Thursday, July 19, 2012

School Tech Connect: Popping Out The Rivets In Chicago

School Tech Connect: Popping Out The Rivets In Chicago:


Popping Out The Rivets In Chicago

Rahm is destroying the schools. That's all there is to it. The new de facto ed policy in Chicago is set parents against teachers and against each other, and to fan the fire kindled by segregation. The whole message is get your kids away from those other kids who are so problematic.

They don't do these things in the suburbs or downstate. People have neighborhood schools. Everyone attends them. There's this quaint idea that we're all in this together. In the city, we pop out the rivets that hold 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 7-19-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

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Reflections on “How To Break Free from Our 19th Century Factory-Model Education”” | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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Reflections on “How To Break Free from Our 19th Century Factory-Model Education”” | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Reflections on “How To Break Free from Our 19th Century Factory-Model Education”" by larrycuban Two comments from readers got me thinking about the guest post by Joel Rose that I just published The first is from Joe Nutt, former teacher and consultant in the UK: *There is a very real and very serious error underneath what so often passes for the enthusiasm of the reformers. It’s evident in this piece where the author refers to the “factory-model ... more »

Hang on to Your Job(s): Bain Capital Ventures Introduces StartUp Academy -- PALO ALTO, Calif., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

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Bain Capital Ventures Introduces StartUp Academy -- PALO ALTO, Calif., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --: Bain Capital Ventures Introduces StartUp Academy New initiative to identify top talent and provide college students with unique opportunity to gain entrepreneurial experience at Bain Capital Ventures' portfolio companies PALO ALTO, Calif., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bain Capital Ventures, a leading venture capital and growth equity firm with over $2 billion in committed capital, today announced the launch of StartUp Academy, a newly created initiative to provide students wit... more »

Being driven out of teaching. « Deborah Meier on Education

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Being driven out of teaching. « Deborah Meier on Education: Being driven out of teaching. by debmeier From Caitlin Casement, *“I worked in urban schools for 25 years. On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, I received my final send-off from the school district I worked for for all of those years…—among the retirees who left with me, more than 200 had served at least 25 years, and one woman had taught for 50 years…….* *Some, like me, are being driven out through harassment campaigns conducted by vindictive and insecure administrators threatened by our vigilant advocacy for our students—and t... more »

What is a Highly Qualified Teacher? « Diane Ravitch's blog

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What is a Highly Qualified Teacher? « Diane Ravitch's blog: What is a Highly Qualified Teacher? by dianerav Highly Qualified Teacher? A reader gives her view of what it means to be a “highly qualified teacher,” if not by the elastic definition in NCLB, then by her own knowledge of teaching: As many have pointed out, no new teachers are “highly qualified.” While some new teachers may be more prepared than others, many years of teaching experience is necessary to become a truly effective (and therefore highly qualified) teacher. So not only are TFA teachers certainly not highly qu... more »

Why do the Waltons care about education?

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Education: Education *Introduction* “*Before considering the specific goals and activities of these foundations, it is worth reflecting on the wisdom of allowing education policy to be directed or, one might say, captured by private foundations. There is something fundamentally antidemocratic about relinquishing control of the public education policy agenda to private foundations run by society’s wealthiest people.”[1]* *- Diane Ravitch, education historian and Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H.W. Bush* When the richest family in the country inserts itself ... more »

Mother Crusader: Edith Shanker Puts Laura Waters, Chris Cerf, & Joel Klein In Their Place.

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Mother Crusader: Edith Shanker Puts Laura Waters, Chris Cerf, & Joel Klein In Their Place.: Edith Shanker Puts Laura Waters, Chris Cerf, & Joel Klein In Their Place. by darciecima I am floored by the utter arrogance of this statement from Laura Waters. Here's a fact. If Albert Shanker was alive today he'd still be an education reformer and would support NJ's efforts to expand school choice for poor urban students. Jersey Jazzman already did a great job of telling Laura Waters how preposterous it is for her to state as "fact" what Albert Shanker would or wouldn't think, feel, o... more »

Bush Financier K12 Inc Under Fire for Ineffectiveness; Contracts With 39 Florida Districts | Scathing Purple Musings

