Thursday, August 23, 2012

Parsing Poverty: Charter Market Segmentation across & Within U.S. Cities « School Finance 101

Parsing Poverty: Charter Market Segmentation across & Within U.S. Cities « School Finance 101:


Parsing Poverty: Charter Market Segmentation across & Within U.S. Cities

Late Thursday, I posted a follow up on the distribution of children with disabilities by disability classification across charter and district schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This post explores the distribution of children who qualify for free lunch in charter schools and district schools within the city limits of major cities. Note that the unit of analysis – the charter market, per se – that I am using here is the “city limits” and all schools – charter and district that lie within specific large central cities (urban centric locale code 11). Why does this matter? And why do I do it this way? One reason is data convenience. Another is that it’s important to recognize that many U.S. Cities are carved into multiple school districts, often times relating to a long history of housing and school segregation. I’ll provide some Kansas City examples below. In other words, the traditional district system already creates some artificial boundaries of segregation, onto which the charter system is now being superimposed.
Again, in this post, I’m focusing on low income children. When it comes to low income children, Charter schools 

On Rape [Where An Educator Stands] | The Jose Vilson

On Rape [Where An Educator Stands] | The Jose Vilson:


On Rape [Where An Educator Stands]

I will confirm first and foremost that I do know women who have been raped, momentarily dispossessed from their bodies by a sexually deviant aggressor. As a listener, I can’t sit there and try to empathize because “I understand” is completely false. I don’t. I’ve never had that happen to me. While the act of rape isn’t limited to women, it overwhelmingly happens to them, and, as such, I’ve never been asked by society to become an expert in how to prevent such a heinous act.
That’s part of male privilege. I’ve never had to change my clothes or consider looking more down to earth to avoid being raped. I’ve walked by myself in the middle of night, inebriated to the gills, and bumped by innocent strangers, but no one ever took that as a sign that I was asked for a proverbial “it.” I have a lot of other “isms” I 

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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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Oakland special education teacher shuffle: Memo offers rationale, but no numbers - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

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Oakland special education teacher shuffle: Memo offers rationale, but no numbers - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: Oakland special education teacher shuffle: Memo offers rationale, but no numbers Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 9:56 am in No Comments Here’s the text from the memo the Oakland school district administration circulated yesterday with its rationale for the recent last-minute special education resource teacher reassignments. Deputy Superintendent Maria Santos told the school board that nine of the 26 teachers were reinstated to their origin... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: A strike now seems very likely

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: A strike now seems very likely: A strike now seems very likely by Mike Klonsky Photo by Jesse SharkeyA teachers strike is looking more and more unavoidable. The Mayor has pushed the union to the wall by stonewalling serious negotiations, sticking to his 2% pay-raise offer, and seeing if he can force the union to fold at the last minute. By playing chicken with the union he is not only gambling with the lives of the city's children and families, but with Obama's election chances as well. From the looks of things, *fold* doesn't appear to be part of CTU... more »

Anaheim student who complained was told to 'get a sense of humor' - latimes.com

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Anaheim student who complained was told to 'get a sense of humor' - latimes.com: Anaheim student who complained was told to 'get a sense of humor' The Anaheim high school student who complained to school officials about the "Seniores" and "Señoritas" senior week activity -- in which students dressed up and portrayed Mexican stereotypes, including gang members, day laborers and gardeners -– said he was initially told by a campus administrator to “get a sense of humor.” The annual end-of-school event at Canyon High School was permanently cancelled, and sensitivity training classes w... more »

Florida Governor Addresses Trinity Christian Academy’s EOC Assessment Problem | Truth in American Education

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Florida Governor Addresses Trinity Christian Academy’s EOC Assessment Problem | Truth in American Education: Florida Governor Addresses Trinity Christian Academy’s EOC Assessment Problem by Shane Vander Hart [image: 400px-Rick_Scott_official_portrait]Dr. Dennis Robinson, the head master of the Headmaster of Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona, FL and President of the Florida League of Christian Schools, emailed me this afternoon to let me know his guidance counselor received a response about the end-of-course assessment debacle from Florida Governor Rick Scott via the Florida Dep... more »

Bored? Take this poll now. | The G Bitch Spot

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Bored? Take this poll now. | The G Bitch Spot: Bored? Take this poll now. by G Bitch How would you grade Jindal’s performance as Louisiana governor?

