Friday, November 16, 2012

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here's the Recap | K-12 News Network

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here's the Recap | K-12 News Network:


Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here’s the Recap

In case you missed the #kidsnotcuts Twitter party with our expert Lily Eskelsen (@NEAToday) as the featured guest, I’ve collected some of the tweet highlights.
Good morning, all! Let’s get #kidsnotcuts Twitter Party started! Thanks for joining us Lily. Use @neatoday 2 any Qs u have re fed school $
— K-12 News Network (@K12NN) November 15, 2012

A brief excerpt from Ms. Eskelsen’s bio:
President Obama recently appointed Lily to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, whose goal is to expand education opportunities and improve education outcomes for Hispanic students. She is one of 30 leaders from the education, labor, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors to serve on this national commission.

New L.A. teachers too often placed with neediest students, study finds - latimes.com

New L.A. teachers too often placed with neediest students, study finds - latimes.com:


New L.A. teachers too often placed with neediest students, study finds



A new study has found that inexperienced teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are disproportionately more likely to be assigned to lower-performing math students, perpetuating the achievement gap.
The study also found that L.A. Unified teachers “vary substantially” in their effectiveness, with top teachers able to give students the equivalent of eight additional months of learning in a year compared with weaker instructors.
Such findings raise “deep concerns,” said Drew Furedi, the district’s executive director of talent management 

Education for Profit in Detroit | Dissident Voice

Education for Profit in Detroit | Dissident Voice:


Education for Profit in Detroit

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck.
— Strange Fruit — Billie Holiday
It seemed like a scene from an auction block. This past Tuesday at the House of Representatives in Lansing, MI, the education committee held a hearing on a bill (HB 6004) which would help drive a deeper stake into the heart of public education in Detroit, transferring absolute power to the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), a “public body corporate,” as its chancellor, John Covington, defined during his testimony, which currently occupies over 15 (9 elementary/middle, 6 high) Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and services 10,000 students. It is a bill aimed, in plain terms, at shipping off larger swaths of Detroit’s kids (worth $7,000/yr, roughly $42 /day) into a private system.
The hearing room was packed full and overflowed: mainly from a coalition of Detroit activists, public school teachers and board members, lawyers, journalists, professors, parents and students who had come—some by bus. some by cars—to Lansing to plow through the avalanche of myths and lies which filled up the four-hour hearing. Beyond Covington, other testifiers included EAA parents, principals, teachers and students, all singing the same tune about “changing the culture of the schools.”
The EAA is, in theory, a bidder on the block,  merely a contractor seeking to eradicate its main competitor, Detroit Public Schools (along with the elected school board), thereby gaining strong territorial and financial control over a 50,000-student district—a predominantly poor and Black, severely at-risk district, a blight-drenched district undergoing (much like New Orleans post-Katrina) disaster capitalism, absolved of all electorally bestowed power and subject to the whims of a sorely-hated emergency financial manager. The EAA is, as well, a for-profit industry, which like any other, is ever-expanding, or at least seeking to.

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 11-16-12 #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




Marzano on Evaluation That Helps Teachers Improve — Whole Child Education

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Marzano on Evaluation That Helps Teachers Improve — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]Marzano on Evaluation That Helps Teachers Improve November 16, 2012 by Klea Scharberg What is shared and different, about evaluation systems that rate, and evaluation systems that raise, the skills of teachers? In this video, *Educational Leadership* Editor-in-Chief Marge Scherer talks with Bob Marzano on what's driving renewed interest in teacher evaluation and how evaluation systems differ if their primary purpose is rating teachers, versus improving teaching. Lear... more »

SignOn.org - President Obama: Replace Arne Duncan with Linda Darling-Hammond

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SignOn.org - President Obama: Replace Arne Duncan with Linda Darling-Hammond: President Obama: Replace Arne Duncan with Linda Darling-Hammond *By Bill Ayers* (Contact) To be delivered to: President Barack Obama PETITION STATEMENT Mr. President: Prove your support for a deep and rich curriculum for all students regardless of circumstance or background. Fire Arne Duncan and appoint Linda Darling-Hammond as Secretary of Education. Petition Background Dear Mr. President: You and Secretary Arne Duncan—endorsed in your efforts by Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, and a host of reactionary polit... more »

“This is not a deficit…It’s a shortfall” - Governor Malloy 11-15-2012 - Wait, What?

