Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Campaign Opposing Penny Pritzker For Commerce Secretary Heats Up | FDL News Desk

Campaign Opposing Penny Pritzker For Commerce Secretary Heats Up | FDL News Desk:


Campaign Opposing Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary Heats Up

Billionaire Penny Pritzker, of the plutocratic Pritzker family, has been floated by the Obama Administration as acandidate for Commerce Secretary.
Penny Pritzker, an heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune, is a leading candidate to become President Obama’s next commerce secretary as the president slowly moves to complete his second-term economic team.
Ms. Pritzker, who led the groundbreaking fund-raising effort for Mr. Obama’s first presidential campaign, withdrew from consideration for the same position in 2008, with some people suggesting that her family’s immense wealth might complicate her nomination at a time of deep 

Daily Kos: Turned Around

Daily Kos: Turned Around:




After four years, district and school administration finally made the teaching staff aware that our school is on year four of a five-year state turnaround plan.
Yes, as a staff we were aware our students had needs.
Yes, as a staff we knew we needed to improve student achievement.
Did we, before this month, know the full extent of the severity of the situation? No.
Did we know we might be forced into charter status by the state at the end of the 2013-2014 school year? No.
So now what?
Let me start by saying that I missed essentially the whole first semester of this school year because I was on maternity leave. My husband, older daughter and I welcomed a son (wanna guess his name?) into the world in late September. The point? I came back to a general 

Oregon's largest charter school miseducated student for years, graduated her unable to read or write | OregonLive.com

Oregon's largest charter school miseducated student for years, graduated her unable to read or write | OregonLive.com:


Oregon's largest charter school miseducated student for years, graduated her unable to read or write

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 2-20-13 #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



Pilot Testing of Computer-Based Assessments - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

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Pilot Testing of Computer-Based Assessments - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces More Than 1,100 California Schools Taking Part in Pilot Testing of Computer-Based Assessments SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that more than 1,100 schools across California will be participating in computer-based pilot testing launched today by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The pilot test is a key milestone in the effort to overhaul the state's testing system over the next two years. "It's gratifying... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: From the D.O.E. to Murdoch

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: From the D.O.E. to Murdoch: From the D.O.E. to Murdoch by Mike Klonsky Another high-ranking education official has figured out where his bread is buttered. Arne Duncan's press secretary, Justin Hamilton has followed former N.Y. Chancellor Joel Klein over to the evil media empire of Rupert Murdoch. Hamilton becomes senior vice president for corporate communications. Klein, the former chancellor of New York City public schools, is executive vice president at Murdoch’s News Corp. and director of Amplify. One of the hallmarks of the Military-Indus... more »

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy seeks No Child Left Behind waiver for his district and nine others - LA Daily News

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LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy seeks No Child Left Behind waiver for his district and nine others - LA Daily News: LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy seeks No Child Left Behind waiver for his district and nine others Posted: 02/20/2013 02:14:47 PM PST Updated: 02/20/2013 03:03:26 PM PST LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy is seeking to leverage the district's move toward teacher-accountability standards into more freedom on how to spend tens of millions in federal dollars. (File photo by John McCoy/Staff Photographer) LOS ANGELES -- With California unable to get a waiver from the No ... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee donates significantly to L.A. school board races - latimes.com

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Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee donates significantly to L.A. school board races - latimes.com: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee donates significantly to L.A. school board races *This post has been updated.* Former District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, a controversial figure in education reform, said Wednesday that her organization has made a substantial donation to the contests for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education. The support of StudentsFirst is going toward a campaign on behalf of school board President Monica Garcia as well as Kate Anderson an... more »

Our Children Are Counting on Us — Whole Child Education

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Our Children Are Counting on Us — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Marc Cohen]Our Children Are Counting on Us February 20, 2013 by Marc Cohen As the education world around us continues to spiral through the misguided insanity of testing as both the academic means and the end, I remain steadfast in my determination to provide whatever I can to ensure that each and every student who walks through the door of my school has equitable access to high-quality instruction and is provided the kinds of learning opportunities that nurture academic risk-taking, critical inqui... more »

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting Agenda March 6 and 7, 2013 - (CA Dept of Ed)

