Saturday, April 6, 2013

What I wanted to say at Occupy DOE 2.0 #UOODC13 – @ the chalk face

What I wanted to say at Occupy DOE 2.0 #UOODC13 – @ the chalk face:


What I wanted to say at Occupy DOE 2.0 #UOODC13

I was planning to attend Occupy DOE 2.0 this week, plane tickets purchased-check, hotel reservations-check, viral based illness with bronchitis-uncheck. I have been knocked out by this bug for a couple of weeks with little progress, very frustrating, spending most of my spring break napping and laying around.
Needless to say I am bummed. I have watched some of the video footage and caught the social media pictures. The photos of the march to White House hurt, I wanted to be a part of that event more than anything. I will miss connecting with old friends and meeting new ones, especially those who I have met through online advocacy.
I was scheduled to speak Sunday. My topic according to the official schedule was to discuss not giving into the carrot and stick policies of current education reform. Based on recent opt-out organizing in my region of New York State, I wanted to discuss how we need educate more parents as to the madness that is occurring in our 

Newark Students Plan to WALK OUT on Tuesday 9 April 2013! Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública

Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública:


Newark Students Plan to WALK OUT on Tuesday  9 April 2013!

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On Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 @ 12PM All Newark Public High School Students Will Walk out of their Classrooms to March to the Rutgers Law School (located at 123 Washington Street, Newark) for the State Assembly Budget Hearings on Education. Students, Families, Education Advocacy Groups, and Community will Join in Solidarity to Demand that the State Assembly "FOLLOW THE LAW, AND STOP THE CUTS'. 

Please JOIN us!

For Information Please contact the Newark Student Union at: NewarkStudentsUnion@gmail or NJ Communities United: Robert Cabanas, Lead Organizer: robert@unitednj.org

Student Loan Fairness Act Education - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress

Education - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress:



Bill Introduced: S.654 Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of 2013

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for collegiate housing and infrastructure grants.

Bill Introduced: S.641 Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.

Bill Introduced: H.R.1334 Equal Access to Quality Education Act of 2013

To establish a grant program to ensure that students in high-need schools have equal access to a quality education delivered by an effective, diverse workforce.

Bill Introduced: H.R.1343 Project Ready STEM Act

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award grants for science, technology, engineering, and math education programs.

Bill Introduced: S.649 Center to Advance, Monitor, and Preserve University Security Safety Act of 2013

A bill to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale, and for other purposes.

Bill Introduced: H.R.1330 Student Loan Fairness Act

To increase purchasing power, strengthen economic recovery, and restore fairness in financing higher education in the United States through student loan forgiveness, caps on interest rates on Federal student loans, and refinancing opportunities for private borrowers, and for other purposes.

Bill Introduced: S.648 Helping Educators Support All Students Act

A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to support teacher and school professional training on awareness of student mental health conditions.

Bill Introduced: H.R.1339 Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, and other programs, to promote education in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.

Bill Introduced: S.602 Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2013

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of physical therapists in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, and for other purposes.

Bill Introduced: H.R.1252 Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2013

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of physical therapists in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, and for other purposes.

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Kids and the Ability to Create Films

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Kids and the Ability to Create Films:


Kids and the Ability to Create Films

@strangerslog

As you may have noticed, I'm a big fan of The Stranger's Slog.  It's where I get the latest dinosaur news (no kidding, they keep up), politics, religion, good deeds/misdeeds and everything in-between.  (They also have some of the funniest comments ever.)

They also, thanks to Dan Savage, talk about sex.  The latest letter to his sex column was one I found interesting and worthy of your attention (especially the middle/high school parents).    Please note, it uses sexual language but is not graphic.  But, be warned.

