Monday, May 14, 2012

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BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS

BEFORE NOON HONEST!

Privilege and My First and Only Meeting with Bobby Seale


Not a year goes by without me hearing “These kids have no idea what a privilege it is to …” Usually because I’ve been the one saying it until the last year or so. The problem with having a privilege when you’re so unaccustomed to it is that you outwardly act like it doesn’t matter because you’re inwardly incapable of understanding how to show gratitude without looking subservient.
Let me expound.
College might have been the first time that I had access to people who I normally wouldn’t even get a chance to whiff their air wouldn’t have access to in other circumstances. People on campus talked about these figures like distant relatives: Angela Davis, Amiri Baraka, Kevin Powell, Elaine Brown. I mean, as the guests on campus 


Attacking Teacher Seniority in Court is Misguided Non-Solution (Video #9)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)

There was a press conference today in a courtyard at 1451 Wilshire Blvd. in front of an LAUSD "rubber room," where the people listed below either naively or maliciously attempted to make the litigation to eliminate teacher seniority the key issue for fixing everything wrong with LAUSD.

Critical issues ignored at the end of this rather one-sided "press conference" (which is the subject of the following video), were:

1. The primacy of no discipline - which is a crucial factor in creating a school environment completely antithetical to the education process irrespective of whether 


Every Day I Discover How Little I Know — Here’s Another Example

I periodically post about examples of my own ignorance, and now have another opportunity to do so….
As a self-styled quasi-expert on intrinsic motivation (see my book “Helping Students Motivate Themselves” and my list, The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students), one would think that I’d be pretty familiar with research on the topic. And I am, or, at least, I thought I was.
Then, in this week’s New Yorker Magazine, I read a profile of Clayton Christensen, a widely-known business thinker who, among other things, has written a lot on motivation issues. Coincidentally, he himself wrote a short commentary on intrinsic motivation today for Fast Company.
In it, he refers to a well-known article written by Frederick Herzberg for the Harvard Business Review that is the 


Fleeing the country to avoid student loans?

There seem to be a lot of people considering this option. Rest assured, if you leave the country, you will find plenty of companions abroad. In fact, there are many indentured educated Americans who have decided this option was the best for them. I call them student loan debt refugees.

I have lived abroad myself, so if folks are interested, I can share what it was like to save money, have a job 


How Did I Get This Way!?!?

I finished writing my last post, and it hit me: I'm the guy I used to wish I'd never turn into.

When I started teaching, I approached it with the energy of a five-year-old on a recent bowl of frosted flakes. I obsessed over my teaching like a doctor charged with finding the cure to an epidemic.

But here I am, six years later, saying that "I am decidedly unwilling to do everything in my power to ensure every child's success." What the hell happened?

I thought about it for a while, and I realized that my blog is a pretty valuable resource for assessing how and why I've made this transformation.

Check it out.

Example 1: Here is me in June of 2009, having just been hired to teach at Columbia Heights Educational 


Pension call Tuesday. Updated Napkin sketch. Day #2.

  • Today I made my calls to State Rep Toni Berrios and State Senator Iris Martinez.
  • I forwarded a message to Franny who sent it out to all the Park Ridge Education Association members to call the We Are One hotline number.
  • I put an info sheet into every staff member’s box.
  • Posted on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Gave a talk at tonight’s PREA retirement recognition.
On to Day #2.



Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-14-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

A Big Education Ape Nite Cap


Big Education Ape Nite Cap UPDATE 5-13-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

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*UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* *BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK AM POSTS* *BEFORE NOON HONEST!* What Do NAEP Scores Mean? by dianerav [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Every once in a while, a new set of test scores is released by the National Assessment Governing Board, the federal agency that supervises the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Just a few days ago, the NAEP scores for science were released for 4th and 8th grades, and once again there was woe and gnashing of teeth in the land ( http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/05/10/31naep_ep...more »
























Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-14-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

A Big Education Ape Nite Cap


Qualities of Great Educators — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Qualities of Great Educators — Whole Child Education: Qualities of Great Educators by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers [image: ASCD Annual Conference] *Post submitted by whole child blogger Caroline Newton, a sophomore at Temple University. Newton is studying journalism and writes for *Jump: The Philly Music Project* magazine.* "You know what we're gonna lay down today?" Todd Whitaker of Indiana State University asked the audience. "A bunch of frog pictures." As a child, Whitaker's favorite part of the encyclopedia was the frog section, where the frog's body was dissected so that he could s... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: After a decade of NCLB and Florida test madness...

