Monday, July 2, 2012

From Dennis Van Roekel’s speech at the opening session of the NEA RA. « Fred Klonsky

From Dennis Van Roekel’s speech at the opening session of the NEA RA. « Fred Klonsky:


From Dennis Van Roekel’s speech at the opening session of the NEA RA.

JULY 2, 2012

We all know there are plenty of people who are eager to offer advice — or worse, try to impose their ideas on our profession. Bloggers, columnists, elected officials, and self‑proclaimed reformers, they are constantly weighing in about public education. I mean, they have an opinion on everything — the who, the what, the when, the where, and the how — all of that about public education. Always opinions.
The “who” they love to talk about and blame are teachers. As if this disjointed and underfunded system is somehow the fault of those who teach and the people who work in those schools. But the real problems are the profiteers and mega-rich Wall Street folks who created an economic crisis that has our country and the world reeling.
And the solution isn’t to attack educators, it’s to give respect. That’s what will attract talented young people to become teachers and education support professionals and college professors.
The other part of the “who” in education is the students, and the 

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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."

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Schools Matter: Democrats for Neoliberal Education Reform's Gloria J. Romero's Parent Tricker days are numbered

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Schools Matter: Democrats for Neoliberal Education Reform's Gloria J. Romero's Parent Tricker days are numbered: Democrats for Neoliberal Education Reform's Gloria J. Romero's Parent Tricker days are numbered *I think about former Senator Gloria Romero comparing Compton educators to "batterers" and wondered whether the writers of those words ever stop to think about the consequences of their prose. — Martha Infante* [image: Gloria J. Romero, Queen of California School Privatization, head of reactionary DFER, darling of the CCSA.] Photo by Mark Warner (CC BY-SA 2.0) As the DFER vene... more »

NEA - Let’s Use Our Power to Make Public Education Stronger, Van Roekel Tells Delegates

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NEA - Let’s Use Our Power to Make Public Education Stronger, Van Roekel Tells Delegates: Let’s Use Our Power to Make Public Education Stronger, Van Roekel Tells Delegates NEA President Dennis Van Roekel opened the 2012 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA) by challenging members to stand up for their profession and come together in a united mission to transform America’s public schools into world class institutions of learning. Van Roekel said NEA members realize they can’t set education policy by themselves, but they do have the power to influence it. “You do i... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Obamacare and Education Reform Operate Under the Same Basic Principle: The Politics of Dependency

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Obamacare and Education Reform Operate Under the Same Basic Principle: The Politics of Dependency: Obamacare and Education Reform Operate Under the Same Basic Principle: The Politics of Dependency by stlgretchen How many politicians will send their children to public school to learn under Common Core/RTTT mandates? Education reform has much in common with Obamacare: Absurdities. - Education reform: Governors and state boards of education signed onto Race to the Top and Common Core standards even before they knew what was contained in the ma... more »

solidaridad: Thoughts on Matthew Di Carlo's recent Shanker Blog piece on the 'parent tricker'

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solidaridad: Thoughts on Matthew Di Carlo's recent Shanker Blog piece on the 'parent tricker': Thoughts on Matthew Di Carlo's recent Shanker Blog piece on the 'parent tricker' by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene *Barr's parent organization gave... a grass-roots visual... And his paid staffers hit the right rhetorical notes... while identifying themselves to reporters and officials only as parents. — Howard Blume (Los Angeles Times)* [image: Shirley Ford and Mary Najara of Parent Revolution née Los Angeles Parents Union] Matthew Di Carlo recently penned a thoughtful and somewhat nuance... more »

The debating starts. « Fred Klonsky

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The debating starts. « Fred Klonsky: The debating starts. by Fred Klonsky *Speaking in support of my New Business Item to the Illinois caucus.* Yesterday morning I made some calls to people who I normally don’t have on my speed dial. IEA President Cinda Klickna. VP Kathy Griffin. Secrertary Treasurer Al Llorens. And other members of the Board of Directors and Steering Committee. “Can we talk. I’m in the lobby,” I voice mailed Klickna. And at about 11AM she came walking over to me in the lobby of the DC Renaissance. I wanted to run past her a New Business Item that would call on the ... more »

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 | U.S. Department of Education

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 | U.S. Department of Education: Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 JULY 2, 2012 *Contact: * Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov "Forty-eight years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act states, 'No person in the United States shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the... more »

