Thursday, October 25, 2012

Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Stranger Explains the "Property Tax Swap"

Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Stranger Explains the "Property Tax Swap":


The Stranger Explains the "Property Tax Swap"

I have been desperate to get a thread on this issue because both McKenna and Inslee have been talking about it (along with Rep Carlyle and Rep Hunter) but pulling it altogether was going to be a task.  Enter Goldy with a good article (and a chart!).  It pretty much completes what I thought - Seattle and other "wealthier" districts would get less.

My understanding of the property tax swap is that it would phase out levy equalization and yet, wealthier districts would STILL be subsidizing poorer ones.  I am all for equity but when every single district in this state is cash-strapped, it seems unfair.

Read on and tell me your thoughts. 

The Property Tax Swap (or "State & Local Property Tax Shift" as it is more technically known) is also the only 

Wherever The DREAM May Lead Us [An Education For All] | The Jose Vilson

Wherever The DREAM May Lead Us [An Education For All] | The Jose Vilson:


Wherever The DREAM May Lead Us [An Education For All]


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Recently, the conversation around the use of the word “illegal immigrant” came to a precipice when the New York Times’ public editor said there was nothing wrong with using the phrase. Writers like Jose Antonio Vargas and institutions like Univision chimed in, and rightly so. “Illegal immigrant” suggests that the immigrant themselves is illegal. The very term suggests that these men, women, and children who migrate live an existence of illegality, whereas “undocumented worker,” the better alternative, suggests that the person crossing the border actually works here but has not (yet) filled out all the forms to become a full American citizen. The former puts the burden of proof on the individual, whereas the latter highlights a systemic issue.
We still have discussions about students in this situations in black and white terms. Either they all leave or they 

H.R.6556: Campus Safety for Children Act of 2012 - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress

H.R.6556: Campus Safety for Children Act of 2012 - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress:




H.R.6556 - Campus Safety for Children Act of 2012

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Group promoting Idaho schools reform wants disclosure case moved to federal court | OregonLive.com

Group promoting Idaho schools reform wants disclosure case moved to federal court | OregonLive.com:


Group promoting Idaho schools reform wants disclosure case moved to federal court

five elements to help redefine public ed « Cooperative Catalyst

five elements to help redefine public ed « Cooperative Catalyst:


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Our latest post on dmlcentral.net, five elements we believe are key to redefining public ed in a community (the chapters of our little book). Click here to read the rest of the post.

Tension flare as officials defend their school support systems | GothamSchools

Tension flare as officials defend their school support systems | GothamSchools:


Tension flare as officials defend their school support systems

Councilman Jackson waives at Shael Polakow-Suransky (far right) during a hearing on the networks.
Facing criticism that the Department of Education does not hold the organizations responsible for supporting schools accountable for their success, Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky told members of the City Council today that the opposite is true.
In fact, he said during a heated hearing about the department’s network support structure, he has changed the leadership of 15 of the department’s 55 networks.
“Fifteen of those [former network leaders] are people that I did not have confidence in and we wanted someone to do better,” Polakow-Suranksy told the city council members during a lengthy hearing. ”There is very clear accountability.”
That revelation was one of many data points he and other top officials shared this afternoon at a City Council 

Sign our Petition: Stop disclosing confidential student information to corporations without parental consent! | Class Size Matters Sign our Petition: Stop disclosing confidential student information to corporations without parental consent! | A clearinghouse for information on class size & the proven benefits of smaller classes

Sign our Petition: Stop disclosing confidential student information to corporations without parental consent! | Class Size Matters Sign our Petition:  the proven benefits of smaller classes:



Sign our Petition: Stop disclosing confidential student information to corporations without parental consent!

The letter Norman sent Friday to the Attorney General and the Regents on behalf of Class Size Matters and other parent groups is posted here. A background memo on these issues is here. I don’t think it is an overstatement to say this whole project represents perhaps the most serious erosion of privacy in our nation’s history.