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: After a decade of NCLB and Florida test madness...: After a decade of NCLB and Florida test madness... by Mike Klonsky After a decade of No Child Left Behind, where the total focus was on standardized testing and FCAT, after test-crazed govs Bush and Scott, after millions spent on Michelle Rhee's consultingand $250 million more to NCS Pearson to administer and score the FCAT through the end of 2013. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/04/2783911/whos-accountable-for-the-fcat.html#storylink=cpy Florida's writing scores plummeted once a... more »

Education Week: The Changing Face of Education Advocacy

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Education Week: The Changing Face of Education Advocacy: [image: The Changing Face of Education Advocacy] New Advocacy Groups Shaking Up Ed. Field The organizations' influence over policy and politics appears to be growing, especially at the state and local levels. May 14, 2012 - Education Week New K-12 Advocacy Groups Wield State-Level Clout May 16, 2012 New organizations are making their impact felt in statehouses on issues such as teacher evaluation and charter schools. Foundation Cash Boosts Education Advocacy Groups May 16, 2012 Grants to prominent K-12 groups often helps underwri... more »

Schools Matter: Rhee-jected!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Schools Matter: Rhee-jected!: Rhee-jected! by Jim Horn *From Daily Kos:* There's good news for public education in Alabama and Connecticut, as the Michelle Rhee breed of privatizers and corporate reformers were thwarted in both states, at least partially and at least for now. InAlabama, "a radical, far-reaching charter bill that would have allowed wholesale privatization of public education in the state" was declared dead in the state House for the session just ending. And in Connecticut, legislators fought Gov. Dannel Malloy's initial, teacher-scapegoating plan and gave teachers ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Zombie Lies Eat Laura Waters's Brain!

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Jersey Jazzman: Zombie Lies Eat Laura Waters's Brain!: Zombie Lies Eat Laura Waters's Brain! by Duke Zombie lies will not die in the brain of Laura Waters: Who needs Zoloft? [Do you really want to know? - JJ] We've got Ed. Comm. Chris Cerf, a featured speaker at NJEA's Annual Convention this past November. (Last year, then-Ed. Comm. Rochelle Hendricks declined the invitation.) We've got NJEA Executive Director Vince Giordano telling a Star-Ledger columnist, "this label that we are the organization of 'no' I don't think is accurate. We've turned a corner. We understand our role. ... more »

Torlakson Responds to May Revision - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

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Torlakson Responds to May Revision - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Issues Statement on Governor's May Revision SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on Governor Brown's May Revision of the State Budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year: "Today's May Revision raises the stakes for California's public schools, which now need the help of voters to prevent more than $5 billion in cuts and a dramatically shortened school year. "Our state's financial difficulties cannot be resolved within the Capitol a... more »

Scarsdale Superintendent Blasts Cuomo Plan « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Scarsdale Superintendent Blasts Cuomo Plan « Diane Ravitch's blog: Scarsdale Superintendent Blasts Cuomo Plan by dianerav Governor Andrew Cuomo once boasted that he was the lobbyist for the children of New York state. One of his signal claims is the new evaluation system for educators. Many educators think it is a very bad system because it relies heavily on standardized test scores. More than 1/3 of the principals of New York state signed a protest against the system and continue to fight it. They have said, repeatedly, that reliance on test scores for evaluations will harm their ... more »

RheeFirst! » Scientology tutoring service is hired in DCPS & paid by failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
RheeFirst! » Scientology tutoring service is hired in DCPS & paid by failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee: Scientology tutoring service is hired in DCPS & paid by failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee by admin Written by Melanie Alnwick for Fox News (h/t CoopMike). Read the entire article here. “*Concerned parents contacted FOX 5 about one of the groups approved for tutoring by D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) – a group that has connections to the founder of the Church of Scientology. Applied Scholastics International is one of 29 tutoring services liste... more »

