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Capistrano School Board Rejects Teachers’ Proposal - California Teachers Association

Capistrano School Board Rejects Teachers’ Proposal

Contact: Vicki Soderberg (949) 463-6951 (cell); vsoderberg@cuea.org; Bill Guy (619) 709-0028 (cell); bguy@cta.org Ambiguous Offer To Negotiate Begins With Veiled Threat

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Ingraham PTSA Speaks on MAP

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Ingraham PTSA Speaks on MAP: Ingraham PTSA Speaks on MAP by Michael Rice January 29, 2013 Dear Superintendent Banda, The board of the Ingraham High School PTSA respectfully requests that the district suspend all MAP testing at the high school level, effective immediately. Our PTSA represents the diverse community of parents, teachers, and students at Ingraham. We want our teachers to have the support they need to teach our students and effective tools to measure academic progress. An overwhelming majority of the teachers at our school have expr... more »

SBE Agenda for May 2012 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)

SBE Agenda for May 2012
Agenda for the California State Board of Education (SBE) meeting on May 9 and 10, 2012.

Condoms for free at 22 city schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Condoms for free at 22 city schools: Condoms for free at 22 city schoolsThe district is installing dispensers over winter break at high schools with the highest rates of STDs. [image: Condom dispensers are going into 22 city high schools. The protection is free to students, except those whose parents signed opt-out forms.] Kristen A. Graham, *Inquirer Staff Writer* POSTED: Sunday, December 23, 2012, 6:40 AM Coming over the holiday break to about a third of Philadelphia high schools: clear plastic dispensers chock-full of free condoms. The dispensers will be placed in the 22 high scho... more »


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-17-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Note to Arne from an Angry White Suburban MomA comment from a reader in response to Arne Duncan’s statement that white suburban moms are angry because the Common Core tests just showed them that their child is not so brilliant and their school is not so good: “This angry, white, suburban mom IS angry–but it’s not because I was delu


Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under Fire - Mon., Nov. 18, 2013
Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under Fire - Mon., Nov. 18, 2013: Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under FireBy Jack O'Dwyer PR exec Kate James, who is leaving the Gates Foundation to be chief corporate affairs officer at Pearson at the start of the year, will bring lots of controversy with her when she delivers the annual Distinguished Lecture to the Institute for PR Thursday at the Yale Club.The IPR website does
Nite Cap 11-16-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 mark as readOregon Save Our Schools: The Oregonian's Anti-Union AgendaOregon Save Our Schools: The Oregonian's Anti-Union Agenda: The Oregonian's Anti-Union AgendaCurrent contract negotiations between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Ass
White suburban dads: Wimps? | Reclaim Reform
White suburban dads: Wimps? | Reclaim Reform: White suburban dads: Wimps?Posted on November 17, 2013by Ken PrevitiSecretary of Education Arne Duncan blatantly declared to a meeting of school superintendetas that it was “fascinating” that so many opposed to the expensive high stakes testing of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were “white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – their child isn’t as
Morning Wink 11-17-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as read11-17-13 Wait What?Wait What?: News Flash: Our Democracy at risk as Kishimoto/Poland set up “quick vote” to give Steve Perry sweetheart dealIf the Hartford Board of Education doesn’t stop this impending disaster, Steve Perry will be allowed to set up his own company and be given Capital Prep and Sand Elementary schools to run. The move will ma
California switches testing plans, but may still risk losing $3.5 billion in federal funds - San Jose Mercury News
California switches testing plans, but may still risk losing $3.5 billion in federal funds - San Jose Mercury News: California switches testing plans, but may still risk losing $3.5 billion in federal fundsBy Sharon Noguchisnoguchi@mercurynews.comNot Just White Women, NOW,He is Dissin' the entire STATE OfCALIFORNIA Dude, STOP, Please POSTED:   11/22/2013 11:29:29 AM PST | UPDATED:   ABOUT 3 HOURS

Nominee to lead D.C. education agency gets mixed reviews - The Washington Post
Nominee to lead D.C. education agency gets mixed reviews - The Washington Post: Nominee to lead D.C. education agency gets mixed reviewsMayor Vincent C. Gray’s nominee for state superintendent of education received both praise and pointed criticism at a confirmation hearing Friday before a D.C. Council committee.Jesus Aguirre has served since October as the District’s acting state superintendent


Nite Cap 11-22-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPmark as readLouisiana Educator: White Proposes Major Changes to CCSS Phase in, Teacher Evaluations, and School GradingLouisiana Educator: White Proposes Major Changes to CCSS Phase in, Teacher Evaluations, and School Grading: White Proposes Major



