Friday, March 1, 2013

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 3-1--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



Governor's Budget for 2013-14 - Letters (CA Dept of Education)

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Governor's Budget for 2013-14 - Letters (CA Dept of Education): GOVERNOR’S BUDGET FOR 2013–14 On January 10, 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released his proposed budget for the 2013–14 fiscal year. This letter, prepared by the California Department of Education (CDE), provides information on the Governor’s proposals that affect K–12 education and child development programs. Copies of this document, as well as other budget-related documents, are available through the CDE Education Budget Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fr/eb/. Official state budget documents, including prop... more »

'Oh, the Programs You'll Cut': A Dr. Seuss Sequestration Poem | Politics on GOOD

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'Oh, the Programs You'll Cut': A Dr. Seuss Sequestration Poem | Politics on GOOD: 'Oh, the Programs You'll Cut': A Dr. Seuss Sequestration Poem [image: dr.seuss] Thanks to Congress' failure to reach a compromise today, the staggering federal spending cuts of the sequestration are upon us. Even if you're one of the 59 percent of people who thinks the sequestration will only have a minor impact on your life, you should expect to see what the*Washington Post *calls an "era of deeper austerity" and a "phase of uncertainty for Americans who rely on the government for employment or servi... more »

Mother Crusader: NJ's Latest Accomplishment; We Really Know How To Close Charter Schools!

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Mother Crusader: NJ's Latest Accomplishment; We Really Know How To Close Charter Schools!: NJ's Latest Accomplishment; We Really Know How To Close Charter Schools! by darciecima Putting the interests of money above children... New Jersey's education system has a lot to brag about. Please check out the link to a New Jersey School Board Association overview of the many reasons we should be proud of our schools and our students. Here are some highlights: - *Among the nation's best reading scores:* New Jersey ranks among the best in the nation—tied for second—in the fourth-g... more »

Actual Broad Foundation Manual: School Closure Guide (Plutocrats wage war against public schools) | Reclaim Reform

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Actual Broad Foundation Manual: School Closure Guide (Plutocrats wage war against public schools) | Reclaim Reform: Actual Broad Foundation Manual: School Closure Guide (Plutocrats wage war against public schools) by kenpreviti Yes, there is a War Against Public Education. No, this in not merely another crazy conspiracy theory. Proof? Here is the “School Closure Guide: closing schools as a means for addressing budgetary challenges.” [image: Broad School Closing] Excerpt:This is a guide for school district operators considering school closures to address significant budgetary challen... more »

Pass / Fail : Despite sequestration, Obama administration makes case for early childhood spending | 89.3 KPCC

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Pass / Fail : Despite sequestration, Obama administration makes case for early childhood spending | 89.3 KPCC: Despite sequestration, Obama administration makes case for early childhood spending by Deepa Fernandes [image: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sp]*US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is arguing for new spending on early childhood education, despite sequestration cuts going into effect. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images* As the president addressed the nation this morning outlining the impacts of the sequestration cuts, two of his cabinet members were a few miles aw... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Again? Parents STILL Pushing for Interim Plan Re-Vote

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Again? Parents STILL Pushing for Interim Plan Re-Vote: Again? Parents STILL Pushing for Interim Plan Re-Vote by Melissa Westbrook Apparently two NE parents met with Marty McLaren recently to plead with her to consider a revote on the amendment on the interim plan for 2013-2014. To whit: *In order for a re-vote to happen, a Board member who voted in favor of Amendment 2 (McLaren, Patu, Smith-Blum, or Peaslee) must motion for a re-vote. That motion can then be seconded by another Board member. The desired outcome of a re-vote would be for the Boar... more »

Caring is Essential: School Librarians' Roles in The Whole Child — Whole Child Education

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Caring is Essential: School Librarians' Roles in The Whole Child — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: ASCD Whole Child Bloggers]Caring is Essential: School Librarians’ Roles in The Whole Child March 1, 2013 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers *Post submitted on behalf of whole child partner American Association of School Librarians by Jami L. Jones, associate professor, Department of Library Science, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.* The quintessential role of educators is to provide safe environments for children to flourish emotionally, academically, and physic... more »

NYC Public School Parents: The mayor's ignorant remarks today on class size

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NYC Public School Parents: The mayor's ignorant remarks today on class size: The mayor's ignorant remarks today on class size by Leonie Haimson The mayor was at it again today, in his ill-considered and ignorant attack on class size. On his radio show, he apparently said: *"I got in trouble every time I say this. But I would do anything to have better quality teachers, even if it meant bigger class size, even if it meant them standing rather than teaching. That's what really makes a difference. That human being that looks the student in the eye, adjusts the curriculum based on i... more »

