Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Who Benefits from Cyber Charters? Part 2 « Diane Ravitch's blog

Who Benefits from Cyber Charters? Part 2 « Diane Ravitch's blog:

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Who Benefits from Cyber Charters?

The question often arises: Who are cyber charters for?
I have gotten emails from people in the industry saying that children with special needs should be home in front of a computer, where a parent can help them.
Or they say that cyber charters are good for sick children.
Certainly they are attractive to home schoolers, who suddenly become eligible for state tuition money (which is 



Who Benefits from Cyber Charters? Part 2

A little while ago, I posted a statement by a mother of a high-functioning autistic child who said she did not want him to be in a cyber charter; she wanted him to be in a school to have contact with other children and to learn social skills.
Bear in mind that cybercharters have a record for getting terrible academic results, in terms of test scores, retention, and graduation rates. The fact that most of them are for-profit makes it even worse because their



Judge Says No to Bloomberg in 40 Minutes

The city of New York appealed to a judge to overturn the the decision of an independent arbitrator, who said that the city should keep open 24 schools it planned to close.
After only 40 minutes, the judge said that she would not enjoin the arbitrator’s ruling.
This means, for now, that the city must reinstate the hundreds or thousands of teachers who were fired at the “turnaround” schools.
If you read the article, you will see that the city is not at all happy and is mulling other ways to get free of the “binding” arbitration.


Should We Be Like Sweden?

A while back, a reader wrote that we should try to be like Sweden, because it is among the “best in the world.” Sweden now has for-profit schools and choice, so presumably the choice-based reforms of our day will make us more like Sweden.
I pointed out that on the latest PISA, Sweden does not outperform the U.S.. Its ranking are virtually identical,


Brooks, Petrilli, and Murray: Conservatives Confront Class Realities

There is one fact about America today that has not been mentioned in the political debates: nearly 25% of our nation’s children are growing up in poverty.
This nation leads the advanced nations of the world in child poverty.
Two articles today by conservative writers suggest that some hint of realism may enter the national discourse.
David Brooks wrote a column today expressing alarm about the growing inequality of opportunity among children, as affluent parents invest more in their children and lower-income parents have not. There is some hope here that Brooks is beginning to think that the large and widening opportunity gap is a social problem, not a result of bad teachers and bad schools. He concludes by saying that liberals are going to have to voice more support for two-



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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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Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools – SchoolBook

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Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools – SchoolBook: Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools by Beth Fertig A state judge has declined, for now, to suspend a ruling that allows up to 4,000 city teachers to go back to their jobs at 24 struggling schools. Judge Joan B. Lobis of the New York State Supreme Court refused the city’s request for a temporary restraining order on the ruling by an arbitrator, Scott Buckhheit. He found that the city had violated the union’s contract by requiring the teachers to reapply for their positions a... more »

Diane Ravitch Takes Down Gates Foundation Role in U.S. Education - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy.

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Diane Ravitch Takes Down Gates Foundation Role in U.S. Education - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy.: Diane Ravitch Takes Down Gates Foundation Role in U.S. Education WRITTEN BY RICK COHEN CREATED ON TUESDAY, 10 JULY 2012 13:22 [image: Ravitch] July 5, 2012; *Source: *Diane Ravitch’s Blog If you don’t know who Diane Ravitch is, you should. Be assured that the die-hard advocates of privatized approaches to education reform know this brilliant New York University education professor, who was once seen as generally supportive of the conservativ... more »

An Urban Teacher's Education: Teacher Advice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
An Urban Teacher's Education: Teacher Advice: Teacher Advice by James Boutin Across the country, thousands of recent college grads and career changers are right now trying to prepare for their first year teaching, even if they don't know where it will be or what it will look like. If they're anything like I was, they've probably heard truckloads of advice on what they should and shouldn't do their first year. *Don't smile until Christmas.* *Make sure the kids respect you. This is not about being liked.* *Try to make the classroom fun. That's how you hook the kids, you know.* *Do... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: TFA - The Beat Goes On (in more ways than one)

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: TFA - The Beat Goes On (in more ways than one): TFA - The Beat Goes On (in more ways than one) by Melissa Westbrook So first up, it looks like Renton is getting the full-court press from TFA (even though Renton previously announced they wouldn't be hiring any TFAers). We'll have to see what happens. As well, I'm sure Dr. Enfield's first agenda item is to convince Highline to sign on. I suspect this is happening for two reasons. One, TFA is probably getting pressure from Stritikus and UW to fill that program. Operating it at a loss (as they... more »