The dilemma posted by the reader was that when he was in high school, he had a girlfriend from age 14-16.  They had sex and they filmed it themselves.  They each walked away from the relationship with videotapes of their escapades.  They are now in their late '20s and she contacted him to ask if he would burn DVDs from his 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 4-6-13 #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



OCCUPY EDUCATION - Lines of Influence in Education Reform

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OCCUPY EDUCATION - Lines of Influence in Education Reform: Lines of Influence in Education Reform Lines of Influence in Education Reform

NYC Public School Parents: SLT calls for moratorium on high-stakes testing in New York State

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NYC Public School Parents: SLT calls for moratorium on high-stakes testing in New York State: SLT calls for moratorium on high-stakes testing in New York State by Molly *Here is a letter from the Brooklyn New School Leadership Team, calling on a moratorium on high-stakes testing in NYS. If your SLT would like to sign on, contact Liza Featherstone at lfeather@panix.com.* We, the Brooklyn New School Leadership Team, call for a moratorium on high-stakes testing in New York State. As parents and educators, we don’t object to assessment, when used properly. As currently practiced i... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NJ Charter School Circus: The Next Act

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Jersey Jazzman: NJ Charter School Circus: The Next Act: NJ Charter School Circus: The Next Act by Duke And here we go again: With interest hardly abating, *nearly 40 applications were filed this week to open new charter schools in New Jersey* – a vast majority in cities and one with a notable political name in its title. The state had received by Monday’s deadline for the latest round of charter bids, all for schools seeking to open in the fall of 2014. The decisions on initial approvals for this round of applicants will come in September, with the final approvals in the summer of... more »

Blue Jersey:: Newark Student Walk Out - Tuesday April 9

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Blue Jersey:: Newark Student Walk Out - Tuesday April 9: Newark Student Walk Out - Tuesday April 9 by Rosi Efthim Here we go. On Tuesday, Newark students will walk out of their schools at noon - "no longer separate schools, we are one united voice" - and converge from all over the city to the legislative budget hearings on education, at Rutgers Law School, Newark.I have to say, this makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I've been waiting for this. Watch: Popout

John White’s Great Out-of-State Contract Giveaway | deutsch29

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John White’s Great Out-of-State Contract Giveaway | deutsch29: John White’s Great Out-of-State Contract Giveaway by deutsch29 Former TFAer and current Louisiana State Superintendent John White was in the hot seat this week as he had to answer to the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee for his and BESE’s (the state education board) budgeting decisions, both for the upcoming year as well as past decisions. One area of concern is altering of language in the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding. It is not lost on the lawmakers present in this Wednesday, April 3, meeting th... more »

Computers Cannot Read, Write or Grade Papers | toteachornototeach

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Computers Cannot Read, Write or Grade Papers | toteachornototeach: Computers Cannot Read, Write or Grade Papers by aristotlethewise Computers Cannot Read, Write or Grade Papers **by Robert David Jaffee Shakespeare once famously said that the first thing we should do is kill all the lawyers. Perhaps, computer programmers and electrical engineers should be next on the list. A recent article on *The New York Times*‘ website indicated that EdX, a nonprofit educational organization founded by Harvard and MIT, has come up with a computer program that will replace teachers in grading essays... more »

Justice for the children of Atlanta | Parents Across America

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Justice for the children of Atlanta | Parents Across America: Justice for the children of Atlanta by pureparents This article was written by PAA-Atlanta/GA/Atlanta Public Schools chapter leader Kimberly Brooks, whose children attended one of the schools where officials have been indicted for racketeering in connection with widespread standardized test cheating. **** My name is Kimberly Brooks, parent of two children that attended Parks Middle School in Atlanta, where the principal was recently indicted for cheating on state tests. For the past two years the Atlanta Public School s... more »

“The best and wisest parent” | Parents Across America

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“The best and wisest parent” | Parents Across America: “The best and wisest parent” by pureparents “What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy.” *John Dewey, The School and Social Progress* That’s how PAA opened our position paper on ESEA. It’s also an apt description of our co-founder Leonie Haimson, who became the target of attack this week for having enrolled one of her children in a private school after many years as a... more »

Pilfering the public commons: on-line 'earning' scheduled for California Community Colleges

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Pilfering the public commons: on-line 'earning' scheduled for California Community Colleges: Pilfering the public commons: on-line ‘earning’ scheduled for California Community Colleges By Danny Weil on April 6, 2013 7:26 pm / no comments As students, faculty and community groups hasten to bow down at the thrown of the ACCJC to assure continuing accreditation, going so far as to appeal to corporate Senator, Nancy Pelosi of all people or, at worst, surly Senator Diane Feinstein whose husband Richard Blum is the knight in shining armor for the corporatization of higher education.... more »

Tennessee Clergy Speak Out Against Bill To Cut Welfare For Children Who Get Poor Grades | ThinkProgress

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Tennessee Clergy Speak Out Against Bill To Cut Welfare For Children Who Get Poor Grades | ThinkProgress: Tennessee Clergy Speak Out Against Bill To Cut Welfare For Children Who Get Poor Grades By Aviva Shen on Apr 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm As Tennessee prepares to consider two bills to reduce welfare assistance for needy families whose children are not doing well in school, a Change.org petition has popped up to fight the measure. The petition was started by Clergy for Justice, a Tennesse-based organization of clergy that has previously advocated for causes including immigration reform, h... more »

Daily Kos: "I realize that I am not leaving my profession, in truth, it has left me. It no longer exists."

