Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Continuing to collectively bargain over teacher evaluation makes sense | EdSource Today

Continuing to collectively bargain over teacher evaluation makes sense | EdSource Today:


Dean Vogel
Dean Vogel
As professionals, educators practice their vocation with seriousness and dedication with the single purpose of helping students. The California Teachers Association believes it is a primary part of our mission to improve the conditions of teaching and learning and to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education.
CTA supports pending legislation, AB 5 by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, that has refocused attention on teacher evaluation.  Some have expressed criticism that requiring school districts to bargain over this topic is an “expansion” of bargaining rights.  This criticism is incorrect, unwarranted, and contrary to making meaningful changes to an evaluation system aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning.  To have a fair and comprehensive system you must include the professionals who are in California classrooms every day.
Current law, as well as administrative and court decisions interpreting it, already supports 

On Why IDFAG About Dress Code … Kinda [Future of Teaching] | The Jose Vilson

On Why IDFAG About Dress Code … Kinda [Future of Teaching] | The Jose Vilson:


On Why IDFAG About Dress Code … Kinda [Future of Teaching]

Excerpt:
Having a dress code matters in far too many schools. I know of schools where, on dress down days, kids wear strictly primary colors depending on their affiliations, or look down on one another for inexpensive wardrobe. It also sets a tone, teaching students early that coming to school is like coming to work in a way where looks matters, so dress appropriately. At least these are some of the arguments people use for dress code. In fact, the middle and high schools I went to as a student had strict guidelines for everything from summer dress to facial hair.
As a teacher, however, I just don’t think this needs to take precedence over my students’ learning.
Read. Comment. Share and share alike. You keep me writing. Thank you.
Jose, who had over 100 shares in his first Edutopia post … and he has you to thank for that 

Engaging Parents In School… » National PTA Changes Stance On Charter Schools, & It’s A Disappointing One…

Engaging Parents In School… » National PTA Changes Stance On Charter Schools, & It’s A Disappointing One…:


National PTA Changes Stance On Charter Schools, & It’s A Disappointing One…

The National PTA now supports letting other bodies besides local school boards authorize charter schools. That’s a big disappointment, since charter school operators are now often making “end-runs” around local school boards who won’t approve them by going to county boards of education or other bodies.
For example, here in Sacramento a charter chain couldn’t get any local school district to approve their schools, so they got the county board to do so. So, the county board of education, which is responsible by state law for 

What Are the Bounds of Civil Discussion? « Diane Ravitch's blog

What Are the Bounds of Civil Discussion? « Diane Ravitch's blog:


What Are the Bounds of Civil Discussion?

Earlier today I published a biting critique of John White and Bobby Jindal, who are doing their best to privatize public education in Louisiana. I happen to think the pair have turned the state of Louisiana into an international laughing stock and put the future of a generation of children at risk.
The writer, who lives in Louisiana, called them vandals, said that John White is a hack, and referred to White’s staff as “the TFA  Goon Squad.”
Two people wrote to say how shocked they were that I would permit such language to be used. They said I called for civility and had violated my own pledge.
I am reminded that when I used to tweet, I would find myself at the receiving end  of really nasty, vituperative insults. I never responded in kind. But if I dared to show that I was offended, I could count on several reformer-


An Angry Teacher in Louisiana Replies

A reader said he was shocked, shocked by a post that linked to an article that spoke disparagingly of Governor Bobby Jindal and State Commissioner of Education John White. He thought it was “uncivil” to refer to them in disrespectful language.
This teacher from Louisiana disagrees. Since there aren’t many places in Louisiana where his or her views may be expressed in print, I am happy to print them here.
But they are thieves, vandals, liars and profiteers here in Louisiana!
They are also people I disagree with. I disagree with them because I disagree with rating teachers on student 


Secret of Successful Boston Charter Schools?

This just in from a teacher in Boston:
Check out the number of special education students and limited English speakers in Boston Public Schools compared to these charter schools where genius teachers from fancy universities are such a great success. BPS has 18.3% special education and 30% limited English speakers. The Edward Brooke has 7.4% special education students and .2% limited English speakers. The Edward Brooke, which is scary with their extreme military style discipline, has the lowest percentage of pesky resistant learners at the charters mentioned in this 

What GOP platform says on education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

What GOP platform says on education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:


What GOP platform says on education

Here’s what the 2012 Republican Party platform calls for regarding education:



Education: A Chance for Every Child
Parents are responsible for the education of their children. We do not believe in a one size fits all approach to education and support providing broad education choices to parents and children at the State and local level. Maintaining American preeminence requires a world-class system of education, with high standards, in which all students can reach their potential. Today’s education reform movement calls for accountability at 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 8-28-12 #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."

