Thursday, January 10, 2013

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 1-10-13 #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



Evidence of alleged crimes with Bridgeport’s School Budget going to State Auditors and Attorney General - Wait, What?

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Evidence of alleged crimes with Bridgeport’s School Budget going to State Auditors and Attorney General - Wait, What?: Evidence of alleged crimes with Bridgeport’s School Budget going to State Auditors and Attorney General by jonpelto Readers of Wait, What? are well aware that over the past year this blog’s investigative work has turned up evidence of what appear to be serious violations of law by Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas, the Bridgeport Board of Education and the City of Bridgeport. In direct violation of Connecticut and Bridgeport laws, Paul Vallas sig... more »

Proposed closings hit Black students most | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Proposed closings hit Black students most | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Proposed closings hit Black students most by Paul Socolar [image: shocked to find gaming] Proposed school closings and relocations will disproportionately affect Black students in the District, based on District data analyzed by the * Notebook* and displayed below. Of the approximately 15,000 students in 43 District schools being closed or relocated, 79 percent are African American. Only 55 percent of the District's students overall are African American. Nearly three-fourths of these 43 schools being c... more »

State Budget Reaction - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

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State Budget Reaction - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments on Governor's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on Governor Brown's proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year: "The Governor's budget proposal keeps the promise we made to Californians who supported Proposition 30, and wisely begins to restore some of what our schools have lost. It will take years to bring our education system back to financial health, and I applaud the... more »

Who do you want driving your child’s school bus?

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Who do you want driving your child’s school bus?: Who do you want driving your child’s school bus? by Server Who do you want driving your child’s school bus? *Contact the Mayor today at 1-888-833-7428 and Sign Our Petition below.* Who do you want driving your child’s school bus – a highly skilled, trained, and experienced driver who knows our children and community, or someone learning on the job? At the end of the day, that is the only question that truly matters to parents regarding the busing of their children to school, and it is why it is so important that we support our New Y... more »

Ed Notes Online: Seattle Teachers Revolt Against High Stakes Test

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Ed Notes Online: Seattle Teachers Revolt Against High Stakes Test: Seattle Teachers Revolt Against High Stakes Test by ed notes online *In perhaps the first instance anywhere in the nation, teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School will announce this afternoon their refusal to administer a standardized test that students in other high schools across the district are scheduled to take in the first part of January. -- Teachers at Garfield HS, Seattle* From a teacher at Garfield HS in Seattle, posted on MORE listserve. He is asking for letters of support from unions (forget the UF... more »

CA School Teacher Talked Shooter Into Surrender | TPM LiveWire

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CA School Teacher Talked Shooter Into Surrender | TPM LiveWire: CA School Teacher Talked ShooterInto SurrenderIGOR BOBIC 3:43 PM EST, THURSDAY JANUARY 10, 2013 A Taft, Calif., school teacher and a campus supervisor talked a shooter into surrender on Thursday, the AP reports. At least two people were shot and the suspect is reportedly in custody. Authorities described the shooter as a 16-year-old student who attended the high school. He was armed with a 12 gauge shotgun.

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Once Again, Educators Save the Day

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Once Again, Educators Save the Day: Strategic Planning: Want to Join In? by Melissa Westbrook Is this any way to figure the future of this district? I like that the Superintendent and Board realize how unwieldy the last Strategic Plan was but a taskforce of 6-80 people? It'll be like herding kittens (or be largely pro-forma facilitation from the consultant group). (Sorry for the varying typefaces; I couldn't get it worked out of the press release from the district.) From district Communications: *Seattle Public Schools is starting the process o... more »

The Work of a Great Test Scientist Helps Explain the Failure of No Child Left Behind « The Core Knowledge Blog

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The Work of a Great Test Scientist Helps Explain the Failure of No Child Left Behind « The Core Knowledge Blog: The Work of a Great Test Scientist Helps Explain the Failure of No Child Left Behindby E. D. Hirsch, Jr. *January 10th, 2013* Tags: NAEP, NCLB, Samuel Messick, standardized tests Posted in Assessment and Testing, Education Practice, Education Theory, Educational Policy,Research and Reports | No Comments » *In Praise of Samuel Messick 1931–1998, Part II* In a prior post I described Messick’s unified theory of test validity, which judged a test not to be valid if its practica... more »