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“This is not a deficit…It’s a shortfall” - Governor Malloy 11-15-2012 - Wait, What?: “This is not a deficit…It’s a shortfall” – Governor Malloy 11-15-2012 by jonpelto No, this is not a segment on the Daily Show, although it is certainly worthy of what John Stewart and his team of award winning writers come up with. Let’s take a step back, a deep breath and try this again… What we do know is that Connecticut is facing a “fiscal problem.” The Governor proposed, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a state budget into law. Now, state revenue is coming in below what was projec... more »

Declaraciones Del Presidente En Conferencia De Prensa | The White House

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Declaraciones Del Presidente En Conferencia De Prensa | The White House: DECLARACIONES DEL PRESIDENTE EN CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA Sala Este 1:34 p.m. EST PRESIDENTE: Buenas tardes a todos. Siéntense, por favor. Me han dicho que ustedes tienen algunas preguntas para mí. (Risas.) Déjenme decir algunas cosas al principio y luego les dejo que me pregunten. Antes que nada, deseo reiterar lo que dije el viernes. Ahora mismo, nuestra economía todavía está recuperándose de una crisis muy profunda y perniciosa; por ello, los empleos y el crecimiento tienen que ser nuestra prioridad. Tenemos ... more »

The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsenseSave Our Schools

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The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsenseSave Our Schools: The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsense by Server The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsenseOriginally Published at *The Washington Post*. By Valerie Strauss. November 13, 2012 *Carol Burris is the award-winning principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, and a frequent Answer Sheet blogger.* She just underwent an ordeal as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Here’s what she wrote: (Photograph by Mike Stobe/AFP/Getty Images) Physical... more »

Jersey Jazzman: News For Christie & Weingarten: Merit Pay Doesn't Work

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Jersey Jazzman: News For Christie & Weingarten: Merit Pay Doesn't Work: News For Christie & Weingarten: Merit Pay Doesn't Work by Duke Chris Christie, Randi Weingarten, and Bradley Cooper (?) were guests today on *Morning Joe*, discussing the Newark teachers contract: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy I will have plenty to say about this segment over the weekend. But let's start with something that was not said here; something that needs to be said loudly and clearly, over and over if necessary: *Merit pay does not work.* From my project ... more »

Duncan Sketches Out Second-Term Agenda - Politics K-12 - Education Week

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Duncan Sketches Out Second-Term Agenda - Politics K-12 - Education Week: Duncan Sketches Out Second-Term Agenda by Michele McNeil *Savannah, Ga.* In his first major postelection remarks, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that he will use his second term to continue to leverage education improvement at the state and local levels, with a new emphasis on principal preparation and evaluation. And, he made clear that if Congress isn't serious about reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, of which the No Chid Left Behind Act is the current version, then his ... more »

UPDATE: TRS responds to the Civic Committee and Ty Fahner: “Fundamentally untrue.” « Fred Klonsky

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TRS responds to the Civic Committee and Ty Fahner: “Fundamentally untrue.” « Fred Klonsky: Behind the jokes about no more Twinkies is a story about 18,000 lost jobs, a Bain Capital-like buy out and union busting. by Fred Klonsky From Main Street blog: *Hostess Brands is one of the most recognizable food companies in America, having manufactured Wonder Bread and Twinkies for decades. But now the company has announced they are liquidating, and company is unfairly blaming their workers, many of them members of BCTGM and the Teamsters.* *The fact is that the responsibility lies with ... more »

Stop The Common Core Video Series | Truth in American Education

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Stop The Common Core Video Series | Truth in American Education: Stop The Common Core Video Series by Shane Vander Hart [image: Jane Robbins]Jane Robbins of American Principles Project Stop Common Core, American Principles Project and the Concerned Women of America in Georgia made the following video series on the Common Core State Standards possible. Jane Robbins of American Principles

Shocker (not) – CT Department of Education Fails to reach minimum integration goals - Wait, What?

