Thursday, November 21, 2013

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James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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In face of big fines, Torlakson retreats from conflict with feds over testing | EdSource Today
In face of big fines, Torlakson retreats from conflict with feds over testing | EdSource Today: In face of big fines, Torlakson retreats from conflict with feds over testingNovember 21st, 2013 | Add a Comment | By John FensterwaldStudents will take computerized field tests aligned to Common Core standards in math and English next year, state officials announced. Credit: EdSource file photoFaced with potentially tens of millions of dollars in fines, the state Department of Education has backed down from its confrontation with the federal government over standardized testing.Superintendent of Pu
December 9 Is a National Day of Action. Are You Coming? | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity
December 9 Is a National Day of Action. Are You Coming? | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity: December 9 Is a National Day of Action. Are You Coming?Posted on: Tuesday November 19th, 2013December 9th National Day of Actionto Reclaim the Promise of Public EducationOur Schools, Our SolutionsIn October, over 500 parents, students, teachers and community members came together in Los Angeles and committed to working together to build a national community-labor movement for educational justice.That commitment will become public in just a few short we
The Privatization of Public Service | Perspectives, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com
The Privatization of Public Service | Perspectives, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com: The Privatization of Public ServiceNovember 21, 2013by Zaid JilaniA Syracuse University logo is displayed inside the lobby of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. (AP Photo/David Duprey)A few weeks ago, the massive consulting firm Deloitte came to my public policy school – the Maxwell School at Syracuse University – to conduct what it called a “case challenge.” The students who participated were separated into groups and presented with a sample consulting challen

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Request to Waive Testing of New State Assessments - State Board of Education
Request to Waive Testing of New State Assessments - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education): NOTICE OF REQUEST TO WAIVE FEDERAL TITLE I, PART A OF THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT FOR FLEXIBILITY IN ASSESSMENT ADMINISTRATION ALIGNED WITH COLLEGE- AND CAREER- READY STANDARDS FOR THE 2013–14 SCHOOL YEAR ONLYWAIVERequest for public comment on California’s request to waive academic a
11-21-13 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 OutrageSecretary Duncan and the Politics of White Outrage.by plthomasedd / 1h 11-20-13 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindnessthe becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly
SKrashen: Feds want to help schools by rushing to buy imperfect technology
SKrashen: Feds want to help schools by rushing to buy imperfect technology: Feds want to help schools by rushing to buy imperfect technologyThe Feds have decided schools are bad and that the solution is spend billions on imperfect technology as fast as we can.Stephen KrashenIn The National Education Technology Plan, released in 2010, the US Department of Education insists that we introduce massive
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
U.S. Department of Education Releases School Improvement Grant (SIG) Data Analysis | U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education Releases School Improvement Grant (SIG) Data Analysis | U.S. Department of Education: U.S. Department of Education Releases School Improvement Grant (SIG) Data AnalysisImprovement Continues for Disadvantaged Students and CommunitiesNOVEMBER 21, 2013Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov The U.S. Department of Education announced today the release of 2011
11-21-13 THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG - Getting Local Communities Involved in Schools Helps Students Succeed
Getting Local Communities Involved in Schools Helps Students Succeed — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGGetting Local Communities Involved in Schools Helps Students SucceedNovember 21, 2013 by Kristen PekarekFamily and community engagement is vital to creating successful schools and communities. The connections between these entities—when built on relationships, listening, welcoming, and
11-21-13 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: We Can Question the Word "Grit" but Embrace Research on Nurturing the Socio-EmotionalAs I explained in a Huffington Post accompanying Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk Weekend, twenty-something years ago, I entered the classroom through alternative certification. Then and now, I was committed to the progressive education tradition. I soon recognized, however, why conservatives,
Exclusive! My Interview with Arne Duncan | Assailed Teacher
Exclusive! My Interview with Arne Duncan | Assailed Teacher: Exclusive! My Interview with Arne DuncanPosted on November 19, 2013 | 4 CommentsSecretary of Education Arne Duncan sits down with the Assailed Teacher to answer the questions we’ve all wanted to ask him.Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is facing some heat for his “white suburban moms” comment. As part of his public relations damage con
We Like to Believe Our Story About a Generous Society, But the Plot Has Shifted | janresseger
We Like to Believe Our Story About a Generous Society, But the Plot Has Shifted | janresseger: We Like to Believe Our Story About a Generous Society, But the Plot Has ShiftedPosted on November 21, 2013 by janressegerLet’s just suppose you are watching one of those TV movies for the holidays.  Or maybe you are reading an old novel by Charles Dickens or going to the theater to see A Christmas Carol.