A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP



Diva Against Insanity: A Revolution in our schools is not always the answer...

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Diva Against Insanity: A Revolution in our schools is not always the answer...: A Revolution in our schools is not always the answer... This past weekend I saw the movie "Won't Back Down" with Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhall. It was a movie about a poor working class mother who can't afford a private education for her child so must send her to the neighborhood school. That school is failing, her daughter is not learning, and she believes she has no options. As she agonizes over her situation, she finds out about a provision in the law that says that parents and teachers can ... more »

Modern School: Fuentes Caves to Insatiable Conservatives With More AB 5 Compromises

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Modern School: Fuentes Caves to Insatiable Conservatives With More AB 5 Compromises: Fuentes Caves to Insatiable Conservatives With More AB 5 Compromises by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons Felipe Fuentes, author of California’s new teacher evaluation bill, AB 5, has added more anti-teacher revisions to the legislation in an attempt to placate conservatives and win a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law. The problem is that conservatives will never accept AB 5, no matter what compromises are made, as long as AB 5 continues to allow teachers to collectively barg... more »

In Sacto. Schools, Heroes in the Kitchen - New America Media

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In Sacto. Schools, Heroes in the Kitchen - New America Media: In Sacto. Schools, Heroes in the Kitchen *Story* tools Comments AAAResize Print Share and Email New America Media, Video, Peter Schurmann, Posted: Aug 28, 2012 SACRAMENTO - Gabriel Ramirez describes how he runs to get his first choice at the school cafeteria these days -- a far cry from when the only food served was "those little burrito things...I didn't even know what was in 'em." Ramirez, 17, spoke recently at a news briefing sponsored by the California Endowment, whose “Health Happens in Schools” initiative promo... more »

After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology - Education - GOOD

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After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology - Education - GOOD: After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology by Liz Dwyer [image: danza] Don't be surprised if the nation's teachers start a fan club for actor Tony Danza. Unlike the countless policy makers and talking heads who offer up suggestions for improving education without ever teaching a day in their lives, during the 2009-2010 school year the actor ditched Hollywood for a gig teaching tenth grade English at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Now Dan... more »

A Polarized Education System | Taking Note

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A Polarized Education System | Taking Note: A Polarized Education System by John Merrow Polarization has come to public education, big time. If it persists, at the end of the day we all are going to lose. As the political campaign heats up, public education is caught in a direct crossfire. Here’s one example from the run up to the Republican convention: While the fact that quite a few countries outscore our children on international tests is reason for genuine concern, I think we ought to be even more disturbed about some other numbers, such as: - Half our kids get no early edu... more »

RheeFirst! » Remember Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s no show rally in Connecticut? Now we know why no one showed up…

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RheeFirst! » Remember Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s no show rally in Connecticut? Now we know why no one showed up…: Remember Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s no show rally in Connecticut? Now we know why no one showed up… by admin Leaked documents revealed today by *The Daily Change *appear to shed light on why Michelle Rhee could muster only a handful of people outside the Connecticut statehouse last March. Although Rhee cheered on Gov. Malloy’s education proposal, Malloy himself declined to participate, saying through a spokesperson that Rhee was too “divisive.” Mal... more »

Origins of a Dream

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Origins of a Dream: Origins of a Dream by Sam Every year, we pay tribute to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with school assemblies, community programs and – to the delight of students and teachers alike – a national holiday. Yet how many of us directly connect Dr. King’s heroism and accomplishments to his faith in – and use of – the five freedoms of the First Amendment? Consider the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the iconic rally that introduced King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to white America – he had delivered those lines to black audiences many t... more »

Commentary: Making sense of what's happening in the School District | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Commentary: Making sense of what's happening in the School District | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Commentary: Making sense of what's happening in the School District by thenotebook This week's guest commentary about changes in the Philadelphia school landscape is from James M. "Torch" Lytle, a former Philadelphia administrator and Trenton superintendent, now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. The *Notebook*invites guest blog posts on current topics in Philadelphia education from its readers. Conact us at notebook@thenotebook.org ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Rosie Perez Embarrasses Herself Badly

