Monday, April 8, 2013

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FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Monday, April 8, 2013

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system Education Headlines *Monday, April 8, 2013* The Public Eye: FPPC reviews teachers union's donation to Twin Rivers trustee QuinnTwin Rivers Unified School District board President Cortez Quinn was fined once by the state's political watchdog agency. Now he faces additional scrutiny for paying at least part of his initial fine with a donation from the teachers union. Oakland Unified superintendent Tony Smith resigns to be with family in ChicagoIn a move that stunned colleagu... more »

Share and Share Alike! | My Island View

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Share and Share Alike! | My Island View: Share and Share Alike! by tomwhitby I recently bumped into a friend at an education Conference. This friend is what I consider a thought leader in education. He is a well-known speaker and author and a person who many educators deservingly look up to for both guidance and wisdom. I thought that I would take advantage of the encounter by asking for a guest post for SmartBlog on Education, an education blog with which I am associated. He must have been having a bad day based on his response. “I am tired of teaching everyone”, he said. Knowin... more »

EduShyster Does Spring Break | EduShyster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 48 minutes ago
EduShyster Does Spring Break | EduShyster: EduShyster Does Spring Break by edushyster2012 *Thomas Friedman goes down best with a jello shot and other lessons from America’s choice-iest state* Greetings high achievers. While you were administering standardized tests, preparing to administer standardized tests or boldly disrupting our hopelessly stifled public schools, I spent last week chillaxing in America’s choice-iest state. That’s right, reader. EduShyster took the show on the road to Florida, USA in order to enjoy an old-school style spring break. My travels afforded me the opp... more »

Shanker Blog » On Teacher Evaluations, Between Myth And Fact Lies Truth

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 49 minutes ago
Shanker Blog » On Teacher Evaluations, Between Myth And Fact Lies Truth: On Teacher Evaluations, Between Myth And Fact Lies Truth by Matthew Di Carlo Controversial proposals for new teacher evaluation systems have generated a tremendous amount of misinformation. It has come from both “sides,” ranging from minor misunderstandings to gross inaccuracies. Ostensibly to address some of these misconceptions, the advocacy group Students First (SF) recently released a “myth/fact sheet” on evaluations. Despite the need for oversimplification inherent in “myth/fact” sheets, the genre can be u... more »

The disturbing language and shallow logic of Ed Reform: Comments on “Relinquishment” & “Sector Agnosticism” | School Finance 101

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 53 minutes ago
The disturbing language and shallow logic of Ed Reform: Comments on “Relinquishment” & “Sector Agnosticism” | School Finance 101: The disturbing language and shallow logic of Ed Reform: Comments on “Relinquishment” & “Sector Agnosticism” by schoolfinance101 Two buzz phrases have been somewhat quietly floating around reformyland of late, for at least a year or so. I suspect that many have not even picked up on these buzz phrases/words. They are somewhat *inner circle*concepts in reformyland. The first is the notion of the great *relinquisher* (a seemingly bizarre contradiction in... more »

Modern School: Protecting Children by Punishing Whistleblowers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Modern School: Protecting Children by Punishing Whistleblowers: Protecting Children by Punishing Whistleblowers by Michael Dunn Carol Buchanan, a former Moraga School District teacher (in the SF Bay Area) was told by students in the 1990s that science teacher, Dan Witters, had been sexually abusing them. She reported it to school officials, but was ignored and punished, Cheryl Hurd reported last week. While she was never fired, Buchanon claims the district did strongly urge her to take a “leave of absence,” which she ultimately did, retiring after a 25-year career. Last year, Un... more »

Occupy The Department Of Education Ushers In America’s Angry Spring

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Occupy The Department Of Education Ushers In America’s Angry Spring: Occupy The Department Of Education Ushers In America’s Angry Spring ** No offense, but the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education building in Washington, DC is not a pretty sight. Crossing the National Mall on 4th street, you pass between the glisteningly modern National Air and Space Museum and the sculpted brown stone of the National Museum of the American Indian to come face to face with what can only be described as a monument to bland austerity. It was at the base of this concrete and glass slab that a... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-8-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] California Charter Founders Convicted of Embezzlement by dianerav The founders of Ivy Academia in the San Fernando Valley in California were convicted of embezzlement and a variety of other charges stemming from their use of $200,000 in school funds for personal expenses. From the LA Times: “”This message is going to resonate throughout the charter school community,” said prosecutor Sandi Roth. “You can’t spend the charter school funds for anything you want. It... more »

