Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Levy's seminar

My brother Fred's blog carries a post which included a self-revealing letter from former N.Y.C. Chancellor Harold Levy for his upcoming private seminar for investors on making money on education. Levy has since become a Wall Street lawyer who now works for Palm Ventures in Greenwich, Conn. He's one of the high rollers in corporate school reform. He's alsochairing The Capital Roundtable’s ENCORE full-day conference – Private Equity Investing In For-Profit Education Companies,

Here's some back-story to Fred's post.

It was Levy, in a NYT piece back in 2009, while working for Citigroup, who offered us his "5 ways to fix schools."  At that time, I wrote,
Levy, who obviously hadn't yet discovered the 5 ways while he was still in power, now wants to make it "mandatory" that all kids go to college for a year. I suppose he hopes that will keep them out of the job market and off the unemployment line for a while longer and hopes that the feds will pick up the cost of tuition ($8,000 average for state colleges and $25,000 for private). As for those kids who want to take a year off after high school, to work or travel? I suppose we could arrest their parents. How will this "fix" schools? Maybe Levy will tell us later.
Levy helped funnel $500K of DFER money to Shapton.
I also pointed out in the same post that,

Taft classroom shooting stuns students, parents

A classroom shooting at Taft Union High School southwest of Bakersfield that left a 16-year-old boy in critical condition stunned parents and students.
Some  compared the incident to the Newtown, Conn., shooting, and so did various public officials who hastened to issue condemnations. In a statement denouncing the gun violence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said her father had attended the school.

Angela Hayden, whose 16-year-old daughter attends Taft High, said the suspected shooter allegedly threatened 

Garcia leads in fundraising for L.A. school board



The early money leader in the race for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education is school board president Monica Garcia. Financial data released Thursday show that Garcia raised $174,288 last year, far outdistancing the combined total of four challengers vying to unseat her. Garcia represents District 2, which stretches out from the city’s central core.
Three of the seven board seats will be on the ballot in the March primary election. Much is at stake in the 



Taft classroom shooting: Teen opened fire with 12-gauge shotgun


A 16-year-old boy was in critical condition after a classmate interrupted a first-period class at Taft Union High School southwest of Bakersfield, confronted him by name and fired a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into his upper body, authorities said.
The shooter, also 16, then tried to shoot a second boy and missed before an unarmed science teacher was able to talk him down, apparently taking his weapon as the other students fled from the classroom through the door.
Police officers arrived after the teacher had disarmed the shooter, and took him into custody. They seized his 

Oregon ranked No. 43 for education policies and results

Education Week finds that Oregon fourth-graders showed the least improvement in math from 2003 to 2011 of students in any state; reading gains were small, too

Massive flu outbreak claims lives of 18 children

The United States was in the grip Thursday of a deadly influenza outbreak that has hit harder and earlier than in previous years, and has claimed the lives of at least 18 children. “It looks like the worst year we had since 2003-2004,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National...

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First amendment issues in the contentious #edreform debates #highered

I’m watching another Piers Morgan gun debate on CNN. I was reminded of this: Moreover, James Tracy asserts in radio ...
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Report Explores Differences Among States that Affect College Funding

David Weerts
David WeertsWhen it comes to securing stronger investments in higher education at the state level, it pays to understand how funding decisions get influenced by a complex set of political, economic and cultural dynamics that are unique to a given state.
That is the crux of a new report released recently by Demos, a New York-based national policy and research organization that focuses on increasing opportunity and social mobility.
The report, titled College Funding in Context: Understanding the Difference in Higher Education Appropriations 



First amendment issues in the contentious #edreform debates #highered

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” Partnerships for Learning: Community Support for Youth Success”

Partnerships for Learning: Community Support for Youth Success is a new report from The Harvard Family Research Project.
Here’s how they describe it:
There is strong evidence that, when schools partner with families and community-based organizations, these partnerships for learning improve children’s development and school success. They provide a seamless web of 


Interesting & Useful Perspective On Parents & Community

Alexander Russo shared this video on his blog. No matter what your position is on Bill Ayers and his work, he does make some interesting comments on parents and the community in this short video.
You might also want to check out The Best Reasons Why Parents Should Be Looked At As Allies & Not Targets Of Blame.


GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET FOR 2013-2014

“Under this budget, K‑12 school districts will see an increase in funds. School districts serving those students who have the greatest challenges will receive more generous increases — so that all students in California have the opportunity to succeed. This budget also focuses more responsibility and accountability on those who are closest to our students.” From the Governor’s


National Louis University Students Use Trip to Mexico For Teaching Preparation

Ten National Louis University undergraduate elementary education students recently traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico to observe teachers, share ideas with their counterparts at two teacher-training universities, and immerse themselves in the country’s culture. The trip was part of the Chicago Teacher Partnership Program (CTPP) grant, which was awarded to a group of select Chicago universities, including National Louis, to prepare teachers in high-need Chicago public elementary schools. Many students in the high-need Chicago public schools come from Mexico or have parents who immigrated, and they face challenges of culture and language. The ultimate 


Latin America News:  Guatemalan Students Riot, Protesting Educational Reform

A group of students from the state University of San Carlos set fire to a public bus Monday in protest against the educational overhaul approved by the Guatemalan government and set to take effect in the coming days. No one was hurt in the incident. A police spokesperson told reporters that a group of “supposed university students, who covered their faces with ski masks, hijacked a bus and set it on fire” outside the San Marcos campus. After 


