Monday, June 18, 2012

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 6-18-12 #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


LAUSD Ruling Clear on the Law, Won’t Shake Up the State « InterACT

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LAUSD Ruling Clear on the Law, Won’t Shake Up the State « InterACT: LAUSD Ruling Clear on the Law, Won’t Shake Up the State by David B. Cohen One week ago, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant issued a ruling on the use of student test scores in teacher evaluations. Reformers are crowing, unions are complaining, and most of the state’s teachers and students, heading off to summer break, are not yet aware of the ruling and the changes it might bring. For a good overview of the case and the ruling, and some interesting exchanges of comments on the ruling, see John ... more »

Open mouth, insert foot: My advice to Ms. Levesque as she fails to make her case for standardized testing in Forida - MyEdNext

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Open mouth, insert foot: My advice to Ms. Levesque as she fails to make her case for standardized testing in Forida - MyEdNext: Open mouth, insert foot: My advice to Ms. Levesque as she fails to make her case for standardized testing in Forida - Posted by Diane Hanfmann on June 18, 2012 at 3:00am - View Blog Please allow me to begin kindly. I could hold Ms. Levesque less responsible for her mistaken words since she has no cousework in education..but why should I? With only a background in finance and business administration,she took the reins along with Latin American... more »

Race To The Top Grant Might Not be Worth Its Cost to SCUSD | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education

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Race To The Top Grant Might Not be Worth Its Cost to SCUSD | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education: Race To The Top Grant Might Not be Worth Its Cost to SCUSD by Kate_Lenox Restrictions on the Use of the Grant Mean the Money Can't Help Restore Education Cuts [image: Home] The US Dept. of Education has released its rules for districts applying to receive Race to the Top grants. They allow individual districts or a consortia of districts to apply directly to the federal government for the money, bypassing state education officials. This is particularly significant in... more »

School Tech Connect: For Each Child That's Born

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School Tech Connect: For Each Child That's Born: For Each Child That's Born by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) At the recent CODE event on the northwest side, there was an extraordinary performance of Sweet Honey in the Rock's *We Are. * As a professional non-journalist, I am fully capable of losing my notes from any given assignment, and I have once again done so here. I regret not getting these women's names, but I believe Jitu Brown referred to them as being either board members or staff members (or both) of KOCO, the organization that understands better than any other the eff... more »

The 2012 Democratic Party Platform on education is revealed. « Fred Klonsky

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The 2012 Democratic Party Platform on education is revealed. « Fred Klonsky: ' The 2012 Democratic Party Platform on education is revealed. by Fred Klonsky [image: Arnold, Benedict images] We’ve been told that the national Democrats won’t have an education plank in their 2012 campaign platform. But don’t believe it. Want to know why President Obama has been silent in response to Romney’s attack on teachers and teacher unions? Brother Mike reveals the answers in a post today. The Chicago Sun-Times exposes the ties between the Obama administration, their chief political strategist Da... more »

EdWeek---Districts Gear Up for Race to Top Scramble | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education

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EdWeek---Districts Gear Up for Race to Top Scramble | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education: EdWeek---Districts Gear Up for Race to Top Scramble by Kate_Lenox [image: Home] By Alyson Klein and Christina A. Samuels Leaders of some large-city school districts say they are prepared to jump into the competition for nearly $400 million in new Race to the Top grants from the U.S. Department of Education. But the head of a coalition of rural districts said that while the money would be welcomed, it may require too much effort from small district staffs to apply for and to adm... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Charter News Roundup - It's Not Pretty

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Charter News Roundup - It's Not Pretty: Charter News Roundup - It's Not Pretty by Melissa Westbrook [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] - Let's start with Diane Ravitch's call at her blog for ed reform stories from around the country. It's staggering to read and most are about charters. - Last Stand for Children First Illinois about how turnaround schools happen in their state. - Diane's blog again - a story about the "American Indian Charter School" in Oakland, CA. The school is about 86% Asian-Ameri... more »

Lakeview Elementary sit-in: Oakland schools police order crowd to disperse - ContraCostaTimes.com

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Lakeview Elementary sit-in: Oakland schools police order crowd to disperse - ContraCostaTimes.com: Lakeview Elementary sit-in: Oakland schools police order crowd to disperse By Katy Murphy and Anna Gallegos Oakland Tribune Posted: 06/18/2012 09:58:05 AM PDT Updated: 06/18/2012 01:14:53 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge Joel Velasquez, a parent of three kids, and Timothy Tery, an alum of Lakeview Elementary, stand... - - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - » OAKLAND -- Days into a sit-in to protest the closure of Lakeview Elementary School, the Oakland school district police f... more »