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Agenda March 6 and 7, 2013 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education): Agenda March 6 and 7, 2013Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda. ------------------------------ Advisory Commission on Special Education Members Kristin Wright, Chair Diane Fazzi, Vice Chair Feda Almaliti Maureen Burness Morena de Grimaldi Kristi Hagans Sara Jocham Betty Karnette Gina Plate Nancy Portillo Naomi Rainey Mariano Sanz Barbara Schulman Jaclyn Vincent Student Members Matthew Stacy Timothy Higgins Legislative Members Carol Liu, Senate Joan Buchanan, Assembly State Board ... more »

Pa. took $8.7 million from Philadelphia School District, gave it to charters | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Pa. took $8.7 million from Philadelphia School District, gave it to charters | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Pa. took $8.7 million from Philadelphia School District, gave it to charters by thenotebook *by Benjamin Herold for NewsWorks, a Notebook news partner* Follow @twitterapi [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] The Philadelphia School District’s losing fight to limit enrollments at individual charter schools has a new price tag: $8.7 million and counting. Over the past 18 months, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has withheld that amount ... more »

solidaridad: West Koreatown Precinct Walking — Robert D. Skeels for School Board

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solidaridad: West Koreatown Precinct Walking — Robert D. Skeels for School Board: West Koreatown Precinct Walking — Robert D. Skeels for School Board by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene West Koreatown Precinct Walking-Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board by Robert D. Skeels [image: Share/Bookmark]

Violence and charter schools: an update + Now what’s Rahm up to? Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Violence and charter schools: an update: Violence and charter schools: an update by admin Last July I wrote a long post drawing a connection between the rising youth violence in Chicago and charter schools. President Obama speaks with students at Hyde Park Career Academy [image: President Obama speaks with students at Hyde Park Career Academy]Things have gotten a lot worse since then — so much so that President Obama finally had to come back home to address it. I tried to be clear then that there are many causes of violence, b... more »

Ensuring Safe Schools for LGBT Youth | ED.gov Blog

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Ensuring Safe Schools for LGBT Youth | ED.gov Blog: Ensuring Safe Schools for LGBT Youth Posted on February 20, 2013 by Michael Yudin [image: Group Photo of Honorees at LGBT Youth Conference] From Left to Right: Vinnie Pompei (Project Director & Conference Chair) Michael Yudin (Keynote Speaker) Actor George Takei (Honoree) Betty DeGeneres (Ellen's Mother) (Honoree) MSNBC Anchor Thomas Roberts (Honoree) City Councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas, Joel Burns (Honoree) This past weekend in San Diego, I had the opportunity to participate in the 4th Annual National Educator Conference focused ...more »

Diane in the Evening 2-20-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Breaking News: Rhee’s StudentsFirst Dumps $250,000 into Los Angeles School Board Race by dianerav Three candidates who support Superintendent John Deasy received a gift of $250,000 from M. Rhee today. This is added to the $1 million supplied by Mayor Bloomberg, and the $1.5 million raised by Eli Broad and his friends (including Joel Klein). Clearly there is an all-out effort to make sure that corporate reform policies favored by the Gates Foundation win Good News: Indiana Senate Panel Scraps School Grading System by dianerav The Republican controlled Se... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – Congressional panel calls for larger federal role in directing schools

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: *Congressional panel calls for larger federal role in directing schools * *By Tom Chorneau* Wednesday, February 20, 2013 A white paper released Tuesday on improving educational competitiveness and closing the achievement gap called for a significantly larger federal role in the management of the nation’s public school system. The report, developed by a Congressionally-chartered advisory commission to the U.S. Department of Education, questioned the logic of a governance system that “diffused” authority among more than 100,000 school boards t... more »

Bush Foundation Ignores It’s Own Nazi Baiter in Zeal to Criticize Diane Ravitch | Scathing Purple Musings

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Bush Foundation Ignores It’s Own Nazi Baiter in Zeal to Criticize Diane Ravitch | Scathing Purple Musings: Bush Foundation Ignores It’s Own Nazi Baiter in Zeal to Criticize Diane Ravitch by Bob Sikes Like most ed reformers, Foundation for Excellence in Education writer Mike Thomas reponds reflexively to anything education historian Diane Ravitch says. Today Thomas latched onto a recent post Ravitch made in her blog. Writes Thomas: Diane Ravitch has hit a new low in the hyperbole she allows on her blog site. This was written about charter schools: “But the privatizers declared wa... more »

