Thursday, January 31, 2013

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 1-31-13 #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



Teacher Pensions: Illinois Democrats and Florida Tea Party Republicans are Twins | Reclaim Reform

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Teacher Pensions: Illinois Democrats and Florida Tea Party Republicans are Twins | Reclaim Reform: Teacher Pensions: Illinois Democrats and Florida Tea Party Republicans are Twins by kenpreviti [image: money grabbed 2]State pension plans differ widely, especially teacher pension plans. The attack on state pension plans is the same because the big money behind the power politics wants it to be. Illinois Democrats and Florida Tea Party Republicans are twins – not identical twins, but twins nonetheless. Neither is trustworthy or completely honest. Pension reform? Florida: “Legislativ... more »

Hite stands firm on closures plan, but hints at possible changes | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Hite stands firm on closures plan, but hints at possible changes | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Hite stands firm on closures plan, but hints at possible changes by thenotebook *by Bill Hangley, Jr.* * * * * The last of the Philadelphia District’s school-closure meetings wrapped up quietly at Northeast High Wednesday night, where District officials made plain once again their intention to stay the course on a plan to close or relocate 44 schools by September. School Reform Commission member Feather Houstoun told the audience that despite a recent City Council votein favor of ... more »

U.S. Department of Education Releases School-Level Assessment Data in Reading and Math for All Schools for 2008-09 to 2010-11 | U.S. Department of Education

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U.S. Department of Education Releases School-Level Assessment Data in Reading and Math for All Schools for 2008-09 to 2010-11 | U.S. Department of Education: U.S. Department of Education Releases School-Level Assessment Data in Reading and Math for All Schools for 2008-09 to 2010-11 JANUARY 31, 2013 *Contact: * Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov The U.S. Department of Education announced today the release of student performance data in reading and math for all schools in the country for school years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. This is the first time the Department ... more »

A double dose of algebra improves math and verbal skills as well as college enrollment | Get Schooled

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A double dose of algebra improves math and verbal skills as well as college enrollment | Get Schooled: A double dose of algebra improves math and verbal skills as well as college enrollment by Maureen Downey Doubling up on algebra classes in high schools has big payoffs, according to a new study. [image: Doubling up on algebra classes in high schools has big payoffs, according to a new study.]Interesting study out of Texas A&M on the impact of increased algebra exposure in high school: When students’ time learning algebra is doubled, both their math and verbal skills improve and t... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates for Today's Seattle School Board Meeting

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates for Today's Seattle School Board Meeting: Updates for Today's Seattle School Board Meeting by Melissa Westbrook It appears that a couple of people dropping off the speakers list so there is at least one spot open if you want to call in to claim it, 252-0040. As well, they will have a waitlist in case any of the scheduled speakers do not come forward. Also, Director Peaslee has put forth her own amendment. I agree with her thinking. Basically, she is asking for two things: - wait a year for implementing the new JA Middle School with p... more »

Petition | Sacramento City Unified School District: Vote NO on the school closures! | Change.org

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Petition | Sacramento City Unified School District: Vote NO on the school closures! | Change.org: *Petitioning Sacramento City Unified School District Board Members * ** *Sacramento City Unified School District: Vote NO on the school closures* Too many questions, too little time! On January 17, 2013, the Sacramento Unified School District proposed to close 11 elementary schools. The District plans to take a vote on February 21, 2013 on a finalized closure plan, providing parents, students and the community with very short notification of this sweeping proposal and little-to-no inv... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-31-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: If I Were Secretary of Education…(2) by dianerav From a reader: 1, Dispose of Teach for America and alternative certification (except for vocational courses) or revise it completely as follows. Hire TFAs as paraprofessionals to work under experienced teachers for their first year. 2. Require a commitment of 5 years, not 2, so the schools get full benefit from them 3. Do not place them in schools with high percentages of disadvantaged and disabled students. Instead, put them in middle class schools and create incentives for the best teachers to go to the di... more »

Big Education Ape - SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 1-31-13 #soschat #edreform

