Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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LAUSD's Crenshaw High to become three magnet schools

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Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy, seen here in a file photo, told Crenshaw parents "the quality of instruction is not what it needs to be.”
LA Unified voted Tuesday to revamp Crenshaw High School – one of the worst performing schools in the district. But the plan has some parents and teachers up in arms.
Crenshaw’s 1,500 students will be split into three separate magnet schools. While officials are still working out the details, they told parents last month that the mag

SF Forum 1/19/13 UPWA SF Forum Public Education, Privatization And The NEA, SEIU And AFT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) 

Saturday January 19, 2013 2:00 PM
518 Valencia St./16th St.
San Francisco, CA 

Public Education, Privatization and The NEA/CTA, CWA and AFT/CFT -

What Can Education Workers And Students Do To Defend Public Education?

Panel Members:

Lenny Isenberg, UTLA Teacher fighting Against Rubber Rooms and Privatization

Jack Garson, Retired OEA Teacher And Activist In Public Education Movement 

Danny Weil, Former Teacher and Journalist of Truthout and Daily Censored on Privatization of Education 

Madeline Mueller, Professor City College Of San Francisco
SF Martin Luther King Middle School UESF Teachers & SEIU Staff


Over the last thirty years there has been a coordinated effort by rightwing neoliberal ideologues and billionaires such as the Walmart family (Walton Foundation), Eli Broad (Broad Foundation), Bill Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Donald Fisher (Gap 

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good Posts & Articles On Education Policy

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 10 minutes ago
Here are some recent useful posts on education policy: I’m adding these next three posts to A Beginning List Of The Best Posts On Gates’ Final MET “Effective Teaching” Report: Gates’ Teacher Effectiveness Study: Surprised? is by Renee Moore. Gates … Continue reading →

This Is A Really Nice Collection Of Infographics

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 10 minutes ago
Black and white and read all over: 27 Guardian graphics from its history is a very nice collection of infographics from The Guardian. It will certainly be on a year-end “The Best” list. You might also be interested in The … Continue reading →

Additional Resources On The Inauguration

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 36 minutes ago
Here are new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About President Obama’s Second Inauguration: Here’s an interactive on the inauguration from The Associated Press. Having a ball: Parties for POTUS, now and then is from The Washington Post. Inauguration … Continue reading →

Wow, This May Be The Best Interactive On Climate Change I’ve Seen

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 1 hour ago
The Guardian has just published an interactive infographic that lets you see the temperature change over the past one hundred years in most locations in the world. Just type in your city and country and, voila, you see it graphed … Continue reading →

Short, Sweet & Effective Advice On Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 1 hour ago
As regular readers know, I have a deep interest in helping students develop intrinsic motivation (see my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves and my upcoming book — in March — Self-Driven Learning). The New York Times today ran a short … Continue reading →

Question For The Town Hall

There's no way I can make this pension town hall tomorrow night--- it's right here in my neighborhood but I'm already double booked. 

I'm posting because I'd like to ask that if someone else can go ---- this question needs to be put to Steans for sure and yes, I'm afraid, Cassidy as well:

If you vote for a reduction in benefits, and if it passes, and if the governor signs it, and then if the Supreme Court later strikes it down---- will you resign at once? Because you're wasting everyone's time. 

MORE: Rally to Demand a Member-Wide Vote this Thursday at the UFT

This was posted at MORE on Jan. 14 and below that is the downloadable leaflet on scribd 
(when it is up and running) if you want to share it with people in your school.

You can read the Jan. 12 MORE post here: 
MORE Statement on the Pending Evaluation Agreement Between the DOE and the UFT


I will be at the rally early with leaflets for people to give out and any help would be 
appreciated. And then there is the after DA event at a local bar where we will 
drown our sorrows or celebrate our joy.

RALLY TO DEMAND A MEMBER-WIDE VOTE THIS


THURSDAY AT THE UFT


Join MORE this Thursday to demand a member wide vote on our new evaluation system at 52 Broadway NYC UFT Headquarters on Thursday 1/17 beginning at 3:30 for a rally before the Delegate Assembly (DA). All educators and concerned citizens are encouraged to come and have their voices heard.

The indications are very strong the UFT leadership will reach an evaluation agreement with the Department of Education in just a few days and present it the Delegate Assembly without membership input nor education around finer aspects of the deal.This agreement will radically change our working conditions and our students’ learning conditions without any input from the almost 76,000 teachers of the United Federation of Teachers. This is outrageous!We will send out a digital version of our flier soon-please sign up to email below. We will have copies at DA for distribution starting at 3:30. Bring signs, fliers, poster-oak tag, markers, clipboards, and pens, we will need volunteers to gather names, emails, and phone #’s All UFT chapter leader and delegate should Vote NO so that they can bring back the agreement to their chapters for a full vote.

