Saturday, November 10, 2012

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BIG EDUCATION APE 2ND BANANA 

RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S BEST POST



Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Didn't Read The Fine Print

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Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Didn't Read The Fine Print

The Educated Reporter: Election Results: Charter Schools Have Narrow Lead in Washington State, Missouri Says No To Tobacco Tax Hike for Education

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The Educated Reporter: Election Results: Charter Schools Have Narrow Lead in Washington State, Missouri Says No To Tobacco Tax Hike for Education: Election Results: Charter Schools Have Narrow Lead in Washington State, Missouri Says No To Tobacco Tax Hike for Education by Emily Richmond There will be plenty of discussion in the coming days and weeks about what a second-term Obama administration will mean for education. But first I wanted to follow up on some statewide initiatives and ballot contests mentioned here earlier in the week: - A ballot measure to allow charter schoo... more »

America’s Best (and Worst) Educated States - 24/7 Wall St.

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America’s Best (and Worst) Educated States - 24/7 Wall St.: America’s Best (and Worst) Educated States Posted: October 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm PrintEmail inShare6 The number of Americans with college degrees has increased steadily in the last decade. According to the latest government data, 28.5% of U.S. residents 25 or older had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2011, up only slightly from 27.2% in 2005. While the number is relatively unchanged, there are substantial differences across the country. In West Virginia, the state with the lowest graduation rate, 18.5% of adults have at leas... more »

California Teachers of the Year for 2013 - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

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California Teachers of the Year for 2013 - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Names California Teachers of the Year *Torlakson also nominates Oakland educator for National Teacher of the Year* ** SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today named five exemplary educators as the 2013 California Teachers of the Year. Profiles and contact information for each teacher are attached. "These five wonderful teachers have shown the kind of skill, passion, and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most important, most ... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-8-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Lest We Forget: The Devastation Caused by Hurricane Sandy by dianerav The national election took center stage this week. But we should not forget the suffering of tho were in the path of Hurricane Sandy. These are graphic photos of the hurricane’s destructive force. Well worth viewing, as many people still lack power, heat, gasoline, and are now homeless. Do what you can to help. Give to the American Red Cross or other agencies that are providing temporary relief. Virtual Insanity by dianerav Florida law... more »

UPDATE: Diane in the Evening 11-6-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Meet Glenda Ritz by dianerav Glenda Ritz upset Tony Bennett. She stands for genuine education reform. She believes in teachers. She was a teacher for 33 years. She opposes vouchers, merit pay, letter grades for schools, and evaluating teachers by test scores. She is a breath of fresh air. Georgia Charter Amendment Likely to Pass by dianerav With half the vote counted, Georgia voters are likely to pass an amendment to the state constitution re charters. The governor will be able to create a commission to approve charters, giving charters a way to bypass loc... more »

Jersey Jazzman: TFAers Need To Watch Sesame Street

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Jersey Jazzman: TFAers Need To Watch Sesame Street: TFAers Need To Watch Sesame Street by Duke Wendy and Michelle and Joel and all our other little reformy friends need to take a break and watch Sesame Street, with special guest Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Popout Justice Sotomayor: "*A career is a job that you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time.*" Abby Cadabby: "*Well, then what kind of career can a girl like me have?*" Justice Sotomayor: "*Well, you can go to school and train to be a teacher... *" Abby Cadabby: "*Ahh!*" Teach For Americans, please take

Future of Georgia’s Charter Schools on Ballot - NYTimes.com

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Future of Georgia’s Charter Schools on Ballot - NYTimes.com: Georgia’s Voters Will Decide on Future of Charter Schools [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] ATLANTA — Staff members in the charter school division of the Georgia Department of Education keep notepads in their offices inscribed with a mantra: “Is it best for students? Then do it.” Enlarge This Image Rich Addicks for The New York Times Students at Pataula Charter Academy in Edison, Ga., showed their support for the ballot initiative. But when it comes to charter schools, parents, teachers, education... more »

An Open Letter to President Obama from Bill Ayers | Education on GOOD

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An Open Letter to President Obama from Bill Ayers | Education on GOOD: An Open Letter to President Obama from Bill Ayers Dear President Obama: Congratulations! I’m sure this is a moment you want to savor, a time to take a deep breath, get some rest, hydrate, regain your balance, and take a long walk in the sunshine. It might be as well a good time to reflect, rethink, recharge, and perhaps reignite. I sincerely hope that it is, and I urge you to put education on your reflective agenda. The landscape of “educational reform” is currently littered with rubble and ruin and wreckage on ... more »

President Obama: "I'm Really Proud of All of You."




John Dewey on comparing students — Blast from the Past/Quote of the Day | AMPS

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John Dewey on comparing students — Blast from the Past/Quote of the Day | AMPS: John Dewey on comparing students — Blast from the Past/Quote of the Day by Thomas J. Mertz Sly & the Family Stone, ” Everyday People” (click to listen or download). How one person’s abilities compare in quantity with those of another is none of the teacher’s business. It is irrelevant to his work. What is required is that every individual shall have opportunities to employ his own powers in activities that have meaning. John Dewey *Democracy and Education*, 1916 The current “accountability” madness is ... more »

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at he Education Trust Conference | U.S. Department of Education

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Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at he Education Trust Conference | U.S. Department of Education: Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at he Education Trust Conference *Dispelling the Myth School Awards Dinner* NOVEMBER 8, 2012 *Contact: * Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov This is a day of celebration in so many ways. I'm thrilled for our nation, and I'm thrilled for our nation's school children, that President Obama has been re-elected. And to top it off, we're going to hear from Sweet Honey in the Rock next. I know what a treat that is... more »

Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear

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Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear: Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear Posted: 11/08/2012 7:23 pm EST Updated: 11/08/2012 7:25 pm EST [image: Obama Education Second Term] In Rick Hess's eyes, President Barack Obama has a big choice to make. "The president campaigned with a different face of education reform than what he championed during the first term," Hess, an influential education scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said in an interview. "I'm curious as to whether what he said on the campaign trail is more reflecti... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, November 9, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *California State University Monterey Bay* Education Headlines *Friday, November 9, 2012* Stockton USD likes early results of in-school suspensionsThree key factors have moved Stockton Unified to test a modification of its approach to student discipline. Novato charter supporters, opponents square offMore than 250 people packed the Novato Unified School District's headquarters Thursday night to debate a controversial proposal for a new charter school. Fensterwald: In local votes of confidence, most bonds, parcel taxes passProposit... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-9-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] “Brooklyn Castle” on the Jon Stewart “Daily Show” by dianerav Jon Stewart is public education’s best friend in the media. Maybe because his mother was a public school teacher. Of course. He interviewed the director/producer of the wonderful film “Brooklyn Castle” and one of the lead students on the school’s chess team. Stewart asked why New York City was willing to cut the funding for the school’s championship chess team while not cutting the amount of standardized testing. We all wonder the same thing. Wh... more »

An Open Letter To The Present and Future President Obama [2012 and Beyond] | The Jose Vilson

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An Open Letter To The Present and Future President Obama [2012 and Beyond] | The Jose Vilson: An Open Letter To The Present and Future President Obama [2012 and Beyond] by Jose Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Hugging After Re-Election Dear President Obama, You’ve won. Congratulations. Honestly. As an independent, I had no initial horse in this race, but as a Afro-Latino, I’m proud that you’ve once again managed to claim the White House as yours, in a country where the bones, blood, and sweat of African slaves and Native Americans sit under the House you now occupy. Your re-electio... more »