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Daily Kos: "I realize that I am not leaving my profession, in truth, it has left me. It no longer exists.": "I realize that I am not leaving my profession, in truth, it has left me. It no longer exists." by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) So wrote Gerald J. Conti, who taught for 40 years, the last 27 in the high school from which he is taking retirement at the end of this school year. You can - no, you *SHOULD* - read the entire letter, which appears here at the Answer Sheet blog at the*Washington Post*. Over the past few years words like those offered by Conti have become ever m... more »

Arizona Bans Student Funding of Independent Groups |

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Arizona Bans Student Funding of Independent Groups |: Arizona Bans Student Funding of Independent Groups by Angus Johnston Arizona Governor Jan Brewer yesterday signed a bill that bans the use of student fee money for lobbying on legislation or support for independent state or national organizations. The new law dismantles the funding model under which the Arizona Students Association has operated for decades, and may well mean the end of that group. The ASA came under attack by lawmakers last fall after it donated more than a hundred thousand dollars to a ballot measure that woul... more »

"School 'reformers' should at least follow the law" + "Who Is Holding Education Reformers Accountable?" - Wait, What?

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"School 'reformers' should at least follow the law" + "Who Is Holding Education Reformers Accountable?" - Wait, What?: “School ‘reformers’ should at least follow the law” + “Who Is Holding Education Reformers Accountable?” by jonpelto Fellow public school advocates and columnists, Wendy Lecker and Sara Darer Littman have written *TWO MUST READ* columns this week. “School ‘reformers’ should at least follow the law” (Wendy Lecker) and “Who Is Holding Education Reformers Accountable?” (Sarah Darer Littman) present a stunning portrayal of the abuses that have become the hallmark of Co... more »

BAMN | April 10, 2013 IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Full Citizenship Rights for ALL!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
BAMN | April 10, 2013 IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Full Citizenship Rights for ALL!: [image: April 10 Immigrant Rights March on Washington] *April 10, 2013 IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Full Citizenship Rights for ALL!* IT IS TIME FOR THE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MOVEMENT TO RETURN TO THE STREETS. We can fight and win more than what is being offered. On April 10th, we will declare that we will never be satisfied until we have the full equality, dignity, and respect we deserve. [image: fist] Join the BAMN contingent on April 10th to DEMAND: - REPLACE PARTIAL PROBATIONAR...more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: April is Autism Awareness Month

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: April is Autism Awareness Month: April is Autism Awareness Month by Melissa Westbrook Autism affects one in 88 children in the US. It affects 1 in 54 boys. About 1.5 million people live with some kind of autism spectrum disorder. - Only 56% of students with autism finish high school.12 - The average per-pupil expenditure for educating a child with autism was estimated by SEEP to be over $18,000 in the 1999-2000 school year. This estimate was nearly three times the expenditure for a typical regular education student who did not rece... more »

Karen Lewis at Occupy the Dept of Ed on Vimeo

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Karen Lewis at Occupy the Dept of Ed on Vimeo: Karen Lewis at Occupy the Dept of Ed from Vincent Precht on Vimeo.