11-22-13 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: Memphis Sales Tax Increase to Fund Corporate Pre-K DefeatedDespite the fact that the Hyde Family (Autozone) spent hundreds of thousands on a media campaign, and despite the fact that the Memphis Corporate Appeal gave unlimited free space to push this plan, the voters of Memphis voted 60-40 against. The Memphis sales-tax referendum failed Thursday by an overwhelming margin of 60 per

Morning Wink 11-22-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as read11-22-13 Seattle Schools Community ForumSeattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open ThreadToday will see the long-awaited hearing on the Washington State charter school law.  Charlie or I hope to make the hearing and will let you know what is said/outcomes.What a long week it has been.  President Smith-Blum told the audience last night that s
Food For Change The Story of Cooperation in America
Trailer – Food For Change: Food for Change Trailer from Home Planet Pictures on Vimeo.Food For Change is a feature-length documentary about the history of the co-op movement and food co-ops today. The goal of the film is to raise awareness nationally about the cooperative economic model, promote cross-sector cooperative collaboration, and provide cooperative education to co-op members, college stu
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-22-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: How Do You Spell Disaster? A Round-Up of Bloggers on Duncan’s Gaffe About the MomsJonathan Pelto has collected a long list of posts by bloggers around the nation, reacting to Duncan’s amazing statement that “white suburban moms” are opposed to Common Core because they were disappointed to discover that their child is not so brillia

CMD Exposes America’s “Highest Paid Government Workers” | PR Watch
CMD Exposes America’s “Highest Paid Government Workers” | PR Watch: CMD Exposes America’s “Highest Paid Government Workers”    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Friday Thorn, friday_thorn@prwatch.org- Hint: They aren’t your local teachers, nurses and social workers - New initiative will expose the CEOs who take over public services and divert millions of tax dollars out of communities and into their p
Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under Fire - Mon., Nov. 18, 2013
Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under Fire - Mon., Nov. 18, 2013: Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under FireBy Jack O'Dwyer PR exec Kate James, who is leaving the Gates Foundation to be chief corporate affairs officer at Pearson at the start of the year, will bring lots of controversy with her when she delivers the annual Distinguished Lecture to the Institute for PR Thursday at the Yale Club.The IPR website does
Nite Cap 11-21-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 mark as readIn face of big fines, Torlakson retreats from conflict with feds over testing | EdSource TodayIn face of big fines, Torlakson retreats from conflict with feds over testing | EdSource Today: In face of big fines, Torlakson retreats fr

Arne Duncan Doubles Down On “White Suburban Moms” Comment, Promotes Economic Ignorance | FDL News Desk
Arne Duncan Doubles Down On “White Suburban Moms” Comment, Promotes Economic Ignorance | FDL News Desk: Arne Duncan Doubles Down On “White Suburban Moms” Comment, Promotes Economic IgnoranceBy: DSWright Thursday November 21, 2013 9:27 am Tweet4   Secretary of Education Arne Duncan doubled down on his “white suburban moms” comment concerning the Common Core Standards. Duncan at first said oppositio

Common Core Complaint Filed With Oregon Attorney General | Truth in American Education
Common Core Complaint Filed With Oregon Attorney General | Truth in American Education: Common Core Complaint Filed With Oregon Attorney GeneralA complaint (see below) addressing the state of Oregon’s mandate that local school districts adopt the Common Core was filed with the Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum by Donna Bleiler the Oregon Chair for As A Mom.  Radical Moms in Oregon and We
Morning Wink 11-21-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as readReframing the Refrain: Choice as a Civil Rights Issue | Cloaking InequityReframing the Refrain: Choice as a Civil Rights Issue | Cloaking Inequity: Reframing the Refrain: Choice as a Civil Rights IssueStudent achievement data in the U.S. show long-standing and persistent gaps in minority versus majority performance (Vasquez Heilig & Darlin
Editorial: Sacramento school board should apologize, return unearned stipends - Editorials - The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Sacramento school board should apologize, return unearned stipends - Editorials - The Sacramento Bee: Editorial: Sacramento school board should apologize, return unearned stipendsBy the Editorial BoardPublished: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 - 12:00 amEditorial: When you attack the SCUSD School Board Members please disclose your association with Corporate Education Reform, Your Membership on
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-21-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Anthony Cody: Is Common Core a Fiasco?Another insightful essay about Common Core by Anthony Cody. His earlier essay–10 Reasons to Oppose Common Core–was widely reposted and tweeted. This is how a fiasco begins, he writes: “The fiasco begins with a grand idea, planned with a bold vision. People set their sights on a goal beyond any

