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President Obama Calls on Congress to Prevent Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling | ED.gov Blog

President Obama Calls on Congress to Prevent Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling | ED.gov Blog: President Obama Calls on Congress to Prevent Student Loan Interest Rates from DoublingbyCameron Brenchley“In America, higher education cannot be a luxury,” President Obama said in his weekly address. “It’s an economic imperative that every family must be able to afford.” At a time when higher education has never been more important, the President is calling on Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from ... more »

This Week's Education Research Report 4-21

Areas with relatively high levels of economic segregation exhibit the highest school test-score gaps between low-income students and other studentsJonathan KantrowitzatEducation Research Report-1 day agoΩ Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools: Metropolitan Profiles An analysis by The Brookings Institution of national and metropolitan data on public school populations and state standardized test scores for 84,077 schools in 2010 and 2011 reveals that: - Nationwide, the average low-income student attends a school that scores at the 42nd percentile on ... more »

Modern School: The Irrelevancy of DNA

Modern School: The Irrelevancy of DNA: The Irrelevancy of DNAbyMichael DunnThis work has been released into thepublic domainby its author,brian0918.DNA has become an almost mythical molecule in the past 20 years. The Human Genome Project and the promises of personalized medicine and genetic testing companies like 23 and Me, give hope that we will find new treatments or cures for many tragic diseases, increase

While Rome Burned: Part (Darn, I’ve lost count) - Wait, What?

While Rome Burned: Part (Darn, I’ve lost count) - Wait, What?: While Rome Burned: Part (Darn, I’ve lost count)byjonpelto So despite all the new laws and changes that came after John Rowland resigned, due in part for directing state contracts to certain people, Governor Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor were able to run two no bid contracts through a quasi state-entity. Readers will remember that this is really the second and third time the Malloy has used the State ... more »

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Calling on Congress to Prevent Student Interest Rates from Doubling | The White House

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Calling on Congress to Prevent Student Interest Rates from Doubling | The White House: WEEKLY ADDRESS: Calling on Congress to Prevent Student Interest Rates from DoublingbyThe White House WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama called on Congress to act before student loan interest rates double for more than 7.4 million students, adding an average of $1000 to their debt. Having a college education has never been more important, but it’s also never been more expensive. While the ... more »

The Innovative Educator: The Hottest Posts That Everyone's Talking About!

The Innovative Educator: The Hottest Posts That Everyone's Talking About!: The Hottest Posts That Everyone's Talking About!bynoreply@blogger.com (Lisa Nielsen)Here’s the roundup of what's been popular on The Innovative Educator blog this week. Below you’ll see the top weekly posts along with the number of pageviews. I hope there's something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired, share it with others and/or leave a comment.Not Letting Teachers “Friend” Kids Online...Apr 16, 2012, 4 ... more »

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

The Answer Sheet - A School Survival Guide for parents (and everyone else). - The Washington Post: ‘Talking pineapple’ question on standardized test baffles studentsValerie StraussatThe Answer Sheet-3 hours agoA question about a “talking pineapple” on a standardized reading test given to eighth-grade students in New York has sparked something of an uproar among students and adults who say it doesn’t make any sense. And because of all the fuss, now the state’s education commissioner says the question won’t be ... more »

The Fruitcake and the Big Banana – a tale inspired by a pineapple « Opine I will

The Fruitcake and the Big Banana – a tale inspired by a pineapple « Opine I will: The Fruitcake and the Big Banana – a tale inspired by apineappleThe Fruitcake and the Big Banana(A tale inspired by the Pineapple and the Hare)In recent times, politicians all across the country, thought they knew a way to get everyone to speak English just like them. One day a fruitcake, to appease those politicians, challenged all teachers in the country to a race ... more »

Big Education Ape BREAKING NEWS:

Emails Are Not Enoughbynoreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman)There are times when an angry email is nowhere near sufficient. We have to start showing up at offices.Nevertheless, I'd like my representative to know that these are the questions on my mind when I finally manage to get her attention for 15 minutes.(Why these two short paragraphs are highlighted in white is a Blogger mystery. Thank you, Blogger, for highlighting these paragraphs in white and making it immutable.)Experience CountsbyDavid B. CohenAmong the more bizarre ... more »

Reports raise concerns about stability of principal corps in Philly schools | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Reports raise concerns about stability of principal corps in Philly schools | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Reports raise concerns about stability of principal corps in Philly schoolsbySamantha Byleson Apr 20 2012 Posted inLatest newsCOMMENTS (0)PRINTEMAILWith the Districtrethinking the role of autonomy in curriculum, ACTION United and Education Voters of Pennsylvania released separate reports this week on principal turnover and principal leadership.ACTION United’s report“Revolving Doors: Findings from Philadelphia’s Highest-Poverty Schools” is the first in a series of reports... more »