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Shocker (not) – CT Department of Education Fails to reach minimum integration goals - Wait, What?: Shocker (not) – CT Department of Education Fails to reach minimum integration goals by jonpelto File this one under proof that failing leadership and failing policies lead to failing results. Despite a court ordered agreement, five years ago, that the State of Connecticut would create a system in which at least 41 percent of Hartford students attended “integrated” schools, the State Department of Education announced yesterday that the state had failed to reach that goal…Again. The ... more »

Des Moines Education Association: DMEA President Discusses Education Reform

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Des Moines Education Association: DMEA President Discusses Education Reform: DMEA President Discusses Education Reform by Andrew Rasmussen DMEA President discussed education reform in Iowa on the Fallon Forum on Thursday, November 15:

Governor Christie hopes Newark teachers bonuses will serve as model for the state - NorthJersey.com

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Governor Christie hopes Newark teachers bonuses will serve as model for the state - NorthJersey.com: *Governor Christie hopes Newark teachers bonuses will serve as model for the state* FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2012, 12:44 PM BY LESLIE BRODY STAFF WRITER THE RECORD PRINT | E-MAIL Governor Christie said Friday he hoped a new teachers contract in Newark that gives teachers performance bonuses would serve as a model for the state and the nation. [image: Governor Chris Christie] FILE / CHRIS PEDOTA/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Governor Chris Christie Speaking in a gym of a Newark elementary school, he ... more »

The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more | Seattle Education

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The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more | Seattle Education: The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more by seattleducation2011 *The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed.* Bill Gates and the Waltons have had their way with Washington State. With ads running continuously on TV channels for the last three weeks up to November 6th, Bill Gates and the Waltons f... more »

Federal Court Rules that Banning Affirmative Action Is Unconstitutional « Student Activism

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Federal Court Rules that Banning Affirmative Action Is Unconstitutional « Student Activism: Federal Court Rules that Banning Affirmative Action Is Unconstitutional by Angus Johnston A few weeks back, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the question of whether it’s constitutional to allow affirmative action in college admissions. That decision, in the case of Fisher v. Texas, will likely come down next spring. Yesterday, however, a federal appeals court ruled on the related — but distinct — question of whether it’s constitutional to *ban* affirmative action in college adm... more »

Election 2012 Could Mean a Brighter Future for Education | California Progress Report

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Election 2012 Could Mean a Brighter Future for Education | California Progress Report: Election 2012 Could Mean a Brighter Future for Education by callen *By Lisa Schiff* California's public education community has been breathing sighs of relief following the results of last week's voting extravaganza. Not even considering the historic re-election of President Barak Obama and the related repudiation of the Republican Party's effort to further restrict our civic and social rights, the results for California were immense. For our public schools, the most critical result was the passa... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – “Seth’s Law” requires anti-bullying policies and clear complaint process

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: “Seth’s Law” requires anti-bullying policies and clear complaint process With the recent announcement of changes to the Uniform Compliant Procedures based on newly implemented state laws, the California Department of Education is recommending that districts pay particular attention to the law that expands the Safe Place to Learn Act. AB 9 or “Seth’s Law” became effective on July 1, 2012 to help safeguard all public school students. With the recent announcement of changes to the Uniform Compliant Procedures based on newly implemented state l... more »

Internal Elections for UTLA Leadership - LA School Report

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Internal Elections for UTLA Leadership - LA School Report: Internal Elections for UTLA Leadership by Hillel Aron A total of 356 teachers nominated themselves for seats on UTLA’s 350-member House of Representatives, triggering internal elections for UTLA policy-setting body that that have not been required in recent years due to low numbers. There will be elections held in 22 of the 32 electoral districts (see list of nominees in contested areas here). In 10 out of 32 of the districts, there were fewer nominations than seats (see the full list of nominees in uncontested areas here... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: A Cautionary Tale on Career Schools

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Missouri Education Watchdog: A Cautionary Tale on Career Schools: A Cautionary Tale on Career Schools by Anngie Career Education Corp will not be helping California's unemployment numbers next year. This week California Watch reported that Career Education Corp will be closing more than a quarter of its 95 campuses and eliminating 900 jobs in its network of schools dedicated to providing career instruction for students across the country. They will be closing six schools in California alone and another seventeen in other states where their enrollment is declining. It is instructi... more »

UL officials blast charter schools - TimesLeaderOnline.com | News, Sports, Jobs and Community Info for Belmont County - Times Leader

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UL officials blast charter schools - TimesLeaderOnline.com | News, Sports, Jobs and Community Info for Belmont County - Times Leader: UL officials blast charter schoolsNovember 16, 2012 GLYNIS VALENTI - Staff Writer , Times Leader Save | Post a comment | [image: Bookmark and Share] [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] BELMONT-"The return on investment is not working," says Union Local Superintendent H. Kirk Glasgow. He and school board member Terry Puperi presented information on the charter school system and its effect on public education financing. According... more »

