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Fact-Checking President Obama on Race to the Top | Truth in American Education

Fact-Checking President Obama on Race to the Top | Truth in American Education:Fact-Checking President Obama on Race to the Topby James BellPresident Obama touted Race to the Top during the State of the UnionIn the State of the Union Address, President Obama said:“For less than 1 percent of what our nation spends on education each year, we’ve convinced nearly every state in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning — the first time that’s happened in a ... more »

CALL to action: January 26, 2012 Community Meeting your attendance is needed- Sacramento City Unified School District

2012-13 Budget News - Sacramento City Unified School District: Dear Area 5 Principal and Community Leader, As you know, these are truly difficult economic times for schools locally, across our state, and the nation. The cuts taken in the past have been done in consideration with keeping them as far away from the classroom as possible. We are at a point where we no longer have a choice. Figuratively speaking, we have cut beyond the "bone" and are now faced ... more »

Teachers Offer the Wealthy an Escape from Poverty - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

Teachers Offer the Wealthy an Escape from Poverty - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:Teachers Offer the Wealthy an Escape from Povertyby Anthony CodyLast night in President Obama's State of the Union address, he repeated a familiar refrain about the importance of teachers.A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance.But it seems that it is those in power who are actually using teachers to escape from the realities of poverty ... more »

REVOLT OF THE LUNCH LADIES « Teachers Fight Back

REVOLT OF THE LUNCH LADIES « Teachers Fight Back:REVOLT OF THE LUNCH LADIESby alkleenNews item: Workers who serve meals in Chicago Public Schools say the majority of kids are not eating the healthful new foods on the cafeteria menu, according to a confidential survey released Tuesday. Oh, the humanity! That’s shocking, kids dislike healthy foods?The survey was filled out by 436 lunch ladies. The lunch ladies also complained that they had “no input on the recipes or food”. Some were ... more »

Support PURE!» Who spoke at the school closing hearings? What did they say?

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Who spoke at the school closing hearings? What did they say?:Who spoke at the school closing hearings? What did they say?by adminFrom Jackie Leavy, advisor to Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force:1/24/12Dear Supporters of Great Public Schools for All Students:Did you know that the new reform law requires CPS to post Summaries of the Community Hearings on School Actions, within 5 calendar days of the hearing date?HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ... more »

Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers Is Based on the Wrong Values – SchoolBook

Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers Is Based on the Wrong Values – SchoolBook:Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers Is Based on the Wrong Valuesby Carol Corbett BurrisI should be a cheerleader for the New York evaluation system for educators known as the Annual Professional Performance Review system, or A.P.P.R. I am the principal of a very successful high school where students get great test scores. I have a wonderfully supportive superintendent. My personal “score,” in all probability, will be ... more »

RheeFirst! » Occupy Michelle Rhee action today in Sacramento

RheeFirst! » Occupy Michelle Rhee action today in Sacramento:Occupy Michelle Rhee action today in Sacramentoby adminFrom Occupy Sacramento’s Facebook:“Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and corporate education proponent Michelle Rhee will be the target of “silent” protestors with their mouths taped shut – including those from Occupy Sacramento – Wednesday as they hold a roundtable discussion about education issues at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St.Demonstrators will begin to gather at 5:15 p.m. and hold a news briefing.They are expected to ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Misstate of the Union

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Misstate of the Union:Misstate of the Unionby Mike KlonskyWhat Obama said: "For less than 1 percent of what our nation spends on education each year, we've convinced nearly every state in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning—the first time that's happened in a generation."If he was shooting straight, he would have said: The Education Department will spend about $5 billion on [Race To The Top], and even if you’re

Madigan’ shell game: Teachers should pay the state’s share of the pension obligation. « Fred Klonsky

Madigan’ shell game: Teachers should pay the state’s share of the pension obligation. « Fred Klonsky:Madigan’ shell game: Teachers should pay the state’s share of the pension obligation.by Fred KlonskyIllinois State Democratic Chairman and House Speaker Mike Madigan is floating a number of different approaches to solving the state’s public pension problem.None of them are fair to employees.Of course, he continues to support the three-tier pension plan that was devised by the corporate Civic Committee and their President, Ty Fahner. ... more »

New USDA School Meal Rules Cut Calories, Salt - Politics K-12 - Education Week

New USDA School Meal Rules Cut Calories, Salt - Politics K-12 - Education Week:New USDA School Meal Rules Cut Calories, SaltBy Michele McNeil on January 25, 2012 11:15 AMFrom guest blogger Nirvi Shah:Alexandria, Va.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled final rules for school breakfasts and lunch today, about a year after they were first proposed.The sweeping changes, which school districts must act on in the 2012-13 school year, were made based on recommendations from the medical community, and could have ... more »

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top 1-25 Mid Morning Posts #ows #edreform

All Education Matters: 10 Student Loan Reform Leaders: #1 President Obama, Three Others, Then . . Me?Big Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-4 minutes agoAll Education Matters: 10 Student Loan Reform Leaders: #1 President Obama, Three Others, Then . . Me?:10 Student Loan Reform Leaders: #1 President Obama, Three Others, Then . . Me?by Cryn JohannsenCheck out my reaction to being named a leader by OnlineCollege.org in the fight for student loan reform over at my column, "Seriously Subversive," at ... more »