New York State, along with Colorado, Illinois and Massachusetts, intends to provide confidential student information to a private corporation called the Shared Learning Collaborative, funded by the Gates Foundation, which in turn will make this data available to for-profit companies to develop and market their commercial learning products. 
This confidential data will include student names, addresses, test scores, grades, attendance, economic and special education status, IEPs, and disciplinary records. All this is being done without parents’ knowledge or consent, and represents a shocking violation of our children’s right to privacy.
Four more states have said they will soon follow in phase II: Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana, and the Gates Foundation is soliciting even more states to join in.  ( For more on this, seehere and here.)
Please sign our petition below, asking the NY State Attorney General and the Board of Regents to prevent these unprecedented disclosures from occurring, until public hearings are held and parents are given the right to withhold their children’s confidential data.
Feel free to add your comments or edit the words in the petition; and be sure to click the box below if you want updates on this critical threat to our children’s privacy.

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Board of Regents reinstates illegal salaries for two top Vice Presidents - Wait, What?

Board of Regents reinstates illegal salaries for two top Vice Presidents - Wait, What?:


Board of Regents reinstates illegal salaries for two top Vice Presidents
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"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP



From Ken Previti, Pension Advocate. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 42 minutes ago
From Ken Previti, Pension Advocate. « Fred Klonsky: From Ken Previti, Pension Advocate. by Fred Klonsky *Today’s business section of the New York Times has an article that mentions all of our pensions being cut in this manner: “Time appears to be running out for a relatively painless fiscal reform, the task force said.”* *I deeply resent having our reduced retirement incomes and other measures described by billionaires as “relatively painless fiscal reform.”* *Our incomes – relatively painless fiscal reform.* *The article has multiple presuppositions (huge fiscal problems at the s... more »

NYC study: 10 years of choice has not altered 'demography as destiny' | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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NYC study: 10 years of choice has not altered 'demography as destiny' | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: NYC study: 10 years of choice has not altered 'demography as destiny'by Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 25 2012 Posted in Latest news - COMMENTS (0)PRINT - EMAIL[image: ""] Tags: - racial equity - school choice With Philadelphia firmly committed to creating a "portfolio" of schools as a way to improve outcomes for all students, it seemed worthwhile to take note of a study just released by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. It found ... more »

Democurmudgeon: Milwaukee's Voucher Program Disaster; 90.1% not proficient in Reading and 88% not proficient in Math.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Democurmudgeon: Milwaukee's Voucher Program Disaster; 90.1% not proficient in Reading and 88% not proficient in Math.: Milwaukee's Voucher Program Disaster; 90.1% not proficient in Reading and 88% not proficient in Math. by Democurmudgeon In Scott Walker's latest weekly address, he listed "Transforming Education" as one of his top priorities. What does that mean? What else could he do? Would he expand vouchers where no ones wants school "choice?" Sure. But Walker will now have a more difficult job pushing his privatization plans after the horrific results of the countries longest... more »

A call to action on the No on Initiative 1240 campaign and a video | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
A call to action on the No on Initiative 1240 campaign and a video | Seattle Education: A call to action on the No on Initiative 1240 campaign and a video by seattleducation2011 *Charter School Fairy Tales* What do we want? *DIRECT VOTER CONTACT!* When do we want it? *NOW!* Help *People for Our Public Schools *reach voters this week and tell them to vote NO on I-1240! To paraphrase Mr. Rogers, YOU are the only YOU there is. And we need YOU to help us now!! 1. *Phone bank* – THIS WEEK, Thursday Oct 25 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at our office in Seattle, 1914 N. 34th Street, Suite 209.... more »

Mother Crusader: NJ Education Advocates To Duncan: State's Waiver Plan Is A Disaster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Mother Crusader: NJ Education Advocates To Duncan: State's Waiver Plan Is A Disaster: NJ Education Advocates To Duncan: State's Waiver Plan Is A Disaster by darciecima Cross posted from WHYY's NewsWorks NJ The debate over No Child Left Behind (NCLB) continues in New Jersey, this time over whether the state's new plan to meet federal education standards does enough to help the state's lowest performing schools. The Garden State has received a waiver from NCLB mandates, and a chance to come up with its own plan. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, a number of ad... more »

Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst Group Weighs In On Michigan's Proposal 2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst Group Weighs In On Michigan's Proposal 2: Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst Group Weighs In On Michigan's Proposal 2 by Joy Resmovits Michelle Rhee is jumping into another union battle -- this time in Michigan. As Washington, D.C. schools chief, Rhee sparred with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten over the school system's contract. Since then, Rhee, who is CEO and founder of nonprofit StudentsFirst, has said time and time again that she believes unions have a strong role in education and that collective bargaining is important. No... more »

Diane in the Afternoon 10-25-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: The Real Goal of Reformers: Re-Segregation? by dianerav Anthony Cody has a stunning article this week about what is happening in Louisiana. The expansion of vouchers and charters will facilitate the re-segregation of the schools, he predicts. Governor Jindal eliminated all funding for public libraries in his new budget. TFA Commissioner has put a young and unqualified TFA alum in charge of teacher evaluation. The freight train of reform (aka privatization) is running full blast in that unfortunate state. Arne Duncan will be there any day now to congratulate ... more »

Two nights. Two meetings. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Two nights. Two meetings. « Fred Klonsky: Two nights. Two meetings. by Fred Klonsky *A meeting for an elected school board on Tuesday and a meeting to fight for pension justice on Wednesday.* Nothing gets my blood flowing like taking part in two grass-roots activist meetings on two consecutive nights. Tuesday night I was at the Town Hall gathering for an elected school board. More than two hundred people filled the large space at the Logan Square auditorium to hear CTU President Karen Lewis, UIC professor and schools activist Pauline Lipman, Ames School parent Dalia Bonnila and jou... more »

What Will the Education Market Produce in Louisiana? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
What Will the Education Market Produce in Louisiana? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: What Will the Education Market Produce in Louisiana? by Anthony Cody CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS Web Site According to many would-be reformers of our education system, the free market will bring innovation to education, and when consumers are empowered with choice, the best products will rise to the top. We are getting a chance to see how this works in the real world in some parts of the country. The State of Louisiana is engaged in an active experiment that allows us to see the effect... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Should We Fear the Unhappiness of Bill Gates?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Should We Fear the Unhappiness of Bill Gates?: Should We Fear the Unhappiness of Bill Gates? by Melissa Westbrook [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)]*Friends Don't Let Friends Get Fooled No On 1240* I think I mentioned that a reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution came out and interviewed me (and many others) about I-1240. This vote is national news as Washington State is not only doing this again for the fourth time but is the ONLY state in the country to have ever had the issue of creation of a charter school system on our ballot. S... more »

Commentary: Teachers should lead professional development, not researchers | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Commentary: Teachers should lead professional development, not researchers | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Commentary: Teachers should lead professional development, not researchers by thenotebook on Oct 25 2012 Posted in Blogger commentary - COMMENTS (0)PRINT - EMAIL[image: ""] *This is a guest blog, and the ideas expressed are solely the opinions of the author. The Notebook invites guest blog posts on current topics in Philadelphia education from its readers. Send submissions to notebook@thenotebook.org.* *by Julio N**úñ**ez* If we want to get serious about impro... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: BEX IV - Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: BEX IV - Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?: BEX IV - Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is? by Melissa Westbrook I confess - I haven't been able to keep up on BEX IV as I would have liked. But I have noticed (and noted) that, true to form, this BEX follows the pattern of previous ones (except on steriods). 1. Changes to the list in the last month before it is approved? Check. 2. Lack of clarity about changes and no fleshed-out explanations? Check. 3. A Board in a hurry-up mode "because we have to get this done to get it qualified f... more »

Will teachers help decide presidential election?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Will teachers help decide presidential election?: Will teachers help decide presidential election? Posted by Valerie Strauss on October 25, 2012 at 11:38 am (By Roger Catlin — The Washington Post) It’s no wonder that Gov. Mitt Romney declared at his last debate with President Obama that “I love teachers.” According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are about 3.3 million working public school K-12 teachers, more than 75 percent of them women. That figure doesn’t include teachers in higher education, or retired teachers, or people who have family members who are ... more »

David Spring for the House of Representatives, 5th District | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
David Spring for the House of Representatives, 5th District | Seattle Education: David Spring for the House of Representatives, 5th District by seattleducation2011 About 2 years ago I met David Spring. We met during a meeting about education in our state. He urged me to visit Olympia and meet my representatives. David has been actively fighting for adequate funding of our schools for years and has gotten to know our state legislators very well. One early morning the following January, he picked me up in his truck and we drove to Olympia. He spent the day introducing me to as many l... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Another reason to support an elected school board...