Monica Garcia re-elected to sixth consecutive term as LAUSD board president - LA Daily News

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Monica Garcia re-elected to sixth consecutive term as LAUSD board president - LA Daily News: Monica Garcia re-elected to sixth consecutive term as LAUSD board president By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer Posted: 07/02/2012 01:49:33 PM PDT Updated: 07/02/2012 01:51:20 PM PDT East LA's Monica Garcia was re-elected Monday to an unprecedented sixth consecutive term as president of the Los Angeles Unified school board, fending off a challenge from a three-member voting bloc which said it was somebody else's turn to lead. Garcia voted for herself, and also had the support of San Ferna... more »

Diane Ravitch Gets A Corporate Spin From the Charter Queen | redefinED

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Diane Ravitch, please stop distorting the origins of the parent trigger | redefinED: Diane Ravitch, please stop distorting the origins of the parent trigger (THE PARENT TRIGGER IS DISTORTED ENOUGH) By GLORIA ROMERO On JULY 2, 2012 In* EDUCATION REPORTING, GENERAL, CHARTER EMPOWERMENT,PARENTAL DECepTION, FAKE PROGRESSIVES AND ED DEFORM, SCHOOL JACK, UNIONISM* Diane Ravitch, are you listening? This is former state Sen. Gloria Romero calling. I am the author of California’s first Parent Trigger law, the first parent trigger law in the nation. Since I first wrote that law, some 15 other ... more »

RheeFirst! » StudentsFirstNY board members and funders attend Mitt Romney fundraiser at a StudentsFirstNY director’s mansion

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RheeFirst! » StudentsFirstNY board members and funders attend Mitt Romney fundraiser at a StudentsFirstNY director’s mansion: StudentsFirstNY board members and funders attend Mitt Romney fundraiser at a StudentsFirstNY director’s mansion by admin StudentsFirstNY board member Joel Klein accompanied StudentsFirst funder Rupert Murdoch to a Mitt Romney fundraiser at the home of Ken Langone, a confirmed funder of StudentsFirst and member of the StudentsFirstNY board. StudentsFirst funder Julian Robertson was also in attendance. Written by Maggie Haberman for Politico.com. Read the ... more »

A hollow experience: Computer based learning | Seattle Education

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A hollow experience: Computer based learning | Seattle Education: A hollow experience: Computer based learning by seattleducation2011 This article was recently sent to me and provides an excellent description of how much richer the experience is when we interact with other human beings rather than computers. Online learning will be the next big push in our state and there are privatizers waiting in the wings to make their next big fortune off of our children. Dora *Social Networking and Electronic Games – Hollow Victories*by Ted TwietmeyerMost everywhere you go today, you see youn... more »

Transferring Poor Performing Public Schools to Poorly Performing Charters | Truth in American Education

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Transferring Poor Performing Public Schools to Poorly Performing Charters | Truth in American Education: Transferring Poor Performing Public Schools to Poorly Performing Charters Posted on July 2, 2012 by Shane Vander Hart [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] I had a post from Diane Ravitch emailed to me this morning. In a post entitled “Theft of Public Education in Memphis” she described what seems to be a colossal shift of taxpayer money from public schools to charter schools in Memphis, TN. The Memphis schools will be merged with the schools of Shelby County, ... more »

The sharks are circling Seattle Superintendent Banda | Seattle Education

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The sharks are circling Seattle Superintendent Banda | Seattle Education: The sharks are circling Seattle Superintendent Banda by seattleducation2011 I attended the public reception for new Superintendent Banda last week which was sponsored by the Alliance for Education and El Centro de la Raza. Everyone was invited and about 400-500 people were in attendance when I arrived around 6:00 PM. As I entered the door, someone came up to a guest behind me and said that there were others in attendance from TFA. Apparently both of these guests were TFA recruits or alums. Wow, I thought, I ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm says he's the "new sheriff in town"

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm says he's the "new sheriff in town": Rahm says he's the "new sheriff in town" by Mike Klonsky “It is a contract. What do we have, 72 years left on it? That’s a long time for me to talk about. I’m not gonna be here that long." -- Rahm Emanuel Rahm claims that when it comes to Chicago's great multi-billion-dollar parking meeting swindle, he's "the new sheriff in town." That's laughable. Mayor Daley's 75-year give-away to Wall Street and Abu Dhabi bankers landed him with a job in the law office that swung the deal. Taxpayers now have to shell out ... more »