Sacramento school a case study for NCLB waiver | Thoughts on Public Education

Sacramento school a case study for NCLB waiver | Thoughts on Public Education:Sacramento school a case study for NCLB waiverShareReforms alone can't erase "failing" school stigmaPosted on 1/25/12 • Categorized as No Child Left Behind, Program innovation, State Board of EducationBy Kathryn BaronA couple hundred children sitting cross-legged covered the floor of the multipurpose room atOak Ridge Elementary School in Sacramento. Behind them, parents, grandparents, and siblings filled rows of metal folding chairs, while teachers stood beside their students. The ... more »

Obama in State of the Union: “America is Back” | ED.gov Blog

Obama in State of the Union: “America is Back” | ED.gov Blog:Obama in State of the Union: “America is Back”Posted on January 25, 2012 by Cameron BrenchleyPresident Obama delivers his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, White House Photo, Pete Souza“Teachers matter,” said President Barack Obama last night during his State of the Union address. “Instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo” he said,let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good ... more »

Schools Matter: "A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty." Really?

Schools Matter: "A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty." Really?:"A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty." Really?by Jim HornUsing some of those Harvard econometrics from Raj Chetty, Obama precedes the ridiculous "escape from poverty" contention with this emerging statisti-meme:We know a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000.Even if this speculation could be practically demonstrated, which it can't, here's what it would mean.So divide the $250,000 by 25 kids to ... more »

FOURTH GRADERS ASK UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO LET LORAX MOVIE SPEAK FOR THE TREES

Environment Petition: Universal Pictures: Let the Lorax Speak for the Trees! | Change.org:MASSACHUSETTS FOURTH GRADERS ASK UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO LET LORAX MOVIE SPEAK FOR THE TREESMassachusetts students launch online campaign asking Universal to add environmental message back into promotions for movie version of the Dr. Seuss classic BROOKLINE, MA – A class of fourth graders, worried that Universal Pictures is missing an educational opportunity with its upcoming Lorax movie, has launched the “Lorax Petition Project,” a campaign on Change.org that ...more »

The ugly truth about "school choice" - AlterNet - Salon.com

The ugly truth about "school choice" - AlterNet - Salon.com:The ugly truth about “school choice”The Koch brothers want you to think the movement's about racial justice and empowering parents. They're lying VIDEOBY KRISTIN RAWLS, ALTERNET (Credit: Petro Feketa via Shutterstock)TOPICS:ALTERNET, EDUCATIONThis article originally appeared on AlterNet.National School Choice Week, a pet project of big corporations and conservative billionaires like the Koch brothers, kicked off Monday with celebratory forums throughout the country. Billing itself as a social justice movement committed to ... more »

Statements on the President’s State of the Union Address | The White House

Statements on the President’s State of the Union Address | The White House:Statements on the President’s State of the Union Addressby The White HouseRelease Time: For Immediate ReleaseColorado Governor Hickenlooper“The President tonight hit a tone about working together that is familiar to Coloradans. People here know that partisanship is a significant roadblock to partnership. We must use collaboration as a means to finding solutions to keep pushing our state and our country closer to full economic recovery.“We join the President ... more »

Shanker Blog » A Dark Day For Educational Measurement In The Sunshine State

Shanker Blog » A Dark Day For Educational Measurement In The Sunshine State:A Dark Day For Educational Measurement In The Sunshine Stateby Matthew Di CarloJust this week, Florida announced its new district grading system. These systems have been popping up all over the nation, and given the fact that designing one is a requirement of states applying for No Child Left Behind waivers, we are sure to see more.I acknowledge that the designers of these schemes have the difficult job ... more »

Require kids to stay in school? Not so fast . . .

Require kids to stay in school? Not so fast . . .:Require kids to stay in school? Not so fast . . .by SamAnytime you hear government officials mandating new behaviors to a broad swath of the population, that mandate is likely to run afoul of the First Amendment. And so it is with President Obama’s announcement last night that all states must “require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.”Although Mr. Obama made ... more »

Parents Across America Tacoma: We can innovate without charters in our state. | Seattle Education

Parents Across America Tacoma: We can innovate without charters in our state. | Seattle Education:Parents Across America Tacoma: We can innovate without charters in our state.by seattleducation2011Press Release:New Parents Group Supports Innovation in SchoolsParents Across America Tacoma (PAAT), a community group dedicated to strengthening our public education system, will hold its first public meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2011. The meeting will take place at Kings Books, 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma, 98402. Doors will open at 6:30pm, followed by ... more »

Failed D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee "Sells" Corporate #EdReform and Privatization in Sacramento




What:     Demonstration at  "A Conversation with Sacramento About Education" Hosted by Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson
Where:   Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
                828 I St.  Sacramento (Downtown; across from Cesar Chavez Park)
When:     Wednesday January 25, 2012  Arrive between 5-5:30 pm…Event begins at 6:00 pm




Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson will be hosting a Sacramento “town hall” this coming week, which follows on the heels of similar events they’ve hosted in several other cities around the state.  These “town halls” are tightly-orchestrated events, where participants must pre-register with StudentsFirst.  Questions are submitted ahead of time in writing and vetted by the hosts.   The forum is highly-controlled to guard against alternative views.

The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education, Occupy and Sacramento teachers will be demonstrating at the StudentsFirst “town hall” on Wednesday, January 25th at 5:30 pm.   We hope you will consider joining us.   


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