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Jersey Jazzman: Rosie Perez Embarrasses Herself Badly: Rosie Perez Embarrasses Herself Badly by Duke So the stars of *Won't Back Down* are starting their press junkets. Let the embarrassment commence, starting with Rosie Perez on Good Morning, America (no embed code; you'll have to click through to watch). Perez says, "We have the worst education system, K through 12." Leave aside how such a sweeping statement is absurd on its face; not once in her little TV visit does Perez bother to mention that we have almost the worst childhood poverty in the developed world. It's probably too ... more »

Why Washington state schools are #47 in education funding: Let’s start with Bill Gates | Seattle Education

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Why Washington state schools are #47 in education funding: Let’s start with Bill Gates | Seattle Education: Why Washington state schools are #47 in education funding: Let’s start with Bill Gates by seattleducation2011 At a community forum that I attended about three years ago in the Central District, neighbors were meeting withRepresentative Eric Pettigrew and Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos regarding issues of concern. There didn’t seem to be enough money for the public funded services that were needed including our schools. One person got up and said that she was willing to p... more »

UPDATE: They’re still fighting for social justice at Social Justice High School. « Fred Klonsky

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They’re still fighting for social justice at Social Justice High School. « Fred Klonsky: hey’re still fighting for social justice at Social Justice High School. by Fred Klonsky *Social Justice students speak at community protest. Photo: Substance, Sarah Chambers.* The story of Chicago’s Social Justice High School began with a hunger strike in 2001. Starting on Mother’s Day, 17 members of the Little Village community, a Mexican neighborhood in southwest Chicago, drank only water and juice for 19 days. They camped out in unseasonably cold and rainy weather on a vacant strip of land ... more »

This Week In Education: Thompson: District Claims Turnaround Failures Were Successes

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This Week In Education: Thompson: District Claims Turnaround Failures Were Successes: Thompson: District Claims Turnaround Failures Were Successes by john thompson [image: Pollyanna-The-Glad-Game]"Nothing illustrates the elusiveness of school reform like Reid Park Academy," writes the Charlotte Observer's Ann Doss Helms in "Westside's Reid Park Elementary Shows the Challenge of Reform." Four years ago, the school "became a pioneer in a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools push to get strong faculty into weak schools. One year ago, then-Superintendent Peter Gorman added middle school stud... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Cokie's Law and Education Reforminess

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Jersey Jazzman: Cokie's Law and Education Reforminess: Cokie's Law and Education Reforminess by Duke Randi Weingarten does a nice job taking down *Won't Back Down*, the reformy, *fictional* film that ignorant pundits are already using to push an anti-union agenda. I particularly liked what Weingarten has to say here: *The film features the union leader sharing a quote that anti-public education ideologues and right-wing politicians often attribute to former AFT president Albert Shanker: “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests... more »

What do the available data tell us about NYC charter school teachers & their jobs? « School Finance 101

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What do the available data tell us about NYC charter school teachers & their jobs? « School Finance 101: What do the available data tell us about NYC charter school teachers & their jobs? by schoolfinance101 This post is about rolling out some of the left over data I have from my various endeavors this summer. These data include data from New York State personnel master files (PMFs) linked to New York City public schools and charter schools, NYC teacher value-added scores, and various bits of data on New York City charter and district schools including school site budget/annual... more »

Another Successful FCAT Opt Out | United Opt Out National

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Another Successful FCAT Opt Out | United Opt Out National: Another Successful FCAT Opt Out by admin United Opt Out National received the following letter regarding another successful FCAT opt out. Royellen Moore, parent in Orlando, has also said she is happy to answer any questions about her experience. Please read the letter and also check our Florida section for more information. If you have questions for Royellen please post them in the comment section. *My son opted out of FCAT two years ago (the 2010/11 school year) in Orange County, Fl (Orlando). We were told, incorrectly, w... more »

Vanessa D’Egidio on Teaching for Social Justice in Primary School Classrooms « Feminist Teacher