Advanced Placement Results for 2011-12 - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

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Advanced Placement Results for 2011-12 - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Encouraged by Advanced Placement® Results SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today he is encouraged by the growing percentage of California high school graduates both taking and passing end-of-course Advanced Placement*®* (AP)* *exams that give high-school students a taste of college-level work. "More of our high school students are challenging themselves by enrolling in college-level courses, and more of them meeting that challenge by p... more »

Line Dalile – Invest in Teachers and The Art of Teaching Student Voice

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Student Voice: Line Dalile – Invest in Teachers and The Art of Teaching by admin Let us redefine the word “Teacher”.Teaching is not a job; it is an art. An art hidden behind a load of responsibilities. It lays the foundation of discovering mysteries, solving problems, and training our minds to question, explore, and investigate. To a world where knowledge is a treasure, teaching is a mirror that reflects future generations.You can see that teaching is not an easy task. It is, in fact, a multi-task where a teacher has to combine creativity, intelligence, and passion when teaching ... more »

Daily Kos: So tell me how you might respond

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Daily Kos: So tell me how you might respond: So tell me how you might respond by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) First, let me set the stage. I was asked to do a piece for Academe, the publication of the American Association of University Professors. That appeared here about the impact of No Child Left Behind on education and what it might mean for college professors. I included some remarks about Advanced Placement as well. When some who had read it asked permission to reprint or cross-post it, I also cross-posted it here at Daily Kos, where it got a fair amount of traffic. That ... more »

UPDATE: Tonight: Public Forum Race, MAP tests, and privatization: the fight for equality in public education « Seattle Education

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Tonight: Public Forum Race, MAP tests, and privatization: the fight for equality in public education « Seattle Education: That’s what friends are for: Rhee and the DC cheating scandal revisited by seattleducation2011 I am re-posting this from a Weekly Update that I wrote on August 18, 2012 to remind folks about how Ms. Rhee got off the hook for the cheating scandal while she was Chancellor of the DC school system. August 18, 2012 In the “You gotta’ be kiddin’ me” category we have the results of [...] Tonight: Public Forum Race, MAP tests, and privatization: the fight for equality ... more »

Power and Generosity | Taking Note

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Power and Generosity | Taking Note: Power and Generosity by John Merrow On occasions my blog virtually writes itself. This is one of those times. This note from Lisa Hannah, the assistant principal of a school in Belmar, NJ, came to us a few days ago. My colleagues John Tulenko and David Wald went to Belmar, a town that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, immediately following the super storm and produced a memorable piece about how the school and its staff responded. The segment ran on the NewsHour and recently David asked Ms. Hannah to describe the reaction to the piece. I shar... more »

UPDATE: Advanced Classes - For All? Seattle Schools Community Forum: Mayor McGinn's State of City Speech and Public Education

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Mayor McGinn's State of City Speech and Public Education: Advanced Classes - For All? by Melissa Westbrook News from OSPI: *More Washington students are taking and passing Advanced Placement exams, according to a national report released today. * *The College Board’s ninth annual “AP Report to the Nation” shows that 20,581 Washington students (or 32.8 percent) in the class of 2012 took at least one AP exam. That number represents an increase of 1,276 (6.6 percent) from 2011 and 12,068 (62.5 percent) from 2002. * ***Not only did participation incr... more »

Missed challenges more worrisome than tests - Class Struggle - The Washington Post

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Missed challenges more worrisome than tests - Class Struggle - The Washington Post: Missed challenges more worrisome than tests By Jay Mathews My long-time friend and source Ken Bernstein, known as teacherken to his many online fans, produced the most-read article on the Post’s Web site recently. He apologized to college professors for our high schools’ failure to prepare students “for the kind of intellectual work that you have every right to expect of them.” Just retired from an award-winning career in Prince George’s County, Ken said students are not given “meaningful social s... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Baron: Superintendents in D.C. to talk district waiver with Duncan* Education Headlines *Wednesday, February 20, 2013* District adopts plan for possible cutsDespite increased taxes and growing government revenue, teachers in the Desert Sands Unified School District should prepare for the possibility of layoffs or furloughs next school year. The Desert Sands school board adopted a plan for upcoming negotiations with the district teachers association during its meeting Tuesday night. Perris Union setting bar high with English lear... more »