No Child Should Grow Up Hungry — Whole Child Education

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No Child Should Grow Up Hungry — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: ASCD Whole Child Bloggers]No Child Should Grow Up Hungry November 8, 2012 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers We are proud to welcome Share Our Strength as a whole child partner. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign aims to end childhood hunger in the United States. It connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. *What We Know* - 1 out of 5 (16 ... more »

Learning the Vernacular: Slang in the Classroom « Cooperative Catalyst

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Learning the Vernacular: Slang in the Classroom « Cooperative Catalyst: Learning the Vernacular: Slang in the Classroom by rad fag My sixth grade teacher was the only Black male educator in our entire school system when I had him as an eleven year old. In my racially and economically diverse elementary school, virtually all the Black children in each grade were put into his class every year–a fact which as a young student upset me. Once I was placed in his class, however, I immediately saw the profound power and unique value of having a dedicated, veteran teacher who shared my r... more »

Blue Jersey:: Booker: A Hot Pocket In Every Microwave

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Blue Jersey:: Booker: A Hot Pocket In Every Microwave: Booker: A Hot Pocket In Every Microwave by Jersey Jazzman The Huffington Post reports that Newark Mayor Cory Booker, thanks to his unrelenting tweeting, has secured hundreds of coupons for free Hot Pockets, soon to be distributed to Newark's residents.No, I'm not kidding. As of 5:40 this evening, PSE&G's outage map shows between five and ten thousand Newark customers still without power. No word yet on how these folks will be able to enjoy their delicious, decidedly non-organic snacks without electricity to power their microwave... more »

Bob Haisman says why retirees should vote for him to be a delegate to the IEA RA. « Fred Klonsky

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Bob Haisman says why retirees should vote for him to be a delegate to the IEA RA. « Fred Klonsky: Bob Haisman says why retirees should vote for him to be a delegate to the IEA RA. by Fred Klonsky *Dear Pension Warrior…* I am asking for your VOTE! I’m running to be one of the Retired Delegates to the IEA Representative Assembly in April of 2013. There are 30 IEA-Retired members running for 17 delegate spots (there are 1100 total IEA RA delegates). *I’m number 10 on the ballot. *It is a mail-in Ballot. *YOU MUST BE a member of IEA-R to get a Ballot! *Most people throw the ballot aw... more »

A Teacher's Open Letter to George Lucas: We Need Your Independent Vision - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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A Teacher's Open Letter to George Lucas: We Need Your Independent Vision - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: A Teacher's Open Letter to George Lucas: We Need Your Independent Vision by Anthony Cody Anthony Cody Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high needs middle school. He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning. With education at a crossroads, he invites you to join him in a dialogue on education reform and teaching for change and deep learning. For ... more »

Education “Reformers” and “Status Quo”: Timeout!

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Education “Reformers” and “Status Quo”: Timeout!: Education “Reformers” and “Status Quo”: Timeout! NOVEMBER 8, 2012 BY M.D. ANDERSON 1 COMMENT Democracy is messy, but this election season at times was downright filthy. The partisan pot-shots and polarization was most prevalent in social media – let he who hasn’t retweeted @LOLGOP cast the first stone – but the campaigns had their moments too. In his victory speech Tuesday night, President Obama called for unity. He challenged us to put the rancor of the 2012 campaign behind us. And in a refrain familiar to those who have witnessed w... more »

My View: An open letter to George Lucas – we need your independent vision – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

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My View: An open letter to George Lucas – we need your independent vision – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs: My View: An open letter to George Lucas - we need your independent vision [image: Courtesy Anthony Cody]By *Anthony Cody, *Special to CNN *Editor’s note:**Anthony Cody** worked in schools in Oakland, California, for 24 years. He taught middle school science 18 of those years. He lives in Mendocino County, California, and leads workshops for teachers. He writes the Living in Dialogue blog, and you can follow him on Twitter, @AnthonyCody*. *(CNN)* - Dear Mr. Lucas, I have rec... more »

Daily Kos: Why the GOP Will Double Down on a Losing Strategy

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Daily Kos: Why the GOP Will Double Down on a Losing Strategy: Why the GOP Will Double Down on a Losing Strategy by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) is the title of this eye-opening piece by Michael Grunwald at *Time* which I strongly urge people to read. Grunwald talked with a number of key Republican insiders, and what they have to say does not indicate that the Republican party has learned that their current path is doomed because both of demography and changing attitudes of young people. As Grunwald notes early in the piece, after mentioning discussions about a possible internal ... more »

Youth help guide Sandy relief effort in Queens Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública

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Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: November 7, 2012 Youth help guide Sandy relief effort in Queens By Michelle Miller (CBS News) ROCKAWAY, Queens -- We've seen the agony caused by a storm named Sandy -- Homes destroyed; Families left in the dark; Fistfights on gas lines -- but there are always stories about our better nature. Shalaka Cox has been navigating darkened hallways and staircases in Rockaway, Queens, for three days. The 17-year-old is handing out food, water and flashlights to people stranded in their apartments. "There's times when it m... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, November 8, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Thursday, November 8, 2012* Monterey County school officials excited about election resultsExcept for a parcel tax measure in Pacific Grove, school bonds in Monterey County were overwhelmingly approved in Tuesday's election. Marin schools officials cheer passage of Proposition 30Marin schools officials breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after the passage of Proposition 30, expressing gratitude to Californians for taxing themselves more to help fill a gaping state budget hole. Long Beach's Roosevelt Elemen... more »

UPDATE: Connecticut has a new Chief Academic Officer: Has experience with testing and bonuses! - Wait, What?

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Connecticut has a new Chief Academic Officer: Has experience with testing and bonuses! - Wait, What?: Connecticut has a new Chief Academic Officer: Has experience with testing and bonuses! by jonpelto The Connecticut State Department of Education has a new Chief Academic Officer. Chosen by Commissioner Stefan Pryor, and the State Board of Education of Education, Diana Roberge-Wentzell’s job is to do for Connecticut what she did for Hartford. As Hartford’s Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Roberge-Wentzell helped to set up the absurdly extensive testing system that is used... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-8-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Lest We Forget: The Devastation Caused by Hurricane Sandy by dianerav The national election took center stage this week. But we should not forget the suffering of tho were in the path of Hurricane Sandy. These are graphic photos of the hurricane’s destructive force. Well worth viewing, as many people still lack power, heat, gasoline, and are now homeless. Do what you can to help. Give to the American Red Cross or other agencies that are providing temporary relief. Virtual Insanity by dianerav Florida law... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference

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Engaging Parents In School… » Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference: Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference by Larry Ferlazzo I’m a big supporter of teachers making home visits (see The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Home Visits). Though I couldn’t make last month’s national home visit conference in Denver, several other staff and parents from our school did attend. Carrie Rose, Executive Director of the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project, agreed to write this report on the conference: *I b... more »

Glenda Ritz Wins Superintendent Job In Indiana, Upsetting Republican Incumbent Tony Bennett

