Sunday, January 20, 2013

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 1-20-13 #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




Activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists | toteachornototeach

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Activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists | toteachornototeach: Activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists by aristotlethewise [image: adam-and-eve-e1305127512133]*How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists* by George Dvorsky For Zack Kopplin, it all started back in 2008 with the passing of the Louisiana Science Education Act. The bill made it considerably easier for teachers to introduce creationist textbooks into the classroom. Outraged, he wrote a research paper about it for a hig... more »

Judges Require Kansas to Provide Adequate School Funding « InterACT

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Judges Require Kansas to Provide Adequate School Funding « InterACT: Judges Require Kansas to Provide Adequate School Funding by David B. Cohen I know, we’re not in Kansas (most of us), but since I’ve written in the past about legal battles over adequate school funding, I just wanted to add this latest chapter in the larger story. On January 11, Brad Cooper of theKansas City Star reported: A panel of state judges ruled Friday that funding of Kansas schools doesn’t pass constitutional muster, suggesting a price tag that could approach $500 million more for the state. Three judges ... more »

Chad Sansing comes clean about positive test scores « Cooperative Catalyst

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Chad Sansing comes clean about positive test scores « Cooperative Catalyst: Chad Sansing comes clean about positive test scores by Chad Sansing All sizes by giulia.forsythe Interviewer: Did you ever use worksheets to enhance your students’ test performance? [image: All sizes by giulia.forsythe]Chad Sansing: Yes. I: Was one of those worksheets a word search? CS: Yes. I: Did you ever teach to the test or use released items to enhance your students’ test performance?

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Week 16 and 17: Heaven, and the start of Spring…

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Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Week 16 and 17: Heaven, and the start of Spring…: Week 16 and 17: Heaven, and the start of Spring… by alicemercer That first week back from vacation I, and my class, were on fire. They seem to look forward to the topics we’re covering (a language arts unit on taking a stand for what’s right, ecosystems in science, and Ancient Africa and India in social studies). They were chatty, but much of it was on topic. It was one of the most productive weeks of learning we’ve had. This week was not bad, but it wasn’t as good, and the kids are clearly ... more »

An Urban Teacher's Education: Life Lessons: 2012 (Whoops, I Forgot Some Things!)

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An Urban Teacher's Education: Life Lessons: 2012 (Whoops, I Forgot Some Things!): Life Lessons: 2012 (Whoops, I Forgot Some Things!) by James Boutin I was reflecting on my last post, I realized there were a few more things that really changed my thinking last year. * **4) You want to teach somebody something? Better be sure you've got the cred to do it. * I was watching The Interrupters sometime last spring, a documentary about people interrupting violence in Chicago. And there's this part about three quarters of the way through when Ameena (one of the interrupters - you have to... more »

Fostering A Gap Between What We Know and What We Do | Connected Principals

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Fostering A Gap Between What We Know and What We Do | Connected Principals: Fostering A Gap Between What We Know and What We Do by sblankenship [image: Screen Shot 2013-01-20 at 3.01.12 PM]As we already know, a gap exists between what we know and what we do. Successful educators work to narrow this gap between new ideas and implementation. However, I believe the size of this gap does not necessarily indicate one’s success. Some educators are terrific at executing what all they know how. The problem is, their pedagogy is out-of-date, irrelevant, and this gap has been stagnant f... more »

Charter Schools: When you don’t succeed, change the rules - Wait, What?

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Charter Schools: When you don’t succeed, change the rules - Wait, What?: Charter Schools: When you don’t succeed, change the rules by jonpelto Last September, former Governor Jeb Bush, chairman of the education reform group, Foundation for Excellence in Education, came to General Electric’s corporate headquarters in Fairfield to “share the Florida education reform story and give support to education reformers in the Constitution State.” Other speakers included Tom Foley, former and future gubernatorial candidate and founder of the Connecticut Policy Institute and Patrick Riccards, ... more »

Sacramento CA - Broadsided?