The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn writes: “You are contemptible. You want to be taken seriously?” | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn writes: “You are contemptible. You want to be taken seriously?” | Fred Klonsky: The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn writes: “You are contemptible. You want to be taken seriously?” by Fred Klonsky A week ago I criticized a recent post by Chicago Tribune writer Eric Zorn. He had written a pretty ugly piece mocking the suggestion that the Mayor’s school closings were racist. More than 90% of the students affected are African-American in a school district where 42% of the enrollment is African-American. Zorn responds instead to a post I wrote about his repo... more »

The Florida Children Parent Trigger Leaves Behind | Scathing Purple Musings

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The Florida Children Parent Trigger Leaves Behind | Scathing Purple Musings: The Florida Children Parent Trigger Leaves Behind by Bob Sikes Lost amidst all the bloviating by Florida’s republican legislators that Parent Trigger will finally give parents a seat at the table is the reality that some parents and children won’t. By Parent Trigger’s coercive petition, they become disenfranchised. No provision in Florida’s Parent Trigger bill address gifted, special needs or children who receive free or reduced meals. Florida’s for-profit charter school industry – who would be the pri... more »

Daily Kos: < 3 %

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Daily Kos: <3%: by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) In the end of majority rule?, E. J. Dionne's column in today's *Washington Post*, we read The filibuster makes matters worse. It’s theoretically possible for 41 senators representing less than 11 percent of the population to block pretty much anything. This is a product of the Constitutional provision of equal representation of the states in the U. S. Senate. Only in theory, each of those Senators could have been elected with just over 50% of those who actually voted. And the proportion of those age and otherwise elegible t... more »

UC, CSU systems revamping A-G criteria in advance of common core SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: *UC, CSU systems revamping A-G criteria in advance of common core* *By Kimberly Beltran* Monday, April 08, 2013 As California’s K-12 schools move to new common core curriculum, the state’s public four-year university systems are also revising their entrance course guidelines to provide clearer direction for high schools developing new standards-aligned, college-required classes. Known as “A-G” requirements, these high school courses that students must pass to be admitted to any of the state’s four-year, post-secondary institutions must meet ce... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 4-7-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
*Nite Cap UPDATE* * * ** *UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* ** *CORPORATE ED REFORM* Does Unity-New Action Really Want to Talk? by NYC Educator I was a little surprised to receive mass emails from Unity chapter leaders, including one I happen to know and like. Ironically, the first one was written in protest of mass email. It complained MORE chapter leaders had acquired an email list of chapter leaders, and have used it to communicate with them. Oddly, the Unity chapter leaders appear to have used the very same list to communicate with the same group. Apparently that is not objection... more »

The Educated Reporter: Beyond Victims and Villains: Covering School Bullying and Suicide

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
The Educated Reporter: Beyond Victims and Villains: Covering School Bullying and Suicide: Beyond Victims and Villains: Covering School Bullying and Suicide by Emily Richmond In the wake of several high-profile cases involving students who took their own lives, states are focusing heavily on making bullying prevention programs mandatory in public schools. But how much of the responsibility really rests with educators, and what steps should the broader community be taking to help students make smarter choices about their own behavior on campus, after school, and online? On Tuesda... more »

MUST SEE! Helen Moore at Occupy the Dept of Ed Vincent Precht’s Videos on Vimeo

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Vincent Precht’s Videos on Vimeo: *Helen Moore at Occupy the Dept of Ed* Helen Moore at Occupy the Dept of Ed Part from Vincent Precht on Vimeo. Vincent Precht’s Videos 18 Videos 0 Appearances 18 Total s****** ************************ Sort: Date / Alphabetical / Plays / Likes / Comments / Duration 1. Helen Moore at Occupy the Dept of Ed Part 5 hours ago 2. Malcolm London at Occupy the Dept of Ed Part 16 hours ago 3. Karen Lewis at Occupy the Dept of Ed: Part 3 22 hours ago 4. Karen Lewis at Occupy the Dept of Ed: Part 2 1 day ago 5. Karen Lewis at Occupy ... more »