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Another reason to support an elected school board...: Another reason to support an elected school board... by Mike Klonsky Is this the reason Rahm brought in BBB to replace Brizard as CEO? Did he think that she would be slicker at carrying out the closing of another 100 or so neighborhood schools than J.C. was? Did she and Vitale really think no one would notice their "not open to the public" meetings on school closings, "to give community leaders a reality check, as well as ask their advice on the criteria." I think its the pair of them that needs a... more »

Why Hiking Tuition While Raising Financial Aid Doesn’t Work for Students « Student Activism

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Why Hiking Tuition While Raising Financial Aid Doesn’t Work for Students « Student Activism: Why Hiking Tuition While Raising Financial Aid Doesn’t Work for Students by Angus Johnston Increases in public college tuition are often linked with, and justified by, corresponding increases in financial aid. In this setup, raising tuition is portrayed as a cost-shifting measure — charging more for those who can afford it to keep costs down for those who can’t. But that’s not how it works out in practice, for several reasons. First, financial aid increases rarely match tuition hikes, and i... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, October 25, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Thursday, October 25, 2012* Marin school funding effort bears first fruitsAfter more than two years, Marin public schools Wednesday received the first payments — $220,000 in all — from a new countywide fundraising initiative, SchoolsRule-Marin. The initiative, a partnership between fundraising foundations of individual school districts, divided the funds among Marin school districts based on enrollment. Fresno Unified seeks $40 million from 'Race to Top'Fresno Unified trustees approved an application for $40... more »

Daily Kos: Do you have Romnesia? Check your symptoms here.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Daily Kos: Do you have Romnesia? Check your symptoms here.: Do you have Romnesia? Check your symptoms here. by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Popout Big Dog to campaign with the President by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) from Mike Allen at Politico: *BREAKING* - AP's Julie Pace: "President Obama and Bill Clinton will campaign together next week in three of the most competitive battleground states. Obama and the former president will hold rallies Monday in Florida, Ohio and Virginia. Their appearances will kick off the final full week of campaigning before Election Day. ... Monday'... more »

Respecting and Reflecting School Culture — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Respecting and Reflecting School Culture — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Podcast][image: ASCD Whole Child Bloggers]Respecting and Reflecting School Culture October 25, 2012 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers Download Podcast Now [Right-Click to Save] A positive school culture is the cornerstone of a good school and the foundation for school improvement. School culture encompasses the schoolwide ethos and the culture of individual classrooms, high expectations for learning and achievement, a safe and caring environment, shared values and relational trust, a powerful p... more »

The First Step | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
The First Step | Taking Note: The First Step by John Merrow If you could make one realistic change to public education today, what would it be? If you had the power to make one change in public education right now, what would it be? I’m not talking about some sort of magic wand fantasy, so suggestions like “End Poverty” are not appropriate. What I am looking for are changes that could be made. When Michele Norris of NPR asked that question this week, it got me thinking, and I hope it will stimulate your thinking as well. I left the panel discussion, posted the question on Twitter... more »

Shanker Blog » Voter Suppression: An American Political Tradition

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Shanker Blog » Voter Suppression: An American Political Tradition: Voter Suppression: An American Political Tradition by Randall Garton In her new book, *The Politics of Voter Suppression Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote*, Tova Andrea Wang tells readers that voter suppression is one of our nation’s political “traditions,” arguing that the U.S. has “an election system that’s exquisitely designed for low rates of participation.” And Wang has reason to know – a fellow at Demos and The Century Foundation, she worked as a consultant to the U.S. Election Assistance Commis... more »

RheeFirst! » StudentsFirst donated $500,000 to support anti-union measure in Michigan

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
RheeFirst! » StudentsFirst donated $500,000 to support anti-union measure in Michigan: StudentsFirst donated $500,000 to support anti-union measure in Michigan by admin Written by Dave Murray for MLive.com. Read the entire article here. “*The $500,000 donation went to Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution, which is supported by business and community organizations, as well as school groups including the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Association of School Administrators.* *Proposal 2 is supported by a coalition of unions and Democrats that collected ... more »

