Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jersey Jazzman: Charter Operators Are Buying Our Politicians

Jersey Jazzman: Charter Operators Are Buying Our Politicians:


Charter Operators Are Buying Our Politicians

If there's anyone still out there trying to make the case that charter schools really are public schools, answer me this: why are so many politicians trying to exempt charters from the same oversight provisions as publics? [all emphases mine]
A controversial proposal that would deny public access to records of private managers of charter schools has surfaced again in the Pennsylvania legislature after it was rebuffed during the summer. 
Disagreement over the proposed exemption to the state's Right-to-Know law was one of the reasons that a package of charter law changes submitted in late June was shelved until this fall.
The proposal was part of a 53-page amendment inserted into a special education funding 

 

A SEXUAL PAST, OR NO SEXUAL PAST ?- THAT’S THE QUESTION « Teachers Fight Back

A SEXUAL PAST, OR NO SEXUAL PAST ?- THAT’S THE QUESTION « Teachers Fight Back:


A SEXUAL PAST, OR NO SEXUAL PAST ?- THAT’S THE QUESTION

Oh no !  More front page stories about teachers who were fired after revelations that they had previous careers that had sexual elements to them.  Now we have a female  teacher who had a previous career as a model and posed for risqué pictures. A male teacher who was previously employed as a gay porn actor.  Another female teacher who was in porn movies and a female teacher who was selling her “talents” on Craigslist. All were fired after their school districts found out about their previous careers. All the teachers were successful in their teaching careers but were fired once their past was revealed.
Shame on all the administrators who hired these people without ever checking on their previous careers. Isn’t that the first thing you would ask of a new teaching candidate if you were an administrator ? “Did you have a previous career that might in any way be remotely considered to have involved sex or sex appeal?” Doesn’t every administrator ask that when interviewing potential new employees ?  Now all the above cases have resulted in 

Students Last: Worst Womb in New York City

Students Last: Worst Womb in New York City:


Worst Womb in New York City

New York City - As we reported last month, Pearson PLC and New York City's Department of Education announced that utilizing nano technology Pearson scientists had developed a way to administer standardized exams to fetuses. Today the DOE revealed how data from those tests will be used.

At a City Hall press conference, Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott explained that fetus exam results will be used to determine 

Welcome to the Civil Rights Digital Library

Welcome to the Civil Rights Digital Library:


Welcome to the Civil Rights Digital Library

FROM THE COLLECTION

Collection photos
The struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s is among the most far-reaching social movements in the nation's history, and it represents a crucial step in the evolution of American democracy. The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. The CRDL features a collection of unedited news film from the WSB (Atlanta) and WALB (Albany, Ga.) television archives held by theWalter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries. The CRDL provides educator resources and contextual materials, including Freedom on Film, relating instructive stories and discussion questions from the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia, delivering engaging online articles and multimedia.
CRDL is a partnership among librarians, technologists, archivists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative receives support through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Schools Matter: A suggestion for increasing English proficiency in Korea

Schools Matter: A suggestion for increasing English proficiency in Korea:


A suggestion for increasing English proficiency in Korea


A suggestion for increasing English proficiency in Korea
Sent to the Korea Herald, October 10, 2012

According to one parent, many Korean families pay about a half million won per month (about US $450) for private English lessons for their children. Meanwhile, a Korean provincial government spent 10 billion won (about US $10 million) to support the establishment of new international school. International schools serve a tiny percentage of Korea’s students and charge high fees (“Foreign schools show Korea’s social divide,” Oct. 10).

I have a suggestion: Invest the 10 billion won in English-language public libraries, accessible to everybody, filled with exciting books and magazines that young people really want to read. 

Study after study tells us that the amount of self-selected reading young people do is the best predictor of their scores on standardized English tests. Those who read more for pleasure read better, write better, know more 

Don’t Let Me Down [On Opening Up When Things Go Down] | The Jose Vilson

Don’t Let Me Down [On Opening Up When Things Go Down] | The Jose Vilson:


Don’t Let Me Down [On Opening Up When Things Go Down]


John Pushing Paul Off a Roof
You’re not supposed to know when your student is this close to suicide.
You get up in front of the classroom, get students started on their work, and get into the routine. Whether the routine comes from you or them matters little. The room buzzes for a while as they sit, but when the notebooks come out, the notebook pages ruffle, the pencils scratch, and your shoes tap along the aisles and rows you’ve created in your classroom. As you walk up and down the classroom, you check for understanding. Does the student have their objective and “Do Now” ready? Do they look like they’re thinking about the given solution? Does the solution fit in with what they learned the prior year or yesterday? Are you confident they can actually give their answer if called upon in the middle of class?
You’ll ignore their temperaments for a second because the clouds in the sky have yet to give way to the 

Diane in the Evening 10-9-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

Diane Ravitch's blog:

Diane Ravitch on Arts Education


WRITE YOUR LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA TODAY
 

Readers of this blog know that we are collecting letters to send to President Obama by October 17.
Please join us in opposing high-stakes testing and privatization.
We call this action the Campaign for Our Public Schools.
Instructions on where to send your email are here.
Lets begin now to make our voices heard.