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Week 26 and 27 Pre and Post Spring Break

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Week 26 and 27 Pre and Post Spring Break: Week 26 and 27 Pre and Post Spring Break by alicemercer [image: Daisies] Spring has infected my classroom. Pollen has brought allergies, to students and myself, and my students need to check-in with peers appears bottomless. On top of that, I had two stomach flu cases in the classroom. I look down on folks who start “counting-down” the days this soon in the school year, but this was one of those weeks when I will admit to being tempted to look at the calendar add up those days. Be careful of what ... more »

EXCLUSIVE: Former IEA President and retired teacher gets the good on Tom Cross, IPI and the Tea Party wackos. Intercepts pension-killing plan. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
EXCLUSIVE: Former IEA President and retired teacher gets the good on Tom Cross, IPI and the Tea Party wackos. Intercepts pension-killing plan. | Fred Klonsky: EXCLUSIVE: Former IEA President and retired teacher gets the good on Tom Cross, IPI and the Tea Party wackos. Intercepts pension-killing plan. by Fred Klonsky *State seems to be acting an awful lot like a big corporation, strange huh!* Who’s after teacher pensions? The dirty alliance between the corporate Illinois Policy Institute, the House Republican Leader Tom Cross and the crazies in the Illinois Tea Party. Former IEA Pr... more »

Daily Kos: Learning to live with cancer - 9 weeks in and counting

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Daily Kos: Learning to live with cancer - 9 weeks in and counting: Learning to live with cancer - 9 weeks in and counting by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) [image: scarf] First things first: if you read what makes this community great you saw the beautiful work of fineena, of which the scarf Leaves on the Current is wearing in the above photo is an example. fineena was kind enough to send it along as a gift and it is something that delights my beloved! It was 9 weeks ago that our lives changed. It has been my practice to offer an update at least weekly. We are continuing to learn how... more »

Tony Smith leaves Oakland . . . in shambles | Classroom Struggle

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Tony Smith leaves Oakland . . . in shambles | Classroom Struggle: Tony Smith leaves Oakland . . . in shambles by ClassroomStruggle *We’re offerring a piece by our retired teacher comrade Jack Gerson on the “legacy” of Tony Smith, the now resigned superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. We will be posting more on this soon. Please send comments and suggestions. * *Tony Smith: What He Did to Oakland, What He**’**ll Try in Chicago* By Jack Gerson April 6, 2013 On April 4, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent Tony Smith gave notice that he was r... more »

Netroots Nation 2013 Scholarship Contest

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Netroots Nation 2013 Scholarship Contest: [image: Dfa_nn_logo] Karran Harper Royal is ranked #25 of 59 [image: Image] I am a public school parent and education advocate determined to help parents have a voice in education policy making. Vote for Karran Harper Royal [image: Facebook] My Recent Supporters: - Karran H. - Julian D. - Gayle D. - Glennia C. - Susan S. - Elaine L. - Lew M. - Sue B. - Elizabeth J. - Amy L. - See all supporters My political story Public education today is political. As I work to improve public education I have come to ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NY Ed Commish: King of the Hypocrites

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: NY Ed Commish: King of the Hypocrites: NY Ed Commish: King of the Hypocrites by Duke *Is there a bigger reformy hypocrite than New York's Commissioner of Education, John King?* I doubt it: The Gates Foundation spent $100 million along with the Carnegie Corporation to create a massive database consisting of confidential information about students. The database will be created by Rupert Murdoch’s subsidiary Wireless Generation. It will go onto a “cloud” managed by amazon.com. Several states and districts have agreed to turn over their student data. Last year, the U.... more »

The Standardised Testing Racket – @ the chalk face

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
The Standardised Testing Racket – @ the chalk face: The Standardised Testing Racket by Activism in paradise - Voices from down under Reposted from Save Our Schools Canberra. The Standardised Testing RacketMonday April 8, 2013 It is NAPLAN test week next month in Australia. It is also testing season in the United States which has coincided, once again, with another round of cheating scandals highlighted by the dramatic indictment of one of the nation’s top school superintendents on racketeering charges for cheating on test scores. Testing is now a national obsession in the US. Firs... more »