The Financialization of education: New teacher standards and evaluations means vendors are cashing in on the ‘teacher training’ like pigs in a trough | Dailycensored.com

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The Financialization of education: New teacher standards and evaluations means vendors are cashing in on the ‘teacher training’ like pigs in a trough | Dailycensored.com: The Financialization of education: New teacher standards and evaluations means vendors are cashing in on the ‘teacher training’ like pigs in a trough by Danny Weil I remember when, 25 years ago I was a second grade teacher in then changing South Central Los Angeles. One of the first things that I had my face shoved in was the corporate text book ‘advisors’ or “consultants’ that would come to our school and tell ... more »

Free Webinar: Beyond Differentiation with Robyn Jackson — Whole Child Education

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Free Webinar: Beyond Differentiation with Robyn Jackson — Whole Child Education: Free Webinar: Beyond Differentiation with Robyn Jackson by Klea Scharberg [image: Robyn Jackson] Join Robyn Jackson, author of *Never Work Harder Than Your Students & Other Principles of Great Teaching*, for an exciting, free webinar on differentiating instruction for your students. *Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 3:00 p.m. eastern time* *Register now!* Are you bogged down trying to plan differentiated lessons to meet the diverse needs of all of your students? If so, join this free ASCD Webinar to learn how... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Your child must read 50% informational text, and enjoy it!

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NYC Public School Parents: Your child must read 50% informational text, and enjoy it!: Your child must read 50% informational text, and enjoy it! by Leonie Haimson Over the weekend, NYS Education Commissioner King sent around a new parent guide about the Common Core standards, called "Shifts for Students and Parents." Here is one of the slides: Also over the weekend, Robert Pondiscio of Core Knowledge critiqued Sandra Stotsky, who had questioned the 50% split for non-fiction on our Parents Across America blog. Stotsky, the main author of the highly-regarded Massachusetts stand... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Why Can't We Hold Parents Accountable Any More?

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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Why Can't We Hold Parents Accountable Any More?: Why Can't We Hold Parents Accountable Any More? by Lisa M I've noticed that whenever someone starts talking about "the parents", people want to shut them down. The immediate reaction is a harsh backlash, usually accusing the author of parent bashing. "The parents" are off-limits. But, I'm going to go there.:) I believe society started a trend from which there is no escape, and no turning back. Parents were allowed to relinquish the reins of raising their children. They relinquished them, hand... more »

Miller's Right: Young Americans Get the Shaft :: Frederick M. Hess

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Miller's Right: Young Americans Get the Shaft :: Frederick M. Hess: Miller's Right: Young Americans Get the Shaft *by Frederick M. Hess • Jun 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share Over the weekend, CAP's Matt Miller penned a terrific *Washington Post* column ("Young Americans Get the Shaft") in the same vein. It's a must-read for anyone who fancies that they're an education advocate. Miller writes: How are [Americans under 35] being swindled today?... There's no cash for such investments [in research and development] in the futu... more »

Lakeview Elementary Building Occupied « occupy california

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Lakeview Elementary Building Occupied « occupy california: Lakeview Elementary Building Occupied by * [image: Tents at Lakeview Elementary Sit-in] OAKLAND, California – The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is closing 5 schools reportedly due to budget cuts. Parents, teachers, and community members are in an uproar as access to public education dwindles–particularly, in poor communities of color. In protest to the school shut downs, a handful of community members set up a tent encampment outside the Lakeview Elementary campus on Friday. In tandem with the “sit-in,” teachers ha... more »

HechingerEd Blog | Reforming the way we write about reform, education and more

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HechingerEd Blog | Reforming the way we write about reform, education and more: Reforming the way we write about reform, education and more by Sarah Carr Several years ago, an older and wiser colleague of mine at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gently chided me for using the phrase “inner city” in my newspaper articles on Milwaukee’s schools. My co-worker, Jamaal Abdul-Alim, pointed out that most of the neighborhoods and sections of Milwaukee to which I ascribed that label were not part of the city’s core. If I meant low-income, predominantly black, high in crime, or some combinat... more »

Three pieces of Springfield news. Endorsements, cat fights and Charlie McBarron. « Fred Klonsky