Shanker Blog » Through The Sunshine State's Accountability Systems, Darkly

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Shanker Blog » Through The Sunshine State's Accountability Systems, Darkly: Through The Sunshine State’s Accountability Systems, Darkly by Matthew Di Carlo Some Florida officials are still having trouble understanding why they’re finding no relationship between the grades schools receive and the evaluation ratings of teachers in those schools. For his part, new Florida education Commissioner Tony Bennett is also concerned. According to the article linked above, he acknowledges (to his credit) that the two measures are different, but is also considering “revis[ing] the models to ge... more »

Former Education Commissioner Blasts Common Core Process - Update Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center

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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. Reforms Targeting Teachers, Schools, Districts, and the Nation (Part 1) Best of the Ed Blogs Larry Cuban February 20, 2013 New Report Urges Education Secretary To Take... more »

Cooper Union «

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Cooper Union «: Cooper Union by Angus Johnston Cooper Union students’ fight to preserve the college’s century-plus tradition of free tuition is kicking into gear again, as administrative dithering and blackmail has thrown the new entering class into disarray. Two of the three schools that make up CU have submitted proposals for integrating tuition into their budgets going forward, but the third — the School of Art — has refused to do so, saying that they will not cooperate with “any solution to The Cooper Union’s current financial crisis that depends, even in part, on tuition com... more »

UPDATE: Up pops a coalition of snakes. + I’ve never seen a school district that volunteers to spend more money on Special Needs students « Fred Klonsky

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I’ve never seen a school district that volunteers to spend more money on Special Needs students « Fred Klonsky: The Chicago Teachers Union election. Up pops a coalition of snakes. by Fred Klonsky A week ago I reported hearing word on the street that Rahm Emanuel was hunting for a candidate to run against CTU President Karen Lewis and the CORE slate. Maybe he found one to buy. Maybe he got one for free. Yesterday Tanya Saunders-Wolffe announced her candidacy as head of the United Progressive Caucus. The UPC Machine was defeated in the last election by CORE. Joining the UPC in a coa... more »

Joy Resmovits: Ron Paul's 'New School Manifesto'; Federal Equity Commission -- Ed Today

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Joy Resmovits: Ron Paul's 'New School Manifesto'; Federal Equity Commission -- Ed Today: Ron Paul's 'New School Manifesto'; Federal Equity Commission -- Ed Today by Joy Resmovits *Next In Your Education Library: Ron Paul??* According to the Washington Post, former presidential candidate Ron Paul is working on an education tome called "New School Manifesto." The book will be out in September. Paul, as you might recall, campaigned on shutting down the U.S. Education Department. So it'll come as no surprise that the book will majorly boost home schooling. *'Irredeemably Blighted?'*... more »

Modern School: Testing Causes Failure

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Modern School: Testing Causes Failure: Testing Causes Failure by Michael Dunn The high stakes tests required by No Child Left Behind are designed to increase the number of failing schools (see here and here), thus forcing them to adopt free market reforms like reconstitution, charter school conversion, or hiring private tutors and curriculum consultants. However, as Valerie Strauss points out in a recent piece in her Answer Sheet blog, the increasing emphasis on high stakes tests and the pressure to improve scores may also be increasing student anxiety and their ability to perfor... more »

Vouchers Creator: 'Vouchers are not the End, but the Means to End Public Schools' | Uppity Wisconsin

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Vouchers Creator: 'Vouchers are not the End, but the Means to End Public Schools' | Uppity Wisconsin: Vouchers Creator: 'Vouchers are not the End, but the Means to End Public Schools' by Jud Lounsbury Iconic economist Milton Friedman (and spiritual leader of conservatives for the last 40 years) is the one that came up with the idea of school vouchers. And the reason why he came up with vouchers was simple: He didn't think educating children was an appropriate role for government. So, he came up with vouchers, which he clearly stated were a means to ending public schools and rep... more »

UPDATE: The Hunger Games, Archery, and Racing to the Top Schools Matter: Haslam Sends BRT Puppet to Help McIntyre Get Funds for Disproven Bonus Pay Plan for Knoxville Teachers