Children's Budget 2012 | First Focus

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Children's Budget 2012 | First Focus: [image: In Focus] *David Brooks Keynotes Children's Budget Summit 2012* [image: Read the Report]Best-selling author and New York Times columnist David Brooks delivered the keynote address at the release event for *Children’s Budget 2012*. Brooks has written extensively on the importance of investments in children, and his remarks to a crowd of more than 250 underscored those themes. First Focus President Bruce Lesley summarized the findings of Children’s Budget 2012: ► Less than 8% of the federal budget is invested in kids. ► That’s down mor... more »

This Week In Education: Thompson: Lessons that Videos of School Violence Can Teach

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This Week In Education: Thompson: Lessons that Videos of School Violence Can Teach: Thompson: Lessons that Videos of School Violence Can Teach by john thompson [image: Fight]A first rule of teaching is that the best way to help students is to avoid unforced errors, especially those that provoke negative reactions by students or adults. So, this risk-adverse teacher has been reluctant to address the controversial video in the *Daily News *of a teacher using excessive force. Those of us who see videotapes as a powerful tool for improving instruction, however, should be willing to ... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Monday, July 2, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Santa Barbara Mission Education Headlines *Monday, July 2, 2012* School districts get $52M to pay for controversial construction planTwo Coachella Valley school districts have received about $52 million for school construction projects from the state allocation board. O.C.'s public face of education retiresFor the past decade, Bill Habermehl has served as the unofficial Ed McMahon of the Orange County education scene, bursting into classrooms with balloons and cameras and an entourage to deliver trophies and $15,000 checks to Oran... more »

Daily Kos: Turning the tide on Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee and corporate education

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Daily Kos: Turning the tide on corporate education: Turning the tide on corporate education byDante AtkinsFollowforDaily Kos Share671 PERMALINK106 COMMENTS [image: Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools, speaks during] Michelle Rhee (Hyungwon Kang/Reuters) If there's a dollar to be made by taking a public service provided by the government, privatizing it and inserting an unnecessary middleman to suck up profits at taxpayer expense, there will always be a corporation for that. The fact that these corporations who seek to profit at taxpayer expense have armi... more »

Report: Emails reveal damage-control effort by John White, Jindal officials over voucher program | NOLA.com

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Report: Emails reveal damage-control effort by John White, Jindal officials over voucher program | NOLA.com: Report: Emails reveal damage-control effort by John White, Jindal officials over voucher program The Monroe News-Star has turned up a batch of emails between the state's top education official, John White, and officials in the Jindal administration as they scrambled to limit the fallout from a newspaper story about a dodgy-looking private school accepting hundreds of students as part of the state's new voucher program. In one email to Kyle Plotkin, the governor's spokesman... more »

Fixing the Dropout Crisis, Part II | Mr. Teachbad

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Fixing the Dropout Crisis, Part II | Mr. Teachbad: Fixing the Dropout Crisis, Part II by teachbad About a month ago, Howard Uni­ver­sity and our local NPR sta­tion, WAMU, held a teacher town hall on the dropout cri­sis in the DC area. This was one of many sim­i­lar events around the coun­try. My first take on the event can be found here. After lis­ten­ing to the whole thing again, my first thought was to retract much of what I said ini­tially about the event being fairly unin­spir­ing and under­whelm­ing. After lis­ten­ing to most of it a third time, I’m a lit­tle less sure. Let’s... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The Patterns of Reforminess

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Jersey Jazzman: The Patterns of Reforminess: The Patterns of Reforminess by Duke The very reformy Deborah Kenny wants you to know that her charter schools are totally awesome simply because... well, they're just awesome, OK? Critics claim that charter schools are successful only because they cherry-pick students, because they have smaller class sizes, or because motivated parents apply for charter lotteries and non-motivated parents do not. And even if charters are successful, they argue, there is no way to scale that success to reform a large district. None of that is true. Chart... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools This Week (Reflecting on What Banda Should Do in July)

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools This Week (Reflecting on What Banda Should Do in July): Seattle Schools This Week (Reflecting on What Banda Should Do in July) by Melissa Westbrook This is last week of any public meeting for SPS until August. *There are two events this week, both on Tuesday. * First there is a required *public hearing from 4-4:30 p.m.* to hear testimony from the public about raising the amount the district will pay for the Associated Student Body fund. This was previously discussed at Board meetings. I *still* have not heard the explanation as t... more »