Stay up to date with the latest details by joining our email list by request at more@morecaucusnyc.org or follow us at Twitter.com @morecaucusnyc

What About Me, Mrs. M?:He's Not the Child He Could Have Been!


After a trying morning with one of my students, I approached his desk. In a quiet voice, I let him know that I was disappointed in the behavior he had been exhibiting. At least I thought I was being quiet. I forgot that my students can hear everything I say when I am NOT talking to them.

One of the boys in my class leaned over to me and said, "What about me, Mrs.M? What about me?", I smiled inwardly. No, I grinned inwardly. You know why? Because this kid, this kid that leaned over, 





Poorly Supported Assertions Undermine Report on ‘High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools’

Poorly Supported Assertions Undermine Report on ‘High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools’:


Poorly Supported Assertions Undermine Report on ‘High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools’



Poorly Supported Assertions Undermine Report on ‘High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools’



Review of Failure Is Not an Option




Contact: 
Mark Paige, (508) 910-9037, mpaige@umassd.edu
William J. Mathis, (802) 383-0058, wmathis@sover.net
URL for this press release: http://tinyurl.com/akgwcur
BOULDER, CO (January 15, 2013) – A recent report attempts to identify common attributes of successful schools. But, according to a review of the report, it fails to provide sound support for its assertions, and it ignores information found in its own pages about the essential need to address student poverty if education outcomes are to improve.
The report, Failure Is Not an Option: How Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents from Ohio’s High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools Explain Their Success, was written by Carolin Hagelskamp and Christopher DiStasi and published by the organization Public Agenda.
It was reviewed for the Think Twice think tank review project by Mark Paige, a professor at the University of 

H.R.209: To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom... OpenCongress

H.R.209: To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom... OpenCongress:




Bill Introduced: H.R.209 To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom paraprofessionals in order to improve educational achievement for children.

To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom paraprofessionals in order to improve educational achievement for children.

Bill Introduced: H.R.86 Cybersecurity Education Enhancement Act of 2013

To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a program to award grants to institutions of higher education for the establishment or expansion of cybersecurity professional development programs, and for other purposes.

Bill Introduced: H.Res.10 Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Bill Introduced: H.R.112 METRICS Act

To enable States to implement integrated statewide education longitudinal data systems.

If Every Other Word Out Of Your Mouth Is “Common Core”, You’re The Problem | The Jose Vilson

If Every Other Word Out Of Your Mouth Is “Common Core”, You’re The Problem | The Jose Vilson:


If Every Other Word Out Of Your Mouth Is “Common Core”, You’re The Problem


Oh come on now! Really, Kentucky? REALLY?!Oh come on now! Really, Kentucky? REALLY?!
Do me a favor and stop it. Just stop it, you.
Yes, you.
You’re ridiculous now. Every other word out of your mouth is “Common Core.” That’s enough out of you.
I’m all for people having a voice, a seat at the table, and entitlements to opinions and such, but you’re not going to sit there and use the words “Common Core” 58 times in a meeting and not have me either burst out laughing, 

New Board Executive Director Appointed - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

New Board Executive Director Appointed - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education):


State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates Governor's
Nominee to State Board of Education Executive Director Post 

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated Karen Stapf Walters on her nomination by Governor Jerry Brown to the position of Executive Director of the California State Board of Education:
"It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Karen Stapf Walters on her nomination to direct the Board of Education," Torlakson said. "For many years, she has been a leading voice in education in California, and I look forward to working with her in this new role."
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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100


Karen Stapf Walters – Interim Executive Director
In May 2012 Karen Stapf Walters became interim executive director of the Association of California School Administrators, where she has led the governmental relations team since 1999. She now additionally manages the day-to-day operations of the 14,500-member association, along with assistant executive directors for educational services, communications, financial operations and member services.

Karen has overseen ACSA’s political action committees and candidate endorsement process. For two decades she has worked at the state level on kindergarten through adult education policy issues. In governmental relations for ACSA, she oversees state and federal programs and manages a team of lobbyists who advocate before the Legislature and state agencies as well as Congress on public policy issues of importance to ACSA members.

Prior to joining ACSA, Karen was a middle and high school social studies and history teacher for more than a decade. She also served as a committee consultant in the California State Senate and as a legislative aide with expertise in education issues.

She has been delivering the message throughout the state that ACSA’s mission in support of students, school leaders and California’s public schools remains strong. 

Superintendents' Symposium

ACSA Superintendents’ Symposium is an important conference for all of California's school Superintendents. Attend this important conference, and to explore ways to engage your leadership skills for a new era.. This is the best time to look at the Governor’s Budget and for superintendents to get together to review the state-of-the-state and the state-of-the-district. The Symposium planning committee is developing an outstanding program for the 2012 Superintendents’ Symposium. This conference is a “MUST” for all California superintendents. Please consider either allocating your registration fee out of your current budget or building
your symposium expenditures into your next year’s budget.