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Schools Matter: Haslam Sends BRT Puppet to Help McIntyre Get Funds for Disproven Bonus Pay Plan for Knoxville Teachers: The Hunger Games, Archery, and Racing to the Top by skrashen A major goal of PE is to introduce students to a variety of sports. In this spirit, it is exciting that archery has become so popular. According to “Archery coming to Frontier Middle School in Wentzville” (Feb 19), one of the motivations for including archery in school is The Hunger Games. But the message of The Hunger Games was not to get good at shooting arrows. The message was the Capitol’s efforts to... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Common Core State (sic) Standards

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Common Core State (sic) Standards: Common Core State (sic) Standards by stlgretchen "Whoo Hoo!" The word that started a revolution in opting out of Common Core State (sic) Standards testing. Susan Ohanian writing in the Daily Censored *Whoo-Hoo! Occupy the Schools!* about Common Core State (sic) Standards, details how the standards are not state led, a vehicle to establish a Global Work Force, funded primarily by Bill Gates, bipartisan in nature and a quest for a national curriculum/national test: In response to a poverty rate that tops 90% in many urb... more »

Another Voice: If New York State were serious about education ... - Opinion - The Buffalo News

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Another Voice: If New York State were serious about education ... - Opinion - The Buffalo News: Another Voice: If New York State were serious about education ... - - - ** - ** - ** By Kara Kane Since becoming a School Board member, I’ve had a crash course in the financial, instructional, regulatory and political aspects of New York State’s education system. This list outlines a sample of my observations. If New York State was serious about education … • New regulations for reporting, school safety, training and instruction would come in two flavors: fully f... more »

Louisiana Educator: Why the Common Core will be a Disaster for Louisiana Public Schools

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Louisiana Educator: Why the Common Core will be a Disaster for Louisiana Public Schools: Why the Common Core will be a Disaster for Louisiana Public Schools by Michael Deshotels I attended a public education forum this week sponsored by the LAE. Parents and teachers were encouraged to ask questions about current education issues to a panel representing BESE, Superintendents, and teacher leaders. One question by a young teacher really got me thinking about where Louisiana public education is headed. One of the panelists had made the point that many of our students are handicapped ... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 2-20-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Ohio: Charter Schools Cost Twice As Much As Public Schools by dianerav Innovation Ohio is a nonpartisan think tank that studies public policy in the state. Its reports are carefully researched and documented. It’s latest study finds that charter schools, a favorite “reform” of Governor John Kasich and the Republican-dominated legislature, cost taxpayers twice as much as public schools and hurt the public schools that enroll the other 90% of the children in the state. Jeb Bush Hits a New Low by dianerav ... more »

Sac City Unified Responds to Tough Questions on School Closures | KTXL FOX40

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Sac City Unified Responds to Tough Questions on School Closures | KTXL FOX40: Sac City Unified Responds to Tough Questions on School Closures - KTXL - [image: See bio, contact info, and more articles from Luana Munoz] 7 hours ago by Luana Munoz Reporter - *Sacramento Unified Considers Closing 11 Elementary Schools* Comments - - Share This Update - ** ** ** SACRAMENTO- Tuesday night was the last of 11 community meetings ahead of Thursday’s district vote on whether or not 11 elementary schools will close. FOX40 asked the Sacramento City Unif... more »

Ed Notes Online: Julie Cavanagh Challenges Cathie Black on Schools She Chose for Her Children, UFT's Michael Mendel Confronts Black

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Ed Notes Online: Julie Cavanagh Challenges Cathie Black on Schools She Chose for Her Children, UFT's Michael Mendel Confronts Black: Julie Cavanagh Challenges Cathie Black on Schools She Chose for Her Children, UFT's Michael Mendel Confronts Black by ed notes online Watch Julie in action here. OK. I'm going to be bi-partisan here by presenting strong speeches by both Julie and Michael at a PEP event. Why? Because I like Michael who I used to sit behind at NY Ranger games and have always had a cordial relationship with, as he does with most people. I do not consider him a Unity slug...more »

Testing, Testing | EduShyster

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Testing, Testing | EduShyster: Testing, Testing by edushyster2012 *By anonymous* The memo came last week. The latest district directive clearly laid out the course of literacy “instruction” for the next three weeks. We will immediately put our reading series on hold and use sample items from the MCAS, the Massachusetts high-stakes test, to better prepare the students who will soon be taking them. Students will read the passages independently, annotate the text, and answer the questions. Teachers are expected to analyze the responses to identify and address areas of weakness, while... more »