Teachers' Union Calls For More Responsibility, Obama Support As Its Membership Declines

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Teachers' Union Calls For More Responsibility, Obama Support As Its Membership Declines: Teachers' Union Calls For More Responsibility, Obama Support As Its Membership Declines by Joy Resmovits [image: Teachers Union Dennis Van Roekel]Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the National Education Association, criticizes policymakers whom he calls "self-proclaimed 'reformers'" while promoting some of their policies. After a few years of tremendous membership loss, the nation's largest teachers' union is reinventing itself. "Instead of waiting for someone to tell us what to teach or h... more »

John Thompson: Can Education Reformers Learn the Art of Compromise? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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John Thompson: Can Education Reformers Learn the Art of Compromise? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Thompson: Can Education Reformers Learn the Art of Compromise? by Anthony Cody *Guest post by John Thompson.* My attempt to describe Common Core as an example of the old-fashioned "status quo," which contemporary "reformers" have sought to destroy, seems to have hit a nerve. In the past, educators of different stripes would battle, negotiate, and compromise. Corporate powers were well represented, but there was no effort to assert complete dominance over the fiel... more »

Superintendent John Kuhn’s Call to Action | Seattle Education

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Superintendent John Kuhn’s Call to Action | Seattle Education: Superintendent John Kuhn’s Call to Action by seattleducation2011 An appropriate way to start off the summer, with an uplifting call to action by the Superintendent of Perrin-Whitt School District in Texas at the SOS March and National Call To Action last July. With Bill Gates now spending $1M for a charter school initiative in the state of Washington, there is much to do this summer. Gates of course will disseminate this funding through the League of Education Voters and Stand for Children, making it appear that this is ...more »

Funding Results: Charter School Revolving Loan Fund 2011-12 (CA Dept of Education)

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Funding Results: Charter School Revolving Loan Fund 2011-12 (CA Dept of Education) Charter School Revolving Loan Fund 2011-12 ------------------------------ [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Note: Recipients and funding amounts are subject to budget and administrative adjustments. Charter School Revolving Loan Fund apportionment letters, schedules, and other fiscal details regarding funding information for fiscal year 2011-12. *Program Questions:* Julie Briggs, e-mail: jbriggs@cde.ca.gov, tel. 916-322-1646 *Fiscal Questions:* Julie Briggs, e-mail: jbriggs@... more »

Van Roekel on Romney: Out of Touch and Turning Back the Clock | NEA Today

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Van Roekel on Romney: Out of Touch and Turning Back the Clock | NEA Today: Van Roekel on Romney: Out of Touch and Turning Back the Clock July 2, 2012 by twalker Filed under Must Reads Leave a Comment “It’s clear that Romney is out of touch with the concerns of middle-class families — his education plan ignores what they want and need for their children, and demonstrates total disdain for public schools and educators,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel writes in Education Week. “When he made a speech about education, Romney blamed teachers but said nothing about any meaningful plan f... more »

“Democracy” in Chicago? « Diane Ravitch's blog

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“Democracy” in Chicago? « Diane Ravitch's blog: “Democracy” in Chicago? by dianerav A parent in Chicago wrote to explain how difficult it is for parents or anyone else to speak at a “public” hearing. *A true grassroots parent group in Chicago, 19th Ward Parents, attend every monthly meeting of the Board of Ed at CPS.* *One of our parents was ejected by security because she dared to ask when public participation would be permitted.* *It was already difficult to speak at a BoE meeting. But it has become more difficult since Emanuel has been mayor, and the Board pushed the public par... more »

Louisiana’s Vouchergate Scandal Erupts | Scathing Purple Musings

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Louisiana’s Vouchergate Scandal Erupts | Scathing Purple Musings: Louisiana’s Vouchergate Scandal Erupts by Bob Sikes Did Governor Bobby Jindal’s staff and Louisiana’s state education superintendent conspire to suppress a news story that the state had ”not performed site visits or extensive review of voucher applications?” It looks like it. From reporter Barbara Leader in the *Monroe News-Star*: Emails between Louisiana Education Superintendent John White, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s spokesman Kyle Plotkin and Jindal’s policy adviser Stafford Palmieri show White devising a scheme to “mud... more »

Shanker Blog » When Push Comes To Pull In The Parent Trigger Debate

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Shanker Blog » When Push Comes To Pull In The Parent Trigger Debate: When Push Comes To Pull In The Parent Trigger Debate by Matthew Di Carlo The so-called “parent trigger,” the policy by which a majority of a school’s parents can decide to convert it to a charter school, seems to be getting a lot of attention lately. Advocates describe the trigger as “parent empowerment,” a means by which parents of students stuck in “failing schools” can take direct action to improve the lives of their kids. Opponents, on the other hand, see it as antithetical to the principle of schools as a p... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The New "Bargaining": Take This and Shut Up!