Diane in the Evening 3-1-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Will You Say This to Your School Board? by dianerav John Stoffel went to his school board in Indiana and delivered this message. Would you do the same in your district? Stoffel said: A little over two months ago, tragedy unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary. By the next school day, my school had safeguarded every reasonable security measure. Today, our district is still hammering out policy to best What Mayor Bloomberg Wants More Than Anything in the Schools by dianerav Mayor Bloomberg believes that having a h... more »

Where We Disagree: Let's Discuss - Bridging Differences - Education Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Where We Disagree: Let's Discuss - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Where We Disagree: Let's Discuss by Deborah Meier Dear Eric, Even before your letter arrived, I've been puzzling over how to respond. Because I am hoping this will not be just a "your side" followed by "my side" etc. Even at the time (1970s and 1980s) when Diane Ravitch and I had our most bitter disagreements, there were commonalties we both knew about that helped us in our back and forth. But I'm much more dependent on your own fairly succinctly outlined argument of last Tuesday—for which I apologize. I d... more »

Who Will the Los Angeles School Board Represent? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Who Will the Los Angeles School Board Represent? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Who Will the Los Angeles School Board Represent? by Anthony Cody [image: Mayor Bloomberg Your Money Sucks! (Learn More click picture)] I wrote last week about how what has been termed the "Billionaire Boys Club" are filling Los Angeles airwaves with TV ads supporting their preferred "reform" candidates. While many groups claim to be putting children first, the donors pitching in to help the corporate reform slate include people with some decidedly adult interests at stake. Joel Klein, w... more »

Study: Research shows everyone does worse with online learning | The Raw Story

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Study: Research shows everyone does worse with online learning | The Raw Story: Study: Research shows everyone does worse with online learning by Kay Steiger *PROUDLY SPONSORED BY* Con Academy Browse Con Academy library of over 3,100 educational videos... Recent research published by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) found that, compared to traditional classes, students tended to perform worse academically in online classes — suggesting that students had “difficulty adapting” to online learning. Perhaps even more startling, students of color and men fared the wors... more »

Lee Nave Jr. – The Art of Persuasion is Just Student Voice

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Student Voice: Lee Nave Jr. – The Art of Persuasion is Just by admin Speech, debate, and forensics (not the crime scene kind) should be implemented in all schools.Yes. I just said public speaking should be something all schools has. Public speaking, something more Americans fear worst than snakes and actual death. What a scary thought some of you may have just had.I had this same fear 8 years ago when I first started high school debate. I, a quite introverted boy suffering from low self-esteem was forced to give speeches in front of people I did not know. It did not take long bef... more »

UPDATE: next Gulen-affiliated Charter School? + More public subsidies for Achievement First, Commissioner Pryor’s “former” Charter School Management Company - Wait, What?

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More public subsidies for Achievement First, Commissioner Pryor’s “former” Charter School Management Company - Wait, What?: Will Connecticut become home to the next Gulen-affiliated Charter School? by jonpelto (Co-written by Jonathan Pelto and Wendy Lecker) *Note*: Over the next few weeks, Commissioner Stefan Pryor and the Connecticut State Board of Education will be reviewing and approving applications for new charter schools in Connecticut. This is the first in a series of posts about some of the applicants for these publicly funded charter schools. Fethullah Gülen is a Turkis... more »

4LAKids - NO SHAME: Until this moment, Mónica García, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?

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4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: NO SHAME: Until this moment, Mónica García, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?: NO SHAME: Until this moment, Mónica García, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency? PARTISAN POLITICAL OUTRAGE FROM SMF*Perspective (from the History of the U.S. Senate/**www.senate.gov:* In the spring of 1954, [demagogue/sociopath Senator “Tailgun Joe” Joseph] McCarthy picked a fight with the U.S. Arm... more »

Schools Matter: Mississippi Charter Bill Would Remove Local Decision Making in Approximately 100 School Districts

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Schools Matter: Mississippi Charter Bill Would Remove Local Decision Making in Approximately 100 School Districts: Mississippi Charter Bill Would Remove Local Decision Making in Approximately 100 School Districts by Jim Horn The next time you hear a Dixiecrat or any white Southern conservative businessman expound on the necessity for local political control, ask him why he does not believe that this sacred right does not extend to public education decisions. In Mississippi, white edupreneurs, businessmen, and various other corporate welfare bottom feeders are doing their best to... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open Thread

