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Summer Matters - Partnership for Children and Youth

Summer Matters - Partnership for Children and Youth: STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TOM TORLAKSON TO LAUNCH 2012 SUMMER MATTERS CAMPAIGNSuperintendent Torlakson to Announce Statewide Initiative to Bolster Summertime LearningMedia VIP EventTuesday, April 17 – 12:30pm / San Francisco City Hall San Francisco, CA –OnTuesday, April 17,State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will kick off “Summer Matters 2012” — a statewide campaign to expand summertime learning opportunities for California children at a launch event at San Francisco City Hall.Superintendent ... more »

"Just Effective": Is that good enough? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

"Just Effective": Is that good enough? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: "Just Effective": Is that good enough?byNancy FlanaganAfter a conversation with my friendDon Bartalo,a school superintendent and instructional coach, on how it feels to have the teacher evaluation process and norms shifted under your feet, he offered this excellent reflection:By Don Bartalo:Well, it won't be long before we are reading more articleslike this one, written by Elizabeth, a high school English teacher from Florida.Elizabeth was ... more »

District Superintendents Nationwide Ready for Charter Fight | Education News

District Superintendents Nationwide Ready for Charter Fight | Education News: District Superintendents Nationwide Ready for Charter FightDistrict officials from Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee are opposing the efforts by their states to expand charter school programs.Supporters and opponents of charter schools aregearing up for a fight in Atlanta, Georgia, as a referendum that would amend the state constitution to allow charter schools draws closer to a vote. The amendment, which will go on the ballot in November, was passed by the ... more »

The Real Hilary Rosen Scandal: Does Her Firm Sell Access To The White House To Powerful Corporations?

The Real Hilary Rosen Scandal: Does Her Firm Sell Access To The White House To Powerful Corporations?: The Real Hilary Rosen Scandal: Does Her Firm Sell Access To The White House To Powerful Corporations?ByLee Fangposted Apr 13th 2012 at 1:30PMHilary Rosen, a Democratic lobbyist and pundit for CNN, found herself caught up in 24-hour news cyclecontroversyafter she made some inflammatory comments about Ann Romney’s work as stay-at-home mom. Rosen hasapologizedfor her off-the-cuff comments. But the entire story may set off ... more »

CA lawmakers reconsidering `zero-tolerance’ student discipline laws - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

CA lawmakers reconsidering `zero-tolerance’ student discipline laws - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: CA lawmakers reconsidering `zero-tolerance’ student discipline lawsThursday, April 12th, 2012 at 1:00 pm insafety and disciplinestudentsAs we reportedin a story this week about the number of California school kids who received an out-of-school suspension in a single school year, the state’s public schools are required,by law, to suspend or expel kids who are caught selling drugs, brandishing a knife, possessing a firearm ... more »

Choosing Curriculum Without Evidence « The Core Knowledge Blog

Choosing Curriculum Without Evidence « The Core Knowledge Blog: Choosing Curriculum Without EvidencebyRobert PondiscioIf you wanted to improve medical care, would you focus on hospital administration and patient insurance? Or would you look at the treatment doctors were giving patients? Would you try to improve a sports team’s won-loss record by focusing on stadium layout and the team’s travel schedule? Then why, ask Brookings’ Matthew Chingos and Russ Whitehurst, do education policy makers focus most of their attention on academic ... more »

School Tech Connect: Kindergarten Update

School Tech Connect: Kindergarten Update: Kindergarten Updatebynoreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman)I was going to do a series of lunchtime posts about CPS, but I never got started. Usually my lunchtimes are limited by my need to hoover down vast quantities of food, barely even chewing.Anyway,here's something interesting.Despite compelling research that reducing current class sizes would benefit CPS students, Chicago class size guidelines are the same today as the maximums set in 1990: 28 in lower grades, 31 in middle grades, and 28 ... more »

Critics expose 'bill factory for corporate wish lists' - CBS 5 - KPHO

Critics expose 'bill factory for corporate wish lists' - CBS 5 - KPHO: Critics expose 'bill factory for corporate wish lists'Posted:Apr 12, 2012 8:07 PM PDTUpdated:Apr 12, 2012 10:30 PM PDTBy Elizabeth Erwin -bio|email© CBS 5PHOENIX (CBS 5) -It's been called a "bill factory for corporate wish lists," one a report claimed has more than 50 Arizona lawmakers in its back pocket.It's powerful people who should be looking out for you, but are they?"What happens inside ALEC is very secret. ... more »