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*Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break* Central Park East I & II’s Future by debmeier Dear friends, Please support the wonderful, historic, progressive Central Park East I and II elementary schools as they try to expand into a middle school to provide a much-needed progressive middle school alternative in upper Manhattan. Their proposal to open a middle school has been turned down by the DOE four years in a row, most recently because there was allegedly no space for the middle school. But at the same time a new charter school, the East Harlem Scholars’ Academy, was allowed t... more »

Opportunity to Learn, Teach, and Lead — Whole Child Education

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Opportunity to Learn, Teach, and Lead — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]Opportunity to Learn, Teach, and Lead January 31, 2013 by Klea Scharberg What does it mean to be a teacher, a learner, and a leader in today's schools and classrooms? What do we need to be effective? How will the current standards movement affect us, as professionals, and our students? How do we find out the answers to these questions? The Common Core State Standards lead us to focus on the ways students make transitions between grade levels. They provide a new definition of wha... more »

Schools Matter: New from CREDO: Charter Schools are No Better than Public Schools, and Don't Expect Them to Change

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Schools Matter: New from CREDO: Charter Schools are No Better than Public Schools, and Don't Expect Them to Change: New from CREDO: Charter Schools are No Better than Public Schools, and Don't Expect Them to Change by Jim Horn A new analysis of charter schools in the U. S. is out from CREDO, the Stanford-based outfit that found in 2009, when there were 4,700 charters across 40 states, that 17 percent of the nation’s charter schools were scoring better on standardized tests than the public schools they were created to replace: While the report recognized a robust national demand ... more »

Do parent trigger laws fire blanks? Is it parents who really take over schools or management companies? | Get Schooled

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Do parent trigger laws fire blanks? Is it parents who really take over schools or management companies? | Get Schooled: Do parent trigger laws fire blanks? Is it parents who really take over schools or management companies? by Maureen Downey In explaining the impetus for his parent trigger bill, House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, cited the need to get parents and school boards talking. “It creates an additional avenue of communication directly from the parents to the school board, which I think is critically important.” Lindsey told a media assemblage earlier this mo... more »

Educators and Guns | Taking Note

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Educators and Guns | Taking Note: Educators and Guns by John Merrow Too many public educators are failing to seize the opportunity to lead on what is arguably the critical issue of our time--the health and safety of our children. “I couldn’t sleep,” Larry Schall said. He and his wife had watched the memorial service from Newtown the Sunday after the massacre and had heard President Obama talking about the young children who had been murdered. He lay awake for hours, he told me. “At about 2 in the morning I gave up on sleep and went downstairs and wrote a letter,” he said. The n... more »

Mother Crusader: CREDO Study "Reinforces The Essence" Of "One Million LI(v)ES" Campaign To Close Schools

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Mother Crusader: CREDO Study "Reinforces The Essence" Of "One Million LI(v)ES" Campaign To Close Schools: CREDO Study "Reinforces The Essence" Of "One Million LI(v)ES" Campaign To Close Schools by darciecima When we last left Macke Raymond and her jolly band of "researchers" they were busy drawing dubious conclusions about New Jersey charter schools that didn't seem to match up with their actual data. We uncovered that it was fairly likely, despite Commissioner Cerf's assertions that CREDO was not "part of the bandwagon" that the key players at CREDO were in fact little more th...more »

Inside My Interview with Bill Gates - Dana Goldstein

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Inside My Interview with Bill Gates - Dana Goldstein: Inside My Interview with Bill Gates by Dana Goldstein Yesterday I got to meet and interview Bill Gates, along with five other writers and reporters. We sat around a conference table at a midtown Manhattan hotel. Gates, wearing a totally unassuming gray suit and sipping Diet Coke out of a glass bottle, was business like and to the point. His passion flared up a few times during the hour-long coversation. He vehemently pushed back against economist and blogger Tyler Cowen's suggestion that macroeconomic and population growth, a... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Will Common Core kill early childhood education?