LAO projects huge Prop. 98 increase for K-12, community colleges next year | EdSource Today
LAO projects huge Prop. 98 increase for K-12, community colleges next year | EdSource Today: LAO projects huge Prop. 98 increase for K-12, community colleges next yearNovember 20th, 2013 | Add a Comment | By John FensterwaldThe Legislative Analyst’s Office is projecting that the surplus in the state’s General Fund, assuming there is not a recession in coming years and spending remains relatively f

Nite Cap 11-20-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPmark as readBrown’s choice: California ignores annual survey on states’ use of ed data | EdSource TodayBrown’s choice: California ignores annual survey on states’ use of ed data | EdSource Today: Brown’s choice: California ignores annual survey o

Brown’s choice: California ignores annual survey on states’ use of ed data | EdSource Today
Brown’s choice: California ignores annual survey on states’ use of ed data | EdSource Today: Brown’s choice: California ignores annual survey on states’ use of ed dataNovember 20th, 2013 | Add a Comment | By John FensterwaldCalifornia, in gray, is the only state that didn’t report this year to the Data Quality Campaign’s 9th annual analysis. Two states in orange, Arkansas and Delaware, reported a

AFT's Harvey Weinstein to Host Screening of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM - BWWMoviesWorld
AFT's Harvey Weinstein to Host Screening of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM - BWWMoviesWorld: AFT's Harvey Weinstein to Host Screening of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOMNovember 2011:502013Print ArticleEmail Link��by Movies News Desk Related:The American Federation of Teachers and The Weinstein Company are bringing the story of Nelson Mandela's life and his message of social justice, reconciliation

Education Spending in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia: Matthew Steinberg and Rand Quinn | Penn GSE Press Room
Education Spending in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia: Matthew Steinberg and Rand Quinn | Penn GSE Press Room: EDUCATION SPENDING IN PENNSYLVANIA AND PHILADELPHIA: MATTHEW STEINBERG AND RAND QUINNProfessors Matthew Steinberg and Rand Quinn are experts on education funding and education policy. In a recent studyprepared for the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Education, Steinberg and Quinn fou

Morning Wink 11-20-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as readLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-20-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: As Students Are Buried in Debt, US DOE Pulls in $42.5 Billion in ProfitsThis is an astonishing article. The US Department of Education is making profits from student loans while th

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-20-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: As Students Are Buried in Debt, US DOE Pulls in $42.5 Billion in ProfitsThis is an astonishing article. The US Department of Education is making profits from student loans while the kids go deeper into debt. This is 21st century entrepreneuralism at its worst. Shahien Nasiripour of the Huffington Post writes: The U.S. Department of
11-20-13 Wait What?
Wait What?: How do you spell disaster? Arne DuncanArne Duncan is a buffoon. Unfortunately for the nation’s students, teachers, parents and public education system he also serve’s as the country’s Secretary of Education. Over the past few days, Education Bloggers around the country have been reporting on Duncan’s recent defense of the national corporate education privatization movement. Here are so
11-20-13 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: A debate: What do international test scores tell us?I published a post last week, headlined “The fetishization of international test scores,” that, as the title suggests, discusses how school reformers inappropriately obsess about international test scores. Some people in the education world took issue with with my views, including Marc Tucker, president of the non-profit Nationa
11-20-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Yes to the Seattle Council PTSA's Suggestion on the Board AgendaThis just came across my desk and, at this point, I agree.  The agenda is a mess (not to mention the Growth Boundaries plan.  There's now even some mystery motion to change the agenda (with no explanation of what).PTA members,As you know, the position of Seattle Council PTSA is that Seattle Public Scho
11-20-13 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): RECOMMENDED: English Journal, Vol. 103, No. 2, November 2013English Journal, a flagship publication from NCTE, is currently under the outstanding editorship of Julie and David Gorlewski—who have followed the stellar work of the previous editor, Ken Lindblom. I want to ur
MAD - Mothers Respond to Duncan | Truth in American Education
MAD - Mothers Respond to Duncan | Truth in American Education: MAD – Mothers Respond to DuncanFiled in Uncategorized by chascherrie on November 19, 2013 • 0 CommentsPress Release: November 19, 2013FACEBOOK – Miffed Mothers from around the country have their collective hands on their hips in response to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s foot in mouth indictment of “white, suburban moms.” Ju
Privatization is undoing Brown v. Board of Education - Salon.com
Privatization is undoing Brown v. Board of Education - Salon.com: Privatization is undoing Brown v. Board of EducationOur school system is increasingly "separate and unequal" -- and we have Michelle Rhee's political allies to thankPAUL BUCHHEIT, ALTERNETThis article originally appeared on AlterNet.Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast called the public school system a “socialist regi
Nite Cap 11-18-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 mark as readChoosing Democracy: Why Good Teachers Embrace CultureChoosing Democracy: Why Good Teachers Embrace Culture: Why Good Teachers Embrace CultureMeeting students where they are often requires knowing, celebrating, and incorporating their
Morning Wink 11-18-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as readLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-19-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: EduShyster on John Arnold’s Hurt FeelingsEduShyster here recounts the sad tale of billionaire John Arnold, who apparently did not like my apology to him for a factual inaccuracy in
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-19-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: EduShyster on John Arnold’s Hurt FeelingsEduShyster here recounts the sad tale of billionaire John Arnold, who apparently did not like my apology to him for a factual inaccuracy in an earlier post. I made a factual error in a post on October 10. I said that he left Enron with $3 billion. That was an honest error on my part. I wrong
11-19-13 Fred Klonsky | Running for our pensions. | VOTE 4 Fred Klonsky
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Joni Lindgren. “Voting against retirees will make you part of the bigger picture of what is wrong.”Senator It is immoral for legislators to vote against any unconstitutional bill when you sit comfortably and smuggly in Springfield or at your Thanksgiving table knowing your pensions and great health ca
Schooling in the Ownership Society: An easy slide from Gates to Pearson
Schooling in the Ownership Society: An easy slide from Gates to Pearson: An easy slide from Gates to PearsonKate JamesA week ago I gave the example of Bruce Reed, the assistant to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, being named president of the Broad Foundation, to illustrate the easy movement between government, corporate reform and power philanthropy. Another e
Some Kids 'Aren't Brilliant'? Arne Duncan Blunder Is Bigger Than It First Appears | Mercedes Schneider
Some Kids 'Aren't Brilliant'? Arne Duncan Blunder Is Bigger Than It First Appears | Mercedes Schneider: Some Kids 'Aren't Brilliant'? Arne Duncan Blunder Is Bigger Than It First AppearsPosted: 11/18/2013 10:15 am In May 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the first annual "Mom Congress" at Georgetown University. Duncan's goal, as reported on the USDOE website, was "to
Nite Cap 11-18-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 mark as read11-18-13 @ The Chalk Face@ THE CHALK FACE: Why Keeping Your Kids Home Sends the Wrong MessageToday, a protest took place, which was started by a New York State mom and was aggressively advertised as a move against the Common Core Sta

