Thursday, May 31, 2012

Louisiana is following trend of taking ‘State’ out of state colleges in slow move to privatization of higher education « Louisiana Voice

Louisiana is following trend of taking ‘State’ out of state colleges in slow move to privatization of higher education « Louisiana Voice:


Louisiana is following trend of taking ‘State’ out of state colleges in slow move to privatization of higher education



All but lost in the brouhaha over Gov. Piyush Jindal’s overt moves to privatize the Louisiana Office of Risk Management, Office of Group Benefits, state prisons, Medicaid, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance and K-12 public education is the quiet but steady erosion of state financial support for state colleges and universities that is pushing higher education toward that same precipice.
Once considered sacrosanct, Louisiana’s state colleges and universities no longer are considered untouchable by legislators. Accordingly, administrators find themselves having to seek funding more and more from private endowments and from tuition increases that threaten to push student costs to a prohibitive level for all but the wealthiest.
And Louisiana is by no means the exception. The trend toward pseudo- and outright privatization is becoming more prevalent in all 50 states as state 

Provoked | The Jose Vilson

Provoked | The Jose Vilson:


Provoked


Dear disciplinarians and other enforcers within our school communities,
Please note: you’re trying to keep kids in school, not keep them out of it.
Let me first admit my own biases in this topic, of which I have a couple. As a teacher, I readily admit that I can reasonably reach 90% of my given class, given that my classes aren’t considered “magnet” or “gifted and talented” by most academic measures. I tend to get the classes people forget, the ones that have to fend for themselves in the swarm of adult confusion, the ones that no one human being can nurture at one time. The other 10% simply fall through the cracks for reasons I haven’t comprehended yet. I always blame myself, but it 

The Washington Teacher: Arne Duncan's Close Ties to Victor Reinoso, Former DC Deputy Mayor of Education

The Washington Teacher: Arne Duncan's Close Ties to Victor Reinoso, Former DC Deputy Mayor of Education:


Arne Duncan's Close Ties to Victor Reinoso, Former DC Deputy Mayor of Education


Victor Reinoso (right)
Written by Candi Peterson


Word has it that Victor Reinoso, former DC Deputy Mayor of Education from 2007-10 under the Fenty administration is now a high-powered consultant to the United States Department of Education (DOE), working for Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.  Confirmation that Reinoso is a local friend of Arne Duncan's was evidenced on Reinoso's personal Linked in account when he proudly displayed his DOE position until recently, that is. To refresh your memory further about Reinoso, as Deputy Mayor he oversaw the education reform agenda and was the person responsible for recruiting former DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in 2007, a former elected DC Public Schools Board of Education member, former CEO of the Federal City Council and now a Senior Advisor to the President at Georgetown University.


Reinoso received recognition when he was caught plagiarizing Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina's public schools "school takeover plan" when he was acting deputy mayor.  At his 2007 confirmation 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-31-12 #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

Modern School: Anti-Teacher Bill Passes California State Senate

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Modern School: Anti-Teacher Bill Passes California State Senate: Anti-Teacher Bill Passes California State Senate by Michael Dunn SB 1530 was passed in the California State Senate this week. The bill eliminates timelines for notifying teachers of impending disciplinary action and allows districts to send out dismissal notices during the summer, when many teachers are on vacation and not even in town to receive and act upon the notice. The bill would also allow districts to use old and unrelated information from a teacher’s past to prosecute current misconduct cases, which is like ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago charters use 'scorched earth' tactics to beat unionization

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago charters use 'scorched earth' tactics to beat unionization: Chicago charters use 'scorched earth' tactics to beat unionization by Mike Klonsky Pro-union Chicago Math and Science Academy teachers and supporters before a board meeting in 2011.Teachers and staff at Youth Connection Leadership Academy, a charter school on Chicago's south side, have voted to join the teacher union. The response from Youth Connection Charter School's management? They are threatening to close the school and fire everyone rather than allow their teachers to have colle... more »