The Washington Policy Center, or should I say ALEC, and the future of our children | Seattle Education

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The Washington Policy Center, or should I say ALEC, and the future of our children | Seattle Education: The Washington Policy Center, or should I say ALEC, and the future of our children by seattleducation2011 From the same people who state that any efforts made in our state to address climate change are a waste of time, post reports from ALEC and have ties to the organization, comes another bit of “research” by Liz Finne, self-proclaimed expert on all things education who cranks out policy papers based on her views or others who sponsor this “public charity” organization an... more »

Ginger Rutland on Michelle Rhee-Defending the IndefensibleThe Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education

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The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education: Ginger Rutland on Michelle Rhee-Defending the Indefensible published by Kate_Lenox on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 11:34am [image: Home] Much as she did when reporters on her own paper revealed mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson to be a slumlord, Bee editor Ginger Rutland now feels it necessary in the wake of the Frontline episode to rehabilitate Michelle Rhee's image. In spite of allegations of widespread cheating, a campaign of humiliating teachers and administrators and wholesale closings of schools rather than attempting to improve them, Rh... more »

Education That Matches the Rhetoric - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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Education That Matches the Rhetoric - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Education That Matches the Rhetoric by Deborah Meier Dear Pedro, Yes, we've utterly crushed the liberating and empowering spirit of education. The story you related about Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl from Pakistan, is an important reminder of what once seemed worth living and dying for. The roots of the story are complex, and mixed. Formal education as we know it was designed either to teach the religious and lay leaders of the nation/tribe. It was designed precisely—as were specific other symb... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – Brown’s budget provides $2.7B in Prop 98 money over this year

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: Brown’s budget provides $2.7B in Prop 98 money over this year *By Tom Chorneau* Thursday, January 10, 2013 Finding economic recovery coming sooner than most had expected, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a good news budget for schools that will provide an additional $2.7 billion more in Proposition 98 money than the current year – which was also adjusted upwards. The plan includes a $1.8 billion repayment for prior deferred appropriations. Brown’s much-anticipated plan for restructuring school funding builds on his proposal from last year. The go... more »

Brandon Greene Launches New Project to Feature Student Journalism - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Brandon Greene Launches New Project to Feature Student Journalism - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Brandon Greene Launches New Project to Feature Student Journalism by Anthony Cody *This week I learned of an exciting new project called Out the Mouths of Babes, with a focus on giving voice to those we talk so much about, but hear so little from. The following is an interview with the project's creator, a young man named Brandon Greene. * [image: brandon.jpg] *What are the goals of your project?* The goals of the Out the Mouths of Babes are three-fold: 1. to increase ... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-10-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: A Teacher Has a Question for Hari Sevugan by dianerav Hari Sevugan, the ex-Obama spokesman and ex-StudentsFirst spokesman, has twice commented on this blog in defense of charters and high-stakes testing. In his comments yesterday, he pointed to Florida as a model of excellence, while putting down Massachusetts as not all that it claims to be. In my response, I compared Florida’s NAEP scores to those of Massachusetts. Massachusetts is consistently #1, while Florida ranks about average among the 50 states. I assume that Hari was promoting Glorida because Mi... more »

Joy Resmovits: Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking, Says GAO

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Joy Resmovits: Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking, Says GAO: Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking, Says GAO by Joy Resmovits Hot off the presses, here's a report from the Government Accountability Office on the state of children's mental health care. It reveals some major problems. "Most children whose emotions or behavior, as reported by their parent or guardian, indicated a potential need for a mental health service did not receive any services within the same year," the GAO wrote. The report comes after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), an... more »

Josh Birdwell- Aristotle Isn’t a Problem Child, Philosophy in the Classroom Student Voice

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Student Voice: Josh Birdwell- Aristotle Isn’t a Problem Child, Philosophy in the Classroom by admin To say Aristotle was brilliant is an understatement. Aristotle was a philosopher of the highest caliber; he produced philosophical work on everything from metaphysics to ethics. Aristotle was a man who constantly strived for greater knowledge, and from this he taught his fellow man. But for some reason, modern education does not seem to have the time for this. Curriculum planners, for whatever reason, have decided that the study of wisdom has no place in the classroom. They’ve made ... more »