University of Puerto Rico Students Demand Elimination of $800 Annual Fee

Students at the state-run University of Puerto Rico on Thursday demanded that Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla eliminate the $800 annual fee imposed last year on top of the standard tuition of $49 per credit hour. Members of the University Student Confederation issued a communique calling for the elimination of the fee that last year sparked one of the longest students strikes UPR had ever experienced. According to the leader of the student 


Report: Future High Schools Will Have Smaller Graduating Classes, More Diversity

The 8th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates, released today by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), indicates that the population of U.S. high school graduates is entering a period of modest decline after nearly two decades of sustained growth. In addition, the pool of future college students is rapidly growing more racially and ethnically diverse, putting pressure on policymakers and practitioners to address educational attainment gaps among many traditionally underrepresented populations. Increasing the share of young people who enroll in and complete a postsecondary 


Taft students say gunman had a hit list and was bullied

The teen who injured at least two people with a shotgun at a high school in Taft, California was previously kicked out of school for having a “hit list,” students and parents said. “He had a hit list of who he wanted to kill and I guess last year he wasn’t in school, he got...


30th Anniversary of Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act

30th Anniversary of Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection ActNext week marks the 30th anniversary of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.
This landmark legislation provides employment-related protections to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and is administered and enforced by the department’s Wage and Hour Division. The law requires that, among other things, every non-exempt farm labor contractor, agricultural employer, and agricultural association must disclose the terms and conditions of employment to each migrant worker in writing at the time of recruitment and to each seasonal worker when employment is offered, in writing if requested.

The law also says each worker must be paid the wages owed when due and 



Kimble's Corner: The Real History of Labor in the United States

Kimble's Corner: The Real History of Labor in the United States:


The Real History of Labor in the United States


Recently, it came to my attention that Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis had made some extremely disturbing comments about labor history.  Here they are, but I warn you they're not for the faint of heart:
”The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just - off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that.“I don’t think we’re at that point. The key is that they think nothing of killing us. They think nothing about putting us in harm’s way. They think nothing about lethal working conditions.”
As you can see, she's practically calling for workers to rise up and kill everybody making more money them.   No less an authority than Michelle Malkin called Karen Lewis "Chicago thuggery personified."

Still, my complaint isn't that Karen Lewis is inciting violence, but that she was speaking at a labor history conference and acting like labor history was all about violent confrontations between labor and management. 

  
Representative Jack Kimble Responds to Karen Lewis

[This article is reprinted with permission from Jack Kimble's personal blog.  He is a Republican Congressman representing California's 54th District and a member of Last Stand for Children First's Board of Directors]

Recently, it came to my attention that Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis had made some extremely disturbing comments about labor history.  Here they are, but I warn you they're not for the faint of heart:

”The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just - off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that.“I don’t think we’re at that point. The key is that they think nothing of killing us. They think nothing about putting us in harm’s way. They 

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates from Garfield Teacher Action Against MAP

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates from Garfield Teacher Action Against MAP:


Updates from Garfield Teacher Action Against MAP

Just back from the well-attended press conference.

First up, the district response (partial): 

Seattle Public Schools expects our teachers to administer all required tests, pursuant to our policies and procedures. Last fall, during an annual report to the Board on Nov. 28, it was agreed that the District would review the effectiveness of MAP testing. We look forward to hearing from our principals and teachers as part of that process. A report back to the Board is expected to be presented in the spring.  

This response seems to indicate the district wants the teachers to continue giving the test BUT that MAP is going to be reviewed with a report to the Board by spring.  Good news.   We are now in the 5th year of MAP and it would seem a review would be in order.

The press conference was held with at least 25 Garfield teachers and staff in attendance as well as several 

Joy Resmovits: Rhee Report Card Backwards? Denver School Board Drama: Ed Tonight

Joy Resmovits: Rhee Report Card Backwards? Denver School Board Drama: Ed Tonight:


Rhee Report Card Backwards? Denver School Board Drama: Ed Tonight

Is Michelle Rhee doing it wrong? Over at governing.com, Mark Funkhouser writes about "education and the inputs-outcomes trap." Taking a look at Rhee's StudentsFirst state policy report card, he argues that Rhee's approach here is backwards: "You don't start by deciding which policies are best; you start with outcomes and work your way back to see which policies are connected to good results." That is, Rhee is looking at rankings the wrong way since she's looking at policies instead of school performance.

I've been thinking about this paradox all week, ever since Randi Weingarten came out with a scathing response that pointed out the report was devoid of test scores. Weingarten is vehemently opposed to (an overdose of) standardized testing, and it's usually the other way around. This little ideological switcheroo probably doesn't matter in the long run, and it definitely doesn't affect kids in school. But it's just the latest example of how even the most strongly held ideologies in the ed-reform debate don't always apply to their beholders.

Whither Denver School Reform? EdNews Colorado is reporting that school board Secretary Nate Easley is stepping down due to a potential conflict of interest with his new day job. Why does it matter, you ask? 

Quality Counts 2013 Education Rankings Come In: Maryland First, South Dakota Last

NEW YORK -- The report card is in, and the grades aren't good. But at least they're slightly better than last year's.

On Thursday, Education Week, an education trade newspaper, released the 17th edition of the Quality Counts report, a widely-cited metric of overall educational quality in the United States. America's public schools are hardly passing: they garnered a C-plus. Last year, though, the U.S. scored a C, so the ranking represents some improvement.

