Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Rhee’s “Radical”: Read and Reviewed

  Radical: Fighting to Put Students First is a transparent and fantastical affirmation of Michelle Rhee; written by Michelle Rhee (Harper Collins, 2013). In my continuing efforts to be at least 8-12 months behind everybody else, I have finally read and reviewed the book. I don’t believe there is anything self-critical or particularly reflective in here, other than to pause every now and then to reflect upon her correctness. Michelle Rhee is convinced that she sees everything in the Read more [...]

“What are you doing here?”

As my wife and I attended a Save Our Schools rally recently, I was asked, “What are you doing here?”
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The surprised look on my face must have been obvious. The smiling woman, a stranger to me, was a parent of a public school student and an organizer of the event. When I explained that I was a retired teacher from another state and school district which is over a thousand miles away, she asked, “Are you a grandparent of one of the kids here?”

Well, that was a teachable moment.

My white beard, poster and presence are perfectly understandable to other educators of a certain age. We love children, respect public education and despise those who knowingly dismantle public schools to make way for greedy profiteers who claim to be educational reformers. Testing corporations, charters, and the whole gang of 

Debunking the latest NY Daily News ‘Miracle School’

A ‘miracle school’ is one that purports to get extraordinary results with the ‘same kids’ as the nearby ‘failing’ school.  Sometimes the miracle is high test scores, sometimes it is a high graduation rate, sometimes it is a high college acceptance rate.  In general the school usually gets one or two of those things at the expense of the others.  Over the past two years I’ve investigated over 100 miracle schools and have yet to find one that is the ‘real deal.’
In today’s New York Daily News there was an article called South Bronx prep school has a 95% graduation rate.  The second sentence says “Of the 66 12th graders at Hyde Leadership Charter School, 62 graduated — a 95% rate that crushes the citywide average of 64.7%.”
Sounds pretty miraculous, right?  Right away I knew that these numbers were not a fair comparison.  The 64.7% is what’s known as the ‘cohort’ graduation rate, meaning the percent of students from a class who eventually 


Senate Student Loan Proposals Fail To Advance As Rate Surge Looms

Some 7 million college students will see their borrowing costs double next week after Republicans and Democrats paid little attention to the issue for 11 months, then spent the past month vainly squabbling over a solution.

Senate Democrats on Thursday rallied against a potential bipartisan compromise ahead of Monday’s deadline. Republicans ruled out a temporary one-year delay. The White House played both sides in the hopes of avoiding 

Infographics On Immigration Reform Vote

Here are two infographics on today’s Senate vote to approve immigration reform, and where it might go from here. I’m adding them to The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform:
What Happens Next With The Immigration Bill is from The Washington Post.

I'll Respect You More if You Stop Using the Word "Data"

It can be pretty difficult listening to instructional coaches, administrators, or superintendents talk about effective teaching these days without hearing one word that has begun to send shivers down the backs of teachers.

"Good instructional leaders know how to use data to improve instruction."

"Good teachers analyze student data to make solid instruction decisions."

It reminds me most often of this silly clip:

Now, don't get me wrong. It's not that I think using information we glean from students to instruct them is a bad 

Updated lists released Thursday by the Department of Education show which colleges have the highest and lowest sticker prices and average net costs after financial aid.  

Officials, students debate funding change at UCLA's MBA program

Debate continued Thursday over the upcoming switch that will end any state funding for UCLA’s MBA program and make it dependent on tuition and donations

Union Members, Miners, Students Protest in Chile

Thousands of people turned out Wednesday on another day of demonstrations called by students in several Chilean cities, with union members, port workers and miners joining the throng. Several clashes between police and masked protesters were reported and the Carabineros - Chile’s militarized police - said that 98 people were arrested and four officers were injured in various ways, although no mention was made of any civilian casualties. The governor of the Santiago metropolitan area, Juan Antonio Peribonio, said at a press conference that the government had filed criminal complaints against the people responsible for the attacks on law enforcement personnel

The Agriculture Department said Thursday that for the first time it will make sure that all foods sold in the nation's 100,000 schools are healthier by expanding fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits to almost everything sold during the school day. 

Brazil Protests Claims 5th Life

Brazil Protests Claims 5th Life
A young Brazilian who fell from a viaduct during a protest to demand better public services died Thursday at a hospital here, police said.