Irving ISD Gamed Census Numbers to Keep Latinos Off School Board, Lawsuit Claims - Dallas - News - Unfair Park

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Irving ISD Gamed Census Numbers to Keep Latinos Off School Board, Lawsuit Claims - Dallas - News - Unfair Park: Irving ISD Gamed Census Numbers to Keep Latinos Off School Board, Lawsuit Claims By Brantley Hargrove Wed., Jan. 9 2013 at 1:00 PM 5 Comments Categories: Legal Battles - - - - - [image: Irving-ISD-Board-of-Trustees.jpg]A, shall we say, less-than-diverse Irving ISD board of trusteesIrving Independent School District is playing games with 2010 census numbers that should handily introduce a Hispanic voice into the all-white school board, a failed Lati... more »

Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s education agenda

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Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s education agenda: Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s education agenda Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: mcdonnell] Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R). In his State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) proposed a constitutional amendment that would make it easier for charter schools to open, an A-F grading system to rate schools, the use of Teach For Ameri... more »

Join the Journey for Justice! | Parents Across America

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Join the Journey for Justice! | Parents Across America: *PAA’s Karran Harper Royal will be part of the Journey for Justice webinar* Join the Journey for Justice! by pureparents Please Join Us as We Work to Send Parents and Students To Testify! Attend the Save Our Schools Webinar and Fundraiser - Journey For Justice 2 Education Organizers Jitu Brown, Karran Harper Royal, and Zakiyah Ansari On the birthdate of the honorable Civil Rights Leader, Doctor Martin Luther King - Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:30 PM Eastern Time [ET] REGISTER HERE The time is now! If we are to stop schoo... more »

Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra | The Raw Story

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Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra | The Raw Story: Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra by David Edwards [image: Eric Bolling slams the "liberal agenda" of algebra] Topics: Eric Bolling ♦ fox news Fox News host Eric Bolling on Wednesday accused some schools of “pushing the liberal agenda” for teaching an algebra lesson about the distributive property. During a segment about “indoctrination in schools,” Bolling reminded viewers of a 2009 video of children chanting, “Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. Barack Hussein Obama,” which o... more »

Lazy Teachers and Administrators Love Calculators « PWC Education Reform Blog

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Lazy Teachers and Administrators Love Calculators « PWC Education Reform Blog: Lazy Teachers and Administrators Love Calculators by pwceducationreform Lazy teachers and school administrators love calculators, because having calculators means they don’t have to actually teach arithmetic. If you want to understand why I strongly support banning calculators on SOL exams, you need only look to this article by my colleague at Out in Left Field, More Educational Malpractice. The author notes the difference between the types and level of problems students typically saw in 3rd and 4th g... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, January 10, 2013

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Gov. Jerry Brown to propose more money, finance overhaul for California schools* Education Headlines *Thursday, January 10, 2013* Denair schools to mull budgetDenair Unified School District trustees will take up more teacher layoffs tonight and consider switching their popular charter Denair Academic Avenues into a magnet school as they work to get finances back in the black and avoid a state takeover. Fresno USD to add six bus routes for middle, high school studentsStudents in those grades have had to walk two miles to school. ... more »

Project Unify-Including All Students in a Rich Education | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Project Unify-Including All Students in a Rich Education | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Project Unify-Including All Students in a Rich Education by Special Olympics Project UNIFY Project Unify-Including All Students in a Rich Education [image: Special Olympics Project UNIFY's picture] By Special Olympics Project UNIFY on January 9, 2013 *By Andrea Cahn, Senior Director, Special Olympics Project UNIFY* * Editor’s Note: This post is form our partners at the Special Olympics Project UNIFY. Each week in January, we will feature a new article on a topic related to ... more »

Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center

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Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center: Best of the Ed Blogs *Best of the Ed Blogs* features a frequently updated selection of interesting and insightful blog posts on education policy. The views expressed by the bloggers on our blog roll are thoughtful, original, and entirely their own. We hope you make *Best of the Ed Blogs* your first stop for concise takes on today's most important education topics. The Key to Understanding Corporate Reform Best of the Ed Blogs Diane Ravitch January 10, 2013 When Methuselah Was Young Best of the Ed Blogs Gene V Glass January 10... more »