Pass / Fail : Is John Deasy LA Unified's 'last, best hope'? | 89.3 KPCC

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Pass / Fail : Is John Deasy LA Unified's 'last, best hope'? | 89.3 KPCC: Is John Deasy LA Unified's 'last, best hope'? John Deasy runs a school district of more than 664,000 students with a budget of nearly $7 billion that is currently $390 million short. But, at the moment, he’s worried about toilet paper. “Did you get the delivery of toilet paper yesterday?” he asks principal Reginald Sample of Dorsey High on one of his recent visits. (They did.) No detail seems too small for L.A. Unified's Superintendent Deasy, who spends a few days each week making staccato surprise visits t... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: SPS Family Survey to Start June 5th

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: SPS Family Survey to Start June 5th: SPS Family Survey to Start June 5th by Melissa Westbrook From SPS Communications: Hearing from our families, staff, and students is critical to our efforts to improve education for every student.*School climate surveys* are given each spring to *all students, school staff, and families in the district*. We are gathering information about learning environments at our elementary, middle and high schools, including student engagement, academic rigor, discipline and safety, and family involvement. Results of these sur... more »

Things fall apart. « Fred Klonsky

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Things fall apart. « Fred Klonsky: Things fall apart. by Fred Klonsky Rule number one: If the Illinois General Assembly is still in session there is no telling the damage it can do. Fact: The Illinois General Assembly is still in session for six more hours as I write this. Rule number two: You never, never stop calling. 888-412-6570 Fact: The number of calls from those opposed to SB 1673 are reported to be around 100,000. Rule number three: You can tell how things are going by whether late on the last day of the session the bars are full of lobbyists or the halls of the Capitol a... more »

IS LAUSD LIABLE FOR EX-SUPERINTENDENT RAMON CORTINES' "ROMANTIC" ADVENTURES? (VIDEO #10) - Perdaily.com

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IS LAUSD LIABLE FOR EX-SUPERINTENDENT RAMON CORTINES' "ROMANTIC" ADVENTURES? (VIDEO #10) - Perdaily.com: IS LAUSD LIABLE FOR EX-SUPERINTENDENT RAMON CORTINES' "ROMANTIC" ADVENTURES? (VIDEO #10) by Leonard Isenberg [image: Ramon Cortines4.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) In the law there is the notion of respondeat superior, which basically holds the employer responsible for the acts of their employee performed during the course of performing their duties as an employee. Since LAUSD has reasonably a... more »

The Unknown Students — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
The Unknown Students — Whole Child Education: The Unknown Students by Sean Slade How well do you know your students? How well do you know *each* student? Many schools use the following activity or something similar as part of professional development. *Step 1*: Arrange all the students' names by either year level or in the whole school, depending on size of the school, onto a large wall. *Step 2*: Give each adult a Post-It note and ask him or her to stick it next to each student he or she "knows." Knowing can include knowing what sports the students play, what their interests are,... more »

Hot Sexy Teacher Sex http://www.southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Hot Sexy Teacher Sex by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) We here at SBSB were saddened by the news in yesterday's New York Post and today's Daily News of alleged sexual trysts female teachers had with their male students. Though these students were above the legal age of consent, we feel that if the charges are proven against these teachers that they both must suffer the consequences. Of course we all know that sex sells papers, and that teacher sex sells even more papers, especially when the Post of the News is involved. But what really sells p... more »

The Ed Show - Celebrities Rally For Pennsylvania Schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
The Ed Show - Celebrities Rally For Pennsylvania Schools: Celebrities Rally For Pennsylvania Schools Thu May 31, 2012 12:19 PM EDT The latest headlines out of Pennsylvania are not good. As @DianeRavitch noted on twitter this morning, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting that today 285 teachers were sent furlough notices. It's going to get ugly there. Pittsburgh Public Schools today is sending out 285 provisional furlough notices to teachers and other professionals, a prelude to what is expected to be the largest number of teacher layoffs in the district's history. Teachers ... more »