LIVE Stream Occupy the DoE! #edchat #soschat #uoodc13

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Occupy the Department Of Education Returns to DC | Mother Jones Occupy the Department Of Education Returns to DC | Mother Jones: *California Father | @califather Califather all spiffed up and ready to stream Occupy the DoE! #edchat #soschat #uoodc13* coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago California Father | Educating Sullivan: [image: California Father] califather on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free - ON DEMAND - ABOUT OCCUPY THE DEPT OF ED - HOW TO CHAT Occupy the Department Of Education Returns to DC —By Stephanie Mencimer | Thu Apr. 4, 2013 3:20 AM PDT Post - ... more »

You Can’t Fatten Your Cows by Constantly Weighing Them | Dissident Voice

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You Can’t Fatten Your Cows by Constantly Weighing Them | Dissident Voice: You Can’t Fatten Your Cows by Constantly Weighing Them by Myles Hoenig *Well Maybe* Thanks to Chris Nielson for this title’s line and to the nearly dozens of other speakers on Thursday and this weekend who comprise the line up of activist educators in Washington, DC for the Occupy the Department of Education 2.0. This year’s show of force is sponsored by United Opt Out, a parents/teachers based grass roots organization dedicated to having public school children in America refuse to take high stakes tests thr... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-6-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The Myth of Charter Waiting Lists by dianerav One of the arguments advanced to expand charter schools is that they have long waiting lists. Or so they say. But no one knows how many are on those lists. This reporter in Chicago started digging and discovered that the list is not real. The Chicago charters say there Best Comment of the Day (So Far) by dianerav The comment below draws attention to a debate that followed Dr. Mercedes Schneider’s methodological di... more »

California courts familiar with gay parent issues - latimes.com

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California courts familiar with gay parent issues - latimes.com: California courts familiar with gay parent issues [image: Jon W. Davidson]Gay rights lawyer Jon W. Davidson (Los Angeles Times / April 5, 2013) By Maura Dolan April 6, 2013, 7:05 a.m. SAN FRANCISCO -- When the California Supreme Court struck down a same-sex marriage ban in 2008, the majority ruling reflected a series of decisions the court had already reached in disputes involving gay parents. Gay rights lawyers said this week that those cases were critical to the court’s historic marriage ruling — later partly over... more »

Send me your stories and I will share them | Crazy Crawfish's Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Send me your stories and I will share them | Crazy Crawfish's Blog: Send me your stories and I will share them by crazycrawfish [image: imagesCAEE22RF]From time to time I get stories from folks who have had the unpleasant experience of working with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) under John White, or Paul Pastorek. If you feel you have a story that needs to be told please contact me and I will do my best to explain your side of the story, and I will keep your identity anonymous to the extent possible. If you are the only person that possesses the information you share... more »

UPDATE: Gail Collins is a must-read today Daily Kos: Millennials are driving social - and political - change

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Daily Kos: Millennials are driving social - and political - change: Gail Collins is a must-read today by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) So I will enable you to get past the pay firewall without using up any of your monthly quota of ten articles to readA New Era in Political Corruption. It starts with her opening paragraph: Have you ever noticed how high the bar is when it comes to getting arrested for political corruption? Really, you practically have to go around with a sign that says “Will Trade Influence for Cash.” And that is just the start of a column inspired or provoked (yo... more »

Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’

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Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’: Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’ Posted by Valerie Strauss on April 6, 2013 at 4:00 am 20 Comments More [image: i-quit]Increasingly teachers are speaking out against school reforms that they believe are demeaning their profession, and some are simply quitting because they have had enough. Here is one resignation letter from a veteran teacher, Gerald J. Conti, a social studies teacher at Westhill High School in Syracuse, N.Y.: Mr. Casey Barduhn, Superintendent Westhill Central School Dist... more »

Schools Matter: More evidence corroborating Professor Krashen and exposing the contrived skills and STEM crises

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Schools Matter: More evidence corroborating Professor Krashen and exposing the contrived skills and STEM crises: More evidence corroborating Professor Krashen and exposing the contrived skills and STEM crises by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene *"...the impending shortage of scientists and engineers is one of the longest running hoaxes in the country" — Gerald W. Bracey* [image: Dr. Krashen has long been a critic of the fact-free Myth: STEM and skills crises]*Schools Matter*'s Professor Stephen Krashen has been a long time critic of the media promulgated mythology that there's a shortag... more »

Modern School Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Modern School: Today In Labor History: April 6 Michael Dunn at Modern School - 1 hour ago *April 6, 1712* - New York City saw its first slave revolt, which occurred just north of Wall Street, in response to the execution of twenty-one blacks for killing nine whites. Conditions were ideal for a revolt, as black slaves and freemen worked in proximity to each other, making communication and planning easier. In the aftermath of the revolt, 70 black men were jailed, with six “committing suicide” in custody. Twenty of those arrested were executed by burning and one was executed on the “br... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: More Common Core Spin from Missouri DESE