Et tu, Liberal Media? | the becoming radical

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Et tu, Liberal Media? | the becoming radical: Et tu, Liberal Media? Posted on January 10, 2013 by plthomasedd The erosion of support for the Commons is most distinct in the failure of foundational support for universal public education in favor of the more powerful interests of corporate America. Just as public schools and teachers have no political party, the so-called liberal media have also abandoned public education and America’s workers, teachers. Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert have fallen into the corporate education reform trap by buying into and thus selling the “bad” teach... more »

Incentivizing philanthropy: Walgreen’s gets big no-bid contract after CPS gift card giveaway Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Incentivizing philanthropy: Walgreen’s gets big no-bid contract after CPS gift card giveaway: Incentivizing philanthropy: Walgreen’s gets big no-bid contract after CPS gift card giveaway by admin Walgreen's coupons created by Wade Tillett It was only a couple of months ago that Walgreen’s CEO Greg Wasson stood with Mayor Rahm at our old neighborhood school, Field Elementary, to announce the giveaway of $25 Walgreen’s gift cards to parents for picking up their children’s report cards. “This is a way, in my view, of incentiv... more »

“What’s Your Preferred Gender Pronoun?” « Student Activism

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“What’s Your Preferred Gender Pronoun?” « Student Activism: “What’s Your Preferred Gender Pronoun?” by Angus Johnston Here’s something that happened to me last month: I got asked my preferred gender pronoun. For those who aren’t familiar, this is a thing that tends to happen at queer-positive conferences and gatherings these days. When you go around the room at the beginning of a session, you’ll say your name, something about yourself, maybe answer an ice-breaker question, and state your preferred gender pronoun. It can be he/him, she/her, they/their, or one of the newer invented... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Political payback for Walgreens CEO

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: Political payback for Walgreens CEO: Political payback for Walgreens CEO by Mike Klonsky Rahm & WassonAs Chicago city retirees brace themselves for another hit on their healthcare plans, corporations like Walgreen's are feeling really healthy. Back in November, I wrote about the scheme Rahm had cooked up with Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson whereby the mayor would offer parents Walgreens gift cards if they would show up on report card pickup day. Rahm called it, "incentivizing responsible parenting." I call it pay-back for Wasson's political support, ... more »

LOCAL UPDATE: My stalkers, Bill Ayers, Alexander Russo and TFA. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
My stalkers, Bill Ayers, Alexander Russo and TFA. « Fred Klonsky: Extremely local news. Resurrecting the Skokie chapter of IEA Retired. by Fred Klonsky [image: data=Ay5GWBeob_WIPLDYoIWcfVXxvZu9XwJ55OX7Ag,hrBBd5qAM5YO4tMRxwtLJmizsZGtt6OZ8SMu98QgZ3Nvgq9Fd5OyjJGmDyEog0UaaoBRVBSBh3KuT7vu20S8uACPZcgLDrq6_5sERziFQ10-cIgA17TO6bAaPsYd__s1gr5gqMV0Hf14s4Z2QojOB1nLfQ7wK8pkEveMNMxCtY3L8G_Cm30K-IgrxFFyIg] *Retired IEA members on the north side and near north suburbs need an IEA Retired chapter.* I know I have readers all over the country, but this is extremely local news. When I retired last June... more »

@edshow @maddow twitter blast: Copy, Paste and Tweet! « @ the chalk face

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@edshow @maddow twitter blast: Copy, Paste and Tweet! « @ the chalk face: @edshow @maddow twitter blast: Copy, Paste and Tweet!Leave a comment January 10, 2013 by Timothy D. Slekar Copy, Paste and Tweet! @edshow @maddow Why does MSNBC talk to Rhee instead of me? Have you compared our credentials? @m_rhee @edshow @maddow For-profit schooling profits the corporation, not the kids. @edshow @maddow The crime and story of the century–selling our public schools. Why the crickets? @edshow @maddow Your viewers are products of a rich public education. What about this generation? @edshow @mad... more »

Ayers Slams TFA | District 299: The Inside Scoop on CPS

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Ayers Slams TFA | District 299: The Inside Scoop on CPS: Ayers Slams TFA by Alexander Russo Here's some video of John Ayers going off on TFA that some folks on the right find objectionable but seems unsurprising and not all that problematic to me. At a December conference in New York City, Ayers apparently said "the left must utilize its “absolute access” to America’s schools to further its “movement.” New video to emerge from the meeting seems to reveal one crucial gap in that “absolute access” — Teach for America." Is this news? Is this inflammatory? Video inside, via EAG. Po... more »