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Glenda Ritz Wins Superintendent Job In Indiana, Upsetting Republican Incumbent Tony Bennett: Glenda Ritz Wins Superintendent Job In Indiana, Upsetting Republican Incumbent Tony Bennett by Joy Resmovits NEW YORK -- When Indiana won the "Education Reform Idol" competition organized by the right-wing think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute, it was policy love at first sight for Michael Petrilli, the organization's executive vice president. Under the leadership of Superintendent for Public Instruction Tony Bennett, a former basketball coach, the state created the nation's largest sch...more »

A call for President Obama to change course on education

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A call for President Obama to change course on education: A call for President Obama to change course on education Posted by Arthur H. Camins on November 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Education Secretary Arne Duncan(left) and President Obama. (Yuri Gripas/REUTERS) * Arthur H. Camins is director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.* With the election behind us, it is time for the Obama administr... more »

UPDATE: A real miss at Ole Miss: Students protest Obama re-election with racial epithets | Get Schooled

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A real miss at Ole Miss: Students protest Obama re-election with racial epithets | Get Schooled: Ole Miss chancellor on Obama protest: “Very immature and uncivil approach” to election results by Maureen Downey Here is the official statement from the University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones on t*he reaction last night of some Ole Miss students to President Obama’s victory* over Gov. Mitt Romney. University police were notified by students shortly before midnight Tuesday that Twitter chatter was indicating students were gathering near the student union to protest the results o... more »

Diane Diane in the Evening 11-7-12 Election Reviews Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: ALERT! Washington State Results Have Not Been Finalized! by dianerav I promise this is the last thing I will post about the charter referendum in Washington State until there really is a final tally. Someone sent me what she thought was a final tally but it was NOT a final tally. The votes are still being counted. The election is close. The charter advocates were ahead but there are still hundreds of thousands of uncounted Privatization Leaders Praise President Obama by dianerav I received the following news release from the National Alliance for Charter... more »

If you want to see the two Georgias, look at map of where charter school amendment passed and failed | Get Schooled

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If you want to see the two Georgias, look at map of where charter school amendment passed and failed | Get Schooled: If you want to see the two Georgias, look at map of where charter school amendment passed and failed by Maureen Downey [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Wow. If you want to see the two Georgias in stark relief, take a look at the AJC map on which counties supported and which opposed the charter schools amendment. The amendment passed 58 percent to 42. (*Click on the charter amendment tab on top of the map.*) The amendment had its greatest sup... more »

How Sec. Duncan Helped the Teachers Unions Take Out Tony Bennett :: Frederick M. Hess

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How Sec. Duncan Helped the Teachers Unions Take Out Tony Bennett :: Frederick M. Hess: How Sec. Duncan Helped the Teachers Unions Take Out Tony Bennett *by Frederick M. Hess • Nov 7, 2012 at 10:25 am Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share In Indiana, all-world superintendent Tony Bennett lost last night--53 to 47. I'd like to find an eloquent way to say it, but I'm a simple guy: Bennett is a stud. He's also a good friend, and I'm not even going to try to pretend to be objective or dispassionate here. He's smart, passionate, and relentless. And, giv... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Student Walk Out over BEX IV Plan

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Student Walk Out over BEX IV Plan: Student Walk Out over BEX IV Plan by Charlie Mas This story in the Seattle Times, Rainier Beach students protest lack of remodel plans for their school, about students demanding a remodel of their school building. Page 96 of this building condition report rates Rainier Beach as a 2.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the best condition and 5 being the worst. It was marked down some for having an enrollment far under capacity. From the report: "Rainier Beach is housed in a middle aged facility that has worn very ... more »

Daily Kos: some education related electoral good news from last night

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Daily Kos: some education related electoral good news from last night: some education related electoral good news from last night by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) In Indiana, the State Superintendent, Tony Bennett, was defeated by Democrat Glenda Ritz, a democrat who received heavy support from teachers unions. Bennett was a champion of more charter schools, even though those in Indiana do NOT perform better than public schools. He was a nationally known champion of what Pasi Sahlberg has labeled "GERM" - the Global Education Reform Movement - which includes heavy reliance upon ... more »

What Hurricane Sandy is Teaching Us About Students Under Stress - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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What Hurricane Sandy is Teaching Us About Students Under Stress - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: What Hurricane Sandy is Teaching Us About Students Under Stress by Anthony Cody This week as the East Coast cleans up after Hurricane Sandy, we are hearing from teachers how they are responding to the trauma and stress their students are bringing to class. From Brooklyn Heights Montessori teacher Launa Schweizer, we learn how her students are coping. As the day wore on, I discovered that the children who had spent the week without power, who were displaced by rising wate... more »

ELECTION UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-7-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law Repealed by dianerav Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was rebuked by voters yesterday as they repealed the law that gave dictatorial powers to emergency managers appointed by the governor to control fiscally distressed districts. Public Act 4 of 2011 was rejected by a vote of 52-48. Snyder installed emergency managers to take control of public education in Detroit, Highland Park, and Muskegon Heights. The managers in the two small districts abolished public education and handed ... more »

Barack Obama's victory speech – full text | World news | guardian.co.uk

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Barack Obama's victory speech – full text | World news | guardian.co.uk: Barack Obama's victory speech – full text US president addresses supporters in Chicago after decisively winning a second term Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. (Sustained cheers, applause.)At a rally on Wednesday in his hometown of Chicago, Barack Obama delivers a victory speech Link to this video Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. (Cheers, applause.) It moves forward because of you. It moves ... more »

Teacher Evaluation for Effectiveness — Whole Child Education

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Teacher Evaluation for Effectiveness — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Megan Wolfe]Teacher Evaluation for Effectiveness November 6, 2012 by Megan Wolfe Teachers know it, parents know it, and even students know it, but there seems to be no consensus across states, districts, and schools about how to measure it and ensure that it is measured fairly. I'm talking about teacher evaluations. Having an effective teacher at the head of the class is the most important in-school factor influencing student learning and teacher evaluation systems are supposed to assess just ... more »

Major school reformer ousted by teacher as Indiana schools superintendent

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Major school reformer ousted by teacher as Indiana schools superintendent: Major school reformer ousted by teacher as Indiana schools superintendent by Valerie Strauss In a major upset that will delight school reform foes around the country, Indiana voters tossed out controversial state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and elected veteran teacher Glenda Ritz in his place, the Indianapolis Star reported. The vote has resonance beyond Indiana because Bennett was a leader of the national market-driven school reform movement who pushed through a statewide voucher prog... more »

All Education Matters: Good News for Student Loan Debtors! Elizabeth Warren Wins in Massachusetts

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All Education Matters: Good News for Student Loan Debtors! Elizabeth Warren Wins in Massachusetts: Good News for Student Loan Debtors! Elizabeth Warren Wins in Massachusetts by Cryn Johannsen Elizabeth Warren once said, long before she won this election this evening, that "student loan debt collectors have power that would make mobsters envious." As I write this short update, Senator Brown is giving his concession speech. With Warren on the Hill, I suspect we're going to see some good outcomes for people who are struggling or unable to pay back their loans. This is a *major *win fo... more »

In Bridgeport, Mayor Bill Finch’s anti-democracy ballot question defeated! - Wait, What?