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Vanessa D’Egidio on Teaching for Social Justice in Primary School Classrooms « Feminist Teacher: Vanessa D’Egidio on Teaching for Social Justice in Primary School Classrooms by feministteacher Vanessa D’Egidio teaches for social justice in primary school classrooms (photo courtesy: Vanessa D’Egidio). *The following guest blog is the first in a three-part series on teaching for social justice featuring educators in primary, middle, and high school classrooms.* *Vanessa D’Egidio is currently a second grade teacher in New York City. As a graduate of both Barnard College’s Childhood Ed... more »

The Gates Foundation Writes: K-12 Education: An Opportunity Catalyst - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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The Gates Foundation Writes: K-12 Education: An Opportunity Catalyst - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: The Gates Foundation Writes: K-12 Education: An Opportunity Catalyst by Anthony Cody *Guest post by Irvin Scott.* * In this fourth of five exchanges with the Gates Foundation, we take on some of the biggest questions of all: What is the purpose of a K-12 education? How do we think about college and career readiness? How do the Common Core Standards fit in? This post can also be viewed and commented on at the Gates Foundation'sImpatient Optimist blog. My response will... more »

UPDATE: Diane in the AFTERNOON 8-28-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: What Can Be Done to Stop the “Vandals at the Gate”? by dianerav This is one of the sharpest commentaries I have read about the depredations of the Jindal-White gang in Louisiana, who are intent on destroying public education in the state as well as the teaching profession. Everyone can pick their favorite line; there are many. What I appreciate is the writer’s slashing criticism of the silent education professors, who have lost their tongues, unable or unwilling to defend the people they trained, mute in the face of the vandals at the gate. Reformer Squabble in ... more »

Weingarten: ‘Won’t Back Down’ union stereotypes worse than ‘Waiting for Superman’ - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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Weingarten: ‘Won’t Back Down’ union stereotypes worse than ‘Waiting for Superman’ - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] Weingarten: ‘Won’t Back Down’ union stereotypes worse than ‘Waiting for Superman’ By Valerie Strauss Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst organization is playing a big role in screening the not-yet-released, anti-union film “Won’t Back Down” at theRepublican Convention in Tampa, complete with a guest discussion panel that features former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. But Democrats shouldn’t feel left out;... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Ed News Round-Up

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Ed News Round-Up: Ed News Round-Up by Melissa Westbrook Interesting (and lengthly) essay from a student teacher that carefully outlines her concerns with TFA. The ones about the link between TFA and charter schools is especially timely for Washington State. (Also a good storyhere on that link from the National Journal.) From Education Week, a very good comparison of what Romney and Obama have in mind for public education. From Education Week, a review of a new book about the most selective public high schools in the country. *For each of the ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: What About School Boards?

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Jersey Jazzman: What About School Boards?: What About School Boards? by Duke While commenting on New Jersey's new tenure law, a superintendent in Passaic County makes a very good point: William Petrick, superintendent for the Little Falls School District, and principal for School No. 3, said the bill promises no real change. "*The bill does very little to change any superintendent who is uninspired, unmotivated, and/or too weak to exercise the means that have always been within his or her authority to document cause for termination of a bad teacher or administrator, tenured or ... more »

Randi Weingarten Responds to Parent Trigger Film « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Randi Weingarten Responds to Parent Trigger Film « Diane Ravitch's blog: Randi Weingarten Responds to Parent Trigger Film by dianerav *TO: Interested Parties**From: AFT President Randi Weingarten* *Date: August 28, 2012* *RE: “Won’t Back Down”** * “Won’t Back Down" Rhymes with "Stand Your Ground" and is brought to you by those great folks at ALEC * _____________________________**______________________________** ______________________________**______________________________**___* *One can’t help but be moved by the characters and story portrayed in Walden Media’s film “Won...more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!* Education Headlines *Tuesday, August 28, 2012* Novato school officials say clerical error caused drop in grad rateA sharp decline in Novato High School's graduation rate reported in June turns out to have been the result of clerical errors, and in fact the rate was virtually unchanged from the previous year, administrators said Monday. School districts offer online alternatives to traditional classroom instructionIn a room full of computers, more than a dozen high school students sat quietly, either ... more »