Modern School: Teachers are Terrorists and Corporate Shills

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Modern School: Teachers are Terrorists and Corporate Shills: Teachers are Terrorists and Corporate Shills by Michael Dunn Politicians are notorious for saying stupid, embarrassing and downright insulting and hurtful things in the quest to promote their political agendas. Michael Bloomberg’s recent comparison of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) to the National Rifle Association (NRA) ranks right up there with some of the stupidest—but here are a few other ditties (just in case you missed them): *Teachers Unions are Terrorist Organizations* In 2004, Education Secretary Rod P... more »

Schools Matter: Cornerstone Academy Embroiled in Child Abuse Charges in Memphis

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Schools Matter: Cornerstone Academy Embroiled in Child Abuse Charges in Memphis: Cornerstone Academy Embroiled in Child Abuse Charges in Memphis by Jim Horn In order to encourage charter schools to "innovate," almost all oversight and regulations have been removed, so that now these corporate reform schools operate with impunity, free to pay school CEOs hundreds of thousands of tax dollars each year to run total compliance chain gangs for children, where teachers are more prison guard than educator. The only innovation we see from these one-size fits all behavioral neutering fa... more »

Ed Notes Online: Fred Smith Tribute: Leonie Haimson Matters

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Ed Notes Online: Fred Smith Tribute: Leonie Haimson Matters: Fred Smith Tribute: Leonie Haimson Matters by ed notes online Class size matters, and so does Leonie. Posted to the Change the Stakes listserve: Dear Leonie, Hail to you, the People's Queen (not to be confused with Leona, the Queen of Mean). You deserve accolades and bouquets--but we know you'll never stop to take a bow. You prove that *less* is more--as in tireless, fearless, relentless--in your fight for quality public school education for all children. You are a compass seeking the truth and courageously speaki... more »

Quality Counts 2013 Press Release Education Week: January 10, 2013

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Education Week: January 10, 2013: [image: Quality Counts 2013: Code of Conduct - Safety, Discipline and School Climate] JANUARY 10, 2013 STATE DATA State Highlights Reports All the data you need to assess your state’s performance in key areas.*Don't miss out on your state’s data!* [image: Get Your Quality Counts 2013 State Highlights Reports] GET EXTRA COPIES OF*QUALITY COUNTS 2013* Order extra copies in print or as an interactive PDF so you will always have this benchmarking report at your fingertips. SPECIAL OFFER Save Big With the Winter Price Break Get *Quality Counts* and so much ... more »

President Obama: Second-Term Education Agenda

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President Obama: Second-Term Education Agenda: How Will Obama Tackle Education Reform? As we count down to a second term, a look at his approach to the achievement gap. President Obama speaks at a Washington, D.C., high school as Education Secretary Arne Duncan listens. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) (*The Root*) -- Between now and the inauguration on Jan. 21, *The Root* will be taking a daily look at the president's record on a number of policy issues, including his first-term accomplishments and what many Americans hope to see him accomplish in a second term. Today: *the educational ... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-10-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Paul Thomas: What is the Difference between Service and Self-Serving? by dianerav Paul Thomas taught high school in rural South Carolina for nearly twenty years. Now he teaches at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He writes here about what it means to have a life of service, in contrast to a life devoted to self-service in a celebrity culture, a life adorned with press conferences, self-promotion and photo ops. The Ordeal of the D.C. Whistleblower by dianerav If you have followed the story of... more »

EdWatch 2013: School safety issues emerge | EdSource Today

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EdWatch 2013: School safety issues emerge | EdSource Today: EdWatch 2013: School safety issues emerge ** January 10th, 2013 | Add a Comment | By Susan Frey Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services [image: Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 12.28.35 AM]California legislators have responded to the Connecticut shooting of school children by proposing three new gun or ammunition control laws, but so far only one bill that specifically deals with school safety. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, is reintroducing Senate Bill 49, hoping it will g... more »

Daily Kos: This time things are different.