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Bush Financier K12 Inc Under Fire for Ineffectiveness; Contracts With 39 Florida Districts | Scathing Purple Musings: Bush Financier K12 Inc Under Fire for Ineffectiveness; Contracts With 39 Florida Districts by Bob Sikes With an FBI investigation underway of an affiliated virtual charter school network in Pennsylvania affiliated with K12 Inc a National Education Policy Center report urged states to “curb the growth of virtual charters until they demonstrate dramatically improved academic results.” From reporter Ian Quillen in *Education Week*: The National Education Policy Cent... more »

The States’ Budget Crisis « Diane Ravitch's blog

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The States’ Budget Crisis « Diane Ravitch's blog The States’ Budget Crisis by dianerav My ex-husband Richard Ravitch is a brilliant man who has spent most of his life in public service. He was born during the Great Depression, and he grew up idolizing Franklin Delano Roosevelt and believing that the highest ideal was to improve the well-being of the public. We have an informal agreement that he doesn’t do education and I don’t do housing, transportation or public finance. But now he has stepped into my territory and I must step into his. Yesterday he and Paul Volcker released a tas... more »

Former Principal and Current U.S. Representative: “No Other State Deceives” Like Florida Does With FCAT | Scathing Purple Musings

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Former Principal and Current U.S. Representative: “No Other State Deceives” Like Florida Does With FCAT | Scathing Purple Musings: Former Principal and Current U.S. Representative: “No Other State Deceives” Like Florida Does With FCAT by Bob Sikes The vigorous debate over Florida’s test-based accountability systems added a figure of national status and significant credibility. U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Florida #17) was a school principal before entering politics. Also a former Dade County School Board member, Wilson penned a condemnation of FCAT and the suffocating utility ... more »

An Abundance of Genius | Lefty Parent

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An Abundance of Genius | Lefty Parent: An Abundance of Genius by Cooper Zale John Taylor Gatto was a teacher for nearly 30 years, including working with disadvantaged youth in urban New York City public schools. He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. That was the same year he wrote a letter announcing his retirement, titled “I Quit, I Think”, published in the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal. In the letter he wrote that he no longer wished to “hurt kids to make a living”. He has since gone to a s... more »

Parents and students working to save a school in Portland, Oregon | Seattle Education

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Parents and students working to save a school in Portland, Oregon | Seattle Education: Parents and students working to save a school in Portland, Oregon by seattleducation2011 *This post is on behalf of the girls at Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women, a pubic school in Portland, Oregon. The Portland Public School Board closed their school in the most egregious manner and the girls and parents are fighting to keep their school open.* *As the author of this post explains:* When Tubman was closed, the superintendent offered to let it survive as a charter school — giving ... more »

Mother Crusader: United States DOE Awards Over $2M to Four Charters That Will Never Serve A Single Student!

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Mother Crusader: United States DOE Awards Over $2M to Four Charters That Will Never Serve A Single Student!: United States DOE Awards Over $2M to Four Charters That Will Never Serve A Single Student! by darciecima Just a quick post today to point out something rather striking. Last October, my battle against Tikun Olam hit the national stage when the United States Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement awarded "Friends of Tikun Olam", a non-profit started by the lead founder, a $600,000 federal grant. They were not the only New Jersey charter awarded fund... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The Reformy Fainting Couch

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Jersey Jazzman: The Reformy Fainting Couch: The Reformy Fainting Couch by Duke *Mercy!* Laura Waters is so anxious to defend charter schools against the criticisms of Diane Ravitch that she actually attempts to claim expertise on teacher unions over America's best-known education historian: Here's a fact. If Albert Shanker was alive today he'd still be an education reformer and would support NJ's efforts to expand school choice for poor urban students.. Here's another fact: he wouldn't have given this answer to a parent's query, which appears in the comment section of Dr. Ravitch... more »

Democracy Prep and the “Same Kids” Myth | Edwize

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Democracy Prep and the “Same Kids” Myth | Edwize: Democracy Prep and the “Same Kids” Myth by Christina Collins In general, charter advocates have become somewhat more responsible about acknowledging the impact of demographic differences in charter and district school enrollments on charters’ academic performance. The recent release of the New York City Charter School Center’s “State of the Sector” report is one example, and we had hoped that the existence of its database (which offers straightforward comparisons between enrollments at each New York City charter school compared to... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: It's Not Teachers - It's Poverty (and when will that get the attention?)