Ten minute drawing: Obama. « Fred Klonsky

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Ten minute drawing: Obama. « Fred Klonsky: Ten minute drawing: Obama. by Fred Klonsky

SPLC Spanish-Speaking Parents Discriminated in Louisiana Schools - Hispanically Speaking News

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SPLC Spanish-Speaking Parents Discriminated in Louisiana Schools - Hispanically Speaking News: SPLC Alleges Spanish-Speaking Parents Discriminated Against in Certain Louisiana Schools, File Suit [image: SPLC Alleges Spanish-Speaking Parents Discriminated Against in Certain Louisiana Schools, File Suit]The Southern Law Poverty Center (SPLC) has filed a federal complaint against the public school system in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on behalf of Spanish-speaking parents. The complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. The civil rights c... more »

Teachers For Social Justice: Defend Chicago’s Social Justice High School (Sojo)

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Teachers For Social Justice: Defend Chicago’s Social Justice High School (Sojo): Defend Chicago’s Social Justice High School (Sojo) by sarah-ji Sojo was “born out of struggle” in 2001 when 14 Little Village residents endured a 19- day hunger strike to fight for a new school in their neighborhood. In Fall 2005, Sojo and three other small schools opened in a new building on 31st and Kostner, serving Little Village and North Lawndale. Sojo is a neighborhood school built on the principles of the Hunger Strike: “truth and transparency, struggle and sacrifice, ownership and agency, and... more »

Voucher Programs Need to Be Cut Off From the Common Core | Truth in American Education

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Voucher Programs Need to Be Cut Off From the Common Core | Truth in American Education: Voucher Programs Need to Be Cut Off From the Common Core by Shane Vander Hart I’m a school choice advocate, and full disclosure – my wife and I (mostly my wife) homeschool our three children. That said I’m concerned by how current voucher programs are structured with more and more strings attached. A friend of ours, Melissa Smith wrote a letter-to-the-editor that was published in the *Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel* that speaks to this matter succinctly so I wanted to share it here for our readers:... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: EAGnews Buys into the "Bad Teacher" Argument

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Missouri Education Watchdog: EAGnews Buys into the "Bad Teacher" Argument: EAGnews Buys into the "Bad Teacher" Argument by stlgretchen There are many factors in a failing school. Why just blame "ineffective" teachers...and just how are there "ineffective" teachers measured? This morning we posted how the Missouri Riverview Gardens school district scores were not better even as the state took over the district's educational delivery for the last two years. We questioned if Missouri DESE's Chris Nicastro should be fired as an "ineffective" administrator. According to a letter to... more »

Teachers For Social Justice: Chicago Teachers Stand UP!

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Teachers For Social Justice: Chicago Teachers Stand UP!: Chicago Teachers Stand UP! by sarah-ji After 17 years of the tyranny of high stakes tests, business-managers running the schools, school closings, disinvestment in neighborhood public schools and turning them over to private operators, teachers have had enough. The 30,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union are standing up to the bankers and corporate interests who are dismantling public education and destroying teaching and learning. The city that has been the birthplace of corporate “reform” is now the epicenter of the fi... more »

“Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions | FDL News Desk

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“Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions | FDL News Desk: “Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions by David Dayen (photo: ChrisM70 / flickr) The Obama campaign has recently tried to squeeze their opponent on the issue of education, leading to anomalous situations like Obama criticizing Romney for supporting class size increases that his own Education Secretary agrees with. There is probably a debate to be had between the two campaigns over education, one that comes down mostly to resources. ... more »

Union head on teachers' tenure: "It can't be a job for life" - CBS News

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Union head on teachers' tenure: "It can't be a job for life" - CBS News: Union head on teachers' tenure: "It can't be a job for life" - - - - inShare - More [image: Randi Weingarten, president of the national American Federation of Teachers, waits to speak to a group of teachers and union laborers on the steps of Providence, R.I., City Hall, March 2, 2011.] Randi Weingarten, president of the national American Federation of Teachers, waits to speak to a group of teachers and union laborers on the steps of Providence, R.I., City Hall, March 2, 2011. (AP/Stew Milne) ... more »