Douglas Henrique de Oliveira, 21, became the fifth fatality in the social protests that began June 10 in Sao Paulo and have spread nationwide.
He fell on Wednesday from a viaduct over which demonstrators were passing 

Bill Introduced: H.R.2317 Counseling for Career Choice Act

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide grants to States to establish a comprehensive school counseling program.

Rahm Picks a New School Board Member

Now that billionaire Penny Pritzker has been confirmed as Secretary of Commerce, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has selected her 

Analysis: Howard University Heading in Harm’s Way?

When Howard University began putting the final details on enrollment for the 2012-13 school year this time a year ago, it had no idea it would soon face a last-minute flood of students unable to enroll due to a tightening of requirements in a federal loan program for parents seeking to help pay their children’s tuition.
More middle income and poor households had been hit hard by the nation’s economic downturn since 2007 with family incomes falling fast and living costs continuing to rise, Howard and many of its peer institutions learned. With college educations, many financed with the federal loan called Parent Plus Loan (PPL) suddenly 

Wisconsin Budget Includes $1 Million Taxpayer Giveaway for Well-Funded ...

PR Watch - ‎4 hours ago‎
"Teach for America is a wealthy organization that sends ill-trained recruits to teach in under-resourced districts," explains Diane Ravitch, a prominent education policy analyst, who wrote about the Wisconsin budget provision on her blog. "These poorly ...

Change the questions in the school-funding debate

Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog) - ‎6 hours ago‎
Ask: What if low-income urban dwellers' knowledge were informing the understandings of current “deciders” who are used to “seeing like a state” (in Diane Ravitch'sterms)? The goal here is to draw attention to the gaps in knowledge that people with ...

Wisconsin to Expand PrivateSchool Voucher Program Statewide

Education Week News (blog) - ‎4 hours ago‎
When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker submitted a proposed budget to the state legislature in February, few of the many reforms on his wish list were as scrutinized or criticized as his plan to implement a statewide privateschool voucher program. Despite ..




The Crazycrawfish Blog would like to recognize Peter C. Cook as the newest member of the Crazycrawfish fanclub | Crazy Crawfish's Blog

The Crazycrawfish Blog would like to recognize Peter C. Cook as the newest member of the Crazycrawfish fanclub | Crazy Crawfish's Blog:

The Crazycrawfish Blog would like to recognize Peter C. Cook as the newest member of the Crazycrawfish fanclub

It’s been a while since we in Crazycrawfish land have had a chance to welcome a new member. As some of you may know, to become a member you must write up a dedicated blog post to “yours truly” that attacks me personally but does so in such an inept way that readers will instantly know the attack is meant to be comical. Usually this is done by making absurd claims, hurling a few unnecessary insults, and demonstrating a flair for the ironic by attacking my knowledge and expertise with especially faulty and delusional reasoning of their own.
For these reasons, I induct thee, Peter C. Cook, of TFA stardom, into the Crazycrawfish fanclub for this posting. Since the club already has a president, we will make you the mascot for the time being, but with a little hard work and energy on Peter’s part I have no doubt he will be knocking at the door of a promotion to club groundskeeper.

First let us address this comment:
France’s broadside against Sci Academy is filled with the half-truths and logical fallacies that would be expected from someone with zero experience working in public schools, and thus, lacks the context needed to draw informed conclusions.
This assertion would seem to exclude most of the researchers that extol the virtue of charter schools and TFA, 

RiSE Library Announcement - Announcements & Current Issues (CA Dept of Education)

RiSE Library Announcement - Announcements & Current Issues (CA Dept of Education):

RiSE Library Announcement

Announcement regarding the closure of the Resources in Special Education Library.