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open Thread: Friday Open Thread by Melissa Westbrook It's Read Across America day - what is your school doing? I fondly remember coordinating Read Across America day at my sons' elementary school. Read to a child (or go dig up a Dr. Seuss book and enjoy). A sad chapter in Seattle Schools' history surfaced this week via HistoryLink (a free online encyclopedia for Washington State History). *On February 27, 1942, the Seattle School Board accepts the resignation of 27 employees who are Americans of Japanese ancestry. The young women have been... more »

Remarks by the First Lady on Walmart and Other American Companies Making Healthy Changes | The White House

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Remarks by the First Lady on Walmart and Other American Companies Making Healthy Changes | The White House:

UPDATE: FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, March 1, 2013

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Friday, March 1, 2013* Oxnard Union board approves site near Camarillo Library for new schoolOxnard Union High School District trustees are in agreement that a piece of land near the Camarillo Library is the best spot to build a new high school. Lincoln bond refinance will save $1.9M in taxesLincoln Unified announced late Wednesday it has refinanced $21.4 million in outstanding general obligation bonds, a move officials say will save district property owners $1.9 million in taxes. STOCKTON - Lincoln Unified... more »

Where isn’t @plthomasedd these days? Talking top down crisis @dailykos – @ the chalk face

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Where isn’t @plthomasedd these days? Talking top down crisis @dailykos – @ the chalk face: Where isn’t @plthomasedd these days? Talking top down crisis @dailykos by Chalk Face, PhD I had this entry bookmarked, didn’t see at first it comes from our own Dr. Paul Thomas. Now the neoliberals are lamenting the neglect of our high achieving students. They are now in crisis. Do our moments of crisis ever end? Although, I will say this, from my anecdotal experiences. There’s a definite middle that schools are after. Basically, it’s a numbers game for a lot of teachers. How can we devote ... more »

Schools Matter: . . . and miles to go before 4th grade

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Schools Matter: . . . and miles to go before 4th grade: . . . and miles to go before 4th grade by Jim Horn For those bigots with low expectations who have been whining about the eradication of imaginative literature from the Common Core National Standards and National Testing Delivery System (CCNS/NTDS), you may be interested to know that I have uncovered a trove of literary gems among the Standards. Just go to Appendix B of the national standards, the same ones that the New York Times reports today will cost the City of New York $56,000,000 for new textbooks this coming year. ... more »

UPDATE: racial entitlement + mKindergarten kids are pulling down our test scores. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Kindergarten kids are pulling down our test scores. | Fred Klonsky: Ten minute drawing. Antonin Scalia. The perpetuation of racial entitlement. by Fred Klonsky [image: scalia] Click on image to enlarge. Kindergarten kids are pulling down our test scores. by Fred Klonsky [image: Blond Boy Crying] SB 1307 was voted out of the Senate Education Committee on an 8 to 5 vote. It is ready for a vote by the entire Illinois Senate. The bill would require lowering the mandatory school attendance age from 7 to 5. This is Rahm’s universal kindergarten proposal, but for the entire state. The Il... 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. Closing Schools 4 Choice (and Excellence) Best of the Ed Blogs EduShyster March 1, 2013 This Week’s Round-Up of Useful Education Policy Posts & Articles Best of th... more »

Yo Congress: Sequester This!

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The Case for Rereading the High School Classics - Entertainment - The Atlantic Wire

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The Case for Rereading the High School Classics - Entertainment - The Atlantic Wire: The Case for Rereading the High School Classics by Jen Doll If the act of rereading a book is partly about remembering the you who paged through it the first time, and comparing that version of yourself to the one dipping into that book again, the classics that we read in high school offer endless possibilities for rediscovery, for looking at ourselves then and now. That's part of what makes Kevin Smokler's new book, *Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High... more »

Modern School: L.A. Administrators Challenge Deasy and School Board on A-G

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Modern School: L.A. Administrators Challenge Deasy and School Board on A-G: L.A. Administrators Challenge Deasy and School Board on A-G by Michael Dunn Last year, the Los Angeles School Board mandated that all students pass several A-G courses with a C or better. A-G courses are those that are accepted by the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems as prerequisites for their courses and are seen by many reformers as the minimum we should be expecting from our students under the misguided expectation that all students can and should go to college... more »

