Friday, June 22, 2012

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Teach For America (TFA) recruits recent college graduates,1 facilitates their training,2 and places them in schools across the country, where they teach while completing coursework to earn full teaching certification.3 TFA aims to recruit high-performing and ambitious students who have graduated from top universities and "who are highly likely to be leaders in all sectors of society in the course of their careers."4 TFA seeks to hire students with strong academic records, regardless of prior teaching experience.5

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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

Activists: Chicago school ‘reforms’ violate minority students’ rights - Chicago Sun-Times

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Activists: Chicago school ‘reforms’ violate minority students’ rights - Chicago Sun-Times: Parents, students from other cities join Chicagoans in claiming school ‘reforms’ violate minority students’ rights BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporter/rrossi@suntimes.com June 21, 2012 1:08PM - Reprints - - - 22 - - - [image: Story Image] Jitu Brown, of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, calls Thursday for a meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times ARTICLE EXTRAS [image: Story Image] View Gallery Updated: June 22, 2012 2:... more »

Summer Games | Special Olympics Northern California

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Summer Games | Special Olympics Northern California: Summer Games Summer Games is the culminating competition for our Spring Sports season: Aquatics, Bocce, Tennis and Track & Field. Summer Games is one of the largest Special Olympics Northern California sporting events. *OPENING CEREMONIES* The weekend's festivities begin with Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening at beautiful Aggie Stadium on the UC Davis campus. Opening Ceremonies is an evening of excitement for our athletes, and the coaches, families and volunteers who support Special Olympics. Emcees for Opening Ceremoni... more »

NYC Public School Parents: My letter to Bloomberg re parents' right to know performance evaluations of top Tweed officials

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NYC Public School Parents: My letter to Bloomberg re parents' right to know performance evaluations of top Tweed officials: My letter to Bloomberg re parents' right to know performance evaluations of top Tweed officials by Leonie Haimson The Legislature passed the Governor’s bill on disclosure of teacher evaluations yesterday. No matter that the evaluations, based primarily on test scores, are unfair, unreliable, erratic and have up to a 85 point error rate. No matter that the legislation will allow parents to call or email to find out the rating of their child’s teacher. No m... more »

Bloomberg: City will aggressively foist teacher evals onto parents | GothamSchools

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Bloomberg: City will aggressively foist teacher evals onto parents | GothamSchools: Bloomberg: City will aggressively foist teacher evals onto parents by Philissa Cramer The city will exploit every letter of a new law that sets out exactly who can see the results of teachers’ annual evaluations, Mayor Bloomberg announced today. The announcement came less than 24 hours after legislators in Albany signed off on a compromise bill meant to shield the results of new teacher evaluations from public scrutiny. The legislation, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced, blocks the results of new... more »

Hechinger Report | How an Australian company won the top spot in teacher training in New York City

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Hechinger Report | How an Australian company won the top spot in teacher training in New York City: How an Australian company won the top spot in teacher training in New York City by Sarah Garland Olivia Atanasovska, a consultant for AUSSIE, gives tips to teachers at P.S. 279 in the Bronx on how to design a curriculum. (Photo by Sarah Garland) A decade ago, Australia nearly topped the charts when it came to teaching children to read, though it lagged behind countries like Canada and Finland. These days, Australia has fallen further in the international ranks. But in New York City, ... more »

Assisted Learning | Connected Principals

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Assisted Learning | Connected Principals: Assisted Learning by sblankenship Recently, Tom Whitby wrote a provocative article called Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education. I ask that you take the time and read and share this article. In fact, if you are short on time, stop reading my thoughts and click here. “*The biggest hypocrisy of the Education Profession is that the educators too often have become poor learners unwilling to leave their comfort zones to improve their learning. They are not “bad teachers” they are however victims of bad practices of a complacent education syst... more »

Teacher Email Addresses, sent and unsent, reveal secrets of state - The Santa Fe New Mexican

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Emails, sent and unsent, reveal secrets of state - The Santa Fe New Mexican: Emails, sent and unsent, reveal secrets of state The New Mexican The state Public Education Department is having an email problem. Reporter Steve Terrell detailed how Public Education Department employees helped a political operative gather a list of teacher email addresses -- first all state teachers, then culling the general list to only those from nonunion districts. Both lists, after the verbal request, were sent out post-haste. Just a routine public-records request, say the parties involved... more »