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Will Common Core kill early childhood education?: Will Common Core kill early childhood education? by Mike Klonsky Here's my other problem with Common Core Standards -- besides the testing madness associated with it. In the hands of ed bureaucrats, corporate reformers and Pearson testing profiteers CCS could very well mean death to good early childhood education. Case in point -- New York City schools under the rule of Mayor Bloomberg. Susan Edelman, writing in Monday's N.Y. Post ("Playtime’s over, kindergartners") reports: *The city has adopted nat... more »

Who’s really behind School Choice Week? (Pt. 1) - United for Public Schools

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Who’s really behind School Choice Week? (Pt. 1) - United for Public Schools: Who’s really behind School Choice Week? (Pt. 1) SHARE: - facebook - twitter Posted by admin | January 31, 2013 | Category: actions, corporate agenda |Write Comment *This is the first post in a three-part series. Click here* *for a share-able image of this information.* School Choice Week 2013 is now in full swing. If you’ve seen the ads and other materials, and are wondering how and where all of it came from, you’re not alone. There are many small schools and a few individuals signed up as partner... more »

TRAVESTY: 7-year old boy arrested, handcuffed to a pipe and interrogated for 10 hours after being falsely accused of stealing $5 - Advancement Project

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Advancement Project: Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. January 31, 2013 Contact: Rich Robinson, Advancement Project, 202-728-9557 or rrobinson@advancementprojecr.org *TRAVESTY: 7-year old boy arrested, handcuffed to a pipe and interrogated for 10 hours after being falsely a... more »

Next testing forum: DePaul, Feb 19th - Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Next testing forum: DePaul, Feb 19th: Next testing forum: DePaul, Feb 19th by admin If you think no one is concerned about the misuse and overuse of tests in CPS, you’re not paying attention![image: testingsign] DEPAUL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WINTER FORUM CHALLENGING HIGH STAKES TESTING Tuesday, February 19, 5:30–7:30 • Student Center Room 120B Standardized testing in public schools has grown rapidly since the passage of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. And testing is increasingly high stakes, used not only for student p... more »

Interview with Joshua Starr: Excellence is Not a Zero Sum Game - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Interview with Joshua Starr: Excellence is Not a Zero Sum Game - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Interview with Joshua Starr: Excellence is Not a Zero Sum Game by Anthony Cody I recently read of Joshua Starr, the Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, in the state of Maryland. He has spoken out forcefully against the "insanity" of evaluating teachers using test scores, and refused to accept Race to the Top funding for this purpose. New York principal Carol Corbett Burris described here some of the reasons his schools have been succeeding. I asked him if he... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, January 31, 2013

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: PPIC poll: Public would make schools taxes easier Education Headlines *Thursday, January 31, 2013* Lodi Unified School District gains some school daysThe Lodi Education Association has reached an understanding with Lodi Unified School District to restore five instructional days, with pay, to the 2013-14 calendar. Natomas board OKs settlement over school siteA bad land deal that has plagued three Natomas Unified school boards and five superintendents has finally been resolved. But the district still took a big hit.cpy School distri... more »

Mike Madigan’s regressive tax system. « Fred Klonsky

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Mike Madigan’s regressive tax system. « Fred Klonsky: Mike Madigan’s regressive tax system. by Fred Klonsky [image: Bizarro world] [image: regressive-state-taxes(1)] Chicago Magazine: Illinois taxes the poorest 20 percent of its residents at a higher level than the national average; it’s one of the few states above 13 percent, 2.7 percent above the national average.It’s above average for the middle class, as well: the national average for the middle 60 percent is 9.4 percent, so Illinois is 1.7 percent above the national average. Only Arkansas (11.2 percent), Hawaii (11.3 perce... more »

Senate panel votes to end 15 percent rule on state tests | Education Blog

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Senate panel votes to end 15 percent rule on state tests | Education Blog: Senate panel votes to end 15 percent rule on state tests from Education Blog by Terrence Stutz/Reporter The Senate Education Committee Thursday approved its first bill of the session, a measure that would eliminate the state rule that high school end-of-course tests count as 15 percent of the grade in each subject tested. The bill was sent to the full Senate on a 6-0 vote. The rule had been suspended last year and in the current school year because of vigorous objections from superintendents across the stat... more »

Borrowing another $1.5 Billion for UConn… OMG, Wait, What? - Wait, What?