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In Bridgeport, Mayor Bill Finch’s anti-democracy ballot question defeated! - Wait, What?: A Huge Victory for Public Education in Connecticut as Bridgeport Voters Shoot Down Attempt to Eliminate a Democratically Elected Board of Education by jonpelto So many important victories tonight – but one of the biggest was right here in Connecticut. The corporate “education reform” movement was stunned as the voters of Bridgeport stood up on behalf of public education and their democratic rights. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, “education reformers” and elite members of the corporate communi... more »

Schools Matter: The Work Starts on November 7

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Schools Matter: The Work Starts on November 7: The Work Starts on November 7 by Jim Horn Make your celebrations brief. The work starts now to save our gains from the guy we just elected. Work continues tomorrow— to save Medicare and Social Security from Obama and the Wall Street Democrats; to boycott and kill high stakes standardized testing; to stop the spread and to shut down corporate welfare charter schools; to dump the Common Core testing delivery system; to kill teacher evaluation based on test scores; to save Title I from extinction; to replace NEA and AFT leadership... more »

UPDATE: Diane in the Evening 11-6-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Meet Glenda Ritz by dianerav Glenda Ritz upset Tony Bennett. She stands for genuine education reform. She believes in teachers. She was a teacher for 33 years. She opposes vouchers, merit pay, letter grades for schools, and evaluating teachers by test scores. She is a breath of fresh air. Georgia Charter Amendment Likely to Pass by dianerav With half the vote counted, Georgia voters are likely to pass an amendment to the state constitution re charters. The governor will be able to create a commission to approve charters, giving charters a way to bypass loc... more »

Open Letter; Governors Christie, Cuomo and Mayor BloombergSave Our Schools

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Open Letter; Governors Christie, Cuomo and Mayor BloombergSave Our Schools: Open Letter; Governors Christie, Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg by Server An Open Letter to Governors Christie, Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg *By Denny Taylor* *Originally Published on November 4, 2012* *Hurricane Sandy; Research Findings on Children and Trauma Support the Halting of Testing in K-12 Public Schools* *Dear Governor Christie, Governor Cuomo, and Mayor Bloomberg,* I write to applaud your rapid response to Hurricane Sandy. You have been decisive in your decision making and tireless in your efforts to care ... more »

Education Inc. How private companies are profiting from Texas public schools | The Texas Observer

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Education Inc. | The Texas Observer: Education Inc.How private companies are profiting from Texas public schools. by Abby Rapoport Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 6:20 CST *IT’S NOT HARD TO IMAGINE* Pearson’s vision of utopia. Pearson is a London-based mega-corporation that owns everything from the *Financial Times* to Penguin Books, and also dominates the business of educating American children. The company promotes its many education-related products on a website that features an idyllic, make-believe town. It’s called Pearsonville, and it looks like the international... more »

UPDATE:Seattle Schools Community Forum: An Interesting Read from an Unlikely (for us) Source

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: An Interesting Read from an Unlikely (for us) Source: "Record Number Complete High School and College" by Melissa Westbrook So goes today's headline in the NY Times. *Although the United States no longer leads the world in educational attainment, record numbers of young Americans are completing high school, going to college and finishing college, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available census data. * *The share of high school graduates in that age group, along with the share of those with some college, have also reached rec... more »

Illinois House GOP Leader Tom Cross is a liar and an ingrate. The IEA leadership played for suckers. « Fred Klonsky

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Illinois House GOP Leader Tom Cross is a liar and an ingrate. The IEA leadership played for suckers. « Fred Klonsky: Illinois House GOP Leader Tom Cross is a liar and an ingrate. The IEA leadership are played for suckers. by Fred Klonsky Illinois House GOP Leader Tom Cross writes to the *Chicago Tribune* today: *When it comes to identifying a critical roadblock impeding the efforts of those working to reform Illinois’ budget and addressing our state’s pension crisis, Bruce Rauner’s “Government unions and the downfall of Illinois” (Perspective, Nov. 1) makes a compelling case. Unfo... more »

Occupy Sandy. Give locally. « Fred Klonsky

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Occupy Sandy. Give locally. « Fred Klonsky: Occupy Sandy. Give local. by Fred Klonsky *Photo: Jed Brandt.* *Caribbean:*Partners in HealthInternational Medical CorpsCatholic Relief ServicesDirect Relief International Doctors Without Borders *The Northeast:*Blood donationsOccupy Sandy in New JerseyOccupy Sandy in New YorkTunnel to Towers (relief for Staten Island and New Jersey) Bideawee (pet assistance) City HarvestFood Bank for New York City *The Mid-Atlantic:*Food Bank of DelawarePhilabundance (relief in Philadelphia) D.C. Central KitchenFood & Friends

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: [image: Vote for President Obama...Click picture] [image: Parents Can!] DR. AMI BERA | BERA FOR CONGRESS [image: Dr. Ami Bera | Bera for Congress] Making Washington Work Sacramento County needs a bold leader who sees Congress as an opportunity to serve. Like the oath I took to become a Doctor, I take another solemn oath to put people first Education Headlines *Tuesday, November 6, 2012* School numbers continue to shrinkEnrollment at most Tuolumne and Calaveras county school districts has dropped this fall, continuing a 15-year tr... more »

Obama and The Boss in Madison, Wisconsin : blue cheddar

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Obama and The Boss in Madison, Wisconsin : blue cheddar: Obama and The Boss in Madison, Wisconsin November 6, 2012 By bluecheddar [image: Share] Image from brucespringsteen.net * What Bruce Springsteen said in Madison:* “Let me begin with a shout out to all of our neighbors in the Northeast who are reeling from Hurricane Sandy and its immense impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So, it’s good to be here with you today–and it will be great to feel the power of your votes and voices tomorrow. I’m here today for Wisconsin, America, and for President Obama. For the last 30 ye... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-6-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Destructive Reforms Fail by dianerav Teacher/poet Glen Brown points out what is obvious to educators yet utterly unknown to our nation’s leaders: The privatization movement (aka “reform”) is failing. It demoralizes teachers. It punishes children who don’t give the answers the test makers want. It is wrong. It is antagonistic to good education. It is failing, failing, failing. It has no constructive ideas. Only carrots and sticks. District Reform: No Sit-Downs by dianerav Teachers in Magnesia, Texas, were in ... more »

UPDATE: Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: On the ground in Chicago

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: On the ground in Chicago: On the ground in Chicago by Mike Klonsky *This post was written by guest blogger Bob George. Bob is a member of the National Steering Committee of Save Our Schools (SOS).* A day in the life Over the past several days I had the privilege of being involved in several Chicago education events with Parents, Students, Teachers, CTU and Core members. On Thursday evening, the Black Caucus of CTU sponsored a discussion with CTU President Karen Lewis, on the recent teachers strike, the implications for the community, and what’s next... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter — Home Visits

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Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter — Home Visits: This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter — Home Visits Posted on November 5, 2012 by Larry Ferlazzo 1 Guest post by Joe Mazza Image credit: media.mlive.com This week’s Parent-Teacher Chat on Twitter focuses on “home visits” made by educators to engage families. Virginia Supt. Dr. Steve Constantino and Iowa PrincipalJimmyCasas will join us as experienced resources for this discussion. When teachers build relationships with the families of the students they teach, those families become powerful advocates in their childre... more »

Win or Lose Bridgeport’s Board Of Education battle, Finch has probably lost the war - Wait, What?