The California Department of Education, Special Education Division, announces the Resources in Special Education (RiSE) Library will close effective July 1, 2013.
The Parents Helping Parents (PHP) Library has managed the RiSE library collection since the late 1990’s through a contract with California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT). Now PHP will assume and manage the collection. The CDE is combining resources for families of students with special education needs while simplifying the process of accessing online and hard copy materials. The library makes available documents that offer research-proven strategies and information recommended by educational stakeholders.
Residents of California can continue to check out these materials free of charge through the PHP Library Web site External link opens in new window or tab. , e-mail, phone, U.S. mail, fax, or by visiting the library in person. In addition, the PHP Library has a new iTECH Center, providing the latest technology available to utilize trainings, Webinars, Assistive Technologies, and E-packets. The PHP Library is located in San Jose, at a parent training and information center.
Contact Information
E-mail: Judy Bower, judy@php.com
Phone: Judy Bower, 408-727-5775 extension 110
Fax: 408-286-1116
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mail-in or visit:
The PHP Library is located at 1400 Parkmoor Ave, Suite 100 San Jose, CA 95126.
If you have questions regarding the RiSE Library closing, please contact Jan Digmon, Special Education Consultant, by phone at 916-327-4217 or by e-mail at jdigmon@cde.ca.gov.
Please share this announcement with all interested parties.

The CalSTAT, in partnership with the Special Education Division at CDE, is funded through a contract with the Napa County Office of Education. CalSTAT is partially funded from federal funds, state grants #H027A080116A. Additional federal funds are provided from a federal competitively awarded State Personnel Development Grant to California (#H323A07011) provided from the U.S. Department of Education Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the
U. S. Department of Education

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 6-27-13 #thankateacher #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


Diane in the Evening 6-27-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 7 minutes ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: The Latest NAEP Report: Don’t Believe What You Read about It by dianerav Today the federal government released the NAEP 2012 “Trends in Academic Progress.” This is known as the Long-Term Trend report. These tests seldom change in content. They are given every four years to national–not state–samples of students at ages 9-13-17. The reports say that achievement is stagnant, but it is not true. What is truly stagnant are the scores for the past four years. There were big achievement gains from 1971-2008 for whi... more »

Make and Take the Time to Reflect, Refresh, and Recharge — Whole Child Education

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 28 minutes ago
Make and Take the Time to Reflect, Refresh, and Recharge — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Podcast][image: Whole Child Podcast]Make and Take the Time to Reflect, Refresh, and Recharge June 27, 2013 by Whole Child Podcast Download Podcast Now [Right-Click to Save] Summer for educators is often a time to look back on the past year—and look forward to the coming one. What worked, what didn't, and what will you change? Educating the whole child and planning for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement requires us to be "whole educators" who take the time to rech... more »

Perdido Street School: Arne Duncan, One Of The Biggest Common Core Proponents, Insists Feds Have Nothing To Do With Common Core

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 29 minutes ago
Perdido Street School: Arne Duncan, One Of The Biggest Common Core Proponents, Insists Feds Have Nothing To Do With Common Core: Arne Duncan, One Of The Biggest Common Core Proponents, Insists Feds Have Nothing To Do With Common Core by reality-based educator [image: Photo]Nothing To Do With Common Core Rick Hess wrote the following last week as attacks from the the Tea Party right threatened to take down Common Core implementation in some states: Sec. Duncan needs to give a speech in which he pleads "mea culpa" and acknowledges that federal involvement and money played a nontrivi... more »

Ed Notes Online: PRESS ALERT - TODAY! NYC DOE’s TEST-OBSESSED PROMOTION POLICIES LEAVE MANY NYC FAMILIES IN LIMBO AS SCHOOL ENDS

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 38 minutes ago
Ed Notes Online: PRESS ALERT - TODAY! NYC DOE’s TEST-OBSESSED PROMOTION POLICIES LEAVE MANY NYC FAMILIES IN LIMBO AS SCHOOL ENDS: PRESS ALERT - TODAY! NYC DOE’s TEST-OBSESSED PROMOTION POLICIES LEAVE MANY NYC FAMILIES IN LIMBO AS SCHOOL ENDS by ed notes online PRESS ALERT - TODAY! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2013 Contact: Change the Stakes changethestakes@gmail.com Jane Maisel (917) 678-1913 Edith Baltazar (646) 326-8953 NYC DOE’s TEST-OBSESSED PROMOTION POLICIES LEAVE MANY NYC FAMILIES IN LIMBO AS SCHOOL ENDS First day of summer i... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Human Resources at SPS: Going Up or Down?