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: It's Not Teachers - It's Poverty (and when will that get the attention?): It's Not Teachers - It's Poverty (and when will that get the attention?) by Melissa Westbrook A heartfelt guest post from The Washington Post's Answer Sheet written by Brock Cohen about the REAL issue that holds back schools in closing the achievement gap. *This was written by Brock Cohen, a teacher and student advocate in the Los Angeles Unified School District who contends that we can no longer afford to trivialize the critical role that poverty plays in a child’s learning... more »

Sandra Day O’Connor champions civics education – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

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Sandra Day O’Connor champions civics education – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs: Sandra Day O’Connor champions civics education by *Donna Krache*, CNN [image: Sandra Day O’Connor champions civics education]Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor meets with students at an iCivics event in Washington, D.C. *(CNN)* - The retired Supreme Court justice is all business as she walks into our meeting room. But inside, she’s got the heart of an educator. Of course, Sandra Day O’Connor will always be associated with her historic “first,” as the first woman justice to sit ... more »

RheeFirst! » StudentsFirst still referring to Change.org petition signers as their “members”

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RheeFirst! » StudentsFirst still referring to Change.org petition signers as their “members”: StudentsFirst still referring to Change.org petition signers as their “members” by admin Written by Dave Lindorff. Read the entire article here. “*In an email blast sent out to progressives on Tuesday, Rhee’s organization StudentsFirst.org, says:* Thank you for joining StudentsFirst by signing a petition on Change.org. … *Recipients of this letter may not have ever signed a StudentsFirst.org-sponsored petition on the petition site Change.org. Nor will they likely know that Rhee’s organi... more »

ARBITRATOR SHOWS NAIVETE, SO DO EMANUEL AND BRIZARD « Teachers Fight Back

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ARBITRATOR SHOWS NAIVETE, SO DO EMANUEL AND BRIZARD « Teachers Fight Back: ARBITRATOR SHOWS NAIVETE, SO DO EMANUEL AND BRIZARD by alkleen [image: Jean-Claude Brizard - Arne Duncan Hosts Forum On Big Cities And Education Reform] The arbitrator who recently issued a ruling in the ongoing battle between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago School District must be extremely naive. He sided with the teachers on most issues, especially the salary demands that the teachers want in exchange for working a much longer day that the District is insisting on. The arbitrator is naive b... more »

Save Our Schools (SOS) March and Rally: DC trip to bring education reform - NorthJersey.com

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Verona-Cedar Grove Letter: DC trip to bring education reform - NorthJersey.com: Verona-Cedar Grove Letter: DC trip to bring education reform THURSDAY JULY 19, 2012, 12:10 PM VERONA-CEDAR GROVE TIMES PRINT | E-MAIL Editor, The Times I am a retired public school teacher and retired or not, I am appalled by the demonizing attacks on public education in the name of school "reform." My fellow retirees and current school employees have suffered scapegoating by pundits and politicians, lost precious money from our paychecks and pensions only to be reallocated to balance a budget. That ... more »

Democurmudgeon: The Illusion of Highly Qualified Teachers to continue.

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Democurmudgeon: The Illusion of Highly Qualified Teachers to continue.: The Illusion of Highly Qualified Teachers to continue. by Democurmudgeon Parents won’t know it, but that “highly qualified teacher” in their kid’s classroom, may be a teacher in training. Don’t get me wrong, this isn't a criticism of those dedicated new graduates learning the profession, it’s the idea that they would be considered “highly qualified” already. But for years, parents weren’t told how loose that qualification had become. It essentially helps private training colleges like the controversial teache... more »

Shanker Blog » What Florida's School Grades Measure, And What They Don't

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Shanker Blog » What Florida's School Grades Measure, And What They Don't: What Florida’s School Grades Measure, And What They Don’t by Matthew Di Carlo A while back, I argued that Florida’s school grading system, due mostly to its choice of measures, does a poor job of gauging school performance *per se*. The short version is that the ratings are, to a degree unsurpassed by most other states’ systems, driven by absolute performance measures (how highly students score), rather than growth (whether students make progress). Since more advantaged students tend to score more highly on ... more »