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Win or Lose Bridgeport’s Board Of Education battle, Finch has probably lost the war - Wait, What?: Win or Lose Bridgeport’s Board Of Education battle, Finch has probably lost the war by jonpelto While most of the attention will be focused on the vote for President and members of the U.S. Senate, Congress, State Senate and State House of Representatives tomorrow, there will be plenty of eyes cast on what happens with the charter revision referendum in Bridgeport. Mayor Bill Finch, “education reformers” and elite members of the corporate community are spending a record amount to tr... more »

An Urban Teacher's Education: What Voters in Washington State Can Learn from Charter Schools in Washington, DC

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An Urban Teacher's Education: What Voters in Washington State Can Learn from Charter Schools in Washington, DC: [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)][image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] What Voters in Washington State Can Learn from Charter Schools in Washington, DC by James Boutin *The following essay and commentary is from Retired Public School Teacher Erich Martel, of the Washington, DC Public School System.** **His writing previously appeared on this blog here. You can contact Erich with questions or comments at ehmartel@starpower.net*. *Charter Expansi... more »

Common Core and the Mainstream | Truth in American Education

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Common Core and the Mainstream | Truth in American Education: Common Core and the Mainstream Posted on November 5, 2012 by Shane Vander Hart I guess those of us who are concerned about the Common Core State Standards are part of the fringe… at least according to Scott Elliott writing for the *Indianapolis Star’s* Get on the Bus Blog. He writes: The Common Core has been only a minor issue in the state superintendent race, which has instead been focused on issues like testing and privatization of public education. Bennett’s rival, Democrat Glenda Ritz, has expressed some sympathy f... more »

Schools Matter: Corporate School Boarding Indy Style

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Schools Matter: Corporate School Boarding Indy Style: Corporate School Boarding Indy Style by Storm *Guest Post by Doug Martin, author and contributor at The Common Errant** **Doug Martin is doing the heavy lifting in Indiana--the work our Fourth Estate seems to have been hired to ignore. There is one very bright exception (shining much more so because so isolated in the journalistic sky): Karen Francisco who writes "The Learning Curve" at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.* It happened in New Orleans, it happened in Denver, it happened in Florida with the Vice President's brothe... more »

Throughout November: Teacher Evaluation — Whole Child Education

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Throughout November: Teacher Evaluation — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]Throughout November: Teacher Evaluation November 5, 2012 by Klea Scharberg Teacher quality is the most important in-school factor influencing student learning and achievement. Research shows that students with high-performing teachers can progress three times as fast as students with low-performing teachers and each student deserves access to highly effective teachers in every subject. In turn, all teachers deserve a fair and accurate assessment of their skills, how they perf... more »

Daily Kos: The “Naïve Expert” Problem in Market Paradigm and Education Reform

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Daily Kos: The “Naïve Expert” Problem in Market Paradigm and Education Reform: The “Naïve Expert” Problem in Market Paradigm and Education Reform by rss@dailykos.com (plthomasEdD) In a letter written to Charles Thompson in 1787, Thomas Jefferson stated: "The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees, in every object, only the traits which favor that theory." The dangers inherent in the ideologue may have been central to Jefferson's faith in democracy wedded to his personal and political commitment to the necessity for universal public education. Without a well-informed... more »

Diane in the Evening 11-5-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: *Don't Forget to Vote For PUBLIC Education* DC Teacher to Washington State Voters by dianerav Erich Martel retired as a much-respected veteran social studies teacher in the DC public schools. He offered this warning to voters on the other side of the continent, in Washington State: From: Erich Martel To: voters in Washington State November 5, 2012 Charter Expansion (Ballot Initiative I-1240) Will Harm, Not Help, Public School Students in Washington State: Insights from the Other Washington, the Washington (DC) Public Schools - Charter schools are private scho... more »

My High School Feminism Class Marks International Day of the Girl 2012 « Feminist Teacher

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My High School Feminism Class Marks International Day of the Girl 2012 « Feminist Teacher: My High School Feminism Class Marks International Day of the Girl 2012 by feministteacher Click to view slideshow.The students in my high school feminism class marked this year’s first International Day of the Girl by leading a phenomenal school-wide assembly for their peers. We partnered with 10×10 Educate Girls to learn about the state of girls’ education globally as well as with our partner school in India, the all-girls Shri Shikshayatan Schoolin Kolkata. In addition to sharing informa... more »

UPDATE: The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation | Seattle Education

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The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation | Seattle Education: The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation by seattleducation2011 The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation Posted on November 5, 2012 by seattleducation2011 | Leave a comment There’s a reason why Stand for Children doesn’t want to refer to the school conversion clause in Initiative 1240 as the parent trigger. If you were to Google “parent trigger”, articles... more »

UPDATE: Seattle Schools Community Forum: OSPI Report on Special Ed in Seattle

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: OSPI Report on Special Ed in Seattle: Election Day by Melissa Westbrook Need to get that ballot in? Here's a link to the ballot drop-off points. From King County Elections: *Return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service using a first class stamp or at a ballot drop box or ballot drop-off van (temporary collection point). The deadline to return ballots is Election Day; ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or in a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. * Interesting info from our friends at The Stranger Slog about election results: *Enter numbe... more »

UPDATE: Southworks. « Fred Klonsky

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Southworks. « Fred Klonsky: From the Skokie chapter’s Illinois-Florida Liaison Ken Previti. Where do you stand? by Fred Klonsky *Dear Wesley Heyduck, Linda Walcher, Bob Kaplan, Marge Houghland, Tim Brinker, Pearl Mack, David Bishop, Linda Stolt, Jane Nolan, Bob Haisman, Brian Mooberry, Allen Forys, Sandy Drafall, Mae Smith, Dottie Beeler, Terrry Waldron, Donald Gibb, Chuck Weishaupt, Chuck Starke, Melody Sexton, Sandra Horvath, Charlene Haley, Barbara Thielemann, Rita Stone, Jack Tucker, Elizabeth Kinser, Barb Gilhaus, Sara Kaufman and Gayla Dial:* *Who are you? Why should I vote ... more »

The Official Education Rephorm Lexicon | EduShyster

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The Official Education Rephorm Lexicon | EduShyster: The Official Education Rephorm Lexicon by edushyster2012 A portfolio is a discredited approach to education reform and a brief case in which papers explaining the excellence of said approach can be carried. Like you I spend many hours each day aligning myself with the new Common Core standards. And already the payoff has been huge. My scores on the standardized tests that I administer to myself three times per week have risen incredibly, while my Value Added has also shot up, except around the house where I continue to refuse to... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-5-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] A Teacher Grades the Houston Independent School District by dianerav This teacher in Houston reviews what is happening in HISD schools. Anyone know the HISD superintendent Terry Grier? The teacher’s evaluation: **Another transplanted North Carolina education experience. I teach in Texas in the largest school district that has inherited one of North Carolina’s education mediums, T. Grier. In his ready, shoot, aim masterplan, all teachers are graded on the growth of their students on a year to year basis, as th... more »

Letters to the Editor: San Francisco Chronicle « InterACT

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Letters to the Editor: San Francisco Chronicle « InterACT: Letters to the Editor: San Francisco Chronicle by David B. Cohen [image: downtown sf]Downtown San Francisco (photo by the author) *Last week, the teachers unions in San Francisco and Oakland declined to support district applications for the latest round of Race to the Top grants, which will go directly to districts rather than to entire states. I remain skeptical about this approach, both in terms of its potential failure as a driver of real and sustainable improvement, and also its heavy-handed federal intrusion into state... more »