STEM Symposium - Year 2013
STEM Symposium - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Convenes 2,000 California Educators for Statewide STEM SymposiumFirst Annual California STEM Symposium Continues Commitment to College and Career Readiness for AllSACRAMENTO—As school districts across California implement both Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in their classrooms,

Unable to deny Koch brothers/ALEC connections, Mackinac Center turns to laughable plagiarism charges | Eclectablog
Unable to deny Koch brothers/ALEC connections, Mackinac Center turns to laughable plagiarism charges | Eclectablog: Unable to deny Koch brothers/ALEC connections, Mackinac Center turns to laughable plagiarism chargesNothing to see here except a corporatist front group trying to distract you from the fact that they are a corporatist front groupYou can always tell with the powerful corporatist group
NEA - American Education Week
NEA - American Education Week: American Education WeekRaise Your Hand for Student Success344Celebrate American Education Week with a Pledge to Support Our SchoolsDo you want smaller class sizes for students, professional respect for educators, and the resources necessary to give all children access to a great public school? Then take our pledge to "Raise Your Hand" to support our nation'

Cali Education Headlines Monday, November 18, 2013
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Are desegregation funds helping?Education HeadlinesMonday, November 18, 2013Long Beach Unified to open high school with hospitality and tourism focusJust months after the opening of McBride High, Long Beach's first new public high school in 18 years, plans are moving forward on another new public high school in the city.Coachella Valley High
1st Annual California STEM Symposium 2013 | CDE
1st Annual California STEM Symposium 2013 | CDE: Invest in California STEM Education: Innovate, Integrate, and Inspire!November 18-19, 2013Register Online Now- Online registration available until November 8thHeld at the Sacramento Convention CenterThe Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in cooperation with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the Commission on t


Morning Wink 11-18-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as readMike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLESMike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLESChicago Neighborhood Schools Fair  (Sarah-Ji Fotógrafa) Julie Kosowski, CPS parent"We are standing on the shoulders of lots of other people who have worked hard for public education to be an opportunity for everybody, and we

11-18-13 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: Who are the ‘enemies’ of Common Core?Education Secretary Arne Duncan made news when he told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms” who have discovered, as a result of new standardized test results, that “their child isn’t as brilliant as they

Great Teachers Don't Always Want to Become Principals - Liz Riggs - The Atlantic
Great Teachers Don't Always Want to Become Principals - Liz Riggs - The Atlantic: Great Teachers Don't Always Want to Become PrincipalsIs there a way for teachers to make more money and advance in their careers without leaving the classroom?Sam is high-school government teacher in Washington D.C. who wanted to take on a leadership role in her school. Last year, she earned a master’s degree and an