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
Free Education for All? |
Free Education for All? |: Free Education for All?November 21, 2013 in StudentsI’ve been saying for years that the higher ed debate we need to have is whether we want to have a public higher education system in this country, and that our failure to have that debate is killing public higher education. I believe that to be true. With taxpayer support for many public colleges sliding toward single-di
Van Roekel: Education Support Professionals Keep Students Safe Every Day | NEA Today
Van Roekel: Education Support Professionals Keep Students Safe Every Day | NEA Today: Van Roekel: Education Support Professionals Keep Students Safe Every DayBy John Rosales Speaking to a group of educators attending the Safe School Summit in Northampton, Massachusetts, National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel noted the courage and quick-thinking of school support staff professio
Paul Horton: Common Core and the Gettysburg Address - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Paul Horton: Common Core and the Gettysburg Address - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Paul Horton: Common Core and the Gettysburg AddressBy Anthony Cody on November 21, 2013 9:38 AMGuest post by Paul Horton.All of those concerned with the decline of history as a discipline in our schools should examine very carefully Valerie Strauss' recent post on how the Common Core Standards teacht
Cali Education Headlines Thursday, November 21, 2013
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Fensterwald: Brown’s choice - California ignores annual survey on states’ use of ed dataEducation HeadlinesThursday, November 21, 2013FCMAT provides links to California K-12 news stories as a service to the industry. However, some stories may not be accessible because of newspapers' subscription policies.ABC Unified settles lawsuit, agrees to
The Hard Part: Defining Democracy - Bridging Differences - Education Week
The Hard Part: Defining Democracy - Bridging Differences - Education Week: The Hard Part: Defining DemocracyBy Deborah Meier on November 21, 2013 9:51 AMThe conversation between Deborah Meier and Robert Pondiscio continues today.Dear Robert,Progress:  We have our slogan.  Education for democracy and liberty.Now comes the hard part of the challenge: defining both terms.  Sometimes the best way to d
11-21-13 With A Brooklyn Accent
With A Brooklyn Accent: The Teacher as An American HeroOne of my major goals as a spokesperson for BATS is to create an image of the pubic school teacher as a New American Hero, a woman or a man who, in the face of overwhelming pressure decides to stand up against attacks on childhood, the erosion of civil liberties, and the wholesale intimidation of American workers on the job. BATS are people of
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
Reframing the Refrain: Choice as a Civil Rights Issue | Cloaking Inequity
Reframing 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 & Darling-Hammond, 2008). Public concern about pervasive inequalities in traditional public schools, combined with growing political, pa
Arne Duncan reflects on 'white suburban moms' comment | MSNBC
Arne Duncan reflects on 'white suburban moms' comment | MSNBC: MORNING JOE, 11/21/13, 8:02 AM ETArne Duncan reflects on ‘white suburban moms’ comment11/21/13 09:00 AMfacebook twitter 2 save share group 6By Michele RichinickEducation Secretary Arne Duncan reflected on his recent comment about “white suburban moms” opposing educational reforms on Thursday’s Morning Joe.“My wording was clumsy and I a
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Mayor 1% and other good reads
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Mayor 1% and other good reads: Mayor 1% and other good readsI'm catching up on my reading. Here's what I'm plowing through:Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99% by Kari Lyderson (Haymarket Books)Here's a handbook for the anti-Rahm candidate in 2015. It's well-researched and remarkably up-to-date considering how fast things are moving.Filling The Seat;
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
11-21-13 Wait What?