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Three pieces of Springfield news. Endorsements, cat fights and Charlie McBarron. « Fred Klonsky: McBarron. by Fred Klonsky Rich Miller of Capitolfax.com is reporting that once again, Illinois’ state employee unions are licking the hand that slapped them. Among those receiving an AFSCME endorsement is Elaine Nekritz. Ironically enough, Rep. Elaine Nekritz, who has played a key role in negotiating pension and health insurance changes for public employees and retirees, was endorsed by the AFL-CIO. Nekritz (D-Northbrook) is facing a fairly serious challenge this fall and she’s also ... more »

Charters and Integration in the NYC Context | Edwize

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Charters and Integration in the NYC Context | Edwize: Charters and Integration in the NYC Context by Christina Collins It’s always good to see issues of school segregation and integration back on the table as part of the education reform discussion; most recently, the discussion of this important reform goal was triggered in New York by Eva Moskowitz’s latest demand of the state that her chain of schools should be exempted from following the state charter law which requires that all charters serve high-needs students in proportions comparable to those of local schools. However, M... more »

Educators Need to Discuss and Learn…? « My Island View

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Educators Need to Discuss and Learn…? « My Island View: Educators Need to Discuss and Learn…? by tomwhitby My last post, *Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education*, seems to have gotten quite a few people talking about educators needing to learn more. Of course there were some who disagreed, which is an inevitable consequence of blogging. One of the comments that caused me to think even more about this educator/learner topic was a comment that I had received concerning the methods I suggested might need a revisit of learning. Authentic learning and project-based learning were tw... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Axelrod's old firm behind 'Infrastructure Trust', Citibank, and attacks on CTU

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Axelrod's old firm behind 'Infrastructure Trust', Citibank, and attacks on CTU: Axelrod's old firm behind 'Infrastructure Trust', Citibank, and attacks on CTU by Mike Klonsky Obama, Emanuel & AxelrodWell, mercy me! Look who's behind those ads blasting the CTU. Why, it's ASGK Public Strategies and AKPD, David Axelrod's old firms. An embarrassed Axelrod is claiming that he no longer has any connection to the firms since he sold them in 2009, when he became Obama's Senior White House Advisor. But he's still very much connected (the A stands for Axelrod)... more »

How Connecticut Educators Beat Back Privateers to Lead Reform Effort | NEA Today

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How Connecticut Educators Beat Back Privateers to Lead Reform Effort | NEA Today: How Connecticut Educators Beat Back Privateers to Lead Reform Effort June 18, 2012 by twalker Filed under Featured News, State News, Top Stories Leave a Comment [image: Email][image: Share] *By Kevin Hart and Félix Pérez* Proponents of privatizing public education have spent the past few years on a perpetual road show, travelling state to state selling a toxic mix of education reforms that are unsupported by research and silence the voices of teachers, and rebutting any and all efforts to improve publ... more »

Private parts. « Fred Klonsky

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Private parts. « Fred Klonsky: Private parts. by Fred Klonsky The kerfluffle in the Michigan legislature over a female legislator using the word, “vagina” in a speech defending abortion rights has led to the sudden upsurge in interest over that particular body part. Or, maybe I’m just underestimating existing interest. I used to do a yearly activity with first graders involving the drawing of shadows. You might be surprised about the complexity of the concept of shadows for a six-year old. **What part of your body is the shadow attached to? Relative to the sun, which direction doe... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Monday, June 18, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Monday, June 18, 2012* Schools tread carefully on social mediaSchool officials acknowledge the power of using social media in educating today's students, who they call "digital natives." Social media can also be a tool to communicate more efficiently with parents and the community. But for the time being, school personnel are hesitant to use it on a wide scale. Changes ahead for Atascadero schoolThe Atascadero Unified School District broke ground Friday on a renovation project that will bring widespread chang... more »

Bill Gates tells us why *his* high school was a great learning environment | Seattle Education

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Bill Gates tells us why *his* high school was a great learning environment | Seattle Education: Bill Gates tells us why *his* high school was a great learning environment by seattleducation2011 *Today’s post was submitted by HiPointDem, a supporter of public education*: Lakeside School Bill’s high school, Lakeside, is Seattle’s most elite private school. The current tuition is $28K (not including food, books, bus, laptop, and field trips). A bargain, compared to some eastern private schools, but about equal to the median income of all US workers. Lakeside has a lovely campus that loo... more »