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-18-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Everything You Wanted to Know about inBloom But Didn’t Know How to AskThis is from Leonie Haimson, who has been the national leader in the fight to derail the collection of confidential student data via inBloom, the Gates and Carnegie-funded program. Read this: http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2013/11/nyseds-new-scary-dat

11-18-13 Fred Klonsky | Running for our pensions. | VOTE 4 Fred Klonsky
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: The in box. Jose Vilson. “I’ve been mad. Perhaps you should have been angry with us, back when the levees broke …”First They Came For Urban Black and Latino Moms (For Arne Duncan) 11/17/2013     A few months ago, I walked past a “successful” charter school here in Harlem, NY, speed-walking to get my s

A teacher facing death asks former students: Did it matter? | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com
A teacher facing death asks former students: Did it matter? | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com: A teacher facing death asks former students: Did it matter? COMMENT(1) 0 0 0 NewRelatedView Larger David MenaschePrevious PostsDoes video justify Cherokee school board member's claim that school chief almost ran her down?November 16, 2013Druid Hills Charter Cluster and DeKalb School Board: Any hope for a redo
The Educated Reporter: EWA Higher Ed Seminar: Moving Beyond Moocs
The Educated Reporter: EWA Higher Ed Seminar: Moving Beyond Moocs: THE EDUCATED REPORTERCOMMENTARY ON EDUCATION COVERAGE, WRITING AND A FEW OTHER THINGSMONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013EWA Higher Ed Seminar: Moving Beyond MoocsEWA held its annual Higher Education Seminar recently at Boston's Northeastern University. We invited some of the education journalists in attendance to contribute posts from the se
Students Last: White Suburban Moms Not Very Bright
Students Last: White Suburban Moms Not Very Bright: White Suburban Moms Not Very BrightAnti-Common Core terrorism will not be toleratedWashington D.C. - Citing national security concerns, "white suburban moms" have been classified as a terrorist group.The announcement was made by Secretary of State John Kerry at a press conference held late Sunday evening. In an unusual move, Kerry stood
At Forums, New York State Education Commissioner Faces a Barrage of Complaints - NYTimes.com
At Forums, New York State Education Commissioner Faces a Barrage of Complaints - NYTimes.com:  He has been shushed, booed, called imperious and mocked as the incomprehensible teacher who bleated on and on in Charlie Brown’s classroom.Connect With NYTMetroFollow us on Twitterand like us onFacebook for news and conversation.Enlarge This ImageBarton Silverman/The New York TimesJohn B. King Jr., the s

11-17-13 With A Brooklyn Accent: 10 Things BATS Know About Common Core- Official Statement
With A Brooklyn Accent: 10 Things BATS Know About Common Core- Official Statement: 10 Things BATS Know About Common Core- Official Statement10 Things BATs Know about Common CoreINTRODUCTORY STATEMENTBATs continue their fight against the CCSS.  We do not believe in a “one-size” fits all standard for education and we do not believe in a top down federal approach to control education for profit.  BAT
Nite Cap 11-17-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 mark as readWhite suburban dads: Wimps? | Reclaim ReformWhite suburban dads: Wimps? | Reclaim Reform: White suburban dads: Wimps?Posted on November 17, 2013by Ken PrevitiSecretary of Education Arne Duncan blatantly declared to a meeting of schoo
White suburban dads: Wimps? | Reclaim Reform
White suburban dads: Wimps? | Reclaim Reform: White suburban dads: Wimps?Posted on November 17, 2013by Ken PrevitiSecretary of Education Arne Duncan blatantly declared to a meeting of school superintendetas that it was “fascinating” that so many opposed to the expensive high stakes testing of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were “white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – their child isn’t as


Heavy emphasis on “hard skills” leaves children unprepared for the real “tests” in life. | Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates
Heavy emphasis on “hard skills” leaves children unprepared for the real “tests” in life. | Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates: Heavy emphasis on “hard skills” leaves children unprepared for the real “tests” in life.Posted on November 17, 2013by Teachers'LettersToBillGatesMr. Gates,Working with grade 7-12 students for more than two decades, and as a summer youth employment counselor for 10 years, it h