Superintendents' Symposium Resources




Big Education Ape Nite Cap 1-15-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

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

A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP



Daily Kos: Why Not Ask Teachers How They Would Improve Our Schools?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 minutes ago
Daily Kos: Why Not Ask Teachers How They Would Improve Our Schools?: Why Not Ask Teachers How They Would Improve Our Schools? by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) *crossposted from Our Future*. We were sitting in a Starbucks in Arlington, Va. It was our first meeting. Previously, Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and I had talked by phone and exchanged blog posts on education. His campaign staff had reached out to a number of educational bloggers, as he was seriously considering running for president and thought education was a good issue for him. Since he was going to be in my neighborhood, ... more »

Contact Mayor Bloomberg today at 1-888-833-7428. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 minutes ago
Contact Mayor Bloomberg today at 1-888-833-7428. « Fred Klonsky: Contact Mayor Bloomberg today at 1-888-833-7428. by Fred Klonsky Popout

Jersey Jazzman: Charter Schools: The Best Way To Destroy Your Community

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 minutes ago
Jersey Jazzman: Charter Schools: The Best Way To Destroy Your Community: Charter Schools: The Best Way To Destroy Your Community by Duke [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] There is a heck of a fight brewing in East Brunswick, NJ, over a "Hebrew immersion" charter that wants to move to an industrialized zone some residents say is inappropriate for a school. The school, Hatikvah, was granted a variance by the local zoning board, but that was overturned by the township council. Supporters of the school say the fight isn't really about zoning; it's about wheth... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates and Events

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 minutes ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates and Events: Updates and Events by Melissa Westbrook In what is an interesting coincidence of stories, I learned today that Rainier Beach High School, after three long years of work, is on the cusp of receiving their endorsement to be in IB school. Good for them. That now makes three Seattle public high schools with IB; Ingraham, Chief Sealth and RBHS. What is the coincidence is that tonight, at 7 p.m., the Lakewood/Seward Park Community Club is having a forum about education featuring discussions of the RBHS IB program and charter scho... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-15-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Blasts Rhee Report Card by dianerav The St. Louis Post-Dispatch tore apart Rhee’s shoddy report card, recognizing tat it is nothing more than an effort to foist her personal political preferences on the nation’s schools. Unfortunately the newspaper admires some of her bad ideas–like evaluating teachers by test scores–and is unaware that her IMPACT program in DC hasn’t made a difference. And it accepts her mistaken notion that teachers are the problem, not poverty, not inequitable resource, not overcrowded classes, not bad polici... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: An assault weapons ban for Arne's Army?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: An assault weapons ban for Arne's Army?: An assault weapons ban for Arne's Army? by Mike Klonsky Arne bought 27 of these military-order, Remington Model, 870 police 12/14P Mod GRWC XS4 KXCS SF. RAMAC #24587 GAUGE: 12 BARREL: 14" - Parkerized choke: modified sights: Ghost ring rear, WILSON COMBAT shotguns in 2010.*Arne Duncan* using his bully pulpit to call for an assault weapons is a hopeful sign. For one thing, while he's busy rallying the gun-control troops, he's got no time to think of new ways to close neighborhood schools, or to fire teachers in ... more »

The Missing Memo | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
The Missing Memo | Taking Note: The Missing Memo by John Merrow What follows is the story of a missing memo, numerous attempts to unearth it using the Freedom of Information Act, confidential sources, apparently lost email, and new questions about Michelle Rhee’s decision not to investigate widespread erasures on an important standardized test during her first year in Washington, DC. Readers of this blog know that our Frontline film, “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” has stirred up the conversation about Chancellor Rhee’s tenure in Washington, DC. Debate continues about the ‘wr... more »

Remembering Dr. King on his birthday. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Remembering Dr. King on his birthday. « Fred Klonsky: Remembering Dr. King on his birthday. by Fred Klonsky My latest retirement project is volunteer teaching ukulele to a mixed kindergarten and first grade class at a public school in Chicago’s Little Village. Once a week on a Monday for about an hour. More fun than anything else. I’m an art teacher, not a music teacher. But I know kindergarten and first grade. I taught those kids for nearly three decades. We take small steps: Which direction the neck of the uke goes. Strumming in a pattern together. I bought a pack of little color... more »

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 1-15-13: Plan for today and plan ahead

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 1-15-13: Plan for today and plan ahead: PSAT for 1-15-13: Plan for today and plan ahead by admin *Plan for today:* In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Kuther King, Jr..s birthday, please join the Journey to Justice 2 webinar featuring colleagues Jitu Brown of KOCO, Karran Harper Royal of Parents Across America, and NYC organizer Zakiyah Ansari. Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:30 PM Eastern Time [ET]. Register here. A growing alliance of Grass-roots Community, Youth and Parent driven organizations successfully petitioned the... more »