The in box. Stephen Colbert on Texas GOP’s opposition to teaching critical thinking skills. « Fred Klonsky

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The in box. Stephen Colbert on Texas GOP’s opposition to teaching critical thinking skills. « Fred Klonsky: The in box. Stephen Colbert on Texas GOP’s opposition to teaching critical thinking skills. by Fred Klonsky *“I blame Galileo.”* Stephen Colbert: *..The minds of our young people are being poisoned by knowledge… I have long praised the Texas Board of Education for their valiant work rewriting our nation’s**history textbooks. But now I believe they’ve got some stiff competition from the Texas GOP, who recently put a plank in their 2012 party platformn regarding children’s ed... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: SOS Press Release: A Call to Action

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: SOS Press Release: A Call to Action: SOS Press Release: A Call to Action by Mike Klonsky [image: SOS Save Our Schools] *Save Our Schools: A National Call to Action* www.saveourschoolsmarch.org for immediate release *SAVE OUR SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, PANEL LEADERS* *FOR AUGUST 3 -5 WASHINGTON, DC PEOPLES EDUCATION CONVENTION* Organizers of the upcoming Save Our Schools (SOS) “Peoples Education Convention” today unveiled the list of featured speakers for their *August 3 – 5, 2012 *event at *the Marriott Wardman Park* hotel in * Washington,... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, July 19, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: The Redwoods of California Education Headlines *Thursday, July 19, 2012* Olinda School demolition leaves questions for residentAfter weeks of preparation, construction crews started demolishing the vacant former Olinda School campus off of Carbon Canyon Road on Wednesday so the Brea Olinda Unified School District can sell the land it sits on. Hundreds of schools overdue for repair fundsEight years after California settled a landmark lawsuit promising hundreds of millions of dollars to repair shoddy school facilities, more than 70... more »

The “Deceit Behind Raising the Bar” in Florida | Scathing Purple Musings

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The “Deceit Behind Raising the Bar” in Florida | Scathing Purple Musings: The “Deceit Behind Raising the Bar” in Florida by Bob Sikes College english professor and newspaperman John Young unpacks the flawed rhetoric of Florida’s education policy-makers by using a letter-to-the-editor from Florida student Alyssa Sturgeon. The Vero Beach fourth-grader wrote the *Vero Beach Press Journal to ask how the state could *flunk 73 percent of students in her grade across the state in FCAT Writes. She reasonably asserted that something must be wrong. Was there ever. Professor Young explains... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Duncan's new tests may be worse than the old ones

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Duncan's new tests may be worse than the old ones: Duncan's new tests may be worse than the old ones by Mike Klonsky Arne Duncan's been telling us for years now, that the only problem with current standardized testing mania is the quality of the tests. So he's put together a consortium of testing experts, using $330 million in stimulus money through the federal Race to the Top competition, to design new "next-generation assessments" intended to measure critical thinking, particularly the critical skills emphasized by the Common Core State Standards. ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Where's Cerf's Charter Report? - Day 500!

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Jersey Jazzman: Where's Cerf's Charter Report? - Day 500!: Where's Cerf's Charter Report? - Day 500! by Duke *We may be lost, but we're making great time!* It was 500 days ago today that ACTING NJ Education Commissioner Chris Cerf said this: Vowing to create "more transparency," acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf today said *the state will ask an outside agency to analyze why some charter schools out-perform traditional public schools*. Speaking at a meeting of the state Board of Education, Cerf said "we stand by" controversial data about charter school performance rel... more »

NYC Educator: Status Quo from Quinn

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NYC Educator: Status Quo from Quinn: Status Quo from Quinn by NYC Educator Christine Quinn has a very sharp sense of what's good for Christine Quinn. That's why she enabled a third termfor Mayor Bloomberg--it bought her one too. Others, like Tony Avella, declined to continue when Quinn, Bloomberg and company decided to overturn the twice-voiced will of the voters and extend their political careers. Yet when it comes to others, Quinn is not all that concerned. Should New Yorkers get paid sick days? This, apparently, is not the sort of thing that keeps Quinn up at night. So what if ... more »