In remote Alaskan villages, teachers struggle to make school meaningful | Hechinger Report

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In remote Alaskan villages, teachers struggle to make school meaningful | Hechinger Report: In remote Alaskan villages, teachers struggle to make school meaningful by Sarah Garland [image: In remote Alaskan villages, teachers struggle to make school meaningful] Wagner Iworrigan, a 17-year-old high school senior on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska, knows a lot about biology, meteorology, and math. He’s an expert at telling whether a walrus is too sick to eat, if the weather is likely to turn dangerous, and the best angle for throwing a harpoon at a surfacing bowhead whale. On a recent ... more »

The Non-reformy Lessons of KIPP | School Finance 101

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The Non-reformy Lessons of KIPP | School Finance 101: The Non-reformy Lessons of KIPP by schoolfinance101 [image: Slide10] We’ve all now had a few days to digest the findings of the most recent KIPP middle school mega-study. I actually do have some quibbles with the analyses themselves and the presentation of them, one of which I’ll address below, but others I’ll set aside for now. It is the big picture lessons that are perhaps most interesting. I begin this post with a general acceptance that this study, like previous KIPP studies, and like studies of charter effectiveness in m... more »

Geoffrey Canada joins chiefs of high finance to do what, exactly? #sequester? – @ the chalk face

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Geoffrey Canada joins chiefs of high finance to do what, exactly? #sequester? – @ the chalk face: Geoffrey Canada joins chiefs of high finance to do what, exactly? #sequester? by Chalk Face, PhD This isn’t getting much coverage, I don’t think. But Geoffrey Canada, vaunted head of Harlem Children’s Zone, joined a couple of members of high finance to write an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on the looming sequester. What on earth would this man have to say about it? Well, some interesting stuff, actually. Let’s see. One of us is a Democrat; one, an independent; another, a Republ... more »

The Educated Reporter: Clock Ticks Down to Sequestration Deadline

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The Educated Reporter: Clock Ticks Down to Sequestration Deadline: Clock Ticks Down to Sequestration Deadline by Emily Richmond If you’re thinking that sequestration -- across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect today at every federal agency -- doesn’t seem like the most thoughtful course of action for Congress to try and balance its books, you have plenty of company. “I’ve been at this for 35 years, and this is the most insane thing ever,” said Joel Packer, executive director of theCommittee for Education Funding, a nonpartisan lobbying group representing a diverse range of... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-1-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Oregon: Legislator and Teachers Speak Out Against High-Stakes Testing by dianerav When I was in Portland, Oregon, last year, I met a very impressive and thoughtful state legislator, Lew Frederick. Please watch this video, which begins with Representative Frederick’s passionate plea for a new vision of the outcomes that matter most for students–not test scores on a single day–but the kind of person they are, the kind of lives they might live, the kind of contribut... more »

Kelli Stargel’s Top-Shelf Hypocricy in Labeling Opponents to Her Parent Trigger Bill | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Kelli Stargel’s Top-Shelf Hypocricy in Labeling Opponents to Her Parent Trigger Bill | Scathing Purple Musings: Kelli Stargel’s Top-Shelf Hypocricy in Labeling Opponents to Her Parent Trigger Bill by Bob Sikes Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) took exception to he hometown newspaper’s thumbs down on the parent trigger bill she’s sponsoring. As most observers say that passage of this year’s bill in the senate is a slam dunk, it’s puzzling why Stargel would want to draw attention to herself and her controversial bill. She wrote this in a letter to the editor of the *Lakeland Ledger*... more »

School Employee Accidentally Shot During District-Sponsored Gun Class | toteachornototeach

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School Employee Accidentally Shot During District-Sponsored Gun Class | toteachornototeach: School Employee Accidentally Shot During District-Sponsored Gun Class by aristotlethewise *Glenn Geddie, Texas School Employee, * *Accidentally Shot During District-Sponsored Gun Training* By Alana Horowitz An employee at a Texas public school was accidentally shot on Wednesday during a district-sponsored handgun safety class, KLTV reports. According to KLTV, Glenn Geddie was a maintenance worker for the Van Independent School District. The school district voted last month to arm some teacher...more »