Corporate Charter Queen Gloria Romero Stop Pushing the Corporate agenda and Clean up Your Charter Mess

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Big Education Ape: Auditors cite lax oversight of charters by CDE, as enrollment grows: *Corporate Charter Queen Gloria Romero* * Star of the 2010 Reform Bowl* *Corporate Charter Queen Gloria Romero* *Darling of DFER (fake Democrats)* *Corporate Charter Queen Gloria Romero* *Shills for Munger, Koch Brothers on Prop 32 * Proposition 32 Divides California's Education Reformers coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago Proposition 32 Divides California's Education Reformers: Proposition 32 Divides California's Education Reformers by Joy Resmovits When Californians enter voting boo... more »

Selling Austerity With Chutzpah - Bridging Differences - Education Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Selling Austerity With Chutzpah - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Selling Austerity With Chutzpah by Deborah Meier Dear Pedro, Their ability to sell austerity to white males, whose jobs are disappearing and social usefulness is being undermined, is a tribute to the "good" education the 1 percent got from their privileged schools. But it's also a damning statement about what was happening in the schools the rest of us went to, let's say, the bottom 80 percent. Why didn't we learn to defend our self-interests? So when I argue that we all need schools that prepare the ruling ... more »

Audit: US oversight of charter school funds lax - CNBC

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Audit: US oversight of charter school funds lax - CNBC: Audit: US oversight of charter school funds lax Published: Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 7:59 AM ET Text Size - Twitter 0 LinkedIn 0 Share LOS ANGELES - An audit of the U.S. Department of Education's division overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in charter school funding has criticized the office for failing to properly monitor how states spend the money. The report released in late September by the department's Office of the Inspector General also singled out state education departments in California,... more »

Telling Good Science From Bad in Education | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Telling Good Science From Bad in Education | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Telling Good Science From Bad in Education by obriena Who can you trust about educational technology? So asked Richard Rose in September’s issue of *School Administrator*. He argues that research on educational technology should be approached with skepticism for a number of reasons. For example, the role that money plays in this research: Interested parties, including technology providers, nonprofits and even unions, often directly or indirectly benefit from research showing results fo... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 10-25-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Teachers Running for Office in Ohio by dianerav What’s the best way to stop the attack on teachers? Run for office. Many teachers in Ohio figured that out, and they are running for legislative seats. Some are taking on impossible tasks, but, hey, you never know. When the legislators refuse to listen, then run against them. Organize parents and others who care about public education. Run for office. On the list linked here A Student Activist and a Hero of Public Education by dianerav Zack Koppelin is a hero of... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Hydra Lernaia AKA Race to the Top: Camdenton MO Superintendent Needs to Study Greek Mythology

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: Hydra Lernaia AKA Race to the Top: Camdenton MO Superintendent Needs to Study Greek Mythology: Hydra Lernaia AKA Race to the Top: Camdenton MO Superintendent Needs to Study Greek Mythology by stlgretchen ...or Race to the Top. The monster with many heads. The Camdenton MO School Board met this week to discuss whether to apply for Race to the Top funding. The funding would be supplied to Camdenton schools directly from the Federal Department of Education. Since the State of Missouri didn't win its two proposals for Race to the Top funding, the DOEd ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Today's Quotables

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Today's Quotables: Today's Quotables by Mike Klonsky Diane Ravitch * As usual, I did not pull punches. I don’t have time for that. **The amazing thing is that even though everything I said contradicted the axioms of Chicago-style “reform,” I got a standing ovation from a warm and friendly crowd of civic leaders at the City Club. -- *What happened when I spoke in Chicago Letter to parents from Chicago principal asking for air-conditioning money *“The weather is getting hotter and hotter every year and we need to make sure that our students have a... more »

Ed Notes Online: NYC Schools Face Another Wave of For-Profit Field Testing

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: NYC Schools Face Another Wave of For-Profit Field Testing: NYC Schools Face Another Wave of For-Profit Field Testing by ed notes online *Parents and Educators Protest Unsound Testing Policies* If you want to help in this fight, join our Change the Stakes group. www.changethestakes.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2012 NYC Schools Face Another Wave of For-Profit Field Testing as Parents and Educators Protest Unsound Testing Policies Reference material on this week’s field tests and additional updates on challenges to New York City and State’s high stakes te... more »