11-17-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Common Core: Arne Duncan's Foot in the Mouth ProblemFrom Ed Week's Anthony Cody - Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors.As for Arne Duncan, here's what he is doing in service of Common Core.  Understand that there is tremendous pushback across the country and getting louder.  Hence his over-the-top remarks.From the Network for Public Education: He also said:-
But, I’m not a racist!
Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » But, I’m not a racist!: But, I’m not a racist!Just to put recent events in their proper context, let’s take a look at how white education “reformers” (female and male) in charge of low SES/high minority districts see their charges, I bring you Cami Anderson, superintendent of the Newark New Jersey school district.For years, because of the annual New Jersey
11-17-13 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: Reject Common Core tests in grades K-2: Weingarten, Carlsson-PaigeHere is a post about the Common Core State Standards and early childhood learning, by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and early childhood education expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige. Carlsson-Paiage is  professor emerita of early childhood education at Lesley University in Cambridge and author
11-17-13 Fred Klonsky | Running for our pensions. | VOTE 4 Fred Klonsky.
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: The in box. CMS is pleading with retirees to help them reach out to those who have infirmities and/or live out of state.From SORE member Robert Zahniser: Saturday’s Illinois Central Management Services meeting at the Buffalo Grove Performance Center hosted by Senator Morrison and Representative Drury
Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"
Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement": The Best Resources For Learning About The “Word Gap”There has recently been a flurry of media attention to what is called the so-called “word gap.” It’s the term used to describe the difference in vocabulary development of low-income children and middle-and-high-income children during their pre-school years. In addition to
The Ethics of Innovation & Reform in Education | Connected Principals
The Ethics of Innovation & Reform in Education | Connected Principals: The Ethics of Innovation & Reform in EducationNovember 17, 2013By Johnny BevacquaThis post was originally posted on Figuring It Out by J. Bevacqua I recently read an article about the innovative and creative exploits of Google.The article attributed many of Google’s most innovative and successful projects to the idea of
How to Be a Teacher for More Than 5 Years Without Killing Yourself Or Others — Pursuing Context
How to Be a Teacher for More Than 5 Years Without Killing Yourself Or Others — Pursuing Context: How to Be a Teacher for More Than 5 Years Without Killing Yourself Or OthersI’d love to connect with you on Twitter. You can also get every post byemail or RSS.If you enjoyed this post, please share it with the buttons below. Thanks!There are some crazy teacher statistics out there. Many say that nearl
Randi's NY Times Column - AFT - A Union of Professionals
AFT - A Union of Professionals - Randi's NY Times Column: Early Learning: This Is Not a Test by Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers,and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education, Lesley UniversityEarly childhood education is “in” these days—from the bipartisan billintroduced in Congress this week modeled on President Obama’s proposal to expand hi
Morning Wink 11-17-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as read11-17-13 Wait What?Wait What?: News Flash: Our Democracy at risk as Kishimoto/Poland set up “quick vote” to give Steve Perry sweetheart dealIf the Hartford Board of Education doesn’t stop this impending disaster, Steve Perry will be allowed to set up his own company and be given Capital Prep and Sand Elementary schools to run. The move will ma
11-17-13 Wait What?
Wait What?: News Flash: Our Democracy at risk as Kishimoto/Poland set up “quick vote” to give Steve Perry sweetheart dealIf the Hartford Board of Education doesn’t stop this impending disaster, Steve Perry will be allowed to set up his own company and be given Capital Prep and Sand Elementary schools to run. The move will make a mockery of the historic Sheff desegregation law suit and the tens of
11-17-13 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: Secretary Duncan and the Politics of White OutrageSecretary Duncan and the Politics of White Outrage. via Secretary Duncan and the Politics of White Outrage.1 by plthomasedd / 42min All Week 11-16-13 @ THE CHALK FACE@ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER: All Week @ THE CHALK FACE  mark as read4 Corporate Education Reform Talking Points That Are Flat-Out LiesIf you listen to the b
11-17-13 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): Secretary Duncan and the Politics of White OutrageSocial media and even mainstream media appear poised to leap on Secretary Arne Duncan with both feet due to his swipe at white suburban moms. The nearly universal sweeping outrage—some with a level of glee that must not b
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-17-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Note to Arne from an Angry White Suburban MomA comment from a reader in response to Arne Duncan’s statement that white suburban moms are angry because the Common Core tests just showed them that their child is not so brilliant and their school is not so good: “This angry, white, suburban mom IS angry–but it’s not because I was delu
11-17-13 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: ‘There Is No Such Thing As An Unmotivated Student’‘There Is No Such Thing As An Unmotivated Student’ is my new post over at Education Week Teacher. Today’s “line-up” of contributors is impressive with guest responses from Cris Tovani, Josh Stumpenhorst and Eric Jensen. It’s the first in a three-part series on the topic.6 by

11-17-13 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Mulgrew's Recess From The Tests Petition Went Into My JunkmailFound this between the junk mail selling Viagra for 70 cents a pill and a plea from a Hong Kong banker telling me he has $300,000 of my own money he found in a bank account at HSBC:New York's youngest students need teaching and learning, not standardized testing. Sign the Recess from Tests petition » Bloomberg-sty



