Thursday, May 24, 2012

Website Review: Dr. Seuss Went to War | Mr. D's Neighborhood

Website Review: Dr. Seuss Went to War | Mr. D's Neighborhood:


Website Review: Dr. Seuss Went to War

During World War II, everyone played a part.
Everyone…including Dr. Seuss.
Before Theodore Giesel gained worldwide prominence as a childrens’ book author, he was the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York magazine PM.  Between 1941 and 1943, Geisel drew over 400 cartoons for the magazine, and also for other publications.
It is a rare moment when an iconic figure shows his political colors–and a unique website allows us access to this part of his career.
The Dr. Seuss collection at the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego

Educating and being educated in world of standardization,privatization,deregulation, and incompetence. « Cooperative Catalyst

Educating and being educated in world of standardization,privatization,deregulation, and incompetence. « Cooperative Catalyst:


Educating and being educated in world of standardization,privatization,deregulation, and incompetence.

What is the Condition of Education?

We are approaching the horizon of a national crisis that is being ignored, blanketed in dissolution of hopes that it will be one of those “work itself out” issues like we hoped with the 2000’s financial meltdown. Our feelings about this crisis are the same as they were in that crisis because the same lack of competence that led up to those events is the same lack of the competence responsible for this disaster. We approaching the horizon of these events of catastrophic failure due in part to the systemic disenabling of regulations, protections, policies, and procedures that have kept incompetence abyss in a system that thrived on a steady supply of competent adults and equally competent children.
We have in the absence of competence and assiduousness only now began to realize that we have created a national crisis that never before existed and in the process of creating such crisis failed to draft any emergent response or prepare for any repercussions that may follow. However, the issue is that we have waited far too long to even think about preparing such plan for drafting because we are already feeling the effects of the disaster we have created. We stood by idly for too long in favor of allocating thousands of millions of dollars at a problem and then pushing it on the bottom of our agendas in the reckless and erroneous hope that this problem was like all the other problems before them that were caused in part by deregulation and incompetence and that since they 

Don’t Grade The MTA | The Jose Vilson

Don’t Grade The MTA | The Jose Vilson:


Don’t Grade The MTA


Dear members of the NYC City Councilmembers,
I get it. You want to hold the MTA accountable somehow for their abhorrent misuse of funds, consistently delayed projects, and general failure to produce a good service for the amount of money the average New Yorker pays.  It’s hard to blame the average service worker, but the guys at the top need to hear that we as a city aren’t happy with the mess that often is our daily commute. The smells we endure coupled with the delays and detours only exacerbate what we feel is an inefficient system.
You’re right: the bastards need to pay. Just, whatever you do, don’t follow the public school model.
For now, I’ll ignore that you’re about to give F’s to the A train and C’s to the D train, leaving native New Yorkers and tourists alike confused as is. (Will we have to resort to calling them by their color and express / local? Chill!) If you’re going to grade the trains, please don’t grade them the way your friends at the NYC Department of Education do.
Let me expound.
If you use their system, you’d have to give them a standardized test every three months, usually in an isolated 

School Tech Connect: A Nose For News

School Tech Connect: A Nose For News:


A Nose For News

I can't believe I haven't written about this yet, but I did a little search of the site, and sure enough, I haven't written about it.

This evening I was just reviewing my decision not to attend ISTE 2012 in San Diego, and while I don't regret missing the scheduled video address by Arne Duncan, I do regret missing Yong Zhao's wry observations afterward.  Arne Duncan is a talking-point machine; if he were reciting a poem, it would be about choosing for our nation the road more traveled by --- in China--  as Yong Zhao has been pointing out forever.

It's neither here nor there. I'm really writing about my recollection of ISTE 2010 in Denver, where one of the keynote speakers was the guy who was running the big Hawaiian virtual charter school, Jeff Piontek. He gave a speech that was frankly about what a genius he seemed to be and how his school had the highest test scores, and how he was changing the game, or whatever. Maybe he was raising the bar. I can't remember.