The Innovative Educator: Common core ignores the power of the interests and ideas that come from our students and teachers - Deborah Meier

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
The Innovative Educator: Common core ignores the power of the interests and ideas that come from our students and teachers - Deborah Meier: Common core ignores the power of the interests and ideas that come from our students and teachers - Deborah Meier by noreply@blogger.com (Lisa Nielsen) Editor’s note: I feel fortunate to be living during a period in our history where for the first time we can easily form social learning circles that bring together from around the world, experts, authors, and others that share passions and can engage in rich and meaningful dialogue. The power o... more »

How the world’s longest-running school voucher program fared

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
How the world’s longest-running school voucher program fared: How the world’s longest-running school voucher program fared by Valerie Strauss Though Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama agree on some education issues, there are important differences, including the extent of federal involvement in local school issues and voucher programs. Romney supports the use of tax money to pay for tuition at private schools, including religious schools, while President Obama opposes vouchers, saying that public dollars should be used to improve public schools. Here is a new look at the world’... more »

More of The Happy Good Time Emotion Response Place and School southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: More of The Happy Good Time Emotion Response Place and School by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) I have written extensively about The Happy Good Time Emotion Response Place and School several times. A place where reality stops, and fantasy rules. Sadly, it seems that reality is slowly creeping back in. At The Happy Good Time Emotion Response Place and School, where every student no matter their circumstances is special and knows that they will always get the upper hand over a teacher, mayhem and madness is the rule and not the exception. Profes... more »

Idaho businessman brings Romney into education reform fight | OregonLive.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Idaho businessman brings Romney into education reform fight | OregonLive.com: Idaho businessman brings Romney into education reform fight by The Associated Press BOISE -- Eastern Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot is employing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to criticize unions and promote Tom Luna's education overhaul at the ballot box on Nov. 6. VanderSloot, an overhaul supporter, is paying for TV commercials showing Romney criticizing the teachers union. The National Education Association gave nearly $1.1 million to the campaign against Luna's education chan... more »

Judge Rules Against Parents in Camden Case, Kids to Remain in District Schools - NJ Spotlight

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Judge Rules Against Parents in Camden Case, Kids to Remain in District Schools - NJ Spotlight: Judge Rules Against Parents in Camden Case, Kids to Remain in District Schools Citing poor test grades and decaying public schools does not sway judge in petition for emergent relief print | email | share By John Mooney, October 25, 2012 in Education |1 Comment An administrative law judge yesterday ruled against three Camden parents hoping to yank their kids from public schools on the grounds that they were failing to provide a “through and efficient” education. Related Links Vargas v. C... more »

Two More Studies Show The Flaws Behind Using “Value-Added Measures” To Assess Teachers — Is Gates Foundation Listening? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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Two More Studies Show The Flaws Behind Using “Value-Added Measures” To Assess Teachers — Is Gates Foundation Listening? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: Two More Studies Show The Flaws Behind Using “Value-Added Measures” To Assess Teachers — Is Gates Foundation Listening? by Larry Ferlazzo Education Week reports on two new studies done by very well respected researchers, including Douglas Harris(who literally wrote the book on value-added measures), finding that VAM does not accurately measure teacher performance in middle and high school. They point to tracking as one of ... more »

Settlement voided; teacher layoff process to go to trial - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Settlement voided; teacher layoff process to go to trial - latimes.com: Settlement voided; teacher layoff process to go to trial The state Supreme Court has declined to reinstate a settlement that allowed local officials to shield schools from having disproportionate numbers of teachers laid off during a budget crisis. The voided settlement had allowed exceptions to rules stating that less-experienced teachers must be let go first. The apparent result is that seniority will, once again, be the basis for layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District pending further litigatio... more »