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 40th Anniversary of the Pell Grant Program | U.S. Department of Education

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 40th Anniversary of the Pell Grant Program | U.S. Department of Education: Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 40th Anniversary of the Pell Grant Program JUNE 22, 2012 *Contact: * Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov "Forty years ago tomorrow, Senator Claiborne Pell stood with members of Congress and President Nixon as he signed a historic bill to provide low-income students with federal financial aid to pursue postsecondary education. As Senator Pell, the chief sponsor of the program ... more »

Your Summer PD: Successful Schools — Whole Child Education

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Your Summer PD: Successful Schools — Whole Child Education: Your Summer PD: Successful Schools by Klea Scharberg [image: 2012 ASCD Whole Child Virtual Conference] ASCD conducted its second Whole Child Virtual Conference in May. This free conference showcases schools, authors, and research about implementing a whole child approach for a worldwide audience. View and share archived session recordings, presenter handouts, and related resources at www.ascd.org/wcvirtualconference. Gain further insight into what successful school sites are doing and simple steps your school can take to hel... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: LEV is Among the Worst

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: LEV is Among the Worst: LEV is Among the Worst by Charlie Mas Here is a link to a story on the LEV blog with the headline "Washington among the worst when it comes to Black male graduation rates". The story - written by the League of Education Voters - says: "The Schott Foundation has released individual report cards revealing the graduation rates of Black male students, and Washington is among the worst performers." Later in the story, however, the LEV admits: "The national graduation average for Black male students in the 2007-2008 school year ... more »

How A Taxi Ride Changed My Life (Ed Bridges) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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How A Taxi Ride Changed My Life (Ed Bridges) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: How A Taxi Ride Changed My Life (Ed Bridges) by larrycuban *Ed Bridges is Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. His focus on educational administration, leadership, principal preparation, and problem-based learning has earned him the respect of colleagues and students for decades. We have been colleagues and friends for over 30 years. He gave this commencement address June 17, 2012 at the Stanford University School of Education.* It is an honor and a privilege to b... more »

Stand for Children gets some more butt whuppin’ in Chicago. « Fred Klonsky

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Stand for Children gets some more butt whuppin’ in Chicago. « Fred Klonsky: Stand for Children gets some more butt whuppin’ in Chicago. by Fred Klonsky *Stand for Children Illinois* went online and cried buckets of tears over the fact that Chicagoans went toSignon.org to urge Change.org to drop the union busting petition appearing on a self-described progressive website. Change.org at first refused to drop *Stand for Children* as a client. But the petition initiated by CTU member and history teacher Jennifer Johnson soon went Chicago-viral. And when it hit 4,000 signatures, Change.o... more »

Diane Ravitch: Muskegon Heights, Highland Park charter takeovers signal 'death watch' for Michigan public schools | MLive.com

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Diane Ravitch: Muskegon Heights, Highland Park charter takeovers signal 'death watch' for Michigan public schools | MLive.com: Diane Ravitch: Muskegon Heights, Highland Park charter takeovers signal 'death watch' for Michigan public schoolsPublished: Friday, June 22, 2012, 4:15 PM Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 4:17 PM [image: Dave Murray | dmurray@mlive.com] By Dave Murray | dmurray@mlive.com Follow [image: Diane Ravitch.jpg]Diane Ravitch addressed a Michigan Education Association in 2011, saying the United States is “in an age national stupidity,†with a corpora... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE A TEACHER? By Jeff Foxworthy

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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE A TEACHER? By Jeff Foxworthy: HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE A TEACHER? By Jeff Foxworthy by Lisa M I walked into the copy room and this was sitting on a table with the words: "This is a must READ :)". I agree, and I think it is also a "Must SHARE!" I Googled it and realized it has been around for years, but I got a laugh out of most of them!:) 1. *You get a secret thrill out of laminating things.* 2. *You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one belongs to the child out of line.* 3. *You walk into a sto... more »

Wait, What? - Working to educate, persuade and mobilize through "perceptive and acerbic" observations about Connecticut Government and Politics