Daily Kos: What Do International Tests Really Show About U. S. Student Performance?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Daily Kos: What Do International Tests Really Show About U. S. Student Performance?: What Do International Tests Really Show About U. S. Student Performance? by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) That is the title of this report, being released at Noon today by the Economic Policy Institute and co-authored by Martin Carnoy and Richard Rothstein. I was allowed to see an embargoed version of the report ahead of the official release in order to draft this post about it - I will be teaching when the embargo is lifted, and this is scheduled to go live automatically. I asked to see the repo... more »

The Liftin’ O’ the Cap | EduShyster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
The Liftin’ O’ the Cap | EduShyster: The Liftin’ O’ the Cap by edushyster2012 The storied halls of Beacon Hill will soon be filled with little lobbyists, demanding the lifting o’ the charter school cap. That nip o’ green in the air can only mean one thing lasses and lassies. It’s that time of year again, in which the masses rise up to demand an end to the artificial constraints on excellence and innovation, other wise known as the charter school cap. Perhaps in your state this annual celebration of obfuscation wears a different label—the Texan tip’ o’ the 10 gallon? The NYC fedora ... more »

New study says U.S. peers are not lagging international peers. Data “misleading and exaggerated.” | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
New study says U.S. peers are not lagging international peers. Data “misleading and exaggerated.” | Get Schooled: New study says U.S. peers are not lagging international peers. Data “misleading and exaggerated.” by Maureen Downey I am listening to a media call on this new report by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Economic Policy Institute. On the call, Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, calls the use of international test data to vilify U.S. student performance has been “misleading and exaggerated.” He and Martin Carnoy, a p... more »

Deellan Kashani – Standardized Tests vs. Deellan Student Voice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Student Voice: Deellan Kashani – Standardized Tests vs. Deellan by admin The key to doing well on tests is knowing what you’re being asked. This was the mantra of my middle school humanities teacher. “Know what you are being asked.” What the fuck is so special about that? Shouldn’t everyone taking the test know what they’re being asked when they read the question? If that were true, we wouldn’t see such variation in test scores between students with the same GPA. Aside from the racial and socio-economic ways that standardized testing stratifies students, it also divides them by in... more »

UPDATE: Joy Resmovits: Iowa Education Reform Plan, Texas Budget Fight: Ed Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Joy Resmovits: Iowa Education Reform Plan, Texas Budget Fight: Ed Today: Teachers Union Donations: Who Gets NEA Cash? by Joy Resmovits Mike Antonucci went through the National Education Association's financial disclosure report so you don't have to. The NEA is the nation's largest teachers union. He found that the union spent $15 million on advocacy -- $3.8 less than the previous year. Some interesting (but mostly predictable) grantees include Center for American Progress, American Bridge, Committee for Education Funding, Economic Policy Institute, Education Writers Association, Ma... more »

Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Educational Testing Programs

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Educational Testing Programs: *Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Educational Testing Programs* * * *In the early 1990s, the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), at Boston College, calculated a "high" estimate of $22.7 billion spent on standardized testing per year. U.S. schools, the CSTEEP report claimed, suffer from "too much standardized testing" that amounts to "a complete and utter waste of resources." Their estimate breaks down to about $575 per student per year.* By Richard Phelps, Ph.D. Econom... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, January 15, 2013

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Under-enrolled Sacramento distict may close multiple city schools* Education Headlines *Tuesday, January 15, 2013* Suspect in Taft Union High shooting charged as adultThe suspect in last week’s shooting at Taft Union High School entered a not guilty plea at an arraignment Monday in Kern County Superior Court, where he is being tried as an adult. Under-enrolled Sacramento distict may close multiple city schoolsTrustees in the Sacramento City Unified School District will begin discussions this week on closing what one official sai... more »

How to get high school dropouts into 'recovery'? Ideas bloom across US. - CSMonitor.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
How to get high school dropouts into 'recovery'? Ideas bloom across US. - CSMonitor.com: How to get high school dropouts into 'recovery'? Ideas bloom across US. Innovative programs across the US are finding some success in reengaging high school dropouts. They strive to target 'disconnected' youths – those not in school and not working, who are a costly burden for taxpayers. By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Staff writer / January 15, 2013 - Kassandra Diaz, age 19 (l.), and Medina Phillips, 21, who dropped out of high school, study at the Boston Re-Engagement Center to earn high schoo... more »

Algorithms, Accountability, and Professional Judgment (Part 3) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Algorithms, Accountability, and Professional Judgment (Part 3) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Algorithms, Accountability, and Professional Judgment (Part 3) by larrycuban So much of the public admiration for Big Data and algorithms avoids answering basic questions: Why are some facts counted and others ignored? Who decides what factors get included in an algorithm? What does an algorithm whose prediction might lead to getting fired actually look like? Without a model, a theory in mind, every table, each chart, each datum gets counted, threatens privacy, a... more »