PENSION TELETHON « Teachers Fight Back

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PENSION TELETHON « Teachers Fight Back: PENSION TELETHON by alkleen I’ve thought of a way to bring public awareness to the teacher pension problem in Illinois, and at the same time to raise money for the depleted pension fund. We need to have a “pension telethon”. I’m sure we can convince the local public television station to broadcast it. We can get super teacher supporter Matt Damon and other celebrities to host it. It could run for the entire Labor Day weekend, oh wait, is Gerry Lewis still alive ? We wouldn’t want to interfere with his Labor Day telethon. We will find some o... more »

Teachers For Social Justice: Teacher Activist Groups Network Stands with CTU

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Teachers For Social Justice: Teacher Activist Groups Network Stands with CTU: Teacher Activist Groups Network Stands with CTU by sarah-ji A Message From Teacher Activist Groups (TAG) *A National Network (including TSJ) * Dear Educators and Allies, Chicago has been the focus of corporate school “reform,” but Chicago is now the epicenter of the push back against it. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), along with parent and community allies is leading the fight, with the possibility of going on strike. In support, Teacher Activist Groups (TAG) invites you to join our campaign, Solidar... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Do you think Class Size Matters? If so, please tell the President and Arne Duncan!

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NYC Public School Parents: Do you think Class Size Matters? If so, please tell the President and Arne Duncan!: Do you think Class Size Matters? If so, please tell the President and Arne Duncan! by Leonie Haimson Yesterday, the President put out a new campaign ad about the importance of class size (see below.). This goes along with an excellent White House report released last weekend, prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers on the benefits of smaller classes. We immediately put out a press release, along with other parent leaders from throughout the country, thanking the P... more »

Parsing Charter School Disability Enrollments in PA and NJ « School Finance 101

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Parsing Charter School Disability Enrollments in PA and NJ « School Finance 101: Parsing Charter School Disability Enrollments in PA and NJ by schoolfinance101 Here are a few quick figures that parse the disability classifications of children with disabilities served by charter schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two previous posts set the stage for this comparison. In one, I explained how charter schools in the city of Newark, NJ, by taking on fewer low income students, far fewer LEP/ELL students and very few children with disabilities other than those with the mildest/lowest... more »

Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Differ On Standardized Testing In Schools

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Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Differ On Standardized Testing In Schools: Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Differ On Standardized Testing In Schools by Joy Resmovits In roundtables with teachers and visits to classrooms, President Barack Obama is continuing to attack the GOP ticket on education this week, from Mitt Romney's record to the snip-happy budget of vice presidential pick Paul Ryan. Obama for America released an advertisement that is playing in Ohio and Virginia on Thursday, asserting that Romney "cannot relate" to public school issues, such as the need for smaller class sizes. The video a... more »

Media Spin About Vouchers « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Media Spin About Vouchers « Diane Ravitch's blog: Media Spin About Vouchers by dianerav The Wall Street Journal has an odd article today trumpeting “A Generation of School Voucher Success” by voucher advocate Paul Peterson of Harvard and Matthew Chingos of the Brookings Institution. The article is based on a study of a privately funded voucher program in New York City and its effects on college enrollments of those who received vouchers. The study concluded that “*Overall, no significant impacts are observed*.” However, there were statistically significant gains in the college enr... more »

Pat Quinn. Now and always a political snake oil salesman. « Fred Klonsky

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Pat Quinn. Now and always a political snake oil salesman. « Fred Klonsky: Pat Quinn. Now and always a political snake oil salesman. by Fred Klonsky Jim Broadway publishes the valuable Illinois School Policy Updates. You might want to subscribe. In his most recent edition, Broadway addresses Constitutional Amendment 49. It will be on the ballot in November. He also reminds his readers of the political history of Pat Quinn. Broadway also gets into some stuff about FDR’s views on public worker unions. But that’s mostly crap. After all, FDR also supported the internment of Japanese Amer... more »

Chicago Teachers Picket Board Of Education, Hold 'Practice Strikes' (VIDEO)

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Chicago Teachers Picket Board Of Education, Hold 'Practice Strikes' (VIDEO): Chicago Teachers Picket Board Of Education, Hold 'Practice Strikes' (VIDEO) **Posted: 08/23/2012 11:15 am Updated: 08/23/2012 11:59 am 0 4 0 1 *GET CHICAGO ALERTS:* SIGN UP REACT: AmazingInspiringFunnyScaryHotCrazyImportantWeird FOLLOW: Video, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Teachers Picket, Chicago Teachers Protest, Chicago Teachers Union Protest, Teachers Picket Board Of Education , Teachers Picket Chicago Public Schools,Teachers Picket Cps, Chicago News [image: Chicagoteacherspicket] Members of the Chi... more »