Chris Christie, Randi Weingarten (and Bradley Cooper) on new Newark teachers contract

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Chris Christie, Randi Weingarten (and Bradley Cooper) on new Newark teachers contract: Chris Christie, Randi Weingarten (and Bradley Cooper) on new Newark teachers contract Posted by Valerie Strauss on November 16, 2012 at 10:34 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Here’s the video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” Friday morning talking up the new teachers contract they negotiated in Newark, which ... more »

Celebrating International Education Week! | ED.gov Blog

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Celebrating International Education Week! | ED.gov Blog: Celebrating International Education Week! Posted on November 16, 2012 by Guest Blogger Each year in November, we pause to celebrate International Education Week (IEW). The U.S. Departments of Education and State started IEW in 2000, to recognize and reflect on our interconnectedness and the importance of education to all of us around the globe, and as I look at recent developments around the world I see that this focus is even more relevant and compelling today. [image: IEW Logo]We are interconnected in so many ways. Political... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, November 16, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: AP CALLS THE RACE FOR BERA IN CALIFORNIA’S 7TH DISTRICT Bera for Congress November 15, 2012 Education Headlines *Friday, November 16, 2012* Lincoln Unified adds two school daysLincoln Unified has added two days to this year's instructional calendar, a move made possible by last week's victory of Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 education tax initiative. Perris trustees renew superintendent's contractPerris Union High School's Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved renewing Superintendent Jonathan Greenberg's contract through Oct.... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: School Segmentation Explained

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: School Segmentation Explained: School Segmentation Explained by Charlie Mas Seattle Public Schools has this School Segmentation thing. It's a bit unclear how this segmentation is done, so I'll direct your attention to the appropriate document and try to offer some of the missing transparency. Here is how each school's Level is determined: You'll notice that if the Absolute score is over 60, then the growth score is not a factor in determining the school's level. There are a number of schools with growth scores below 50 in Levels 3, 4, and ... more »

Mayor Bloomberg's relentless rush to shutter some neighborhood schools has parents baffled, upset - NY Daily News

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Mayor Bloomberg's relentless rush to shutter some neighborhood schools has parents baffled, upset - NY Daily News: Mayor Bloomberg's relentless rush to shutter some neighborhood schools has parents baffled, upsetA recent Daily News investigation found that of the 154 schools opened under Bloomberg, nearly 60% had passing rates on reading tests that were lower than those at older schools of similar poverty level.NEW YORK DAILY NEWSUPDATED: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012, 9:44 PM [image: Young Leaders Elementary School in South Bronx is on closing list. Photo by Ken Goldfield] KEN GOLDF...more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Educational and Racial Equity

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Educational and Racial Equity: Educational and Racial Equity by Charlie Mas When the Board adopted policy 0030, Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity, there was a bit of a stir because, at one point, the word "Racial" had been removed from the policy title. I guess some folks were concerned that if there was no reference to race in the title of the policy, there would be no focus on race in the implementation of the policy. The content of the policy was not in question, just the title. The policy language does not put special emphasis on race. It... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-16-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] What Schools Should Do in Crisis Times by dianerav After the hurricane, Mayor Bloomberg was eager to reopen the city’s public schools as soon as possible for the 1.1 million children enrolled. He worried that they were “losing time” and had to get back to their studies, back to normal. The facts that many of the schools suffered damage, that many were turned into shelters, and that many children were in shock because of their experiences were irrelevant. It was back to the routine. In this brilliant post, ... more »

Alice Waters Discusses Food, Community, and GMOs « MomsRising Blog

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Alice Waters Discusses Food, Community, and GMOs « MomsRising Blog: Alice Waters Discusses Food, Community, and GMOs by Yoli Ouiya Let me introduce (or reintroduce) you to Alice Waters, renowned chef, food activist, and author. As one of the most influential people in the food, we have her to thank for her activism to highlight the slow food movement and a public advocate for a return to access to fresh, sustainable food. Noted as the “mother of American cooking,” her restaurant Chez Panisse has been ranked as one of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” over the last four decades. I... more »

