Sunday, March 3, 2013

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 3-3-13 #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



Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Education This Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Education This Week: Seattle Education This Week by Melissa Westbrook *Wednesday, March 6th* Announcement of Charter Commission members by the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House. Two-hour early dismissal for SPS. School Board meeting at 4:15 p.m. Agenda. It includes: - action on approving the contracts for the Arbor Heights rebuild (at about $24M which is much more in line with the costs in other districts) as well as for Cedar Park, Van Asselt*, John Marshall**, Thornton Creek (or "equivalent site), Pinehurst*** and Wilson... more »

Meet the L.A. school board candidates - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Meet the L.A. school board candidates - latimes.com: Meet the L.A. school board candidates Ten candidates are on the ballot next Tuesday for three seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Four of them are backed by high-cost independent campaigns on their behalf; the others have had difficulty getting their messages out. The campaign also has been marked by misleading negative campaign mail as well as by exaggerated claims. Here are thumbnails of all the candidates: *BOARD DISTRICT 2* * * [image: Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board] * * *Robert D. Skeels*, 47, writer and rese... more »

Cornell University to offer the “hypodermic needle theory” of education in an attempt to colonize and groom future elites

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Cornell University to offer the “hypodermic needle theory” of education in an attempt to colonize and groom future elites: Cornell University to offer the “hypodermic needle theory” of education in an attempt to colonize and groom future elites by Danny Weil Before we explore elite Cornell University’s new course offering entitled “Waiting for Superman” and the connection between Bill Gates, Wall Street and the elite university a little history is in order. *The Powell Memo and the Growth of the Reactionary Right * As I wrote at Truthout.org back in August of 2012:[image: teacher] T... more »

PTA Children's Clothes Closet Sacramento Council PTA

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Sacramento Council PTA: [image: SAC COUNCIL LOGO] PTA Children's Clothes Closet PURPOSES OF THE PTA To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship. To raise the standards of home life. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest adva... more »

Daily Kos: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Daily Kos: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) is the title of this story in today's *New York Times* by Eric Lichtblau. Lichtblau begins by telling of an effort begun 13 years ago at the Holocaust Museum to all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust. The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spannin... more »

Diane in the Evening 3-3-13 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: Des Moines Reader Ask for Advice by dianerav A question from a reader: “Des Moines Iowa needs some advice. “Des Moines superintendent candidates narrowed to 3″ ” Carey Wright, chief academic officer of the We Owe Oprah an Apology by dianerav When readers learned that Oprah’s OWN network was filming in New Orleans, they feared that she would repeat the inflated and fraudulent claims about charter schools that are so often repeated on television. So did I. But according to this Louisian teacher, all of us were wron... more »

New Mexico Education Secretary's Hearings Bring More Light to Corruption in Education Reform - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
New Mexico Education Secretary's Hearings Bring More Light to Corruption in Education Reform - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: New Mexico Education Secretary's Hearings Bring More Light to Corruption in Education Reform by Anthony Cody Confirmation hearings for acting state secretary of Education Hanna Skandera in New Mexico took a decided turn towards the sensational yesterday, as testimony revealed details of the inner workings of what is looking more like a political machine advancing the combined interests of education "reformers" and the companies whose interest... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Michelle Rhee's Book Is A Huge Failure

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Michelle Rhee's Book Is A Huge Failure: Michelle Rhee's Book Is A Huge Failure by Duke A week ago, I asked if Michelle Rhee's anti-teacher, anti-union screed book *Radical* was a flop. It hadn't cracked the *NY Times* bestseller list, and sales were not strong on Amazon: As I said, I know nothing about publishing, so maybe a book like *Radical* needs time to get traction - even if Rhee has been on a dream book tour that included many national media outlets including *The Daily Show*,*Charlie Rose*, and *This Week *(let's see if Diane Ravitch gets the same bookings ... more »