Jersey Jazzman: nj.com Commenters Must Be Invertebrates

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: nj.com Commenters Must Be Invertebrates: nj.com Commenters Must Be Invertebrates by Duke Atrios has famously said that the worst place on the internets is the comment sections of newspaper websites. I would only add the worst comment section in America must be at nj.com. Especially when they have a story about teachers: egads1 I'd be happy with the 4% raise. 1/2 of those animals are dropping out anyway. Voiceofreezin No wonder the majority don't like this contract. It now means they have to perform, better yet do their jobs. No more hiding! kbThis time when th... more »

Everyone’s a Teacher, Everyone’s a Learner | Connected Principals

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Everyone’s a Teacher, Everyone’s a Learner | Connected Principals: Everyone’s a Teacher, Everyone’s a Learner by George Couros cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by gcouros Sunday night for me was kind of filled with “aha” moments as I saw some pretty real and relevant examples of teaching and learning, and how the world has truly flattened. My current music obsession has been The Avett Brothers, and their new album, The Carpenter, which is fantastic. For the first time, in a long time, I have been inspired to pick up my guitar and play (I could not tell you my favourit... more »

I Quit | United Opt Out National

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
I Quit | United Opt Out National: I Quit by admin Kris L. Nielsen Monroe, NC 28110 Union County Public Schools Human Resources Department 400 North Church Street Monroe, NC 28112 October 25, 2012 To All it May Concern: I’m doing something I thought I would never do—something that will make me a statistic and a caricature of the times. Some will support me, some will shake their heads and smirk condescendingly—and others will try to convince me that I’m part of the problem. Perhaps they’re right, but I don’t think so. All I know is that I’ve hit a wall, and in order to preserve my... more »

School Tech Connect: You Wanna See Dumb?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
School Tech Connect: You Wanna See Dumb?: You Wanna See Dumb? by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) This is possibly one of the dumbest conversations I've ever seen or heard. From now on, when you look up "dumb" in Wikipedia, it should link to this conversation. I think Robin Steans means well, but she's so full of sh*t that I can't even imagine being in the parlors where her shpiel is received politely. The state is about to fix this. For the first time this spring, when the ISAT is given, the cut scores are going to be actual true college and career-ready cut scores, so we're no... more »

Jersey Jazzman: A Newark Teacher Speaks

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: A Newark Teacher Speaks: A Newark Teacher Speaks by Duke I received an email from a teacher in Newark today. It was so well-written and so powerful that I asked for permission to share it. I'm omitting the first paragraph, as it details this teacher's particular salary situation. Suffice to say the teacher, with more than ten years of experience, will take a significant hit on pay - and that's not even counting the new state-mandated contributions to benefits, which will quadruple over four years. *None of the teachers I know are happy with this. It has been the... more »

Ed Notes Online: COALITION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION TO HOLD 3RD ANNUAL CONVENTION Sat. Oct. 27

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: COALITION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION TO HOLD 3RD ANNUAL CONVENTION Sat. Oct. 27: COALITION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION TO HOLD 3RD ANNUAL CONVENTION Sat. Oct. 27 by ed notes online *Grassroots group to focus on replacing mayoral control of NYC public schools with People's Board of Ed * [NEW YORK, NY] The organization committed to “Ending Mayoral Control” of public education is holding its Third Convention on Saturday October 27th, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Service Center building, located at 105 East 22nd Street in New York City (Manhattan). The organiza... more »

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – SHOCKING WORDS « Teachers Fight Back

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
CHICAGO TRIBUNE – SHOCKING WORDS « Teachers Fight Back: CHICAGO TRIBUNE – SHOCKING WORDS by alkleen [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] *OMG, EVEN THE TRIB GETS IT!* Wow ! the Chicago Tribune, (otherwise known as public school teacher bashing central), actually printed a front page story explaining that maybe charter schools aren’t the answer to what ails inner city public schools. WOW! I never thought I would read a story like that from the Tribune. It’s shocking how the reporters that did the story managed to sneak that by the Tribune editors. The editor... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Can UW Be Promoting I-1240?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Can UW Be Promoting I-1240?: Can UW Be Promoting I-1240? by Melissa Westbrook You may have heard of the Partnership for Learning, yet another business-based ed reform group. They have just put out a document called *Examining Charters: How public charter schools can work in Washington State.* It "examines" charters in other states and comes to the astonishing conclusion that we need them here in Washington State. However, upon a quick read, I came upon a troubling issue. It was written with the help of UW's Center on Reinventing Public Educat... more »