Mitt Romney And Wilfredo Laboy | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Mitt Romney And Wilfredo Laboy | Taking Note: Mitt Romney And Wilfredo Laboy by John Merrow Parsing Romney's education record as Governor of Massachusetts is one thing, but a broader question lies in his answers during a time of scandal. What would the election of Mitt Romney mean for education? Observers are parsing his recent speechand examining his record as Governor of Massachusetts, as they should. Politics isn’t my beat, but I hope some reporters will ask the candidate about Wilfredo Laboy. Laboy is the former superintendent of schools in Lawrence, Massachusetts, who is prob... more »

A webinar with Deborah Meier and Nancy Carlsson-Paige : Early Childhood Educators Say “No!” to Standards and Tests | Seattle Education

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A webinar with Deborah Meier and Nancy Carlsson-Paige : Early Childhood Educators Say “No!” to Standards and Tests | Seattle Education: A webinar with Deborah Meier and Nancy Carlsson-Paige : Early Childhood Educators Say “No!” to Standards and Tests by seattleducation2011 Save Our Schools is hosting a webinar on Friday, June 1st at 6:00 PM PST with Deborah Meier and Nancy Carlsson-Paige on young children and the new regiment of testing as well as the emphasis on standardized curriculum that is being pushed by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education for the Obama administration. To fo... more »

Save Our Schools June 1st Webinar | | Save Our SchoolsSave Our Schools

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Save Our Schools June 1st Webinar | | Save Our SchoolsSave Our Schools: 'via Blog this'

Parents flunk Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst « Parents Across America

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Parents flunk Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst « Parents Across America: Parents flunk Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst Thursday, May 31, 2012 For more information contact: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff: 773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org Parents flunk Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst *Report card exposes flaws in corporate agenda and failures to push through legislation in many states this year* Parents Across America (PAA) unveiled a report card today that gave Michelle Rhee’s education lobbying organization, StudentsFirst, failing... more »

New proposal to evaluate teachers includes student test scores - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
New proposal to evaluate teachers includes student test scores - latimes.com: New proposal to evaluate teachers includes student test scores * * [image: Eval] A coalition of Los Angeles teachers, parents and community members Thursday unveiled a proposal to use student test scores as one measure to evaluate teachers -- a controversial element that many teacher unions have fought. The proposal was aimed at breaking what coalition members called a troubling stalemate over a new teacher evaluation system between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union, United T... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Skip the serious face, Arne

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Skip the serious face, Arne: Skip the serious face, Arne by Mike Klonsky *How do we as a teaching profession create a climate in which everyone is clamoring to come into schools like this ... where this is a badge of honor?" *-- Arne Duncan Serious face... Arne Duncan looks so intense, like he's seriously listening and looking for answers. Don't be fooled. He's not. He's done these "listening tours" before. They make for great photo ops. ** H*ow do we get more Tamara Raifords “clamoring” to teach in low-performing schools? he asks some New Haven Tea... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Fair Funding for NOVA Issue Explained

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Fair Funding for NOVA Issue Explained: Fair Funding for NOVA Issue Explained by Charlie Mas Folks who watch school board meetings have probably heard students from The NOVA Project speak to the board about how their school is funded. You may wonder what the heck they are talking about. They are NOT talking about the 15% reduction in funding that the state grants to Alternative Learning Experience schools. This has nothing to do with decisions made at the state level. Instead, they are talking about how the District unfairly under-funds NOVA, along w... more »

2012-13 Principal Apportionment Payment Estimator - Principal Apportionment (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
2012-13 Principal Apportionment Payment Estimator - Principal Apportionment (CA Dept of Education): 2012-13 Principal Apportionment Payment Estimator2012-13 Principal Apportionment Payment Estimator spreadsheet and instructions. ------------------------------ - 2012-13 Principal Apportionment Payment Estimator (Version 2011 1.0) (XLS; 2MB) *Prior to using the estimator the following instructions and assumptions should be reviewed.* This tool is intended to help local educational agencies (LEA) estimate their Principal Apportionment payments for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Th... more »