Playing Games with Data in Louisiana

Yesterday I wrote a post about how the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education was pulling a few fancy tricks to inflate the scores of charter schools. This makes it easier to claim that they are incredibly successful (when they are not) and persuade the Legislature to add many more.
But it turns out that Louisiana is even slicker than Pennsylvania when it comes to playing games with the data. One of our readers, whom I deduce is or was an employee of the Louisiana Department of Education, has the 




23 Texas Districts Get Test Waivers

A group of Texas superintendents have been developing a different vision of what education ought to be. Different from the test-and-punish approach of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.
With the full-blown revolt against high-stakes testing in Texas, the superintendents now have a chance to show their stuff.
At the last session, the Legislature gave permission for a small number of districts to development a new 




Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 10-9-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Write Your Letter to President Obama Today by dianerav Readers of this blog know that we are collecting letters to send to President Obama by October 17. Please join us in opposing high-stakes testing and privatization. We call this action the Campaign for Our Public Schools. Instructions on where to send your email are here. Lets begin now to make our voices heard. Hats Off to Tacoma! by dianerav I asked readers to tell me about good school districts that manage to offer a good education despite the testin... more »

LAUSD principals agree to use student test scores in their evaluations - LA Daily News

LAUSD principals agree to use student test scores in their evaluations - LA Daily News:


LAUSD principals agree to use student test scores in their evaluations

New Center: Concerns About Online Options for Special Ed. Students - On Special Education - Education Week

New Center: Concerns About Online Options for Special Ed. Students - On Special Education - Education Week:

On Special Education


New Center: Concerns About Online Options for Special Ed. Students

Leaders of a new center designed to expand students with disabilities' access to online courses said in just a few months of work, they have some serious concerns about those students' participation in e-learning.
"Our preparatory investigations have already raised a number of concerns that we think are urgent enough to report even now," wrote Don Deshler of the Center for Research on Learning, David Rose of the Center for Applied Special Technology, Bill East of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and Diana Greer of the Center for Research on Learning, in an open letter written this month.
In their letter directed at teachers, parents, students, product developers and policy-makers, the principal investigators of the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities said their initial steps have uncovered a number of issues, including:
  • Complaints as parents and others raise concerns about how students with disabilities are served in online learning environments.
  • Inconsistent policies from 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 10-9-12 #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



New Online Waiver System - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

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New Online Waiver System - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): *State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces New Web Tool to Save Schools Time and Money*Waiver Request System, SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the California Department of Education's (CDE) Waiver Office has created a new Web tool that allows local school administrators to submit state waiver applications online. "This move to online waiver applications will save paper, save money, and save time, both for local school districts and the state," Torlakson said. "It's on... more »

Beware of false prophets… (i.e. "Special Master" Adamowski’s Plan for New London) - Wait, What?

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Beware of false prophets… (i.e. "Special Master" Adamowski’s Plan for New London) - Wait, What?: Beware of false prophets… (i.e. “Special Master” Adamowski’s Plan for New London) by jonpelto First Steven Adamowski was the superintendent of schools in Hartford. Then Governor Malloy’s administration made him the $225,000 “Special Master” of Windham’s Schools. And then they made him “Special Master” of New London’s schools as well. Over the weekend, New London’s, The Day newspaper, ran an informative news story about what Special Master Steven Adamowski is calling his sure-fire so... more »

Principals approve new evaluations but object to workload - latimes.com

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Principals approve new evaluations but object to workload - latimes.com: Principals approve new evaluations but object to workload [image: L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy at a Los Angeles School Board meeting in Feb.] School officials on Tuesday formally approved a one-year agreement for evaluating principals in the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the head of the administrators union also asserted that principals will be overburdened by a new teacher-evaluation system. The new evaluation system for principals, which will incorporate student-achievement data, was ratified by t... more »