Teacher standoff stokes debate over standardized tests | Reuters

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Teacher standoff stokes debate over standardized tests | Reuters: Teacher standoff stokes debate over standardized tests By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE | Sun Mar 3, 2013 8:37am EST (Reuters) - A boycott by Seattle teachers a widely-used standardized test has attracted national attention and given new momentum to a growing protest movement that seeks to limit standardized testing in public schools. The revolt by Seattle public school teachers and students elsewhere comes at a time of bitter political wrangling over how best to reinvigorate a $525 billion public school system that leaves... more »

Schools Matter: Gov. Pence's Pal, Doden, to Collect Over Half-Million in Ft. Wayne Charter Rent

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Schools Matter: Gov. Pence's Pal, Doden, to Collect Over Half-Million in Ft. Wayne Charter Rent: Gov. Pence's Pal, Doden, to Collect Over Half-Million in Ft. Wayne Charter Rent by Jim Horn With permission from Karen Francisco: *Charter school charades* *Karen Francisco | The Journal Gazette* * * *That sound you heard Wednesday? That was the sound of the Indiana Charter School Board rubber-stamping a real estate deal to benefit a politically connected Fort Wayne business owner.* *How else to explain a 5-1 vote to "replicate" an unproven school that has drawn few students in Indi... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Opt out letter for parents who do NOT want their children's confidential info shared with private corporations, and our follow-up questions to NY State

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
NYC Public School Parents: Opt out letter for parents who do NOT want their children's confidential info shared with private corporations, and our follow-up questions to NY State: Opt out letter for parents who do NOT want their children's confidential info shared with private corporations, and our follow-up questions to NY State 1. There is an article in today’s Reuters about the Gates-funded database called inBloomInc. that is collecting all the most private, sensitive, and confidential student data from New York and 8 other states, and plans to place it on a vulnerable... more »

One million blog visits contest. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
One million blog visits contest. | Fred Klonsky: One million blog visits contest. by Fred Klonsky [image: designall.dll] Some time by the end of March, my little blog will reach one million page visits. I decided to celebrate by running a contest. The winner will receive the t-shirt pictured on this post. It is one-of-a-kind. Size: 2XL. It is the color orange. Perfect for being recognized at IEA Representative Assemblies. To win, you must submit to this blog a tweet-length statement (140 characters) or a haiku (a poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five). ... more »

Opt out letter & fact sheet for parents who do NOT want their child’s confidential information shared with private corporations | Class Size Matters

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Opt out letter & fact sheet for parents who do NOT want their child’s confidential information shared with private corporations | Class Size Matters Opt out letter & fact sheet for parents who do NOT want their child’s confidential information shared with private corporations New York State and NYC Department of Education, along with 8 other states (*MA, LA, CO, IL, NC, GA, DE, KY)*, have *agreed to share confidential student and teacher data* with a Gates-funded corporation called inBloom Inc. There is an article about this unprecedented project here. Below is more information ... more »

Home « A Community Concern

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Home « A Community Concern: A Community Concern *A film giving visibility to the power of organizing as a way to improve urban public schools* *NOW PART OF THE AMERICAN GRADUATE PROJECT, A NEW PBS INITIATIVE* Amy Shaw, Sr. VP of Community Engagement, managing the initiative for the CPB, writes,*“The ability to view the film and segments on multiple platforms will be ideal for the community hubs around the country. I so appreciate the work that you are doing and think it is so important.”* Across the United States, graduation rates in most urban districts still remain between 50 and ... more »

Charter Schools USA Stonewalls in Refusal to Answer Questions About Relationship With Bush Foundation | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Charter Schools USA Stonewalls in Refusal to Answer Questions About Relationship With Bush Foundation | Scathing Purple Musings: Charter Schools USA Stonewalls in Refusal to Answer Questions About Relationship With Bush Foundation by Bob Sikes Fresh off news that it’s about to build an $11 million charter school in Jacksonville, it’s no surprise that Charter Schools USA wouldn’t want to answer any questions about the entity that’s enabled it’s rise. But when asked to respond to questions about it’s relationship to Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, the charter sch... more »