School discipline reform groups question plans for armed security | California Watch

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
School discipline reform groups question plans for armed security | California Watch: School discipline reform groups question plans for armed security Susan Ferriss Nick Ut/Associated Press Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Preciado and Officer Wendy Reyes watch children arriving at Main Street Elementary School. As the White House considers proposals to allocate federal money for armed guards in schools, prominent school discipline reform groups have issued a report denouncing the idea as a misguided reaction to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “Placing more police in schools ha... more »

Bruce Lesley: 'Our First Task, Caring for Our Children'

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Bruce Lesley: 'Our First Task, Caring for Our Children': Our First Task, Caring for Our Children' *"This is our first task, caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how, as a society, we will be judged."* - President Obama at the prayer vigil in Newtown, December 16, 2012 As our nation grieves for the children, the families, the teachers, and the first responders in the tragedy that has befallen Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., many feel utterly helpless or overwhelmed by the complexity of what sho... more »

Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 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. When Growth Isn’t Really Growth Best of the Ed Blogs Matthew Di Carlo January 15, 2013 Denver: So Much Reform. So Little Success. Best of the Ed Blogs Diane Ravitch... more »

Final Thoughts on Expanding Education Opportunity - Bridging Differences - Education Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Final Thoughts on Expanding Education Opportunity - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Final Thoughts on Expanding Education Opportunity by Pedro Noguera Dear Deborah, As you know, I am about to take off for a sabbatical leave in South Africa, so I will be away for the next few months and will have to take a break from our correspondence in Bridging Differences. I've enjoyed our exchanges, but I will need to focus my time and energy on the important work occurring in the townships of the Eastern Cape. The Centre for the Community School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universi... more »

Parents, teachers, students oppose Crenshaw High restructure plan - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Parents, teachers, students oppose Crenshaw High restructure plan - latimes.com: Parents, teachers, students oppose Crenshaw High restructure plan Parents, students and teachers plan to rally in front of Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters Tuesday in protest of a proposal to restructure low-performing Crenshaw High School. The Board of Education is expected to vote on Supt. John Deasy's plan to close the school next summer and reopen it the following school year in the form of three magnet schools. A couple dozen community members rallied at the school Monday afternoo... more »

Modern School: Pediatricians Call For More Recess

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Modern School: Pediatricians Call For More Recess: Pediatricians Call For More Recess by Michael Dunn Recess (Image from Flickr by Sam Pullara) The testing mania that has swept the nation for the past decade has been devastating for children in numerous ways. Testing is stressful for children. It takes away class time from more meaningful content and learning. It undermines creativity, curiosity and critical thinking. It also may be contributing to obesity and other health problems while also impairing cognitive development. In order to increase time in the classroom—a common strat... more »

Blame the Tests « The Core Knowledge Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Blame the Tests « The Core Knowledge Blog: Blame the Tests by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. *In Praise of Samuel Messick 1931–1998, Part III* The chief practical impact of NCLB has been its principle of accountability. Adequate progress, the law stated, must be determined by test scores in reading and math. Now, a decade later, the result of the law, as many have complained, has been a narrowing of the school curriculum—with a neglect of the arts and humanities, and even of science and civics, all sacrificed on the altar of tests—and, paradoxically, without any substantial progress nationwide... more »

UPDATE: Paul Vallas: Grow up or get out… - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Paul Vallas: Grow up or get out… - Wait, What?: CABE: Why the silence as Pryor undermines the role of local Boards of Education? by jonpelto Where is the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education? Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor instructed towns that if they had a local school that they wanted to become part of the new Commissioner’s Network, ”Expression of Interest Forms” needed to be submitted by January 4, 2013. On its face, the commissioner’s action seemed simple enough. [...]*(Read more...)* Paul Vallas: Grow up or get out… by jonpelto For the second meeting ... more »

Shanker Blog » When Growth Isn't Really Growth

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Shanker Blog » When Growth Isn't Really Growth: When Growth Isn’t Really Growth by Matthew Di Carlo Let’s try a super-simple thought experiment with data. Suppose we have an inner-city middle school serving grades 6-8. Students in all three grades take the state exam annually (in this case, we’ll say that it’s at the very beginning of the year). Now, for the sake of this illustration, let’s avail ourselves of the magic of hypotheticals and assume away many of the sources of error that make year-to-year changes in public testing data unreliable. First, we’ll say that this school repo... more »

NYC School Bus Strike: The Impact | Sailling Autistic Seas

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
NYC School Bus Strike: The Impact | Sailling Autistic Seas: NYC School Bus Strike: The ImpactPosted by Miz Kp on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments Every afternoon, Angel’s school bus matron calls to let me know that he will be home in two minutes. She takes the initiative to do this because she knows that his arrival time can vary. I really appreciate this. After Hurricane Sandy, our school bus driver called us the night before schools were scheduled to open to confirm whether Angel would be going to school. I appreciated this also. We have a special relationship with Angel’s schoo... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Failing Report Card