ACLU: Ohio illegally jailing debtors - Salon.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
ACLU: Ohio illegally jailing debtors - Salon.com: ACLU: Ohio illegally jailing debtorsThe modern-day debtors' prisons push poor defendants further into destitutionBY ASSOCIATED PRESS [image: ACLU: Ohio illegally jailing debtors] (Credit: Shutterstock) COLUMBUS, Ohio — Several courts in Ohio are illegally jailing people because they are too poor to pay their debts and often deny defendants a hearing to determine if they’re financially capable of paying what they owe, according to an investigation released Thursday by the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACL... more »

Ed Notes Online: Jia Lee - High Stakes Testing Meeting: April 8th Parent Meeting at The Earth School

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 15 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: Jia Lee - High Stakes Testing Meeting: April 8th Parent Meeting at The Earth School: Jia Lee - High Stakes Testing Meeting: April 8th Parent Meeting at The Earth School by ed notes online Please join us as we discuss our questions, concerns and develop a common understanding of the high stakes tests looming upon our children. Feel free to forward, print and distribute this flyer. I apologize for not being able to get it translated into other languages with the time constraints. Bring as many parents as possible, and they don't have to be in testing grades this yea... more »

Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children | The Jose Vilson

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Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children | The Jose Vilson: Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children by Jose Vilson The Second Amendment (Rebuild The Dream) A few notes: [image: The Second Amendment (Rebuild The Dream)] - Sherman Dorn highlights some misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards. [Sherman Dorn] - Rania Khalel says public education reform is being done on the backs of Black and Brown children. I tend to agree. [Dispatches from the Underclass] - William Hood’s story about Dr. Martin Luther King gave me the jitters.... more »

CTU Takes Lawmakers On Eye-Opening Bus Tour Of Communities Affected By School Closures (VIDEO) | Progress Illinois

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 15 hours ago
CTU Takes Lawmakers On Eye-Opening Bus Tour Of Communities Affected By School Closures (VIDEO) | Progress Illinois: CTU Takes Lawmakers On Eye-Opening Bus Tour Of Communities Affected By School Closures (VIDEO) The Chicago Teachers Union led a bus tour of blighted neighborhoods slated for school actions Thursday, providing legislators, stakeholders and members of the press with a first-hand glimpse of communities they say are being “destabilized” by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) school closures. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) led a bus tour of blighted neighborhoods slated for sc... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools and their Strategic Plan

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 15 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools and their Strategic Plan: Seattle Schools and their Strategic Plan by Melissa Westbrook Seattle Schools and their Strategic Plan You'd think after all the years that I've complained about parents being not included in district initiatives that I might have welcomed the planning for the new Strategic Plan. Nope. My first inkling of "Danger, Will Robinson" was this what? 50,60,70-person Strategic Plan Taskforce. I knew I wouldn't be applying for that one because I can only imagine a meeting with that many people. Second, isn't this... more »

83(R) HB 44 - Texas Bill To OPT OUT of STANDARDIZED TESTING

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
83(R) HB 44 - Introduced version - Fiscal Note: LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARDAustin, Texas FISCAL NOTE, 83RD LEGISLATIVE REGULAR SESSION April 5, 2013 TO: Honorable Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair, House Committee on Public Education FROM: Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board IN RE: *HB44* by Flynn (Relating to a moratorium on administering assessment instruments to public school students under the public school accountability system.), *As Introduced* *No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.* The bill would require the Texas Education Agency to develop... more »

LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system - LA Daily News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system - LA Daily News: LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system Plan would add team of professional investigators By Barbara Jones | barbara.jones@dailynews.com | @LADNschools on Twitter Posted: 04/07/2013 02:47:42 PM PDT Updated: 04/07/2013 02:56:50 PM PDT Los Angeles Unified would create a team of professional investigators to handle serious misconduct complaints against teachers as part of a new plan to overhaul the district's disciplinary process, which has been criticized as costly, unwieldy and unfair.... more »

Jersey Jazzman: So Much To Debunk; So Little Time...