"We're probably tough graders," Amy Hightower, who oversees the team of seven researchers that puts together 


Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking, Says GAO

Hot off the presses, here's a report from the Government Accountability Office on the state of children's mental health care. It reveals some major problems.

"Most children whose emotions or behavior, as reported by their parent or guardian, indicated a potential need for a mental health service did not receive any services within the same year," the GAO wrote.

The report comes after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.) requested that the GAO look into how psychotropic drugs affect the long-term development of kids who 

University of California, Irvine: Stop the conflation of Physical Abuse charges with Sexual Assault and Rape | Occupy UCI!

University of California, Irvine: Stop the conflation of Physical Abuse charges with Sexual Assault and Rape | Occupy UCI!:


University of California, Irvine: Stop the conflation of Physical Abuse charges with Sexual Assault and Rape

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Sign the Letter here:
https://www.change.org/petitions/university-of-california-irvine-administration-stop-the-conflation-of-physical-abuse-charges-with-sexual-assault-and-rape
We  the undersigned, are ashamed that our university has charged a student activist with physical abuse with no evidence to support these charges.  At the same time, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is failing to admit responsibility of the physical harassment that this student activist experienced by UCI administrative staff. Even more shocking, the verbiage of the policy that he was accused of violating trivializes acts of rape and sexual assault which occur with frequency at our school.
On  November 8th 2012, a student activist was charged with violating Student Conduct Policy 102.08. This charge resulted from the student’s participation in a peaceful march through the UCI bookstore to highlight the ongoing privatization of the California public university system.  As protesters entered the bookstore, several students were assaulted by administration and staff.  Shamefully, the UCI administration continues their silence about the incident, failing to admit responsibility of the physical harassment that student protestors experienced at the hands of staff and administration.  Furthermore,in an attempt to white-wash their actions, the University charged a peaceful student protestor with physical assault.  This underscores the true intent of the UCI administration: to silence students who oppose the privatization of public education.  According to the UC Irvine administration, students do not have the right to free speech and the right to peacefully assemble. 
 A further disregard of the student body is the administration’s use of theStudent Conduct Policy 102.08 Physical 

Tips from the Trenches: School Safety — Whole Child Education

Tips from the Trenches: School Safety — Whole Child Education:


Stephen Sroka

Tips from the Trenches: School Safety

During the last few months, I have had the chance to talk with several speakers who strongly affected their audiences. I started to think about the remarkable leaders with whom I have worked over the years and how they have made huge differences with their incredible wisdom, insights, and actions. I contacted some of them and asked them to comment on working in education in these difficult times. I asked them to share some take-away messages, so that, if they were speaking, what would they want their audience to remember?
School safety was a front page story following the tragic shooting deaths of 28 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Students need a safe school to learn. Most of these "Tips from the Trenches" regarding school safety were written before the Connecticut shootings.
Joseph Bergant II, superintendent of Chardon Schools in Ohio, where in February 2012 a 17-year-old student opened fire in the high school cafeteria, killing three and wounding three others:
  • "Be prepared and practice school safety plans. You never know when you may need them."
  • "Cell phones were effective in dealing with the safety evacuation plans, especially students notifying parents with texts."
  • "Stress the positive, not the perpetrator. Emphasize safety, learning, and services available. And don't 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 1-10-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

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

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Evidence of alleged crimes with Bridgeport’s School Budget going to State Auditors and Attorney General - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 minutes ago
Evidence of alleged crimes with Bridgeport’s School Budget going to State Auditors and Attorney General - Wait, What?: Evidence of alleged crimes with Bridgeport’s School Budget going to State Auditors and Attorney General by jonpelto Readers of Wait, What? are well aware that over the past year this blog’s investigative work has turned up evidence of what appear to be serious violations of law by Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas, the Bridgeport Board of Education and the City of Bridgeport. In direct violation of Connecticut and Bridgeport laws, Paul Vallas sig... more »

Proposed closings hit Black students most | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Proposed closings hit Black students most | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Proposed closings hit Black students most by Paul Socolar [image: shocked to find gaming] Proposed school closings and relocations will disproportionately affect Black students in the District, based on District data analyzed by the * Notebook* and displayed below. Of the approximately 15,000 students in 43 District schools being closed or relocated, 79 percent are African American. Only 55 percent of the District's students overall are African American. Nearly three-fourths of these 43 schools being c... more »

State Budget Reaction - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

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State Budget Reaction - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments on Governor's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on Governor Brown's proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year: "The Governor's budget proposal keeps the promise we made to Californians who supported Proposition 30, and wisely begins to restore some of what our schools have lost. It will take years to bring our education system back to financial health, and I applaud the... more »

Who do you want driving your child’s school bus?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 27 minutes ago
Who do you want driving your child’s school bus?: Who do you want driving your child’s school bus? by Server Who do you want driving your child’s school bus? *Contact the Mayor today at 1-888-833-7428 and Sign Our Petition below.* Who do you want driving your child’s school bus – a highly skilled, trained, and experienced driver who knows our children and community, or someone learning on the job? At the end of the day, that is the only question that truly matters to parents regarding the busing of their children to school, and it is why it is so important that we support our New Y... more »

Ed Notes Online: Seattle Teachers Revolt Against High Stakes Test

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 30 minutes ago
Ed Notes Online: Seattle Teachers Revolt Against High Stakes Test: Seattle Teachers Revolt Against High Stakes Test by ed notes online *In perhaps the first instance anywhere in the nation, teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School will announce this afternoon their refusal to administer a standardized test that students in other high schools across the district are scheduled to take in the first part of January. -- Teachers at Garfield HS, Seattle* From a teacher at Garfield HS in Seattle, posted on MORE listserve. He is asking for letters of support from unions (forget the UF... more »

CA School Teacher Talked Shooter Into Surrender | TPM LiveWire

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 38 minutes ago
CA School Teacher Talked Shooter Into Surrender | TPM LiveWire: CA School Teacher Talked ShooterInto SurrenderIGOR BOBIC 3:43 PM EST, THURSDAY JANUARY 10, 2013 A Taft, Calif., school teacher and a campus supervisor talked a shooter into surrender on Thursday, the AP reports. At least two people were shot and the suspect is reportedly in custody. Authorities described the shooter as a 16-year-old student who attended the high school. He was armed with a 12 gauge shotgun.