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Daily Kos: This time things are different.: This time things are different. by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) That is the first line of Reframing the Gun Debate, a *New York Times* column by Charles M. Blow that I highly recommend. He follows with this paragraph: This time, nearly a month after the horrible mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the public attention hasn’t ricocheted to the next story. On the contrary, sorrow has hardened into resolve. Blow reviews the apparent approach of the White House, including the Vice President's frank statement that the President may take execut... more »

What English classes should look like in Common Core era

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What English classes should look like in Common Core era: What English classes should look like in Common Core era Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 10, 2013 at 4:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: lit]The recent controversy over how much fiction and non-fiction high school students are supposed to read under the Common Core State Standards begged the question of where the 70 percent non-fiction 30 percent fiction for seniors actually came from and how English classes should look.... more »

2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Top 10 Lists :: Frederick M. Hess

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2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Top 10 Lists :: Frederick M. Hess: 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Top 10 Lists *by Frederick M. Hess • Jan 10, 2013 at 5:53 am Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share Yesterday, we unveiled the 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar rankings. For a lot of readers, the natural question is not how did scholars fare overall, but how are folks faring by field or discipline. After all, the nature of the work is different for the field of psychology versus the field of economics. Today, we will break out the top 10 lists for five disciplinary categories, as we... more »

Confusing Teachers With Teaching: Looking for the Magic Bullet | toteachornototeach

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Confusing Teachers With Teaching: Looking for the Magic Bullet | toteachornototeach: Confusing Teachers With Teaching: Looking for the Magic Bullet by aristotlethewise *Confusing Teachers With Teaching: Looking for the Magic Bullet* *[image: Magic-Bullet]* by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Why does the United States do so poorly compared to our international competitors on achievement tests? And why is it that the public — even veteran educators — keep looking for magic bullets that can fix this problem overnight? We’ve tried the magic bullet route for at least 100 ... more »

TEACHED: Provocation and Distortion « InterACT

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TEACHED: Provocation and Distortion « InterACT: TEACHED: Provocation and Distortion by David B. Cohen A few months ago I wrote about a trio of short films I’d seen, directed by Kelly Amis as part of a project calledTEACHED; two of those films in particular led me to include the description “glossy propaganda” in my blog post title. To her credit, Amis responded to my critique (and linked to it) in her own blog post, with the clever title*Thanks for calling me glossy. * However, she isn’t pleased with the “animosity” in my post – and I’ll admit that my tone conveyed animosity, t... more »

Schools Matter: Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation

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Schools Matter: Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation: Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation by skrashen Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation S Krashen Please don’t get too excited when initial common core tests appear to produce low scores. New tests typically result in low scores, and then scores rise for the next few years as teachers and students get used to the test format and content, and teachers learn how to teach to the test (Linn, Gaue and Sanders, 1990). I predict that the C... more »

Prickly Bush Foundation CEO Responds to Mississippi Parent Advocate | Scathing Purple Musings

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Prickly Bush Foundation CEO Responds to Mississippi Parent Advocate | Scathing Purple Musings: Prickly Bush Foundation CEO Responds to Mississippi Parent Advocate by Bob Sikes Nancy Loome, the executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, sure got underneath Patricia Levesque’s skin. The CEO of Bush’s foundation wrote this in response to Loome’s December 31 editorial in the* Jackson Clarion-Ledger*: As executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, Nancy Loome has a responsibility to provide accurate information to the public. She failed to do that in her editorial, http://www.cla... more »

NYC Educator: Bloomberg's Successors

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
NYC Educator: Bloomberg's Successors: Bloomberg's Successors by NYC Educator *Recently. the New York Times ran a story about whom Mayor Bloomberg may have been grooming as a successor. The story mentioned such names as Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton, and all of us reading it knew they were as far as could be from real consideration. For one thing, neither of them really share the goals of this particular mayor. For another, it's doubtful the mayor's ego could fit in another room with either of these individuals; just witness the rocky relationship he's had with Governor Andre... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The Great Stuff In Public Schools That Tests Can't Measure