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 17 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: So Much To Debunk; So Little Time...: So Much To Debunk; So Little Time... by Duke Oy... NJ Gov. Chris Christie announced last week that the state will take over Camden’s long-troubled school system. The courageous move, the latest piece of Christie’s impressive education-reform agenda, could signal a turnaround for one of the country’s most dangerous and depressed cities. [...] Stanford University’s research team recently found that New Jersey charter schools posted “some of the largest learning gains we have seen to date.” This, when Stanford had found disap... more »

Understanding Hypocrisy | InterACT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Understanding Hypocrisy | InterACT: Understanding Hypocrisy by David B. Cohen This post may only be of interest to a select few people who follow education blogs and policy pretty closely, but I’ll fire off some quick thoughts here anyways. There’s been a spate of online bickering about whether or not it’s hypocritical for people engaged in public education policy debates to send their own children to private school, and how important it is for them to disclose where their children go to school. The recent exchanges began when the L.A. Times started asking where Michelle Rhee’s ... more »

On visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
On visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. | Fred Klonsky: On visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. by Fred Klonsky [image: 479891_10151831828347067_1979240461_n] *Photo: Fred Klonsky.* We had breakfast with my long lost cousin Rita this morning. Rita is Jeff”s mom. And Jeff is the reason we are in Washington, DC this weekend. He got married to Robert. Breakfast was at the old historic Willard Hotel across the street from the White House. And as we said our good-byes to cousin Rita, Anne and I walked across the National Mall to the Martin Luther King... more »

Democracy For America - Corfield for Assembly

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Democracy For America - Corfield for Assembly: CORFIELD FOR ASSEMBLY [image: Finalheadshot] Corfield for Assembly New Jersey LD-16 in NJ http://www.corfieldforassembly.com 9 Paddock Lane Flemington, NJ 08822 *Public Phone Number: *908-391-2569 *Public Email: *corfield4assembly@gmail.com *Primary Election Date: *2013-06-04 *General Election Date: *2013-11-05 - Post to Facebook - Post to Twitter - Post to Pinterest - Add to Tumblr - Post to Google+ - Add to LinkedIn - Send via Shareaholic Mail Who am I? I’m a single mother, artist, art teacher, public education acti... more »

It's a Wrap! California Father | Occupy DOE 2.0: The Battle for Public Schools unitedoptout.com #uoodc13

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
California Father | Educating Sullivan: [image: California Father] Watch live streaming video from califather at livestream.com *Look for More about Occupy DOE 2.0: The Battle for Public Schools * *http://unitedoptout.com/*

The Campaign for Artful Resistance :: Save Our Schools #uoodc13

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
The Campaign for Artful Resistance :: Save Our Schools: The Campaign for Artful Resistance *SAVE OUR SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES**THE CAMPAIGN FOR ARTFUL RESISTANCE* *What is it you love about school that you have lost because of high stakes testing, school closings, budget cuts, curriculum losses, teacher firings, and other educational catastrophes?* THE CAMPAIGN FOR ARTFUL RESISTANCE INVITES YOUR INVOLVEMENT - An Introduction to The Campaign for Artful Resistance - The Campaign for Artful Resistance Booklet and Flyers - The Campaign for Artful Resistance Save Our Schools offers an... more »

Diane in the Evening 4-7-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Indiana Teacher to Legislature: Please Save Public Education by dianerav This came from a teacher in northern Indiana: Dear Indiana Politician: I am a public school teacher. I am a breast cancer survivor. I dreamed as a little girl of the day I would be a teacher. I never dreamed as a woman that I would one day be a cancer survivor. So now I am both and proud that I am. I write to you today as both, for you see there are times these days that my role as an educator are more Jersey Jazzman Educates Margaret Spe... more »

Mom: Why I won’t let my son take high-stakes standardized test #uoodc13

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Mom: Why I won’t let my son take high-stakes standardized test: Mom: Why I won’t let my son take high-stakes standardized test Posted by Valerie Strauss on April 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm 1 Comments More [image: test1]Here’s a Q & A with a Pennsylvania mother about why she decided not to let her 9-year-old son take the state’sstandardized test. Kathy Newman is part of a growing movement of parents who are choosing to “opt out” of the state’s test-based accountability system — at least in states that give families that option. (In Florida, for example, it is very hard to opt out; you can se...more »