“Skype in the Classroom” Presentation (Updated) | Diary of a Public School Teacher!
“Skype in the Classroom” Presentation (Updated) | Diary of a Public School Teacher!: “Skype in the Classroom” Presentation (Updated)Posted November 16, 2013 by Oldschoolteach in Blogging about Education, Education Blog. Tagged: global classrooms, Mystery Skype, Skype education presentation, Skype in the classroom. Leave a CommentSeeing as how SlideRocket is closing down, and I was presenting Skype
Nite Cap 11-16-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 mark as readOregon Save Our Schools: The Oregonian's Anti-Union AgendaOregon Save Our Schools: The Oregonian's Anti-Union Agenda: The Oregonian's Anti-Union AgendaCurrent contract negotiations between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Ass

solidaridad: Rally at Galatzan Event Against LAUSD iPad Giveaway
solidaridad: Rally at Galatzan Event Against LAUSD iPad Giveaway: Rally at Galatzan Event Against LAUSD iPad GiveawayRally at Galatzan Event Against iPad Giveaway by Robert D. SkeelsLike Marie Antoinette, LAUSD's Tamar Galatzan is ignoring community needs with her flippant suggestion: the district should spend school bond money for thousands of iPads for every student and teacher. To the parents w

11-16-13 Saturday Matinée Special Double Feature News Breakout
Saturday Matinée Special Corporate Reform School Girls News BreakoutSpecial  Sneak Preview - Witch Hunter starring Campbell Brown  News BreakComing to a theater near you! mark as readKing Harvest | California FatherKing Harvest | California Father: King Harvestby California Father on November 16, 2013 · Leave a CommentWent to a UTLA rally Wednesday. I didn’t really want to be there but decided to

2nd Banana 11-16-13 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform #RealEdTalk #p2 #1u
BIG EDUCATION APE 2ND BANANARECAP OF LAST WEEK'S BEST POST Rally for a Raise | United Teachers Los AngelesRally for a Raise | United Teachers Los Angeles: Rally for a RaiseStart: 11/13/2013 4:00 pmEnd: 11/13/2013 6:00 pm"It's About Time"Left represents the number of days as of Nov. 13, 2013UTLA will be holding a mass “It’s About Time” rally outside LAUSD headquarters beginning at 4 p.m.
Morning Wink 11-16-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as readThe Problem With Standardized Testing | toteachornototeachThe Problem With Standardized Testing | toteachornototeach: The Problem With Standardized TestingSquare Pegs in Round Holes: The Problem With Standardized Testing by Kristen HoughtonThe school year is well under way; children seem to be passing all their subjects, and parents breathe a