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Jersey Jazzman: The New "Bargaining": Take This and Shut Up!: The New "Bargaining": Take This and Shut Up! by Duke Roy Roberts invents a new definition for the term "collective bargaining": DETROIT — The state-appointed emergency manager running the Detroit Public Schools *imposed a contract* Sunday on the district's teachers, the district has announced. Roy Roberts is empowered by Michigan's emergency manager law to impose work terms on employees. "This *new collective bargaining agreement with our teachers* provides the flexibility needed for our schools to be successful and to ... more »

Louisiana Educator: Jindal Choice Law: An Invitation to Fraud and Abuse

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Louisiana Educator: Jindal Choice Law: An Invitation to Fraud and Abuse: Jindal Choice Law: An Invitation to Fraud and Abuse by Michael Deshotels *Note to readers: Soon this blog will carry a report on the voting records of all legislators relative to the Jindal school reform package. At that time I will include suggestions for approaching our legislators about possible repeals or other modifications needed in the laws. Again I am encouraging all readers to submit an email to louisianaeducator@gmail.com so you can be added to my DEFENDERS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION data base. Please inc... more »

What Is an ATR? « Diane Ravitch's blog

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What Is an ATR? « Diane Ravitch's blog: What Is an ATR? by dianerav New York City teachers who read this blog include a number of ATRs. Readers from outside the city ask what an ATR is. I have explained that it is a teacher who used to work in a school that was “phased out” and replaced by new schools. This is the Bloomberg administration’s central strategy of school reform: close and replace, close and replace, repeat and repeat. The teachers who lose their jobs have not been evaluated. They may be great teachers. They just happened to have the bad luck to teach in a closing scho... more »

Theft of Public Education in Memphis « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Theft of Public Education in Memphis « Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Theft of Public Education in Memphis by dianerav Jim Horn of Schools Matter pored through the 200-page document describing the plan for the immediate future of the Memphis public schools, and this is what he learned. The Memphis schools will be merged with the schools of Shelby County, allegedly for efficiency. But in fact, the plan is to implement a massive transfer of students to charter schools. By 2016, a mere four years from now, enrollment in charter schools will... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLES by Mike Klonsky Chicago teachers now working without a contract CTU President Karen Lewis *“It is our responsibility to work toward a contract that is fair and equitable to our members and one that will help us give our students the high-quality, first-class education they deserve. While there has been progress in some areas, we remain far apart on many others.”* -- NBC News Chicago,CTU Contract to Expire Over Weekend Michelle Chen *After Katrina, the city became an incubator for non-unionized charter schools an... more »

Daily Kos: 115 degrees in the Heartland

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Daily Kos: 115 degrees in the Heartland: 115 degrees in the Heartland by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) HILL CITY, Kan. — This town on the parched plains, best known for its bountiful pheasant hunting and museum of oil history, recently earned a new, if unwelcome, distinction — the center of America’s summer inferno.For five days last week, a brutal heat wave here crested at 115 degrees. Crops wilted. Streets emptied. Farmers fainted in the fields. Air-conditioners gave up. Children even temporarily abandoned the municipal swimming pool. Hill City was, for a spell, in the ranks of ... more »

Emails reveal voucher scheme | The News Star | thenewsstar.com

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Emails reveal voucher scheme | The News Star | thenewsstar.com: Emails reveal voucher scheme [image: White]Emails between Louisiana Education Superintendent John White, Gov. Bobby Jindal's spokesman Kyle Plotkin and Jindal's policy adviser Stafford Palmieri show White devising a scheme to "muddy up a narrative" and to "take some air out of the room" after a news report about the new voucher program that was published before his Senate confirmation hearing in May. In the email exchange, White proposes creating a news story about the "due diligence" process for school vouche... more »

This is what we’re paying for? - Wait, What?