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Once Again, Educators Save the Day

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Once Again, Educators Save the Day: Strategic Planning: Want to Join In? by Melissa Westbrook Is this any way to figure the future of this district? I like that the Superintendent and Board realize how unwieldy the last Strategic Plan was but a taskforce of 6-80 people? It'll be like herding kittens (or be largely pro-forma facilitation from the consultant group). (Sorry for the varying typefaces; I couldn't get it worked out of the press release from the district.) From district Communications: *Seattle Public Schools is starting the process o... more »

The Work of a Great Test Scientist Helps Explain the Failure of No Child Left Behind « The Core Knowledge Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
The Work of a Great Test Scientist Helps Explain the Failure of No Child Left Behind « The Core Knowledge Blog: The Work of a Great Test Scientist Helps Explain the Failure of No Child Left Behindby E. D. Hirsch, Jr. *January 10th, 2013* Tags: NAEP, NCLB, Samuel Messick, standardized tests Posted in Assessment and Testing, Education Practice, Education Theory, Educational Policy,Research and Reports | No Comments » *In Praise of Samuel Messick 1931–1998, Part II* In a prior post I described Messick’s unified theory of test validity, which judged a test not to be valid if its practica... more »

The Washington Policy Center, or should I say ALEC, and the future of our children | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
The Washington Policy Center, or should I say ALEC, and the future of our children | Seattle Education: The Washington Policy Center, or should I say ALEC, and the future of our children by seattleducation2011 From the same people who state that any efforts made in our state to address climate change are a waste of time, post reports from ALEC and have ties to the organization, comes another bit of “research” by Liz Finne, self-proclaimed expert on all things education who cranks out policy papers based on her views or others who sponsor this “public charity” organization an... more »

Ginger Rutland on Michelle Rhee-Defending the IndefensibleThe Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education: Ginger Rutland on Michelle Rhee-Defending the Indefensible published by Kate_Lenox on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 11:34am [image: Home] Much as she did when reporters on her own paper revealed mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson to be a slumlord, Bee editor Ginger Rutland now feels it necessary in the wake of the Frontline episode to rehabilitate Michelle Rhee's image. In spite of allegations of widespread cheating, a campaign of humiliating teachers and administrators and wholesale closings of schools rather than attempting to improve them, Rh... more »

Education That Matches the Rhetoric - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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Education That Matches the Rhetoric - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Education That Matches the Rhetoric by Deborah Meier Dear Pedro, Yes, we've utterly crushed the liberating and empowering spirit of education. The story you related about Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl from Pakistan, is an important reminder of what once seemed worth living and dying for. The roots of the story are complex, and mixed. Formal education as we know it was designed either to teach the religious and lay leaders of the nation/tribe. It was designed precisely—as were specific other symb... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – Brown’s budget provides $2.7B in Prop 98 money over this year

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: Brown’s budget provides $2.7B in Prop 98 money over this year *By Tom Chorneau* Thursday, January 10, 2013 Finding economic recovery coming sooner than most had expected, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a good news budget for schools that will provide an additional $2.7 billion more in Proposition 98 money than the current year – which was also adjusted upwards. The plan includes a $1.8 billion repayment for prior deferred appropriations. Brown’s much-anticipated plan for restructuring school funding builds on his proposal from last year. The go... more »

Brandon Greene Launches New Project to Feature Student Journalism - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Brandon Greene Launches New Project to Feature Student Journalism - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Brandon Greene Launches New Project to Feature Student Journalism by Anthony Cody *This week I learned of an exciting new project called Out the Mouths of Babes, with a focus on giving voice to those we talk so much about, but hear so little from. The following is an interview with the project's creator, a young man named Brandon Greene. * [image: brandon.jpg] *What are the goals of your project?* The goals of the Out the Mouths of Babes are three-fold: 1. to increase ... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-10-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: A Teacher Has a Question for Hari Sevugan by dianerav Hari Sevugan, the ex-Obama spokesman and ex-StudentsFirst spokesman, has twice commented on this blog in defense of charters and high-stakes testing. In his comments yesterday, he pointed to Florida as a model of excellence, while putting down Massachusetts as not all that it claims to be. In my response, I compared Florida’s NAEP scores to those of Massachusetts. Massachusetts is consistently #1, while Florida ranks about average among the 50 states. I assume that Hari was promoting Glorida because Mi... more »

Joy Resmovits: Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking, Says GAO

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Joy Resmovits: Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking, Says GAO: Mental Health Care For Kids Severely Lacking, Says GAO by Joy Resmovits Hot off the presses, here's a report from the Government Accountability Office on the state of children's mental health care. It reveals some major problems. "Most children whose emotions or behavior, as reported by their parent or guardian, indicated a potential need for a mental health service did not receive any services within the same year," the GAO wrote. The report comes after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), an... more »