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 38 minutes ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Human Resources at SPS: Going Up or Down?: Human Resources at SPS: Going Up or Down? by Melissa Westbrook There are sometimes days doing this watchdog work that are defeating, sad and frustrating. Today is one those. I'll get to the issue at hand but a few thoughts first. I've said this before - I do truly believe we have some good and decent people working in SPS. There are several up the food chain who are almost great but, like many a bureaucracy, have those whose work either drags them down or mires them in place. I've also said this before... more »

Time for a strong message on ESEA | Parents Across America

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 49 minutes ago
Time for a strong message on ESEA | Parents Across America: Time for a strong message on ESEA by pureparents There are a lot of petitions and sign-ons these days. Do they do any good? This one, called the Declaration to Rebuild America, gets at most of PAA’s priority issues and includes a good mix of people and organizations as early endorsers. It may be an indication that the message of true education progressives is becoming clearer and more unified. The full Declaration is too long to reproduce here, but its main aspects are very similar to PAA’s statement of beliefs. A strong, u... more »

NYC Educator: Why the War on Teachers This Week?

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 53 minutes ago
NYC Educator: Why the War on Teachers This Week?: Why the War on Teachers This Week? by NYC Educator Aside from my typical disgust when we are targeted for the egregious offense of dedicating our lives to guiding children, I know there must be a particular reason the Daily News and legal expert Campbell Brown targeted us this week. There are big issues with this story. The primary issue is the teachers they discuss have not been found guilty of anything. The person who determines guilt, or lack thereof, is the arbitrator. So the Daily News, abetted by legal expert Campbell Brown, c... more »

The Keynote was a Key Note | My Island View

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 54 minutes ago
The Keynote was a Key Note | My Island View: The Keynote was a Key Note by tomwhitby I had a rare opportunity to experience a wonderful sharing of a meaningful, unselfish, insightful, reflective, and most enlightening, and personal keynote address at ISTE13 from my friend, Adam Bellow. I was also aware of his struggles with its creation over the last several months. I have come to believe that a thought not shared is simply a passing thought, but a thought shared is an idea. That was never more evident to me than it was yesterday as I experienced the closing ISTE13 Keynote address ... more »

Seven Observations on Duncan's Common Core Address :: Frederick M. Hess

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 54 minutes ago
Seven Observations on Duncan's Common Core Address :: Frederick M. Hess: Seven Observations on Duncan's Common Core Address Yesterday, our earnest Secretary of Education delivered a big speech on the Common Core to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In a move that will surprise pretty much no one, he disregarded my advice from last week on how to tamp down some of the push-back to the Common Core. Instead, he basically opted to double down on the administration's rhetorical approach, offering skeptics the back of his hand, and not much else. You can read the whole thing fo...more »

The Great Divide in High School College Readiness Rates | Edwize

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
The Great Divide in High School College Readiness Rates | Edwize: The Great Divide in High School College Readiness Rates by Rhonda Rosenberg *10 percent of the schools produce nearly half the college-ready graduates* Last week the city announced that 22.2% of students from the high school Class of 2012 met the state’s college-ready standard, up from 21.1% for the Class of 2011. What the announcement didn’t say was that this already weak college-readiness rate was inflated by a small group of schools that contribute a disproportionate number of students to the city’s college-ready... more »

New technology is poised to disrupt America’s schools, and then the world’s | The Economist

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Education technology: Catching on at last | The Economist: New technology is poised to disrupt America’s schools, and then the world’sJun 29th 2013 | CHICAGO AND NEW YORK |From the print edition - - IN A small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. Some are reading a short story, others building sentences with words they are learning. The least advanced are capturing all the upper- and lower-case Bs that fly past in th... more »

DCPS Program Fosters Global Awareness and Exemplifies Student Learning | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
DCPS Program Fosters Global Awareness and Exemplifies Student Learning | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: DCPS Program Fosters Global Awareness and Exemplifies Student Learning by Tarsi Dunlop When District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) gets press coverage, it’s not always glowing news. In recent years, DCPS (a major urban city system with a recent history of controversial reforms) is often associated with topics such as their new teacher evaluation system (IMPACT), charters, or poverty and inequity. But just a few weeks ago, I learned about a truly amazing D... more »