UPDATE: The Dumbest Thing Anyone Has Ever Said, Ever Jersey Jazzman: Camden's Schools: It's All Going According to Plan

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Camden's Schools: It's All Going According to Plan: The Dumbest Thing Anyone Has Ever Said, Ever by Duke I posted about this yesterday, but it really does deserve repeating, because it is so very, *very* dumb: ACTING Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera - protege of Jeb! Bush and a political hack - is facing a tough confirmation hearing. One of the primary complaints against her is that, according to the New Mexico Constitution, Skandera is not qualified to serve: * Sec. 6. [Public education department;* *public education commission.]* *A. There is hereby created... more »

‘Neovouchers’: A primer on private school tax credits

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
‘Neovouchers’: A primer on private school tax credits: ‘Neovouchers’: A primer on private school tax credits Posted by Valerie Strauss on March 3, 2013 at 11:30 am 0 Comments More [image: tax1]Some people, not surprisingly, weren’t thrilled with my post titled “Welfare for the rich? Private school tax credit programs expanding.” Here Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center, housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, looks at the criticism and gives us a primer on private school tax credit programs, which he calls “neovouchers.” He’s the ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Teachers As Political Targets?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Teachers As Political Targets?: Teachers As Political Targets? by Duke Teachers in New Mexico have had enough of reformy "leaders" like Hanna Skandera: The Senate Rules Committee will have to meet for a third time to vote on whether to recommend Hanna Skandera as the [New Mexico] state’s secretary of education following a long day of testimony from her supporters and opponents Saturday — the second day of the process. [...] Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, said *this is the first time in his five years in the Legislature in which a confirmation hearing has laste... more »

“The Night That We Were Shocked, That We Were Shocked…By CPS” by Missy Hughes & Dave Stieber. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
“The Night That We Were Shocked, That We Were Shocked…By CPS” by Missy Hughes & Dave Stieber. | Fred Klonsky: “The Night That We Were Shocked, That We Were Shocked…By CPS” by Missy Hughes & Dave Stieber. by Fred Klonsky From: Dave Stieber’s blog. Performed at this week’s Louder Than a Bomb, Chicago. Popout. Our skin has become thicker From Chicago Thicker from the winters Thicker from the corruption The lies and double speak “The Night That We Were Shocked, That We Were Shocked…By CPS” by Missy Hughes & Dave Stieber. | Fred Klonsky:

The Onion Apologizes | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
The Onion Apologizes | The Onion - America's Finest News Source: The Onion Apologizes Dear Readers, On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting. No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire. The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and ... more »

Building Capacity for Connected Educators | Connected Principals

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Building Capacity for Connected Educators | Connected Principals: Building Capacity for Connected Educators by Joe Mazza *Below is a summary of how connected educators volunteered “on a tweet” to stream into our school and provide a LIVE professional development opportunity for the Knapp staff.* [image: @KnappElementary teachers participate in an interactive panel on what it means to be a connected educator.] @KnappElementary teachers participate in an interactive panel on what it means to be a connected educator. As school leaders, it’s our responsibility to expose our learning com...more »

Candidates for mayor take different tacks on education - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Candidates for mayor take different tacks on education - latimes.com: L.A.’S RACE FOR MAYOR Candidates for mayor take different tacks on educationEric Garcetti has the backing of the teachers union and wants to unite the union and reformers. Wendy Greuel wants local decision-making. Jan Perry wants a non-voting seat on the board. [image: From left, L.A. mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Eric Garcetti, Emanuel Pleitez and Jan Perry attend a United Way panel discussion on improving schools.] From left, L.A. mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Eric Garcetti, Eman... more »