Jersey Jazzman: Why Is NJ BOE Targeting Special Ed Case Workers?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Why Is NJ BOE Targeting Special Ed Case Workers?: Why Is NJ BOE Targeting Special Ed Case Workers? by Duke *Coming soon to your school...* As I reported earlier, the NJ State Board of Education, acting on recommendations from the Education Transformation Task Force, is *proposing a change in state code that would allow teachers and other staff to become case managers for students with special needs.* * *I've received a white paper dated February 22, 2013, from a coalition of stakeholders opposed to this change (I don't yet have a link to get my readers a copy, but ... more »

Pursuit of college financial aid varies widely among high schools | EdSource Today

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Pursuit of college financial aid varies widely among high schools | EdSource Today: Pursuit of college financial aid varies widely among high schools - by John Fensterwald by John Fensterwald California high school seniors are losing out on potentially hundreds of millions of dollars each year in financial aid – and forgoing the opportunity to attend college they assume they cannot afford – because only half of them fill out the forms for financial aid, according to a new report from Education Trust-West. But some high schools and some districts do a far better job in [image: The ... more »

Update: Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc. fails to amend Ethics Reports - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Update: Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc. fails to amend Ethics Reports - Wait, What?: Update: Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc. fails to amend Ethics Reports by jonpelto Maybe when you are ConnCAN – The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc. – you don’t need to abide by Connecticut’s ethics laws. Maybe the law only applies to the little people. Wait, What? readers know the story of how ConnCAN, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now Inc., paid Global Strategies Group, a political consulting and public strategies company, tens of thousands ... more »

Closing Schools 4 Choice (and Excellence) | EduShyster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Closing Schools 4 Choice (and Excellence) | EduShyster: Closing Schools 4 Choice (and Excellence) by edushyster2012 The best way to enhance the excellence of our public schools is by closing them. It is a well-known true fact that the fastest way to improve schools in order to launch students on a path to 21st century prosperity is to close them. In fact, nine out of ten advocates of closing schools in order to promote enhanced choice and excellence have found that choice and excellence are enhanced when schools are closed. Unfortunately, closing a school while the students are sti... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: 'We test for what we desire..."

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: 'We test for what we desire...": 'We test for what we desire..." by Mike Klonsky Howard Gardner Harvard Prof. *Howard Gardner* makes a great point in his letter to the NYT in response to the D.O.E.'s announcement that Pearson was changing its admissions exam for the gifted and talented programs. *What we test for signals what we ultimately desire. The use of tests for which 4-year-olds can be prepped signals that we want to find those youngsters who can do well on future tests. In that way, the process works perfectly — whether in China or in New York... more »

Hooked on Reading | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Hooked on Reading | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Hooked on Reading by NEA's Read Across America *By Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association* It starts early. When we are maybe age three or four or five. When we are young and impressionable. Someone close to us opens a book and reads to us about animals that talk, ghosts that live in haunted castles or pirates in search of buried treasure. And we are hooked. We can't wait for someone to read us another story that causes our imaginations to run wild. If you've ever shared a book with a... more »

Is Lucy Calkins Legally Insane? southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Is Lucy Calkins Legally Insane? by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) We have called for the arrest and prosecution of Lucy Calkins. We have sampled the child abuse of Lucy Calkins methods. We have called for all administrators that buy into Lucy Calkins to be terminated post haste. And we have pulled back the sheath of the Cult of Lucy Calkins. The sign of insanity is doing what results in failure over and over again and hoping for a different outcome. Apparently if any administrator that relies on anything from Lucy Calkins to improve the reading... more »

Ed groups still want Brown funding formula debated outside budget SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: Ed groups still want Brown funding formula debated outside budget *By Kimberly Beltran* Friday, March 01, 2013 While broad consensus from the K-12 community for Gov. Jerry Brown’s new school financing proposal emerged Thursday during a Senate panel hearing, district administrators and lawmakers said they still want to see it developed through legislative education policy debate – not carried as part of the governor’s budget bill. Brown’s refusal to budge on that point last year led to the plan going nowhere but, as promised then, the governor... more »

A. Phillip Randolph and Who Really Controls Teacher Voice | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
A. Phillip Randolph and Who Really Controls Teacher Voice | The Jose Vilson: A. Phillip Randolph and Who Really Controls Teacher Voice by Jose Vilson [image: A Phillip Randolph] A Phillip Randolph This week, I had the distinct please of listening to Norman Hill speak as part of a panel of activists and organizers that worked on and around the Civil Rights Movement, specifically with Bayard Rustin. In one of my favorite moments, Hill quoted A. Phillip Randolph: “At the banquet table of nature, there are no reserved seats. You get what you can take, and you keep what you can hold. I... more »