Confronting challenges of American education, 'civil rights' issue of our time | The Forum for Education and Democracy

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Confronting challenges of American education, 'civil rights' issue of our time | The Forum for Education and Democracy: Confronting challenges of American education, 'civil rights' issue of our time by Pedro Antonio Noguera *by Pedro Antonio Noguera* *Special to CNN 'In America' blog May 24, 2012* For the Past 25 years I have been working as an educator, researcher and policy advocate. I am also the parent of four children who have attended public schools. In each of these roles I have tried to improve public education and advance the educational rights of children, particularly t... more »

All Education Matters: Crucial Read: A Statement from the Occupy Student Debt Campaign

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
All Education Matters: Crucial Read: A Statement from the Occupy Student Debt Campaign: Crucial Read: A Statement from the Occupy Student Debt Campaign by Cryn Johannsen Occupy Student Debt Campaign recently released a lengthy statement about their mission. They differentiate themselves from other groups - who are, in my view, reformist - quite well in this manifesto. I applaud their efforts, and encourage you to get involved with supporting and promoting their collective activism. The group truly understands a horizontal approach to attacking this monstrous problem. More than any... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, May 31, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Thursday, May 31, 2012* Charter Oak Unified seeking voter approval for $47 million bond measureHoping to raise $47 million to further improve school buildings and buy new computers for classrooms, Charter Oak Unified School District will ask voters next week to continue paying higher property taxes. Union leader won't 'sit in the corner, purse my lips and not talk to the district.'The real action at Tuesday's San Diego school board meeting occurred outside the district's auditorium when teachers union chief Bill...more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Can A Single District Take Down Standardized Testing?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: Can A Single District Take Down Standardized Testing?: Can A Single District Take Down Standardized Testing? by Anngie Everyone knows the image of a series of falling dominos. It's a basic lesson in physics on inertia and gravity, combining linear impulse with angular momentum. I offer this video as a more advanced physics lesson using dominos to demonstrate how today's story may play out. Popout Notice how tiny the first domino is. He must hold it with a tweezers. And note how large the 13th domino is. It weighs 100 lbs yet it is knocked down in the... more »

Using Language to Maximize Learning — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Using Language to Maximize Learning — Whole Child Education: Using Language to Maximize Learning by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers [image: ASCD Annual Conference] *Post submitted by whole child blogger Paulina Malek, a senior majoring in magazine journalism at Temple University. She hopes to report on poverty, race relations, and animal rights issues in the future.* Educators often worry that what they teach goes in one ear and out the other, but the right language can help produce a more engaged and efficient classroom, said Jenny Edwards in her ASCD Annual Conference session "How to Ta... more »

Pre-order! New book includes chapter on PURE work

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Pre-order! New book includes chapter on PURE work: Pre-order! New book includes chapter on PURE work by admin The book is called “Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education” and includes a chapter I wrote, ” ‘Just parents’ challenge Mayor Daley, Arne Duncan and Renaissance 2010.” From the publisher: *A collection of empowering stories bringing together the voices of teachers, parents, and educational activists fighting market-driven educational policies* Lost amid the heated debate over educational polic... more »

Schools Matter: Krash Course #10: NCTQ's Gradual Unmasking

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Schools Matter: Krash Course #10: NCTQ's Gradual Unmasking: Krash Course #10: NCTQ's Gradual Unmasking by P. L. Thomas With the release of the National Education Policy Center's 2011 Bunkum Awards, I feel the need to join in the spirit of NEPC's excellent work to highlight the gradual unmasking of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Recently, I charactericed NCTQ's assault on teachers and teacher education as a central player in the bully politics of education reform. Since then, the evidence is gathering, exposing NCTQ as partisan politics masked as scholarly evaluati... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Matt Farmer's great speech at CTU rally