Modern School: Union-Busting Corporate Giveaways in Michigan

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Modern School: Union-Busting Corporate Giveaways in Michigan: Union-Busting Corporate Giveaways in Michigan by Michael Dunn Image from Flickr by Christopher Dombres Michigan’s infamous Financial Martial Law is now well known to those paying attention to this sort of thing. Numerous towns, cities and jurisdictions—including Detroit Public Schools (DPS)—have already been declared financial catastrophes and had “emergency financial managers” (generally business executives) imposed on them. These managers have the authority to override or fire elected officials, lay off unionized worke... more »

School bus drivers go for the gold in annual competition - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
School bus drivers go for the gold in annual competition - latimes.com: School bus drivers go for the gold in annual competition July 10, 2012 | 2:05 pm [image: increase text size][image: decrease text size] 3 0 [image: A conventional yellow bus at the stop line obstacle at the 41st annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition in Linthicum, Maryland in 2011.] This time of year is not just for Olympians and baseball all-stars to showcase their skills. School bus drivers, too, are competing -- in the 42nd annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition in Milw... more »

Brooks, Petrilli, and Murray: Conservatives Confront Class Realities « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Brooks, Petrilli, and Murray: Conservatives Confront Class Realities « Diane Ravitch's blog: Brooks, Petrilli, and Murray: Conservatives Confront Class Realities by dianerav There is one fact about America today that has not been mentioned in the political debates: nearly 25% of our nation’s children are growing up in poverty. This nation leads the advanced nations of the world in child poverty. Two articles today by conservative writers suggest that some hint of realism may enter the national discourse. David Brooks wrote a column today expressing alarm about the growing inequali... more »

Jersey Jazzman: A Fair Trade?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: A Fair Trade?: A Fair Trade? by Duke An addendum to my earlier rambling rant essay about class, segregation, and school "choice": As if on cue, David Brooks does a *good* thing by bemoaning the radical differences in the childhoods of rich and poor American children. But then he proposes a trade: Liberals are going to have to be willing to champion norms that say marriage should come before childrearing and be morally tough about it. Conservatives are going to have to be willing to accept tax increases or benefit cuts so that more can be spent on the earned-incom... more »

Jersey Jazzman: A Virtual Diaster In the Making

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: A Virtual Diaster In the Making: A Virtual Diaster In the Making by Duke *PROUDLY SPONSORED BY* Con Academy Browse Con Academy library of over 3,100 educational videos... After all of the embarrassment the NJDOE has suffered due to their broken charter school application process, you would think they'd be proceeding with extreme caution before introducing another hair-brained scheme. Not a chance: As New Jersey awaits a decision on its first online charter schools, the operator of three of those proposed schools isn’t taking any chances. Officials of K12 Inc.,... more »

NEA members at RA are not for the kids? « Fred Klonsky

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NEA members at RA are not for the kids? « Fred Klonsky: NEA members at RA are not for the kids? by Fred Klonsky *Unions, as evidenced by these videos, have been putting the interests of school employees first for quite some time. The reason the obvious dichotomy has developed is because the adult issues (pay, benefits, work rules) are often divergent from student needs. – Kyle Olson, Education Action Group* Last week my stalker Ben Velderman reappeared to

School Bus Driver Champs Named - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
School Bus Driver Champs Named - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California School Bus Drivers SACRAMENTO—Six California school bus drivers will be headed to Wisconsin this weekend to take part in a two-day bus driving competition, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today. They will be competing at the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition hosted by the National School Transportation Association [image: External link opens in new window or tab.] on July 14-15, 2012 in Milwau... more »

Could School be Both Too Easy AND Too Hard? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Could School be Both Too Easy AND Too Hard? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Could School be Both Too Easy AND Too Hard? by Anthony Cody Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This morning's USA Today featured two seemingly contradictory stories. On page one, the headline is "School is too easy, students report." On page seven, an op-ed is entitled "Why our kids hate math." The first article, authored by their excellent reporter Greg Toppo, shares a report that included results of surveys where students were asked how hard or easy they found their classwork. Among th... more »