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Borrowing another $1.5 Billion for UConn… OMG, Wait, What? - Wait, What?: Borrowing another $1.5 Billion for UConn… OMG, Wait, What? by jonpelto According to a breaking story from the Hartford Courant, “Science, technology, engineering and math programs at the University of Connecticut could get a $1.5 billion boost over the next decade, with the intention of creating a pipeline of talent that will yield substantial returns for the state workforce and economy.” Governor Malloy has scheduled a press conference for later today to explain his initiative, but Kathy Megan of the Courant... more »

Shanker Blog » Living In The Tails Of The Rhetorical And Teacher Quality Distributions

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Shanker Blog » Living In The Tails Of The Rhetorical And Teacher Quality Distributions: Living In The Tails Of The Rhetorical And Teacher Quality Distributions by Matthew Di Carlo A few weeks ago, Students First NY (SFNY) released a report, in which they presented a very simple analysis of the distribution of “unsatisfactory” teacher evaluation ratings (“U-ratings”) across New York City schools in the 2011-12 school year. The report finds that U-ratings are distributed unequally. In particular, they are more common in schools with higher poverty, more minorities, and lower profic... more »

Round Two: On Punishment & Child Development - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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Round Two: On Punishment & Child Development - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Round Two: On Punishment & Child Development by Deborah Meier *Once again, Alfie Kohn joins Deborah Meier on the blog.* Dear Debbie, I'm not sure how far apart we are on this question, but I'm happy to go another round with you and share some thoughts that your latest post sparked. I share your rage at—and an impulse to punish—the bankers who created so much misery. But even if such punishment really did have a constructive effect (other than our own temporary feeling of grim satisfaction), I hop... more »

Three States Pushing ALEC Bill To Require Teaching Climate Change Denial In Schools | MyFDL

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Three States Pushing ALEC Bill To Require Teaching Climate Change Denial In Schools | MyFDL: Three States Pushing ALEC Bill to Require Teaching Climate Change Denial in Schools by Steve Horn *Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog* The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - known by its critics as a “corporate bill mill” – has hit the ground running in 2013, pushing “models bills” mandating the teaching of climate change denial in public school systems. January hasn’t even ended, yet ALEC has already planted its ”Environmental Literacy Improvement Act“ - which mandates a “balanced” ... more »

When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S.” - Rupert Murdoch - Wait, What?

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When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S.” - Rupert Murdoch - Wait, What?: When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S.” – Rupert Murdoch by jonpelto In a post yesterday, Tom Aswell, whose blog is called Louisiana Voice, reminded his readers about what is truly driving the corporate education reform industry – tapping into what they perceive to be a $500 billion market. What Tom may not have realized is Connecticut’s ongoing connection to that statement. Murdoch’s quote comes from November 2010 when, af... more »

Modern School: Skyrocketing Executive Pay and the Educational Salary Gap

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Modern School: Skyrocketing Executive Pay and the Educational Salary Gap: Skyrocketing Executive Pay and the Educational Salary Gap by Michael Dunn Superintendent Fat Cat? Despite the passage of California’s Proposition 30, which holds the state’s education funding steady at 2011-2012 levels, none of the $20 billion that has been slashed from K-12 funding over the past 4 years will be restored. Consequently, school districts will continue to operate on austere budgets, with overcrowded classrooms, reduced course offerings, and reduced numbers of teachers, librarians, nurses and coun... more »

Joy Resmovits: Walmart Founders' Philanthropy Sponsoring Chicago Closure Hearings, Portland Special Ed Lawsuit: Ed Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Joy Resmovits: Walmart Founders' Philanthropy Sponsoring Chicago Closure Hearings, Portland Special Ed Lawsuit: Ed Today: Walmart Founders' Philanthropy Sponsoring Chicago Closure Hearings, Portland Special Ed Lawsuit: Ed Today by Joy Resmovits *Walmart-Backed Engagement?* Catalyst Chicago has reported that Chicago's community hearings on school closures are being underwritten by the Walton Foundation. Catalyst notes that Chicago Public Schools officials have said they "don't want to link the volatile issue of school closings with the equally volatile issue of charter school open... more »

Corporate Money Distorting Democracy in Education Policy | Truth in American Education