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*Sacramento CA - Broadsided?* *SACRAMENTO BROADSIDE CHECKLIST * A reader offered this comment in response to the post about school closings in Sacramento: A “Broad” superintendent who follows its “play-list” to “capture” the school board and privatize the district as much as possible: – Convinced the board of education to turn all the power over to the superintendent. – Keeps secret all the contracts and consultants hired by the superintendent. In fact, it’s been said that the latest consultant working with the superintendent was the principal of Kevin Johnson’s St. Hope H.S. ... more »

Mike Rose on Cognition! « Deborah Meier on Education

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Mike Rose on Cognition! « Deborah Meier on Education: Mike Rose on Cognition! by debmeier Before I forget. Once again Mike Rose opens my eyes and clears my mind of the nonsense that accumulates when I’m not looking! “Giving Cognition a Bad Name”, Education Week, January 16, 2013–back cover! he false distinction between “affect” and “cognitive”–”character” vs “academics” and on and on is more than foolish. It’s dangerous. Above all to those we’ve too long cheated in our schools under the name of “care” and “love” and “the whole child.” Strong character–feistiness, grit, or whatever... more »

Daily Kos: Hate Comes to Arlington

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Daily Kos: Hate Comes to Arlington: Hate Comes to Arlington by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) I live in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood of Arlington VA. My house is on N. 16th St, 2 blocks west of Glebe Road. On the Southeast corner of the intersection of Glebe and N. 16th St. is the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church. The Church has been on that site since before the Civil War, as you can read in its history. It sponsors AA meetings, provides food for the needy, its Boy Scout troop sells Christmas trees. I have served on the Board of our local community center, and in g... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-20-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: File Under “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” How Do You Answer This Teacher’s Question? by dianerav I am a strong supporter of the public schools and opposed to the “reform” movement attempting to privatize education. I didn’t find your article divisive. But, I do have a question that keeps coming up for me about some of the reasons why charters gain traction. Charters benefit from the real and perceived impact of heterogeneous grouping upon the achievement of more prepared students. Similarly, they score points because public schools are less able to address... more »

Grumpy Educators: National Movement Hits a Nerve in the Reformer Camp

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Grumpy Educators: National Movement Hits a Nerve in the Reformer Camp: National Movement Hits a Nerve in the Reformer Camp by Sandra Certainly a sign that media mogul, owner of the NY Post, and education reform entrepreneur Rupert Murdoch and cronies are noticing the national movement by parents, community members and taxpayers against excessive, experimental, and expensive standardized testing. Groups all over the nation are organized, state legislatures are revisiting decisions on standards, testing, and database development. Washington State teachers are refusing to implement t... more »

Teaching is a Dead-End Job: Part II | Mr. Teachbad

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Teaching is a Dead-End Job: Part II | Mr. Teachbad: Teaching is a Dead-End Job: Part II by teachbad If you are com­mit­ted to leav­ing teach­ing, there are ways out. There are other leaky boats wait­ing for you at the dock. You can try to get a dif­fer­ent job, in or out of edu­ca­tion. It stands to rea­son that some­thing within the broader field of edu­ca­tion would offer bet­ter prospects for the aspir­ing ex-teacher. But being a teacher doesn’t auto­mat­i­cally make you an attrac­tive can­di­date for any ol’ job in edu­ca­tion. It is impor­tant to remem­ber that remain­ing in... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Schmitz Park Joins the Chorus of Teacher Voices

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Schmitz Park Joins the Chorus of Teacher Voices: Schmitz Park Joins the Chorus of Teacher Voices by Melissa Westbrook From the West Seattle Blog: *Dear Superintendent Banda,* *The staff of Schmitz Park, by a unanimous vote, joins in its support of Garfield High and all other schools and individuals around the district that boycott the MAP test. We agree with Garfield’s position about the harmful, ineffective, and wasteful nature of the MAP test and its deleterious impact on instructional time and consequently student achievement. We join SEA in a... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Joel Klein: As Excellent As He Says He Is? Part V