A No to the Jeb Bush Model in Mississippi | Scathing Purple Musings

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A No to the Jeb Bush Model in Mississippi | Scathing Purple Musings: A No to the Jeb Bush Model in Mississippi by Bob Sikes I had a little fun at Jeb Bush’s expense earlier this month after he made a pitch for Mississippi lawmakers to adopt his Florida way for education policy. The editors of one state newspaper aren’t biting. This from the *Delta Democrat Times * in Greenville: The (Bush) foundation’s Christy Hovanetz pointed to data showing some test scores in Florida and Mississippi were on a similar track before Florida made changes to its school system. She told Mississippi... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Wars Of Attrition

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Jersey Jazzman: Wars Of Attrition: Wars Of Attrition by Duke Diane Ravitch has been having a bit of a battle with the charter school cheerleaders at KIPP (a battle I've happily joined). At issue is not whether KIPP's schools are "successful"; the question is whether KIPP has found the "secret sauce" that makes their teaching methods replicable on a large scale. Paul Thomas, Bruce Baker, andEd Fuller have much more on this. See, it's much, much easier to teach kids when you only teach the ones who are compatible with your system. As Gerald Coles points out, there's now a great dea... more »

Education Research Report: The Potentially Devastating Impact of Charter Schools on Public and Private School Enrollments

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Education Research Report: The Potentially Devastating Impact of Charter Schools on Public and Private School Enrollments: The Potentially Devastating Impact of Charter Schools on Public and Private School Enrollments by Jonathan Kantrowitz [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Charter schools are publicly funded schools that have considerable independence from public school districts in their curriculum development and staffing decisions, and their enrollments have increased substantially over the past two decades. Charter schools are changing public and pr... more »

Shanker Blog » Jobs, Freedom And Mr. March On Washington

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Shanker Blog » Jobs, Freedom And Mr. March On Washington: Jobs, Freedom And Mr. March On Washington by Shanker Institute Staff Albert Shanker, Bayard Rustin and A. Philip Randolph (left to right); credit: Reuther Library. *Today is the 44th anniversary of the historic 1968 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” in a year that marks the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, the march’s principal organizer and chief strategist, referred to at the time as “Mr. March on Washington.” Here, we reprint Albert Shanker’s 1987 eulogy to Rustin, who served as a mentor to both Shanke... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: CPS stonewalling FOIA requests on Clemente conversion

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: CPS stonewalling FOIA requests on Clemente conversion: CPS stonewalling FOIA requests on Clemente conversion by Mike Klonsky Matt Farmer on Clemente paper trailMy June 25th post about "Rahm's Monday Massacre at Clemente" caused quite a stir. As readers will recall, Roberto Clemente High School was to be the city's third public high school converted into a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureate (IB) school. The first thing that the new principal *Marcey Sorensen*, who was brought over from reconstituted Tilden High, did was to use the IB transition ... more »

Common Core: The Authentic Standards Movement and Its Evil Twin Scott Thompson

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The Authentic Standards Movement and Its Evil Twin Scott Thompson *The Authentic Standards Movement and Its Evil Twin* Scott Thompson One thing the standards movement will never be accused of is a lack of critical opposition. But for all the fiery rhetoric that critics direct against this powerful, nationwide movement, there is perhaps no greater threat to standards-based reform than much of what is being perpetrated in the name of standards-based reform. The so-called movement—so-called, because it is not truly a single movement but twin movements bearing the same name—has become... more »

Modern School: New Orlean Teachers Union Rising From the Dead?

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Modern School: New Orlean Teachers Union Rising From the Dead?: New Orlean Teachers Union Rising From the Dead? by Michael Dunn Zombie Teachers Union? (Nanning Teachers College, Guangxi, image by Rex Pe, Flickr) In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans became the poster child for what Naomi Kline dubbed “Disaster Capitalism.” Businesses came ostensibly to “help” residents recover, but in actuality were there primarily to help themselves to billions of dollars in disaster relief funds. While Katrina did not do significant damage to the school system, the general chaos and mise... more »

Schools Matter: Bob George Lies Again About Corporate Connections

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Schools Matter: Bob George Lies Again About Corporate Connections: Bob George Lies Again About Corporate Connections by Jim Horn Just before I posted last week on the continued crumbling of SOS under the non-leadership of the Catatpult Learning Vice President, Bob George, I talked with a former Board member who told me there was a rumor afloat that Bob George was retiring from Catapult. Could Corporate Bob's intentional mismanaging and steering of SOS into the ditch be so important as to end his day job with a company that gets fat on federal cash intended for poor kids? Two d... more »

