Friday, February 24, 2012

Schools Matter: Diane Ravitch Pt. 2 in New York Review of Books

Schools Matter: Diane Ravitch Pt. 2 in New York Review of Books:

Diane Ravitch Pt. 2 in New York Review of Books

Last week the New York State Education Department and the teachers’ unions reached an agreement to allow the state to use student test scores to evaluate teachers. The pact was brought to a conclusion after Governor Andrew Cuomo warned the parties that if they didn’t come to an agreement quickly, he would impose his own solution (though he did not explain what that would be). He further told school districts that they would lose future state aid if they didn’t promptly implement the agreement after it was released to the public. The reason for this urgency was to secure $700 million promised to the state by the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program, contingent on the state’s creating a plan to evaluate teachers in relation to their students’ test scores.


The new evaluation system pretends to be balanced, but it is not. Teachers will be ranked on a scale of 1-100.

Teachers will be rated as “ineffective, developing, effective, or highly effective.” Forty percent of their grade will be

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SBE Agenda for March 2012 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)

SBE Agenda for March 2012 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education):

SBE Agenda for March 2012

Agenda for the California State Board of Education (SBE) meeting to be held on March 7 and 8, 2012.

State Board Members

Michael W. Kirst, President
Trish Williams, Vice President

Carl Cohn
Aida Molina
James C. Ramos
Patricia A. Rucker
Ilene W. Straus
Caitlin Snell, Student Member
Vacancy
Vacancy
Vacancy

Secretary & Executive Officer

Hon. Tom Torlakson

Executive Director

Susan K. Burr

Schedule of Meeting

Location

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
8:30 a.m. Pacific Time +

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Closed Session – IF NECESSARY
(The public may not attend.)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California 95814
916-319-0827

The Closed Session (1) may commence earlier than 8:30 a.m.; (2) may begin at or before 8:30 a.m., be recessed, and then be reconvened later in the day; or (3) may commence later than 8:30 a.m.

CLOSED SESSION AGENDA

Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation: Under Government Code sections 11126(e)(1) and (e)(2)(A), the State Board of Education hereby provides public notice that some or all of the pending litigation which follows will be considered and acted upon in closed session:

  • Alejo, et al. v. Jack O’Connell, State Board of Education, et al., San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. CPF-09-509568 CA Ct. of Appeal, 2nd Dist., Case No. A130721
  • California School Boards Association, et al. v. California State Board of Education and Aspire Public Schools, Inc.,Alameda County Superior Court, Case No. 07353566, CA Ct. of Appeal, 1st Dist., Case No. A122485, CA Supreme Court, Case No. S186129
  • California School Boards Association and its Education Legal Alliance, et al. v. The California State Board of Education, et al., Sacramento County Superior Court, Case No. 34-2008-00021188-CU-MC-GDS, CA Ct. of Appeal, 3rd Dist., Case No. No. C060957
  • Doe, Jane, and Jason Roe v. State of California, Tom Torlakson, the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC445151
  • Emma C., et al. v. Delaine Eastin, et al., USDC (No.Dist.CA), Case No. C-96-4179
  • EMS-BP, LLC, Options for Youth Burbank, Inc., et al. v. California Department of Education, et al., Sacramento County Superior Court, Case No. 03CS01078 and 03CS01079 and related appeal
  • K.C. et al. v. Jack O’Connell, et al., U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. C054077 MMC
  • Options for Youth-Victor Valley, et al. v. California Department of Education, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC347454
  • Options for Youth, Burbank, Inc., San Gabriel, Inc. Upland, Inc. and Victor Valley, Notice of Appeal Before the Education Audit Appeals Panel, OAH Case No. 2006100966
  • Opportunity for Learning – PB, LLC; Opportunities Learning – C, LLC, and Opportunities for Learning WSH, LLC, Notice of Appeal Before the Audit Appeals Panel
  • Porter, et al., v. Manhattan Beach Unified School District, et al., United States District Court, Central District, Case No. CV-00-08402
  • Perris Union High School District v. California State Board of Education, California Department of Education, et al., Riverside County Superior Court, Case No. RIC520862
  • Reed v. State of California, Los Angeles Unified School District, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, California Department of Education, and State Board of Education, et al.,
    Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC432420, CA Ct. of Appeal, 2nd Dist., Case No. B230817,
    CA Supreme Ct., Case No. 5191256
  • Today’s Fresh Start, Inc. v. Los Angeles County Office of Education, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BS112656, CA Ct. of Appeal, 2nd Dist., Case Nos. B212966

Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation: Under Government Code sections 11126(e)(1) and (e)(2)(B), the State Board of Education hereby provides public notice that it may meet in closed session to decide whether there is a significant exposure to litigation, and to consider and act in connection with matters for which there is a significant exposure to litigation. Under Government Code sections 11126(e)(1) and (e)(2)(C), the State Board of Education hereby provides public notice that it may meet in closed session to decide to initiate litigation and to consider and act in connection with litigation it has decided to initiate.

Under Government Code section 11126(c)(14), the State Board of Education hereby provides public notice that it may meet in closed session to review and discuss the actual content of pupil achievement tests (including, but not limited to, the High School Exit Exam) that have been submitted for State Board approval and/or approved by the State Board.