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Jersey Jazzman: Joel Klein: As Excellent As He Says He Is? Part V: Joel Klein: As Excellent As He Says He Is? Part V by Duke *Joel Klein is one of America's foremost proponents of corporate education "reform." He asserts that public education is in such a crisis that it constitutes a national security threat - a threat that can be dealt with by buying technology from the firm he runs for Rupert Murdoch, Amplify. He also believes that the "reforms" he and Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted in New York City - including mayoral control, school closings, charter expansion, and test-b... more »

UPDATE: Schmitz Park Elementary School in Seattle joins + Garfield High School teacher Heather Snookal and Sue Peters with Parents Across America on Chalk Talk Radio today | Seattle Education

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Garfield High School teacher Heather Snookal and Sue Peters with Parents Across America on Chalk Talk Radio today | Seattle Education: Schmitz Park Elementary School in Seattle joins in support of Garfield High School teachers. by seattleducation2011 [image: solidrty] *This is the third school to join in support of Garfield High School teachers.* *To follow is the letter from the teachers at Schmitz Elementary School:* Dear Superintendent Banda, The staff of Schmitz Park, by a unanimous vote, joins in its support of Garfield High and all other schools and individuals around the dis... more »

Martin Luther King: ‘Intelligence is not enough’

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Martin Luther King: ‘Intelligence is not enough’: Martin Luther King: ‘Intelligence is not enough’ Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - - - - [image: (Getty Images) - President Obama and his family members at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in October 2011.] President Obama and family at the 2011 dedication of King Memorial on the National Mall in October 2011. (Getty Images) Martin Luther King Jr., was prescient on a ... more »

Increasing revenue, not cutting services and promised benefits. An idea so crazy it just might work. « Fred Klonsky

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Increasing revenue, not cutting services and promised benefits. An idea so crazy it just might work. « Fred Klonsky: Increasing revenue, not cutting services and promised benefits. An idea so crazy it just might work. by Fred Klonsky [image: g12c0000000000000004b235977f36650ecb2c8f960036c0802637e7697]As the Illinois General Assembly starts a new session, the level of frustration among my retired teacher friends increases. As much as those in the corporate Illinois Policy Institute and the Civic Committee want to paint the state’s public pensioners as greedy and fat (Hey. I’m worki... more »

193 Chicago elementary schools not safe from closing - Chicago Sun-Times

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193 Chicago elementary schools not safe from closing - Chicago Sun-Times: 193 Chicago elementary schools not safe from closing By Lauren FitzPatrick and Art Golab Staff Reporters January 19, 2013 2:30AM 0 0 Share 35 [image: Schools CEO BarbarByrd-Bennett speaks City Club Chicago lunch Maggiano's Banquets. File photo. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times] Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks at the City Club of Chicago lunch at Maggiano's Banquets. File photo. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times INTERACTIVE MAP: Potential School Closings RELATED STORIES - CPS won’t close high schools, top performers, By... more »

The Sunday Mail. « Fred Klonsky

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The Sunday Mail. « Fred Klonsky: The Sunday Mail. by Fred Klonsky [image: 704856_4221285371192_1247059966_o] *Ms Gunderson’s class sings together.* *Now would be a good time for Obama to change his attachment to Duncan* and market-based education reforms. *Why does the US do poorly* on international rankings in education achievement? Too many poor kids. *Karen Lewis* on the Ed Show blog. *$240 billion amassed by 100 richest people enough to end extreme poverty four times over:* Oxfam. *Study shows kids not “kindergarten ready.”* I just kind of expected them to come the first day. Wit... more »

Daily Kos: Armstrong and Woods: Capitalism's Poster Boys

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Daily Kos: Armstrong and Woods: Capitalism's Poster Boys: Armstrong and Woods: Capitalism's Poster Boys byplthomasEdDFollow - - - 1 Comments / 1 New Between parts I and II of Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong, an ad ran on OWN that included a clip of Armstrong acknowledging losing 75 million dollars in one day due to sponsors abandoning him followed by Armstrong noting his lowest moment. The sequence suggests that Armstrong was saying his loss of millions was his lowest moment, but when the full part II ran, Armstrong, in fact, identified removing... more »

Daily Kos: Four Years Ago today

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Daily Kos: Four Years Ago today: Four Years Ago today by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Popout We had so much hope then. Around two million people gathered for the event. We should not abandon the dreams and hopes we had then. Full transcript below the fold. My thoughts in the tip jar.

Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools | Scathing Purple Musings

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Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools | Scathing Purple Musings: Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools by Bob Sikes Big charter school operators have been whispering about getting their own independent board to approve charter schools. This week, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education editorialist Mike Thomas unsurprisingly made the case that it was time for Florida to do just that. Writes Thomas in *The Edfly Blog*: Charters are competitors. They steal customers, deplete revenues ... more »

Occupy the DOE | Dissident Voice

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Occupy the DOE | Dissident Voice: Occupy the DOE by Myles Hoenig This week will see the inauguration of Barack Obama with a lot of corporate fanfare, flags, teary-eyed patriots, and probably an assortment of the usual gun nuts (pro and con), teabaggers, Truthers and true dissenters. Oh, and there’s a lot to dissent about! Free Manning, hands off the Internet, pass Aaron’s Law, close Gitmo and other black sites, stop murdering innocent people with drones, etc. But what will unfortunately be most inaugurated is not just a person, but an ideal. One that says Wall Street rules while ... more »

Shadow Government? The Rules That Govern 501(c)(4)s | Big Money 2012 | FRONTLINE | PBS

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The Rules That Govern 501(c)(4)s | Big Money 2012 | FRONTLINE | PBS: The Rules That Govern 501(c)(4)s October 30, 2012, 9:12 pm ET by Emma Schwartz [image: Email this]E-MAIL THIS 3 Nearly a century ago, Congress created the complicated legal framework that governs these tax-exempt nonprofits, also known as 501(c)(4)s for the part of the tax code they fall under. That rule said they were supposed to operate “exclusively for the promotion of social welfare” — a definition that includes groups ranging from local fire departments to the Sierra Club to the National Right to Life Committ... more »

Colorado’s minorities losing ground | EdNewsColorado

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Colorado’s minorities losing ground | EdNewsColorado: Colorado’s minorities losing ground by Burt Hubbard and Ann Carnahan Espinola *This article and other material were produced by I-News Network, whose journalists analyzed six decades of reports from the U.S. Census Bureau to track the state’s poverty rates, family income, high school and college graduation rates and home ownership. The analysis uncovered surprising racial and ethnic disparities. Minority gains made during the era of the civil rights movement eroded with time. Colorado evolved from a state that was by most measur... more »

EXCLUSIVE: Department of Education staffer rips standardized testing and tells kids to skip them and nap or go to the zoo instead - NYPOST.com

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EXCLUSIVE: Department of Education staffer rips standardized testing and tells kids to skip them and nap or go to the zoo instead - NYPOST.com: Department of Education staffer rips standardized testing, tells students to skip school - By SUSAN EDELMAN and CANDICE M. GIOVE - Last Updated: 6:33 AM, January 20, 2013 - Posted: 11:15 PM, January 19, 2013 [image: Lisa Nielsen] EXCLUSIVE Forget the city’s standardized tests — skip school! That’s the shocking advice publicly offered by Lisa Nielsen, 44, a high-ranking city Department of Education official recently promoted to th... more »

Ravitch responds to an op-ed: Wolf and Witte arguments don't hold up

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Wolf and Witte arguments don't hold up: Wolf and Witte arguments don't hold up By Diane Ravitch Jan. 19, 2013 - - - - EMAIL - PRINT - (0) COMMENTS ** * * *Ravitch responds to an op-ed, also in this Ideas Exchange, by Patrick Wolf and John Witte. They were responding to her initial op-ed.* Milwaukee's choice program is a failure. There are now three separate systems - the public schools, with about 80,000 students; the voucher schools, with about 23,000 students, and the charter schools, with about 20,000 students. There is very little difference among th... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-20-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Illinois: Time to Rethink Common Core and Slow Down by dianerav A reader writes in response to debate about Common Core in Indiana: Common Core and the PARCC Assessment can only be described with one word in Illinois: daunting. Illinois school districts are losing resources yearly, state aid being among them. Last year the state prorated its aid to schools at 94%. This year it is expected to be at 89%, and next year it could be as low as 80%. All this as expectations go up. The little glimpses we’ve recei... more »