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This is what we’re paying for? - Wait, What?: This is what we’re paying for? by jonpelto Steven Adamowski is collecting $225,000 from Connecticut taxpayers to serve as “Special Master” of the Windham Schools. He has so much time on his hands, Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, made Adamowski the “Special Master” for New London too. Now comes the news that the roof at Windham’s Natchaug Elementary School is so unstable, the Windham Board of Education had to have an emergency vote to shift all the elementary students to the Windham Middle School when classes start... more »

Pearson Responds to Revelations of Its Massive Florida Lobbying Efforts; Silent on Ties to Jeb Bush | Scathing Purple Musings

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Pearson Responds to Revelations of Its Massive Florida Lobbying Efforts; Silent on Ties to Jeb Bush | Scathing Purple Musings: Pearson Responds to Revelations of Its Massive Florida Lobbying Efforts; Silent on Ties to Jeb Bush by Bob Sikes This WFTV story last week on FCAT administrator Pearson prompted a quick response from the testing giant which *WFTV *published as well: “Pearson’s government relations work, which includes work with lobbyists, is purely on substantive, policy matters. Our efforts are dedicated to educating elected officials and other policy makers on what is p... more »

First Year Highlights: Classroom Management Advice - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher

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First Year Highlights: Classroom Management Advice - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher: [image: Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo] First Year Highlights: Classroom Management Advice By Larry Ferlazzo on July 2, 2012 10:48 AM I'm taking the summer off from answering new questions while I work on my next book. Instead, over the next two months, I'll be posting "collections" bringing links together from previous posts on common topics (classroom management, instructional strategies, etc.). I've published almost fifty separate "answers" over the past year, and t... more »

Geaux Teacher!: I TOLD YOU SO #2

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Geaux Teacher!: I TOLD YOU SO #2: I TOLD YOU SO #2 by noreply@blogger.com (Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT) I'm adding this to my I TOLD YOU SO series of blogs. ALL LEGISLATORS who voted for ACTS 1 and 2 are complicit in anything this rogue, unqualified, Teach For America OPERATIVE, and Jindal LACKEY has done to destroy public education in our state. Add to that the MEDIA that White was scheming to enlist in his cover up and that includes *The Times-Picayune *who has persisted in avoiding the hard questions put to it and has abandoned its journalistic duty to serve as a watch dog for the... more »

C. Cryn Johannsen: The Ones We've Lost: The Student Loan Debt Suicides

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C. Cryn Johannsen: The Ones We've Lost: The Student Loan Debt Suicides: The Ones We've Lost: The Student Loan Debt Suicides *This story was produced by the independent Economic Hardship Reporting Project, co-edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Gary Rivlin.* One evening in 2007, Jan Yoder of Normal, Illinois noticed that her son Jason seemed more despondent than usual. Yoder had been a graduate student in organic chemistry at Illinois State University but after incurring $100,000 in student loan debt, he struggled to find a job in his field. Later that night, Jason, 35, left the family'... more »

Straight Up Conversation: New National Charter Alliance Chief Nina Rees :: Frederick M. Hess

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Straight Up Conversation: New National Charter Alliance Chief Nina Rees :: Frederick M. Hess: Straight Up Conversation: New National Charter Alliance Chief Nina Rees *by Frederick M. Hess • Jul 2, 2012 at 8:36 am Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share Nina Rees has just been named the new president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the national organization of the country's charter schools. As of August 20, she'll take the reins from interim president Ursula Wright, who has impressively filled the job for nearly a year. Nina serve... more »

Why U.S. can’t get back to head of the class (because it was never there) - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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Why U.S. can’t get back to head of the class (because it was never there) - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Why U.S. can’t get back to head of the class (because it was never there) By Valerie Strauss This *was writtetn by David E. Drew, who holds the Joseph B. Platt chair at the Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book is “STEM the Tide: Reforming Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in America,” published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He can be reached at david.drew@cgu.edu.* By David E. Drew Policy makers and politicians like to talk ... more »

NYC Educator: What Will a Teacher's "Bar Exam" Do?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
NYC Educator: What Will a Teacher's "Bar Exam" Do?: What Will a Teacher's "Bar Exam" Do? by NYC Educator AFT President Randi Weingarten is proposing a "bar exam" for teachers. Weingarten thinks this will counter some of the stereotypical perceptions of teacher unions. You know--the stuff you see in the news, the comments you sometimes see on this blog, and the nonsense that emanates from the mouths of demagogues like Mayor4Life Michael Bloomberg. "They only care about themselves." "We put Children First." "Let's worry about the children in the system, and not the adults." "The bad ... more »