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Wait, What? - Working to educate, persuade and mobilize through "perceptive and acerbic" observations about Connecticut Government and Politics: Hey Bridgeport; Vallas Has Your Credit Card and He’s Going Wild (Part II of II) by jonpelto Governor Malloy and Mayor Finch work out a deal to take over the Bridgeport Schools and appoint a new school board. Despite the action being deemed illegal, the new appointed board fires the old superintendent, costing taxpayers $220,000, since they had to buy out that guy’s contract. Paul Vallas, education reformer extraordinaire makes his debut h... more »

Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness « School Finance 101

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Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness « School Finance 101: Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness by schoolfinance101 Here’s a little Friday afternoon fun with the updated Census Fiscal Survey data through 2009-2010. I’ve written recently about the national school funding fairness report card, which I work on with colleagues from the Education Law Center. The report card can be found here: http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org/ I also recently wrote a blog post about Amer... more »

We Never Run Out of Truly Bad Ideas « Diane Ravitch's blog

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We Never Run Out of Truly Bad Ideas « Diane Ravitch's blog: We Never Run Out of Truly Bad Ideas by dianerav Some days ago, I posted a blog about the decision by the Oklahoma Department of Education to post on its website the names and personal information of students who got a waiver and didn’t take the state tests. This was widely understood as a purposeful effort to humiliate the students. Now from a reader comes something that is either equally mean or meaner. I report, you decide: *Today I read that two schools near me have been prohibited by the California legislature from iss... more »

The 2012 Nation Student Writing Contest | The Nation

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The 2012 Nation Student Writing Contest | The Nation: *We've extended the deadline for our Student Writing Contest to June 29!* The 2012 Nation Student Writing Contest The Nation on April 10, 2012 - 4:57 PM ET *REUTERS/Larry Downing* *The deadline has been extended until June 29!* Seven years ago, *The Nation* launched an annual Student Writing Contest to identify, support and reward some of the many smart, progressive student journalists writing, reporting and blogging today. This year, we're looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to answer this question in 800... more »

Hechinger Report | At 150, land-grant public universities struggle to return to roots

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Hechinger Report | At 150, land-grant public universities struggle to return to roots: At 150, land-grant public universities struggle to return to roots by Jon Marcus A hopelessly divided country with huge military obligations. A need for more educated workers at a time when only the privileged could afford the full price of college. These circumstances may evoke the present day, but they were actually the backdrop to the little-known but hugely influential innovation 150 years ago that gave rise to dozens of America’s best-known public universities as a way of expanding higher e... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: MISIP 5 Formally Approved for Implementation This Fall

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Missouri Education Watchdog: MISIP 5 Formally Approved for Implementation This Fall: MISIP 5 Formally Approved for Implementation This Fall by Anngie The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) gave their final presentation to the State Board of Education regarding the Missouri School Improvement Program (MISIP) this week. The plan includes all of the tools for measuring school and teacher performance to help each district prepare their Annual Performance Report (APR) which is a tool used by the state to determine a school district's accreditation. "Schools will h... more »

Does Imagine Prep at Superstition really spend $20,000 per student? - Blog For Arizona

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Does Imagine Prep at Superstition really spend $20,000 per student? - Blog For Arizona: Does Imagine Prep at Superstition really spend $20,000 per student? by David Safier *NOTE: Since Imagine School at Superstition made news by firing 11 of its 14 teachers, I've been writing about it, reading up on Imagine Schools and talking to people who know more than I do. This is the third in a series of posts trying to make sense of the nation's largest charter school corporation which has drawn more controversy for its practices and low student achievement scores than any other (Here are th... more »

Harlem parents protest against Success Academy co-locations | GothamSchools

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Harlem parents protest against Success Academy co-locations | GothamSchools: Harlem parents protest against Success Academy co-locations by Rose D'souza Protesters rally in Harlem against Success Academy, the controversial charter network. Parents and community activists protested in Harlem yesterday, taking turns to give speeches and heed warnings to schools that will soon share space with a controversial charter network. But unlike previous protests against the Success Charter network, the rally was significantly smaller. Noticeably missing were the politicians who came out to su... more »

Pension news. « Fred Klonsky

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Pension news. « Fred Klonsky: Pension news. by Fred Klonsky A whole lot of nothing. And who is to say that’s not good? The Springfield Journal Register reports: Madigan says, “the key issue was ending what he called a ‘free lunch’ for school districts. Currently, the state pays the employer’s portion of pension costs for downstate and suburban Chicago schools. Chicago Public Schools, the state’s largest district, pays its own.”“Local officials are making spending decisions but they’re not paying the bill.