Worker Co-operatives and Democracy (Part 2) | Dissident Voice

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Worker Co-operatives and Democracy (Part 2) | Dissident Voice: Worker Co-operatives and Democracy (Part 2) by Bernard Marszalek The popular slogan “People before Profit” adopted by worker co-operatives begs the question how people, in this case members of worker co-operatives, can trump profit in a profit-driven economy. The predictable response is that the democratic organization of co-operatives, where decisions are guided by the interests of the members and not exclusively by the imperatives of capital, amply validates the truth of the slogan. But is this so? If the members of ... more »

Blue Jersey:: A Tale of Two Tenure Bills

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Blue Jersey:: A Tale of Two Tenure Bills: A Tale of Two Tenure Bills by Jersey Jazzman Today, Senator Teresa Ruiz's tenure bill will most likely make it out of her committee; this follows on the heels of Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan's bill, which was approved by his committee last Thursday (despite the abstentions of the Republican members).Given the momentum, it's quite likely the two bills will be reconciled, put to full votes, and eventually land on Chris Christie's desk. But before looking at what it will take for the Assembly and Senate versions to become compatible, it's wort... more »

John Thompson: Common Core Is the Essence of the "Status Quo" -- That's why I Support It - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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John Thompson: Common Core Is the Essence of the "Status Quo" -- That's why I Support It - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Thompson: Common Core Is the Essence of the "Status Quo" -- That's why I Support It by Anthony Cody *Guest post by John Thompson.* Last week, attending a great conference in Oklahoma City, Vision 2020, focused largely on Common Core, I kept worrying how I could articulate my support for the effort without angering my friends who are skeptical of it, or needlessly antagonizing Common Core supporters who hold the weird belief that it will be "a... more »

Florida’s Republican Legislators Still Don’t Get It | Scathing Purple Musings

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Florida’s Republican Legislators Still Don’t Get It | Scathing Purple Musings: Florida’s Republican Legislators Still Don’t Get It by Bob Sikes An agonizing problem for any school district is what to do with their at-risk kids. The state’s professional educators and elected school boards never stop looking for ways to help these children. For these often poor, homeless, with learning disabilities, frequent discipline problems and from fractured families, its been clear for some time that there aren’t any clear-cut solutions or silver bullets. Polk county is considering seven chart... more »

Monetizing Public School Success | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Monetizing Public School Success | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Monetizing Public School Success by obriena In the current fiscal climate, all government entities – schools most certainly included – are being asked to justify their costs. But given that they are typically measured by standardized test scores, graduation rates and other academic measures, how can schools show their cost-effectiveness? Economist Michael Walden has provided one example, conducting a study on the impact of the Virginia Beach City Public School System on the metropolitan Virginia... more »

Five Ridiculously Reformy “Copy & Paste” Policies & Why They’re Misguided « School Finance 101

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Five Ridiculously Reformy “Copy & Paste” Policies & Why They’re Misguided « School Finance 101: Five Ridiculously Reformy “Copy & Paste” Policies & Why They’re Misguided by schoolfinance101 65 Cent Solution (now defunct?)What is it? It *was* (thankfully this one is pretty much dead!) a policy proposal being pitched in the mid-2000s which would require, through state mandate/legislation or regulation, that local public school districts show on paper that they spend 65% of their total budgets on “instruction.” The argument was that the average district nationally allocates somewhat l... more »

This Week In Education: Reform: The Problem With "Parents Across America"

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This Week In Education: Reform: The Problem With "Parents Across America": Bruno: A Partial Defense Of Parents Across America by Paul Bruno [image: XCartoons-Shouting-Match]About Alexander's post on Parents Across America, I find myself liking it more than agreeing with it. On the one hand, while my experience with PAA is pretty limited, at least some of its members seem perfectly willing to question the legitimacy of their opponents based on the interests they appear (or are assumed) to represent. The tendency of at least some PAA members to operate that way is annoying exactly be...more »

90% of Chicago Teachers Vote to Strike If Contract Negotiations Break Down | K-12 News Network

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90% of Chicago Teachers Vote to Strike If Contract Negotiations Break Down | K-12 News Network: 90% of Chicago Teachers Vote to Strike If Contract Negotiations Break Down by admin Via the Washington Post: as of June 11, 2012, ninety percent of the 26,000-plus teachers in the city of Chicago voted to strike if contract negotiations with the city fall apart. At issue are longer school days minus any corresponding increases in pay, and other disputes over class size, restoration of school libraries, art and music classes, and an end to chronic underfunding. A four percent pay raise w... more »