Rick Scott Yields to JD Alexander, Signs Polytechnic Bill and Does the Friday Afternoon Flee | Scathing Purple Musings

Rick Scott Yields to JD Alexander, Signs Polytechnic Bill and Does the Friday Afternoon Flee | Scathing Purple Musings: Rick Scott Yields to JD Alexander, Signs Polytechnic Bill and Does the Friday Afternoon FleebyBob SikesFrom Kim Wilmath of theTampa Bay Times:In a year when the state’s current 11 universities’ budgets are being cut by hundreds of millions of dollars, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill creating Florida Polytechnic out of the University of South Florida’s branch campus in ... more »

‘Pineapple’ test question scrapped for media attenion | GothamSchools

‘Pineapple’ test question scrapped for media attenion | GothamSchools: ‘Pineapple’ test question scrapped for media attenionbyGeoff DeckerState education officials said this afternoon that they’re tossing out six questions related to the now-famous “Hare and the Pineapple” passage that appeared this week on the state’s eighth grade English exams.In a statement, Commissioner John King said that due to the “ambiguous nature of the test questions” from the passage, students wouldn’t be penalized – or awarded – points on the final scoring ... more »

tomhayden.com - Peace Exchange Bulletin - NATO Occupies Chicago, Key Moment for Afghanistan

tomhayden.com - Peace Exchange Bulletin - NATO Occupies Chicago, Key Moment forAfghanistan:NATO Occupies Chicago, Key Moment for AfghanistanTom HaydenatPeace Exchange Bulletin-3 minutes agoPeace movements in every country are raising their voices against the war in Afghanistan in advance of the May 18-20 NATO summit in Chicago. American combat veterans are expected to throw their medals at NATO officials, just as John Kerry and many others did as a heroic gesture in the final stage of Vietnam. Some will converge on ... more »

Don’t Let Any “Education Reform” Compromise Sweep the Illegal Activities and Arrogance Under the Rug - Wait, What?

Don’t Let Any “Education Reform” Compromise Sweep the Illegal Activities and Arrogance Under the Rug - Wait, What?: Don’t Let Any “Education Reform” Compromise Sweep the Illegal Activities and Arrogance Under the RugbyjonpeltoVarious Connecticut news outlets are reporting that Governor Malloy is proposing to compromise on his “Education Reform” bill in the hopes of having a “deal” by the end of the weekend.Finding common group on strengthening Connecticut’s education system is certainly welcome news, but the Connecticut General Assembly has ... more »

Shuang Wen School inquiry reveals deep “dishonest behavior” | GothamSchools

Shuang Wen School inquiry reveals deep “dishonest behavior” | GothamSchools:Shuang Wen School inquiry reveals deep “dishonest behavior”byPhilissa CramerA parent stands in front of the Cherry Street entrance to the Lower East Side's Shuang Wen elementary school.A sprawling investigation into the leadership of a controversial dual-language school in Chinatown concluded that the school’s principal had falsified attendance data and accepted money from a non-profit hired to administer after school language lessons.The Department of Education will move to fire Ling Ling Chou, ... more »

YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID « Teachers Fight Back

YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID « Teachers Fight Back:YOU CAN’T FIX STUPIDbyalkleenTeachers, principals, administrators, aides, and any adult associated with a school. How many times do I have to tell you? DO NOT E.MAIL, TEXT, TWEET, TOOT, SHOW A FILM,A VIDEO, MAKE A PHONE CALL, POST SOMETHING ON FACEBOOK OR COMMUNICATE TO ANYONE IN ANY WAY OTHER THAN WHAT WOULD BE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS. DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY FORM OF HUMOR, JOKE, SARCASM, LIGHTHEARTED MOMENT, OR ANYTHING THAT DEVIATES FROM THE PROFESSIONAL ... more »

We Are One labor coalition responds to Quinn’s pension proposal. “Insensitive and irresponsible.” « Fred Klonsky

We Are One labor coalition responds to Quinn’s pension proposal. “Insensitive and irresponsible.” « Fred Klonsky:We Are One labor coalition responds to Quinn’s pension proposal. “Insensitive and irresponsible.”byFred KlonskyWE ARE ONE ILLINOIS STATEMENT ON PENSIONSResponding to Gov. Pat Quinn’s news conference on pensions held Friday, April 20, Illinois AFL-CIO president Michael Carrigan issued this statement for the We Are OneIllinois coalition of unions that represent public employees:“The unions representing public employees are committed to working with Gov. Quinn and the ... more »