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Corporate Money Distorting Democracy in Education Policy | Truth in American Education: Corporate Money Distorting Democracy in Education Policy by Shane Vander Hart An interesting report from In the Public Interest. Emails between the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), founded and chaired by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and state education officials show that the foundation is writing state education laws and regulations in ways that could benefit its corporate funders. The emails, obtained through public records requests, reveal that the organization, sometimes work... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-31-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Arizona Plan to Increase Inequality by dianerav Governor Jan Brewer has an idea. It is a bad idea. Someone please explain it to her. She wants all schools to start with the same base funding (perhaps lower than what they have now). Then to give*bonuses* to schools that get an A or B! As this blogger, David Safier, explains, the schools that get high marks are likely to be the school serving the students from affluent families. Governor Brewer’s plan will increase inequity in funding and drag down poor kids... more »

Mother Crusader: Charter Expansions; The New Suburban Charter Battlefront In New Jersey

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Mother Crusader: Charter Expansions; The New Suburban Charter Battlefront In New Jersey: Charter Expansions; The New Suburban Charter Battlefront In New Jersey by darciecima [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Florence Township is a small, close knit community with thriving public schools serving approximately 1,700 students. In 2008, Commissioner Lucille Davies awarded the Riverbank Charter School of Excellence a four year charter to serve 144 Florence Township students in grades K-3 with absolutely NO input from the district. Most parents in the district... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: How Much Will Common Core Cost Missouri School Districts?

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Missouri Education Watchdog: How Much Will Common Core Cost Missouri School Districts?: How Much Will Common Core Cost Missouri School Districts? by stlgretchen The question on how much CCSS will cost school districts might just be the $64,000 question. In all reality, the bill will probably be in the $350 Million range (at the least) as districts have to comply with infrastructure, assessment, training and curricula mandates. This is not new information on cost nor is it set in stone. In fact, the bill to school districts will become much higher if the science and social studi... more »

About Those Curious Foundation for Excellence in Education “Scholarships” for FLDOE Employees | Scathing Purple Musings

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About Those Curious Foundation for Excellence in Education “Scholarships” for FLDOE Employees | Scathing Purple Musings: About Those Curious Foundation for Excellence in Education “Scholarships” for FLDOE Employees by Bob Sikes Whether or not the practice runs afoul of any Florida statute is unknown, the FEE’s recruitment and reimbursement for FLDOE staffers to attend and present at an event that promoted their agenda is questionable. At least four FLDOE staff attended FEE’s 2011 Summit in San Francisco. This from *In the Public Interest *report that was released yesterday. Th... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: The language of the Ownership Society

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: The language of the Ownership Society: The language of the Ownership Society by Mike Klonsky In the Ownership Society, everything is turned upside-down. The new jargon of corporate-style ed reform turns Republican neocons and T-baggers into r-r-r-revolutionaries and democratic educators into "agents of the status quo." Case in point -- Michelle Rhee, the teacher-bashing, union-hating former D.C. schools boss, is hawking her new book on her StudentsFirst website. The title? "RADICAL". Give me a f#@kn break. That's right. This adviser to Tea Party... more »

UPDATE: Seattle Schools Community Forum: Times Talks About the Seattle Schools' Levies + Dearborn Park teachers support MAP boycott

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Dearborn Park teachers support MAP boycott: Times Talks About the Seattle Schools' Levies by Melissa Westbrook In a surprisingly candid piece, the Times lays out the case for the levies. The district, following its usual script, has not been as forthcoming but the Times points out the obvious: *How much is the district asking? The flier does not give the amounts, but the levies total $1.25 billion — the district’s biggest request to date. * *Much of that money, as the flier does say, would simply renew measures that otherwise would expire. What t... more »

UPDATE: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee uses StudentsFirst to sell memoir

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Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee uses StudentsFirst to sell memoir: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee uses StudentsFirst to sell memoir Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 31, 2013 at 6:00 am Is this putting students first? Michelle Rhee’s new memoir is set to go on sale Tuesday and she is already trying to hawk it, using the website of her school reform organization, StudentsFirst, to attract buyers. The site has a free excerpt, which I found out about when I received the letter below from Rhee. For my review of the book, click here, and for a review by Bill Turque, my coll... more »