Gloria Romero to Antonio Villaraigosa: We’re not removing you from Prop 32 ad | Politics Blog | an SFGate.com blog

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Gloria Romero to Antonio Villaraigosa: We’re not removing you from Prop 32 ad | Politics Blog | an SFGate.com blog: Gloria Romero to Antonio Villaraigosa: We’re not removing you from Prop 32 ad The other day, we told you that LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was ticked that the pro-Prop 32 folks were using his name and comments “out of context” in an ad. He asked them to remove his name/comments from the ad promoting the measure on the November ballot that would ban unions and corporations from using automatic payroll deductions to fund political campaigns. On Monday, the pro-32 fo... more »

Clark: As education in Illinois changes, don't forget students - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

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Clark: As education in Illinois changes, don't forget students - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register: Clark: As education in Illinois changes, don't forget students Pension reform. Education reform. Common Core Standards. Budget cuts. As we start a new school year in Illinois the most important priority is probably the least discussed: The children in our public school systems. Standardized tests, higher standards and new laws aside, anyone who ever has run a school system will tell you that people – teachers, principals, administrators and parents – are the most important... more »

Special education advocates to rally in Lansing over class sizes, caseloads | Metro Detroit | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

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Special education advocates to rally in Lansing over class sizes, caseloads | Metro Detroit | Detroit Free Press | freep.com: Special education advocates to rally in Lansing over class sizes, caseloads Advocates for special education students will rally Wednesday in Lansing, hoping to influence state officials to abolish rules they say are leading to increased class sizes and caseloads. A key issue is a state rule -- adopted in the early 2000s -- that allows the state's 57 intermediate school districts (ISDs) to stray from state guidelines on a number of issues, including how many ... more »

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 8-28-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The Importance of Humor by dianerav In tough times, it is important to laugh. Laughter is good for you. Some people say it extends your life. If you see any great videos or websites that help educators laugh at the absurdities now piled on their heads, please send them to me and I’ll share them. Here is a terrific website created by a teacher to laugh about the nutty ideas now popular among policymakers. The “hero” of this website is a make-belief upper-crust reformer who is totally clueless. Enjoy. Are Ch... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: What's Going On at CNN?

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Missouri Education Watchdog: What's Going On at CNN?: What's Going On at CNN? by stlgretchen Why does CNN keep deleting readers' comments about the administration's plans for education reform? Diane Ravitch had an interview with Randi Kaye about education and it has been an interview to remember, maybe not so much because of the interview itself, but the firestorm created when commentors responded on the site. The web director or someone at CNN kept deleting the comments criticizing Kaye's questions and general tone of the interview. The questions Kaye asked Ravitch sound as if ... more »

New study: Urban charter schools draw nearly a third of their students from private schools | Get Schooled

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New study: Urban charter schools draw nearly a third of their students from private schools | Get Schooled: New study: Urban charter schools draw nearly a third of their students from private schools by Maureen Downey A new study released today by the *Cato Institute* Center for Educational Freedom examines a question that hasn’t garnered any attention in the charter school debate here in Georgia: Where do public charter schools get their students, from traditional public schools or private schools? I hope to talk today to the economist who authored the Cato study, Richard Buddin... more »

Weinberg: Extra money makes a huge difference in student outcomes - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Weinberg: Extra money makes a huge difference in student outcomes - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: Weinberg: Extra money makes a huge difference in student outcomes By Katy Murphy Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 11:25 pm in Uncategorized. *Steven Weinberg, a retired Oakland teacher and Education Report contributor, makes a case for the Proposition 30 tax initiative on the November ballot.* [image: Steven Weinberg]Does providing schools with more money lead to improvements in student achievement? The experience of Oakland middle schools over the last three ... more »

To: Sec. Duncan Re: What you said about New Orleans schools - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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To: Sec. Duncan Re: What you said about New Orleans schools - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: To: Sec. Duncan Re: What you said about New Orleans schools By Valerie Strauss To: Education Secretary Arne Duncan Re: What you said about New Orleans schools It was a pleasure talking with you on your recent visit to The Washington Post to speak with journalists from editorial and news about your efforts to reform schools. One thing I wish we had more time to discuss was New Orleans and the Recovery School District, where about 75 percent of the public schools are charters. You a... more »