2012 My Bright Idea Challenge. Do you have a Bright Idea that can help LAUSD

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
*2012 My Bright Idea Challenge*. http://mybrightidea.lausd.net/ * Do you have a Bright Idea that can help LAUSD…* - Save money, resources and time? - Eliminate waste and duplication? - Speed up administrative processes and procedures? - Increase safety, promote good health, and improve student and employee morale? *If so, share your idea and get rewarded!* At LAUSD, we believe some of the best ideas come from the classroom, the faculty lounge, the cafeteria, parent centers and the home. With that in mind, LAUSD is launching the *2012 My Bright Idea Challenge*. The ... more »

School Tech Connect: Houston, You've Got A Problem

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
School Tech Connect: Houston, You've Got A Problem: Houston, You've Got A Problem by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) I used to be a testing coordinator, and from that experience, I can tell you one thing about the NAEP: I don't hate it. First of all, it's administered by an organized group of specialists, not shoved into the already crazy-hectic day of school teachers. Second, it's done through sampling, so not every child in America has to endure test after test after test, as they will in Arne Duncan's America. The NAEP is actually all we need. But don't get me started. For a... more »

Charter schools: Segregation or choice? – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

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Charter schools: Segregation or choice? – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs: Charter schools: Segregation or choice? from *Starting Point* *(CNN)* More than 2 million kids are enrolled in charter schools, 32% of which are African American – and of that 32%, more that half attend schools comprised mostly of minority students. This morning, CNN education contributor Steve Perry explains the lack of diversity, saying "We had to convince white people to come to a very good school in the hood." Perry is the founder of charter school Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, CT. T... more »

Florida Board of Education calls emergency meeting as FCAT writing scores tank | Education articles blog on schools in Florida & Tampa Bay: the Gradebook | Tampa Bay Times

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Florida Board of Education calls emergency meeting as FCAT writing scores tank | Education articles blog on schools in Florida & Tampa Bay: the Gradebook | Tampa Bay Times: Florida Board of Education calls emergency meeting as FCAT writing scores tank Facebook 213 Email Share 240 The Florida Board of Education has called an emergency conference call session for Tuesday morning to talk about how to handle a huge decline in the percentage of students scoring a passing mark on the FCAT writing exam. Preliminary data released today shows that just 27 percent of fourth graders scored a ... more »

THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: My response to 60 Minutes’ piece on the Gulen Movement

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THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: My response to 60 Minutes’ piece on the Gulen Movement: My response to 60 Minutes’ piece on the Gulen Movement by The Perimeter Primate Those of us who have been aware of the Gulen movement’s stealth involvement in an enormous network of publicly-funded charter schools are pleased that CBS News finally gave the situation wide national coverage. However, the *60 Minutes* segment left out a number of important things. [NOTE: They (and you!) should be following @CASILIPS on Twitter.] *What 60 Minutes** omitted* *60 Minutes* should have independently verified t... more »

Sac City Unified's Board Creates Division and Dissension Among Teachers | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education

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Sac City Unified's Board Creates Division and Dissension Among Teachers | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education: [image: Home] Sac City Unified's Board Creates Division and Dissension Among Teachers [image: PARENTS CAN! (click on picture)] by Kate_Lenox Last Friday night at an emergency school board meeting that wasn't televised, the SCUSD school board resolved to set aside an administrative law judge's ruling on skipping teacher seniority on layoffs. In voting for the resolution, the board decided to protect newer teacher's jobs at the sup... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: ALEC finds a friend in the charter world

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: ALEC finds a friend in the charter world: ALEC finds a friend in the charter world by Mike Klonsky The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an extreme right-wing, anti-union, corporate front groupthat has worked successfully to pass pro-corporate laws in state legislatures across the country. They have been especially active in pushing legislation that supports school vouchers, privately-managed charter schools, and the outlawing of collective-bargaining rights for teachers. Following the outcry over the group's pushing of "Stand ... more »

At Last, Parents Rebel against Standardized Tests | Nat Hentoff | Cato Institute: Commentary

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
At Last, Parents Rebel against Standardized Tests | Nat Hentoff | Cato Institute: Commentary: At Last, Parents Rebel against Standardized Tests by Nat Hentoff ** *This article appeared in *Cato.org* on May 9, 2012.* * * Around the country, more parents are protesting — and some even boycotting — the standardized collective tests that grade the progress of entire classes and whole schools. In New York City and state, where I live — and elsewhere — the results can cause teachers to lose their jobs and can shut down whole schools. As for the kids, a parent, Coleen Mingo, describes the... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Charter Fight Continues