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-24-12 #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


Bobby Blew It! Recall Bobby Jindal, Recall Bobby Jindal Home

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Recall Bobby Jindal, Recall Bobby Jindal Home: *It is our belief that we are now perilously close to moving into a fascist state within Louisiana. Thus, our mission is to remove from office those elected officials who have performed their duties with the intention of prohibiting citizen participation in the legislative process* @recalljindal

Top-50 List of Romney’s All-Time, Out-of-Touch, 1% Moments – ‘Class Size Doesn’t Matter’ Edition | Americans United

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Top-50 List of Romney’s All-Time, Out-of-Touch, 1% Moments – ‘Class Size Doesn’t Matter’ Edition | Americans United: Top-50 List of Romney’s All-Time, Out-of-Touch, 1% Moments – ‘Class Size Doesn’t Matter’ Edition *Debuting at #28:** CNN, May 24, 2012 : “Romney defends class size stance to teachers” : ‘Mitt Romney, who is spending this week promoting a plan for America's public school system, spent Thursday morning defending his stance that smaller class sizes don't necessarily equate with better learning in schools.’* *Serious Question: Is there a parent in America who thinks it ... more »

It looks like it will hit the fan in the next twenty-four. « Fred Klonsky

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It looks like it will hit the fan in the next twenty-four. « Fred Klonsky: It looks like it will hit the fan in the next twenty-four. by Fred Klonsky Wednesday night the Illinois Association of School Administrators issued a report on what they thought was coming out of the discussions about state pensions in Springfield. Because their site is password protected, I’ll print the entire report here: *Pension reform package starting to take shape* * * *Daily meetings this week have produced enough movement that a pension reform bill that appears to answer most constitutional questions... more »

Mitt Romney’s education plan Infographic

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*Mitt Romney’s Education Plan*

The Washington Teacher: It's Principal Firing Season in DC Public Schools!

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The Washington Teacher: It's Principal Firing Season in DC Public Schools!: It's Principal Firing Season in DC Public Schools! by Candi Peterson Written By Candi Peterson Recently letters were sent out to DC Public Schools principals notifying them whether their yearly contract as a principal will be renewed or not for another go round. As was the case with Michelle Rhee, DC Chancellor Kaya Henderson and her minions are following suit. Henderson is no different in many ways than her predecessor, Michelle Rhee. Of course as Rhee's former deputy, one wouldn't expect the apple to fal... more »

All Education Matters: 500,000 Students in Montreal Take to the Streets

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All Education Matters: 500,000 Students in Montreal Take to the Streets: 500,000 Students in Montreal Take to the Streets by Cryn Johannsen Here is one reason why I love students - this is just inspiring. Props to the badass protesters in Montreal. You make all of us proud! 500,000 students marched on the 100th day of a strike. Talk about continued momentum. They showed up after the police declared that it was illegal to protest. That's brave! And today, student groups and activists showed up at Sallie Mae's HQ to protest at the shareholders meeting. Watch the video - it's well w... more »

IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin gets up with fleas. « Fred Klonsky

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IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin gets up with fleas. « Fred Klonsky: IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin gets up with fleas. by Fred Klonsky Tim Furman points me in the direction of Diane Ravitch’s latest blog post on the *National Council on Teacher Quality.* This is an organization born from the sperm and egg of the right-wing Fordham Foundation and the Bush Department of Education. Ravitch’s blog post reads in part: An hour after this blog was published, a reader told me that NCTQ was cited as one of the organizations that received funding from the Bush administration to g... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Appeal of Charters

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Appeal of Charters: The Appeal of Charters by Charlie Mas I can certainly see the appeal of this charter school initiative. We have all come to see that district-level rules and bureaucrats are the real impediment to reforming our schools so they serve students better. Charter schools go around that impediment by working outside those structures. Isn't that a good thing? I think it is. Sure, I'd like to fix the problem instead of working around it, but I'm not very optimistic about fixing the problem in my lifetime. The temptation to just byp... more »

What We Still Don't Know About Mitt Romney and Education | The Nation

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What We Still Don't Know About Mitt Romney and Education | The Nation: What We Still Don't Know About Mitt Romney and Education Dana Goldstein on May 24, 2012 - 2:51 PM ET As Ben Adler reports, there are few surprises in Mitt Romney's education platform, which the candidate finally unveiled yesterday in a 40-page white paper and a speech to Latino business owners. Guided by Bush administration veterans, Romney is pushing teacher accountability policies tied to student achievement data, an expansion of the charter school sector, and more freedom for parents to spend their children's f... more »