Walking in Their Shadows: ED Officials Team Up with Principals | ED.gov Blog

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Walking in Their Shadows: ED Officials Team Up with Principals | ED.gov Blog: Walking in Their Shadows: ED Officials Team Up with Principals Posted on October 9, 2012 by Cameron Brenchley [image: Education]In celebration of National Principals Month, dozens of senior ED leaders and staff members are visiting schools today, tomorrow and Thursday across the country as part of an organized effort in which federal education officials are shadowing school leaders. These shadowing visits, in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Associatio... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Pro-Charter Forces Now over $8M

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Pro-Charter Forces Now over $8M: Pro-Charter Forces Now over $8M by Melissa Westbrook [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] Kind of takes your breath away. Of course, it isn't like the donors are any big surprise. There's: * **Bill Gates* - he's thrown in another $2M (he's at about $3M but that doesn't count the money he threw to get 1240 on the ballot) * **Alice Walton *(of Wal-Mart) - must really love charters in Arkansas and Texas because she put in another $1.1M (that makes about $1.7M altogether) A U.S. congressman from Colorado, *Jared Poli... more »

The No on Intiative 1240 campaign needs YOU! | Seattle Education

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The No on Intiative 1240 campaign needs YOU! | Seattle Education: The No on Intiative 1240 campaign needs YOU! by seattleducation2011 From People for Public Schools: We are definitely in full “on the ground” campaign mode now – and we’re really rolling up our sleeves and getting to work! There are several ways to get involved this week so please jump on in, the water’s great!! 1. Phone bank – *TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 10th*, 5:30-8:00 pm. at our Seattle office 1914 N. 34th Street, Suite 209. We have a great group coming, but can still use more volunteers. Also, mark your cale... more »

Join the Campaign for our Schools: Write a letter to President Obama | Parents Across America

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Join the Campaign for our Schools: Write a letter to President Obama | Parents Across America: Join the Campaign for our Schools: Write a letter to President Obama by pureparents We are passing along a request from Diane Ravitch who is working with teacher blogger Anthony Codyon what they are calling the Campaign for our Schools: Please write your thoughts about what needs to change in federal education policy and send a letter to President Obama by that date. You can write it now and follow instructions here. Anthony Cody, experienced middle school science teacher and fabulous b... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Joel Klein On the Fainting Couch

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Jersey Jazzman: Joel Klein On the Fainting Couch: Joel Klein On the Fainting Couch by Duke The EduShyster is fast becoming one of the real reform movement's all-stars. Here, he skewers corporate edu-vulture Joel Klein: What’s that haters, you’re still not buying it? You think that Mr. Klein is nothing more than a glorified snake oil salesmen peddling techno gimmickry to schools in order to sop up tax payer money? Jeez, go easy on the brother, haters! It turns out Mr. Klein doesn’t think much of you either: The critique that really ignites a response in me, however, is the idea ... more »

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs —

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Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs —: *Chavez** Monument** Offers Inspiration for Farmworker Advocates* * * *AFOP Commends the Dedication of the César E. Chávez National Monument and Reflects on the Path Forward* *Washington**, D.C.—*Yesterday afternoon, President Barack Obama established the César E. Chávez National Monument recognizing the legacy of the workers’ rights champion. The dedication of the monument honoring the farmworker advocate and civil rights leader marks the first time in living memory that a Mexican American has been officially honored. “As a former... more »

Daily Kos: Bus tour with teacherken: In Cleveland with labor and seniors

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Daily Kos: Bus tour with teacherken: In Cleveland with labor and seniors: Bus tour with teacherken: In Cleveland with labor and seniors by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) *This is crossposted from the National Education Association's Education Votes blog, for whom I am serving as an embedded blogger on the Stop the Greed Agenda Bus Tour. This post focuses heavily on Voter Suppression.* On Monday afternoon the East bus for Patriot Majority USA’s Stop the Greed Agenda Bus tour stopped near a complex of union offices in Cleveland. Several groups hosted us, with the stop organized by AFSC... more »

Initiative 1240: Don’t be charter fooled, the song | Seattle Education

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Initiative 1240: Don’t be charter fooled, the song | Seattle Education: Initiative 1240: Don’t be charter fooled, the song Posted on October 9, 2012 by seattleducation2011 | Leave a comment For more videos, go to Educationrumination. [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)]http://www.no1240.org/

Learning from Chicago | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Learning from Chicago | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Learning from Chicago by thenotebook Sub Title: As charters and cuts erode teacher jobs here, Philadelphians draw lessons from the organizing successes of another big-city union. Author: by Bill Hangley, Jr. Author Bio: *Bill Hangley, Jr. is a freelance contributor to the *Notebook*.* Asked what “portfolio management” means to him, Jerry Jordan’s answer was swift and certain: “Big business. Outsourcing. It’s literally getting rid of public service,” said the president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. But when a... more »

HechingerEd Blog | Are new online standardized tests revolutionary? Decide for yourself.