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Charter Fight Continues: The Charter Fight Continues by Melissa Westbrook [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Over at the Washington Policy Center, their education person, Liv Finne, is claiming I am spreading "disinformation" about the support for charter schools in Washington State (specific to my column in the Washington Post). I have to smile. I don't have to spread anything. What I wrote was factually true. She does want to argue over why the two charter bills didn't make it out of committee. Her take is that th... more »

We say, “No deal on pension benefits.” « Fred Klonsky

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We say, “No deal on pension benefits.” « Fred Klonsky: We say, “No deal on pension benefits.” by Fred Klonsky Are some in the union leadership preparing to cave on pension benefits? Tell them no. Rich Miller of Capitolfax is reporting: The Illinois Federation of Teachers told its members via e-mail late last night that its leaders believe a pension reform bill will surface this week. The teachers union claimed to its members that it has “offered to make compromises that would cost members more” and even said that its own proposal would “save the state billions of dollars.” How... more »

Bad News for TFA « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Bad News for TFA « Diane Ravitch's blog: Bad News for TFA by dianerav Federal Court reaffirms ruling that alternate route teachers are not “highly qualified” and that it is wrong to concentrate them in districts with high-needs students. Diane Home › News & Comment › News › Press Releases & Kits NINTH CIRCUIT REAFFIRMS RULING THAT TRAINEE TEACHERS NOT INTENDED AS “HIGHLY QUALIFIED” UNDER NCLB Project: Renee v. Duncan Date: May 11, 2012 But Judges Dismiss Case Because Congress Temporarily Classified Them So SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals panel yesterday re-affirmed its September 2... more »

May Revise 2012 : Governor Brown to Release Budget Revision Monday 10AM : The California Channel

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Governor Brown to Release Budget Revision Monday 10AM : The California Channel: Governor Brown to Release Budget Revision Monday 10AM May 11, 2012 WATCH LIVE SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will release his revised budget proposal at a press conference in Sacramento on Monday. *May Revise - Governor's Budget [PDF] * Did you like this? Share it:

MUST READ: Charters, Privatization Of Education & The Gulen Schools In The US: Shar...

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
TAKE ACTION! 1. WATCH the 60 Minutes segment "U.S. charter schools tied to powerful Turkish imam" broadcast on May 13, 2012. 2. READ my guest article about Gulen charter schools published by The Washington Post on March 27, 2012. 3. WATCH a video of me talking about Gulen charter schools. 4. READ my postings labeled "Gulen movement"HERE.* 5. SIGN the petition calling for an investigation into Gulen charter schools. 6. DEMAND that your local, state, and federal representatives issue a public statement about their stance on this secretive and controversial religious cult's operati... more »

60 Minutes on the Gulen Charters « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
60 Minutes on the Gulen Charters « Diane Ravitch's blog: 60 Minutes on the Gulen Charters by dianerav I was curious to see how Lesley Stahl and 60 Minutes would deal with the Gulen Charter schools in their program last night. The Gulen charters are the largest charter chain in the United States, with something like 135-140 charters. Few people realize that the Gulen charter chain is far larger than the KIPP chain. They focus mainly on math and science. Some of the Gulen charters get high test scores. That seems to seal the deal for 60 Minutes. Stahl was very impressed with the sch... more »

ALEC and Association of charter schools use public funds to bust teacher unions. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
ALEC and Association of charter schools use public funds to bust teacher unions. « Fred Klonsky: ALEC and Association of charter schools use public funds to bust teacher unions. by Fred Klonsky The American Legislative Exchange Council was behind many of the stand-and-kill laws like the one that led to the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida. When this became known, funders and many corporate sponsors publically fled from their affiliation with ALEC. Interestingly,* not the The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). * NACSA is a long-time member of ALEC. NACSA... more »

Shanker Blog » Growth And Consequences In New York City's School Rating System

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Shanker Blog » Growth And Consequences In New York City's School Rating System: Growth And Consequences In New York City’s School Rating System by Matthew Di Carlo In a *New York Times* article a couple of weeks ago, reporter Michael Winerip discusses New York City’s school report card grades, with a focus on an issue that I have raised many times – the role of absolute performance measures (i.e., how highly students scores) in these systems, versus that of growth measures (i.e., whether students are making progress). Winerip uses the example of two schools – P.S. 30 and P.S. 179 ... more »