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Matt Farmer's great speech at CTU rally: Matt Farmer's great speech at CTU rally by Mike Klonsky *Matt Farmer* is a lawyer and a Chicago Public School Parent. Watch him cross-examine Hyatt Hotel heiress and CPS board member *Penny Pritzker* in his May 23rd speech to 4,000 union teachers at the Auditorium Theater. Popout BTW, Pritzker is also national finance chairperson of the Obama campaign. She is one of three cousins who manage their dynasty’s financial empire, which includes the Hyatt hotel chain, casinos and many other ventures. But accor... more »

Stefan Pryor and City of Hartford Working to hand Hartford’s Milner School to Jumoke Academy - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Stefan Pryor and City of Hartford Working to hand Hartford’s Milner School to Jumoke Academy - Wait, What?: Stefan Pryor and City of Hartford Working to hand Hartford’s Milner School to Jumoke Academy by jonpelto *Jumoke Charter School, with no non-English speaking students or any experience with English Language Learners, to take over neighborhood school where 40 percent of the students go home to households in which English is not the primary language.* One of the most contentious aspects of Governor Malloy’s “education reform” proposal was the section granting Malloy’s Commissio... more »

A scary (and telling) school voucher story - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
A scary (and telling) school voucher story - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: A scary (and telling) school voucher story By Valerie Strauss If you are wondering where the new rush to implement school voucher programs in state after state may be taking us, consider these developments from Louisiana. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Mike Carlson - Associated Press)Gov. Bobby Jindal recently signed a new law that sets up the largest voucher program of any state in the country. It is part of a series of “reforms” that Jindal says will expand school choice for families and critics s... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: NEPC announces it annual Bunkum Awards

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: NEPC announces it annual Bunkum Awards: NEPC announces it annual Bunkum Awards by Mike Klonsky For Immediate Release Thursday, May 31, 2012 Contact: Jamie Horwitz (202) 549-492, jhdcpr@starpower.net** *BUNKUM AWARDS FOR SHODDY EDUCATION RESEARCH ANNOUNCED* Grand Prize Winner Compares Charters Schools to Cancer – Where Cancer is a Good Thing National Education Policy Center for the First Time Awards a “Get a Life(time) Achievement Award” to an Individual – Dr. Matthew Ladner, an Advisor to Jeb Bush’s Advocacy Organization *Boulder, Colo. --* The N... more »

Big Education Ape - Morning Wink 5-31 AM Posts #soschat #edreform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
*BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK AM POSTS* SRC budget vote to draw protests | Philadelphia Public School Notebook coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 minutes ago SRC budget vote to draw protests | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: SRC budget vote to draw protests by Benjamin Herold by Benjamin Herold for the *Notebook *and *WHYY/NewsWorks* After months of maneuvering, the School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a $2.55 billion operating budget for the 2012-13 school year, including a projected $218 million gap that will likely be plugged through deficit borr... more »

SRC budget vote to draw protests | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
SRC budget vote to draw protests | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: SRC budget vote to draw protests by Benjamin Herold by Benjamin Herold for the *Notebook *and *WHYY/NewsWorks* After months of maneuvering, the School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a $2.55 billion operating budget for the 2012-13 school year, including a projected $218 million gap that will likely be plugged through deficit borrowing. But first, parents, advocates, and labor unions – angry at deep cuts to schools this year and fearful of a new “transformation blueprint” that would radically... more »

HechingerEd Blog | Study looks ‘under the hood’ of new teacher-evaluation systems

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
HechingerEd Blog | Study looks ‘under the hood’ of new teacher-evaluation systems: Study looks ‘under the hood’ of new teacher-evaluation systems by Sarah Garland More and more states are adopting new teacher-evaluation systems in response to a growing consensus that improved teacher quality can spell improved student achievement. The idea is that measuring how teachers perform in the classroom will help schools take the first steps toward helping them get better. But so far, there’s little consensus on the best ways to make those measurements. Many states are moving quickly to la... more »

What a TFA Teacher Learned about Tenure « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
What a TFA Teacher Learned about Tenure « Diane Ravitch's blog: What a TFA Teacher Learned about Tenure by dianerav I liked a blog I read this morning. It was written by a TFA teacher who came into teaching with a low opinion of tenure. He (and I think it is a he because of the name of his blog) came into teaching sympathetic to the Michelle Rhee claim that tenure is only for the lazy and that real teachers don’t care about it. But after three years of teaching, he expected to win tenure. Unfortunately, the Bloomberg administration was pressuring principals and superintendents to ... more »