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: More Common Core Spin from Missouri DESE: More Common Core Spin from Missouri DESE by stlgretchen Missouri Commissioner of DESE took to youtube to deliver a pro common core message. What the Commissioner said: Common Core standards are now called "Missouri Learning Standards" of which Common Core is a part of. I guess the 15% of standards Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia "allows" Missouri to adopt in addition to CCSS supersedes the mandated 100% of standards Missouri has contracted with SBAC to follow. The Commissioner fails to tell her... more »

Louisiana Educator: Jindal Reforms Based on Disrespect of Teachers

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Louisiana Educator: Jindal Reforms Based on Disrespect of Teachers: Jindal Reforms Based on Disrespect of Teachers by Michael Deshotels Please take the time to view this video of part of the House Education Committee that took place almost exactly one year ago. This occurred when part of Governor Jindal's education reform package was being introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill (HB 974) at that time by Rep. Carter on behalf of the Governor was designed to destroy teacher tenure just like the bill now being introduced by Senator Appel described in the previous post. ... more »

Rog Lucido: Forgiving Learning: Reform Begins in the Classroom - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Rog Lucido: Forgiving Learning: Reform Begins in the Classroom - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Rog Lucido: Forgiving Learning: Reform Begins in the Classroom by Anthony Cody *Guest post by Rog Lucido* It seems like education is on a never ending quest to be 'reformed'. The message continues today: 'American students are behind those of many countries. Our dominance of military and economic strength is on the decline. We are losing our competitiveness.' The root cause of this supposition is laid at the feet of our schools by the corporate world. With many studies de... more »

Ex-charter official testifies on school's shortcomings - Philly.com

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Ex-charter official testifies on school's shortcomings - Philly.com: Ex-charter official testifies on school's shortcomings By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff WriterPOSTED: April 05, 2013 A former administrator at Truebright Science Academy Charter School testified Thursday that the school lacked a curriculum, provided no services for students whose first language was not English, and told the Philadelphia School District it offered advanced courses that did not exist. During a hearing to determine whether Truebright deserves to have its charter renewed, Susan Farley-Ellison detai... more »

Reprint: From The Nation. A new Chicago Freedom Ride. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Reprint: From The Nation. A new Chicago Freedom Ride. | Fred Klonsky: Reprint: From The Nation. A new Chicago Freedom Ride. by Fred Klonsky Reprint from The Nation Magazine: *Alderman Bob Fioretti speaks in front of an condemned building along the new route schoolchildren will walk. (Rick Perlstein.)* Yesterday morning twelve-year-old Jasmine Murphy, a red fabric flower woven into her hair, stood in front of a bus full of reporters, TV news correspondents and their cameramen, Chicago Teachers Union officials and other activists, congressmen and aldermen, and told them what it was ... more »

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 3-30-13

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
*4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:* *4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT* PARENT TRIGGER GROUP RECOMMENDS LAUSD TAKES OVER FAILING LAUSD SCHOOL smf at 4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit - 21 hours ago ●●smf: This article is a-little-more-than-somewhat misleading - sometimes the spin makes the reporters dizzy. The recommendation of the 24th St Parents Union is a “recommendation” – not the final parent vote. The LA Parent Union is an unholy owned subsidiary of ®eform Inc., the Broad/Gates/WalMart/Charter School Kool-Aid is dispensed by the hogshead at eve...more »

Top Content this Week - 4-6-13 The Educator's PLN Top Content this Week - The Educator's PLN:

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Top Content this Week - The Educator's PLN: 1[image: a message to parents from your child's teacher]a message to parents from your child's teacher Added by Thomas Whitby on March 23, 2013 2[image: 20 Quick Actions You Can Do Today To Set Your Classroom Up For Massive Success]20 Quick Actions You Can Do Today To Set Your Classroom Up For Massive Success Added by Tess Pajaron on March 19, 2013 3[image: 50 Ways to Integrate Art Into Any Lesson]50 Ways to Integrate Art Into Any Lesson Added by Tess Pajaron on March 25, 2013 4[image: If Twitter Is Not PD, What Is It?]If Twitter Is Not P... more »