LAUSD'S "RACE [LATINO & BLACK THAT IS] TO THE BOTTOM" - Perdaily.com

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LAUSD'S "RACE [LATINO & BLACK THAT IS] TO THE BOTTOM" - Perdaily.com: LAUSD'S "RACE [LATINO & BLACK THAT IS] TO THE BOTTOM" by Leonard Isenberg [image: mixed race.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) *Probably the greatest indication that we still live in a society where race remains the immutable primary determinant of how well a student does- instead of having become irrelevant- is that nobody wonders why perfectly normal Latino and Black students continue to do abysmally in the Los Angeles Unified Sch... more »

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Critical information on Springfield school bills

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Critical information on Springfield school bills Critical information on Springfield school bills by admin From Jackie Leavy: Dear Supporters of Great Public Schools for ALL STUDENTS: In April and May, most of us have struggled with the “fall out” of the CPS Board’s actions. Efforts in Springfield to block school closings and other “School Actions” and “Turn-Arounds” engendered a lot of debate, but no final action. SB 3237 – the Senate version of the “Moratorium” bill – remains technically “alive” in the Senate Education C... more »

Education in the Age of Globalization » Blog Archive » Follow the Money: A High School Student’s Take on Standardized Testing

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Education in the Age of Globalization » Blog Archive » Follow the Money: A High School Student’s Take on Standardized Testing: Follow the Money: A High School Student’s Take on Standardized Testing by YongZhao Betsy, a junior from New Trier high school, interviewed me for a class assignment and sent me her paper. I asked her if I could share it with others on my blog and she gave me the permission. Thanks, Betsy. “The paper was written for a class called American studies (an integrated history and English course). The assignment was to explore and research a why question – my quest... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Nightmare Charter School Scenarios

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Nightmare Charter School Scenarios: Nightmare Charter School Scenarios by Charlie Mas The more I think about this charter school thing, the more my imagination runs wild. *Real Estate View.* There is only one public school building in Seattle where a charter school can open. Every other school building in Seattle is either already occupied by a public school, planned for use by the District in BEX IV, or leased. The new law would only grant charter operators a right of first refusal to purchase or lease school district property, but that only matt... more »

Educating to Compete in the "Global Economy": Creating Idiot Savantism - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Educating to Compete in the "Global Economy": Creating Idiot Savantism - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Educating to Compete in the "Global Economy": Creating Idiot Savantism by Anthony Cody *Guest post by Gerald Coles.* * * The U.S. needs an educational system that will "ensure our kids are ready to compete and ready to win" in the global economy, said Delaware governor Jack Markell when the National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs formally launched the Common Core State Standards, the new guiding light of American education. Markell's call repeats ... more »

STEM Task Force Announced - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

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STEM Task Force Announced - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Creates Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Task Force SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the creation of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force to look at how to improve learning and engage more students in scientific and technical fields, widely considered a key to the state's economic future. "California has always led the way in science and technology—and our future success depends on fostering an int... more »

LAUSD document: Ex-LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines admits affair but denies allegation of sexual harassment - LA Daily News

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LAUSD document: Ex-LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines admits affair but denies allegation of sexual harassment - LA Daily News: LAUSD document: Ex-LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines admits affair but denies allegation of sexual harassment Daily News Posted: 05/24/2012 09:35:51 AM PDT Updated: 05/24/2012 10:07:52 AM PDT LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines, seen in a file photo, admits to an affair but denies allegations of sexual harassment made in a lawsuit that the district settled for $200,000. (Dean Musgrove/Staff Photographer) In this official statement from the Los Angele... more »