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Failing Report Card: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Failing Report CardMonday, 14 January 2013 14:29By Staff, Center for Economic Policy Research | Report - 22 - font size [image: decrease font size] [image: increase font size] - Print - Email Michelle Rhee gained notoriety as the chancellor of DC's public schools under Adrian Fenty's administration from 2007 to 2011. Her conduct in this position was one of the main reasons he was not re-elected. Among other things, she publicly took pleasure in firing large numbers of t... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-15-13 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] Denver: So Much Reform. So Little Success. by garyrubinstein Jeannie Kaplan is an elected member of the Denver Board of Education. She has been critical of corporate-style reform and of the heavily-funded effort to persuade the public that it is successful. When she heard that Jonah Edelman of Stand for Children told an audience in Tulsa recently that Denver was a national model of success, she decided to review the score card for the district. (Stand for Children boasts of its civil rights credentials bu... more »

PS The LA Times Has Always Hated Public Schools | California Father

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
PS The LA Times Has Always Hated Public Schools | California Father: [image: California Father] PS The LA Times has Always Hated Public Schools by California Father [image: Corporate Media = Corporate Lies] I am reading Upton Sinclair’s wonderful muckraking book about public education in Los Angeles in the ‘twenties,*The Goslings, a Study of American Schools*. See if any of this sounds familiar (e.g.,teacher bashing by the LA Times, business’ stranglehold on public education): For more check it out on Google. It is the thesis of the business men who run our educational system th... more »

Bien Hecho: Lily Eskelsen - From Lunch Lady to National Education Leader | NewsTaco

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Bien Hecho: Lily Eskelsen - From Lunch Lady to National Education Leader | NewsTaco: Bien Hecho: Lily Eskelsen – From Lunch Lady to National Education Leader by Voxxi By Griselda Nevarez, Voxxi Lily Eskelsen went from working in a school cafeteria to becoming a top leader at the nation’s largest advocacy group for public education. [image: LilyEskelsen]She is currently the vice president of the National Education Association and is gearing up to compete for the NEA’s president seat. She will announce her candidacy for president at the group’s annual convention, which will be held in... more »

The Washington Teacher: Mayor Vince Gray = Adrian Fenty on DC School Closures

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
The Washington Teacher: Mayor Vince Gray = Adrian Fenty on DC School Closures: Mayor Vince Gray = Adrian Fenty on DC School Closures by Candi Peterson By Candi Peterson Ward 8 DC School Board Representative, Trayon White requests that parents, guardians, teachers, students and community members Please Stand With Him and attend a candlelight vigil at the home of DC Mayor Vincent Gray on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in protest of DC Public Schools closures. Vigil to be held from 6 - 7:30 pm @ 2619 Branch Ave. SE Wash., DC 20020 ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Carrying on Dr. King's great struggle

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Carrying on Dr. King's great struggle: Carrying on Dr. King's great struggle by Mike Klonsky *"... For most of the past decade the field of education has been a battleground in the freedom struggle. It was not fortuitous that education became embroiled in this conflict. Education is one of the vital tools the Negro needs in order to advance. And yet it has been denied him by devises of segregation and manipulations with quality.'* -- Dr. King's acceptance speech upon winning the John Dewey Award in 1964 Today marks the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Lut... more »

Common Core Standards: arguments against — and for

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Common Core Standards: arguments against — and for: Common Core Standards: arguments against — and for Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 15, 2013 at 4:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: common core]In a recent post, Yong Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon’s College of Education, asked five key questions about the Common Core State Standards, which are coming to 46 states and the District of Columbia. He concluded: “*The eff... more »

UPDATE: Schools Matter: What decades of research tell us

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Schools Matter: What decades of research tell us: Hey, NYTimes: Garfield HS Teachers Made News by Jim Horn From Peter DeWitt's Ed Week Blog: 19 teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington refused to administer the district required Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) to ninth grade students on January 9th. After many years of out of control high stakes testing in the U.S. it was bound to happen sooner or later. It was another example of some strong teachers who are putting the needs of their students first. English teacher Kit McCormick said she "*has no problem with s... more »

Duval Superintendent’s Curious Position on Charter Schools | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Duval Superintendent’s Curious Position on Charter Schools | Scathing Purple Musings: Duval Superintendent’s Curious Position on Charter Schools by Bob Sikes [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Ron Matus of *redifinED* recently interviewed new Duval school’s superintendent Nikolai Vitti. The former chief academic officer of Dade schools surprised Matus with his position on authorization of charter schools. Vitti also offered a surprising take on who should authorize charter schools. In Florida, only school boards can do so – a situation that charter school... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Board of Education Struggles with 1240 Role

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Board of Education Struggles with 1240 Role: Board of Education Struggles with 1240 Role by Melissa Westbrook The State Board of Education had a two-day meeting last week in Tumwater to address various issues under their purview. One of them is figuring out their role/duties and the boundaries of both under the newly-passed I-1240 to create charter schools in Washington State. (I was also honored and pleased to meet Jeff Charbonneau, the Washington State Teacher of the Year from Zillah High School. I want to write a separate thread on him and ... more »

OCCUPY EDUCATION - thepeoplesrecord: Teachers at Seattle school...