Classic Educational TV Programs that Still Rock Today | toteachornototeach

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Classic Educational TV Programs that Still Rock Today | toteachornototeach: Classic Educational TV Programs that Still Rock Today by aristotlethewise Classic Educational TV Programs that Still Rock Today *Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders* Want to school your kids in some science and sociology? Why not go old school? Some of the educational shows that you grew up on are still just as excellent — and relevant — as they were back in the day. Here are 10 educational programs from decades past, that are still totally worth watching today. [image: Classic Educational TV Programs that... more »

Modern School: Idaho Voters Reject Merit Pay, Super Intends to Bring it Back

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Modern School: Idaho Voters Reject Merit Pay, Super Intends to Bring it Back: Idaho Voters Reject Merit Pay, Super Intends to Bring it Back by Michael Dunn *Forget Democracy Tom Luna Knows Best * On November 5, voters rejected free market education initiatives in several states in what many have called a referendum on corporate education reform. These “reforms” are not going away any time soon, however. Their backers are plowing ahead with plans to expand the reforms or reinstate them in places where they lost ground. In Idaho, for example, voters overturned their “Students Come ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Study: Why do so many kids drop out?

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Study: Why do so many kids drop out?: Study: Why do so many kids drop out? by Mike Klonsky The 2012 High School Dropouts in America survey finds that the great majority of kids who leave school early, do so because of out-of-school conditions such as family problems or economic necessity. The survey findings cut against the current mythology that bad teachers, failing schools and unions are the source of the dropout problem. *Nearly one-quarter — 23 percent — of Americans attribute their failure to complete high school to a lack of parental support ... more »

New Assembly Education chair skeptical of plan for weighted funding | EdSource Today

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New Assembly Education chair skeptical of plan for weighted funding | EdSource Today: New Assembly Education chair skeptical of plan for weighted funding ** November 15th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services [image: Buchanan is worried that funding for some districts would stagnate while funding for other districts would increase at a much higher rate under a weighted student formula.]Any bill to change the way that California funds its public schools will have to go through Joan Buch... more »

Ed Notes Online: UFT RTTT Agreement A Terrible Mistake

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Ed Notes Online: UFT RTTT Agreement A Terrible Mistake: UFT RTTT Agreement A Terrible Mistake by ed notes online For Immediate Release Thursday, November 15, 2012 Contact: Julie Cavanagh -917-836-6465 UFT RTTT Agreement A Terrible Mistake The UFT has agreed to sign onto NYC's RTTT application, adding as many as 100 schools to the city’s three-year-old "Innovation Zone" and expanding online learning and instruction among other technology-based techniques. This agreement is a terrible mistake, selling out teachers and kids. This agreement was made despite the fact that there i... more »

Homework: Doesn’t improve grades but boosts test scores | Get Schooled

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Homework: Doesn’t improve grades but boosts test scores | Get Schooled: Homework: Doesn’t improve grades but boosts test scores by Maureen Downey *Better Test Takers, Reform is Working* Since my twins often have an hour or more of homework each night, I found this study out of Indiana University interesting. This piece comes from IU. A study led by an Indiana University School of Education faculty member finds little correlation between time spent on homework and better course grades for math and science students, but a positive relationship between homework time and performanc... more »

What the ‘fiscal cliff’ means for public schools

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What the ‘fiscal cliff’ means for public schools: What the fiscal cliff' means for public schools by Valerie Strauss Here are some facts about how public schools across the country could be affected if President Obama and Congress don't reach some agreement on solving the nation's debt problem by Jan. 1 and the country goes over "the fiscal cliff" and "sequestration" takes effect. What, exactly, does that mean? It means that in the absence of a timely compromise, automatic federal budget cuts totaling $1.2 trillion will start on Jan. 2, 2013, and end seven years later. The cuts w... more »

Schools Matter | Taking Note

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Schools Matter | Taking Note: Schools Matter by John Merrow Often, it takes a crisis to remind us of what should be obvious. Maybe it takes a crisis to remind us of what should be obvious — and certainly that was my own take-away from the PBS *NewsHour* report about the elementary school in Belmar, New Jersey, that my colleagues John Tulenko and David Wald produced. In that short and powerful segment, you saw (and felt) just how important schools are to their communities. You can watch the segment here: Watching those teachers and the assistant principal delivering food and bla... more »

Gates Report on Student Surveys Oversells Strengths, Ignores WeaknessesSave Our Schools