Louisiana Educator: The Need for Educators to Unify

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Louisiana Educator: The Need for Educators to Unify: The Need for Educators to Unify by Michael Deshotels I was very pleased this week to accept an invitation by my professional organization, the Louisiana Association of Educators to write a guest blog for the Association web site. I am now a retired member of LAE but I find that the Association has welcomed me to participate in education issues just as much as if I were still an active classroom teacher. I have enjoyed renewing old friendships with teachers and administrators in our common fight for public education, and my blog ... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-19 - Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Should Children Eat Tests? Or Should Pearson? by dianerav Jason Stanford wrote a blistering critique of the misuse of testing in Texas and Sandy Kress responded. Sandy Kress was the architect of No Child Left Behind, which imposed a testing regime on the entire nation. Kress is now a lobbyist for testing giant Pearson. Stanford summarized his original column, called “Let Them Eat Tests,” as follows: 1. Texas taxpayers are paying Pearson $470 million for the STAAR test. 2. Sandy Kress, the father of N... more »

Colbert skewers Texas GOP on ‘critical thinking’ - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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Colbert skewers Texas GOP on ‘critical thinking’ - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Colbert skewers Texas GOP on ‘critical thinking’ By Valerie Strauss I thought I’d heard enough about the Texas Republican Party’s platform that rejects the teaching of critical thinking skills until I heard Stephen Colbert’s take on it. I wrote about this recently here, quoting from the platform: *Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outco... more »

School Tech Connect: No More Blind Trusts

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School Tech Connect: No More Blind Trusts: No More Blind Trusts by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) I was watching this clip from Lawrence O'Donnell's show--- it's pretty interesting. It seems that out Freeport, Illinois-- where in the 70's some kid dislocated my shoulder in a freestyle wrestling tournament *and to this day I can barely lift my right arm without it popping out of the socket-- *the whole town is trying to get Mit Romney's attention. He's outsourcing their jobs to China because he's not rich enough yet. Watch. (There may be a 30 second commercial first.) Visit NBC... more »

Schools Matter: Biblical Capitalists and Philanthropods in Crusade to Destroy Public Education

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Schools Matter: Biblical Capitalists and Philanthropods in Crusade to Destroy Public Education: Biblical Capitalists and Philanthropods in Crusade to Destroy Public Education by Jim Horn From AlterNet: [image: AlterNet] The DeVos Family: Meet the Super-Wealthy Right-Wingers Working With the Religious Right to Kill Public Education By Rachel Tabachnick, AlterNet Posted on May 6, 2011, Printed on July 19, 2012 http://www.alternet.org/story/150868/the_devos_family%3A_meet_the_super-wealthy_right-wingers_working_with_the_religious_right_to_kill_public_education Since the 2010 elections... more »

HELP WANTED: SEEKING EXPERIENCED LAUSD ADMINISTRATOR - Perdaily.com

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HELP WANTED: SEEKING EXPERIENCED LAUSD ADMINISTRATOR - Perdaily.com: HELP WANTED: SEEKING EXPERIENCED LAUSD ADMINISTRATOR by Leonard Isenberg [image: Help Wanted.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)** * *Help Wanted* *-Seeking experienced LAUSD administrator*; * -Must be honest, ethical, courageous;* * -May have been recently fired or is being targeted for same;* * - Prefer someone fired for refusing to engage in illegal or unethical activities (free legal services possible);* * -Must have documentary evide... more »

The Educated Reporter: Obama Proposes `Master Teacher Corps,' More NCLB Waivers On The Way

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The Educated Reporter: Obama Proposes `Master Teacher Corps,' More NCLB Waivers On The Way: Obama Proposes `Master Teacher Corps,' More NCLB Waivers On The Way by Emily Richmond It's a busy week for the U.S. Department of Education. On Wednesday, President Obama proposed spending $1 billion to fund a "Master Teacher Corps" initiative, which would reward top-performing educators with $20,000 annually. And on Friday, it's expected that seven additional states will receive waivers from some of the toughest provisions of No Child Left Behind, bringing the total number of exemptions t... more »