Sal Kahn on his famous online academy

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Sal Kahn on his famous online academy: Sal Kahn on his famous online academy Posted by Valerie Strauss on February 20, 2013 at 7:29 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: sal khan]If you listen to folks such as Bill Gates and Al Gore and Carlos Slim Helu talk about Salman Khan, it would be understandable if you thought that the founder of the online Khan Academy is an education miracle worker. Here are just a few of the quotes on Amazon.com on the page praising Khan’s latest book, “The One ... more »

Modern School: NY Mayor Buys LA School Board Race, Starts Arms Race With UTLA

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Modern School: NY Mayor Buys LA School Board Race, Starts Arms Race With UTLA: NY Mayor Buys LA School Board Race, Starts Arms Race With UTLA by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons One might well wonder why New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending $1 million of his own hard-(hardly)-earned cash to influence the Los Angeles school board race (the largest donation yet in this hotly contested race). Yet it is not just Bloomberg—several other billionaire outsiders have also ponied up large sums to help their favorite candidates win and it is not because they care about the ... more »

Are We Teaching Citizens or Automatons? | toteachornototeach

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Are We Teaching Citizens or Automatons? | toteachornototeach: Are We Teaching Citizens or Automatons? by aristotlethewise Are We Teaching Citizens or Automatons? *by Steven Mazie*Since the standards-based model of education overtook American public schools a generation ago, the answer to this question has been simple: prepare students for college and get them ready to be productive participants in the workforce. The new Common Core Standards Initiative — already adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia to guide curricula in their public schools — is no exception: The stand... more »

NYC Educator: Standing Up for Our Right to No Voice and No Choice

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NYC Educator: Standing Up for Our Right to No Voice and No Choice: Standing Up for Our Right to No Voice and No Choice by NYC Educator That's what the so-called Educators for Excellence are doing. Though their most visible proponents, their leaders, are not even teachers, they're regularly cited as a teacher group. And though they're funded by Gates and his ilk, they're accepted by a sleepy press corps as representative of teachers. Now they've put out a video demanding that NY State impose an evaluation system on teachers. Perhaps it's mere coincidence that this is precisely what... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NJDOE Knew About LEAP's Problems

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Jersey Jazzman: NJDOE Knew About LEAP's Problems: NJDOE Knew About LEAP's Problems by Duke Over the last couple of weeks, we've seen a flurry of reporting about one of the biggest charter school disasters in New Jersey, if not the nation: *LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Partnership) Academy University Charter School in Camden*. LEAP and its funder, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, are now entangled in allegations of incompetence, cronyism, and abuse. And yet, in spite of the many, many problems the charter has encountered, *Education Commissioner Chris Cerf has given LEAP his blessing*. ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Ruiz gets an F, Katten an A+ on Chicago Tonight

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Ruiz gets an F, Katten an A+ on Chicago Tonight: Ruiz gets an F, Katten an A+ on Chicago Tonight by Mike Klonsky I almost felt bad for *Jesse Ruiz* last night as I watched him play the fool to *Wendy Katten* on Chicago Tonight. Armed only with an embarrassed grin, a pocket full of cliches ("it's for the kids"... "it's about teaching and learning"..."all hands on deck"...) and a bag full of half-truths and misinformation, Rahm's hand-picked board V.P Ruiz was sent out to face the Raise Your Hand's Wendy Katten and Catalyst's *Rebecca Harris* to try a... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 2-19-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
*Nite Cap UPDATE**UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* Ohanian Nails the Common Core, and then Burns It by Jim Horn Too good to miss from our national treasure and every corporate education deformer's nightmare. At Daily Uncensored. Charter School Watch by Melissa Westbrook It's been awhile since we talked about charters. I have been stockpiling the stories because, yes, there's a lot happening. FYI, the Washington Board of Education is having a public hearing on charter rules. They seek input from citizens. It is on *Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 1:00 pm in Olympia at OSPI. * *Those wishi... more »