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HechingerEd Blog | Are new online standardized tests revolutionary? Decide for yourself.: Are new online standardized tests revolutionary? Decide for yourself. by Sarah Garland New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning? The designers of the new tests, which a majority of states plan to adopt in two years, are allowing a sneak peek at sample questions, so you can decide for yourself. Two competing state coalitions have taken on the job of designing the ne... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Would Monsanto Trust a Lab Worker with 5 Weeks Training? Should You Trust a Teacher with a 5 Week Educational Training Period?

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Would Monsanto Trust a Lab Worker with 5 Weeks Training? Should You Trust a Teacher with a 5 Week Educational Training Period?: Would Monsanto Trust a Lab Worker with 5 Weeks Training? Should You Trust a Teacher with a 5 Week Educational Training Period? by stlgretchen Would you take on more college debt for $7,000 take home pay? What and where is the payoff? The Monsanto Fund is donating to St. Louis Teach for America. From the St. Louis Post Dispatch*Monsanto donates $1 million to Teach for America:* The Monsanto Fund has donated $1 million to Tea... more »

School Quality Snapshot - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

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School Quality Snapshot - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Introduces School Quality Snapshot *New Online Accountability Tool Provides Transparency for Parents and Public * **SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today unveiled California's School Quality Snapshot (PDF; Posted 09-Oct-2012), a new online accountability tool that puts school test scores, class size, fitness levels, and graduation rates for all 10,000 public schools statewide at the fingertips of parents and the public. "Until now, parents had to scan mor... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – Health care provider offers grants for student-led obesity projects

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: Health care provider offers grants for student-led obesity projects *By Tom Chorneau* Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Fifth and sixth graders from largely Hispanic schools in San Luis Obispo served as outreach envoys in a campaign aimed at reducing consumption of sugary drinks among young people. Students at Peralta Elementary in Oakland started a garden, took cooking classes and developed their own recipes using ‘super foods.’ And up in Siskiyou County, high school students led younger children in a fitness and health awareness program. With obesi... more »

The suspension rates for charter schools: How about 56%? | Seattle Education

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The suspension rates for charter schools: How about 56%? | Seattle Education: The suspension rates for charter schools: How about 56%? by seattleducation2011 Why do graduation rates and test scores seem to soar at charter schools? We have stated on this blog, as has been stated elsewhere, that these charter schools counsel students out of their schools or expel them for whatever reason that they have deemed necessary. Remember, charter schools can have their own set of rules outside the regulations of a state, city or school district, and the parents have to sign on to those quali... more »

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams: Everyone Benefits from True Collaboration | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Academic Parent-Teacher Teams: Everyone Benefits from True Collaboration | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Academic Parent-Teacher Teams: Everyone Benefits from True Collaboration by Tarsi Dunlop With the recent release of the movie* Won’t Back Down *and the high-profile Chicago teacher union strike, it seems US public education is, once again, getting negative coverage in the mainstream media, with parents pitted against teachers or teachers pitted against administrators. Committed education professionals, in their advocacy on behalf of our nation’s public sc... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Turning right off the interstate: How Obama and I settled the teachers strike

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Turning right off the interstate: How Obama and I settled the teachers strike: Turning right off the interstate: How Obama and I settled the teachers strike by Mike Klonsky Driving through southern Ohio to speak to students at Kenyon College and Bowling Green University I hear the steady stream of right-wing radio and see the dozens of anti-Obama billboards paid for by Clint Eastwood and his wing-nut superpac. In the towns, there's more of a mix of Obama and Romney signs and of course, the university towns are mostly Obama. Those in the know think t... more »

Register to Vote — Barack Obama

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Register to Vote — Barack Obama: [image: Obama for America 2012 (click picture)] [image: Register to Vote] Connect with Facebook to quickly look up your voter registration and get your friends registered to vote. Check your voter registration Not on Facebook? Check your registration status here.