Sunday read. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Sunday read. | Fred Klonsky: Sunday read. by Fred Klonsky [image: 560237_10151831807592067_1104605613_n] *Photo: Fred Klonsky. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Washington, DC. * *“A lot of so-called reformers try to dictate top-down, standardized test-driven strategies* that are heavy on competition and short on evidence and resources,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told the 2,400 delegates in her opening address. “They don’t work.” *What happened that made Diane Ravitch* feel she had to apologize to MichelleRhee? *Did you think the Ku Klux Klan was ancient history?* They...more »

Did Lena Dunham Invite Beyonce to Play a Janitor On Girls? |

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Did Lena Dunham Invite Beyonce to Play a Janitor On Girls? |: Did Lena Dunham Invite Beyonce to Play a Janitor On Girls? by Angus Johnston [image: BHQ_E0dCMAEhYBo.png-large]About an hour ago (not long after noon Eastern), word began to go around Twitter that Lena Dunham had tweeted to invite Beyonce to play a janitor on the new season of Girls, and then deleted the tweet. Soon the screenshot at right appeared to confirm it, along with links

Ed Notes Online: Vincent Wojsnis: Why Does the UFT Leadership Cling to Mayoral Control?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: Vincent Wojsnis: Why Does the UFT Leadership Cling to Mayoral Control?: Vincent Wojsnis: Why Does the UFT Leadership Cling to Mayoral Control? by ed notes online Vincent Wojsnis, who was never involved with a UFT caucus in the past, has become a stalwart MORE advocate. He has thrown his hat into the ring with gusto. He is running for a MORE Executive Board At-Large position. Vincent posted a "Why I Am Running With MORE" piece on the MORE blog. "I’ve been a chapter leader, a delegate, an arbitration advocate. In 2009 I joined other UFT members to help organize teach... more »

Lisa MacFarland with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privitization. | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Lisa MacFarland with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privitization. | Seattle Education: Lisa MacFarland with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privitization. by seattleducation2011 [image: Walmart 1%] According to the PR Newswire, Lisa MacFarland, formerly with the League of Education Voters (LEV) and now Director of Washington State Education Reform Now/Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), received a $10,000 grant from the Walton’s as an “Education Reformer to Watch” for her work on pushing charter school initiative 1240 in the state of Washington. And what does Ms. MacFarlan... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools This Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools This Week: Seattle Schools This Week by Melissa Westbrook *Monday, April 8th* Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee meeting from 4-5:30 p.m. Agenda. The agenda includes two items with "BAR" and a topic. (Anyone know what that acronym means?) A Math Adoption Progress report will be presented as well as discussion of Board Policy #2190 around Advanced Learning. Community Meeting for the Strategic Plan at Ballard High School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Interpreters available in Spanish and Somali) *Tuesday, April 9th* Community Meeti... more »

Jersey Jazzman: "X Months of Learning" Is a Phony Metric

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: "X Months of Learning" Is a Phony Metric: "X Months of Learning" Is a Phony Metric by Duke *Arne, how many months of student learning is that?* OK, a little hyperbolic on the headline, but now that I've got your attention... I've been reading more and more studies these days that attempt to illustrate gains in "student achievement" in ways that lay people can understand. One of the most common methods I've seen is to translate test score gains into this phrase: "*x months of learning.*" Matt DiCarlo points us to a classic example: Eric Hanushek's assertion that th... more »

UPDATE Melissa Harris-Perry: Atlanta cheating scandal calls high stakes testing into question + Tying welfare benefits to school grades teaches the wrong lesson — MSNBC

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Tying welfare benefits to school grades teaches the wrong lesson — MSNBC: *Atlanta cheating scandal calls high stakes testing into question* Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy >>> welcome back. i'm -- the atlanta school system was rocked to its core. a former school superintendent were indicted in the largest school cheating scandal. indictments that came in part because of the investigative series cheating our children by the atlanta journal constitution. good journalism. on tuesday, the teachers, principals and administrators implicate... more »