Who’s going to pay for TFA? Or will it be free for Seattle? | Seattle Education

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Who’s going to pay for TFA? Or will it be free for Seattle? | Seattle Education: Who’s going to pay for TFA? Or will it be free for Seattle? by seattleducation2011 Teach for America, Inc. wanted so badly to be in Seattle that in the contract with the Seattle Public School system, it is stated that we don’t have to pay if a donor can’t be found. Here is that portion of the agreement: i. Seattle Public Schools shall pay Teach For America an annual fee for each Teacher employed by Seattle Public Schools under this Agreement to defray expenses Teach For America incurred in recruiting... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, May 24, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Thursday, May 24, 2012* Bellflower school district to see leadership changesLeadership changes are coming for the Bellflower Unified School District's 2012-2013 school year. District Superintendent Brian Jacobs announced Wednesday that Joseph Perry would be appointed to assistant superintendent of educational services. Plans for new Camarillo high school bring cheers, jeersGovernment and school district officials introduced plans for a small academy high school in northeast Camarillo on Tuesday to a group of su... more »

The Broadband Imperative: Opening Access to the World for all our Students | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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The Broadband Imperative: Opening Access to the World for all our Students | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: The Broadband Imperative: Opening Access to the World for all our Students by Cheryl S. Williams Earlier this week the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released its latest report, *The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs**, *at an event featuring presentations by a panel that included two state leaders from Maine and West Virginia along with a district administrator from New Jersey.... more »

Who is making excuses for what? - Miami Dade County Education Policy | Examiner.com

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Who is making excuses for what? - Miami Dade County Education Policy | Examiner.com: Who is making excuses for what? [image: Jennie Smith's photo] Jennie Smith Dade County Education Policy Examiner + Subscribe This past Sunday, May 20, I appeared as a panelist on the NBC special "Education Nation" Teacher Town Hall to discuss poverty in education and closing the achievement gap. Sitting to my right was the current Florida Teacher of the Year, Alvin Davis. He was eager to espouse the familiar Michelle Rhee-cum-Teach-for-America talking points: "If there's a great leader in the bui... more »

School Tech Connect: Following Up With Senator Lightford

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School Tech Connect: Following Up With Senator Lightford: Following Up With Senator Lightford by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Since I ran with Sen. Lightford's remarks last night, let me follow up with a necessary clarification. I like her, and I get it. I get exactly what was going on yesterday in our Senate. But she overstates the case. Our schools are not failing; in fact, we have pretty much the same profile that our state has always had. We have kids going to MIT and we have kids dropping out., and we have everything in between, all with a single set of standards. The g... more »

Shanker Blog » Three Important Distinctions In How We Talk About Test Scores

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Shanker Blog » Three Important Distinctions In How We Talk About Test Scores: Three Important Distinctions In How We Talk About Test Scores by Matthew Di Carlo In education discussions and articles, people (myself included) often say “achievement” when referring to test scores, or “student learning” when talking about changes in those scores. These words reflect implicit judgments to some degree (e.g., that the test scores actually measure learning or achievement). Every once in a while, it’s useful to remind ourselves that scores from even the best student assessments are imperf... more »

Big Education Ape - Morning Wink 5-24 AM Posts #soschat #edreform

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BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK AM POSTS Is School Retention Child Abuse? « Diane Ravitch's blog coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 minute ago Is School Retention Child Abuse? « Diane Ravitch's blog: Is School Retention Child Abuse? by dianerav When I spoke earlier this year to the National Association of School Psychologists, I listened to introductory remarks by Philip Lazarus, the president of the organization. In talking about the role of school psychologists and reviewing the many problems that students have today, he mentioned that there were three things that students fea... more »

Is School Retention Child Abuse? « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Is School Retention Child Abuse? « Diane Ravitch's blog: Is School Retention Child Abuse? by dianerav When I spoke earlier this year to the National Association of School Psychologists, I listened to introductory remarks by Philip Lazarus, the president of the organization. In talking about the role of school psychologists and reviewing the many problems that students have today, he mentioned that there were three things that students feared most. Number one was going blind. Number two was the death of a parent. And number three was being held back in school. That really shook me ... more »