Short Notes: John Steinbeck Giving Away His Secrets? | The Jose Vilson

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Short Notes: John Steinbeck Giving Away His Secrets? | The Jose Vilson: Short Notes: John Steinbeck Giving Away His Secrets? by Jose c/o Ellen Sirleaf A few notes: - I’ve known GOLES for years now, and they do great work empowering the Lower East Side. Please consider donating to them. [GOLES] - John Steinbeck offers advice and non-advice for writers. You’ll love it. [BrainPicker] - Something to pay attention to: Puerto Rico seeks to define its relationship with the United States. [AP] - Students learn how to make college affordable. [Santa Maria Times] - Whi... more »

Mitt Romney Makes Education Pitch In Final Days Before Election

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Mitt Romney Makes Education Pitch In Final Days Before Election: Mitt Romney Makes Education Pitch In Final Days Before Election by Joy Resmovits WASHINGTON -- For the last year, education advocates have been trying to get the subject of America's beleaguered public schools onto the agenda of the presidential election. Aside from a few mentions in the debates, the conversation has been pretty one-sided, with President Barack Obama consistently emphasizing the need to invest in education on the campaign trail -- and little mention of the subject from Republican presidential nomine... more »

Chris Rock - Message for White Voters

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Jimmy Kimmel Live - Chris Rock - Message for White Voters Jimmy Kimmel Live: Back to Brooklyn -- Chris Rock - Message for White Voters Jimmy Kimmel Live's YouTube channel features clips and recaps of every episode from the late night TV show on ABC. Subscribe for clips from the monologue, the interviews, and musical performances every day of the week. Watch your favorites parts again, or catch-up on any episodes you may have missed. Website: http://www.jimmykimmellive.com Channel: http://www.youtube.com/jimmykimmellive

UPDATE: Daily Kos: I will be on Sky News tomorrow

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Daily Kos: I will be on Sky News tomorrow: I will be on Sky News tomorrow by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) I was one of the people asked to do videos for their I-pad application on the politics of the 50 states. Then I was invited to participate in a discussion tomorrow, which will be live at 3:30 EST until 4, and then may continue in a Google hangout (although I will not be able to stay for that). I will be in their DC studios, in part because Virginia is still considered a battleground state. If you are interested in watching, http://news.sky.com/... It’ll be broadcast on Sk... more »

Schools Matter: Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD Board of Education

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Schools Matter: Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD Board of Education: Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD Board of Education by Jim Horn Robert D. Skeels has been writing at SM since June 11, 2011, and his astute, acerbic, and sometime acidic commentaries have effectively lifted many rocks where profiteer snakes hide, melted away many corporate leeches from their public hosts, and shamed many professional self-servers for their unwavering commitments to themselves. In doing so, he has shone his own true colors as a relentless advocate for public schools, democracy, and social justice. And so ... more »

Walmart Waltons: The movie | Seattle Education

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Walmart Waltons: The movie | Seattle Education: Walmart Waltons: The movie by seattleducation2011 Why is this woman laughing? Alice Walton has donated $1.7 M to Initiative 1240 which would privatize our schools. If the Waltons are going to determine educational policy in our state, we should at least get to know them better. *WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE is a feature-length documentary that uncovers a retail giant’s assault on families and American values.* *The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to fight a g... more »

Don’t Give Up… « Deborah Meier on Education

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Don’t Give Up… « Deborah Meier on Education: Don’t Give Up… by rogermeier ……or at least Vote on Tuesday before you do. Since we can’t opt out of the world as it is–including all its almost unbelievable distortions–we have to stick together and figure out what comes next. I’m nervously expecting Obama to win–although sometimes I expect the worst just so I won’t be surprised—and the fight after that will be just as important as if he loses. Someone showed me an ad attacking a Democratic candidate for the Florida House of Representatives (who happens to be a teacher’s union member), ... more »

Schools Matter: MOOC-ing Toward Epistemological Imperialism

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Schools Matter: MOOC-ing Toward Epistemological Imperialism: MOOC-ing Toward Epistemological Imperialism by Jim Horn The newest fad in digitized thought delivery is the MOOC (Massively Open Online Courses), and as soon as the politically-disinterested MIT engineers can hook up with the economically-rapacious profiteers of UofPhoenix, we are likely to see the "global economy" become underpinned by the new "global college." And just as the the global economy is about ferreting out the most vulnerable societies on Earth for exploitation, from production to consumption, the global c... more »

Given A Choice… | Taking Note

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Given A Choice… | Taking Note: ' Given A Choice… by John Merrow John looks at a conversation that we should be having. Given the choice, would you rather be productive or happy? I remember posing that question to six high school students from independent schools in and around New York City, 15 or so years ago. To a boy and girl, all said they would rather be happy. Being a New Englander to the core, I was surprised, even shocked. In the conversation that followed, I argued that the main road to happiness went through productivity. I don’t think I convinced any of the kids. What’s yo... more »

Mitt Romney’s For-Profit College Connections | toteachornototeach

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Mitt Romney’s For-Profit College Connections | toteachornototeach: Mitt Romney’s For-Profit College Connections by aristotlethewise *Mitt Romney’s For-Profit College Connections * *Highlighted In Video Made By Student Debt Activists* PopoutA new video from group of young activists warns of Mitt Romney’s connections to for-profit colleges, hoping to raise awareness of how the Republican presidential nominee might govern the controversial for-profit education sector. The video shows Romney talking about college affordability and insists the candidate is “sketchy” about for-profits. The... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Is Democracy for Sale?

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Is Democracy for Sale?: Is Democracy for Sale? by Melissa Westbrook It would appear that some people - especially wealthy people - believe this is so (and are willing to spend huge sums to prove it). We have our own examples here in Washington State. Consider our initiative process. In this last cycle, we see nearly every single initiative pushed by a handful of wealthy people. The liquor initiative (I love Costco but this was wrong), the gay marriage referundum, the charter school initiative - it's a sad thing. And, they are not only willing to... more »

Diane in the Evening ***Urgent Message*** 11-4-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: An Urgent Message for Voters Who Support Public Education by dianerav There are critical elections taking place on Tuesday throughout the country that parents, education advocates, and others who care about preserving and strengthening our public schools need to take notice of and cast their ballot appropriately. Out-of-state money from billionaires and astroturf groups like Students First are flowing into state races, like this one in Tennessee and local school board elections, like these in New Orleans and New Jersey, to push damaging policies to privati... more »

Teachers For Social Justice: 10 Arrested in City Hall Sit-in Against School Closings

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Teachers For Social Justice: 10 Arrested in City Hall Sit-in Against School Closings: 10 Arrested in City Hall Sit-in Against School Closings by sarah-ji On Friday, November 2, a spirited crowd of 100 parents, teachers, students, and community members held a rally and press conference at City Hall demanding a moratorium-of at least two years-on *all *school closings, turnarounds, consolidations, and phase-outs. After the rally we sat in at the Mayor's office, refusing to leave until we had a meeting scheduled with the Mayor (no surrogates). That never happened, as one of his staff... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Parents throughout the nation: use your vote wisely on Tuesday to protect and support your public schools; do not let the privatizers buy your elections!