Can Adderall Fix Bad Schools? - Technology - The Atlantic Wire

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Can Adderall Fix Bad Schools? - Technology - The Atlantic Wire: Can Adderall Fix Bad Schools? by Rebecca Greenfield Here's a modest proposal: Let's dose up kids stuck in low-income schools with Adderall, even if they don't have A.D.H.D, to compensate for the advantages enjoyed by kids in richer schools. That's what Dr. Michael Anderson, an Atlanta pediatrician who calls himself a "social justice thinker" has started doing, reports *The New York Times*'s Alan Schwartz. "I don’t have a whole lot of choice," Dr. Anderson told Schwartz. "We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expens... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Deasy warns that looming budget cuts threaten classroom gains http://www.yesonprop30.com/ Education Headlines *Tuesday, October 9, 2012* Boy brings gun to schoolA single, accidental gunshot rang out in a south Stockton seventh-grade classroom Monday morning, wounding no one but resulting in the arrests of two boys, ages 11 and 12, Stockton Unified Police Chief Jim West said. Administrator was criticized for yelling, beratingThe administrator suing San Diego Unified School District to undo her pending demotion was repeatedly criti... more »

A leading teacher of teachers says feedback should be used fast | GothamSchools

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A leading teacher of teachers says feedback should be used fast | GothamSchools: A leading teacher of teachers says feedback should be used fast by Philissa Cramer Good teachers are not born; they’re made slowly, over time, through sustained and deliberate practice. That’s the theory behind “Practice Perfect,” the new e-book by Doug Lemov, managing director of the Uncommon Schools network of charter schools and author of “Teach Like a Champion,” a 2010 book with 49 concrete strategies for improving student engagement and classroom management. (GothamSchools’ Elizabeth Green wrote a... more »

Second California Student Union Conference « CA Student Union

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Second California Student Union Conference « CA Student Union: Second California Student Union Conference POSTED BY CASTUDENTUNION ⋅ OCTOBER 3, 2012 *FILED UNDER* CONFERENCE *Unite to Fight for Public Education! * *Come to the Statewide Student Union & Movement-Building Conference!* *REGISTER NOW!* *What:* Statewide Student Union Movement-Building Conference *When:* Saturday, October 20, 2012, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm *Where:* UC Berkeley, Dwinelle Hall 145 *Who:* Anyone who cares about public education! Campus Map | Facebook Event Page | More Info Questions & concerns, contact >> students4ad... more »

Nikhil Goyal Interview: A High School Student Offers a Critique of Our Schools - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Nikhil Goyal Interview: A High School Student Offers a Critique of Our Schools - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Nikhil Goyal Interview: A High School Student Offers a Critique of Our Schools by Anthony Cody Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody A seventeen year-old high school student from New York named Nikhil Goyal has been speaking out on education reform. In addition to several high profile television appearances, he has authored a book, One Size Does Not Fit All, A Student's Assessment of School. I asked him to explain his critique this week. *Question: What led... more »

Techno-fascism: Wear radio chip or leave, school tells students | Dailycensored.com

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Techno-fascism: Wear radio chip or leave, school tells students | Dailycensored.com: Techno-fascism: Wear radio chip or leave, school tells students by Danny Weil As creeping fascism makes its way ike an insect trolling for food, our children once again are the target of the medieval Insurrection we cal monopoly capitalism. And it will spread like a cancer until treatd wth heavy doses of people therapy.WND EXCLUSIVEWear radio chip or leave, school tells studentsSuperintendent issues warning: ‘There will be consequences’ for not submitting by Jack Minor [image: Chip32] Brushing ... more »

Modern School: Maternal Stress During Pregnancy Reduces Educational Outcomes for Children

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Modern School: Maternal Stress During Pregnancy Reduces Educational Outcomes for Children: Maternal Stress During Pregnancy Reduces Educational Outcomes for Children by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons There has been considerable research over the past decade showing correlations between long-term chronic stress and elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol in humans. There has also been considerable evidence linking elevated cortisol levels to serious medical conditions like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer, and to memory and cognition problems. Howe... more »

UPDATE: There is something very, very wrong going on at Connecticut’s Board of Regents. - Wait, What?

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There is something very, very wrong going on at Connecticut’s Board of Regents. - Wait, What?: There is something very, very wrong going on at Connecticut’s Board of Regents. by jonpelto Last week came the media reports that the Board of Regents for Higher Education, the entity responsible for overseeing Connecticut’s newly merged public state university and community college system was engaged in an unprecedented effort to remove the individual community college presidents, because some had raised concerns about some controversial policies that the new central office was pushin... more »

Fisher v. Texas: On Race, Merit, and Affirmative Action in College Admissions « Student Activism