David Brooks Knows Nothing about Schools Today « Diane Ravitch's blog

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David Brooks Knows Nothing about Schools Today « Diane Ravitch's blog: David Brooks Knows Nothing about Schools Today by dianerav Peter DeWitt, who is an elementary school principal in upstate New York, got very ticked off by a column written by David Brooks in the New York Times. DeWitt has written a post in which he takes Brooks to task for his confusion and ignorance about schools today. He sees it as just another example of school-bashing by an uninformed critic, the sort that is making teachers and administrators feel shell-shocked. Brooks blames schools for being too feminiz... more »

Cutting Deep: Schools and Sequestration | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Cutting Deep: Schools and Sequestration | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Cutting Deep: Schools and Sequestration by obriena Remember the Super Committee? Formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, it was a bipartisan congressional committee established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 tasked with identifying $1.2 trillion in federal budgetary savings (through spending cuts, revenue increases and program reforms) over ten years. If you remember the Super Committee, you also remember that it failed. And the consequence of that failure is... more »

NYC Educator: To IEP, or Not to IEP?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
NYC Educator: To IEP, or Not to IEP?: To IEP, or Not to IEP? by NYC Educator Diane Ravitch today notes what it takes to build a successful charter school. First, of course, you have to spend money. Then, rid yourself of the regulations that burden real public schools. Most of all, avoid those troublesome high-needs students, the ones who don't speak English, or have learning disabilities. That's true, of course. One of the most important things you can do if you want those great stats is to get great kids. They pass tests, and you look like a genius. But not all high-needs kids a... more »

RheeFirst! » Whistleblower sues Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee, alleges ErasureGate cover-up

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
RheeFirst! » Whistleblower sues Rhee, alleges ErasureGate cover-up: Whistleblower sues Rhee, alleges ErasureGate cover-up by admin The plaintiff in the case, Bruno Mpoy– a former teacher at a school flagged for high erasure rates– alleges that his principal instructed teachers to alter scores on the DC standardized test. When he brought this to Michelle Rhee’s attention, Rhee allegedly responded by firing him. Rhee has been less than forthright in her previous comments about the scandal—attacking a USA Today investigation as “lacking in integrity”, and stonewalling reporters. You... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The New Segregation in the New Newark

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Jersey Jazzman: The New Segregation in the New Newark: The New Segregation in the New Newark by Duke This is a *very* important post; not because it's in response to me, but because it comes from a Newark parent - someone with his child's future on the line: Jersey Jazzman: Newark Will NEVER Have Control Of Its Schools Thoughtful and angry counterpoint on state-appointed superintendent Cami Anderson’soverriding the locally elected school board’s vote against leasing school buildings to charter schools. [...] It’s true that there are a lot of mediocre and even ineffective char... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: There's no fix without a fight

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: There's no fix without a fight: There's no fix without a fight by Mike Klonsky Mayor Frank Jackson, center, and Cleveland Teacher's Union president David Quolke, right, listen as schools CEO Eric Gordon talks about the agreement that was reached on the mayor's school plan. Yesterday's Wall Street Journal headline: A School Fix Without a Fight Cleveland Mayor Works With Governor and Teachers to Link Pay to Test Scores *By Stephanie Banchero* *The Republican governor of Ohio, the Democratic mayor of Cleveland and the local teachers union have united to ... more »

PSAT for 7-10-12: More reasons for an elected school board Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 7-10-12: More reasons for an elected school board: PSAT for 7-10-12: More reasons for an elected school board by admin The leadership of the Chicago Public Schools has once more shown its utter disrespect for our communities by announcing a nonsensical budget on a Friday evening and then scheduling hearings all on one day, 5 days later. No matter that this violates the law by missing the June deadline, as Substance News points out. No matter that they have ended what had become some sort of a tradition of opening the... more »

Don’t Be Fooled By Rick Scott’s Clever Rhetoric on High-Stakes Testing | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Don’t Be Fooled By Rick Scott’s Clever Rhetoric on High-Stakes Testing | Scathing Purple Musings: Don’t Be Fooled By Rick Scott’s Clever Rhetoric on High-Stakes Testing by Bob Sikes Desperate for a PR winner to defend his high-stakes tests regime, Rick Scott may have found one with a simple rhetorical tool: Change the wording. One now. One later. Let’s take a look: “Parents and taxpayers expect *measurement*. We’ve got to *measure*, we’ve got to find out who the best schools are,” Scott said at a convention of newspaper editors. “We have to have a good*measurement* system, but we... more »