Josh Birdwell- Aristotle Isn’t a Problem Child, Philosophy in the Classroom Student Voice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Student Voice: Josh Birdwell- Aristotle Isn’t a Problem Child, Philosophy in the Classroom by admin To say Aristotle was brilliant is an understatement. Aristotle was a philosopher of the highest caliber; he produced philosophical work on everything from metaphysics to ethics. Aristotle was a man who constantly strived for greater knowledge, and from this he taught his fellow man. But for some reason, modern education does not seem to have the time for this. Curriculum planners, for whatever reason, have decided that the study of wisdom has no place in the classroom. They’ve made ... more »

Irving ISD Gamed Census Numbers to Keep Latinos Off School Board, Lawsuit Claims - Dallas - News - Unfair Park

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Irving ISD Gamed Census Numbers to Keep Latinos Off School Board, Lawsuit Claims - Dallas - News - Unfair Park: Irving ISD Gamed Census Numbers to Keep Latinos Off School Board, Lawsuit Claims By Brantley Hargrove Wed., Jan. 9 2013 at 1:00 PM 5 Comments Categories: Legal Battles - - - - - [image: Irving-ISD-Board-of-Trustees.jpg]A, shall we say, less-than-diverse Irving ISD board of trusteesIrving Independent School District is playing games with 2010 census numbers that should handily introduce a Hispanic voice into the all-white school board, a failed Lati... more »

Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s education agenda

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s education agenda: Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s education agenda Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: mcdonnell] Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R). In his State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) proposed a constitutional amendment that would make it easier for charter schools to open, an A-F grading system to rate schools, the use of Teach For Ameri... more »

Join the Journey for Justice! | Parents Across America

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Join the Journey for Justice! | Parents Across America: *PAA’s Karran Harper Royal will be part of the Journey for Justice webinar* Join the Journey for Justice! by pureparents Please Join Us as We Work to Send Parents and Students To Testify! Attend the Save Our Schools Webinar and Fundraiser - Journey For Justice 2 Education Organizers Jitu Brown, Karran Harper Royal, and Zakiyah Ansari On the birthdate of the honorable Civil Rights Leader, Doctor Martin Luther King - Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:30 PM Eastern Time [ET] REGISTER HERE The time is now! If we are to stop schoo... more »

Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra | The Raw Story

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Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra | The Raw Story: Eric Bolling: Schools ‘pushing the liberal agenda’ by teaching algebra by David Edwards [image: Eric Bolling slams the "liberal agenda" of algebra] Topics: Eric Bolling ♦ fox news Fox News host Eric Bolling on Wednesday accused some schools of “pushing the liberal agenda” for teaching an algebra lesson about the distributive property. During a segment about “indoctrination in schools,” Bolling reminded viewers of a 2009 video of children chanting, “Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. Barack Hussein Obama,” which o... more »

Lazy Teachers and Administrators Love Calculators « PWC Education Reform Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Lazy Teachers and Administrators Love Calculators « PWC Education Reform Blog: Lazy Teachers and Administrators Love Calculators by pwceducationreform Lazy teachers and school administrators love calculators, because having calculators means they don’t have to actually teach arithmetic. If you want to understand why I strongly support banning calculators on SOL exams, you need only look to this article by my colleague at Out in Left Field, More Educational Malpractice. The author notes the difference between the types and level of problems students typically saw in 3rd and 4th g... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, January 10, 2013

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Gov. Jerry Brown to propose more money, finance overhaul for California schools* Education Headlines *Thursday, January 10, 2013* Denair schools to mull budgetDenair Unified School District trustees will take up more teacher layoffs tonight and consider switching their popular charter Denair Academic Avenues into a magnet school as they work to get finances back in the black and avoid a state takeover. Fresno USD to add six bus routes for middle, high school studentsStudents in those grades have had to walk two miles to school. ... more »

Project Unify-Including All Students in a Rich Education | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Project Unify-Including All Students in a Rich Education | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Project Unify-Including All Students in a Rich Education by Special Olympics Project UNIFY Project Unify-Including All Students in a Rich Education [image: Special Olympics Project UNIFY's picture] By Special Olympics Project UNIFY on January 9, 2013 *By Andrea Cahn, Senior Director, Special Olympics Project UNIFY* * Editor’s Note: This post is form our partners at the Special Olympics Project UNIFY. Each week in January, we will feature a new article on a topic related to ... more »

Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center: Best of the Ed Blogs *Best of the Ed Blogs* features a frequently updated selection of interesting and insightful blog posts on education policy. The views expressed by the bloggers on our blog roll are thoughtful, original, and entirely their own. We hope you make *Best of the Ed Blogs* your first stop for concise takes on today's most important education topics. The Key to Understanding Corporate Reform Best of the Ed Blogs Diane Ravitch January 10, 2013 When Methuselah Was Young Best of the Ed Blogs Gene V Glass January 10... more »

Et tu, Liberal Media? | the becoming radical

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Et tu, Liberal Media? | the becoming radical: Et tu, Liberal Media? Posted on January 10, 2013 by plthomasedd The erosion of support for the Commons is most distinct in the failure of foundational support for universal public education in favor of the more powerful interests of corporate America. Just as public schools and teachers have no political party, the so-called liberal media have also abandoned public education and America’s workers, teachers. Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert have fallen into the corporate education reform trap by buying into and thus selling the “bad” teach... more »