United Teachers Los Angeles approves teacher evaluation deal | EdSource Today

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United Teachers Los Angeles approves teacher evaluation deal | EdSource Today: United Teachers Los Angeles approves teacher evaluation deal ** January 19th, 2013 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on print More Sharing Services United Teachers Los Angeles announced Saturday that teachers had ratified by a 2-to-1 marginthe framework for evaluating teachers that negotiators for the union and Los Angeles Unified reached in November. The two sides reached a court-ordered deal after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled ... more »

Teacher Quality Mania: Backward by Design - DailyCensored.com - Breaking Censored News, World, Independent, Liberal News

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Teacher Quality Mania: Backward by Design - DailyCensored.com - Breaking Censored News, World, Independent, Liberal News: Teacher Quality Mania: Backward by Design by P.L. Thomas [image: Teacher and Student In A Classroom At School] Let’s return to the allegory of the river. Throughout the Land, people discovered babies floating in the river. A few were chosen to save those babies. While many survived, too many babies perished. Technocrats, Economists, and Statisticians gathered all the Data that they could and discovered that at least 60% of the reason the babies survived or per... more »

The Weekly Cheddar : blue cheddar

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The Weekly Cheddar : blue cheddar: The Weekly Cheddar January 19, 2013 By bluecheddar January 13 - 19, 2013 [image: Share] Here’s a slightly delayed weekly cheddar – which is a sometimes snarky collection of must-read stories of the week. I’m on a big trip to see family on the East Coast, and since I’m really supposed to be off of the computer, I’ll be very light on national news and focus on my beloved Wisconsin. *Union-busting law Wisconsin Act 10 upheld in federal court:* However, as Root River Siren notes, “Someone should let Scooter in on the fact that two other lawsuits ar... more »

It’s — Mertz for — Madison Time, or I’m Running for School Board | AMPS

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It’s — Mertz for — Madison Time, or I’m Running for School Board | AMPS: It’s — Mertz for — Madison Time, or I’m Running for School Board by Thomas J. Mertz [image: TJ.logo-268] It’s Madison Time Part 1 & 2 Ray Bryant Combo *In December I announced my candidacy for the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education, Seat #5 (announcement below). There will be a primary election February 19, 2013 and the general is April 2, 2013. I hope I have earned the support of the readers of this blog. You can find out more about my campaign, endorse, volunteer and donate at Mertz... more »

Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Off of Steppenwolf's second album, Steppenwolf The Second I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine On a cloud of sound I drift in the night Any place it goes is right Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here Well, you don't know what we can find Why don't you come with me little girl On a magic carpet ride You don't know what we can see Why don't you tell your dreams to me Fantasy will set you free Close your eyes girl Look inside girl Let the sound take you away Last night I held Aladdin's lamp And so I wished that I could stay Before the thing could answer me... more »

Howard Zinn’s History of the American Empire, animated style | MyFDL

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Howard Zinn’s History of the American Empire, animated style | MyFDL: [image: User Picture]Howard Zinn’s History of the American Empire, animated styleBy: Elliott Saturday January 19, 2013 6:29 pm [image: Tweet]Tweet [image: digg] [image: stumbleupon] Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire by Howard Zinn (Narration by Viggo Mortensen) H/T Open Culture

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Student Goals = Growth in Test Scores? Is This the New Normal?

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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Student Goals = Growth in Test Scores? Is This the New Normal?: Student Goals = Growth in Test Scores? Is This the New Normal? by Lisa M The staff discussed the goals our students need to meet in order to be successful by the end of the year. The goals we are trying to get our children to achieve. The goals we are striving for and want our students to attain. You know what the goals are? *A NUMBER ON A STANDARDIZED TEST!* * * I am supposed to sit down with my students and push them to reach their goal. And what is that goal? *A NUMB... more »

Los Angeles teachers union approves use of testing data in evaluations - latimes.com

