Jersey Jazzman: Arne Duncan: Indifferent Maniac: Arne Duncan: Indifferent ManiacbyDukeWhat a nutcase:Publishing teachers' ratings in the newspaper in the wayThe New York Timesand other outlets have done recently is not a good use of performance data, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview yesterday."Do you need to publish every single teacher's rating in the paper? I don't think you do," he said. "There's not much of an upside there, and there's a tremendous downside for teachers. We're ...more »
Schumer: DOJ must probe Stand Your Ground laws - CBS News: Schumer: DOJ must probe Stand Your Ground lawsByLucy MadisonPLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO(CBS News) Senator Chuck Shumer is calling on the Justice Department to expand its probe of the Trayvon Martin shooting to include an examination of controversial Stand Your Ground laws associated with the case, he told CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.Schumer, in interview with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell, said he is sending a letter to the ...more »
Daily Kos: The Tragedy of Education Tranformation: Leadership without Expertise: The Tragedy of Education Tranformation: Leadership without ExpertisebyplthomasEdDFollowShareNewPERMALINK1COMMENTSouth Carolina'sSuperintendent of Education Mick Zais makes several claimsinThe State(March 25, 2012) that build on one central argument: "The most important information about teachers isn’t the degrees they have or their years of seniority. Their effectiveness in the classroom matters much, much more."Like Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Zais has no experience teaching children in K-12 pu...more »
For The People - a Social Democracy Conference | Uppity Wisconsin: For The People - a Social Democracy ConferenceSubmitted bySteve Hansonon Sun, 03/25/2012 - 11:54amDate:Wed, 04/04/2012 -12:00am-4:00pmStudent-Run Social Democracy conference at UW- Stout. Steve Hanson of Uppity Wisconsin will be one of the speakers in the Oral Presentations section.https://www.facebook.com/events/177648715686026/LocationUW Stout Memorial Student Center302 10th Avenue Cedar, Maple, and Birch RoomsMenomonie,WI54751United States44° 52' 24.8592" N,91° 55' 35.9472" WSee map:Google Maps
Jersey Jazzman: How To Convince Me the Merit Pay Fairy Is Real:: How To Convince Me the Merit Pay Fairy Is Real:byDukeThis is one of the most despicable things I have read in this whole reformy debate, and it stands as evidence as to why billionaires should not be influencing education policy. FromBill Turqueof theWashington Post, writing about the D.C. schools:One of the more striking line items on the operating side is for private grant funds. They averaged about $21 ...more »
Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » 3 simple questions for Common Core mathematics standards…: 3 simple questions for Common Core mathematics standards…byalicemercerInmy last post, I said I would look at three questions about the new common core standards and how they play out for fifth grade in California:How do they compare with the current standards (with no assumption that the current standards are working–they aren’t);Are they too narrow, or too broad;Are they developmentally appropriate, and are some of theexemplars ...more »
Stand Up for Trayvon Martin Rally – Sunday – March 25th in City Heights: Stand Up for Trayvon Martin Rally – Sunday – March 25th in City HeightsbyStaffStand Up for Trayvon Martin Rally SundayMarch 25, 2:00 pmHighland Landis Park, 3795 Fairmount Ave. San Diego 92105(between the library and rec center in City Heights)George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, inside a gated Florida community on Feb. 26, 2012. He has not yet been charged in the shooting. ...more »
Steve Wise Sought to Suppress Test Data for a Campaign Contributor | Scathing Purple Musings: Steve Wise Sought to Suppress Test Data for a Campaign ContributorbyBob SikesFrom Leslie Postal in theOrlando Sentinel:Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville, is convinced.Since watching some of Lockavitch’s 30-minute demonstrations , Wise, a veteran legislator and chairman of the Senate’seducationcommittee, has used his influence to insert millions of dollars for Lockavitch’s program into the state budget since 2000. The 2012-13 budget the Legislature just approved includes an ...more »
Jersey Jazzman: Schools Need Real Research: Schools Need Real ResearchbyDukeYesterday,I pointed outthat Newark superintendent Cami Anderson's piece in theStar-Ledgerreferred to all sorts of "research" without giving us any citations. I can't say for sure whether that's the fault of Anderson or theS-L; I can say that Anderson is making some very controversial assertions, and she should back them up with actual citations from the literature.A good role model for both her and the S-L is Matt DiCarlo ofshankerblog.org. Matt is ...more »
In schools, a question of cops vs. students - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide: In schools, a question of cops vs. studentsCalls for change in school safety after NYPD releases arrest dataStoryCommentsShareSharePrintCreate a hardcopy of this pageFont Size:Default font sizeLarger font sizePHOTO COURTESY DESIS RISING UP AND MOVINGStudents protested outside One Police Plaza in Manhattan last week against what they said are discriminatory police practices in the city’s public schools.Posted:Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:00 pm|Updated: 12:43 pm, Thu Mar 8, 2012.by Anna ...more »
At its campaign kickoff party Sunday, the Real Progress Montclair (RPM) slate positioned itself as the one ticket — grassroots, with independent new blood — willing to make dramatic changes in the township's operations and finances.