The Sunday Mail. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
The Sunday Mail. | Fred Klonsky: The Sunday Mail. by Fred Klonsky [image: 09ourbodiesblue400] *March 8th is International Women’s Day. Graphic: Meredith Stern/Just Seeds. * *Mike Dumke on how closing schools* destroys neighborhoods. *Remembering Blood Sunday at the Edmund Pettis Bridge.* Fighting for the right to vote. That is what the racist Antonin Scalia calls a* racial entitlement.* ***They say this is a big rich town, but I live in the poorest part. *I know I’m on a dead-end street in a city

Week Six Of Twitter Chat On Student Motivation Using #selfdrivenlrng Hashtag | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Week Six Of Twitter Chat On Student Motivation Using #selfdrivenlrng Hashtag | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: Week Six Of Twitter Chat On Student Motivation Using #selfdrivenlrng Hashtag My next book, Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation, was published on March 1st by Eye On Education. It’s a sequel to my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. Starting in Feb and continuing for 6 weeks, I’ll be tweeting quotes from both books. 1. You can see tweets from Week One of this Twitter conversation here , Week Two here , Week Three here , Week... more »

the crazy preschool process - my sidewalk chalk blog - nyc school help

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
the crazy preschool process - my sidewalk chalk blog - nyc school help: the crazy preschool process by joyce SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 AT 8:33AM First off, let me say that I am so sorry that so many of you are sad. The vast majority of people who are contacting me these days are despondent. That doesn't mean that many, many people didn't get placements. It just means that the ones who didn't, are writing me in the middle of the night. With that being said, I am now going to give you a little tough love (and trust me I do love you). Everyone starts off the conversation with "this is su... more »

Jeb Bush Dodges Questions From Tampa Tribune Reporter in Story on His Foundation | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Jeb Bush Dodges Questions From Tampa Tribune Reporter in Story on His Foundation | Scathing Purple Musings: Jeb Bush Dodges Questions From Tampa Tribune Reporter in Story on His Foundation by Bob Sikes *Tampa Tribune *reporter William March has this: TAMPA – Lobbyists are not allowed to finance perks like trips for state officials, but those at the Foundation for Excellence in Education get around that ban by being registered to another foundation run by Jeb Bush. Former Gov. Jeb Bush’s nonprofit, education reform foundation is taking heat for using donations from for-profit com... more »

Kate Anderson and John Deasy: A Love Story?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
I'm a RIF'd teacher who got laid off by LAUSD in June. I am a PUBLIC SCHOOL teacher to my core, and I am determined to fight my way back into the classroom. I feel like Kate Anderson is living in a bubble, completely oblivious to challenges we face in our classrooms and communities. Her mommy persona belies the fact that she worked as corporate lawyer (at a firm founded by Charles Munger, architect of Prop 32) and defended tobacco companies; she has also taken big money from people who want to privatize public education in our city (Eli Broad and his minions). I get the feeling th... more »

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

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Hear John Kuhn Speaking Candidly by dianerav John Kuhn is recognized among many educators as our most eloquent spokesman, a champion of students, educators, and public school. Here he is interviewed on “The Chalkface,” speaking as he always does, from the heart What Happened in Alabama: The GOP Coup by dianerav The Republicans in Alabama are not usually thought of as the guardians of minority children, the poor, and oppressed. Last week, they slipped through ... more »

Mexico: Taking down 'The Teacher': The Lumina Foundation saddles up to privatize education in Mexico

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Mexico: Taking down 'The Teacher': The Lumina Foundation saddles up to privatize education in Mexico Mexico: Taking down ‘The Teacher’: The Lumina Foundation saddles up to privatize education in Mexico by Danny Weil [image: merisotis]An interesting report out of Mexico concerning corruption charges against the head of the Mexican teacher’s union has appeared at Al Jazeera. The report, found below, indicates that the government has arrested and charged Elba Esther Gordillo, the leader of the Mexican teacher’s union with embezzlement and other charges. Known as *La Maestra* or ‘The... more »

