecasting (could they please just hire Kellie L... more »

President Obama interview for Education Nation — transcript - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
President Obama interview for Education Nation — transcript - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] President Obama interview for Education Nation — transcript By Valerie Strauss Here’s the transcript of an interview that President Obama gave to NBC News and that was aired on Tuesday during the network’s 2012 Education Nation Summit. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also gave an interview at the summit, which you can read here. During the interview Obama says something that many critics say we don’t hear nearly enough from him: “Part of the pr... more »

UFT: City’s special education reforms causing class size crunch | GothamSchools

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UFT: City’s special education reforms causing class size crunch | GothamSchools: UFT: City’s special education reforms causing class size crunch by Philissa Cramer UFT President Michael Mulgrew, flanked by NYC Museum School teachers and Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters, discussed this year's tally of oversized classes during a press conference this morning. One in four city schools have overcrowded classes, and the number of oversized special education classes more than doubled since last year, according to this year’s class size tally by the United Federation of Teachers. Unio... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Why Are Chicago's Billionaires So Obnoxious?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Why Are Chicago's Billionaires So Obnoxious?: Why Are Chicago's Billionaires So Obnoxious? by Duke Seriously, Chicago: what is up with your billionaires? It's bad enough that they all want to stick their fingers into the public education pie, even though they and their children attend elite private schools. But is there something in the water that makes them extra obnoxious? The great EduShyster has a hysterical post about the most insufferable of them, Bruce Rauner: The award for best strike analysis, though, goes to venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, who summed up... more »

Commentary: 'Won't Back Down' won't be real about school reform | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Commentary: 'Won't Back Down' won't be real about school reform | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Commentary: 'Won't Back Down' won't be real about school reform by Helen Gym [image: Helen Gym]Last week I attended a local screening of *Won’t Back Down, *the latest flick from the producers behind the controversial documentary *Waiting for Superman.* The film stars Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal as two moms of special needs children, one also a teacher, trapped inside their failing public schools while battling an evil union leadership. They decide to take advantage of a stat... more »

NYC Public School Parents: 6100 classes that violate union contractual limits this fall

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
NYC Public School Parents: 6100 classes that violate union contractual limits this fall: 6100 classes that violate union contractual limits this fall by Leonie Haimson This morning, at a press conference, Michael Mulgrew president of the UFT announced that over 6,100 classes at 670 NYC public schools this fall violate contractual class size limits, compared to 660 schools last year. *This means that class sizes are above these (already too-high) levels: more than 25 students per class in Kindergarten; more than 32 students in grades 1-5; more than 33 students in non-Title one middl... more »

Schools Matter: 10 Ways Christie and Cerf Promote Privatizing NJ Schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Schools Matter: 10 Ways Christie and Cerf Promote Privatizing NJ Schools: 10 Ways Christie and Cerf Promote Privatizing NJ Schools by Judy Rabin [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] *Thank you to Stan Karp and the Education Law Center for keeping a close watch on the liars and thieves who profit at the expense of the poorest children and communities in New Jersey. The privatizers and profiteers can no longer hide behind "no excuses" and "no child left behind" because thanks to the brave teachers in Chicago the conversation has changed and the genie is out of ... more »

No on 1240 | Don't be charter fooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
No on 1240 | Don't be charter fooled: *No On 1240 Campaign* Contact: Melissa Westbrook - 206-390-0404, 1240mel@gmail.com *PEEKING UNDER THE TENT:* *WHO SUPPORTS I-1240 AND WHO DOESN’T* *Seattle, Washington, September 25, 2012* Looking at the lists of group endorsers – for and against I-1240 – makes for a good contrast between the campaigns. *No On 1240* *Education Organizations* Association of Washington School Principals Citizens United for Responsible Education Educational Service District 113... more »

UPDATE: Hooray! Let’s hear it for more standardized testing! Go Bridgeport! - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Hooray! Let’s hear it for more standardized testing! Go Bridgeport! - Wait, What?: Hooray! Let’s hear it for more standardized testing! Go Bridgeport! by jonpelto It is hard to imagine that Team Paul Vallas could do a better job revealing their true stripes, again. Yesterday, Sandra Kase, Paul Vallas’ “Chief Administrative Officer,” sent out a memo entitled *“prime time for student learning.”* No, the memo was not about expanding instructional time, nor was it about broadening students’ horizons by bringing back some of the missing “specials,” nor was it about enhancing the school... more »

Former Superintendent Debates Union Head - LA School Report

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Former Superintendent Debates Union Head - LA School Report: Former Superintendent Debates Union Head by Alexander Russo Thanks to a kind reader for sending along this PBS NewsHour segment in which former LAUSD superintendent Roy Romer debates American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten: It’s a couple of weeks old but still might be worth the watch, given the ongoing debate over including student achievement in teacher evaluations and whether unions can or should be involved in reform. Or read the transcript here. The post Former Superintendent Debates Union Head ap... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm's ad campaign fizzles

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm's ad campaign fizzles: Rahm's ad campaign fizzles by Mike Klonsky There's two good letters about Rahm's million-dollar ad campaign in this morning's Sun-Times. The first is from Chicago long-time political analyst *Don Rose*: Expect more union-busting tactics from Emanuel *It’s obvious why Mayor Rahm Emanuel is airing boastful commercials that you correctly term “a poke in the eye” of the Chicago Teachers Union. He is trying to rehabilitate himself with the public that overwhelmingly supported the striking union — while a mere 19 percent though... more »

National Voter Registration Day

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
National Voter Registration Day: National Voter Registration Day Submitted by Steve Hanson on Tue, 09/25/2012 - 11:31am [image: Printer-friendly version][image: Send by email] Today is National Voter Registration Day. In the face of desperate attempts on the part of the GOP to suppress voter turnout, it is more important than ever this year that as many voters as possible of *all* persuasions register and vote. We're trying to help out with that by bringing you some resources for voter registration, and some places to go for more information. Help to spread the word. If each of y... more »