As I write this post, James Cameron is at the ocean’s deepest point. I’m sure I will be adding new resources to this list. Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About James Cameron’s Record-Setting Dive: Deepsea … Continue reading →
Blog: The World View Not long ago, Northeastern University, a private university in Boston, opened a branch in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will open another one in Seattle, Washington later this year. These branches will offer specialized master’s degrees in applied fields relevant to the local area. Why is Northeastern moving away from its home base? To generate additional revenue, of course. Northeastern is not alone in this latest entrepreneurial trend. Other universities seem to be looking beyond their own campuses for new markets without confronting the complications of wo...more »
Employee gift ban recommendation still has few takers Concerned over a rash of ethics violations by city employees in 2010, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson urged Mayor Richard M. Daley to implement a citywide ban on gifts from businesses who contract with the government. New U. of I. president has cultivated a strong record on campus For Friday, the last day of spring break at the University of Illinois, Robert Easter had put just one task on his calendar: "Work in Garden." - Quotes about U. of I.'s new president Arts programming was a factor leading to improved stan...more »
[image: Three Students Die Making ‘Potato’ Bombs in Colombia] Three Colombian university students, including a woman, died Sunday when the explosives they were handling went off at a house in Bogota, police and city officials said. A fourth student and nine neighbors were wounded by the blast, which occurred at a house in the suburb of Suba, the Metropolitan Police and the city government said. “Apparently, they were handling explosive devices ... and, in addition, drinking liquor,” Metropolitan Police chief Gen. Luis Eduardo Martinez said. The victims ranged in age from 19 to 22,...more »
- - - 63° F 1. Might it finally be win-or-else time for Chargers? 2. Port execs eat well, fly first class 3. Carrier sailors plunge into the sea during swim call - Poll: Cheney too old for heart transplant? - Goldenvoice buys land around Coachella festival site - Survey: U.S. gas prices could peak soon - Lady A rates only a B - Family questions sentence in child abuse case - CHENEY RECOVERING FROM HEART TRANSPLANT - FOLLOWING MASSACRE, NEW FOCUS ON COMBAT STRESS - PORT EXECS EAT WELL AND FLY FIRST CLASS .....more »
I remember the moment I became a mother. It was like lightening and thunder inside my body, and then, suddenly and unexpectedly, a delightful soft and smooth swoosh. And there she was. Like every mother, I wanted my child to be happy. That was 24 years ago, and instinctively, I knew that happiness was more [...]
The close call in the House Budget Committee for the Ryan budget led many to wonder whether the House leadership would have trouble with the bill on the floor. But The Hill reports that they're making progress toward that goal.
Some East Bay school districts fare poorly in educating minorities and low-income students. The Education Report: Next week, a Tribune forum on Oakland high school reform 1. Passenger killed, driver to be arrested for DUI in San Pablo crash 2. Eye on the East Bay: Search continues for missing Walnut Creek tiger 3. Pleasanton neighborhood suffers tire-slashing spree 4. Contra Costa County, eastern cities, sued over safety concerns on... 5. Twenty-eight East Bay Hometown Heroes honored Thursday This post has been generated by Page2RSS
Blog: Provost Prose We are just completing our search for the founding dean of our School of Engineering and Applied Science. The finalists are all impressive but the search process itself has also been impressive. In doing a search, the process and transparency matter as much as the results. This was made clear in a recent conversation with a friend who is visiting another school for a semester. This school doesn’t have a tradition of shared governance, doesn’t provide for a strong faculty voice even on faculty issues, doesn’t have open searches for key positions, and doesn’t ...more »
EducationWalton Family Foundation awards Denver $8M for school reform 03/25/2012The Walton Family Foundation gave out more money for education reform last year than any other year in its history, and a big chunk of it ended up in Denver. - 03/23/2012 Frederick police look for suspect in convenience store robbery Griego: Drive for better ideas for Interstate 70 Kin and friends of murdered Denver teen urge others to reject violence Juan Nicasio's return from broken neck a key to Rockies' bottoms-up plan Kiszla: Wardrobe all wrong in college basketball Renck: It's time for Colorad...more »
Standard view: Christine Ferguson Robles photographed one of the coin-operated binocular devices on March 6 on the rooftop of The Standard hotel in downtown Los Angeles. RELATED: Submit your photos Southern California Moments best of February Southern California Moments 2012...
Why I oppose Common Core standards: Ravitch (click picture)
Education historian Diane Ravitch, the leading voice in the movement opposing corporate-based school reform, has for several years said she has no definitive opinion on the Common Core State Standards. Now she has come out against them, in this post, which appeared today on her blog.
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A compilation of news articles about charter schools which have been charged with, or are highly suspected of, tampering with admissions, grades, attendance and testing; misuse of funds and embezzlement; engaging in nepotism and conflicts of interest; engaging in complicated and shady real estate deals; and/or have been engaging in other questionable, unethical, borderline-legal, or illegal activities. This is also a record of charter school instability and other unsavory tidbits.
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