Shanker Blog » Louisiana's "School Performance Score" Doesn't Measure School Performance

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Shanker Blog » Louisiana's "School Performance Score" Doesn't Measure School Performance: Louisiana’s “School Performance Score” Doesn’t Measure School Performance by Matthew Di Carlo Louisiana’s “School Performance Score” (SPS) is the state’s primary accountability measure, and it determines whether schools are subject to high-stakes decisions, most notably state takeover. For elementary and middle schools, 90 percent of the SPS is based on testing outcomes. For secondary schools, it is 70 percent (and 30 percent graduation rates).* The SPS is largely calculated using absolute perf... more »

Mayors back parents seizing control of schools | Reuters

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Mayors back parents seizing control of schools | Reuters: Mayors back parents seizing control of schools (Reuters) - Hundreds of mayors from across the United States this weekend called for new laws letting parents seize control of low-performing public schools and fire the teachers, oust the administrators or turn the schools over to private management. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday unanimously endorsed "parent trigger" laws aimed at bypassing elected school boards and giving parents at the worst public schools the opportunity to band toge... more »

KPBJ.COM | Education is the great equalizer, but is becoming the great separator | Business Daily | Don Brunell | KITSAP PENINSULA BUSINESS JOURNAL

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KPBJ.COM | Education is the great equalizer, but is becoming the great separator | Business Daily | Don Brunell | KITSAP PENINSULA BUSINESS JOURNAL: Education is the great equalizer, but is becoming the great separator JUNE 18, 2012 @ 12:05AM | DON BRUNELL ~ Association of Washington Business During his term as Washington’s governor, Gary Locke’s mantra was “education is the great equalizer.” Locke, now the U.S. Ambassador to China, was correct, but in our country, today education is becoming the great separator. Here’s the problem. First, far too many students drop out of high scho... more »

Cognitive Dissidence: Walker's Fourth Attack On Educators

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Cognitive Dissidence: Walker's Fourth Attack On Educators: Walker's Fourth Attack On Educators Scott Walker first launched his offensive against teachers, as well as other public service workers, by falsely maligning them and turning his base out to hate the very people they entrust their children to day in and day out. Then Walker led his major offensive maneuver by dropping his "bomb" on educators by taking their civil rights of collective bargaining away and trying to bust their unions. His third offensive tactic came when he revealed his budget which did

California students’ improvement on AP exams deserves more attention | Thoughts on Public Education

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California students’ improvement on AP exams deserves more attention | Thoughts on Public Education: California students’ improvement on AP exams deserves more attention Share Posted on 6/18/12 • Categorized as 10.1Assessments, Achievement Gap By *Michael Kirst* [image: Source: College Board California State Integrated Summary Report for Public Schools, 2010-11] * * There is some good news in California student achievement trends. High performers, as measured by passage of the Advanced Placement exam, are increasing, and rank very high in interstate comparisons. AP is college level ... more »

Daily Kos: Fifty Million

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Daily Kos: Fifty Million: Fifty Million by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) If you were at Netroots Nation, you heard Darcy Burner remind us that one in three woman in America will have an abortion at some point in their lives. Given a population in excess of 300 million, half of which are female, that is something over fifty million. You experienced her quietly asking women in the audience if they were comfortable to stand and acknowledge having had an abortion. As Digby, John and Howie and the Leadership of Blue America put it in an email that went out yesterday, reflecting a p... more »

Diane Ravitch's blog 6-18

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Is Louisiana the Worst? dianerav at Diane Ravitch's blog - 36 minutes ago Louisiana is a very strong contender for the worst state in the nation in relation to its treatment of teachers, students, and public schools. Governor Bobby Jindal has been hailed by rightwing privatizers for his bold plan to dismantle public education. And indeed, his legislation established vouchers, charters, and a punitive regime for teachers. If [...] New Jersey Has a Bad Idea dianerav at Diane Ravitch's blog - 39 minutes ago A rea... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLES by Mike Klonsky Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio *"I think people from Mexico are now going to feel, 'Hey come on in and we'll get by with it.' But it won't happen in this county. They will still be arrested."* -- After arresting 6-year-old suspected illegal immigrant. Diane Ravitch *Isn’t it strange that you never see a group like “Education Reform Now” or “Democrats for Education Reform” or “ConnCAN” or “50StateCANN” advocating for smaller classes or more librarians or a reversal of budget cuts. -- "Big Mon... more »