Incentivizing philanthropy: Walgreen’s gets big no-bid contract after CPS gift card giveaway Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Incentivizing philanthropy: Walgreen’s gets big no-bid contract after CPS gift card giveaway: Incentivizing philanthropy: Walgreen’s gets big no-bid contract after CPS gift card giveaway by admin Walgreen's coupons created by Wade Tillett It was only a couple of months ago that Walgreen’s CEO Greg Wasson stood with Mayor Rahm at our old neighborhood school, Field Elementary, to announce the giveaway of $25 Walgreen’s gift cards to parents for picking up their children’s report cards. “This is a way, in my view, of incentiv... more »

“What’s Your Preferred Gender Pronoun?” « Student Activism

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
“What’s Your Preferred Gender Pronoun?” « Student Activism: “What’s Your Preferred Gender Pronoun?” by Angus Johnston Here’s something that happened to me last month: I got asked my preferred gender pronoun. For those who aren’t familiar, this is a thing that tends to happen at queer-positive conferences and gatherings these days. When you go around the room at the beginning of a session, you’ll say your name, something about yourself, maybe answer an ice-breaker question, and state your preferred gender pronoun. It can be he/him, she/her, they/their, or one of the newer invented... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Political payback for Walgreens CEO

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Political payback for Walgreens CEO: Political payback for Walgreens CEO by Mike Klonsky Rahm & WassonAs Chicago city retirees brace themselves for another hit on their healthcare plans, corporations like Walgreen's are feeling really healthy. Back in November, I wrote about the scheme Rahm had cooked up with Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson whereby the mayor would offer parents Walgreens gift cards if they would show up on report card pickup day. Rahm called it, "incentivizing responsible parenting." I call it pay-back for Wasson's political support, ... more »

LOCAL UPDATE: My stalkers, Bill Ayers, Alexander Russo and TFA. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
My stalkers, Bill Ayers, Alexander Russo and TFA. « Fred Klonsky: Extremely local news. Resurrecting the Skokie chapter of IEA Retired. by Fred Klonsky [image: data=Ay5GWBeob_WIPLDYoIWcfVXxvZu9XwJ55OX7Ag,hrBBd5qAM5YO4tMRxwtLJmizsZGtt6OZ8SMu98QgZ3Nvgq9Fd5OyjJGmDyEog0UaaoBRVBSBh3KuT7vu20S8uACPZcgLDrq6_5sERziFQ10-cIgA17TO6bAaPsYd__s1gr5gqMV0Hf14s4Z2QojOB1nLfQ7wK8pkEveMNMxCtY3L8G_Cm30K-IgrxFFyIg] *Retired IEA members on the north side and near north suburbs need an IEA Retired chapter.* I know I have readers all over the country, but this is extremely local news. When I retired last June... more »

@edshow @maddow twitter blast: Copy, Paste and Tweet! « @ the chalk face

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@edshow @maddow twitter blast: Copy, Paste and Tweet! « @ the chalk face: @edshow @maddow twitter blast: Copy, Paste and Tweet!Leave a comment January 10, 2013 by Timothy D. Slekar Copy, Paste and Tweet! @edshow @maddow Why does MSNBC talk to Rhee instead of me? Have you compared our credentials? @m_rhee @edshow @maddow For-profit schooling profits the corporation, not the kids. @edshow @maddow The crime and story of the century–selling our public schools. Why the crickets? @edshow @maddow Your viewers are products of a rich public education. What about this generation? @edshow @mad... more »

Ayers Slams TFA | District 299: The Inside Scoop on CPS

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Ayers Slams TFA | District 299: The Inside Scoop on CPS: Ayers Slams TFA by Alexander Russo Here's some video of John Ayers going off on TFA that some folks on the right find objectionable but seems unsurprising and not all that problematic to me. At a December conference in New York City, Ayers apparently said "the left must utilize its “absolute access” to America’s schools to further its “movement.” New video to emerge from the meeting seems to reveal one crucial gap in that “absolute access” — Teach for America." Is this news? Is this inflammatory? Video inside, via EAG. Po... more »

Modern School: Teachers are Terrorists and Corporate Shills

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Modern School: Teachers are Terrorists and Corporate Shills: Teachers are Terrorists and Corporate Shills by Michael Dunn Politicians are notorious for saying stupid, embarrassing and downright insulting and hurtful things in the quest to promote their political agendas. Michael Bloomberg’s recent comparison of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) to the National Rifle Association (NRA) ranks right up there with some of the stupidest—but here are a few other ditties (just in case you missed them): *Teachers Unions are Terrorist Organizations* In 2004, Education Secretary Rod P... more »

Schools Matter: Cornerstone Academy Embroiled in Child Abuse Charges in Memphis

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Schools Matter: Cornerstone Academy Embroiled in Child Abuse Charges in Memphis: Cornerstone Academy Embroiled in Child Abuse Charges in Memphis by Jim Horn In order to encourage charter schools to "innovate," almost all oversight and regulations have been removed, so that now these corporate reform schools operate with impunity, free to pay school CEOs hundreds of thousands of tax dollars each year to run total compliance chain gangs for children, where teachers are more prison guard than educator. The only innovation we see from these one-size fits all behavioral neutering fa... more »