A Different Story About Public Education

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A Different Story About Public Education: A Different Story About Public Education by Sam I know we’re already one month into 2013, but think back to last year for a second: What were the most talked about education stories of 2012? I’m guessing your list looks something like this – Common Core. The Chicago Teacher Strike. Newtown. And what worries me is that no matter what other stories you recalled – from Michelle Rhee to the Dropout Crisis to Race to the Top – they’re all likely to fit into one of the following categories: content, conflict, or catastrophe. Continue reading .... more »

UPDATE: We built it. + Madigan to We Are One’s offer of a pension summit: “Drop dead.” « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Madigan to We Are One’s offer of a pension summit: “Drop dead.” « Fred Klonsky: We built it. by Fred Klonsky “j” writes and asks, *“I still want to see a list of projects that my pension money funded….”we built it list”….maybe I can get a share of revenue from these venues…Soldier Field Bear’s ticket revenue….or a cut of Michigan Avenue store sales after I funded the flowers in the median garden beds.”* Of course, “j” is being rhetorical. Our pensions were used to pay for it it all. Remember Representative Elaine Nekritz’s answer to a question at the community forum in Aurora? A t... more »

The Educated Reporter: New Study Finds Early Predictors of Charter School Success

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The Educated Reporter: New Study Finds Early Predictors of Charter School Success: New Study Finds Early Predictors of Charter School Success by Emily Richmond A charter school’s performance in its first three years of operation is a solid predictor of the program’s long-term chances of success, a new study by Stanford University researchers concludes. On Wednesday Stanford's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) published *Charter School Growth and Replication*, which focuses on what can be learned from the track records of more than 1,300 independently managed pub... more »

Video: The Trolley Car Dilemma | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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Video: The Trolley Car Dilemma | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: Video: The Trolley Car Dilemma by Larry Ferlazzo The Trolley Car Dilemma is a famous ethical question, and used in many IB Theory of Knowledge classes. Here’s a useful video on it (in class, I’d periodically stop it to have students say what they would do): Popout Infographic: “The Top 10 Happiest Cities” Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 6 hours ago I’m adding this infographic to The Best Lists Of “Best Places To Live”: Find A Happy Place: The Top 10 Happiest Cities infographic by sp... more »

CALIFORNIA STATE WHISTLEBLOWER'S LAWSUITE EXPOSES WEB OF CORRUPTION AND DECEIT AT THE COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING (CTC) PART 1 By Steve Zeltzer - Perdaily.com

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CALIFORNIA STATE WHISTLEBLOWER'S LAWSUITE EXPOSES WEB OF CORRUPTION AND DECEIT AT THE COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING (CTC) PART 1 By Steve Zeltzer - Perdaily.com: CALIFORNIA STATE WHISTLEBLOWER'S LAWSUITE EXPOSES WEB OF CORRUPTION AND DECEIT AT THE COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING (CTC) PART 1 By Steve Zeltzer by Leonard Isenberg *Mensaje se repite en EspaƱol)* * * [image: Steve Zeltzer.jpg] *Kathleen Carroll, a former government lawyer turned whistleblower at the California Commission On Teacher Credentialing CTC has filed a potentially explosive suit against CTC officials... more »

School Tech Connect: I Feel A Protest Coming On

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School Tech Connect: I Feel A Protest Coming On: I Feel A Protest Coming On by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) My keyboard has been dodging a lot of vomit lately. I just read this. In a nutshell, a guy wants to open an "arts-based" charter in Rogers Park. Really. Can we just stop the f*cking madness already? Dude, start a private school, start a community arts program, or support your public schools. This opening up of charter after charter after charter? It has to stop. I railed at him in the comments over at DNA, although I had to post it through a friend because of the Fac... more »

A Whole Child Deserves a Whole Teacher — Whole Child Education

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A Whole Child Deserves a Whole Teacher — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: ASCD Whole Child Bloggers]A Whole Child Deserves a Whole Teacher January 30, 2013 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers *Post written by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick* A lot is said and written about the whole child. We often forget, however, that we should be considering the whole adult as well. A teacher's performance in the classroom, and the resulting performances of the students, depend on a cluster of ingredients not the least of which are the teacher's attitudes and dispositions which we ref... more »