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Fisher v. Texas: On Race, Merit, and Affirmative Action in College Admissions « Student Activism: Fisher v. Texas: On Race, Merit, and Affirmative Action in College Admissions by Angus Johnston Tomorrow the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Fisher v. Texas, which will consider the constitutionality of affirmative action in college admissions. I wrote a piece on the history of the case and how it might go down back in July, and I’d encourage you to go take a look at it if you’re not familiar with the background, but this morning I want to talk about something ... more »

The in box. Reasons to vote no on the Illinois Constitutional Amendment. « Fred Klonsky

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The in box. Reasons to vote no on the Illinois Constitutional Amendment. « Fred Klonsky: The in box. Reasons to vote no on the Illinois Constitutional Amendment. by Fred Klonsky On the November Ballot, Illinois voters will be asked if they believe the Illinois Constitution should be amended to require a three-fifths majority vote in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system. *Please vote NO on the proposed Constitutional Amendment (HJRCA 49). * This Constitutional Amendment would also require that any local collectively-bargained agreement be approve... more »

Charter Schools' Role in Strengthening Public Education - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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Charter Schools' Role in Strengthening Public Education - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Charter Schools' Role in Strengthening Public Education by Pedro Noguera Dear Deb, I would like to take our conversation about reform in a slightly different direction and wade into an area of controversy that is dividing educators and communities throughout the country. What role do you think charter schools can and should play in advancing the reform and renewal of public education? As you know, several progressive educators, including our good friend Ted Sizer who founded a charter ... more »

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 10-9-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Write Your Letter to President Obama Today by dianerav Readers of this blog know that we are collecting letters to send to President Obama by October 17. Please join us in opposing high-stakes testing and privatization. We call this action the Campaign for Our Public Schools. Instructions on where to send your email are here. Lets begin now to make our voices heard. Hats Off to Tacoma! by dianerav I asked readers to tell me about good school districts that manage to offer a good education despite the testin... more »

PD: How do educators get to know what they don’t know? « My Island View

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PD: How do educators get to know what they don’t know? « My Island View: PD: How do educators get to know what they don’t know? by tomwhitby When it comes to education reform, there are in general two major camps, but there are also several variations of each. The first camp would like to blow up the system and start all over. The other camp wants to continue the status quo while working to change it in directions governed by whatever dominant force of change has the ear of the public at the time. I find my own inclinations falling somewhere between the two camps. I want to blow s... more »

Eleven year old: ‘Ridiculous’ to use my test to grade my teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Eleven year old: ‘Ridiculous’ to use my test to grade my teacher: Eleven year old: ‘Ridiculous’ to use my test to grade my teacher by Valerie Strauss In the out-of-the-mouths-of-babes category, here’s a post about the flaws of modern teacher evaluation that are evidence to an 11-year-old but, (By LUCIAN PERKINS/The Washington Post/Getty Images) apparently, not to school reformers. It was written by Sean C. Feeney, principal of The Wheatley School and president of the Nassau County High School Principals Association. Feeney is a co-author of the New York State Principals’ APPR l... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – SBE’s Kirst calls on Munger to ditch ads attacking governor’s tax plan

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: SBE’s Kirst calls on Munger to ditch ads attacking governor’s tax plan *By Tom Chorneau* Tuesday, October 09, 2012 The increasingly aggressive tenor of ads by fellow Democratic critics attacking Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax measure prompted a new call from education leaders and union supporters for an end to the hostility they believe risks passage of both the governor’s Proposition 30 and rival Proposition 38. In letters released Monday by the Brown campaign, supporters of the governor’s tax measure said they expect a new round of ads w... more »

Rift widens between backers of ed initiatives 30 and 38

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Rift widens between backers of ed initiatives 30 and 38 Rift widens between backers of ed initiatives 30 and 38 ** October 9th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald and Kathryn Baron Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services All pretense of goodwill is gone between backers of the two competing education tax measures on November’s ballot. State Board of Education President Mike Kirst and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg joined union leaders Monday in sending a *strongly worded letter* to Molly Munger, the primary ba... more »

In Oakland, tumult in special education leads teachers to organize - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
In Oakland, tumult in special education leads teachers to organize - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: In Oakland, tumult in special education leads teachers to organize Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 1:23 pm in No Comments A series of decisions about the costs, staffing and structure of Oakland Unified’s special education department caused parents to mobilize in June against last-minute reductions to the program. Months later, the 11th-hour reassignment of dozens of special education teachers appears to have had a similar effect on teachers. (District staf... more »