Pop quiz on standardized testing - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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Pop quiz on standardized testing - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] Pop quiz on standardized testing By Valerie Straussh This* was written by Lisa Guisbond, apolicy analyst with FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, in Jamaica Plain, Mass. FairTest is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the misuse of standardized tests. This quiz was first published in Education Week.* ** By Lisa Guisbond You can practically hear the collective relief as school testing seasonwinds down across America. It’s not just the sighs of millions of overt... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: What's Wrong with Proposed Policy 2200

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: What's Wrong with Proposed Policy 2200: What's Wrong with Proposed Policy 2200 by Charlie Mas Every so often something comes along that exposes and epitomizes a wide range of problems. This week it is the proposed Policy 2200, Equitable Access to Programs and Services. This proposed revision to Board Policy C56.00 reveals and illustrates problems with the Board's procedures, the Board's practices, the staff, program placement, the allocation of authority, the factors that really drive decisions within Seattle Public Schools, and the whole concept o... more »

NYC Educator: In a Hurry

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NYC Educator: In a Hurry: In a Hurry by NYC Educator This morning, I'm off to read 5 million papers. Our ESL department is going to read the papers of our ESL students. They are all taking the Regents exam, because NY State has decided, in its infinite wisdom, that there is no difference between kids who were born here, kids who have spoken English all their lives, and kids from other countries, who have spoken English only weeks or months. It's important that we have a standardized test because teachers can't be trusted to construct their own. I, for example, would never exhibit ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Chris Cerf Will Tell You What He Thinks You Need To Know!

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Jersey Jazzman: Chris Cerf Will Tell You What He Thinks You Need To Know!: Chris Cerf Will Tell You What He Thinks You Need To Know! by Duke If you blink, you'll miss it: The entity that handles appeals of rejected requests for public information meets once a month in a first-floor office in Trenton. Windows offer a view of an atrium outside, but it's difficult — literally and otherwise — to look from the outside in. Called the Government Records Council, this agency adjudicates appeals from all levels of New Jersey government, from your school board on up to Christie's office. ... more »

An Open Thank You Letter to Teachers « Cooperative Catalyst

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An Open Thank You Letter to Teachers « Cooperative Catalyst: An Open Thank You Letter to Teachers by zoeweil I wanted to share my latest essay published at Common Dreams, a progressive news site. Here’s an excerpt from “An Open Thank You Letter to Teachers”: *“Dear Teachers,* *Another school year is over, and there’s a good chance you haven’t been thanked for another year’s hard work. That might actually be quite an understatement. Not only may you have failed to receive real appreciation for your work, your salary and benefits may have been cut while your hours were increased. You... more »

AN ANALYSIS OF THE 2012-13 JOBS AND SERVICES RESTORATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN LAUSD AND UTLA By Dr. John Fernandez - Perdaily.com

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE 2012-13 JOBS AND SERVICES RESTORATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN LAUSD AND UTLA By Dr. John Fernandez - Perdaily.com: AGREEMENT BETWEEN LAUSD AND UTLA By Dr. John Fernandez by Leonard Isenberg [image: Dr. John Fernandez.jpg] Not only is the Agreement misleading, tentative, and conditional, the Agreement fails to support the claim that 4,149 jobs will be restored and does not give an exact number of all pending Reduction in Forces (RIFS) and job loses that will take place after June 30, 2012. For instance on page 4 of the Agreement, Section 5a, the subheading states: "Total... more »

Teacher evaluation plan a test for LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy - LA Daily News

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Teacher evaluation plan a test for LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy - LA Daily News: Teacher evaluation plan a test for LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer Posted: 06/17/2012 05:58:17 PM PDT Updated: 06/17/2012 08:59:39 PM PDT James Jordan Middle School principal Myranda Marsh talks with students before they take a final. A court order is mandating that student test scores be a part of a teacher s performance evaluation at LAUSD schools. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer) Armed with a court order mandating the use of student test scores in teacher evalu... more »