Daily Kos: Educators Have No Political Party

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Daily Kos: Educators Have No Political Party: Educators Have No Political Party byplthomasEdDFollow 4 PERMALINK1 COMMENT For about thirty years now, public education as well as its teachers and students have been the focus of an accountability era driven by recurring calls for and the implementation of so-called higher standards and incessant testing. At two points during this era, educators could blame Ronald Reagan's administration for feeding the media frenzy around the misleading A Nation at Risk and George W. Bush's administration for federalizing the accountability era wi... more »

Kenzo Shibata: The Battle of Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Out-of-Town Billionaires

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Kenzo Shibata: The Battle of Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Out-of-Town Billionaires: The Battle of Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Out-of-Town Billionaires [image: Kenzo Shibata] Kenzo Shibata Chicago Educator, Writer, Public Schools Advocate In a recently released video, Chicago Teachers Union shows the games played by wealthy elites to smear the Union in the midst of heated contract negotiations. Chicago Teachers Union has maintained that it will not bargain in the press over a fair contract, but associates of Mayor Rahm Emanuel have apparently used backroom deals in Springfield,paid ... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, August 23, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Before * *After* Education Headlines *Thursday, August 23, 2012* Charter school for Fresno's Lowell community soughtA group of community leaders and educators have proposed a new charter school to serve children in Fresno's Lowell neighborhood. The Kepler Neighborhood School would focus on community building in the troubled neighborhood, which loosely runs between Belmont Avenue and Divisadero Street and has long been plagued by poverty. Anaheim high school cancels events found to be demeaningAfter complaints, "Seniores" and "Señ... more »

Meet the PAA founders: Karran Harper Royal « Parents Across America

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Meet the PAA founders: Karran Harper Royal « Parents Across America: Meet the PAA founders: Karran Harper Royal by pureparents *This profile is part of an ongoing series of portraits of key PAA members.* Karran Harper Royal’s articulate, impassioned advocacy for children has made her a familiar figure in her hometown of New Orleans and a sought-after speaker the national scene. In public meetings, government hearings, conference presentations, radio programs and television broadcasts, she cuts straight through the puffery that so often characterizes education “reform,” asking hard ... more »

Student Standardization « My Island View

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Student Standardization « My Island View: Student Standardization by tomwhitby As I was driving recently, I heard a commercial on the radio that really grabbed my attention. It was from a real estate organization that was talking about the advantages of owning a home. What grabbed my attention was a statement claiming that children of homeowners score better on standardized tests. I couldn’t believe it. Somebody was using the potential of a child’s success on a standardized test to get people to consider buying houses. Of course, I immediately thought that children of families th... more »

Charter school call-in campaign is building momentum | Edwize

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Charter school call-in campaign is building momentum | Edwize: Charter school call-in campaign is building momentum by Miles Trager Thank you to all of those who have reached out on behalf of New York City Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries teachers. Our call-in campaign is building momentum and we need your continued support as we enter Week 4. This week we are targeting board member Robert Burton to help demand justice for teachers at this charter school in the Bronx. Teachers, parents and other community members are participating in thi... more »

Modern School: Cheaters Prosper: Disgraced Crescendo CEO Wins $240,000 Settlement

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Modern School: Cheaters Prosper: Disgraced Crescendo CEO Wins $240,000 Settlement: Cheaters Prosper: Disgraced Crescendo CEO Wins $240,000 Settlement by Michael Dunn The Crescendo cheating scandal in Los Angeles is old news (see here, here, and here). All of Crescendo’s schools have since been closed, their teachers let go, and their 1,400 students forced to relocate as a result of the 2010 scandal in which teachers were given advance copies of the state standardized exams to help better prepare their students. However, two separate investigations have now blamed the organization’... more »

NYC Educator: Focus on the Kids

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NYC Educator: Focus on the Kids: Focus on the Kids by NYC Educator I've had a few people implore me to do that over the last few weeks. The first time, I was discussing Walcott's scheme to override arbitrators so he could fire teachers based on not only unproven, but plainly rejected allegations. This person said it was unseemly for me, as a teacher, to stand up for adults, and that I should focus only on the kids. Yesterday I was chided for complaining about politicians and their wacky antics. Why can't I just focus on helping the kids? Why am I so negative? This seems to be a fa... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Why do you hate America's children?