This Week's Education Research Report 4-6-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2 Education Research Report: THIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Education Research Report: *THIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORT* * * Collective Pedagogical Teacher Culture Results in Higher Mathematics Achievement Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report - 1 day ago Scholars have not adequately assessed how organizational cultures in schools differentially influence students’ mathematics achievement by race and socioeconomic status (SES). This study focuses on *collective pedagogical teacher culture*, highlighting the role of professional communities and teacher collaboration in influencing mathematics achievement. Using cross-classif... more »

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… 4-6-13 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EF

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL *LARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAY* *LOOK FOR MY BOOK IN MARCH, 2013*[image: Ferlazzo200(1)] "Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation" will be a sequel to"Helping Students Motivate Themselves" Special Edition Of “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t” Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 8 hours ago (Usually, I just post a weekly version of this regular feature. However, sometimes I post an extra “Special Edition” when I have more good links than usual) I hav... more »

A ‘kissing cousin’ of segregated proms: segregated high school reunions. Are they common? | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 17 hours ago
A ‘kissing cousin’ of segregated proms: segregated high school reunions. Are they common? | Get Schooled: A ‘kissing cousin’ of segregated proms: segregated high school reunions. Are they common? by Maureen Downey A reader of the segregated prom blog sent me a note about something that DeKalb school chief Michael Thurmond referenced in a recent speech, racially segregated class reunions. Thurmond said that his high school graduating class — he attended high school in Athens and was among the first black students to attend high school with white students — holds two reunions divid... more »

Schools Matter: Another chapter in the online testing boondoggle

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 17 hours ago
Schools Matter: Another chapter in the online testing boondoggle: Another chapter in the online testing boondoggle by skrashen [image: Mum chance] The situation described here is not a problem for computer companies. In fact, it is good news. More computer sales! They are not worried how Union Local will find the money: they are sure that the local community, enchanted with technology thanks to massive propaganda in the media, will find a way. A bond issue, a tax increase, benefits, raffles and lotteries, all ways of taking money from the needy and giving it to the greedy. And th... more »

BREAKING NEWS!!!! Former NYC Principal Caught On Audio!!!.southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: BREAKING NEWS!!!! Former NYC Principal Caught On Audio!!! by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) Way back in June of 2012 I reported on my former principal at PS 154, Marsha Elliott, lack of true Christianity. She repeated a lie, and repeated it repeatedly. But first a little back story. In May of 2011 I was teaching character education, which is basically citizenship. I gave up being dean and SAVE room coordinator due to a senior teaching whining and kvetching about filing a grievance. Honestly it is a fantastic curriculum. But needs to be kept a... more »

Activists Re-Launch Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law | Repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Activists Re-Launch Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law | Repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act: Activists Re-Launch Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law Posted on March 18, 2013 by Zack Kopplin ** Activists Re-Launch Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law Posted on March 18, 2013 by Zack Kopplin *Since 2008, the Louisiana Science Education Act Has Been the Subject of National and International Criticism and Ridicule* *For Immediate Release* *Baton Rouge, LA — (March, 18, 2013) — *Senator Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) recently filed SB 26... more »

9th grade is still where most fall off track | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
9th grade is still where most fall off track | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: 9th grade is still where most fall off track by thenotebook Sub Title: Giving students personalized attention in large high schools continues to be a challenge. Author: by Paul Jablow Author Bio: Paul Jablow is a regular freelance contributor to the *Notebook*. Sheila Hernandez was 15 when she quit Frankford High School in the 9th grade. There was a lot of fighting in the school, and Hernandez, a slight girl with her hair cut short, was also bullied over her appearance. When she had problems acade... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Leonie Haimson: American Hero

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Leonie Haimson: American Hero: Leonie Haimson: American Hero by Duke [image: animated waving flag, very cool] Since critical thinking is in such short supply these days (thanks, in part, to the growing bubble test obsession in our public schools), let me explain why the smear against Leonie Haimson is both slimy and illogical: Regular readers here know I have great respect for Haimson, both as a champion for New York City's public schools and for the work she has done with her group, Class Size Matters. She advocates tirelessly for reduced class sizes, a broad an... more »