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OCCUPY EDUCATION - thepeoplesrecord: Teachers at Seattle school...: thepeoplesrecord: Teachers at Seattle school boycott... thepeoplesrecord: *Teachers at Seattle school boycott standardized tests* *January 13, 2013* Teachers at a Seattle high school, in a rare boycott by educators against a standardized test, are refusing to give students a decades-old reading and math test after the city’s school district decided to factor the exam into the instructors’ evaluations. The 19 teachers at Garfield High School have complained they are unable to adequately prepare

NYC Educator: Teabaggers All

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
NYC Educator: Teabaggers All: Teabaggers All by NYC Educator The new line from UFT leadership is that anyone who opposes junk science evaluation, which they helped write into the law, is a Tea Partier. To them, this is code for people who just say no to everything--they are simple-minded, contrarian galoots who speaks only to hear the sound of their own voices, or to create problems for no reason whatsoever. However, by their standard,we are in very good company here. *Diane Ravitch* is a Tea Partier. She's written extensively on why VAM is junk science. Just days ago, she praised... more »

Jersey Jazzman: This Blog Is Subsidized By Your Tax Dollars!

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Jersey Jazzman: This Blog Is Subsidized By Your Tax Dollars!: This Blog Is Subsidized By Your Tax Dollars! by Duke It may not be there now, but Success Academies - Eva Moskowitz's famous cream-skimming charter network, beloved by reformies everywhere - *has been putting ads up on this blog*. Eva's schools get their money from huge management fees collected from New York State, millions in grants made possible by tax preferences given for charitable contributions, sweetheart deals involving the use of public property, and, of course, the money that "follows the child" to the charte... more »

The Educated Reporter: Charter Schools Hit Milestone Twenty Years in the Making

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
The Educated Reporter: Charter Schools Hit Milestone Twenty Years in the Making: Charter Schools Hit Milestone Twenty Years in the Making by Emily Richmond [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] The number of charter schools in the United States has topped 6,000 for the first time since the first independently operated public campus launched 20 years ago. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools points out that the threshold was crossed thanks to the addition of 237 new campuses in five states: California (81); Florida (67); Texas (41); New York (25) a... more »

KICK OFF LAUSD'S BOARD MEMBER MONICA GARCIA- YA BASTA - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
KICK OFF LAUSD'S BOARD MEMBER MONICA GARCIA- YA BASTA - Perdaily.com: KICK OFF LAUSD'S BOARD MEMBER MONICA GARCIA- YA BASTA by Leonard Isenberg [image: Monica Garcia.jpg] *LET'S SPOIL* *Monica García's 2013* Campaign Kick-off Save the Date! Saturday, January 19, 2013 9am-2pm 1260 S. Soto Street #16,Los Angeles, 90023 Please join us as we launch our efforts to condemn Mónica García's attacks on public education BRING PICKET SIGNS This protest event is being sponsored by community activists against privatization of public education for more information: *exposelausd@gmail.com*

Should We Arm School Custodians? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Should We Arm School Custodians? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Should We Arm School Custodians? by Nancy Flanagan A story from early in my first year of teaching, in the 1970s: *A few minutes before the end of last hour, a 7th grader asked if he could use the bathroom. I already knew enough about this kid to know he would leave and not return--so I told him that he could wait, and use the restroom on his way to the bus. After the bell rang, as I was tidying up the room, I noticed an odor reminiscent of the Greyhound station men's room wafting out of the se... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 1-14-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
*Nite Cap UPDATE**UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* One benefit of my musical training by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) just became apparent in a conversation with my brilliant spouse, who told me she could only handle two channels of information at a time. I know I can handle at least four. But then, I grew up playing in string quartets. I have listened to orchestral recordings with a full score since before I was ten. I have conducted *a cappella* choruses. In short, I am used to handling multiple streams of information simultaneously. I can listen to multiple conversations at one tim... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – Governor’s top school aid named to state board

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: *Governor’s top school aid named to state board* *By Kimberly Beltran* Less than a month after she retired as executive director of the State Board of Education, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday tapped his former top education advisor Sue Burr to fill a vacant seat on the panel that sets state-wide K-12 education policy. It was also expected that Brown would name Burr’s replacement sometime today. Burr retired at the end of December, and just last week, the state board appointed its chief counsel, Judy Cias, to serve as Acting Executive Direc... more »