One New Activity I’m Doing To Help ELLs Learn Academic Vocabulary – & Practice Speaking It | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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One New Activity I’m Doing To Help ELLs Learn Academic Vocabulary – & Practice Speaking It | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: One New Activity I’m Doing To Help ELLs Learn Academic Vocabulary – & Practice Speaking It by Larry Ferlazzo One of my students’ favorite activities, and one that I believe is very effective, is several times a week getting together in assigned small groups to practice conversational English. They all have a “cheat sheet” of about seventy different questions and answers that is in our book, *The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival* Guide and practice asking a... more »

Letter from Seattle School Librarians to Superintendent Banda: Scrap the MAP « Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Letter from Seattle School Librarians to Superintendent Banda: Scrap the MAP « Seattle Education: Letter from Seattle School Librarians to Superintendent Banda: Scrap the MAP by seattleducation2011 [image: MAP test] Dear Superintendent Banda and Members of the School Board, Since MAP testing was imposed in Seattle Schools in 2009, Seattle school librarians have continually expressed concern about the loss of library resources for students. School libraries are a proven tool to improve student learning. With the onset of MAP testing, however, the libraries in many schools have been... more »

Does the FLDOE Work for Jeb Bush’s Foundation? | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Does the FLDOE Work for Jeb Bush’s Foundation? | Scathing Purple Musings: Does the FLDOE Work for Jeb Bush’s Foundation? by Bob Sikes Today’s release of emails from a DC watchdog indeed provided some troubling revelations. Among these were arranging travel and reimbursements for FLDOE staffers and examples of clear advocacies for their corporate donors. But more than anything else, the sheer volume of emails between multiple Foundation for Excellence in Education staffers and state employees at the Florida Department of Education made the two appear almost co-dependent. But s... more »

Proximity beats ratings in DPS school choice | EdNewsColorado

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Proximity beats ratings in DPS school choice | EdNewsColorado: Proximity beats ratings in DPS school choice by Julie Poppen Proximity to schools matters more than the school district’s rating system when families choose schools in Denver. Image from the school choice page on the DPS website That’s among the findings of two recently released reports, conclusions that could spark debate about some of the assumptions education reformers have about school choice. “Almost every family we talked to – even though they are getting through SchoolChoice, they were not accessing any of these be... more »

Daily Kos: What we know and what happens next

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Daily Kos: What we know and what happens next: What we know and what happens next by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) First, we will be eternally grateful for all the support and kind wishes. I am sorry I cannot respond to each of you individually, but know that we read and appreciate every comment, kosmail, email, etc. This community is at its best in moments like this when we support one another. Second, don't worry, I am taking care of myself. I get enough rest, sometimes napping during the day. I take walks around the hospital to burn off energy. I have things I can do (book... more »

Letter from Seattle School Librarians to Superintendent Banda | Scrap the MAP!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Letter from Seattle School Librarians to Superintendent Banda | Scrap the MAP!: Letter from Seattle School Librarians to Superintendent Banda January 18, 2013 Dear Superintendent Banda and Members of the School Board, Since MAP testing was imposed in Seattle Schools in 2009, Seattle school librarians have continually expressed concern about the loss of library resources for students. School libraries are a proven tool to improve student learning. With the onset of MAP testing, however, the libraries in many schools have been closed for weeks at a time while the space is devoted to... more »

Why, as a parent, I support Garfield teachers’ opposition to excessive and inaccurate testing | Edvoices

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Why, as a parent, I support Garfield teachers’ opposition to excessive and inaccurate testing | Edvoices: Why, as a parent, I support Garfield teachers’ opposition to excessive and inaccurate testing By Sue Peters January 30, 2013 1:16 pm - - [image: seattle1]For his first school-library experience in kindergarten, my five-year-old son was not allowed to check out a book. Instead he was placed in front of a computer with a set of headphones and told to take a test for an hour. That was my family’s introduction to the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®), a computerized, a... more »