Ed Notes Online: Please Join Us on Monday, March 11th for a community screening of 180 Days Well Spent

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: Please Join Us on Monday, March 11th for a community screening of 180 Days Well Spent: Please Join Us on Monday, March 11th for a community screening of 180 Days Well Spent by ed notes online Participatory Action Research Center for Education Organizing (PARCEO) In memory of Linda Levine, educator, activist for justice in education, and remarkable human being Please join Participatory Action Research Center for Education Organizing, together with Bloomingdale Family Program; Change the Stakes; Graduate School of Education, Bank Street College of Education; Metr... more »

Misheard ‘Fresh Prince’ song sparks schools lockdown

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Misheard ‘Fresh Prince’ song sparks schools lockdown: Misheard ‘Fresh Prince’ song sparks schools lockdown Posted by Valerie Strauss on March 3, 2013 at 2:14 am 17 Comments More [image: Freshprincelogo]In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: Schools in a Pennsylvania county were put on lockdown after a receptionist misunderstood the words of the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which a student had as his cellphone greeting, and thought the teen was going to commit violence. According to the The Times of Beaver, Pa., the receptionist on Thursday called 19-year-old T... more »

Daily Kos: "Disaster Capitalism," "Kids in Prison Program" Justified?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Daily Kos: "Disaster Capitalism," "Kids in Prison Program" Justified?: "Disaster Capitalism," "Kids in Prison Program" Justified? byplthomasEdDFollow - - - 2 Comments / 2 New [image: Mailbox in Flood Waters New Mexico, USA] attribution: © Royalty-Free/CORBIS Once the storm-surge waters receded after Hurricane Katrina plowed through New Orleans, the city has since experienced another flood, one that rushed in to fill the vacuum created by tragedy in order to reap profit: Disaster capitalism. While the impoverished struggled under the natural disaster intensifying ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Video: Auditor Tom Schweich presents his audit of the Rockwood School District

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: Video: Auditor Tom Schweich presents his audit of the Rockwood School District: Video: Auditor Tom Schweich presents his audit of the Rockwood School District by dsm Popout Missouri's Auditor, Tom Schweich, reviewed the Rockwood R-VI School District and issued a report grading the district as "Fair" (on a scale of: Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor). The district will have 90 days to implement changes to address Schweich's findings. The complete findings can be found in the auditor's report. A two page summary of the findings appears on pages 2-3 of that...more »

My top 10 most popular posts | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
My top 10 most popular posts | Gary Rubinstein's Blog: My top 10 most popular posts by Gary Rubinstein I’m going to make a few top 10 lists over the coming weeks since I know from reading other people’s blogs that I don’t often go back and read old posts. But some of the older posts from me and others are not ‘stale’ in any way. So in addition to this list, which will be the 10 most viewed posts, I’ll also make some other ones like the 10 that I like the best, or the 10 that generated the most comments, or others. Top 10 Most Popular Posts On This Blog: 1. 10/31/2011 Why I did ... more »

Daily Kos: Thanks

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Daily Kos: Thanks: Thanks by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) *the text of this diary was first posted during American Education Week, November 16, 2010. Although I did not continue in the classroom until I was 70 as I then expected, as I reread this posting this evening, I felt as what I had to say about teaching was worth repeating. The link in the original piece no longer goes to the same page, so it is not live in this posting* This is American Education Week. It is a time to focus on those who play important roles in education. Were one to go to *this page at the NEA websi... more »

Schools Matter: More from Susan O on Common Core

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Schools Matter: More from Susan O on Common Core: More from Susan O on Common Core by Jim Horn What the Press Leaves out *Susan Ohanian Analysis:*Former police headquarters bureau chief at the *Times,* Al Baker, is still covering the crime scene but now seems to be concentrating on education matters, both city and state. Since he's not letting on that these activities are crimes, I'll fill in some gaps. And I'd emphasize that the crimes represented below are not unique to New York. They apply to schools in every state that has accepted the Common Core straight... more »