Under Government Code section 11126(a), the State Board of Education hereby provides public notice that it may meet in closed session regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, or dismissal, discipline, or release of public employees, or a complaint or charge against public employees. Public employees include persons exempt from civil service under Article VII, Section 4(e) of the California Constitution.

Schedule of Meeting

Location

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
8:30 a.m. Pacific Time +
(Upon Adjournment of Closed Session, if held.)

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Public Session

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California 95814
916-319-0827

Please see the detailed agenda for more information about the items to be considered and acted upon. The public is welcome.

Schedule of Meeting

Location

Thursday, March 8, 2012
8:30 a.m. Pacific Time +

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Closed Session – IF NECESSARY
(The public may not attend.)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California 95814
916-319-0827

The Closed Session (1) may commence earlier than 8:30 a.m.; (2) may begin at or before 8:30 a.m., be recessed, and then be reconvened later in the day; or (3) may commence later than 8:30 a.m.

Schedule of Meeting

Location

Thursday, March 8, 2012
8:30 a.m. Pacific Time +
(Upon Adjournment of Closed Session, if held.)

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Public Session

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California 95814
916-319-0827

Please see the detailed agenda for more information about the items to be considered and acted upon. The public is welcome.

ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE AND ARE PROVIDED FOR CONVENIENCE ONLY

ALL ITEMS MAY BE RE-ORDERED TO BE HEARD ON ANY DAY OF THE NOTICED MEETING

THE ORDER OF BUSINESS MAY BE CHANGED WITHOUT NOTICE

Persons wishing to address the State Board of Education on a subject to be considered at this meeting, including any matter that may be designated for public hearing, are asked, but not required, to notify the State Board of Education Office (see telephone/fax numbers below) by noon of the third working day before the scheduled meeting/hearing, stating the subject they wish to address, the organization they represent (if any), and the nature of their testimony. Time is set aside for individuals so desiring to speak on any topic not otherwise on the agenda (please see the detailed agenda for the Public Session). In all cases, the presiding officer reserves the right to impose time limits on presentations as may be necessary to ensure that the agenda is completed.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY

Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, any individual with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in a meeting or function of the California State Board of Education (SBE), may request assistance by contacting the SBE Office, 1430 N Street, Room 5111, Sacramento, CA, 95814; telephone, 916-319-0827; fax, 916- 319-0175.


CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

FULL BOARD AGENDA
Public Session


State Board of Education Screening Committee Members

Ilene Straus, Chair
Carl Cohn
Aida Molina
James Ramos

Meeting Notice:
Screening Committee of the State Board of Education

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
4:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at:
California Department of Education
State Board of Education Office, Suite 5111
1430 N Street, 5th Floor
Sacramento, CA
916-319-0827

The purpose of this meeting is to select candidates for the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC). The Screening Committee will decide which candidate(s) it will recommend to the full State Board of Education at the March 2012 meeting.

Agenda

  1. Call to order, Chair
  2. Welcome and Introductions, Chair
  3. Consideration of candidates for the IQC, as follows:
    • Applicant review of candidates for the IQC.
    • Selection of candidate(s) to recommend to the State Board of Education.
  4. Adjournment

THE ORDER OF BUSINESS MAY BE CHANGED WITHOUT NOTICE.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY

Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, any individual with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in a meeting or function of the California State Board of Education (SBE), may request assistance by contacting the SBE Office, 1430 N Street, Room 5111, Sacramento, CA, 95814; telephone, 916-319-0705; and facsimile, 916-319-0175.


For more information concerning this agenda, please contact Jill Rice, Assistant Legal Counsel, California State Board of Education, at 1430 N Street, Room 5111, Sacramento, CA, 95814; telephone 916-319-0692; and facsimile, 916-319-0175. This agenda is posted on the State Board of Education's Web site .


Participatory Democracy: Good for the Goose, Gander & Goslings | Lefty Parent

Participatory Democracy: Good for the Goose, Gander & Goslings | Lefty Parent:

Participatory Democracy: Good for the Goose, Gander & Goslings

In my opinion, there is no more thoughtful and well-written person out there contributing to the discussion about the continuing development of American society than my friend and activist for education alternatives, Ron Miller. His recent piece, “Toward Participatory Democracy”, published in Education Revolution, eloquently elaborates on an activist thread in American history that motivates my own cheerleading for a more egalitarian world.

Ron has done his research and connected a lot of dots in American history from Colonial times through the

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Common Core: David Coleman is no Doug Lemov…

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Common Core: David Coleman is no Doug Lemov…:

Common Core: David Coleman is no Doug Lemov…



This week, my student teacher and I were discussing questioning techniques during reading of texts to guide student learning, and boy this was timely with some recent discussions about Common Core ELA.
Thanks to Tom Hoffman, I’m learning more about Common Core standards than my district is sharing with me (even though a chunk of our districts $81M budget for consultants is for common core implementation). He hasa recent post that refers to a number of posts from educators who seem to know what the heck they are talking about discussing a recent piece from David Coleman (Mr. Common Core ELA) on close reading. Basically, his take is that you are not supposed to provide students with pre-reading lessons when embarking on having students read a text. Instead, students should get meaning from multiple reads of the texts.

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