Schools Matter: Corporate Education Reform: the Status Quo That "never works and never dies"

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Schools Matter: Corporate Education Reform: the Status Quo That "never works and never dies": Corporate Education Reform: the Status Quo That "never works and never dies" by Jim Horn ht to Stan Karp. From NewJerseynewsroom.com: BY PAT SUMMERSNEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM If the growing groundswell against the country’s so-called “education reformers” has a philosophical leader, it is Dr. Diane Ravitch, a gray-haired, soft-spoken and mightily armed education historian and author. Earlier this week in New Brunswick, Ravitch — now research professor of education at NYU and author most recent... more »

PRIVATIZED Recovery School District grapples with discipline policies | NOLA.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Recovery School District grapples with discipline policies | NOLA.com: Recovery School District grapples with discipline policiesPublished: Monday, May 14, 2012, 7:30 AM Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012, 8:31 AM [image: Sarah Carr, The Times-Picayune] By Sarah Carr, The Times-Picayune Follow It started to feel like a routine: Every few weeks, the New Orleans schools would suspend Gwendolyn Lawson's niece, who is now in the ninth grade. Sometimes the offenses were serious, including physical fights the teen had instigated. But other times -- such as when the girl stormed out of ... more »

The Remaking of Philadelphia Public Schools: Privatization or Bust - COLORLINES

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The Remaking of Philadelphia Public Schools: Privatization or Bust - COLORLINES: The Remaking of Philadelphia Public Schools: Privatization or Bust by Julianne HingShareThis | Print | Comment (5) Friday, May 11 2012, 9:19 AM ESTTags: Philadelphia, privatization, school reform 38 174 Philadelphia’s public school system is on the brink of insolvency, and the city has no choice but to dismantle what’s left of its public education system and hand over schools to private operators, according to school district leaders. But it turns out the quickest way to bring the wrath of an outraged ... more »

Hechinger Report | Student surveys to be used to rate teachers in pilot program — even in kindergarten classes

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Hechinger Report | Student surveys to be used to rate teachers in pilot program — even in kindergarten classes: Student surveys to be used to rate teachers in pilot program — even in kindergarten classes by Sarah Butrymowicz Kindergartners in Georgia — many of whom don’t yet read — could soon play an important role in deciding which teachers get raises or get fired. Under a new pilot program, 5-year-olds will be guided through a survey that includes such statements as “My teacher knows a lot about what he or she teaches” and “My teacher gives me help when I need it.” As the youngs... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s” Corporate Advocates spent $2.2 Million and counting to support Malloy’s bill - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
“Education Reform’s” Corporate Advocates spent $2.2 Million and counting to support Malloy’s bill - Wait, What?: “Education Reform’s” Corporate Advocates spent $2.2 Million and counting to support Malloy’s bill * * Over the first 120 days of the 2012 Legislative Session, corporate lobby groups spent over $2.2 million (and counting) in their effort to pass Governor Malloy’s “education reform” bill. These numbers reveal that corporate reformers outspent those supporting district schools by at least two to one. Under Connecticut law, corporations and organizations must report how muc... more »

Modern School: More Cuts for Cali, Even With Tax Increase

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Modern School: More Cuts for Cali, Even With Tax Increase: More Cuts for Cali, Even With Tax Increase by Michael Dunn Gov. Brown Squeezing Blood From a Turnip In January, Gov. Jerry Brown told Californians that if they didn’t pass his tax increase initiative in November, he would have no choice but to slash over $5 billion from public education. Since then, tax revenue has been much lower ($3.5 billion) than anticipated, prompting Brown to threaten much deeper cuts, even if his tax initiative passes. The tax initiative would impose a regressive sales tax on all Californians, inclu... more »

The Company Owned By Walker’s Billionaire Friend, Whom He Told On Camera That He Would Divide And Conquer Wisconsin’s Unions, Paid No Income Taxes For 2005 Through 2008 « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

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The Company Owned By Walker’s Billionaire Friend, Whom He Told On Camera That He Would Divide And Conquer Wisconsin’s Unions, Paid No Income Taxes For 2005 Through 2008 « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!: The Company Owned By Walker’s Billionaire Friend, Whom He Told On Camera That He Would Divide And Conquer Wisconsin’s Unions, Paid No Income Taxes For 2005 Through 2008 by millerlf *Billionaire Walker donor pays no state corporate income tax**Diane Hendricks gave $500,000; her Beloit firm pays $0 income tax* *Institute for Wisconsin’s Future May 2012* Beloit billionaire... more »