Why Are Charter Schools Exempt from Bullying Law? – SchoolBook

Why Are Charter Schools Exempt from Bullying Law? – SchoolBook: Why Are Charter Schools Exempt from Bullying Law?FACEBOOKTWITTERPRINT0 CommentsRespondApril 13, 2012, 12:35 p.m.ByUDI OFERNew York State’s heraldedanti-bullying lawis about to go into effect July 1. But the state Board of Regents recently took some teeth out of the law, known as the Dignity Act, when it said thatcharter schools don’t have toprovide in-class instruction to schoolchildren about the dangers of discrimination and harassment, leaving their students without a key protection ... more »

Proposed law to scuttle charter schools - NYPOST.com

Proposed law to scuttle charter schools - NYPOST.com: Pol a charter ‘fool’Critics blast bill to veto school locationsBy YOAV GONEN and CARL CAMPANILELast Updated:5:19 AM, April 13, 2012Posted:1:05 AM, April 13, 2012Share on emailShare on facebookMore Sharing ServicesMorePrintA powerful state lawmaker has proposed a new bill that would block the opening of new charter schools and limit educational options to parents and kids, critics charge.The controversial legislation — advanced by Harlem Assemblyman and Manhattan Democratic Party Chairman Keith Wright — ... more »

Yudof stands by Katehi through pepper-spray fallout | Davis Enterprise

Yudof stands by Katehi through pepper-spray fallout | Davis Enterprise: Yudof stands by Katehi through pepper-spray falloutHE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT …to the distress of some and the elation of others, it’s clear from the statement of University of California President Mark Yudof that he plans no change in the status of Chancellor Linda Katehi in light of the just released pepper-spray report …Although many are calling the conclusions of the Reynoso and Kroll reports “devastating” for both ... more »

Top 5 Ways Educators Can Stop Bullies | ED.gov Blog

Top 5 Ways Educators Can Stop Bullies | ED.gov Blog: Top 5 Ways Educators Can Stop BulliesPosted onApril 13, 2012byCameron BrenchleyA new documentary film, “BULLY,” follows several students to show how bullying happens in schools—and how educators often struggle to put a stop to it. A safe and supportive school climate can be one of the best tools in preventing bullying. Whether it’s the classroom, the cafeteria, the library, the restrooms, on the bus, or on the playground, children need ... more »

Professors Hit Common Core on Anti-Liberal Arts Stance | Truth in American Education

Professors Hit Common Core on Anti-Liberal Arts Stance | Truth in American Education: Professors Hit Common Core on Anti-Liberal Arts StancebyJames BellThere is a new proliferation of momentum against the Common Core by Professors determined to defend the liberal arts from the anti-liberal arts onslaught of the Common Core.As Shane already pointed out, first English Professor Mary Grabar of Emory hit Arne Duncan in a Roll Call article “The Gradgrinds of the Common Core”:How good a player would Arne Duncan, ... more »

Shanker Blog » Jobs And Freedom: Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right

Shanker Blog » Jobs And Freedom: Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right: Jobs And Freedom: Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil RightbyNorman HillOur guest authors today areNorman HillandVelma Murphy Hill. Norman Hill, staff coordinator of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, is president emeritus of theA. Philip Randolph Institute. Velma Hill, a former vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is also the former civil and human rights director for the ... more »

RheeFirst! » PR blitz continues: Rhee on WNYC this morning to promote her new lobbying outfit

RheeFirst! » PR blitz continues: Rhee on WNYC this morning to promote her new lobbying outfit: PR blitz continues: Rhee on WNYC this morning to promote her new lobbying outfitbyadminMichelle Rhee will be on the Brian Lehrer show today at 10AM EST. NYC residents suggest that you ask her about demonizing teachers, Koch links, and her DC testing scandal:212-443-9692Here’s whatone New York City parent had to sayabout Rhee’s newest front group:“I couldn’t help but notice that “Students First NY” actually ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm, the artless dodger

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm, the artless dodger: Rahm, the artless dodgerbyMike KlonskyRahm retreats "this much."“Now that the mayor is starting to listen to parents, teachers and research regarding the pitfalls of the longer school day program being pushed in school districts across the country, it is now time he used both ears to hear everything we are saying about the types of schools our children deserve.” It is not the length of time but the quality of time that ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm, the artless dodger