Can You Make a Difference? Yes, You can! - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Can You Make a Difference? Yes, You can! - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard: [image: Lily's Blackboard Rotating Header Image] Can You Make a Difference? Yes, You can! Jul 2nd, 2012 by Lily. *(Mayor of RA contestants please comment on this post)* In this world of grey cynicism and pale apathy, it’s easy to think that the big things have all been done. That we’re all at the mercy of Billionaire Big Brothers who will decide our collective fate and no vale la pena luchar – It’s not worth the struggle. It’s easy to think that if you didn’t know any better. *If you didn’t know what I... more »

They bow to this legend of the Academic Decathlon - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
They bow to this legend of the Academic Decathlon - latimes.com: They bow to this legend of the Academic Decathlon [image: Daniel Berdichevsky is an Academic Decathlon star and he is 35. As he strode into a hotel ballroom in Albuquerque, scores of high school students competing for the national decathlon title clamored for the chance to shake his hand] Daniel Berdichevsky is an Academic Decathlon star and he is 35. As he strode into the hotel ballroom in Albuquerque, scores of high school students swarmed the man they know as DemiDec Dan, a legend in their world. The students, compe... more »

YES on Protect Schools and Public Safety Act - California Teachers Association

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
YES on Protect Schools and Public Safety Act - California Teachers Association: [image: california education funding crisis] Our Schools Need New Revenue! In the past 4 years, more than *$20 billion* has been cut from public education in California. We rank *47th in the nation in per-student funding * and now have the *largest class sizes* in the country. This year an additional $8 billion in new cuts are being proposed. And without new revenue, an additional $6 billion will be cut* *from public education. It’s time to invest in our common future and put California back on track.... more »

Geaux Teacher!: THIS IS NOT A JOKE!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Geaux Teacher!: THIS IS NOT A JOKE!: THIS IS NOT A JOKE! by noreply@blogger.com (Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT) A new blog that I believe was inspired by the realization of a parent with gifted children in St. Tammany Parish that the opportunity for ALL CHILDREN IN LOUISIANA to receive a quality public education is teetering precariously on a precipice and put there by our own Governor Bobby Jindal. Take note teachers, parents and taxpayers in St. Tammny Parish. Our highest-performing-large-district-in-the-state status will not protect us from the "if-it-ain't-broke-break-it" mentalit... more »

Early full-term babies may face later school woes - Boston.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Early full-term babies may face later school woes - Boston.com: Early full-term babies may face later school woes By Lindsey Tanner AP Medical Writer / July 2, 2012 CHICAGO—Even for infants born full-term, a little more time in the womb may matter. The extra time results in more brain development, and a study suggests perhaps better scores on academic tests, too. Full-term is generally between 37 weeks and 41 weeks; newborns born before 37 weeks are called premature and are known to face increased chances for health and developmental problems. The children in the study were all full... more »

THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION CAUSES MORE INJUSTICE « Teachers Fight Back

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION CAUSES MORE INJUSTICE « Teachers Fight Back: THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION CAUSES MORE INJUSTICE by alkleen Four New York seventh-graders whose bullying of a bus monitor grandmother went viral on You Tube have been suspended for a year, a school district official said Friday. They must complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens and will receive behavioral training, according to the Greece Central School District in upstate New York. The You Tube video showed four teens bringing Karen Klein, 68, to tears. Here we go again. Because a school ... more »

Big Education Ape - Morning Wink 7-1 AM Posts #soschat #edreform

Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
*BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK AM POSTS* Does Experience Matter? « Diane Ravitch's blog coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 minutes ago Does Experience Matter? « Diane Ravitch's blog: Does Experience Matter? by dianerav One of the axioms of corporate reform in education is that experience doesn’t matter. Also, they say, degrees don’t matter. Certification doesn’t matter. Nothing matters except “performance” or “results,” and these are defined as the “measurables,” the test scores. If a teacher can get students to produce higher test scores, he or she is a good teacher. If they c... more »

Teachers Don't Suck !: Believe It or Not - Practice Makes Perfect

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Teachers Don't Suck !: Believe It or Not - Practice Makes Perfect: Believe It or Not - Practice Makes Perfect by Walt S. *This letter brings to mind a story told to me by a colleague who was teaching physics in
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