The Guerilla Teachers Handbook by Espiritu Makiguchi - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
The Guerilla Teachers Handbook by Espiritu Makiguchi - Perdaily.com: The Guerilla Teachers Handbook by Espiritu Makiguchi by Leonard Isenberg [image: Che Guevara.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español)* *The term "Guerrilla" is Spanish for "little war." It originated in the Napoleonic Wars. whe the French took over Spain. A "Guerrillero" was a soldier in the Spanish Rebel Army. However, during the Battle of Puebla, in Mexico, the French met a new soldier. This soldier did not fight in the conventional style of standing in straight lines and firing volleys of rifle fire at each other ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Mandated Behavioral Assessments for Connecticut Students? Homeschoolers Included?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: Mandated Behavioral Assessments for Connecticut Students? Homeschoolers Included?: Mandated Behavioral Assessments for Connecticut Students? Homeschoolers Included? by stlgretchen CT Senator Toni Harp introduces legislation for ALL children to undergo behavioral assessments. Home schoolers included. Do you think you can keep your children from government mandates if you home school? It is increasingly doubtful you can shield your children from having to submit to governmental data mining of their personal information, even if you don't have your chil... more »

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: VIDEO - ZIMMER’S RESPONSE TO BILLIONARE BLOOMBERG: “If you have enough money you can say anything."

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: VIDEO - ZIMMER’S RESPONSE TO BILLIONARE BLOOMBERG: “If you have enough money you can say anything.": VIDEO - ZIMMER’S RESPONSE TO BILLIONARE BLOOMBERG: “If you have enough money you can say anything." by smf A *SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER AT AN LAUSD MAGNET WHO BLOGS AS* *TRIESTOBEFAIR ** WRITES:* If students' progress was a concern for the billionaires and right wing zealots who fund Kate Anderson, they would not be privatizing education for profit. They would have been spending their money on reducing class size and investing in early c... more »

H.Res.92: Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 1, 2013, as Read Across America Day. - U.S.... OpenCongress

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
H.Res.92: Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 1, 2013, as Read Across America Day. - U.S.... OpenCongress: Bill Introduced: H.Res.92 Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 1, 2013, as Read Across America Day. Open Congress : Major Bill Actions in Education - 33 minutes ago Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 1, 2013, as Read Across America Day. Bill Introduced: S.Res.61 A resolution designating March 1, 2013, as "Read Across America Day". Open Congress : Major Bill Actions in Education - 33 minutes ago A resolution d... more »

United Opt Out National

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
United Opt Out National: [image: leader3] BESS ALTWERGER: WHY I AM COMING TO OCCUPY THE DEPT. OF ED. IN DC How could I NOT come to Occupy the DOE in DC? At this pivotal moment in history when failure to act will mean the virtual collapse of public education there is nothing more important for any of us to do …MORE BESS ALTWERGER: WHY I AM COMING TO OCCUPY THE DEPT. OF ED. IN DC How could I NOT come to Occupy the DOE in DC? At this pivotal moment in history when failure to act will mean the virtual collapse of public education there is nothing more important for any of us to do …M...more »

Daily Kos: The need for reflection and downtime in education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Daily Kos: The need for reflection and downtime in education: The need for reflection and downtime in education by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) I was provoked to offer my thoughts on this topic by reading Puttering, Responsibility, and Beauty, a blog post by Diana Seneschal that I highly recommend. I add to this my friendship with Vicki Abeles who produced the important film Race to Nowhere, about how we overschedule and overburden many of our school students, sometimes with tragic consequences. I will also note that my own teacher training in the Master of Arts in Teaching progra... more »