Ed Notes Online: Fred Smith Tribute: Leonie Haimson Matters

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: Fred Smith Tribute: Leonie Haimson Matters: Fred Smith Tribute: Leonie Haimson Matters by ed notes online Class size matters, and so does Leonie. Posted to the Change the Stakes listserve: Dear Leonie, Hail to you, the People's Queen (not to be confused with Leona, the Queen of Mean). You deserve accolades and bouquets--but we know you'll never stop to take a bow. You prove that *less* is more--as in tireless, fearless, relentless--in your fight for quality public school education for all children. You are a compass seeking the truth and courageously speaki... more »

Quality Counts 2013 Press Release Education Week: January 10, 2013

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Education Week: January 10, 2013: [image: Quality Counts 2013: Code of Conduct - Safety, Discipline and School Climate] JANUARY 10, 2013 STATE DATA State Highlights Reports All the data you need to assess your state’s performance in key areas.*Don't miss out on your state’s data!* [image: Get Your Quality Counts 2013 State Highlights Reports] GET EXTRA COPIES OF*QUALITY COUNTS 2013* Order extra copies in print or as an interactive PDF so you will always have this benchmarking report at your fingertips. SPECIAL OFFER Save Big With the Winter Price Break Get *Quality Counts* and so much ... more »

President Obama: Second-Term Education Agenda

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
President Obama: Second-Term Education Agenda: How Will Obama Tackle Education Reform? As we count down to a second term, a look at his approach to the achievement gap. President Obama speaks at a Washington, D.C., high school as Education Secretary Arne Duncan listens. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) (*The Root*) -- Between now and the inauguration on Jan. 21, *The Root* will be taking a daily look at the president's record on a number of policy issues, including his first-term accomplishments and what many Americans hope to see him accomplish in a second term. Today: *the educational ... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-10-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Paul Thomas: What is the Difference between Service and Self-Serving? by dianerav Paul Thomas taught high school in rural South Carolina for nearly twenty years. Now he teaches at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He writes here about what it means to have a life of service, in contrast to a life devoted to self-service in a celebrity culture, a life adorned with press conferences, self-promotion and photo ops. The Ordeal of the D.C. Whistleblower by dianerav If you have followed the story of... more »

EdWatch 2013: School safety issues emerge | EdSource Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
EdWatch 2013: School safety issues emerge | EdSource Today: EdWatch 2013: School safety issues emerge ** January 10th, 2013 | Add a Comment | By Susan Frey Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services [image: Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 12.28.35 AM]California legislators have responded to the Connecticut shooting of school children by proposing three new gun or ammunition control laws, but so far only one bill that specifically deals with school safety. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, is reintroducing Senate Bill 49, hoping it will g... more »

Daily Kos: This time things are different.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Daily Kos: This time things are different.: This time things are different. by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) That is the first line of Reframing the Gun Debate, a *New York Times* column by Charles M. Blow that I highly recommend. He follows with this paragraph: This time, nearly a month after the horrible mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the public attention hasn’t ricocheted to the next story. On the contrary, sorrow has hardened into resolve. Blow reviews the apparent approach of the White House, including the Vice President's frank statement that the President may take execut... more »

What English classes should look like in Common Core era

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
What English classes should look like in Common Core era: What English classes should look like in Common Core era Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 10, 2013 at 4:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: lit]The recent controversy over how much fiction and non-fiction high school students are supposed to read under the Common Core State Standards begged the question of where the 70 percent non-fiction 30 percent fiction for seniors actually came from and how English classes should look.... more »

2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Top 10 Lists :: Frederick M. Hess

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Top 10 Lists :: Frederick M. Hess: 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Top 10 Lists *by Frederick M. Hess • Jan 10, 2013 at 5:53 am Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share Yesterday, we unveiled the 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar rankings. For a lot of readers, the natural question is not how did scholars fare overall, but how are folks faring by field or discipline. After all, the nature of the work is different for the field of psychology versus the field of economics. Today, we will break out the top 10 lists for five disciplinary categories, as we... more »

Confusing Teachers With Teaching: Looking for the Magic Bullet | toteachornototeach

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Confusing Teachers With Teaching: Looking for the Magic Bullet | toteachornototeach: Confusing Teachers With Teaching: Looking for the Magic Bullet by aristotlethewise *Confusing Teachers With Teaching: Looking for the Magic Bullet* *[image: Magic-Bullet]* by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Why does the United States do so poorly compared to our international competitors on achievement tests? And why is it that the public — even veteran educators — keep looking for magic bullets that can fix this problem overnight? We’ve tried the magic bullet route for at least 100 ... more »

TEACHED: Provocation and Distortion « InterACT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
TEACHED: Provocation and Distortion « InterACT: TEACHED: Provocation and Distortion by David B. Cohen A few months ago I wrote about a trio of short films I’d seen, directed by Kelly Amis as part of a project calledTEACHED; two of those films in particular led me to include the description “glossy propaganda” in my blog post title. To her credit, Amis responded to my critique (and linked to it) in her own blog post, with the clever title*Thanks for calling me glossy. * However, she isn’t pleased with the “animosity” in my post – and I’ll admit that my tone conveyed animosity, t... more »

Schools Matter: Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Schools Matter: Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation: Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation by skrashen Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation S Krashen Please don’t get too excited when initial common core tests appear to produce low scores. New tests typically result in low scores, and then scores rise for the next few years as teachers and students get used to the test format and content, and teachers learn how to teach to the test (Linn, Gaue and Sanders, 1990). I predict that the C... more »