A whole generation gained an education

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A whole generation gained an education: A whole generation gained an educationTitle IX opened doors and leveled the playing field for women through 40 years.NANCY ARMOUR, AP National Writer 9:58 pm Photos [image: In a May 22, 2012 photo, Aly Marzonie, right, and Rachel Shellenback, second from right, team captains of the New Trier High School girls’ soccer team, kick a ball with teammates as they prepare for a game in the Illinois High School Association girls’ soccer tournament in Skokie, Ill.] In a May 22, 2012 photo, Aly Marzonie, right, and Rachel Shellenback, second from righ... more »

HechingerEd Blog | Ed in the Election: Agreement on vouchers and stalemate over student loans

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HechingerEd Blog | Ed in the Election: Agreement on vouchers and stalemate over student loans: Ed in the Election: Agreement on vouchers and stalemate over student loans by Sarah Butrymowicz College Board, the group best known for administering the SAT, this week launched “Don’t Forget Ed,” an effort to make presidential candidates pay more attention to education, by setting up 857 empty school desks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The desks represent the number of students who drop out of high school each hour of each school day, according to a 2007 *Education Week* stati... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, June 22, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Friday, June 22, 2012* Rowland superintendent leaves legacy at district; Ott takes job at USCMaria Ott's 41-year career as an educator has taken her from the classroom to the chief administrator's office. And it is the former that she says has shaped her. Inspire charter school to get more space on Chico High campusInspire School of Arts and Sciences won't be getting a new home this year, but it will be getting more space, based on a decision made Wednesday. Class sizes are likely to increaseSonora Elementary S... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Trib writers shine another light on Rahm's anti-union attack ads

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Trib writers shine another light on Rahm's anti-union attack ads: Trib writers shine another light on Rahm's anti-union attack ads by Mike Klonsky AKPD's John Kupper Thanks to reporters *Jeff Coen* and *Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah *for their excellent piece in Today's Trib, *"Emanuel allies press attack in teachers union battle*." It confirms everything I wrote Monday about *David Axelrod's * old firm AKPD being the architect of the lying anti-union ad campaign now being played on local radio in Chicago. According to the Trib report, the big money behind th... more »

D.C. School Cheating Report Finds 3 of Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Schools Tampered With 2011 Tests

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D.C. School Cheating Report Finds 3 Schools Tampered With 2011 Tests: D.C. School Cheating Report Finds 3 Schools Tampered With 2011 Tests by Joy Resmovits Three Washington, D.C., schools cheated on 2011 standardized tests, according to a forensic report the district will release today. Of the 38 Washington, D.C., schools flagged for further investigation for cheating, 23 were found to have some degree of test violations. D.C. flagged classrooms for further investigation only if they met two of three criteria: the number of answers erased from wrong to right as compared to the st...more »

Projections. « Fred Klonsky

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Projections. « Fred Klonsky: Projections. by Fred Klonsky Over my career as a union activist, union president and participant in collective bargaining over many contracts I know this: Figures lie and budget projections are the biggest lies of all. Every collective bargaining I have ever been involved in starts with the board’s bar graphs showing that five years out, if they give the teachers a raise, the district will be in deficit. And then they hand out the graph that looks

Geaux Teacher!: JINDAL SACRIFICES CHILDREN AT HIS ALTER OF PERSONAL POLITICS

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Geaux Teacher!: JINDAL SACRIFICES CHILDREN AT HIS ALTER OF PERSONAL POLITICS: JINDAL SACRIFICES CHILDREN AT HIS ALTER OF PERSONAL POLITICS by noreply@blogger.com (Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT) Dr. Ravitch busts up Governor Jindal and his sacrificial destruction of Louisiana's public school system to further his own political agenda. Just another union busting scheme designed to plummet Jindal to the upper echelons of the ultra conservative, free enterprise, competition-is-the-answer Republican party factions. His ego and penchant for revenge have gone too far this time though – his ... more »