NJ Spotlight | Top Democrat Joins Debate Over Outside Money in DOE

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NJ Spotlight | Top Democrat Joins Debate Over Outside Money in DOE: Top Democrat Joins Debate Over Outside Money in DOE One of Senator Weinberg's goals, who's paying for what at the Department of Education print | email | share By John Mooney, July 19, 2012 in Education |2 Comments Credit: Amanda Brown Sen. Loretta Weinberg It’s not a typical request from a ranking legislator, but state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) doesn’t always follow the beaten path. Last week, Weinberg announced in a press release that she had filed an Open Public Records Act request to the Christie administ...more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Will the ACLU File Suit to Stop Privacy Gathering on Citizens' Physical Traits? Now the Government is Tracking Tattoos.

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Will the ACLU File Suit to Stop Privacy Gathering on Citizens' Physical Traits? Now the Government is Tracking Tattoos.: Will the ACLU File Suit to Stop Privacy Gathering on Citizens' Physical Traits? Now the Government is Tracking Tattoos. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Will tattoo information appear on student data sets? If a student has the wrong tattoo on his/her body, it may not bode well if FBI information is shared with the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. From next.gov: *The FBI is consu... more »

Bill Gates Says…. « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Bill Gates Says…. « Diane Ravitch's blog: Bill Gates Says…. by dianerav Are you ready? Bill Gates says that game-based learning is the future of education. He has a dream. A dream of children sitting around and playing games on their computers or their iPads or their Whatevers. They will be wearing galvanic skin response monitor bracelets, or they will have a little chip in their heads to measure their level of excitement, and they will be excited all the time. Every classroom–if there are classrooms–will buzz with their excitement. Little and big squeals of sheer joy as

Geaux Teacher!: PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST #1 ROUND ONE

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Geaux Teacher!: PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST #1 ROUND ONE: PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST #1 ROUND ONE by noreply@blogger.com (Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT) Sunday night I sent a Public Record Request to Supt. White regarding Jeff. Parish School Supt. Meza's claim that White had promised him $200,000 a year for three years for every new charter he opens in Jefferson Parish. From: lpbharley To: john.white Sent: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 11:46 pm Subject: Public Information Request Dear Superintendent White: Pursuant to the Public Records Act of Louisiana, R.S. 44:1 et seq., I respectfully request t... more »

Getting the Results You Want — Whole Child Education

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Getting the Results You Want — Whole Child Education: [image: ASCD Whole Child Bloggers]Getting the Results You Want July 18, 2012 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers *Post submitted by Whole Child Blogger Matt Swift* During Baruti Kafele's ASCD Summer Conference session,"Motivating Black Males to Succeed in school and in Life," the former principal grabbed the audience's attention with his commanding presence and no-nonsense discussions about how to help struggling black students. He started the session by asking members of the audience to share their classroom stories to create a convers... more »

Chicago teachers respond to fact-finder: Not just fair compensation. Reduce class size. Not just a longer day. A better day with art, music, foreign language and physical education. « Fred Klonsky

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Chicago teachers respond to fact-finder: Not just fair compensation. Reduce class size. Not just a longer day. A better day with art, music, foreign language and physical education. « Fred Klonsky: Chicago teachers respond to fact-finder: Not just fair compensation. Reduce class size. Not just a longer day. A better day with art, music, foreign language and physical education. by Fred Klonsky Here is the response from CTU President Karen Lewis following the vote of the House of Delegates which unanimously rejected the fact-finder’s report: Thank you. I’d like to introduce Chicago... more »

“…where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” | Teaching Between the Lines

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“…where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” | Teaching Between the Lines: “…where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” by Laura I’m feeling like Marty McFly this summer, jumping from the futuristic world of 24/7 technology at the ISTEconference, to the distinctly old-school peace and quiet of our total no-tech Sierra summer cabin… and then back to the future again at the Google Apps for Education Summit. I kicked off my summer by co-teaching a flipped-class workshop, then flew down to San Diego for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). I spent four days lugging my... more »




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