NYC Educator: Why Tenure Is Necessary

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
NYC Educator: Why Tenure Is Necessary: Why Tenure Is Necessary by NYC Educator Of course, the papers are full of horror stories about teachers. We have jobs for life. We sit and read the newspaper while our students murder one another. We can't see it because we choose the New York Times, that great big paper that completely blocks our range of view. Furthermore, we're elitist and out of touch for choosing that over the Daily News. Never mind that the editorial board of the Times hates us just as much as that of the News. In reality, Mayor Bloomberg and his fellow "reformers" wish... more »

Sacramento Press / We Cannot Cut Our Way to Quality Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Sacramento Press / We Cannot Cut Our Way to Quality Education: We Cannot Cut Our Way to Quality Education by Al Bauer As a result of the Wall Street induced recession in 2008, I have personally seen the impact of the $18 billion in statewide cuts to public education in my classroom. Furlough days have been implemented, department budgets have been decimated and important services for students have been eliminated. Even before the recession hit, California already ranked near the bottom in per pupil spending and had the highest average class size. Proposition 30 is a reasonable an... more »

Deasy warns that looming budget cuts threaten classroom gains - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Deasy warns that looming budget cuts threaten classroom gains - latimes.com: Deasy warns that looming budget cuts threaten classroom gains [image: L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy]L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy warned Monday of “catastrophic” consequences for local schools if California voters fail to approve tax measures on the November ballot. In a speech billed as a state-of-the-schools address, Deasy took two distinctly different paths. In the first part, he listed recent district accomplishments and insisted that the nation’s second-largest school system had never performed better,... more »

Zimmer Unveils Softer Charter Plan - LA School Report

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Zimmer Unveils Softer Charter Plan - LA School Report: Post navigationZimmer Unveils Softer Charter Plan Posted on October 8, 2012 by Hillel Aron Late Monday afternoon, LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer announced an updated, much-softened charter school oversight proposal. It replaces the previous moratorium on new charter schools with a request for charters to “*voluntarily delay requesting action on new charter applications” *until a new oversight scheme can be developed. **The new version also asks the

CODE Chicago - Communities Organized for Democracy in Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
CODE Chicago - Communities Organized for Democracy in Education: How can you help win an Elected Representative School Board? [image: Logo] The CPS Board—appointed by the mayor— is not accountable to the people it is supposed to serve. *The Board is failing our children. * Vote *YES* on the advisory referendum for an *Elected Representative School Board* for CPS on *November 6th*. The Illinois legislature must change to law to allow Chicagoans the same right the residents of every other city and town in the state enjoy... the right to elect the people who run Chicago's pu... more »

LAUSD AND THE EXPLOSION OF GANGS - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
LAUSD AND THE EXPLOSION OF GANGS - Perdaily.com: LAUSD AND THE EXPLOSION OF GANGS by Leonard Isenberg [image: gang.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) *Real power in people comes from education that must exist to insure every student reaches their subjective potential. In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where there has not even been a good faith attempt to educate poor and minority students for generations - if ever - most administrators, teachers, students, and parents have long ago l... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » This Weeks PTchat – The Connected Parent: What does it mean for kids?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Engaging Parents In School… » This Weeks PTchat – The Connected Parent: What does it mean for kids?: This Weeks PTchat – The Connected Parent: What does it mean for kids? Posted on October 8, 2012 by Larry Ferlazzo Guest post by Joe Mazza Image credit: http://www.thegraceplace.com As social media continues to expand its global reach at an astronomical pace (460,000 new registrations per day on Twitter), parents are taking note. 80% of those 460K sign-ups are between the ages of 18-35 – the age of many of our elementary school parents here in 2012. Hashtags (i.e. #London2012) can be... more »

AP: Jay-Z Signs Math Educator Jovan Miles to Roc Nation | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
AP: Jay-Z Signs Math Educator Jovan Miles to Roc Nation | The Jose Vilson: AP: Jay-Z Signs Math Educator Jovan Miles to Roc Nation by Jose Math Educator Jovan Miles *Somewhere in the future …* For the casual music fans, it’s easy to see why one might get confused looking at the initial Roc Nation artists. Jay-Z. J-Cole. Jay Electronica. The trifecta of J’s (and Willow Smith) have had their share of success either from the underground circuit to the international stage (in varying degrees). Yet, none of them have what the latest “J” has: the attention of classrooms for a whole city.... more »

WHAT STATE IS THE NEXT RHODE ISLAND ? « Teachers Fight Back

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
WHAT STATE IS THE NEXT RHODE ISLAND ? « Teachers Fight Back: WHAT STATE IS THE NEXT RHODE ISLAND ? leave a comment » Please check out what the Rhode Island legislature did to their public employee pensions. Among other things, they passed a law that raised retirement ages, suspended all pension increases, and created a new benefit plan that combines traditional pensions with something like a 401(k) account. Rhode Island public sector unions are suing to block the legislature, but the laws have already been passed. Who knows what the courts will decide. Here in Illinois the door to... more »