School Tech Connect: Data That Doesn't Matter

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School Tech Connect: Data That Doesn't Matter: Data That Doesn't Matter Because narrative trumps data. *National Education Policy Center:* * VAM is bullshit.* * * *Michelle Rhee:* *No it isn't because I said so. And everyone I look at is now a member of StudentsFirst, so there!* * * *Arne Duncan:* *Raise the bar, raise the bar. B'kaw!* * * *Rb Latimesii* * * For intelligent discussion of the issue, see Dr. Thomas. And while you're reading, I'll count the number of private schools that have adopted VAM around the world. Let's see, zero..... zero..... zero.......

Teachers are Job Creators

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Teachers are Job Creators: Teachers are our job creators. They give students the skills they need to grow into productive, skilled citizens in a global economy. Students become mechanics, doctors, farmers, manufacturers, and educators when teachers help them realize their full potential. Where teachers have the resources they need, high quality of life for families attracts businesses and new residents. Communities see excellent returns on investment in education. Michelle Rhee and her hedge fund manager friends want to privatize our public education system to profit Wall Street in... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NJ Tenure Update

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Jersey Jazzman: NJ Tenure Update: NJ Tenure Update by Duke For my national readers: tenure in New Jersey is largely a parochial issue, but it does have national implications. Chris Christie is a darling of the Republican party and has been put on the short list for Romney's VP candidates for some time (although it will be considerably harder for him to stay there after this). The majority of Christie's schtick has been his war with the teachers unions; specifically, the NJEA. He has very specifically cited tenure "reform" as one of his signature issues. So it's not far-fetched t... more »

School Tech Connect: Burn The Books!

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School Tech Connect: Burn The Books!: Burn The Books! by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) This is the library video to which Diane referred recently. I'm just posting it because I've decided to post more of other people's videos--- that's why they give you an embed code! Popout

Schools Matter: Corporate Ed Reformers After Katrina Illegally Fired 7,500 Educators

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Schools Matter: Corporate Ed Reformers After Katrina Illegally Fired 7,500 Educators: Corporate Ed Reformers After Katrina Illegally Fired 7,500 Educators by Jim Horn Almost 7 years later, a federal judge rules. From Campbell Robertson for the NYTimes: NEW ORLEANS — As much as some may wish otherwise, there is no starting from scratch when rebuilding a city, or a school system. A judge confirmed that here on Wednesday, ruling that the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education, in laying the groundwork for a school reform movement that has become nati... more »

Celebrity Policymaking « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Celebrity Policymaking « Diane Ravitch's blog: Celebrity Policymaking by dianerav This morning I posted a blog about Governor Kasich appointing a former football star to the Ohio state board of education. I got this response from a reader in Michigan: *This is part of a trend I’ve seen here in Michigan – celebrity policy-making. It’s an extension of the traveling shows of Michelle Rhee and Jeb Bush. When Rhee talked to the Michigan legislature last year many legislators seemed in awe. The same thing happened when Jalen Rose, a former University of Michigan basketball star, talked ... more »

Thinking About Charters | Taking Note

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Thinking About Charters | Taking Note: Thinking About Charters by John Merrow John's thoughts off the NCSC in Minneapolis. I have been hanging around charter school operators for the past few days, and the experience has left me with some complicated — and perhaps contradictory — thoughts about a movement that I have been following since 1988. I love the energy, intelligence and dedication of the people I spent time with, but I left the annual meeting of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in Minneapolis with some concerns. I think they need to do a better job of choo... more »

Don’t Forget the Archives « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Don’t Forget the Archives « Diane Ravitch's blog: Don’t Forget the Archives by dianerav I am thrilled when I see that readers are looking at earlier blog posts. I started the blog in late April and have posted about 275 blogs. The earliest ones are as timely as the latest ones, but they get buried by the weight of new blogs. I heard from a reader just now who came across my blog about a fascinating article in the *Teachers College Record* comparing U.S. education policy today to Stalin’s education policies: top-down, rigid and unrealistic goals, punishments for those who couldn’t ... more »