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coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Planes, Trains, and Allegorical Deformers by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) Hey, do you ever think that John Candy and Steve Martin are allegorical to the deformers and the deform movement out there? Let me be the first to explain. Today as I was celebrating Father's Day with the traditional packing of ten years worth of stuff, my wife was saying something to me. What I still do not know, but in my ADD mind for what ever reason I conjured up the movie "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," in particular the scene in which John Candy is driving the ... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: I HAVE TO STOP READING DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: I HAVE TO STOP READING DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG!: BLOG! My summer vacation began on June 13 and Diane Ravitch has started blogging. What's the connection? Well, every morning when I open my email, there are about 4-7 posts from Diane Ravitch. She doesn't send them to me personally. But, being a person who wants to know what's going on in the realm of education, besides the latest edtech tool, hers is one of the blogs I subscribe to. Here's the thing though. Every time I open one of her posts, and begin to read, I get angry, frustrated, and outra... more »

All Education Matters: National Emergency? Suicidal Student Debtors (Plus Senator Begich Thanks Me For My Advocacy)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
All Education Matters: National Emergency? Suicidal Student Debtors (Plus Senator Begich Thanks Me For My Advocacy): National Emergency? Suicidal Student Debtors (Plus Senator Begich Thanks Me For My Advocacy) by Cryn Johannsen The suicidal notes continue to come my way. One man told me that he is planning to kill himself. I have reached out and told him that he can talk to me whenever he likes. I also contacted a fantastic scholar and clinical psychologist who has offered to help as well. If you are suicidal, I urge you to reach out to people you trust (family, friends, a pastor,... more »

For The Person That I Do Have | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
For The Person That I Do Have | The Jose Vilson: For The Person That I Do Have by Jose It all starts with a broken heart, a disillusionment about the statues your youth asks you to revere. I wasn’t supposed to tell you that, but it’s the truth. We who have ever felt this abandonment from our fathers went through stages of pain throughout our lives we never fully reconcile. We become victims of the ideal of a nuclear family, where the father provides the strength and grounded reason while the mother provides the emotion and the tenderness for this fantasy family. Those of us who on... more »

solidaridad: My humble thoughts on UTLA's vote on the Tentative Agreement

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
solidaridad: My humble thoughts on UTLA's vote on the Tentative Agreement: My humble thoughts on UTLA's vote on the Tentative Agreement by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene [image: Esperanza Elementary School first grade garden project at Evaluate This!]I want to thank United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) for being the only thing standing between our communies and Eli Broad's malevolent designs. For better or worse, UTLA members agreed once more to take a drastic pay cut so that they could save the jobs of many of their colleagues, who, in turn, serve our community. Educators have made ... more »

The Washington Teacher: Is Teacher Churn Undermining Real Education Reform in DC?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
The Washington Teacher: Is Teacher Churn Undermining Real Education Reform in DC?: Is Teacher Churn Undermining Real Education Reform in DC? by Candi Peterson An Op-ed in this Sunday's Washington Post, written by Mark Simon, education analyst and DCPS parent calls attention to the rate of turnover of both teachers and principals as a huge education reform. Simon argues the turnover rates are so high we're losing a lot of our best teachers and creating a hostile culture in too many schools. Turnover in charter schools is even higher. *By Mark Simon, Published: June 15- Washingto...more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Save Our Schools The People's Education Conference

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Save Our Schools The People's Education Conference: Save Our Schools The People's Education Conference by Mike Klonsky *Join Us! August 3rd - 5th* When. Where. Why... The Save Our Schools Convention, scheduled for August 3-5 in Washington, DC, is a chance to have our voices heard as we head into the November elections. We are currently offering a special discounted early registration fee of $150 per person until June 30. Lodging is not included in the registration fee, but we can offer a great rate at the convention site! Please use this link to reg... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools - Good News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools - Good News: Seattle Schools - Good News by Melissa Westbrook The West Seattle blog reports that Arbor Heights Elementary raised $500 at a bake sale to help fund cancer research for Seattle Children's Hospital. What a great effort from everyone there. Top three winners from the district's Science Fair: *Mason Klein, 6th grade at Jane Addams; Ruby Nelson, 7th grade at Whitman Middle; and Bryn Templeton, 8th grade at Blaine K-8. This year's science fair had the biggest turnout yet in terms of students, parents, and other visitors. T... more »