Wait What?:   Update: “Strap up [my gun], there will be head injuries”Thursday morning, November 21, 2013 and Capital Preparatory Magnet School Principal Steve Perry’s outrageous tweet is still featured on his twitter page. Dr. Steve Perry‏@DrStevePerry “The only way to lose a fight is to stop fighting. All this did was piss me off. It’s so on. Strap up, there will be head injuries.” Strap up […]T
11-21-13 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: N.Y. school principals write letter of concern about Common Core testsA group of eight prominent school superintendents from around New York State have drafted a letter to parents expressing their deep concerns about the validity of new Common Core-aligned standardized tests that  state education officials are giving to students in grades three through eight — and in just a few w
11-21-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Growth Boundaries Plan and Amendment 12 VoteAmendment #12 - McLaren and Peaslee - Growth Boundaries will be reviewed annually (with a lot of input and data) PASSESPatu - includes where it has to come to Board? Yes.Carr - feels redundant - I know what you are doing but I feel like Tracy &Co are doing this already.Peaslee - not directing staff but acknowledging c
Assessing your WriMos | Teaching Between the Lines
Assessing your WriMos | Teaching Between the Lines: Assessing your WriMosposted in My Story, NaNoWriMo, Writing by LauraIf your students are feverishly writing novels as fast their little fingers can fly across the keyboards, anxious to meet theirNaNoWriMo word goals by the end of November, you may be wondering how best to assess their work during this glorious month of literary abandon.  Since it
teacherken at Daily Kos
teacherken at Daily Kos: young people & dismal future for RepublicansbyteacherkenFollow    Email  17 Comments / 17 NewBear with me for this.Last night I had occasion to attend a fundraiser for a PAC for an important Democrat.  When this Democrat was running for the office currently held, s/he drew the line against marriage equality.  S/he had already supported civil unions and legal rights, bu
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Great Interactive: “Why are we building new walls to divide us?”The Guardian has published an excellent, though sad, interactive titled Why are we building new walls to divide us? It’s a perfect addition to The Best Sites To Learn About Walls That Separate Us.by Larry Ferlazzo / 1h skip  //  saveNovember’s (2013) Best Tweet
11-21-13 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. Illinois’ working families have no candidate for governor.Todd Mertz is a high school teacher and IEA political activist. Friends and Colleagues It is time we have an Illinois governor stand up for public education, students, teachers, employee unions, and collective bargaining rights. If
11-21-13 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: Higher Ed, Corporate Reform Has Arrived: Featuring Maryland’s Nancy GrasmickThough much of corporate reform focuses on the K-12 classroom, its well-financed, invasive influence certainly does not stop with the public high school. Imposing philanthropy and its fast friend, the business of education, also aim to control America’s college and university classrooms. Higher education
11-21-13 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: UFT Leadership Defends The ADVANCE Teacher Evaluation System Once AgainExcellent report from James Eterno from yesterday's Delegate's Assembly: No speakers were permitted to oppose a Unity Caucus resolution reinforced the UFT's support for the evaluation law.  However, the UFT is calling for a moratorium on using the results of high stakes tests for teacher evaluations until
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Turning the neediest overcrowded Chicago schools into beggars
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Turning the neediest overcrowded Chicago schools into beggars: Turning the neediest overcrowded Chicago schools into beggarsBBB calls parent protest a "knee-jerk reaction" to overcrowdingThe Mayor runs the schools the way he runs the city. It's a two-tier system with wealthiest and politically-connected getting the lion's share of the resources while the po
Higher Ed, Corporate Reform Has Arrived: Featuring Maryland’s Nancy Grasmick | deutsch29
Higher Ed, Corporate Reform Has Arrived: Featuring Maryland’s Nancy Grasmick | deutsch29: Higher Ed, Corporate Reform Has Arrived: Featuring Maryland’s Nancy GrasmickNovember 21, 2013Though much of corporate reform focuses on the K-12 classroom, its well-financed, invasive influence certainly does not stop with the public high school. Imposing philanthropy and its fast friend, the business of educ
Full Funding Friday #11 | WeArePCAPS