ACLU blasts proposals to militarize schools with armed police guards | The Raw Story

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
ACLU blasts proposals to militarize schools with armed police guards | The Raw Story: ACLU blasts proposals to militarize schools with armed police guards By Eric W. Dolan Monday, January 14, 2013 19:25 EST [image: Print Friendly] Share on facebookShare on redditShare on diggShare on twitterShare on farkShare on stumbleupon0 [image: Kid in handcuffs (Shutterstock)] Topics: ACLU ♦ american civil liberties union The American Civil Liberties Union has urged Vice President Joe Biden to reject proposals to avert gun violence by placing armed police guards in schools. “Past experience ... more »

Pass / Fail : Parents plan protest of Deasy's plans for Crenshaw High School | 89.3 KPCC

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Pass / Fail : Parents plan protest of Deasy's plans for Crenshaw High School | 89.3 KPCC: Parents plan protest of Deasy's plans for Crenshaw High School by Vanessa Romo [image: School Shooting]*Credit: Nick Ut/AP* After months of uncertainty, the future of Crenshaw High School will likely be decided at Tuesday's monthly L.A. Unified school board meeting. The board will vote on whether to approve Superintendent John Deasy’s plan to convert the high school into three separate magnet schools or allow it to continue operating under the Extended Learning Cultural Model. If it passes, i... more »

Oregon Save Our Schools: The Lost Children of the 21st Century

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Oregon Save Our Schools: The Lost Children of the 21st Century: The Lost Children of the 21st Century by Kris Alman *by Kris Alman* * * * * [image: Oregon SOS] * * *In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable and help to change it. *Ernst Fischer Portland is a haven for artists who express themselves through the tools of their trade. Sue Mach is a rare breed.An award-winning playwright, Mach translates the narrative of our time into two theatrical premiers,... more »

Torlakson Congratulates SBE Appointees - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Torlakson Congratulates SBE Appointees - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates State Board of Education Appointees SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated Ilene W. Straus, Sue Burr, and Nicolasa Sandoval on their appointments to the California State Board of Education by Governor Jerry Brown: "I'm extremely pleased that California will continue to be guided by these outstanding policymakers," Torlakson said. "Board member Straus has shown tremendous leadership. I've also had the pleasure of... more »

Joy Resmovits: Arne Duncan To Stay On As Education Secretary For Obama Second Term, AP Follows Report

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Joy Resmovits: Arne Duncan To Stay On As Education Secretary For Obama Second Term, AP Follows Report: Arne Duncan To Stay On As Education Secretary For Obama Second Term, AP Follows Report by Joy Resmovits A few minutes ago, a wire story was filed quoting an official speaking "on the condition of anonymity because a public announcement has not been made." The official apparently whispered into the ear of the reporter that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan would be sticking around for President Barack Obama's second term. Color us puzzled. Such type of blind sourcing isn'... more »

Teacher stomps U.S. flag to make a point about role of symbols. Should it cost him his job? | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Teacher stomps U.S. flag to make a point about role of symbols. Should it cost him his job? | Get Schooled: Teacher stomps U.S. flag to make a point about role of symbols. Should it cost him his job? by Maureen Downey [image: A teacher took a flag down and stomped it in class to make a point about the role of symbols. He may lose his job as a result. (AP Images.)] If this teacher was aiming to make a vivid and lasting impression, he did. But he may well lose his job as a result. In December, Scott Compton, an honors English teacher at Chapin High in Chapin, South Carolina, was tryi... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: An end to hand-wringing on violence. Stop school closings!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: An end to hand-wringing on violence. Stop school closings!: An end to hand-wringing on violence. Stop school closings! by Mike Klonsky *"It is staggering. This continues to haunt me." *-- Arne Duncan*Michell McNeil'*s EdWeek piece, "Chicago Years Inform Ed. Secretary's Views on Gun Violence", portrays Ed Sec. *Arne Duncan* as a man deeply and personally affected by the Newtown shootings as well as by the epidemic of gun violence sweeping his hometown of Chicago. And knowing Arne, I'm sure he is. *As schools chief in Chicago from 2001 to 2008, he was a... more »

THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: The Gulen Movement in Azerbaijan & a quid pro quo?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: The Gulen Movement in Azerbaijan & a quid pro quo?: The Gulen Movement in Azerbaijan & a quid pro quo? by The Perimeter Primate It requires an ongoing effort to even minimally understand the Gulen movement, the secretive and controversial religious group which operates the largest charter school network in the United States. Details about this group's structure, recruitment and control of members, were recently presented by Fuad Aliyev in “The Gulen Movement in Azerbaijan”(12/27/2012). His article appeared in *Current Trends in Islamist Ideology*, a publicat... more »





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