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NYC Public School Parents: Parents throughout the nation: use your vote wisely on Tuesday to protect and support your public schools; do not let the privatizers buy your elections!: Parents throughout the nation: use your vote wisely on Tuesday to protect and support your public schools; do not let the privatizers buy your elections! by Leonie Haimson protect and support your public schools; do not let the privatizers buy your elections! There are critical elections taking place on Tuesday throughout the country that parents, education advocates, and others who care about preservin... more »

Your 2012 Education Political Primer - Woodbridge, VA, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post - A Professional Networking Community for Educators

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Your 2012 Education Political Primer - Woodbridge, VA, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post - A Professional Networking Community for Educators: Looking Ahead Your 2012 Education Political Primer As the election plays itself out this coming week, we as educators continue to work on behalf of children and our communities as a whole. Whatever the outcome of the vote, the work goes on and our efforts must continue. So I want to keep this post simple and straightforward. Whatever your political persuasion, there are certain objective, observable realities we can all agree on in looking a... more »

America's Most Disgusting Political Ad

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America's Most Disgusting Political Ad: America’s Most Disgusting Political Ad: Florida Republican Group Links Elementary School Teacher To Jerry Sandusky By Josh Israel on Nov 4, 2012 at 11:08 am In a stunning smear, a GOP group chaired by a prominent Republican strategist and funded by the state Republican leadership, has sent a mailing to Florida voters accusing an elementary school teacher running for state legislature of enabling child molestation because she is in a teacher’s union. The mailings attack Karen Castor Dentel, an elementary school teacher in Maitland, Florida, a... more »

Right Wing Pro-voucher Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee jumps into state elections to push education PRIVATIZATION Hechinger Report |

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Hechinger Report | Right Wing Pro-voucher Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee jumps into state elections to push education overhaul: Right Wing Pro-voucher Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee jumps into state elections to push education overhaul by Sarah Butrymowicz A dozen states are poised to pass significant education reforms this year depending on the outcome of next week’s election. A slate of state-level candidates want to abolish teacher tenure and tie teacher evaluations to student tests. On the ground trying to make sure they win is a new organization, StudentsFirst, found... more »

Outside Cash Flooding into New Orleans School Board Race « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Outside Cash Flooding into New Orleans School Board Race « Diane Ravitch's blog: Outside Cash Flooding into New Orleans School Board Race by dianerav [image: DFER Fake Democrats for Education Privatization (click on Picture)] IT IS A RULE: YOU CAN'T BE AGAINST PEOPLE AND FOR CORPORATIONS AND CALL YOURSELF A DEMOCRAT...EVER! This is becoming a familiar story: billionaires and millionaires are choosing a school board member in New Orleans. One of the city’s leading charter advocates, Sarah Newell Usdin, is the recipient of more than $110,000, way more than her opponents. Usdin was... more »

Final stretch: Is charter school amendment about “money versus public schools” or “giving every child an option”? | Get Schooled

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Final stretch: Is charter school amendment about “money versus public schools” or “giving every child an option”? | Get Schooled: Final stretch: Is charter school amendment about “money versus public schools” or “giving every child an option”? by Maureen Downey As election day looms, the AJC examines the emotions and money around the charter school amendment in a Sunday piece. The amendment remains an explosive issue with great interest from both inside and outside the state. Pro-amendment groups, including national school-choice advocates and for-profit charter school operators, ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: How To Buy a School Board 3000 Miles Away

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Jersey Jazzman: How To Buy a School Board 3000 Miles Away: How To Buy a School Board 3000 Miles Away by Duke Why would California multi-millionaires be interested in a school board race in the small city of Perth Amboy, NJ? It seems absurd, and yet it's true: *four wealthy Californians and one wealthy Coloradan - heavy hitters in the tech, financial, and health care sectors - have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to a slate of candidates running for the school board in Perth Amboy*, a city of 50,000 with a majority Hispanic population. According to New Jersey election re... more »

Education During the Great Depression - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

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Education During the Great Depression - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com: Education During the Great Depression Some say the Great Depression started on October 29, 1929, also known as Black Tuesday. This is the day approximately 28 million shares of stock were sold and the stock market collapsed. However, the worst years of the Great Depression were yet to come; those years being 1932 and 1933. During the Great Depression years not only did people suffer from lack of jobs, money, homes, and food, but the education of children suffered also. Children dropped out of school to sell ne... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-4-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Boldest Candidacy of the Season by dianerav TFA alum moves to Minneapolis in May. Decides to run for school board to share his youth and spirit of innovation. Raises seven times as much as experienced teacher from out-of-state friends. Money can’t buy you love but can it buy a school board seat? Are the voters fooled? We will see soon enough. Big $$$ Swamps Oakland School Board Race by dianerav School board elections in Oakland, California, are usually low-budget races, as they are in most places. But this yea... more »

Teachers, You Must Do This - MyEdNext

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Teachers, You Must Do This - MyEdNext: Teachers, You Must Do This - Posted by Rita M. Solnet on November 3, 2012 at 7:55pm - View Blog I fought many battles with you over the years. I've organized rallies, spoken out, written articles, lobbied against harmful bills, brought speakers to enlighten others, and testified against a movement to privatize public education. For this reason, I feel comfortable saying this: *YOU MUST VOTE.* You feel betrayed by this administration. I get that. I really do. I am in awe of all you do and all you have endured the past three years ... more »

Daily Kos: Ralston 's analysis of early NV Vote - not good for Romney

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Daily Kos: Ralston 's analysis of early NV Vote - not good for Romney: Ralston 's analysis of early NV Vote - not good for Romney by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) as you can read in Democrats end with 71,000-voter lead in Clark, near dead heat in Washoe some snips: bottom line: The credible polls on both sides would have to be wrong -- i.e. Romney would have to win independents by a large margin -- for him to win Nevada. No rural updates from Friday, but Democrats were losing by about 20,000 voters there. Some Latest from Sam Wang - more good news by rss@dailykos.com (teacher... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Important update on Sandy re closed & relocated schools!

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NYC Public School Parents: Important update on Sandy re closed & relocated schools!: Important update on Sandy re closed & relocated schools! by Leonie Haimson I hope you are all recovering from Hurricane Sandy; I just got my power restored last night here in Greenwich Village, though there are still nearly one quarter of a million NYC residents and more than a million households in the tri-state area without power or heat. Immeasurable damage has occurred to people’s homes and even more tragically, lives have been lost, but I wanted to update you on new developments as regards ... more »


Schools Matter: Indiana DOE Stalls FOIA Naming Joel Klein and Jeb Bush and Detailing the Dog and Pony Tony Tour

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Schools Matter: Indiana DOE Stalls FOIA Naming Joel Klein and Jeb Bush and Detailing the Dog and Pony Tony Tour: Indiana DOE Stalls FOIA Naming Joel Klein and Jeb Bush and Detailing the Dog and Pony Tony Tour by Storm *GUEST POST: * *Indiana Department of Education Fails to Release Documents on Tony Bennett, Jeb Bush, and Other School Privatizers* *By Doug Martin* On Friday afternoon, just days before the next state supt. of public education will be elected, Indiana’s Public Access Counselor, Joseph B. Hoage, quietly voiced his opinion on the Indiana Department of Education fai... more »