Prickly Bush Foundation CEO Responds to Mississippi Parent Advocate | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Prickly Bush Foundation CEO Responds to Mississippi Parent Advocate | Scathing Purple Musings: Prickly Bush Foundation CEO Responds to Mississippi Parent Advocate by Bob Sikes Nancy Loome, the executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, sure got underneath Patricia Levesque’s skin. The CEO of Bush’s foundation wrote this in response to Loome’s December 31 editorial in the* Jackson Clarion-Ledger*: As executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, Nancy Loome has a responsibility to provide accurate information to the public. She failed to do that in her editorial, http://www.cla... more »

NYC Educator: Bloomberg's Successors

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
NYC Educator: Bloomberg's Successors: Bloomberg's Successors by NYC Educator *Recently. the New York Times ran a story about whom Mayor Bloomberg may have been grooming as a successor. The story mentioned such names as Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton, and all of us reading it knew they were as far as could be from real consideration. For one thing, neither of them really share the goals of this particular mayor. For another, it's doubtful the mayor's ego could fit in another room with either of these individuals; just witness the rocky relationship he's had with Governor Andre... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The Great Stuff In Public Schools That Tests Can't Measure

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: The Great Stuff In Public Schools That Tests Can't Measure: The Great Stuff In Public Schools That Tests Can't Measure by Duke There will never be a standardized test that captures the truly great things that happen in our public schools: Hewett had been given the medals to present to the Gov.Livingston foil squad which had already boarded their bus, by the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association, the coaches' governing body that ran the tournament, on what appeared to be a technicality. As I stood by Hewett at the conclusion of the event she gave a knowing ... more »

Ed Notes Online: UFT/Unity District Rep Spills Beans to Chapter Leaders: Just Shut Up and Shove Our Policies Down Their Throats

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: UFT/Unity District Rep Spills Beans to Chapter Leaders: Just Shut Up and Shove Our Policies Down Their Throats: UFT/Unity District Rep Spills Beans to Chapter Leaders: Just Shut Up and Shove Our Policies Down Their Throats by ed notes online *My monthly Chapter Leader meetings are for me to give you important information....**It is not the place nor the time to get on a soap box and speak about what you want to speak about. The information that I present ..is information passed down from our leadership to you so that you can act as the conduit of information to t... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 1-9-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
*Nite Cap UPDATE**UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* Brian Jones in Portland Friday evening by seattleducation2011 This will be an opportunity to meet Brian Jones, co-narrator of The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman and meet other concerned and active parents, teachers and students. Friday, January 11th, 5-6:30PM Public Forum with Brian Jones: Real VS. Phony … Continue reading → Another Day – Another Charter School Closure in Florida by Bob Sikes From the *Lehigh Acres Citizen*: Most of the 149 students at the Lee Alternative Charter School, off of Taylor Lane in Lehigh Ac... more »

Tom Torlakson Appoints New EDMD DIrector - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Tom Torlakson Appoints New EDMD DIrector - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints New Director of the Educational Data Management Division SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the appointment of Cindy Kazanis as the new director of the California Department of Education's (CDE) Educational Data Management Division. "Over her years with the Department of Education, Cindy has exhibited a much appreciated level of expertise and dedication to our work serving the students of California," Torlakson sa... more »

Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break 1-9-13 #soschat #edreform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
*Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break* Maryland's Race To The Top Problems, Rhee In Tennessee: Ed Tonight by Joy Resmovits *Race to the Top: Is Maryland in trouble?* Maryland won $250 million from the federal government's Race to the Top competition -- but according to the feds, Maryland isn't holding its end of the bargain. According to a December 6 letter from the U.S. Education Department (noted by Politics K12 today), the government is adding new conditions on $37.9 million of the winnings -- a solid chunk! E.D. is concerned about the school districts' ability to impleme... more »

A School Voucher by Any Other Name

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
A School Voucher by Any Other Name: A School Voucher by Any Other Name By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 11:25am Thirty million. That’s the amount of tax dollars that could be diverted annually from New Hampshire’s coffers to private schools by the year 2022 if the state is allowed to implement its new Education Tax Credit Program. Under the tax credit program, in exchange for donations to “scholarship organizations,” New Hampshire businesses will receive tax credits equal to 85 percent of the amount they donate. The scholarship organizations... more »

Education reform as a business

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Education reform as a business: Education reform as a business Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 9, 2013 at 11:59 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: money in ed]Did you know that the education sector now represents nearly 9 percent of the country’s gross domestic product? That for-profit education is valued at $1.3 trillion, and is one of the largest U.S. investment markets? These facts were part of an advertisement for a conference for investors in for-profit education ventures, jus... more »

The Time Is Now: Make the Case for Educating the Whole Child — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
The Time Is Now: Make the Case for Educating the Whole Child — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]The Time Is Now: Make the Case for Educating the Whole Child January 9, 2013 by Klea Scharberg Whether you are a parent, educator, or community member, you can help turn political rhetoric about "investing in the future of our children" into reality. Join ASCD in helping your school, district, and community move from a vision for educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action. States and school districts across the country are adopting p... more »

School Tech Connect: Data Driven-- Data Quality Be Damned!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
School Tech Connect: Data Driven-- Data Quality Be Damned!: Data Driven-- Data Quality Be Damned! by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) The most helpful map I've ever seen. All-around intelligent person Josh Kalov has taken the Apples to Apples school utilization data and turned it into a visually awesome side-by-side comparison. Basically, you're looking at what CPS says about building utilization and comparing it what the open-source data gatherers working with Apples to Apples say, and you can see where these buildings are around the city. I would explain how to create these k... more »





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