And now $9.2 million to design “better” standardized tests for 4 year olds! - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
And now $9.2 million to design “better” standardized tests for 4 year olds! - Wait, What?: And now $9.2 million to design “better” standardized tests for 4 year olds! by jonpelto Hooray! The U.S. Department of Education is giving away $9.2 million to help states devise better tests for 4 year olds! According to a recent article in Education Week, “Some state officials say the money would be welcome as they revamp their early-childhood-assessment programs. But others suggest that if the Education Department wants to focus attention on just one part of early learning, an avenue oth... more »

Equity And Excellence Commission Report Warns Of Failure To Right Unfair U.S. Schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Equity And Excellence Commission Report Warns Of Failure To Right Unfair U.S. Schools: Equity And Excellence Commission Report Warns Of Failure To Right Unfair U.S. Schools by Joy Resmovits Advocates have shouted about inequalities in the U.S. education system for decades, with issues ranging from the availability of good teachers to the amount of money spent on schools with poor students. The gaps in standardized test scores between minorities and white students, and between rich and poor children, are longstanding and well-known facts. Today, a diverse group of 27 education ex... more »

PSAT for 2-19-13: Thank your alderman Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 2-19-13: Thank your alderman: PSAT for 2-19-13: Thank your alderman by admin [image: psat_logo]We spend a lot of time criticizing our elected officials for the bad decisions they make, or for wimping out when we want them to stick up for us. But it may be even more important to thank them when they are right. The 35 Chicago aldermen who signed on in support of a moratorium on new charter schools are going up against Mayor Emanuel and his charter-cheerleader hedge fund cronies, along with all so many others in power ... more »

Whoo-Hoo! Occupy the Schools - DailyCensored.com - Breaking Censored News, World, Independent, Liberal News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Whoo-Hoo! Occupy the Schools - DailyCensored.com - Breaking Censored News, World, Independent, Liberal News: Whoo-Hoo! Occupy the Schools by Susan Ohanian [image: testingregime]In response to a poverty rate that tops 90% in many urban and rural schools –and 1.6 million homeless children—many in schools with no libraries–education reformers at the White House, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association call for a radical, untried curriculum overhaul and two versions of nonstop national testing to measure whether teachers are producing workers for ... more »

Congressional education report: 5 years and $700k to recommend "equity" | ZDNet

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Congressional education report: 5 years and $700k to recommend "equity" | ZDNet: *Congressional education report: 5 years and $700k to recommend "equity"* Summary: A lengthy effort to examine the state of education in American schools released their final report today. Apparently, we need equity in our schools. [image: Christopher Dawson] By Christopher Dawson for ZDNet Education | February 19, 2013 -- 18:20 GMT (10:20 PST) I don't think the rant that's about to follow was exactly what US Congressman Mike Honda's (D-CA) office had in mind when they sent me the press release this mo... more »

Hundreds to Rally to Stop School Closures | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Hundreds to Rally to Stop School Closures | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education: [image: Home] Hundreds to Rally to Stop School Closures by Kate_Lenox *Sacramento Community Stands United Against Closures Prior to Vote on February 21* SACRAMENTO, CA – The Putting Students First (PSF) Coalition will host a rally and press conference on*Wednesday, February 20 *to stand united against the proposed closure of 11 elementary schools. Led by Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP), the PSF Coalition is a diverse community of stakeholders including parents, teachers, advocates and... more »

LA School Report Expands Campaign Coverage - LA School Report

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
LA School Report Expands Campaign Coverage - LA School Report: LA School Report Expands Campaign Coverage by LA School Report *A* new section of *LA School Report* launches today, devoted to the three hotly contested Los Angeles School Board races. Election 2013, features in-depth information about each of the ten candidates, including questionnaires, biographies, endorsements, and the latest news on campaign contributions and spending. The enhanced coverage provides readers with easy access to information as the March 5 primary, for District 2, 4 and 6, draws near.

New Report Urges Education Secretary To Take Inequality ‘More Seriously’ - Jeff Bryant

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
New Report Urges Education Secretary To Take Inequality ‘More Seriously’ - Jeff Bryant: New Report Urges Education Secretary To Take Inequality ‘More Seriously’ By Jeff Bryant | February 19, 2013 - - Raising the alarm that “America has lost its place as a global leader in educational attainment,” a report issued today by an independent commission chartered by Congressto advise the U.S. Department of Education concludes that the “federal government must take more seriously its profoundly important responsibility” to address inequality in the nation’s K-12 public school... more »








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