Des Moines Education Association: DMEA Statement on the Use of Student Growth Data for Teacher Evaluation

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Des Moines Education Association: DMEA Statement on the Use of Student Growth Data for Teacher Evaluation: DMEA Statement on the Use of Student Growth Data for Teacher Evaluation by Andrew Rasmussen The DMEA believes that the appropriate place for use of student growth data is in the formative evaluation stage. During the formative stage, teachers can utilize student growth data that they find most relevant to their curriculum to give them feedback on what might be working and areas in need of improvement. This places the focus on using student growth data to strengthen a teacher... more »

NYC Public School Parents: A mother's lament after learning the grades of her sons' schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
NYC Public School Parents: A mother's lament after learning the grades of her sons' schools: A mother's lament after learning the grades of her sons' schools by Leonie Haimson * Lots more commentary and criticism of the latest school grades. Gary Rubinstein explained how the DOE's claims of stability are **an example of "how to lie with statistics" here. The NY Post pointed out that the Ella Baker school which got a "C" had just been singled out as one of the best schools in the city by the State Education Department. **An editorial in the same paper criticized the grades as be... more »

School takeover by Steve Barr and the Future Is Now charter school causes student walkout in New Orleans: Is this what we want Seattle? | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
School takeover by Steve Barr and the Future Is Now charter school causes student walkout in New Orleans: Is this what we want Seattle? | Seattle Education: School takeover by Steve Barr and the Future Is Now charter school causes student walkout in New Orleans: Is this what we want Seattle? by seattleducation2011 *This is the article and press release from the Louisiana Justice Institute: * Students at Walter L. Cohen in New Orleans began a walk out/protest on October 4th, 2012 when their teachers and administrators were dismissed and the announcement was made that Future Is Now ... more »

LAUSD to promote arts education on city buses, billboards - LA Daily News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
LAUSD to promote arts education on city buses, billboards - LA Daily News: LAUSD to promote arts education on city buses, billboards By Barbara Jones Staff Writer Posted: 10/08/2012 09:49:23 AM PDT Updated: 10/08/2012 09:52:14 AM PDT Photo Credit: © Steve Cohn Photography © 2012 Steve Cohn Photography www.stevecohnphotography.com (Steve Cohn) Original works by renowned Los Angeles artists will be posted on billboards and city buses as part of the "Arts Matter" exhibition and fund-raising campaign designed to revitalize arts education in LAUSD. The campaign was announced Monday by... more »

Keeping Washington State charter free: Contact Mayor McGinn about Initiative 1240 | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Keeping Washington State charter free: Contact Mayor McGinn about Initiative 1240 | Seattle Education: Keeping Washington State charter free: Contact Mayor McGinn about Initiative 1240 by seattleducation2011 This just in. Right now on the NO on 1240 Facebook page, there is a campaign for all Seattle residents to contact Mayor McGinn and ask him to stand up for our existing public schools and oppose Initiative 1240. Here is the Facebook post: *Mayor McGinn is ducking this issue and hasn’t heard from anyone about it. * *Let’s get him on record and let him and ALL elected officials kn... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Teacher Disrespect, Kansas Style

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Jersey Jazzman: Teacher Disrespect, Kansas Style: Teacher Disrespect, Kansas Style by Duke Teacher disrespect has become a national epidemic: Kansas school superintendents will tell you that years of tight budgets have provided plenty of incentives to run their districts efficiently. But Gov. Sam Brownback thinks more savings could be wrung out of the state’s public schools, and he has appointed an “efficiency task force” to find them. Curiously, none of the 10 members works in a school. Brownback’s task force is top-heavy with accountants. They occupy six spots. The chairman is

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Why Wouldn't Mitt Talk to the Kids?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Why Wouldn't Mitt Talk to the Kids?: Why Wouldn't Mitt Talk to the Kids? by Melissa Westbrook [image: Obama for America 2012 (click picture)] Over at The Stranger Slog, they had a headline, "Mitt Romney Hates Children." Please, I know he loves children but the issue is, why *not* go to the Nickelodeon tv special on the election? Here's what Obama's campaign said: *In a release, the network says Mitt Romney declined to participate after numerous attempts. The program will include file sound bites of Romney addressing the subjects.* *The preside... more »






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