The "Successful" Failure of ED in '08? :: Frederick M. Hess

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The "Successful" Failure of ED in '08? :: Frederick M. Hess: The "Successful" Failure of ED in '08? *by Frederick M. Hess • Jun 22, 2012 at 8:29 am Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share Given my interest in edu-philanthropy and education advocacy, I'm predictably taken by Alexander Russo's behind-the-scenes tale "The Successful Failure of ED in '08." Examining an effort that is generally recalled as a major Gates-Broad partnership that flopped, Russo argues that the whole exercise was more impactful, significant, and instructive than is widely rec... more »

GoLocalProv | News | Former US Education Official Rips Commissioner Gist & RI’s Reform Efforts

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GoLocalProv | News | Former US Education Official Rips Commissioner Gist & RI’s Reform Efforts: Former US Education Official Rips Commissioner Gist & RI’s Reform Efforts [image: Twitter Favicon] [image: Facebook Favicon] [image: Digg Favicon] [image: Reddit Favicon] [image: StumbleUpon Favicon] [image: del.icio.us Favicon] Email to a friend Permalink Friday, June 22, 2012 *Dan McGowan, GoLocalProv News Editor* A former assistant U.S. Secretary of Education is taking Education Commissioner Deborah Gist to task for implementing reform efforts that focus too heavily on test scores an... more »

The Detroit Story: Everyone Pretended to Care « Diane Ravitch's blog

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The Detroit Story: Everyone Pretended to Care « Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The Detroit Story: Everyone Pretended to Care by dianerav The Detroit News reported the latest plans for the beleaguered Detroit Public School district. Under state control for three years, Detroit is now run by an emergency financial manager with dictatorial powers. First the good news: ”Detroit Public Schools’ proposed 2012-13 school year budget supports a system of schools focused on innovation and robust school choices, data-driven programs to enhance tea... more »

Some cuts, some cash in budget deal | Thoughts on Public Education

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Some cuts, some cash in budget deal | Thoughts on Public Education: Some cuts, some cash in budget deal Share No change in grade point eligibility for Cal Grants Posted on 6/22/12 • Categorized as Charters, Community Colleges, Uncategorized By *Kathryn Baron* *John Fensterwald co-authored this article.* Legislative leaders protected most student financial aid in the Cal Grants program and preserved status quo funding for charter schools in the budget deal announced yesterday between Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown. The agreement comes less than a week after legislators approved a $92 ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The 'civil rights issue of our generation' -- Taking those words seriously

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The 'civil rights issue of our generation' -- Taking those words seriously: The 'civil rights issue of our generation' -- Taking those words seriously by Mike Klonsky Jitu Brown of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (back, left) and Helen Moore, Co-Chair of Keep the Vote/ No Takeover Coalition of Detroit demanded a meeting within two weeks with US Education Secretary Arne Duncan. They are filing USDOE civil rights complaints alleging that African American students are unfairly and disproportionately impacted by school closings, turnarounds and pha... more »

Board of Education final vote tally favors charter school backers - Education - The Sacramento Bee

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Board of Education final vote tally favors charter school backers - Education - The Sacramento Bee: Board of Education final vote tally favors charter school backers Share By Diana Lambert dlambert@sacbee.com Published: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B A school board race that pitted charter school opponents against their supporters has finally been decided. Final election results released Thursday show that charter school operator Penny Schwinn edged out union-sponsored Heather McGowan by fewer than 300 votes for the Area 5 seat on the county Board of Education. Those vo... more »

NYC Educator: NY Pretends to Protect Teacher Privacy

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NYC Educator: NY Pretends to Protect Teacher Privacy: NY Pretends to Protect Teacher Privacy by NYC Educator Now that there finally is a bill regarding the data in your junk science VAM evaluations, we know a few new things. First, we know that parents will be able to look at the data supplied on the basis of phony and invalid nonsense, and will therefore be able to determine how they wish to proceed from there. There will be various options open to them. For example, if you've had a good year, parents can tell their friends what a great teacher you are. This will let other parents... more »

Activists: Chicago school ‘reforms’ violate minority students’ rights - Chicago Sun-Times