A quick take on just-released STAAR results | Education Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
A quick take on just-released STAAR results | Education Blog: A quick take on just-released STAAR results 0 15 comments (2) By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist wmckenzie@dallasnews.com 4:51 pm on January 30, 2013 | Permalink New STAAR data is out, allowing us to see how Texas students fared on the state’s new achievement test. Here’s my quick take: *Passing rates on most end-of-course exams for ninth-graders, who were the first to take these EOC tests, were around 80 percent or more. Algebra I. English I Reading. Biology. World Geography. The passing rates for all ninth-graders... more »

NYC Educator: Maybe It's a Female Thing

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
NYC Educator: Maybe It's a Female Thing: Maybe It's a Female Thing by NYC Educator That's what my supervisor said to me today. Someone called me on my cell phone, looking for my wife. She was from my daughter's school and didn't seem to want to talk to me. I was a little upset with that explanation. I said it wasn't fair. Women can say, "It's a female thing," shut you out, tell you nothing, and look knowingly at one another. Naturally you could never comprehend such a thing because you are an insensitive unintelligent galoot. I protested, along with the one other male teacher in m... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-30-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: Seattle Parents Support Test Boycott by dianerav A Seattle parent explains why the Garfield teachers have the support of parents like herself. Hi everyone, For his first school-library experience in kindergarten, my five-year-old son was not allowed to check out a book. Instead he was placed in front of a computer with a set of headphones and told to take a test for an hour. That was my family’s introduction to the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®), a computerized, adaptive Your Favorite Bloggers in One Place by dianerav Tim Slekar is launching a new f... more »

RHODE ISLAND STUDENTS CALL ON GOVERNOR TO STOP HIGH-STAKES TESTING POLICY « Seattle Education

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RHODE ISLAND STUDENTS CALL ON GOVERNOR TO STOP HIGH-STAKES TESTING POLICY « Seattle Education: RHODE ISLAND STUDENTS CALL ON GOVERNOR TO STOP HIGH-STAKES TESTING POLICY [image: Microsoft Word - PSU Protest ad.docx] “In just one week, the results of this year’s NECAP test will be released,” said Kelvis Hernandez. “It’s our hope that everyone in Rhode Island passes. But it’s more likely that thousands of students will not score high enough to pass this graduation requirement, particularly among the state’s most vulnerable populations—English Language Learners, students with disabili...more »

Presidential Memorandum -- Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally | The White House

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Presidential Memorandum -- Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally | The White House: Presidential Memorandum -- Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally January 30, 2013 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally Promoting gender equality and advancing the status of all women and girls around the world remains one of the gr... more »

Six best e-mails on National School Choice Week

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Six best e-mails on National School Choice Week: Six best e-mails on National School Choice Week Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » It’s National School Choice Week, which is not easy to forget if your e-mail queue is graced each day with messages that have subject lines like the ones below. There are, according to the week’s Web site, “3,600 events and counting!” to celebrate school choice, which has become one of the primary focuses of sch... more »

UPDATE: #UnfriendChristie The Failure of State Control Jersey Jazzman: More Newark-Facebook Follies

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Jersey Jazzman: More Newark-Facebook Follies: #UnfriendChristie by Duke One New Jersey has a smart idea: *Governor Chris Christie in California in a few weeks.* So, its up to all of us in New Jersey – who know the real Chris Christie – to show Zuckerberg exactly who he is aligning with. *Tomorrow, let’s spread the word about Christie’s real record by tweeting some thoughts and facts under the hashtag #UnfriendChristie.* In case you need some info on Christie, please check out our “Christie By-The-Numbers” page, as well as some of our recent press releases and op-eds. We must speak ... more »

Waldorf-Inspired Schools - Sacramento City Unified School District

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Waldorf-Inspired Schools - Sacramento City Unified School District: http://www.carverartsandscience.org/Waldorf-Inspired Schools Waldorf-inspired schools are places where imagination, creativity and critical thinking skills necessary for college and careers are fostered in a supportive “whole child” environment. Waldorf education was developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at the beginning of the 20th century. The Waldorf education model is used in 60 countries and there are 44 Waldorf-inspired public schools in the United States. SCUSD opened the country’s first public Waldorf-insp... more »










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