School Tech Connect: Go Read Something Beautiful

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
School Tech Connect: Go Read Something Beautiful: Go Read Something Beautiful by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) In my northern retreat there's no tv, no in-home internet, so if I post it'll be from this phone. It seems that you really can't escape cell coverage anywhere. I'll never forget the first cell phone I ever saw--a "bag phone" hefted to play rehearsal by Mark Pomerenke, the smartest, nicest kid in Mesa, Arizona, circa whenever. *That* will never catch on, I decided, looking at the contraption. Mark took pity on my provincial ignorance. Anyway, being somewhat addicted,... more »

The Opt Out Update | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
The Opt Out Update | Seattle Education: The Opt Out Update by seattleducation2011 [image: scrap the map6] By the way, the third MAP test which is given in the Fall is solely for the use of NWEA. That’s why it’s “optional”. We’re spending precious resources and time so that NWEA can have more test scores to plug into their database. That’s right people. You will note on the Seattle Public School (SPS) website that the Fall test is optional. It’s not needed by SPS for the purpose of tracking student data. NWEA should be paying *us* for that one. *POP Quiz:* OK Seattleites, look in t... more »

Students Last: Cherry-picking: It Isn't Just For Fruit Anymore

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Students Last: Cherry-picking: It Isn't Just For Fruit Anymore: Cherry-picking: It Isn't Just For Fruit Anymore by Students Last *Philadelphia* - Global Alliance Charter School is scrambling today to respond to questions from the School District of Philadelphia about its complicated and some say overbearing application process. Should charter schools be allowed to have barriers to admission?The application, which is more than 10-pages in length, requires a 3,000-word essay, responses to 20 short-answer questions, proof of citizenship for the child and parents, three recommendation... more »

Crack the CCSS Egg to See What is Inside | Truth in American Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Crack the CCSS Egg to See What is Inside | Truth in American Education: Crack the CCSS Egg to See What is Inside by chascherrie [image: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA]After reading the article* Huntsville, Madison legislators back off of bill to revoke common core standards (updated*), I couldn’t help but think of the saying “There’s a sucker born every minute.” I encourage you to click on the link above and read the article. I don’t know if this is a situation with suckers, fools, people on the take, or something altogether different—possibly succumbing to groupthink. These two legisla... more »

Daily Kos: Revisiting something I wrote 6 years ago

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Daily Kos: Revisiting something I wrote 6 years ago: Revisiting something I wrote 6 years ago by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) What is in the blockquote below is from this February 18, 2007 diary It is my contention that if we lose the battle over public education, it will be that much harder to prevent a fundamentalist takeover of our nation. That fundamentalism may not be specifically religious - in fact many of those driving the process may well use religious terminology as a cover for far more selfish motives, although there are indubitably those who seek to hasten the final... more »

Jersey Jazzman: New Mexico's Reformy Education Chief Gets Her Hearing

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Jersey Jazzman: New Mexico's Reformy Education Chief Gets Her Hearing: New Mexico's Reformy Education Chief Gets Her Hearing by Duke There are several surprising parallels between New Mexico's education chief, Hanna Skandera, and New Jersey's head education honcho, Chris Cerf: - Skandera has been the ACTING Secretary of Education in New Mexico for two years, and is finally getting a hearing; Cerf was the ACTING Commissioner of Education for 18 months before his confirmation. - Cerf and Skandera are both members of Chiefs for Change, Jeb Bush's reformy group of state-level educat... more »

Mother Crusader: NJ's Charter Closures; Ideology Trumps Kids

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Mother Crusader: NJ's Charter Closures; Ideology Trumps Kids: NJ's Charter Closures; Ideology Trumps Kids by darciecima In a post today Jersey Jazzman searches for the logic behind the charter closures announced last week. In a follow up post he unveiled the common denominator between the shuttered schools. They have the highest percentages of special ed kids. This should come as no surprise. More special needs kids = lower test scores, and nowadays lower test scores = closure. Pretty simple. Gross, but simple. This is what happens when you allow ideology to guide your ac... more »








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