The People Shall ... Reinventing Schools as the Commons - Bridging Differences - Education Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
The People Shall ... Reinventing Schools as the Commons - Bridging Differences - Education Week: The People Shall ... Reinventing Schools as the Commons by Deborah Meier Dear Diane, One more word about *The New Jim Crow*. Looking back, I wonder how many of my students had someone in their immediate family in prison or on parole or who was an ex-felon, without rights. Probably most. But it was never a topic of conversation. That's the worst of it for me. Schools should be at least the one place where the great questions of life are on the table. And children have such questions as ... more »

NYC Educator: If Not Now, When?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
NYC Educator: If Not Now, When?: If Not Now, When? by Miss Eyre My school's intrepid guidance counselor and I spent yesterday making phone calls to parents--about attendance, Regents tutoring, and classes that students are still failing. As you can imagine, there's a pretty strong link between that first item and the last one. And while I'm sorry to keep harping on this subject, I can't deny that trying to cajole parents into doing their legal duty to educate their children is starting to wear on me and my guidance counselor partner in all this. One young lady whose guardian was... more »

Notorious P.H.D. - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Notorious P.H.D. - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Notorious P.H.D. by Nancy Flanagan A long-time, much-valued reader of *Teacher in a Strange Land*, Carl Rosin of Radnor, Pennsylvania, sent me one of those Emperor-has-no-clothes stories this weekend: The school board in nearby Tredyffrin-Easttown--citing a budget shortfall--is proposing that the most expensive teachers (those with a Ph.D.) be demoted to part-time. Lest readers assume this is a know-nothing school district where pointy-headed intellectualism is derided by the deer-hunter crowd, T/E is a top-pe... more »

Geaux Teacher!: NEW: DEFENDERS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Geaux Teacher!: NEW: DEFENDERS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION: NEW: DEFENDERS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION by noreply@blogger.com (Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT) *IMPORTANT INVITATION:* All readers of The Louisiana Educator are invited to immediately join our new data base of email contacts that I am naming *The Defenders of Public Education*. We need you now! It is 100% free! It is 100% confidential! Just send an email using your preferred email address, and zip code to: * louisianaeducator@gmail.com*. Your zip code will be used to list you and I hope many others according to legislative district so that ... more »

The in box. “No one is grandfathered. No one is protected. Act now.” « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
The in box. “No one is grandfathered. No one is protected. Act now.” « Fred Klonsky: The in box. “No one is grandfathered. No one is protected. Act now.” by Fred Klonsky From Roger Sanders. *CALL NOW AND DEMAND THAT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE VOTE NO ON SB 1673* *888-412-6570* *Today there are 70,000 retired teachers and dependents enrolled in the Teacher Retirement Insurance Program that will lose benefits if this bill passes. They will have to choose between current cost of living benefits at a meager 3% or health insurance. If you choose to keep your health insurance, you must agree... more »

Middle class tuition break at UC, CSU | Thoughts on Public Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Middle class tuition break at UC, CSU | Thoughts on Public Education: Middle class tuition break at UC, CSU - by Kathryn Baron by Kathryn Baron Four Republican legislators crossed party lines in the Assembly on Wednesday, providing the two-thirds vote needed to approve a bill that would create a middle class scholarship program for the state’s public college and university students. AB 1501 is part of a two-bill package called the Middle Class Scholarship Act introduced by Assembly speaker John A. [...] Lawsuit over ‘nonsense’ EL program - by John Fensterwald - Educated Guess by ... more »

American Students Are Not Failing « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
American Students Are Not Failing « Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] American Students Are Not Failing by dianerav It has recently become a humdrum narrative: Our schools are failing, we must reinvent the schools, we must fire the principals and the teachers and start over, we must race to the top, we must have vouchers and charters, we must turn public education over to the business people who tanked the economy in 2008, we must….do something, anything. Fortunately there are sane people in the world, even in the United States. One of them... more »