teacherken at Daily Kos 11-16-13
teacherken at Daily Kos: mark as readLeaves at Day 30 - bloodwork now normaland as a result her transplant procedure is now complete.  She will have one more appointment with the transplant practice at Day 100 early next year, but she has no further medical restrictions at this time. She has come a long way since her cancer was first discovered on January 27. She is not cured, because this kind of
With A Brooklyn Accent Go BATs All Week 11-16-13
With A Brooklyn Accent: With A Brooklyn Accent Go BATs All Week  mark as readWhat Schools in NYC Need- A Message from the BK Nation Education ForumOn Thursday, in Judson Memorial Church, a group of students, parents, teachers, principals and education researchers brought together by the new organization BK Nation had a frank discussion of what can be done to improve the public schools of New York
All Week @ The Answer Sheet 11-16-13
The Answer Sheet:mark as readReport slams D.C.’s federally funded school voucher programMore trouble has cropped up for the D.C. school voucher program, the only federally funded program in the country that sends children to private school using public money to pay the tuition. A new U.S. General Accountability Office report says that  the local agency that administers the program — which has used
11-16-13 Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Schooling in the Ownership Society All Week
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog:Schooling in the Ownership SocietyMike Klonsky's SmallTalk Schooling in the Ownership Society mark as readWe thought we were done with Vallas but... he's backLook out. Vallas is back in town. We tried to finish him off back in 2001 but...No sooner had I finished posting about how the Working Families Party and allies were running Paul Vallas out of Bridgeport, than I
11-16-13 Wait What? All Week
Wait What?:         mark as readState-sanctioned child abuseFellow pro-public education advocate and commentator lays out the harsh truth about the absurdity of the massive standardized testing industry that is being forced up on America’s children, teachers and parents. Here is another must read column from Wendy Lecker: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Governmen
11-16-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
Seattle Schools Community Forum:Seattle Schools Community Forummark as readFocus on the SoutheastThere are no real or urgent capacity issues in the southeast part of the city. Consequently, a lot of the people there are puzzled by the changes proposed for that part of town and Director Patu is reported to be preparing an amendment to the Growth Boundary plan that will call for the deletion of any
11-16-13 Ed Notes Online Week
Ed Notes Online: Ed Notes Online mark as readAdvice from a Lowly Retired Elementary School Computer Teacher - Hey Obama - It's Computer Science 1.1.... and some lessons for my colleagues in MORE.Bear with me on this one. Obama Care Spaghetti codeWith every passing day, it becomes clearer just how incompetent -- and really arrogant - team Obama is and has been - and I can begin to understand the of
11-16 -13 Jersey Jazzman Jammin' All Week
Jersey Jazzman:Jersey Jazzman Jammin' All Week mark as readWe Don't Need a NJ Version of Race To The TopFor the life of me, I can't think of one good reason why New Jersey needs this:State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) has filed a bill to be heard on Thursday that would create an Innovation Fund and appropriate $5 million in its first year to help schools trying new programs in scheduling, technology
11-16-13 Fred Klonsky | Running for our pensions. | VOTE 4 Fred Klonsky.
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Fred Klonsky | Running for our pensions. | VOTE 4 Fred Klonsky.mark as readNeighborhood public schools. An idea whose time has come in Chicago.11 2h Keeping retirement weird.  The Silence of the Lambs. I got a call from my retired friend Ed Rosenthal yesterday. His voice sounded tired. He told me that
11-16-13 Perdido Street School Week
Perdido Street School: Perdido Street School mark as readArne Duncan - One Of The Best And Brightest Of Our GenerationWe need the best & brightest to #teach. Join the @TEACHorg Thunderclap to recruit the next generation http://t.co/uauAhwfL9V— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) November 9, 2013The phrase "Best and Brightest" doesn't mean what Arne Duncan seems to think it means.  In modern us
11-16-13 Radical Scholarship
Radical Scholarship: mark as read“Fahrenheit 451″ 60 Years Later: “Why do we need the things in books?”“Sometimes writers write about a world that does not yet exist,” Neil Gaiman begins his Introduction to the 60th Anniversary Edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: This is a book of warning. It is a reminder that what we have is valuable, and that sometimes we take what we value for granted….
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Week… 11-16-13 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EF
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFLLARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAY mark as readThe Best Online Resources About President John F. KennedyThe fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination is coming up next week, and I’ll certainly be making additions to this list. Here’s a start: JFK in Photos is from The Atlantic. Textbooks Reassess Kennedy, Pu
This Week's Education Research Report 11-16-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2
Education Research ReportTHIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORTmark as readStandardized Testing and the Common Core Standards: You Get What You Pay For?Eighty-five percent of American students attend school in a state that has adopted the Common Core State Standards. As these states transition from adoption to implementation of the new standards, many are grappling with how best to assess whether s
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 11-16-13
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT   mark as readLausd Board Won’T Censure President Richard Vladovic For Alleged Sexual Harassment, BullyingGalatzan’s motion is neither debated nor seconded as Garcia leaves room. tweeted from the pressroom -  by @howardblume :: “4 insiders: Informed speculation had been that Villaraigosa worked out deal: Deasy
NPE News Briefs ← from The Network for Public Education 11-16-13
NPE News Briefs ← from The Network for Public Education:NPE News Briefs mark as readNew York’s Teacher of the Year Is Not Rated “Highly Effective” | Diane Ravitch’s blogNew York’s Teacher of the Year testified to the State Senate Education Committee that the education evaluation system made it impossible for her to be rated “highly effective” because of the “dysfunctional implementation” of the Co
11-16-13 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter:  Schools Matter All Weekmark as readThe Dirty Water on Mike Pence's Fascist CECIby Doug MartinMore information is coming into me, as we speak, concerning the CECI detailed below. I will be following up with more writings concerning Pence's group, so please sign the petition to tell Pence to stop his educational power grab. And call Mike Pence at 1 (317) 232-4567).  For an insightfu
All Week 11-16-13 @ THE CHALK FACE
@ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER: All Week @ THE CHALK FACE  mark as read4 Corporate Education Reform Talking Points That Are Flat-Out LiesIf you listen to the buzz coming from the airwaves about education reform these days, you may notice that many things are starting to sound much too familiar–some even vomit-inducingly so.  It’s almost as if someone gave the spokespeople from state educati
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH ALL WEEK LONG Diane Ravitch's blog 11-9-13 -13 #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blogLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH ALL WEEK LONGDIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG mark as readNew York’s Teacher of the Year Is Not Rated “Highly Effective”New York’s Teacher of the Year testified to the State Senate Education Committee that the education evaluation system made it impossible for her to be rated “highly effective” because of the “dysfunctional implementation” of the Common Core standar

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