Shanker Blog » Low-Income Students In The CREDO Charter School Study

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Shanker Blog » Low-Income Students In The CREDO Charter School Study: Low-Income Students In The CREDO Charter School Study by Matthew Di Carlo A recent *Economist* article on charter schools, though slightly more nuanced than most mainstream media treatments of the charter evidence, contains a very common, somewhat misleading argument that I’d like to address quickly. It’s about the findings of the so-called “CREDO study,” the important (albeit over-cited) 2009 national comparison of student achievement in charter and regular public schools in 16 states. Specifically, the article... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, July 10, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Chinatown San Francisco* Education Headlines *Tuesday, July 10, 2012* Fruitvale sues over defective gym constructionFruitvale School District has filed a lawsuit claiming that construction companies were negligent in building and installing a gymnasium floor at its junior high school, court filings show. Schools facing tighter budgetsSonora High School, Summerville High School and Calaveras Unified School District have all approved budgets for the next fiscal year that anticipate steep drops in revenue, setting the stage for more... more »

In the News: CTU says CPS "lied," diverted funds | catalyst-chicago.org

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
In the News: CTU says CPS "lied," diverted funds | catalyst-chicago.org: In the News: CTU says CPS "lied," diverted funds - Share on windycitizenShare on facebookShare on email *By: *Cassandra West / July 10, 2012 *Tags: *budget Chicago Teachers Union The Chicago Teachers Union issued a news release on Monday contending that, based on a Freedom of Information lawsuit it filed, Chicago Public School diverted about $70 million to avoid paying teachers a promised 4 percent raise last school year. The money instead was given to the Chicago Police Department, mostly as payment... more »

California Food Literacy

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Home | California Food Literacy: *Our Story*The California Food Literacy Center came to life in July 2011 at a nonfiction food book store in San Francisco. Smitten with the idea of telling the story of our food, and being part of a community that could sustain a store selling nothing but food literacy, the dream was sparked. As a food writer, founder Amber Stott spent years researching and writing about the need for increased education of our food system. With a lifelong career in nonprofit management, she decided to merge her personal passion with her professional skills to fill t... more »

Harlem Project Shirley Chisholm

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Harlem Project Shirley Chisholm: Shirley Chisholm Shirley Chisholm is an inspirational American figure. As a black woman, she spent her life battling discrimination and prejudice not only because of her race, but also her gender. As both educator and politician, she fought for the rights of the disenfranchised and minority populations. Chisholm was the first African-American woman to serve in the United States Congress, the first major black candidate for the United States Presidency, and a constant advocate for the rights of minorities. She is also an author of two books, *U... more »

Democurmudgeon: The Voucher Tax!!! David Hazen, chief financial officer for Racine District: “It’s a tax, and we might as well admit it."

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Democurmudgeon: The Voucher Tax!!! David Hazen, chief financial officer for Racine District: “It’s a tax, and we might as well admit it.": The Voucher Tax!!! David Hazen, chief financial officer for Racine District: “It’s a tax, and we might as well admit it." Republicans voted for a tax increase, just to pay for *Voucher Tax*!!! That’s how much they hate public schools. Where's Grove Norquist when you need him? *Read the section below!* This is the best explanation of vouchers, and the impact on taxes and schools, I’ve come across in my coverage of this whole privatization effor... more »

School programs that work in Seattle and beyond or why we don’t need charter schools in the state of Washington | Seattle Education

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School programs that work in Seattle and beyond or why we don’t need charter schools in the state of Washington | Seattle Education: School programs that work in Seattle and beyond or why we don’t need charter schools in the state of Washington by seattleducation2011 Someone asked me yesterday about programs that have been successful in Seattle in terms of meeting their goals and having an established track record. I quickly named off the top of my head schools that I could think of and sent the e-mail. When I arrived in Seattle I was impressed with the programs that Seattle had t... more »