'The New Jim Crow' - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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'The New Jim Crow' - Bridging Differences - Education Week: 'The New Jim Crow' by Deborah Meier [image: Let Them Learn In Prison] Dear Diane, I've had a startling experience—even though "I knew it all" before. But it didn't add up until I read Michelle Alexander's *The New Jim Crow*. Everything connects with everything, but the role that the incarceration of black men in America has played and continues to play seems suddenly a greater crisis than bad schools, or even poverty. If we—white Americans—were truly concerned about the "achievement gap," it's the gap in incarceration ra... more »

You probably thought the reason for the underfunding of pensions was the failure of the state to pay their share. Madigan says it is because of retired pensioners getting a cost of living adjustment. « Fred Klonsky

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You probably thought the reason for the underfunding of pensions was the failure of the state to pay their share. Madigan says it is because of retired pensioners getting a cost of living adjustment. « Fred Klonsky: You probably thought the reason for the underfunding of pensions was the failure of the state to pay their share. Madigan says it is because of retired pensioners getting a cost of living adjustment. by Fred Klonsky In this video, Democratic Party Chairman and Speaker of the Illinois House Mike Madigan makes an astonishing statement. AKA, a lie. He claims the present ... more »

Mixed Messages | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Mixed Messages | Taking Note: Mixed Messages by John Merrow Inside John Merrow's 'bipolar life.' [image: John Merrow][image: John Merrow] Lately, I have been living a bipolar life. Here’s why: Our production company, Learning Matters, has two editing rooms, and the sounds emanating from them couldn’t be more different. *“You want to become a civil rights leader? Become a teacher. You want to get involved in the greatest chapter in the American civil rights movement, dedicate yourself to the education of our young people.”* I hear those rousing words almost every day as we work on ou... more »

RheeFirst! » Divisive Darling of the Right Wing Michelle Rhee headed to Pennsylvania to preach her brand of corporate ed reform

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RheeFirst! » Rhee headed to Pennsylvania to preach her brand of corporate ed reform: Rhee headed to Pennsylvania to preach her brand of corporate ed reform by admin * Just Like Michelle Rhee's* * Students first **Astroturf lobbying** **(only Better) * Michelle Rhee will be in Harrisburg, PA on 6/12 to plot corporate education reform strategy with Pennsylvania education secretary Ron Tomalis, and a representative of the US Chamber of Commerce. If you’re wondering, the Chamber isn’t sending down Mitt Romney advisor (and Rhee backer) Margaret Spellings, but Cecilia Retelle—a former... more »

Modern School: California School Pressures Parents to Buy IPads

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Modern School: California School Pressures Parents to Buy IPads: California School Pressures Parents to Buy IPads by Michael Dunn The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) is challenging an elementary school’s drive to put technology into the hands of every student, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported this week. Tierra Bonita Elementary School, in Poway, California has initiated a technology program requiring every fourth and fifth grader to have an iPad or similar tablet-style computer. Students were given the choice of using their own device, buying one from the district for $3... more »

The cost of educating Latinos

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The cost of educating Latinos: The cost of educating Latinos by Felipe Diaz [image: Cost of Education] The cost of attending college has rapidly increased over the past 30 years. Since 1982, tuition has increased by530 percent. As an undergraduate student, I have seen tuition at my shamefully-expensive private school steadily increase over the last four years while my financial aid has dwindled. I depend on scholarships, financial aid and student loans to pay tuition, so the possibility of my interest rate doubling on July 1 is terrifying. While both Democrats and Republicans have ... more »

The Charlie Rose Show: Reflections « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
The Charlie Rose Show: Reflections « Diane Ravitch's blog: The Charlie Rose Show: Reflections by dianerav [image: The Charlie Rose Show tv show photo] I was on the Charlie Rose show last night. I was very excited to be there. Over the past two years, as the debate about education has gotten more and more heated, I have had many opportunities to express my views on the radio, especially on NPR, but not so many opportunities on television. I represent “the other side” in a very one-sided debate. I support public education; I respect the education profession; I oppose privatization an... more »

educationalchemy

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educationalchemy: Even Snow White Would Know Better than to Bite into this Rotten Apple (Common) CorePosted: May 24, 2012 in Uncategorized0 The National Common Core Standards (NCCS) are coming to a school near you. While the name might sound familiar, what do parents (and often even teachers) really *know* about the Common Core. Who wrote it? Where did it originate? Who owns it? What’s in it? Most parents concerned with their child’s nutrition read beyond the labels, and look carefully at the actual ingredients. For example, the front of the Trix cereal box announces it is “vitam... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst moves $2 million to "BUY" Elections