Attempts in Milwaukee to Put Schools in Unsafe Buildings for Profit « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Attempts in Milwaukee to Put Schools in Unsafe Buildings for Profit « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!: Attempts in Milwaukee to Put Schools in Unsafe Buildings for Profit by millerlf *Bad Players, Shady Business Deals.* By Harriet Callier [hcallier@live.com] 09May2012 Milwaukee Community Journal *Welcome to new (Unsafe, Emotionally Challenging) School where “Gun Safety Will Be Practice **at all times around the children.” Dieter insists on putting a school into this building because **‘it pays!’ He explains that he made some bad choices in other business deals with this b... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Monday, May 14, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Monday, May 14, 2012* Questions, debts abound as Episcopal school faces closure in Roseville Share Read more here:Parents are angry and Roseville City School District officials have plans to sue after St. John's School trustees announced the small private school is broke and will close at the end of the month. Pink slips loom for nearly 500 LAUSD plumbers, other skilled workersNearly 500 plumbers, electricians and other skilled craftsmen will get pink slips next month from Los Angeles Unified, a cost-cutting mov... more »

Media Fawning a Little Less When It Comes to Edu-Giving :: Frederick M. Hess

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Media Fawning a Little Less When It Comes to Edu-Giving :: Frederick M. Hess: Media Fawning a Little Less When It Comes to Edu-Giving A number of years ago, in my 2005 book *With the Best of Intentions: How Philanthropy is Reshaping K-12 Education*, I pointed out that media coverage of education foundations tended to be wide-eyed and sycophantic. At that time, I analyzed the coverage of the five leading edu-foundations by the *New York Times*, *Los Angeles Times*, *Washington Post, Chicago Tribune*, Newsweek, and The Associated Press between 1995 and early 2005. Researchers cod... more »

Zaid Jilani: Charter Schools Association Is Using Taxpayer Money to Support ALEC's Radical Agenda

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Zaid Jilani: Charter Schools Association Is Using Taxpayer Money to Support ALEC's Radical Agenda: Charter Schools Association Is Using Taxpayer Money to Support ALEC's Radical Agenda [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a powerful corporate front group that works to pass Big Business-written laws in state legislatures. Following the outcry over the group pushing "Stand Your Ground" laws, at least 15 major corporations, foundations, and other organizations have decided to end their funding commitments to AL... more »

Layoffs by seniority contested | Thoughts on Public Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Layoffs by seniority contested | Thoughts on Public Education: Layoffs by seniority contested - by John Fensterwald - Educated Guess by John Fensterwald - Educated Guess Administrative law judges have ruled that San Francisco Unified and Sacramento City Unified exceeded their authority to protect teachers at high priority, low-performing schools from districtwide layoffs this year. Both districts have targeted extra resources for teacher training and strategies in hopes of stanching the turnover of teachers and reversing the dismal test scores at some of their most troubled schools. ... more »

Daily Kos: Injustices of Stop and Frisk

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Daily Kos: Injustices of Stop and Frisk: Injustices of Stop and Frisk by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) is the title of this lead editorial in today's *New York Times*. Perhaps some statistics are relevant: according the the ACLU the number of stree stops have risen from about 97,000 in 2002, the year Mayor Bloomberg took office, to 685,724 in 2011, and with pace this year of even more. We already know that there more stops made of black men than there are black men in the city. The city has repeatedly argued that the program helps to keep guns off the street. But the N.Y.C.L.U.... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLES by Mike Klonsky Rupert Murdoch (left) with his boy, Joel Klein.Joel Klein's email dump *For me, the other interesting point is that they are so afraid of any criticism. They are especially afraid of Deborah Meier, me and Jonathan Kozol. They refer to columns by Deborah Meier and myself–she an educator with decades of experience, I a historian with a long view–as “moronic” and “idiotic.” They refer to Jonathan Kozol and me as “deranged crackpots.” How can anyone take these mean-spirited, ignorant, arrogant people se... more »