Daily Kos: The GOP’s crime against voters

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Daily Kos: The GOP’s crime against voters: The GOP’s crime against voters by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) is the title of this must read column in today's *Washington Post* by Pultizer Prize winner Eugene Robinson. I was surprised that it was not featured in today's pundit roundup. Robinson begins this powerful column thusly: Spare us any more hooey about “preventing fraud” and “protecting the integrity of the ballot box.” The Republican-led crusade for voter ID laws has been revealed as a cynical ploy to disenfranchise as many likely Democratic voters as possible, with poor p... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Why is Diane Ravitch Ambivalent on Common Core Standards? Am I Missing Something?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: Why is Diane Ravitch Ambivalent on Common Core Standards? Am I Missing Something?: Why is Diane Ravitch Ambivalent on Common Core Standards? Am I Missing Something? by stlgretchen Questioning if federal mandates are wise educational reforms? Why the ambivalence? I don't understand Diane Ravitch's ambivalence on whether to support untested and underfunded common core state standards that will plunge states into millions of dollars of debt. Am I missing the elephant in the room? A National curriculum is illegal. The Pioneer white paper *Road to a Nat... more »

ED-Green Ribbon Schools Gets a Facelift for 2012-2013 | ED.gov Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
ED-Green Ribbon Schools Gets a Facelift for 2012-2013 | ED.gov Blog: ED-Green Ribbon Schools Gets a Facelift for 2012-2013 by Andrea Falken Now that the 2012 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are recognized, the Department has refined the selection guidance it provides to state nominating authorities to make for a smoother competition for states and schools in the second year. The award was created to recognize high-achieving schools striving for 21st century excellence by: 1) Reducing environmental impact and costs; 2) Improving the health of schools and wel... more »

HechingerEd Blog | Teachers want the role of unions to change, survey says

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
HechingerEd Blog | Teachers want the role of unions to change, survey says: Teachers want the role of unions to change, survey says by Sarah Butrymowicz Critics have portrayed teachers unions as impediments to reform efforts around the country because they have fought against changes such as pay-for-performance and the abolition of tenure. But stories of unions working with school district officials to craft new teacher quality initiatives are slowly becoming more common. And, according to a new study that surveyed more than 1,000 teachers, that’s exactly what a growing number of t... more »

Abdicating reasoning: Surrendering the debate over teaching, testing and assessment to the constables of obedience training | Dailycensored.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Abdicating reasoning: Surrendering the debate over teaching, testing and assessment to the constables of obedience training | Dailycensored.com: Abdicating reasoning: Surrendering the debate over teaching, testing and assessment to the constables of obedience training by Danny Weil In 2010 I wrote what follows below. Since then, if you go to Truthout (GOP Declares no more critical thinking in schools, ( http://truth-out.org/news/item/10144-texas-gop-declares-no-more-teaching-of-critical-thinking-skills-in-texas-public-schools) one can clearly begin to see just how damaging the for... more »

Are Parent Trigger Laws Our New 'Superman' – Or Union Kryptonite? | | AlterNet

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Are Parent Trigger Laws Our New 'Superman' – Or Union Kryptonite? | | AlterNet: Are Parent Trigger Laws Our New 'Superman' – Or Union Kryptonite? Though they're being pushed by the biggest names in corporate education reform, and politicians of every stripe, there's little proof that parent trigger laws actually work. AlterNet / *By* *Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D.* Here’s a question for you: Which political party, Republicans or Democrats, supports expanding charter schools, test-based teacher evaluation, and most recently, parent trigger laws? (In school, this would be called a trick q... more »

Common Core Challenges for California « InterACT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Common Core Challenges for California « InterACT: Common Core Challenges for California by ACT Guest Blog Posts *Today’s InterACT guest blog post comes to us from Alice Mercer, an elementary school teacher, educational technology guru, and blogger. Her recent attendance at the ISTE 2012 Conference provided an opportunity to consider again the process of Common Core State Standards implementation. Here’s a link to her prior guest posts at InterACT.* [image: exhibit hall]Conference exhibit halls offer educators a plethora of Common Core-aligned products I spent my last week of June a... more »

Charter schools aren’t the answer to state’s education problems | Regional Voices - The News Tribune

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Charter schools aren’t the answer to state’s education problems | Regional Voices - The News Tribune: *Charter schools* aren't the answer to state's education problems TheNewsTribune.com - ‎5 hours ago‎ In the mid-1990s, two issues that captured my attention were bullying and increasing the number of counselors in elementary schools. I urged my fellow PTA members attending Legislative Assembly to make “my issues” the Washington State PTA’s priority issues. Why were they my issues? In sixth grade, I experienced having my head slammed repeatedly into a concrete bathroom floor during ... more »