School Tech Connect

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
School Tech Connect: Let My People Go by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) I think we could all use a little levity. Popout Just Let Them Go Already noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) at School Tech Connect - 10 hours ago I think we could all use a little levity. Let My People Go noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) at School Tech Connect - 11 hours ago I think we could all use a little levity. Squirrel Duty noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) at School Tech Connect - 14 hours ago I'm busy with the General for a few hours; meanwhile, Jim Broadway has the best updates for what happened in Spring... more »

Standardized Testing Gone Nuts – An Update from Bridgeport, Connecticut - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Standardized Testing Gone Nuts – An Update from Bridgeport, Connecticut - Wait, What?: Standardized Testing Gone Nuts – An Update from Bridgeport, Connecticut by jonpelto It was only a month ago that, fresh off the 2012 state-wide Connecticut Mastery Tests, Bridgeport’s $229,000 part-time superintendent of schools, Paul Vallas, announced that Bridgeport’s students would be given yet another battery of standardized tests at the beginning of June. Despite a massive school budget deficit, in which Vallas was forced to lay-off teachers and other school personnel, it was announced tha... more »

Pass / Fail : ACLU sues Central Valley school district, says they're failing ESL students | 89.3 KPCC

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Pass / Fail : ACLU sues Central Valley school district, says they're failing ESL students | 89.3 KPCC: ACLU sues Central Valley school district, says they're failing ESL students The American Civil Liberties Union announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Central Valley's Dinuba Unified School District, claiming the district is failing its ESL (English as a Second Language) students. About a quarter of California’s students spend time during the day on an English-learner curriculum because they speak another language at home. The ACLU claims the program the Central Valley’s Dinub... more »

What parents say testing is doing to their kids - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
What parents say testing is doing to their kids - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: What parents say testing is doing to their kids By Valerie Strauss This *was written by Carol Corbett Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.* ** By Carol Corbett Burris The politicians who believe in using tests to judge schools and teacherswill tell you that their efforts are designed to help our nation’s children. How odd it is, then, that they never ask pa... more »

solidaridad: Ron Gochez Lucha para defender su trabajo en Santee Canal 22 May 30 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
solidaridad: Ron Gochez Lucha para defender su trabajo en Santee Canal 22 May 30 2012: Ron Gochez Lucha para defender su trabajo en Santee Canal 22 May 30 2012 by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene *Ron Gochez, maestro de historia en la escuela Santee, esta luchando para defender su trabajo en ese plantel educativo.* PopoutThe fact that they are trying to do this to one of the best teachers in our district speaks volumes to the dirty political machine that is Los Angeles. PLAS will have an entire angry community to contend with if they try to carry out this travesty. We need a thousand Ro... more »

Schools Matter: Wireless internet: A good investment for schools?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Schools Matter: Wireless internet: A good investment for schools?: Wireless internet: A good investment for schools? by skrashen Is wireless internet a good investment for schools? Sent to Seattle Times, May 30, 2012 Re: “Seattle construction levy may include wireless Internet for all schools,” May 28, 2012. By the time voters in Seattle decide whether they want to spend $11.5 million (that’s about $200 per student) largely to install wireless internet in Seattle schools, wireless connections as we know them now will be different and maybe even obsolete. Remember ethernet? The c... more »

Some Thoughts on Public Schooling and Segregated Cities | Re:education in Baltimore

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Some Thoughts on Public Schooling and Segregated Cities | Re:education in Baltimore: Some Thoughts on Public Schooling and Segregated Cities by Edit Barry Cities cleave along racial and ethnic lines, and every city I’ve ever lived in proves it. When I grew up in Manhattan, there was Harlem, which was black. And East Harlem, which was Hispanic. And the Upper East and Upper West sides, which was where I and most of my friends lived. I’m white and they were, too. Over the years, I watched the formerly Jewish Lower East Side, where my grandpa used to own a textile shop with a handful o...more »