Daily Kos: August 28

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Daily Kos: August 28: August 28 by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) 1963 on this day, a quarter million people came to Washington DC for the March for Jobs and Freedom. We now refer to it as the Civil Rights March, and it is true, it had a focus on Civil Rights for African Americans - perhaps 80% of those in attendance were Black. Only one labor union had a significant presnece - the United Auto Workers. And among the 20% who were white was a just graduated from high school 17 year old boy from Larchmont New York about to leave for his freshman year at Haverford. I think of that d... more »

Susan Ohanian's Testing Outrages (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Susan Ohanian's Testing Outrages (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out): Defending the Indefensible: KIPP *Ohanian Comment:* Mostly, I ignore KIPP. I can't cover everything and I choose not to do much with charters and other entrepreneurial efforts. Not because they aren't important but just because I can't. Schools Matter does a very good job with this. Praise be. That said, I decided to post Paul Thomas' ongoing fine challenge to KIPP here. And I've added a bit, something I think is critical to the argument. Thomas links to a piece by Jonathan Schorr. Well, who's Jonathan Schoor? If you d... more »

Oakland's first day of school: Children, teachers from closed schools adjust to new environment - ContraCostaTimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Oakland's first day of school: Children, teachers from closed schools adjust to new environment - ContraCostaTimes.com: Oakland's first day of school: Children, teachers from closed schools adjust to new environment By Katy Murphy Oakland Tribune Posted: 08/27/2012 03:51:22 PM PDT Updated: 08/27/2012 05:10:19 PM PDT [image: Lakeview Elementary students join Burckhalter students on the first day of school] 1 of 13 Lakeview Elementary students join Burckhalter students on the first day of school Students check the class lists to see what teacher they have on the first day of sch... more »

JONATHAN KOZOL SPEAKS IN L.A.: What is the Future of Education in America? (Jonathan Kozol HABLA EN LA: ¿Cuál es el futuro de la educación en Estados Unidos?) - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
JONATHAN KOZOL SPEAKS IN L.A.: What is the Future of Education in America? (Jonathan Kozol HABLA EN LA: ¿Cuál es el futuro de la educación en Estados Unidos?) - Perdaily.com: JONATHAN KOZOL SPEAKS IN L.A.: What is the Future of Education in America? (Jonathan Kozol HABLA EN LA: ¿Cuál es el futuro de la educación en Estados Unidos?) by Leonard Isenberg [image: Jonathan Kozol.jpg] *(**Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)* *What is the Future of Education in America?* * The Willows Community School Hosts Guest Sp... more »

The Creep of Marketplace Reasoning into Public Schools (Part 3) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
The Creep of Marketplace Reasoning into Public Schools (Part 3) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: The Creep of Marketplace Reasoning into Public Schools (Part 3) by larrycuban In *What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets*, Michael Sandel says that today “almost everything is up for sale.” He gives some examples. *Rent out space on your body to display ads: Air New Zealand paid 30 people $777 to shave their heads and wear temporary tattoos advertising their flights. * Volunteer to be a guinea pig for pharmaceutical drug trials and earn up to $7500 or m... more »

If Only Christine Rubino Were a Cop in New York City.southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: If Only Christine Rubino Were a Cop in New York City by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) Geez, sorry for not blogging for a week. I was a single father last week and priorities took precedence. I wanted to blog this past Friday about a seeming hypocrisy coming from not only Uncle Mike, but from the New York media, especially the Daily News. On Thursday, the News reported that 17 police officers were disciplined for leaving disparaging comments on Facebook last year in regards to those that make up the crowd at your typical West Indian Day Parade.... more »

CHICAGO TEACHER’S LAMENT « Teachers Fight Back

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
CHICAGO TEACHER’S LAMENT « Teachers Fight Back: CHICAGO TEACHER’S LAMENT by alkleen A Chicago teacher was interviewed by the press. They asked him why he was so ready to strike. The teacher replied that he was angry because the administration “stole” the 4% raise that was supposed to be guaranteed by the last contract. (The administration reneged on the promised raise last year). He was upset because they “stole” the 4% and then had the nerve to offer only a 2% raise for the new contract. That teacher should be thankful he is a Chicago teacher and not a suburban or downstate teac... more »