This Is Unbelievable « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
This Is Unbelievable « Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] This Is Unbelievable by dianerav Pennsylvania just approved the operation of four new cyber-charter schools, bringing the number of online charter schools in the state to 17. This is literally unbelievable. We constantly hear lectures from “reformers” about data-driven decision-making and focusing only on results. They like to say “it’s for the children.” “Children first.” “Students first.” The existing cyber-charters in Pennsylvania have been evaluated and found to have disastrous res... more »

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

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
solidaridad: Schools Matter: Democrats for Neoliberal Education Reform's Gloria J. Romero's Parent Tricker days are numbered: Schools Matter: Democrats for Neoliberal Education Reform's Gloria J. Romero's Parent Tricker days are numbered by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene *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 th... more »

Georgia professors blast teacher evaluation system - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Georgia professors blast teacher evaluation system - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Georgia professors blast teacher evaluation system By Valerie Strauss First it happened in New York, then Illinois and now Georgia. Professors from colleges and universities in Georgia have written anopen letter to the governor, Nathan Deal, and other officials involved with education policy to express opposition to a new teacher evaluation system that depends largely on student standardized test scores. “Value-added” assessment has become all the rage in teacher and principal evaluation a... more »

Update on Excel Bridgeport Inc. - still violating the law? - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Update on Excel Bridgeport Inc. - still violating the law? - Wait, What?: Update on Excel Bridgeport Inc. – still violating the law? by jonpelto Hundreds, even thousands of groups successfully follow Connecticut’s ethics and lobbing laws, so why do Excel Bridgeport, Inc. and some of the biggest corporate leaders in Fairfield County have such a hard time complying with the rules the rest of us have to live by? Since it was incorporated, much of what Excel Bridgeport has been doing could be considered lobbying. Beginning in January 2011, Meghan Lowney actively worked to persuade the ... more »

Schools short of API targets prepare to lose millions in aid | EdSource Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Schools short of API targets prepare to lose millions in aid | EdSource Today: Schools short of API targets prepare to lose millions in aid ** July 10th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By Kathryn Baron By the time Dan Wright took his turn at the podium before the State Board of Education last March, he already knew his district’s fate was sealed. The five schools in Stockton Unified School District that received funding under the Quality Education Investment Act, or QEIA, were going to be kicked out of the program. “I knew the answer by the time I got up there; nothing I said would change... more »

School Easy, Failing To Challenge Students, Survey Says

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
School Easy, Failing To Challenge Students, Survey Says: School Easy, Failing To Challenge Students, Survey Says by Joy Resmovits "Do schools challenge our students?" No, says a paper published today by the progressive think tank Center of American Progress. More than half of 12th graders, for example, say civics and history are often or always too easy. The analysis, by Ulrich Boser and Lindsay Rosenthal, found a disturbing disconnect between student engagement and test scores. Many students -- 21 percent of 12th graders and 37 percent of fourth graders -- reported that math cla... more »

Schools Matter: Why Is AFT Investing Millions for Common Core Prep?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Schools Matter: Why Is AFT Investing Millions for Common Core Prep?: Why Is AFT Investing Millions for Common Core Prep? by Jim Horn New York's UFT members have been invited to join the AFT crowd in Detroit, at least the ones who will sign a statement pledging to not get in the way of the misleaders' steamrolling of the resolution to to make Common Core endorsement official. From NYC Educator: . . .the only UFT members at the convention will be those who've signed a paper agreeing never to disagree with the Unity position [including resolution in support of Common Core] in public... more »

The Man Child World of Ruben Brosbe.southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: The Man Child World of Ruben Brosbe by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) No. Can't do it. Don't want to do it. Want to write about my son at baseball camp and how we should "judge" baseball instructors the same way they judge teachers. But, the force is to deep within me. The snarkiness, the sarcasm is oozing through my brain into my fingertips. My brain is telling me, "you know, admit it, you want to do this." I fight my brain. But the brain is just too controlling. It's been 9 months since I have written about former, or current E4E Blog Monkey... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » California PTA Makes Huge Political Mistake

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Engaging Parents In School… » California PTA Makes Huge Political Mistake: California PTA Makes Huge Political Mistake by Larry Ferlazzo As regular readers know, I’m a big supporter of the PTA and the role it plays, and the potential role it can play, in helping families, schools and neighborhoods. Unfortunately, as I’ve written before (see Molly Munger, The PTA & The Shoe Button Complex), the California PTA has made a huge political miscalculation by becoming just about the only ally billionaire Molly Munger has in her doomed-to-fail state initiative to raise taxes to support sch... more »