Me? Nominated for a #Bammy Award? – @ the chalk face

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Me? Nominated for a #Bammy Award? – @ the chalk face: Me? Nominated for a #Bammy Award? by Kris Nielsen Interesting idea, isn’t it? I’ve been nominated as the *Middle School Teacher of the Year* for the 2013 Bammy Awards. No, seriously! Check it out: I graciously and humbly accept this nomination because I do agree with the nomination’s premise. Here is the transcript of the nomination: [image: badge2013W]*There are innovative educators in thousands of classrooms all across America. Having served as a middle grades educator and instructional leader for six years in New Mexico,... more »

Energy or Entropy?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Energy or Entropy?: Energy or Entropy? by Sam I spent the other morning in my son’s Montessori classroom. It’s a beautiful, old-school room with high ceilings, large windows and plenty of space, which is good because it’s filled each day with twenty-eight 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. No small task. I’ve been in Montessori classrooms before, yet I was still surprised when the day was never officially called to order. Instead the children took off their shoes, found some work (or not), and began their day in twenty-eight different ways while their two teachers, Ms. Luz and Ms. Allison, ... more »

Jeb Bush’s Foundations Falsely Allign Parent Opposition to Unions While Raking in Cash from Edu Corps | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Jeb Bush’s Foundations Falsely Allign Parent Opposition to Unions While Raking in Cash from Edu Corps | Scathing Purple Musings: Jeb Bush’s Foundations Falsely Allign Parent Opposition to Unions While Raking in Cash from Edu Corps by Bob Sikes *StateImpact’s* John O’Connor got a quote from a spokeswomen who provides statements for both of Jeb Bush’s foundations for his story about the formation of parent inspired Alliance for Public Schools. Jaryn Emhof is listed as National Director of Communications for Bush’s *Foundation for Excellence in Education * (FEE) and as the Director... more »

UPDATE: yes it is a war on teachers Daily Kos: Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Daily Kos: Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety: yes it is a war on teachers by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) well beyond the war on other public workers such as that waged by Scott Walker and others in the thrall of ALEC. This is war on those who would help the "other children" to be successful. This is a war on those who might teach students to think independently, which is a major threat to the corporate domination of American politics This is war to take resources and privatize them in a grab for more than half a trillion of annual spending on public schools This is a war to ... more »

Schools Matter: The New Abolitionists

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Schools Matter: The New Abolitionists: The New Abolitionists by Jim Horn Offered on Thursday at Arne Duncan's workplace: Testing Abolitionists We are engaged in a struggle to abolish high stakes standardized tests and to bring back local public control to a public school system that serves the needs of all children who choose it. Resistance is growing among teachers, parents, students, legislators, and unions (at least in Chicago). And though our numbers are still thin and our voices, perhaps, muted and our sprouting resistance sometimes subverted and coopted, that does not ke... more »

Destruction of Public Education by Design: DFER Plan for Obama's Education Policy

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
*Destruction of Public Education by Design: DFER Plan for Obama's Education Policy* *"Having a team in place which can collectively implement the Obama education **agenda will – it should go without saying – be crucial. While it is obviously **important for the administration to be faced with a diverse set of voices and **view points, it is even more important, once a decision has been made, that each of **those voices is unambiguously consistent in supporting the administration and **communicating its views.* *A “team of rivals” approach, or one in which the administration seeks... more »

Daily Kos: Perhaps this will help you understand school closings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Daily Kos: Perhaps this will help you understand school closings: Perhaps this will help you understand school closings by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) why in places like Chicago and Philadelphia the solution to economic problems in schools (even if artificially created) is to close schools. Imagine if you will a detailed step by step guide on how to go about closing schools, field tested. Imagine an organization which trains the leadership of many school districts, even although those it trains often do not meet the state requirements for being superintendents but somehow manage ... more »

California Father | Join me at Occupy the Department of Education, April 4-7, 2013 for a lively discussion about the future of education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
California Father | Educating Sullivan: [image: California Father] califather on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free - ON DEMAND - ABOUT OCCUPY THE DEPT OF ED - HOW TO CHAT - SCHEDULE Watch live streaming video from califather at livestream.com





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