“Two Cheers for Gates Foundation Student Survey Research” — Guest Post By Dr. John Thompson | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
“Two Cheers for Gates Foundation Student Survey Research” — Guest Post By Dr. John Thompson | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: “Two Cheers for Gates Foundation Student Survey Research” — Guest Post By Dr. John Thompson by Larry Ferlazzo *(Editor’s Note: As regular readers know, I’ve written a great deal about how I use student evaluations to improve my classes and my instruction (see The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers). I’ve invited Dr. John Thompson to add his thoughts on the topic. )* *Guest Post by Dr. John Thompson* Education consultant Craig Jer... more »

Modern School: America Has World’s 4th Highest Level of College Attainment

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Modern School: America Has World’s 4th Highest Level of College Attainment: America Has World’s 4th Highest Level of College Attainment by Michael Dunn Proponents of free market education reforms have been claiming for years that our schools are failing. One of their most compelling arguments has been that the dismal state of our K-12 public education system is responsible for our low ranking in college attainment compared with other nations. The problem with this argument is that it is not true. The U.S. actually ranks fourth internationally in college attainment. The commonly... more »

Auditors cite lax oversight of charters by CDE, as enrollment grows

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: *Auditors cite lax oversight of charters by CDE, as enrollment grows * *By Tom Chorneau* Wednesday, October 24, 2012 At the last State Board of Education meeting, Richard Zeiger, the Department of Education’s chief deputy superintendent, announced that tens of millions of dollars in state and federal funds have been lost by start-up charter schools that either never opened or closed within a year or two of opening. At that meeting, Hunkapiller told the board that oversight procedures, especially of federal grants as high as $575,00 to begin... more »

Teach for America’s Deep Bench

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Teach for America’s Deep Bench: Teach for America’s Deep Bench JAMES CERSONSKY OCTOBER 24, 2012 The education nonprofit is also training the next generation of politicians, who have very specific ideas on school reform. InstapaperShare on readitlaterPocketShare on emailEmailShare on printPrint “Is this our Egypt moment? Will we seize the moment?” Former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein spoke those words at Teach for America’s 20th anniversary summit last summer. Coming fromKlein, who is now a divisional leader at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, incitements to political uprisi... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Scare Tactics

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Scare Tactics: Scare Tactics by Melissa Westbrook It's funny but that's what the Yes to 1240 side says constantly. That people who point out the obvious outcomes of 1240 are using scare tactics. Or "what are you scared of? It's just 40 schools." Okay, so in real time, in real experience, here's what's happening in other states: - number one on the hit parade is the state of* Georgia where their charter ballot measure is about enshrining their charter commission into their constitution.* You'd think a state's constitution would be abou... more »

Audit assails US education department’s monitoring of federal spending on charter schools - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Audit assails US education department’s monitoring of federal spending on charter schools - The Washington Post: Audit assails US education department’s monitoring of federal spending on charter schools - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - E-mail - Reprints By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 1:10 PM LOS ANGELES — An audit of the U.S. Department of Education’s division overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in charter school funding has criticized the office for failing to properly monitor how states spend the money. Th... more »

What if Texas cheerleaders wave banners with Koran verses?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
What if Texas cheerleaders wave banners with Koran verses?: What if Texas cheerleaders wave banners with Koran verses? Posted by Valerie Strauss on October 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » In Texas, it is now apparently considered freedom of speech — rather than a violation of the separation of church and state — for cheerleaders at a public high school to display to football game crowds banners with Bible verses written on them. Kountze High School cheerleaders and children w... more »

Inspire the Whole Child — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Inspire the Whole Child — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Celina Brennan]Inspire the Whole Child October 24, 2012 by Celina Brennan Establishing a thriving learning environment is instrumental in students obtaining personal success. We must be strategic in how we develop our classroom communities at the beginning of a new school year. The setting must support the whole child, adapting to the needs of the group as everyone settles in for the yearlong learning journey. The environment must specifically be designed to support the health and safety of our students, ... more »









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