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: The Great Stuff In Public Schools That Tests Can't Measure: The Great Stuff In Public Schools That Tests Can't Measure by Duke There will never be a standardized test that captures the truly great things that happen in our public schools: Hewett had been given the medals to present to the Gov.Livingston foil squad which had already boarded their bus, by the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association, the coaches' governing body that ran the tournament, on what appeared to be a technicality. As I stood by Hewett at the conclusion of the event she gave a knowing ... more »

Ed Notes Online: UFT/Unity District Rep Spills Beans to Chapter Leaders: Just Shut Up and Shove Our Policies Down Their Throats

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: UFT/Unity District Rep Spills Beans to Chapter Leaders: Just Shut Up and Shove Our Policies Down Their Throats: UFT/Unity District Rep Spills Beans to Chapter Leaders: Just Shut Up and Shove Our Policies Down Their Throats by ed notes online *My monthly Chapter Leader meetings are for me to give you important information....**It is not the place nor the time to get on a soap box and speak about what you want to speak about. The information that I present ..is information passed down from our leadership to you so that you can act as the conduit of information to t... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 1-9-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
*Nite Cap UPDATE**UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* Brian Jones in Portland Friday evening by seattleducation2011 This will be an opportunity to meet Brian Jones, co-narrator of The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman and meet other concerned and active parents, teachers and students. Friday, January 11th, 5-6:30PM Public Forum with Brian Jones: Real VS. Phony … Continue reading → Another Day – Another Charter School Closure in Florida by Bob Sikes From the *Lehigh Acres Citizen*: Most of the 149 students at the Lee Alternative Charter School, off of Taylor Lane in Lehigh Ac... more »

Tom Torlakson Appoints New EDMD DIrector - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Tom Torlakson Appoints New EDMD DIrector - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints New Director of the Educational Data Management Division SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the appointment of Cindy Kazanis as the new director of the California Department of Education's (CDE) Educational Data Management Division. "Over her years with the Department of Education, Cindy has exhibited a much appreciated level of expertise and dedication to our work serving the students of California," Torlakson sa... more »

Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break 1-9-13 #soschat #edreform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
*Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break* Maryland's Race To The Top Problems, Rhee In Tennessee: Ed Tonight by Joy Resmovits *Race to the Top: Is Maryland in trouble?* Maryland won $250 million from the federal government's Race to the Top competition -- but according to the feds, Maryland isn't holding its end of the bargain. According to a December 6 letter from the U.S. Education Department (noted by Politics K12 today), the government is adding new conditions on $37.9 million of the winnings -- a solid chunk! E.D. is concerned about the school districts' ability to impleme... more »

A School Voucher by Any Other Name

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
A School Voucher by Any Other Name: A School Voucher by Any Other Name By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 11:25am Thirty million. That’s the amount of tax dollars that could be diverted annually from New Hampshire’s coffers to private schools by the year 2022 if the state is allowed to implement its new Education Tax Credit Program. Under the tax credit program, in exchange for donations to “scholarship organizations,” New Hampshire businesses will receive tax credits equal to 85 percent of the amount they donate. The scholarship organizations... more »

Education reform as a business

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Education reform as a business: Education reform as a business Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 9, 2013 at 11:59 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: money in ed]Did you know that the education sector now represents nearly 9 percent of the country’s gross domestic product? That for-profit education is valued at $1.3 trillion, and is one of the largest U.S. investment markets? These facts were part of an advertisement for a conference for investors in for-profit education ventures, jus... more »

The Time Is Now: Make the Case for Educating the Whole Child — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
The Time Is Now: Make the Case for Educating the Whole Child — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]The Time Is Now: Make the Case for Educating the Whole Child January 9, 2013 by Klea Scharberg Whether you are a parent, educator, or community member, you can help turn political rhetoric about "investing in the future of our children" into reality. Join ASCD in helping your school, district, and community move from a vision for educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action. States and school districts across the country are adopting p... more »

School Tech Connect: Data Driven-- Data Quality Be Damned!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
School Tech Connect: Data Driven-- Data Quality Be Damned!: Data Driven-- Data Quality Be Damned! by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) The most helpful map I've ever seen. All-around intelligent person Josh Kalov has taken the Apples to Apples school utilization data and turned it into a visually awesome side-by-side comparison. Basically, you're looking at what CPS says about building utilization and comparing it what the open-source data gatherers working with Apples to Apples say, and you can see where these buildings are around the city. I would explain how to create these k... more »





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