Kurtz: Common Core Could Launch New Tea Party Uprising | Truth in American Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Kurtz: Common Core Could Launch New Tea Party Uprising | Truth in American Education: Kurtz: Common Core Could Launch New Tea Party Uprising by Shane Vander Hart Stanley Kurtz recognized at *National Review* that school lunches is just the tip of the iceberg with federal overreach into education. He brings up the work our partner, Heather Crossin, is doing in Indiana and how Obama could spark a 2nd Tea Party Awakening. I just came back from a conference where I heard a mom from Indiana named Heather Crossin describe her battle against Obama’s Common Core. Her child happened to a... more »

Institutions Commit to Providing Millions of Students with Easy-To-Understand Information About College Costs | ED.gov Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Institutions Commit to Providing Millions of Students with Easy-To-Understand Information About College Costs | ED.gov Blog: Institutions Commit to Providing Millions of Students with Easy-To-Understand Information About College Costs Posted on September 25, 2012 by Arne Duncan We know that students and their families face a difficult task in deciding where to enroll for higher education, and understanding the cost of college—and how to pay for it—can be daunting. Too often, students are left without a clear explanation of what the costs mean or how they compare to other colleges ... more »

Reaction to “Won’t Back Down” in New York City by real parents | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Reaction to “Won’t Back Down” in New York City by real parents | Seattle Education: Reaction to “Won’t Back Down” in New York City by real parents by seattleducation2011 The corporate backed movie *Won’t Back Down* which is suppose to be a glowing Hollywood style version of theParent Trigger is being shown around the country and is being personally promoted by the edu reform queen of the hour, Michelle Rhee. Is this movie for real? Of course not, it’s an expensive propaganda. And from what I’ve been reading, it’s also a lousy movie. Real parents are now coming out at showings an... more »

Des Moines Education Association: DMEA Standing for Something Part 3 - Quality Evaluation and Support

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Des Moines Education Association: DMEA Standing for Something Part 3 - Quality Evaluation and Support: DMEA Standing for Something Part 3 - Quality Evaluation and Support by Andrew Rasmussen The evaluation of education professionals is in the spotlight around the country as many states and districts make changes in their systems. These changes are being made by "reformers" who state that they want to ensure a quality teacher for every child. We at DMEA agree that every child deserves a quality teacher and that how you get there is to improve an evaluation system that all too often ... more »

Obama: Romney is a teacher-basher – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Obama: Romney is a teacher-basher – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs: [image: Obama: Romney is a teacher-basher] Obama: Romney is a teacher-basher [image: killough.mugshot.4] Posted by CNN's Ashley Killough *(CNN) –* President Barack Obama, who was largely quiet on the recent teachers strike in Chicago, said in an interview that aired Tuesday he was glad the issue had been resolved and took aim at Mitt Romney's approach to the situation. "Governor Romney and a number of folks try to politicize the issue and do a lot of teacher-bashing. When I meet teachers all across the countr... more »

Education Nation -- starkly different visions from Obama, Romney - First Read #ObamaEdNat #educationnation

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Education Nation -- starkly different visions from Obama, Romney - First Read: *Education Nation* -- *starkly different visions from Obama*, *Romney* By NBC’s Domenico Montanaro Education has peeked into the forefront during the 2012 campaign for the White House with *President Obama*'s push for low-interest student loans - and Republican challenger *Mitt Romney*'s contrasting views (“shop around”) on how to pay for college. Obama has also seized on comments Romney made largely dismissing the impact of class sizes, using them for a TV ad running in battleground states. Margaret ... more »

‘Double Segregation’: The Deepening Racial Divide in Schools | NEA Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
‘Double Segregation’: The Deepening Racial Divide in Schools | NEA Today: ‘Double Segregation’: The Deepening Racial Divide in Schools September 25, 2012 by twalker Filed under Featured News, Top Stories Leave a Comment [image: Email][image: Share] *By Edward Graham* The landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision*Brown v. Board of Education* overturned state-sponsored segregation in public schools, but over the last two decades a disturbing trend of re-segregation has emerged across the United States. In their recently released report, *“E Pluribus…Separation: Deepening Double Segregatio... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, September 25, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *He's Back?* Education Headlines *Tuesday, September 25, 2012* Schools cooking up healthy, cheap ideasLodi Unified School District Food Services Director Warren Sun chopped a California-grown russet potato Monday and slid the chunks into a large pot of what would become a fresh, summer chicken stew, a dish that state leaders in nutrition education hope will become one of many new recipes for millions of children in the coming years. Coach aided in soccer team sexual hazing, attorney claimsA La Puente High School soccer coach ai... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Why Don

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Why Don: Why Don by Melissa Westbrook From the Times, a story about Washington State and the low rate of college attendance. More than half of Seattle adults 25 and older hold a bachelor's degree, making it one of the most well-schooled cities in the nation. So it may come as a surprise that only about one in four public-school students from Washington's high-school class of 2009 will finish college by 2015, according to a Seattle Times analysis of recent trends. While the percentage of high-school graduates who went to college jumped by nine po... more »

Former Americans Elect chief may head Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst - POLITICO.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Former Americans Elect chief may head Rhee's StudentsFirst - POLITICO.com: Former Americans Elect chief may head Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst - - Comments (4) By ALEXANDER BURNS | 9/24/12 9:20 PM EDT The former CEO of Americans Elect may be the next president of the national education reform group founded by onetime Washington D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Kahlil Byrd, who headed a national campaign to gain ballot access for a third-party presidential candidate, was identified as the next president of StudentsFirst in a Monday email f... more »






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