Full Funding Friday #11 | WeArePCAPS: Full Funding Friday #11Posted on November 21, 2013by wearepcapsThe Full Funding Friday Campaign moves into its 11th week.Here are the schools where rallies are planned for this Friday. We really appreciate all the people who have volunteered to come out and join with school staff, parents and students. As before, we will have flyers and other materials on hand
Magnet Schools, Anti-Poverty Measures and LAUSD – redqueeninla
Magnet Schools, Anti-Poverty Measures and LAUSD – redqueeninla: Magnet Schools, Anti-Poverty Measures and LAUSDWritten by redqueeninla in Education Let’s do a little thinking about magnet schools in LAUSD.Currently, there are 696 schools in LAUSD. 476 of these are classified as “Elementary”, of which 39 are financially dependent charter schools (FDC).  85 are classified as “Middle”, of which 4 are
Portland Public Schools teachers contract: District's declaration of impasse starts clock toward possible strike | OregonLive.com
Portland Public Schools teachers contract: District's declaration of impasse starts clock toward possible strike | OregonLive.com: Portland Public Schools teachers contract: District's declaration of impasse starts clock toward possible strikeBargaining teams from both sides insist they do not want a walkout, which would affect nearly 50,000 students and their families. After nearly eight months o
NYC Educator: No Context for You!
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The Making of an Education Catastrophe- Mark Naison- Notorious Phd Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública
Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: The Making of an Education Catastrophe- Mark Naison- Notorious Phd Mark Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of four books and over 200 articles on African American politics. During the last five years, he has begun presenting historical "raps" in Bronx school
11-21-13 Major Bill Actions Education - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress
Education - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress: Bill Introduced: S.Res. 295: A resolution expressing the support for the designation of October 20, 2013, as the "National Day on Writing".A resolution expressing the support for the designation of October 20, 2013, as the "National Day on Writing".5h skip  //  saveBill Introduced: S. 1659: Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers Act of 2

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Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 11-20-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORM Seattle education activists arrested for trespassingGroup 'Africatown' teaches culturally-based curriculum for black students9 57min skip  //  saveCareer-Oriented Education vs. the Liberal ArtsBy John Tierney Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more Last week, as part of the American Futures series here, I wrote two pieces
11-20-13 Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog
Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog: Representatives from 132 Developing Countries Walk Out of Climate Change ConferenceThe Guardian reports that representatives of the most of the world's nations walked out on talks at the Warsaw conference on global warming today after representatives of wealthier nations, including the United States, European Union and Australia, said they would refuse to discuss the qu
Last Stand for Children First: Let Me Help - An Open Letter to Michelle Rhee
Last Stand for Children First: Let Me Help - An Open Letter to Michelle Rhee: Let Me Help - An Open Letter to Michelle Rhee Dear Michelle,I remember when I was a young teacher in Boca Raton.  I was invited to assemble a polo team to compete in for a cup at the local club.   I immediately asked my fellow TFA recruit Scooter Nelson to join me and he had a friend who was an outstanding Number One.  U
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
APNewsBreak: Mo. ed. chief advised ballot group - SFGate
APNewsBreak: Mo. ed. chief advised ballot group - SFGate: APNewsBreak: Mo. ed. chief advised ballot groupBy DAVID A. LIEB, Associated PressUpdated 4:06 pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2013FILE -- In this July 2, 2009 file photo, newly selected Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro outlines her goals for the state's primary and secondary education system at a press conference at the Capitol
A guilty verdict today in DeKalb Schools case that fueled... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com
A guilty verdict today in DeKalb Schools case that fueled... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com: A guilty verdict today in DeKalb Schools case that fueled parent doubts about district  KENT D. JOHNSONPat Reid looks back at a sheriffs deputy before being handcuffed and headed to jail after being found guilty of racketeering charges in court Wednesday afternoon November 20, 2013.Previous PostsCobb respond
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



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