The Pineapple Story Tests Us: Have Test Publishers become Unquestionable Authorities? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

The Pineapple Story Tests Us: Have Test Publishers become Unquestionable Authorities? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: The Pineapple Story Tests Us: Have Test Publishers become Unquestionable Authorities?byAnthony CodyFollow me onTwitter at @AnthonyCodyThe New York Daily News has perhaps inadvertentlyshed some lighton why teachers might be hesitant to have a large portion of their evaluations based on standardized test scores. In a rare moment of transparency, one of the 8th grade reading comprehension questions has been published, and ... more »

solidaridad: Parents Across America Action Alert: Help fight ALEC!

solidaridad: Parents Across America Action Alert: Help fight ALEC!: Parents Across America Action Alert: Help fight ALEC!byRobert D. Skeels * rdsatheneHelp fight ALEC! You may have been reading about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) lately because this group wrote the controversial Florida "Stand Your Ground" law involved in the Trayvon Martin case. They were also behind the union-busting and voter ID laws in Wisconsin.ALEC is a secretive business-backed group that writes conservative legislation and then spreads it rapidly across ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: A Win For the Victim Of Bullying But No Real Solutions to Bullying Coming From Policy Makers

Missouri Education Watchdog: A Win For the Victim Of Bullying But No Real Solutions to Bullying Coming From Policy Makers: A Win For the Victim Of Bullying But No Real Solutions to Bullying Coming From Policy MakersbyAnngieThis week's lawsuit settlement by the Ramsey Board of Education, paying former student Sawyer Rosenstein $42. million, while not a legal admission of "a violation of any law or duty owed to the Plaintiffs,” (from the official RBE statement), is certainly an indication of ... more »

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IT’S ALL ABOUT  TRUST AT CITY HALL - Chicago Sun

suntimes.com - MARK BROWN markbrown@suntimes.com April 18, 2012 10:00PM Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the press after a city council meeting which voted in favor of the new anti-speeding cameras in Chicago. | Al P...
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NCLB Outrages (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out)

susanohanian.org - Testing: How to Stop the Reign NOTE: NCLB testing begins tomorrow in New York, when 1.2 million kids begin to take the ELA and math tests in grades 3 - 8. This year the tests contain embedded multi...
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Wendy Lecker: The real needs in Connecticut classrooms

ctpost.com - In the past few weeks, Connecticut has been inundated with high-priced ads from out-of state lobby groups, op-eds from businessmen, and appearances by the governor, all claiming that there is a "mo...
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Getting Ready For Daniel Biss

illinoisntu.ning.com - Over at Daniel Biss's website, he talks about his upcoming town hall on pensions.  He wants to focus on two bills that I haven't heard much about, HB 5149 and 6150, which I'll have to research. But...
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Education Justice | April 19, 2012 - Pro

educationjustice.org - April 20, 2012 Charter school finance and real estate advisor Illinois Facilities Fund (IFF) issued a report that recommends major disruptions for children and families in 37 public schools in Wash...
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Remembering Bernard Rapoport | The Nation

thenation.com - Bernard Rapoport's death at the age of ninety-four has brought to a close one of the storied chapters in the history of American liberalism.Also by the AuthorThe recently-exposed massacre in Hadith...
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Fethullah Gülen's Official Web Site

en.fgulen.com - Last Updated on Friday, 20 April 2012 20:56 by fgulen.com Friday, 20 April 2012 18:37 An article with the heading “Shadow force grows in Turkey” by Dan Bilefsky and Sebnem Arsu appeared in the Inte...
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Murdoch’s Muscle

nytimes.com - When I last saw you, at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner after-party in 2000, you were squiring around a foxy actress named Kathleen York. I have a pretty stiff public appearance, I guess. The ...
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Bee Gees star Robin Gibb wakes from coma: spokesman

rawstory.com - By Agence France-PresseSaturday, April 21, 2012 16:28 EDT   Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma and responded to members of his family, his spokesman said Saturday. Gibb, 62, contracte...
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Saturday coffee. « Fred Klonsky

preaprez.wordpress.com - I was president of our local for ten years and I hated the last two months of the school year. That is when administrators made decisions That is never a good thing. Yesterday we got a memo from ou...
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Rally Against Nuclear Power at San Onofre on April 29th

obrag.org - Rally Commemorates Chernobyl, TMI, continuing meltdown at Fukushima on Sunday, from Noon to 3pm “Shut Down San Onofre” Momentum builds following Radioactivity Release and Design-Error Shutdown of t...
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nypost.com - State Education Department officials were blind to the feelings of deaf students on this week’s English exams — heartlessly asking them questions about sounds such as the clickety-clack of a woman’...
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