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Gates Report on Student Surveys Oversells Strengths, Ignores WeaknessesSave Our Schools: Gates Report on Student Surveys Oversells Strengths, Ignores Weaknesses by Server Gates Report on Student Surveys Oversells Strengths, Ignores Weaknesses *Reference Publication: * Review of Asking Students About Teaching | National Education Policy Center *Contact:* William J. Mathis, (802) 383-0058, wmathis@sover.net Eric M. Camburn, (608) 263-3697, camburn@wisc.edu URL for this press release: http://tinyurl.com/ayexemg BOULDER, CO (November 15, 2012) – A recent report from the Bill & Melinda Ga... more »

Spotlight Research: NJ Teacher-Evaluation Reform Compared to Other States - NJ Spotlight

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Spotlight Research: NJ Teacher-Evaluation Reform Compared to Other States - NJ Spotlight: Spotlight Research: NJ Teacher-Evaluation Reform Compared to Other States Drew professor looks at progress in implementing systems required by Race to the Top. By John Mooney, November 16, 2012 in Education |Post a Comment *What it is:* The Center for American Progress, a liberal public policy think-tank, this week released a report titled “The State of Teacher Evaluation Reform,” which looks at new teacher-evaluation systems in New Jersey and five other states as they continue to evolve unde... more »

The in box. Chicago Newsroom summary. « Fred Klonsky

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The in box. Chicago Newsroom summary. « Fred Klonsky: The in box. Chicago Newsroom summary. by Fred Klonsky *Public pensions take the spotlight in today’s discussion, featuringMayoral tutorial’s Don Washington and education blogger Fred Klonsky.* *At the urging of many activists and civic groups, the referendum issue on the state ballot last week that would have restricted the ability of legislative and policy bodies to increase public pensions and benefits – was defeated. Both our guests agree that the defeat was a good thing. But they emphasize that the battle over how to fu... more »

Wisconsin education action: urge your legislators to support “Fair Funding for Our Future" and “A Penny for Kids” : blue cheddar

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Wisconsin education action: urge your legislators to support “Fair Funding for Our Future" and “A Penny for Kids” : blue cheddar: Wisconsin education action: urge your legislators to support “Fair Funding for Our Future” and “A Penny for Kids” by Featured Wisconsin Blogger The following comes to us from Heather DuBois Bourenane and the blog Monologues of Dissent: In recent weeks, Scott Walker has been bragging left and right that education will be his “laser focus” for the next biennial budget (having stripped his promise of creating 500,000 jobs from his website and moved on to n... more »

The Educated Reporter: Word on the Beat No. 1: Sequestration

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The Educated Reporter: Word on the Beat No. 1: Sequestration: Word on the Beat No. 1: Sequestration by Emily Richmond One of the best things about getting to write *The Educated Reporter* blog is that it helps me keep up to date on the latest issues and concerns for public education. At the same time, I’m continually amazed at how quickly the jargon and buzzwords seem to multiply on the education beat. Starting today, I’m going to do my part to help add some clarity to the conversation. On a regular basis, I’ll tackle an Education Buzzword You Need To Know. (I say this with the f... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 11-15-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

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*Nite Cap UPDATE**UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* Eli Broad Bad-Mouths NJ's Students & Teachers by Duke Eli Broad is a California billionaire who has decided to spend a considerable amount of his fortune wresting control of New Jersey's urban public schools from the citizens they serve. NJDOE insiders have detailed how state-level personnel, funded by Broad, have put together plans to cede local control over urban schools to the state through Regional Achievement Centers. Broad paid for the original plan to convert many of Newark's public schools into charters, against the will of the... more »

Nate Silver Got Nothin’ On Me [Future of Teaching] | The Jose Vilson

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Nate Silver Got Nothin’ On Me [Future of Teaching] | The Jose Vilson: Nate Silver Got Nothin’ On Me [Future of Teaching] by Jose An excerpt from my latest post at Future of Teaching: As a data specialist, I often find myself thinking of how hard we work to find abstractions of things we can’t quantify. We try to equate learning into achievement, because points matter so much more than the amorphous shifting of ideas into and through our minds. We put things in spreadsheets, click a bunch of buttons, and make predictions based on pieces that don’t always fit together. Read the re... more »