Louisiana Educator: Vouchers without Classrooms

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Louisiana Educator: Vouchers without Classrooms: Vouchers without Classrooms by Michael Deshotels I hope my readers will read the article linked here by Barbara Leader of the Monroe News Star. It describes the first of many atrocities we can expect as Louisiana's new voucher program is implemented. Please help me check the regulations on this in either Act 2 or in Dept. regulations, but I thought that a private school would not be allowed to offer more than 20% of their seats to voucher students. This article seems to indicate that the student population in this small religious s... more »

English learners lawsuit could affect California school districts - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
English learners lawsuit could affect California school districts - latimes.com: English learners lawsuit could affect California school districts State officials are neglecting their legal obligation to ensure English learners are receiving an adequate and equal education, says a lawsuit filed Wednesday by advocates that include the ACLU of Southern California. The focus of the litigation is a small school system near Fresno, but the ramifications are much wider, with the potential to affect English learners statewide and to compel the California Department of Education to aggres... more »

theseattlejournal.com » The MOU and Why We Sue

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theseattlejournal.com » The MOU and Why We Sue: The MOU and Why We Sue By Kate Martin | 0 comments ADDED MAY 30, 2012, UNDER: EDUCATION *The District Observer is a series at The Seattle Journal covering issues related to Seattle Public Schools.* *This article was written by Jack Whelan.* On June 22, there will be a hearing to decide whether the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding Creative Approach Schools between the district and the SEA, the local teachers union, is legal. This MOU grants the superintendent the right to waive any Board policy while approving the transformati... more »

Geaux Teacher!: TEACHERS' LETTERS TO OBAMA

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Geaux Teacher!: TEACHERS' LETTERS TO OBAMA: [image: Visit Me on Facebook:] TEACHERS' LETTERS TO OBAMA by noreply@blogger.com (Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT) I have posted a recent resolution to President Obama from the American Federation of Teachers and an Open Letter to President Obama written in April by the President of the National School Boards Association. In November of *2009* TEACHERS began an initiative of writing letters to Obama. This action was led by National Board Certified Teacher Anthony Cody. It is important to note that TEACHERS were the leaders in recognizing the vag... more »

Madigan hands HB 1673 over to the GOP. But this is a Democratic Party heist. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Madigan hands HB 1673 over to the GOP. But this is a Democratic Party heist. « Fred Klonsky: Madigan hands HB 1673 over to the GOP. But this is a Democratic Party heist. by Fred Klonsky It’s a classic case of Three-card Monty. Or which shell has the pea? Yesterday HB 1673 had two major provisions: A shift of the pension obligation from the state to local school districts. And an attack on retiree pensions. GOP House Leader Tom Cross didn’t like the obligation shift and promised no Republican support. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn wanted the attack on pensions. Democratic Party Chai... more »

UTLA, Warren Fletcher, LAUSD - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
UTLA, Warren Fletcher, LAUSD - Perdaily.com: IF UTLA PRESIDENT, WARREN FLETCHER, CAN'T GUARANTEE TRANSPARENCY, INTEGRITY AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST A CIRCUS by John Dixon by Leonard Isenberg ** [image: Warren Fletcher.jpeg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)* *The following post is by retired teacher* *John Dixon. There are only a couple of things that he says that I take exception with:* *- There is nothing "controversial" about the motions that somehow disappear, unless you think pro... more »

Floridians Critique Jebucation | Truth in American Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Floridians Critique Jebucation | Truth in American Education: Floridians Critique Jebucation by Shane Vander Hart [image: Staff]From State Impact: (Jeb) Bush views his policies as tough love. But Orlando’s Linda Kobert has another name for it: Jebucation. Kobert founded the non-profit group Fund Education Now with her neighbors, Christine Bramuchi and Kathleen Oropeza. The moms say they are organizing the French Resistance against Bush’s policies in his home state through e-mail and social media such as Twitter. They cite research from Arizona State University and others which shows ... more »



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