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Capitol Alert: Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst moves $2 million into PAC: Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst moves $2 million into PAC StudentsFirst, the education advocacy group formed by former Washington D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, has poured $2 million into a campaign committee created to influence state legislative races ahead of the June 5 primary. The "Parents and Teachers for Putting StudentsFirst" committee reported its first contribution late Tuesday,spending more than $400,000 on television buys, polling and consulting services to support Democrat Brian Johnso... more »

http://www.southbronxschool.com

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http://www.southbronxschool.com: Little Evan Stone Meet Whitney Tilson of T2 Partners LLC. Or Have You Two Met? by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) Not too long ago, in fact earlier this month, Whitney Tilson was involved in some sort of funny business with Barnes and Noble stock. We here at SBSBreported on it and called for an SEC investigation. Today the Crack Team here at SBSB has learned through sources that Whitney Tilson is under federal investigation. We do not know if it is because of his imbroglio with Barnes and Noble, or his other famously inept Netflix issues, but t... more »

Funding increases for school meals amid education budget cuts | 89.3 KPCC

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Funding increases for school meals amid education budget cuts | 89.3 KPCC: Funding increases for school meals amid education budget cuts Amid all the bad news about budget cuts to public schools there is a bright spot: More money is now available for free and subsidized school meals, and not just for school breakfast and lunch. For about a decade, federal grants allowed schools to serve after-school snacks like juice and crackers. But youth nutrition advocate Matt Sharp says educators had concerns about the program. “Which is that the amount of snacks are too small, too few, driv... more »

Boy mayors, pet teachers - Bites - Opinions - May 24, 2012 - Sacramento News & Review

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Boy mayors, pet teachers - Bites - Opinions - May 24, 2012 - Sacramento News & Review: Boy mayors, pet teachers By Cosmo Garvin cosmog@newsreview.com This article was published on 05.24.12. *Related stories:* Make Fargo’s a triple Fargo attempts first ever mayoral hat trick. SN&R, 02.07.08. *The boy who would be mayor snagged a* big endorsement this week. Former Mayor *Heather Fargo* announced on Tuesday she’s backing *Jonathan Rewers* in the mayor’s race, over *Kevin Johnson* and even *Leonard Padilla*, who has threatened to make Fargo his city manager if elected. “I think Jona... more »

Jeb Bush’s FCAT Listening Tour Begins | Scathing Purple Musings

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Jeb Bush’s FCAT Listening Tour Begins | Scathing Purple Musings: Jeb Bush’s FCAT Listening Tour Begins by Bob Sikes From the *Tampa Tribune*: TAMPA – Sarah Robinson thinks high-stakes testing has hijacked and perverted Florida’s educational system. Carolyn Collins is worried about the self-esteem of students who think they stink at writing. Those were just two of the concerns raised Wednesday night as the state’s education commissioner came to town as part of a public relations blitz in the aftermath of controversy over startlingly poor writing scores on the Florida Comprehensive... more »

NJ Spotlight | Spotlight Q&A: Randi Weingarten

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NJ Spotlight | Spotlight Q&A: Randi Weingarten: Spotlight Q&A: Randi Weingarten At the Newark bargaining table, a place for the president of the American Federation of Teachers print | email | share By John Mooney, May 24, 2012 in Education |Post a Comment Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. When the two sides sit down to discuss the Newark teachers contract, it’s a pretty high-profile group at the bargaining table. In a half-dozen discussions so far, joining Superintendent Cami Anderson and Newark Teachers Union President Joseph DelGrosso has been N... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Are Arne Duncan's Educational Reform Plans from a Republican Playbook?