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Activists: Chicago school ‘reforms’ violate minority students’ rights - Chicago Sun-Times: Parents, students from other cities join Chicagoans in claiming school ‘reforms’ violate minority students’ rights BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporter/rrossi@suntimes.com June 21, 2012 1:08PM - Reprints - - - 11 - - - [image: Story Image] Jitu Brown, of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, calls Thursday for a meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times ARTICLE EXTRAS [image: Story Image] View Gallery Updated: June 22, 2012 2:... more »

The Educated Reporter: `Carrots, Sticks, And The Bully Pulpit:' Should the Federal Government Be Fixing Schools?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
The Educated Reporter: `Carrots, Sticks, And The Bully Pulpit:' Should the Federal Government Be Fixing Schools?: `Carrots, Sticks, And The Bully Pulpit:' Should the Federal Government Be Fixing Schools? by Emily Richmond What lessons can be learned from looking at the federal government's involvement in public education? How effective have attempts been at the national level to promote equity, improve achievement, and develop effective policies? Does that track record support more or less involvement by Washington? Those are just some of the tough questions tackled in the new b... more »

Teaching With Style … - The Educator's PLN

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Teaching With Style … - The Educator's PLN: Teaching With Style … by Fred Donelson Part of my responsibilities at my first teaching assignment (36 years ago!!) was to be in charge of the “High School Bowl” quiz team. The team was made up of four students who competed against two other teams, answering various questions about the sciences, history, English, math and the arts. I remember being quite intimidated at first with the visual art questions. Various pictures would be presented to the team members from famous artists, and the students were supposed to recognize them. Th... more »

Mother Crusader: If Regis Needs Students From 25 Districts To Open, Should It?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Mother Crusader: If Regis Needs Students From 25 Districts To Open, Should It?: If Regis Needs Students From 25 Districts To Open, Should It? by darciecima Remember back in February when Amir Khan was bragging at a Regis Academy Board of Trustees Meeting that he could take kids from Hoboken if he wanted to because the NJDOE had allowed him to expand his districts? A couple weeks later the NJDOE told the Courier Post that Regis was NOT given permission to expand their districts. For a minute there it looked like Regis would actually have to fill the majority of their seats with ki...more »

Educational Martyrdom http://www.southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Educational Martyrdom by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) How long are we just going to be pacifist and not take ownership of ourselves as educators, professionals, parents, friends in the war being waged against education? Critical mass is right around the corner and when the implosion happens we need to be the ones that survive, not the deformers. Rallies, blogs, Twitter, picketing, etc... are nice. It works. But a little too slow. A new radical approach to destroying the deform movement must be the next step. And just what is this step? Simp... more »

Do Not Kill Registry

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Do Not Kill Registry: Do Not Kill Registry In response to the establishment of a national 'kill list' and the expansion of the United States' predator drone program, the National Agency for Ethical Drone-Human Interactions has launched the *Do Not Kill Registry*. Adding your name to the registry will assist us in avoiding accidental casualties in our mission to make the world a safe place for Democracy and Free Enterprise. You can read more about the agency and our mission by clicking here.

Educational Success Is Largely Determined By Where You Live « MomsRising Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Educational Success Is Largely Determined By Where You Live « MomsRising Blog: Educational Success Is Largely Determined By Where You Live by care2 by Judy Molland at care2.com Earlier this year, Care2′s Kristina Chew wrote about the widening gap between rich and poor students in schools across the U.S. over the past few decades and how, as a result, the gap in standardized test scores between affluent and low-income students has grown by 40 percent since the 1960′s. Now comes a report that demonstrates exactly how this works. If you thought that children receive different educati... more »

School Tech Connect: We're So Marginalized It's Crazy

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
School Tech Connect: We're So Marginalized It's Crazy: We're So Marginalized It's Crazy by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Ok, there's a lot going on in the clip I'm embedding below. First is a terrific interview with Chris Hayes, who is in town tonight. Much of what is happening in public education can also be described in the terms outlined in this discussion and in Hayes' book. So watch it. However, pay attention to the commercial at the start of it. You may get a different commercial from the one I get, but I get an Exxon commercial about American students coming in last on... more »

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