Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Rally Against Bronxdale Principal John Chase Jr 1/10/2012

SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Rally Against Bronxdale Principal John Chase Jr 1/10/2012:

Rally Against Bronxdale Principal John Chase Jr 1/10/2012

We here at SBSB have been right on top of the the"Objects My Penis Loves" scandal at Bronxdale High School in the Bronx. We also provided commentary when the DOE gave Bronxdale High principal John Chase Jr, a slap on his pen..., er we meant hand when it found that yes, he was guilty of guilty of violating Chancellor's Regulations A-830 regarding sexual harassment and allowed to stay on as principal in lieu of the outrage of female staffers and the danger to the inanimate objects of Bronxdale High.

We would also like to take the time to commend NYC Councilman James Vacca for going to bat for the

Adjust pension benefits? Cullerton says the unions have “indicated a willingness to do so.” « Fred Klonsky

Adjust pension benefits? Cullerton says the unions have “indicated a willingness to do so.” « Fred Klonsky:

Adjust pension benefits? Cullerton says the unions have “indicated a willingness to do so.”

As I discussed earlier, Senate President John Cullerton has chosen a different path in going after state employee pension benefits than his cohorts in the House leadership.

Cullerton believes that a frontal assault will only waste time and money in years of court battles.

Following the old notion that you catch more flies with honey than crap, Cullerton wants to come up with a

The Photographs of Your Junk (will be publicized!)

My View: Time for the status quo to make room for meaningful school reform – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

My View: Time for the status quo to make room for meaningful school reform – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs:

My View: Time for the status quo to make room for meaningful school reform

Courtesy Anthony Codyby Anthony Cody, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Anthony Cody worked in high-poverty schools in Oakland, California, for 24 years. For 18 of them, he taught middle school science. He now lives in Mendocino County and leads workshops for teachers. He writes the Living in Dialogueblog and you can follow him on Twitter at @AnthonyCody.

We are now three decades into a huge effort to improve our schools using standards and tests. This project has become the status quo, but it has failed to live up to its promise. I spent the past 24 years teaching science in an urban school district, where I experienced this all first-hand. The students that were supposed to be served are still being “left behind.”

Let’s take a look at some of the big ideas that have become the status quo in education, contrasted with what I believe to be more meaningful reforms.

Status quo reforms promise that schools or teachers alone can eradicate the

Is It Our Job to “Unteach” Behavior Learned at Home? « Diary of a Public School Teacher!

Is It Our Job to “Unteach” Behavior Learned at Home? « Diary of a Public School Teacher!:

Is It Our Job to “Unteach” Behavior Learned at Home?

Letter to Arne Duncan - Two Teachers and a Microphone



Letter to Arne Duncan


Listen for a minute to what I say
We don't teach kids for the merit pay
I wipe away tears and break up fights in the halls
While Arne Duncan plays basketball
Public school you never taught in your life
But you studied Harvard so it gives you the right
To bully the states who don't in your run race
Who oppose the policies that you embrace
Based on the test you and your crew
Crucify teachers and close our schools
Pimping out Pearson and private charters.
Carrots and sticks ain't gonna make kids smarter
Public education is under attack
By those who caused our economic collapse
The Department of Ed put your letter on the Web
Did you read the comments? What the teachers said?


Test scores rising, check the illusion
What is proficient? This is the confusion
Headlines saying the scores are getting higher
But they're just juking the stats, like you seen on The Wire
Hire those who lack credentials off the streets
The rich get enrichment & the poor get worksheets
Amazing feats when schools close their doors
And go shopping for the kids with the parents and test scores
Ignoring kids with special needs
ELLs ... IEPs
Take away the bargaining & budget freeze
And just watch the swarm of corporate entities
Doing to schools whatever they please
Skimming from the top of that government cheese
We don't need a test to assess this disease
It's time to repeal NCLB!


Arne Duncan, please listen
A lot of things in our schools we're missing
Smaller classes, arts and enrichment
Light a fire and the kids will listen
On the front lines, where you ought to be
Trust teachers and communities
Acknowledge poverty
And talk honestly
About race, and class, and equality!


Hey, yo' Bunk?
What's the word McNutty?
Smash this fool Duncan like he's Silly Putty!
Alright, okay I got something to say
How you be S.O.E. and never taught a single day?
Your resume's impressive but you're still not a teacher
Cater to the market, not to our future!
How many parents you called? How many lessons you planned?
How many kids have you given your heart and your hand?
And Mr. Duncan can you tell me please
What do you know about SDAIE strategies
Your 150 g's we don't really want it
Can't buy our respect, you already lost it
Get up a get get a get down
Race to the Top is a joke in your town!
I said it before y'all I'll say it again
This man ain't no teacher just the president's friend
Mr. Obama if you want our vote
Can your boy Duncan and bring back that hope!


Creepin and creepin
On the Web we're tweetin'
Your rep is reekin'
Like Bernie on the weekend
Wasted billions and wasted time
Do us all a favor and just resign!
Your Superman movie, damn I ain't down with
The Superman at my school got a pink slip
Mad 'cause I'm paying my union dues
I bet you're hoping that Katrina hits all our schools.
Thinking of ways to get teachers fired
For working with the kids who aren't desired
No top down, corporate overhaul
We're here to save our schools! Yes, yes y'all!
Trade a ball player for an educator
Not a businessman or a teacher-hater
Your career we're here to now bury
Diane Ravitch for Education Secretary!


Arne Duncan, please listen
A lot of things in our schools we're missing
Diversity, true integration
The vision of Brown vs Board of Eduction
On the front lines, where you ought to be
Trust teachers and communities
Acknowledge poverty
And talk honestly
About race, and class, and equality!


Two Teachers and a Microphone: We are both products of LAUSD schools and have spent our careers teaching in LAUSD schools. We love what we do, and we feel that our public school teachers are compassionate, creative and critical to the intellectual and emotional success of our youth.


If you feel the same please call the LAUSD school board members and demand that they follow AB114 and rescind pink slips immediately: 213-241-6389


All music and lyrics written, produced, performed and recorded by Two Teachers and a Microphone.

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The Answer Sheet - A School Survival Guide for parents (and everyone else). - The Washington Post

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The Educated Reporter: Big Payoff For D.C. Teachers, Romney Says He Would Veto Dream Act

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Schools Matter: The importance of access to books

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#edreform Papa Was A Rolling Stone

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"NYSUT: SED decision to suspend funding to all SIG schools 'shocking'."

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NCLB’s Lost Decade Report | FairTest

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An Urban Teacher's Education: In Case You Misunderstood Their Power for Something Lesser

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Support PURE! » PSAT for 1-3-12: New challenges for a new year

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Green Ribbon Award Launched - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

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LDF Successfully Defends Lower Court Ruling in Historic School Desegregation Case | The Defenders Online | A Civil Rights Blog

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Statement on Charter Rent Lawsuit Ruling « New York City Parents Union

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Teaming Up to Support Rural Community Colleges | ED.gov Blog

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Charters Don't Have to Pay Rent, For Now – SchoolBook

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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION- REALLY FIX PUBLIC EDUCATION- IT'S REALLY NOT THAT DIFFICULT IF YOU WANT TO - Perdaily.com

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School Tech Connect: More on Crain's

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Modern School: Ed Reformers Want More Studying, Like Koreans, Who Want Less Studying, Like Americans

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