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Are Arne Duncan's Educational Reform Plans from a Republican Playbook?: Are Arne Duncan's Educational Reform Plans from a Republican Playbook? by stlgretchen Check out then Conference Chair of the Republican Party Lamar Alexander talking about educational reform at a governor's conference in 1989. Do some of these Republican reforms sound like Arne Duncan's Race to the Top reforms? Popout From the youtube description: Lamar Alexander lays out the plan to restructure education at the 11-2-1989 Governors Conference on

Ignoring Facts about Schools and Society (Richard Rothstein) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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Ignoring Facts about Schools and Society (Richard Rothstein) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Ignoring Facts about Schools and Society (Richard Rothstein) by larrycuban *This is the text of the commencement speech that Richard Rothstein, a research associate at theEconomic Policy Institute, gave at the Loyola University Chicago School of Education. Rothstein is also the author of several books on education issues, and is senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law... more »

Romney Education Adviser and His Dropout Scandal | Mother Jones

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Romney Education Adviser and His Dropout Scandal | Mother Jones: Romney Education Adviser and His Dropout Scandal —By David Corn | Tue May. 22, 2012 9:26 AM PDT 10 - - [image: mitt romney]Mitt Romney. Gage Skidmore/Flickr With President Barack Obama on a tear in recent weeks to keep interest rates on college loans low—an issue that plays well with young voters—Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, on Tuesday unveiled his Education Policy Advisory Group. It features at least ten education experts who served during the George W. Bush administration, most notably Rod P... more »

Can a New Campaign Force Candidates to Prioritize Education? - Education - GOOD

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Can a New Campaign Force Candidates to Prioritize Education? - Education - GOOD: Can a New Campaign Force Candidates to Prioritize Education? by Liz Dwyer Popout Two-thirds of swing-state voters say improving education should be a top priority, but politicians don’t always give the issue the attention it deserves. Now a new nonpartisan College Board campaign called "Don’t Forget Ed" is aiming to use public support to pressure presidential candidates to pay more attention to public education. The effort has the potential to generate plenty of support: A College Board survey finds th... more »

Chicago is at the center of a teacher storm. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Chicago is at the center of a teacher storm. « Fred Klonsky: Chicago is at the center of a teacher storm. by Fred Klonsky *What does a real teacher union look like? This is what a real teacher union looks like.* “It’s not like the old days,” IEA President Cinda Klickna said to me in explanation of why the IEA wasn’t doing a very good job of mobilizing members earlier this year, canceling a mass rally in Springfield with the bogus excuse of Capitol construction. Recent attempts to take credit for the local demonstrations at many legislators offices are pretty smelly. Yesterday, the y... more »

WHY DIDN'T LAUSD'S EX-SUPERINTENDENT CORTINES SEXUALLY HARASS ME? - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
WHY DIDN'T LAUSD'S EX-SUPERINTENDENT CORTINES SEXUALLY HARASS ME? - Perdaily.com: WHY DIDN'T LAUSD'S EX-SUPERINTENDENT CORTINES SEXUALLY HARASS ME? by Leonard Isenberg [image: Ramon Cortines3.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As I patiently wait for my court date before the Office of Administrative Hearings that is presently set for September 10, 2012, two years and seven months after I was removed from my class on bogus charges, I lament the fact that ex-Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) S...more »

Big Education Ape Nite Cap UPDATE 5-23-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
*UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* If I have to take one more of these frigging standardized test, I think my head will explode! *GO TO * *National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing* "Hey hey. Ho ho. Rahm Emanuel has got to go! by Mike Klonsky Thousands of CTU members march up Michigan Avenue to CPS Headquarters after a rally at the Auditorium Theatre. | Scott Stewart~Chicago Sun-Times.That was the thunderous sound of 5,000 red-clad Chicago union teachers marching past CPS headquarters at Adams & Clark. Just when Rahm thought is was safe to come out of his office after last weekend's N... more »










Big Education Ape Nite Cap UPDATE 5-22-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
*UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* If I have to take one more of these frigging standardized test, I think my head will explode! *GO TO * *National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing* College Is No Guarantee of Success by Duke Professional blind squirrel Campbell Brown finds a nut: Hardly reassuring words when you look at the reality. According to the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, about 53.6 percent of men and women under the age of 25 who hold bachelor’s degrees were jobless or underemployed last year, the most in at least 11 years. According to the Pew... more »







Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-21-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2


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