Hop on, Pop! « MomsRising Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Hop on, Pop! « MomsRising Blog: Hop on, Pop! by Valerie Young My father influenced the course of my life in two dramatic ways. Before I could read, he took me to the public library and read me all the *Madeline* and *Babar the Elephant* books. We must have spent hours and hours doing this – me on his lap, his chin resting lightly on the top of my head – because it is one of my clearest memories. These same stories were among the first I bought and read to my own children, and I still give them often as baby or birthday gifts. Years later, the night before I left for my first year... more »

The FCAT Spring | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
The FCAT Spring | Scathing Purple Musings: The FCAT Spring by Bob Sikes Consider this timeline of events. January 20: Florida Governor Rick Scott directs Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson to rank Florida’s school districts by FCAT scores February 2: Texas’ long-time, pro-accountabilty education commissioner Robert Scott says testing has become a “perversion” of its intent and triggered 360 Texas districts to join a National Resolution on High Stakes Testing February 23: Robinson defends changes to Florida’s school grade system. April 24: National Resolution on High Stakes Test... more »

State should listen to school boards' concerns about FCAT | HeraldTribune.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
State should listen to school boards' concerns about FCAT | HeraldTribune.com: FCAT impasse Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.Last Modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 at 6:24 p.m. School boards and the state Department of Education are not having a healthy conversation about Florida's student-testing regime. The boards and the department are communicating -- through stilted resolutions by the Florida School Board Association and defensive statements by the education commissioner -- but they are not engaged in productive dialogue. That is not good for students, teachers, par... more »

All Education Matters: Reader Publicly Thanks Me: "You present these issues in such a calm, rational, and unemotional manner but with great moral clarity, and this is exactly the right way to raise awareness."

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
All Education Matters: Reader Publicly Thanks Me: "You present these issues in such a calm, rational, and unemotional manner but with great moral clarity, and this is exactly the right way to raise awareness.": Reader Publicly Thanks Me: "You present these issues in such a calm, rational, and unemotional manner but with great moral clarity, and this is exactly the right way to raise awareness." by Cryn Johannsen It is inevitable. If you decide to stick your neck out for a cause you believe in, you get attacked from all sides. That is simply a reality of speaking up and insisting ... more »

Ed in the Age of Globalization » Common Sense Vs. Common Core: How to Minimize the Damages of the Common Core

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Education in the Age of Globalization » Blog Archive » Common Sense Vs. Common Core: How to Minimize the Damages of the Common Core: Common Sense Vs. Common Core: How to Minimize the Damages of the Common Core by YongZhao The wonder drug has been invented, manufactured, packaged, and shipped. Doctors and nurses are being trained to administer the drug properly. Companies and consultants are offering products and services to help with the proper administering of this wonder drug. A national effort is underway to develop tools to monitor the improvement of the patients. The media ar... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Seniority in Teaching: An Unproven Problem

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Jersey Jazzman: Seniority in Teaching: An Unproven Problem: Seniority in Teaching: An Unproven Problem by Duke You can always count on Tom Moran and the *Star-Ledger* editorial page to come up with solutions to problems that they haven't shown to exist: The NJEA, while backing the weaker tenure proposal, has come miles from where it was on education reform. Yet when it comes to seniority, there was no give. The union, along with most Democrats, argues that veteran teachers will be fired to save more money. That’s highly unlikely, because it would violate federal laws against age ... more »

IEA’s sellout to Stand for Children was indeed a model for the nation. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
IEA’s sellout to Stand for Children was indeed a model for the nation. « Fred Klonsky: IEA’s sellout to Stand for Children was indeed a model for the nation. by Fred Klonsky *The Mass Teachers Association bought the Stand for Children deal hook, line and stinker.* It cuts both ways, you know. While the firm stand taken by the Chicago teachers in their negotiating posture with Rahm Emanuel and his hand-picked board of education inspires teachers across the nation, the sellout by the IEA leadership on Senate Bill 7 undermines resistance to corporate school reform. Look no further than... more »

Los Angeles students and teachers need your help fighting Green Dot Charter Schools | Dailycensored.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Los Angeles students and teachers need your help fighting Green Dot Charter Schools | Dailycensored.com: Los Angeles students and teachers need your help fighting Green Dot Charter Schools from Dailycensored.com by Danny Weil I have written extensively about *Green Dot Charter Schools*, an educational retail charter chain that gained a foothold in Los Angeles and a step-ladder into the public consciousness due to favorable publicity by the charter charlatans and their corporate allies. You can read about the detestable Green Dot and its takeover of some of Los Angeles schools,... more »



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