TNValleyNow - Alabama school flex bill with tax credits passes

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
TNValleyNow - Latest News for Huntsville, Decatur, Florence, Tuscumbia, Muscle Shoals and the TNValley: By PHILLIP RAWLS, Associated Press [image: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES] *REALLY?* MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican legislators on Thursday expanded a routine education bill to include tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools, prompting the state school superintendent to withdraw his support and a teachers' group to assail it as "totally anti-public education." The revised version cleared... more »

Modern School: Fox Guarding Hen House: Mexican Govt Busts Teachers’ Union for Corruption

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Modern School: Fox Guarding Hen House: Mexican Govt Busts Teachers’ Union for Corruption: Fox Guarding Hen House: Mexican Govt Busts Teachers’ Union for Corruption by Michael Dunn *Malos maestros - escuelas deficientes estilo mexicano?* The head of the Mexican teachers' union (SNTE), Elba Esther Gordillo, has been arrested for embezzling over $156 million from union funds, according to a recent BBC report. Gordillo allegedly used the funds to purchase private property, private planes and plastic surgery. If the allegations are true (and there is considerable evidence that they ... more »

Voting and Learning Denied. Education and Entitlement

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Voting and Learning Denied. Education and Entitlement: Voting and Learning Denied. Education and Entitlement by Server *©copyright 2013. Betsy L. Angert * Is it fear of the darkness that dims our mind or is it the dim of our mind that is dark and damning? No one can be sure; however we can see what occurs and ask why. Why might Americans systematically deny rights to people of color? Why might the young, the most vulnerable among us, be victims of prey? Indeed, why do we prejudge people at all and why is it that even the elderly cannot escape our diabolical doings? The theories ... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Gov. Snyder's privatization mess in Muskegon Hts.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Gov. Snyder's privatization mess in Muskegon Hts.: Gov. Snyder's privatization mess in Muskegon Hts. by Mike Klonsky What's left of Muskegon Heights Public Schools. Remember last year when Michigan's wing-nut Gov. Rick Snyder used his fascist powers to privatize the town and schools of Muskegon Heights? First he replaced the elected city government with a hand-picked business czar, Don Weatherspoon. Then, Czar Weatherspoon decided to turn the entire public school system over to a

NYC Educator: Spare the Cane, and Enable

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
NYC Educator: Spare the Cane, and Enable: Spare the Cane, and Enable by NYC Educator About five years ago, I was asked to cover the class of an AP. It was a wondrous thing coming in from the trailers to a classroom full of computers, something I'd rarely seen. The kids were mostly doing something or other on them, and I mostly let them do it. One boy kept listening to music on his iPod. I asked him to put it away, and he did. I carried on, doing whatever I was doing, while the kids carried on doing whatever they were doing. But a few minutes later, there was the same boy, listenin... more »

Georgia among states with more non-teaching personnel than teachers. But does it matter? | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Georgia among states with more non-teaching personnel than teachers. But does it matter? | Get Schooled: Georgia among states with more non-teaching personnel than teachers. But does it matter? by Maureen Downey *The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice released a report toda*y on which states have more non-teaching personnel than teachers, and Georgia is among the them. The study was done by Ben Scafidi, a one-time education adviser to Gov. Sonny Perdue and now an economics professor at Georgia College & State University. I am not sure what to make of the findings as the ... more »

L.A. Unified, other school districts seek new measures of success - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
L.A. Unified, other school districts seek new measures of success - latimes.com: L.A. Unified, other school districts seek new measures of success Nine California school districts, including Los Angeles Unified, will apply to the U.S. Department of Education for relief from rules that, over time, have labeled most schools that receive federal funds as failing, officials announced Thursday. In exchange, the districts pledged to adopt a broader system of measures that officials said would lead to better outcomes for students. “We are not seeking this waiver in any way, shape or form... more »

Please Don’t Call Me Coach | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Please Don’t Call Me Coach | Taking Note: Please Don’t Call Me Coach by John Merrow If I were still teaching, I don’t think I would want people calling me “Coach.” Referring to teachers as Coaches has been in vogue for the last dozen years or so. Instead of being “Sages on the Stage,” teachers became “Guides on the Side.” Better yet, they were “Coaches” who brought out the best in their students. “Coach” was understood to be a high compliment, a term of great respect. It carried the message that this particular teacher understood individual differences among his or her students a... more »







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