WaPo Repost: #TooManyTests | The Classroom Sooth

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WaPo Repost: #TooManyTests | The Classroom Sooth: WaPo Repost: #TooManyTests by classroomsooth http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/11/time-on-testing-738-minutes-in-3-weeks/?wprss=rss_answer-sheet * Time on testing: 738 minutes in 3 weeks* *Posted by Valerie Strauss on November 11, 2012 at 11:30 am* How much time do teachers and students spend on standardized tests? That’s one of the big questions in public education today, which Adam Heenan, a Chicago school teacher and member of the Chicago Teachers Union addresses here. By Adam Heenan A few days ago, a colle... more »

NYC Educator: Three Weeks

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
NYC Educator: Three Weeks: Three Weeks by NYC Educator That's how long it will be before my little family can go home. We need a new boiler, water heater, washer/ dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher and stove. Problem is, we also need new floors and walls, and apparently we need to dry out and clean up the mess that is our crawl space. For one thing, right now, when we turn the electricity on, it seems to catch fire. They tell me that it's a real disadvantage to have your house catch fire on a regular basis. Also, it appears before they can put in new walls and floors they have to rem... more »

Edu4 New Working Group: Critical Issues of Standardized Testing (Initiated by Arlo Kempf and Peter McLaren)

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Edu4: Edu4 Update: Building Momentum 11.13.2012 in Uncategorized - *N**ew Working Group: Critical Issues of Standardized Testing (Initiated by Arlo Kempf and Peter McLaren)*** - *Edu4 Scholars in action!* - *Edu4 @ AERA, 2013*** *1. * *New Working Group: Critical Issues of Standardized Testing **(Initiated by Arlo Kempf and Peter McLaren)**. *Read the *description*.** This group has emerged out of *2012 Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice*, where some of us came together to create *NYC Field Test Boycott Letter of Endorsement* with an a... more »

FAILING CHARTER SCHOOLS AND PATHETIC TEACHERS « Teachers Fight Back

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FAILING CHARTER SCHOOLS AND PATHETIC TEACHERS « Teachers Fight Back: FAILING CHARTER SCHOOLS AND PATHETIC TEACHERS by alkleen [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Chicago Public school officials have reported that 7 of their 32 privately run charter schools are rated by the district at “Level 3,” the lowest standard for academic performance. In the 2011 -12 school year, more than two dozen charter schools in Chicago scored below district averages on key state assessment tests. Wow! The non-union teachers in those charter schools must really be pathetic. Chart... more »

Promoting Quality Teaching: New Policy Report from Accomplished California Teachers « InterACT

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Promoting Quality Teaching: New Policy Report from Accomplished California Teachers « InterACT: Promoting Quality Teaching: New Policy Report from Accomplished California Teachers by David B. Cohen Following is the press release formally announcing the new publication from Accomplished California Teachers. Inquiries may be sent via comments below or via the ACT website contact form. *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 11/15/12* STANFORD, CA — Approximately one-third of all new teachers in the United States leave the profession within five years, and veteran teachers are leaving at ever highe... more »

Chicago Newsroom. Don Washington and I discuss pensions and elected school board with Ken Davis. « Fred Klonsky

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Chicago Newsroom. Don Washington and I discuss pensions and elected school board with Ken Davis. « Fred Klonsky: Chicago Newsroom. Don Washington and I discuss pensions and elected school board with Ken Davis. by Fred Klonsky

Learning from an Experiment in Year-Round Schooling: The Importance of Context in School Reform | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Learning from an Experiment in Year-Round Schooling: The Importance of Context in School Reform | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Learning from an Experiment in Year-Round Schooling: The Importance of Context in School Reform by obriena We’ve all heard about summer learning loss. Students lose between one and two months' worth of academic knowledge each summer. Low-income students are particularly sensitive to this phenomenon – some research suggests that more than half of the achievement gap seen in reading between these students and their wealthier peers can... more »

Student Survey System Going Big - LA School Report

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Student Survey System Going Big - LA School Report: Student Survey System Going Big by LA School Report Inspired by innovations in sports statistics, the *New York Times*‘ statistics guru Nate Silver, and all the Gates Foundation talk about the value of school climate surveys, a group of Yale seniors led by North Hollywood High School alumn Aaron Feuer (son of Mike) has developed a relatively cheap, cloud-based software platform called Panorama that can help schools conduct nearly-instant surveys of







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