Obama Tobacco Tax To Fund Preschool Faces Industry Resistance

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Obama Tobacco Tax To Fund Preschool Faces Industry Resistance: Obama Tobacco Tax To Fund Preschool Faces Industry Resistance by Joy Resmovits Though President Barack Obama's administration hasn't formally released its 2014 budget, one component is already facing resistance from the tobacco industry. That's because the president plans to foot the bill for a major new pre-kindergarten program in part with an increase in tobacco taxes, The New York Times first reported Friday and the White House confirmed to HuffPost. The proposal would expand pre-K access to all 4-year-olds whose f... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: When Will Bill Gates Leave Public Education Alone?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: When Will Bill Gates Leave Public Education Alone?: When Will Bill Gates Leave Public Education Alone? by Melissa Westbrook There can be no doubt that Bill Gates is a smart guy. What I have a tough time with is that because he is smart AND has lots of money that somehow that makes him an expert on anything he decides is important. Mr. Gates, like Eli Broad and the Waltons, have created a playbook (probably via our friends at ALEC) for ed reform. Just to be fair, I'm sure it is as frustrating to them as it is to all American citizens at the stubb... more »

Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota(PEJAM): Defending Public Education in Minneapolis: An Interview on the DTOE Talk Show

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota(PEJAM): Defending Public Education in Minneapolis: An Interview on the DTOE Talk Show: Defending Public Education in Minneapolis: An Interview on the DTOE Talk Show *DTOE Talk Episode 7 (04.05.13) – Robert Panning-Miller, Minneapolis Teacher, Former MFT President, and Co-Founder of the Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota (PEJAM)* *I had a chance to talk with Francesco Portelos on his on-line talk show, Don't Tread on Educators. We discussed many of the various corporate reforms affecting Minneapolis and Minnesota in gen...more »

Are you an IEA Retired member who has not received a mailed ballot? | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Are you an IEA Retired member who has not received a mailed ballot? | Fred Klonsky: Are you an IEA Retired member who has not received a mailed ballot? by Fred Klonsky I’m out of town for a family wedding this weekend. I wasn’t going to say much. But I have received messages from some IEA Retired members saying that they have not received their ballots for NEA RA delegate. The deadline for getting them back is April 24th. They are contacting me because they want to vote for me. I appreciate that. But I can’t get them a ballot. Only the IEA can. But since these are votes for me, I have ... more »

Chinese Investing Big Bucks in Florida Charter Schools | Crooks and Liars

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Chinese Investing Big Bucks in Florida Charter Schools | Crooks and Liars: Chinese Investing Big Bucks in Florida Charter Schools By karoli ENLARGE [image: rickscottcharterschool.jpg] United States immigration laws met Florida charter schools, and it was love at first sight. Via Miami Today News: Investment money is pouring into Florida from wealthy Chinese who find that Florida has exactly what they are looking for — and what they need to secure US green cards. Chinese investors are taking advantage of the EB-5 investment visa program, the so-called "green card via red carpet," by... more »

Chicago Schools Segregation Then and Now

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
*Chicago Schools Segregation Then and Now* * * *A look at the strained race relations in Chicago under Mayor Richard J. Daley and Mayor Rahm Emanuel* * * * *

Oakland Unified Chief Tony Smith resigns to be with family in Chicago - San Jose Mercury News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Oakland Unified Chief Tony Smith resigns to be with family in Chicago - San Jose Mercury News: Oakland Unified Chief Tony Smith resigns to be with family in Chicago By Angela Woodall Oakland Tribune Posted: 04/05/2013 12:00:05 PM PDT Updated: 04/05/2013 12:43:52 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge Oakland School District Superintendent Tony Smith speaks during an Oakland Unified School... From the Education Report blog - Smith: "This is our work over the next 10 years " OAKLAND -- Oakland Unified School Superintendent Tony Smith announced his resignation today after nearly four ye... more »

Diane in the Evening 4-5-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Diane Ravitch points the finger of blame at the DOE during day 1 of OCCUPY DOE 2. Three more days to go. Come in down, up, or over to join us. Here is Mitzi by dianerav I don’t know how to import photos to the blog. Maybe someone will tell me how. So I took her picture, emailed it to Twitter, and copied the link. http://twitter.com/DianeRavitch/status/320168597035036674/photo/1 Another Photo of Mitzi by dianerav Mitzi was rescued from a kill shelter. http://t.co/IBP5PS8MHN John White’s Deputy Stays Five Months ... more »


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