Last Stand for Children First: Marketing Education Reform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Last Stand for Children First: Marketing Education Reform: Marketing Education Reform by Last Stand for Children The one segment of education reform that seems to always outshine the others is marketing. I continue to be amazed at just how good we are at it. When Walmart and other corporate reformers announced their teachers rock campaign, I expected that Americans would greet it with the same suspicion they would regard Chick-fil-a sponsoring a gay pride parade. Boy, was I wrong. They ate it up. In Chicago, corporate reformers have been battling the Chicago Teachers Union ... more »

Another Good Take On “Personalized Learning” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Another Good Take On “Personalized Learning” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: Great Writing Advice From New York Times Column Today by Larry Ferlazzo The Yellow Test is the headline for a New York Times column today that offers great writing advice. I would strongly encourage reading the entire piece, but here’s an excerpt: *Carrie is a professor at a university. She had asked me how to turn an area of her expertise, secondary school education, into writing that the general public would find rewarding and enjoyable. That’s when I began talking about scenes, using her accid... more »

Kimble's Corner: Jack Kimble's Convention Speech on The War on Women

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Kimble's Corner: Jack Kimble's Convention Speech on The War on Women: Jack Kimbles Convention Speech on The War on Women by Representative Kimble *[Congressman Jack Kimble was originally supposed to give the following speech at the Republican National Convention during Monday afternoon. Due to weather concerns, the speech was given Monday evening at a Saint Pete Waffle House] *I am deeply honored to address the Republican National Convention and the Saint Pete's Waffle House waitstaff. I stand in the shadow of great conservative culture warriors who have come here before me, but non... more »

Jersey Jazzman: What Is Going On at CNN?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: What Is Going On at CNN?: What Is Going On at CNN? by Duke *CNN MAGIC* *CNN does a hit interview on Diane Ravitch, and then disappears comments from critical viewers. * This is just crazy: CNN does a hit interview on Diane Ravitch, and then appears to delete comments from critical viewers. As readers of this blog know, CNN posted Randi Kaye’s August 18 interview with me a week after it aired. I heard there were about 35 comments, and they were suddenly deleted. People started posting comments again, possibly 20 or so, and then they too were deleted. People went bac... more »

Edutopia + Jose Vilson = Back To School [... And Another One] | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Edutopia + Jose Vilson = Back To School [... And Another One] | The Jose Vilson: Edutopia + Jose Vilson = Back To School [... And Another One] by Jose To my readers: Thanks to your support, I am happy to announce that Edutopia has invited me to write a guest blog for their website. (Full disclosure: they’re sponsored by the George Lucas Education Foundation. Yes, that George Lucas.) Here’s an excerpt from my back-to-school posted entitled “Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School”: As the bulletin boards go up and the chalkboards, whiteboards and Smartboards get dusted and polis... more »

Read These Comments Before CNN Deletes Them « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Read These Comments Before CNN Deletes Them « Diane Ravitch's blog: Read These Comments Before CNN Deletes Them by dianerav As readers of this blog know, CNN posted Randi Kaye’s August 18 interview with me a week after it aired. I heard there were about 35 comments, and they were suddenly deleted. People started posting comments again, possibly 20 or so, and then they too were deleted. People went back for a third round and posted the following comments. A reader (Teresa H from Oregon) copied the entire batch of them, on the off chance that they might also disappear. (I copied and... more »

Schools Matter: MEASURE THIS!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Schools Matter: MEASURE THIS!: MEASURE THIS! by Judy Rabin Talk Poverty, from *The Nation* Mariana Chilton of Children's Health Watch, testified before Congress in 2007 about childhood hunger and poverty. She said of the Congressmen, "Their eyes glazed over." Five years later things have only gotten worse and the 600 pound gorilla in the room then is now at least 2 tons. Meanwhile, the steady drumbeat of accountability for teachers, test scores and competition is deafening. Yet, the silence on increasing poverty, growing numbers

Bridgeport‘s “Official” School Budget Finally Released: "Students with disabilities” cut the most; - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Bridgeport‘s “Official” School Budget Finally Released: "Students with disabilities” cut the most; - Wait, What?: Bridgeport‘s “Official” School Budget Finally Released: “Students with disabilities” cut the most; by jonpelto Last week, we learned that the school budget that was included within Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed City Budget, was not, in fact, the official school budget. Furthermore, the budget that the City Council held hearings on, was not, in fact, the official school budget. We were even told that the budget that the City Council approved and has been posted on the Ci... more »










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