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Why do you hate America's children?: Why do you hate America's children? by Charlie Mas Here's a disturbing trend. Charter school advocates trivialize opposition to charters by attributing the root cause of the opposition to irrational emotion. They say it is due to fear, as in "Why do the teacher unions fear competition from charter schools?" They say it is due to baseless dislike: "They just don't like charter schools." Some attribute it to a weird kind of spite: "I get it. You just don't want poor children to have a decent opportunity for a go... more »

This year: Labor Day in Chicago. « Fred Klonsky

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This year: Labor Day in Chicago. « Fred Klonsky: This year: Labor Day in Chicago. by Fred Klonsky

Missouri Education Watchdog: Is Getting Rid of "Ineffective Teachers" THE Panacea to Education Reform?

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Is Getting Rid of "Ineffective Teachers" THE Panacea to Education Reform?: Is Getting Rid of "Ineffective Teachers" THE Panacea to Education Reform? by stlgretchen Firing all those bad teachers hasn't helped Riverview Gardens scores. Oops. *From the St. Louis Post Dispatch letters to the editor August 19:* *Absolutely failing students* Regarding "First day of school, report cards are in" (Aug. 14): Well, I guess all those bad teachers were not the problem at the Riverview Gardens School District after all. Since the state of Missouri hijacked the dist... more »

CTU’s ten-day strike notice. « Fred Klonsky

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CTU’s ten-day strike notice. « Fred Klonsky: CTU’s ten-day strike notice. by Fred Klonsky When the House of Delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union met yesterday at Lane Tech, they voted to file a ten-day strike notice. CTU President Karen Lewis told the reporters in the parking lot next to Lane that the leadership was given authority to choose the date of a strike if one become necessary. The vote has three meanings: - It is a legal requirement. - It puts pressure on the board, CEO JC Brizard and, of course, Rahm Emanuel. - It says that the interim agreement, signed se... more »

News Flash: Team Vallas Addresses Special Education Funding Issue (sort of) - Wait, What?

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News Flash: Team Vallas Addresses Special Education Funding Issue (sort of) - Wait, What?: News Flash: Team Vallas Addresses Special Education Funding Issue (sort of) by jonpelto As readers have seen, the last two Wait, What? blog posts have dealt with the amount of money Bridgeport has allocated for their special education programs in this year’s budget. With the vote for a democratically elected board of education on September 4th, the issue of transparency and honesty becomes extremely important. *Yesterday afternoon, Paul Vallas’ Chief of Staff released a statement refuting the... more »

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 8-23-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Governor Corbett’s Privatization Agenda in Pennsylvania by dianerav Thanks to a reader who forwarded this fascinating and informative article about the situation in Chester Upland, Pennsylvania. I posted previously about the Governor’s appointment of a “recovery officer” to help the district get back on its feet. The Governor appointed a prominent advocate for vouchers and charters to a position that puts him in complete control of the district and its future. Ironically, the “recovery officer” has been a co... more »

Three ed reforms parents should worry about most - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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Three ed reforms parents should worry about most - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] Three ed reforms parents should worry about most By Valerie Strauss This w*as written by Carol Burris, the principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York. Carol is the co-author and Harry is an active supporter of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student scores. Over 1,500 New York principals and more than 5,400 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens have signed the letter which c... more »

The Educated Reporter: Gallup Poll To Teachers: They Like You! They Really Like You!

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The Educated Reporter: Gallup Poll To Teachers: They Like You! They Really Like You!: Gallup Poll To Teachers: They Like You! They Really Like You! by Emily Richmond Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Foundation, was at a back-to-school event near Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday when a special education teacher approached with tears in her eyes and asked: “Why are they being so mean to us?” The “they,” said Eskelsen, was a combination of unflattering news reports about struggling schools, a blitz of documentaries seen as unfairly blaming teachers for lackluster stu... more »

Everybody out for Labor Day in Chicago. « Fred Klonsky

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Everybody out for Labor Day in Chicago. « Fred Klonsky: Everybody out for Labor Day in Chicago. by Fred Klonsky From the Chicago Teachers Union: Labor Day Rally for Jobs, Dignity and a Fair Contract.Chicago teachers are approaching a showdown with the mayor and the Chicago Board of Education. The fight for a fair CTU contract reflects the current climate of scapegoating union workers in an attempt to force us all to accept contract givebacks. Public servants and the services we provide are under attack! Join the fight for better schools, libraries, parks, decent wages and public se... more »

WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGRATED RACISM, LAUSD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER (CUANDO SE TRATA DE RACISMO INTEGRADO, LAUSD ES UN EMPLEADOR CON IGUALDAD DE OPORTUNIDADES) - Perdaily.com

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WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGRATED RACISM, LAUSD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER (CUANDO SE TRATA DE RACISMO INTEGRADO, LAUSD ES UN EMPLEADOR CON IGUALDAD DE OPORTUNIDADES) - Perdaily.com: WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGRATED RACISM, LAUSD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER (CUANDO SE TRATA DE RACISMO INTEGRADO, LAUSD ES UN EMPLEADOR CON IGUALDAD DE OPORTUNIDADES) by Leonard Isenberg [image: De facto segregation.jpg] *(**Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)* * If it wasn't okay for White people to exploit people of color for hu... more »

Douglas County School Board may ask voters to break teachers union tie - The Denver Post

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Douglas County School Board may ask voters to break teachers union tie - The Denver Post: Douglas County School Board may ask voters to break teachers union tie POSTED: 08/23/2012 12:01:00 AM MDT UPDATED: 08/23/2012 12:40:45 AM MDT *By Ryan Parker* *The Denver Post* The Douglas County School Board may ask voters to end its collective-bargaining agreement with the teachers union and permanently break other ties between district and union. During a Tuesday night board meeting, members discussed three potential questions for the November general-election ballot that union officials... more »

School Tech Connect: Our Terrible, Terrible Mayor

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School Tech Connect: Our Terrible, Terrible Mayor: Our Terrible, Terrible Mayor by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) This sad episode remains one of the strangest episodes of the past year--- the night Rahm's paid protesters showed up at Crane High School to pretend to support the closing of that institution and the dispersal of the neighborhood kids. While I was mad at these people--- particularly after they *picked a fight* with the students--- I also realize that we're living in desperate times (for many), and $25 is $25. These poor people, many hiding their faces as they file... more »

The final blow? District cuts ties with disciplinary school in East Falls | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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The final blow? District cuts ties with disciplinary school in East Falls | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: The final blow? District cuts ties with disciplinary school in East Fallsby thenotebook on Aug 22 2012 Posted in Latest news - COMMENTS (0)PRINT - EMAIL[image: ""] *by Benjamin Herold* *for NewsWorks, a Notebook news partner* * * * * * * The School District of Philadelphia has decided to sever ties with troubled Delaware Valley High School, a for-profit provider of alternative education programs that serves roughly 500 students at two sites in the city. DVHS ran... more »

Changes in the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Changes in the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Changes in the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools [image: obriena's picture] By Anne O'Brien on August 22, 2012 Change is hard – something that those in the education community may know better than most. Whether it is changing a school culture, a child’s life prospects, policymakers’ thoughts on accountability, or voters’ minds on a bond referendum, educators are constantly on the lookout for evidence that they are succeeding as change agents. Sometimes that e... more »

Bush Wonk Patricia Levesque Signs Parent Trigger Petition Twice | Scathing Purple Musings

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Bush Wonk Patricia Levesque Signs Parent Trigger Petition Twice | Scathing Purple Musings: Bush Wonk Patricia Levesque Signs Parent Trigger Petition Twice by Bob Sikes *I done voted for it twice, d'oh* You couldn’t make this up in a parody. Jeb Bush’ attempts to build momentum for his Foundation for Florida’s Future for a second run at Parent Trigger in Florida prompted the Foundation’s director, Patricia Levesque, topost an online petition. Up since at least May, the petition has hasn’t been very popular, tallying only 71 signatures. Support for parent trigger is even more narro... more »

Students Last: FUFamiles Have Had Enough!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Students Last: FUFamiles Have Had Enough!: FUFamiles Have Had Enough! by Students Last "I strained my back carrying boxes of paper to her car," complained Walter Jee of Queens, N.Y. whose wife works at PS 899. "It happens every year. It's just too much." Tired of being asked to assist with school responsibilities, family members of teachers organized themselves into a group called Fed Up Families (FUF). "A few of us met when we traveled with our loved ones to a teacher conference. We had so much in common we decided to stay in touch. It grew from there," explained President... more »






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