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm, the artless dodger: Rahm, the artless dodgerbyMike KlonskyRahm retreats "this much."“Now that the mayor is starting to listen to parents, teachers and research regarding the pitfalls of the longer school day program being pushed in school districts across the country, it is now time he used both ears to hear everything we are saying about the types of schools our children deserve.” It is not the length of time but the quality of time that ... more »

The newest problem with graduation rates - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

The newest problem with graduation rates - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Friday the 13th: Things you should knowValerie StraussatThe Answer Sheet-5 hours agoToday is the day for people who suffer from *paraskevidekatriaphobia* to try to keep their cool — but it won’t be easy. Why? The condition is a deep, blinding fear of Friday the 13th. And however irrational the fear may seem, it has some concrete consequences. Read full article [image: Add to Facebook] [image: Add ... more »

Why You Should See “Bully” – and What We Should All Do in Response

Why You Should See “Bully” – and What We Should All Do in Response: Why You Should See “Bully” – and What We Should All Do in ResponsebySamBully,the new film that opens today in theaters across the country, begins with the image of a heavy-diapered toddler named Tyler, happily staggering across the wet grass in front of his family’s Oklahoma home.Moments later, we learn of Tyler’s painful path in the adolescent years that followed – years that were marked by ...more »

Legislators consider reforming student suspension practices | California Watch

Legislators consider reforming student suspension practices | California Watch: Legislators consider reforming student suspension practicesbySusan FerrissAnonymousMedill News21/FlickrPersuaded that school discipline policies are far too harsh, California lawmakers are moving closer to enacting reforms aimed at stemming a rising tide of suspensions and expulsions in the nation’s largest state.“I have seen too many children removed from school under the mandatory suspension and expulsion regime, when an application of common sense and an alternative punishment or appropriate intervent... more 

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Rahm, the artless dodger

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A Leader of Schools Is Indicted for Fraud

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Parents, here’s the truth about Stand for Children!

pureparents.org - Tomorrow is Stand for Children’s “kickoff” event at Roosevelt University, but you would have a hard time finding out where and when it is from their web site, which says that registration is “close...
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IEA President Klickna’s statement on TRS. « Fred Klonsky

preaprez.wordpress.com - Many of my friends have found much to applaud in IEA President Klickna’s recent statement. Klickna’s statement follows the recent leak from TRS Executive Director Dick Ingram about retiree benefit ...
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- Wait, What?

jonathanpelto.com - Apr 13 jonpeltoAchievement First/ConnCAN, Charter Schools, Democratic Legislators, Education, Malloy, Stefan Pryor, Wyman Charter Schools, Education Reform, Malloy, Stefan Pryor Governor Dannel Mal...
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Why Are McDonald's, Coca-Cola, and Intuit Fleeing ALEC?

businessweek.com - The American Legislative Exchange Council describes itself as a nonpartisan champion of free markets. But if you spend some time at an ALEC conference (Bloomberg Businessweek did, for an article la...
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Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right

shankerblog.org - Our guest authors today are Norman Hill and Velma Murphy Hill. Norman Hill, staff coordinator of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, is president emeritus of the A. Philip R...
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Critics expose 'bill factory for corporate wish lists'

m.kpho.com - By Elizabeth Erwin Apr 12, 2012 10:30 p.m. (C) CBS 5 PHOENIX (CBS 5) - It's been called a "bill factory for corporate wish lists," one a report claimed has more than 50 Arizona lawmakers in its bac...
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Lawyer for Phone-Hacking Victims Is Coming to America

mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com - April 12, 2012, 1:22 pm By AMY CHOZICKLefteris Pitarakis/Associated PressMark Lewis, the lawyer for many victims of phone-hacking, outside court in London in November.The lawyer at the center of th...
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Obama Likely Paid Higher Tax Rate Than Romney in 2011

democraticunderground.com - Source: ReutersObama likely paid higher tax rate than Romney in 2011 By Andy Sullivan Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:29pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama released tax forms on Friday that rev...
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Governor tells lawmakers to 'man up'

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23 protesters arrested at Woodlawn clinic - Chicago Sun

suntimes.com - sun-times media April 13, 2012 2:13AM Updated: April 13, 2012 5:21AM Twenty-three people were arrested early Friday after barricading themselves inside a South Side mental to protest Mayor Rahm Ema...
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A Leader of Schools Is Indicted for Fraud

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23 protesters arrested at Woodlawn clinic - Chicago Sun

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We have one thing she hasn’t got. « Fred Klonsky

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