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Los Angeles teachers union approves use of testing data in evaluations - latimes.com: Los Angeles teachers union approves use of testing data in evaluations January 19, 2013 | 5:19 pm [image: increase text size][image: decrease text size] 2 0 A landmark agreement to use student test scores for the first time to evaluate Los Angeles Unified instructors was approved by the teachers union Saturday. United Teachers Los Angeles reported that 66% of 16,892 members who voted approved the agreement with the nation’s second-largest school district. L.A. now joins Chicago, New York and ... more »

"The Drum Major Instinct": The MLK Jr. Speech The Media Don't Mention | MyFDL

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"The Drum Major Instinct": The MLK Jr. Speech The Media Don't Mention | MyFDL: “The Drum Major Instinct”: The MLK Jr. Speech The Media Don’t Mention by Phoenix Woman We all know about the March on Washington. We all know about Dr. King’s assassination. But most of us don’t know anything about what happened in Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in between those two events. Why is that? Because the persons that dictate what our media emphasize would rather we didn’t know, for instance, that Dr. King was a staunch backer of unions, or a staunch foe of the Vietnam War. These persons want to...more »

Garfield High teachers get support from the AFT. From the NEA? Crickets. « Fred Klonsky

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Garfield High teachers get support from the AFT. From the NEA? Crickets. « Fred Klonsky: Garfield High teachers get support from the AFT. From the NEA? Crickets. by Fred Klonsky AFT President Randi Weingarten: *Dear Garfield High School Teachers:* *Thank you. Thank you for taking a courageous stand against the fixation on high-stakes testing and its harmful impact on our ability to give our students the high-quality public education they deserve.* *Your actions have propelled the national conversation on the impact of high-stakes testing. Every educator understands that appropriat... more »

UPDATE: Daily Kos: Just so you know what we are dealing with

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Daily Kos: Just so you know what we are dealing with: Just so you know what we are dealing with byteacherkenFollow - - - 1 Comments / 0 New I suggest you take a look here and consider the following 60 round and 100 round compatible with M4/M16/AR15 type weapons they promote by showing someone in military garb but as far as I know such large capacity magazines are neither standard issue military equipment nor in fact encouraged in the armed forces, although perhaps someone with military experience than mine in the mid 60's might care to comment. Please tell what ... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-19-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Is This Article “Divisive”? by dianerav This is the article that a Rightwing Wisconsin think tank called “divisive.” From what I have seen these past twenty years, charters and vouchers are divisive. What do you think? Indiana: Private and Religious Schools May Lose Independence by dianerav A report from Indiana: Vic’s Statehouse Notes #106– January 17, 2013 Dear Friends, Yesterday’s committee vote on Senate Bill 184, the voucher expansion bill, was delayed until next Wednesday’s meeting. This gives us all more time to send additional messages of oppositi... more »

Occupy the Department of Education California Father

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[image: California Father] *Published on Jan 19, 2013* April 4-7 students, parents and educators will speak out in defense of public education. Join Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Stephen Krashen and many others @ the United States Department of Education or watch @ www. livestream.com/califather. PS The LA Times Has Always Hated Public Schools *by California Father on January 15, 2013 · Leave a Comment* I am reading Upton Sinclair’s wonderful muckraking book about public education in Los Angeles in the ‘twenties, The Goslings, a Study of American Schools. See ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: McCleary Decision

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: McCleary Decision: McCleary Decision by Melissa Westbrook Via SPS, I see that there is an OSPI document on the McCleary decision. It's a fairly basic overview but it may be helpful to those getting up to speed on the issue. One key issue that I have been reading is that the Court based its decision on HR2261 about what full funding looks like. What I have heard some legislators say is that they DON'T like what is in HR2261 and if they redid it, then we would be fully funding schools. In other words, rewrite the rules of what full funding means ... more »

Upcoming dates for school closing and testing resistance Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Upcoming dates for school closing and testing resistance: Upcoming dates for school closing and testing resistance by admin From Parents 4 Teachers: An important month ahead Many of you probably read the interim report from the “independent” school utilization commission last week. The report made news by recommending that no high schools be closed this year—at least for low enrollment—and by suggesting high-performing schools and schools with more than 600 students also be spared. A few things jump out at us about this repor... more »






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