Vote NO on charter school Initiative 1240 (pass it on!) | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Vote NO on charter school Initiative 1240 (pass it on!) | Seattle Education: Vote NO on charter school Initiative 1240 (pass it on!) by seattleducation2011 [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] Friends, neighbors, countrymen/women! I urge you to join me in voting *NO on I-1240*, the charter schools initiative which is on the November 6 ballot, for the reasons outlined below. *Please pass it on!* My recommendation is to vote* No* on this flawed proposal which has been created and funded by a wealthy few, and whose core product is a very problematic concept with an extremely mixed... more »

INFOGRAPHIC: YOUTH AND THE 2012 ELECTION - CIRCLE

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
CIRCLE: * * *INFOGRAPHIC: YOUTH AND THE 2012 ELECTION* *For Immediate Release:* Friday, November 3, 2012 *Contact*: Brad Luna, 202-812-8140 (cell) brad@lunamediagroup.com *(Release continues below, after infographic)* [image: INFOGRAPHIC] *Premiere Youth Research Center Releases Infographic Showing Newly Released Poll Results on Youth and the 2012 Election**National Press Call Scheduled for November 7th to Provide Exclusive Youth Turnout #, Expert Analysis on Young Voters* *Medford/Somerville, Mass* – With just 4 days until the 2012 general election, the Center for Information and Res... more »

United Illuminating (UI): One of biggest donors to Mayor Finch’s effort to undermine democracy in Bridgeport - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
United Illuminating (UI): One of biggest donors to Mayor Finch’s effort to undermine democracy in Bridgeport - Wait, What?: United Illuminating (UI): One of biggest donors to Mayor Finch’s effort to undermine democracy in Bridgeport by jonpelto True the $10,000 donation from United Illuminating to Residents for a Better Bridgeport occurred before Hurricane Sandy hit. And true an extra $10,000 wouldn’t allow a substantively different response by UI to this natural disaster. But with 41,794 UI customers still out of power as of 11:00 a.m. today – November 3rd, 2012, – a week after ... more »

New AJC analysis: Fewer poor kids attend charter schools in metro area. Does that matter to you? | Get Schooled

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New AJC analysis: Fewer poor kids attend charter schools in metro area. Does that matter to you? | Get Schooled: New AJC analysis: Fewer poor kids attend charter schools in metro area. Does that matter to you? by Maureen Downey [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] A new analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds fewer low-income students enrolled in metro area charter schools. Whether these new findings alarm you will depend on whether you believe charters ought to focus on areas with high poverty and lower opportunity or whether they ought to be an o... more »

RACISM, SUPERSTORM SANDY & DISASTER CAPITALISM Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública

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Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: RACISM, SUPERSTORM SANDY & DISASTER CAPITALISM *From: Marjorie Stamberg Sent: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 * Red Hook faces racist Katrina-like treatment Having been to housing projects in New Orleans, post-Katrina, where authorities were trying to force residents out by cutting off essential services, what's happening in Red Hook, post Sandy, has an eerie familiarity. Beyond the DOE's nasty harassment, making teachers "prove" and "appeal" why they can't get to school in the middle of a catastrophe where the trains aren't ru... more »

Is Seniority for Teachers Bad for Students? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Is Seniority for Teachers Bad for Students? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Is Seniority for Teachers Bad for Students? by Anthony Cody Yesterday's post challenging the ability of some education reform "liberals" to shed core values such as support for unions, desegregation and the institution of public education apparently hit some sensitive nerves. In particular, Chris Arnold, whom we recently saw praising the "parent trigger" movie "Won't Back Down," took me on via Twitter. You may recall that Mr. Arnold caught some flak for initially failing to disclose his af... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-3-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The North Carolina Vision by dianerav The many thousands of people who read the letter from a teacher in North Carolina explaining why he quit may be surprised to learn that the state board of education adopted a mission statement in early October. The state board asserted in its vision statement the importance of public education in the state. It was written with the help of the Duke economist Helen F. Ladd and her husband Edward B. Fiske, who is a a former education editor at the New York Times. I received ... more »

The most important element of student success?

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The most important element of student success?: The most important element of student success? Posted by loebv on November 3, 2012 at 10:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » How should we assess how much students are learning? Veteran educator Joanne Yatvin takes a new look in the following post. Yatvin, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, now teaches part-time at Portland State University. By Joanne Yatvin Not long ago I wrote a post condemning rigor in education an... more »

Power, Ideology, and the Use of Evidence: In National Politics and School Reform | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Power, Ideology, and the Use of Evidence: In National Politics and School Reform | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Power, Ideology, and the Use of Evidence: In National Politics and School Reform by larrycuban On the eve of the nation’s voters going to the polls, a truth about policymakers’ use of evidence arrives in plain sight. Sure, the obscene spending from Super PACs on political ads shows how evidence can be bent into grotesque shapes to support one candidate over another. Fact-checkers have had a bumper season. But political ads are a genre that all of ... more »

Daily Kos: If you want to explore impact of Latino vote

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Daily Kos: If you want to explore impact of Latino vote: If you want to explore impact of Latino vote by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) on a state by state basis, you might find this map from Latino Decisions somewhat useful. You can click on the state to get details. The data for predicting the top line outcome of the state may be somewhat dated, since the map was last updated on October 28, and things have been moving in the direction of Obama ever since. What is key is the expected percentage of the vote Latino Decisions believes will be Latino - usually at least a few points over... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NJDOE Commissioner Cerf's Ethics: Safety Scissors Sharp

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: NJDOE Commissioner Cerf's Ethics: Safety Scissors Sharp: NJDOE Commissioner Cerf's Ethics: Safety Scissors Sharp by Duke *Chris Cerf's ethics (artist's conception).* *Cross-posted at Blue Jersey.* NJ Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf was the ACTING Commissioner for 18 months. His nomination was blocked by State Senator Ron Rice under senatorial courtesy; Rice wanted Cerf to testify before his committee about his relationship with Mayor Cory Booker and shady dealings with charter schools in Newark. Since Rice is the senator representing Montclair, Cerf's hometown... more »

What Do Students Think Are The Best Ways To Assess Their Learning? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
What Do Students Think Are The Best Ways To Assess Their Learning? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: What Do Students Think Are The Best Ways To Assess Their Learning? by Larry Ferlazzo Today is the last day of our first quarter, and I had my IB Theory of Knowledge students work in groups of three to prepare presentations on this topic: *How do each of the Ways Of Knowing — Perception, Language, Reason, and Emotion — help and hinder our search for knowledge. Give examples of each.* I suspect that the assignment won’t make much sense if you’re not familiar with the course, b... more »

Sit-In; Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind School ClosingsSave Our Schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Sit-In; Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind School ClosingsSave Our Schools: Sit-In; Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind School Closings by Server Sit-In; Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind Decision to Close Schools Popout *Video Footage Sent in Real Time. November 2, 2012 5:54:06 PM CT* Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rescind School Closings: http://youtu.be/M-kegILLSmo Sit-In. Save Our Schools joins concerned citizens in Chicago while they wait to speak with Mayor Emanuel about community school closings. With September’s teachers’ strike fading in the rear view mirror the Chicago School Board’s attention now turns to th... more »

Mr. Burns Endorses Romney | The Simpsons | Animation on FOX

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
*An election eve appeal from Montgomery Burns. Mr. Burns puts Shamus the dog to the test of choosing between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.*

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