Interactive Map: How Much Are Students Learning?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Interactive Map: How Much Are Students Learning?: Interactive Map: How Much Are Students Learning?Many Kids Across the Country Say Their Classwork Is Too Easy By Ulrich Boser, Lindsay Rosenthal | July 10, 2012 [image: Percent of 4th grade students who report that their math work is too easy] *See also: *Do Schools Challenge Our Students? by Ulrich Boser and Lindsay Rosenthal Download selected student survey results for states (pdf) You might think the nation’s teenagers are drowning in school work. Images of students buried in textbooks often grace the covers of popular parenting m... more »

Andrew Coulson: America Has Too Many Teachers - WSJ.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Andrew Coulson: America Has Too Many Teachers - WSJ.com: America Has Too Many TeachersPublic-school employees have doubled in 40 years while student enrollment has increased by only 8.5%—and academic results have stagnated. [image: Corporate Media = Corporate Lies]President Obama said last month that America can educate its way to prosperity if Congress sends money to states to prevent public school layoffs and "rehire even more teachers." Mitt Romney was having none of it, invoking "the message of Wisconsin" and arguing that the solution to our economic woes is to cut the size of ... more »

Memphis: Is Anyone Listening? « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Memphis: Is Anyone Listening? « Diane Ravitch's blog: Memphis: Is Anyone Listening? by dianerav When the Transition Planning Committee rolled out its plan, based on the recommendations of the management consultants, the Boston Consulting Group, and led by Stand for Children, teachers were not sure if the public hearings would be genuine and if their voices would be heard. In a comment posted here, this teacher describes her experience at a town hall meeting. Corporate reformers seem to have an aversion to the give and take of genuine democracy. It is hard to listen when you think y... more »

Pass / Fail : California Community Colleges system looks at prioritizing new or continuing students | 89.3 KPCC

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Pass / Fail : California Community Colleges system looks at prioritizing new or continuing students | 89.3 KPCC: California Community Colleges system looks at prioritizing new or continuing students by By Tami Abdollah [image: Jack Scott, California Community Colleges] *California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott talks about the impact of the state's budget crisis on the nation's largest higher education system. Credit: Tami Abdollah / KPCC* The governing board of the California Community Colleges is considering a major system-wide change to how its 112 campuses enroll stude... more »

Louisiana Educator: False Progress

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Louisiana Educator: False Progress: False Progress by Michael Deshotels *San Diego fireworks in big, fast flash* The education reform movement in Louisiana requires that improved student performance must be demonstrated by schools each year. In fact the goal is to soon have all students performing at grade level or better (a statistical impossibility sometimes called the Lake Wobegon effect). Another major goal upon which the futures of our education reform leaders depend is that all students should be prepared for college by the time they graduate from high school (another statis... more »

Summer squeeze: LAUSD offers limited summer school classes - LA Daily News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Summer squeeze: LAUSD offers limited summer school classes - LA Daily News: Summer squeeze: LAUSD offers limited summer school classes by By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer Lamarr Brown Stevens distributes math and history books on the first day of summer school at Canoga Park High School on July 9, 2012. (David Crane/Staff Photographer) A line of students snaked out the door of the Canoga Park High School attendance office Monday morning, with scores of teens hoping to get a seat in Los Angeles Unified's smallest-ever summer school program. | See photo gallery. It was the start of the... more »

Free Webinar: Creating a Culture of Achievement — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Free Webinar: Creating a Culture of Achievement — Whole Child Education: Free Webinar: Creating a Culture of Achievement by Klea Scharberg [image: How to Create a Culture of Achievement] Join ASCD authors and educators Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher, authors of *How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom*, for an exciting, free webinar where they share their experiences with leading schools that support good teaching and learning by building a culture of achievement. *Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 3:00 p.m. eastern time* *Register now!* What does it feel like to wa... more »

What Are We Waiting For? | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
What Are We Waiting For? | Taking Note: What Are We Waiting For? by John Merrow Low income, high poverty high school students earning their AA degrees while they are still in high school? If you saw our two-part report on PBS * NewsHour *last week, you know it’s not a fantasy: What’s more, this is not a flash in the pan or a new idea. The University of Chicago had a version in the 1940’s and 50’s. I remember great programs at LaGuardia Community College in the 1980’s, and Minnesota has had a vibrant post-secondary options programs in its high schools for years. Today, theEarly Coll... more »


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