The Innovative Educator: Separate and Unequal

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
The Innovative Educator: Separate and Unequal: Separate and Unequal by noreply@blogger.com (Lisa Nielsen) Guest post by Nikhil Goyal, A 16 Year Old Out to Put a Dent In the Universe | Cross posted at Nikhil Goyal This Sunday’s New York Times features a hard hitting piece entitled ‘Why Don’t We Have Any White Kids?’ as part of the series “A System Divided.” It delves into the racial schisms of Explore Charter School, a K-8 school in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Of the school’s 502 students from kindergarten through eighth grade this school year, 92.7 percent are black, 5.7 percent are Hispan... more »

Why we’re getting the homework question wrong - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Why we’re getting the homework question wrong - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Why we’re getting the homework question wrong by Valerie Strauss This *was written by Vicki Abeles, a mother, activist, and filmmaker. She directed the documentary “Race to Nowhere.”* By Vicki Abeles Hayley Eaton was always an academic achiever. Like many American teens, college was uppermost in her mind, as well as that of her parents and guidance counselors. She signed up for all the available AP and honors courses at her high school and performed well. She didn’t flinch when homework meant... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Gulen Criticism Goes Mainstream

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Gulen Criticism Goes Mainstream: Gulen Criticism Goes Mainstream by Duke Last night, 60 Minutes moved the concern about Gulen schools away from tin-foil hat country and into the mainstream: Interesting; unfortunately, once again, CBS News misses the point when it comes to "high-performing" charter schools. Take, for example, Bergen Arts and Sciences here in Jersey. Typically, as Lesley Stahl reports, they try to distance themselves from Gulen, but Bergen A & S is a Turkish school nonetheless. I wrote about the school this past December; is it really that "impr... more »

Waivers for Waivers? What California Wants | California Progress Report

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Waivers for Waivers? What California Wants | California Progress Report: Waivers for Waivers? What California Wants by jeffson *By Peter Schrag* You don’t have to look far to understand why California, like many other states, wants a waiver from key provisions of NCLB, the ten-year-old federal No Child Left Behind law. If we don’t get it, it may start to cost us. But what California wants is unique. We want not only a waiver but also a waiver from the conditions U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has imposed for getting a waiver. Is that reasonable, or is it chutzpah? From the s... more »

Schools Matter: Freedom of Information Request for Pearson Tests

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Schools Matter: Freedom of Information Request for Pearson Tests: Freedom of Information Request for Pearson Tests by Judy Rabin When the pink slime was discovered in the meat by large corporate processing plants and we realized what was actually in our food, there was outrage and it was banned, 1,2,3. Well, it's time the public demands to know what is being fed to children in those standardized tests. But before we let anyone see the holy, secret documents, we should demand that each and every politician be required to take the high school exit exam in his or her state -- or pe... more »

A Science Teacher's View: The Backward-Engineered Common Core Science Standards - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
A Science Teacher's View: The Backward-Engineered Common Core Science Standards - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: A Science Teacher's View: The Backward-Engineered Common Core Science Standards by Anthony Cody *Guest post by Chemtchr.* Last Friday afternoon, Achieve's "Next Generation Science Standards", as they're calling their Common Core, finally became available. Their "public comment" interval ends June first. I'm going to argue this Common Core was specifically designed to narrow the scope of education to skills that can be (relatively) easily tested. I describe... more »

Failure to Launch Learning « InterACT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Failure to Launch Learning « InterACT: Failure to Launch Learning by David B. Cohen Photos courtesy of Tom Collett. [image: rocket]*“Last week, our class launched a rocket.” * **Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I wish my class launched a rocket. When I was a kid, we did have some great experiential and project-based learning experiences – but no rockets. Unfortunately, that sentence about rocket-launching isn’t quoted from an actual student or teacher, nor did it orginate from an actual classroom. It’s simply a random, isolated sentence on a worksheet, used by third-graders to prepare ... more »

Big Education Ape Nite Cap UPDATE 5-13-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
*UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* *BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK AM POSTS* *BEFORE NOON HONEST!* What Do NAEP Scores Mean? by dianerav [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Every once in a while, a new set of test scores is released by the National Assessment Governing Board, the federal agency that supervises the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Just a few days ago, the NAEP scores for science were released for 4th and 8th grades, and once again there was woe and gnashing of teeth in the land ( http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/05/10/31naep_ep...more »
















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