Strategies for Children to Participate in National Policy Academy |

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Strategies for Children to Participate in National Policy Academy |: Strategies for Children to Participate in National Policy Academy by Alyssa Haywoode Here’s a press release announcing our new project. • • • Strategies for Children (SFC) has been named to the Massachusetts team for the National Governors Association Early Education Policy Academy. On June 17, 2013, the National Governors Association (NGA) announced that six states, including Massachusetts, have been selected to participate in an intensive policy academy to improve learning outcomes from early childhood through t... more »

Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog: Supreme Court Rulings Advance Same-Sex Marriage

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog: Supreme Court Rulings Advance Same-Sex Marriage: Supreme Court Rulings Advance Same-Sex Marriage by L. Jablonski Same-sex Marriage Granted Federal Government Recognition, while California's Prop 8 Suit Dismissed. Dismissal Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage in Golden State The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that same-sex married couples are entitled to federal benefits, striking down section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment and granting full federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The Cour... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Is this the face of the future of public ed?

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Is this the face of the future of public ed?: Is this the face of the future of public ed? by Mike Klonsky Deborah Duazzo *Chicago Magazine's *headline on *Whet Moser's piece*, reads: "The New School Board Member Is a Glimpse at the Future of Education." They are referring to Deborah Quazzo, Rahm Emanual's latest hand-picked school board member. Quazzo, a white, wealthy investment banker, replaces billionaire heiress Penny Pritzker, Obama's new Commerce Secretary. Quazzo's company, GSW Advisors has this view of education: *In the venture capit... more »

Test Scores Show Achievement Gap Narrows As High School Students Stagnate -- NAEP Report

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Test Scores Show Achievement Gap Narrows As High School Students Stagnate -- NAEP Report: Test Scores Show Achievement Gap Narrows As High School Students Stagnate -- NAEP Report by Joy Resmovits [image: test scores] Despite the popular hand-wringing over America's schools, younger students are actually performing at significantly higher levels in reading and math than they were in the 1970s, according to a new government reportreleased Thursday. The report also shows a dramatic gradual reduction of the so-called "achievement gap," the gap between scores of ethnic minorities. Bu... more »

Ruling may ease Wake’s path to income-based school assignments | Education | NewsObserver.com

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Ruling may ease Wake’s path to income-based school assignments | Education | NewsObserver.com: Ruling may ease Wake’s path to income-based school assignments Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/27/2991684/feds-ruling-could-ease-wakes-path.html#storylink=cpy [image: Photo] Federal officials have opened the door for Wake County to reintroduce students’ family income as a basis for school assignments. U.S. Department of Agriculture attorneys say Wake can use data on students who receive subsidized lunches to balance schools by family income as long as the process d... more »

New NAEP data: Getting it right with younger students.... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
New NAEP data: Getting it right with younger students.... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com: New NAEP data: Getting it right with younger students. Stalling at high school. Why? - COMMENT(1) - 0 0 4 6 Previous Posts - Campaign to let Georgia girl play football goes worldwide June 27, 2013 - A Georgia Teacher of the Year: Common Core requires change but change is needed June 27, 2013 - A diminished HOPE turns 20. And the debate continues June 26, 2013 By Maureen Downey This morning the Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012 was released, ... more »

Mike Klonsky...: All Male Youth Summit, Calumet City, IL

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Mike Klonsky...: All Male Youth Summit, Calumet City, IL: All Male Youth Summit, Calumet City, IL by Mike Klonsky On Monday, March 25, 2013 we had over 500 male students from third through eighth grade and well over 20 presenters from various professions attend this phenomenal event.Distinguished Presenters Dr. Michael Klonsky, DePaul University Professor & Educational Consultant Marc Augustave, Assistant Corporate Counsel Don Murphy, American Family Insurance Honorable Judge Orville E. Hambright,Jr., Circuit Court Honorable Judge William Boyd, Circuit Court Dr. James Cunneen, Retired... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, June 27, 2013

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Yoga trial extended another day* Education Headlines *Thursday, June 27, 2013* Elk Grove school district tables planned administration reorganizationA planned reorganization of Elk Grove Unified School District's administration that would have raised salaries of top employees was postponed Wednesday night after most of the school board and audience spoke out against it. San Ysidro recall moves forwardProponents of an effort to recall three San Ysidro School District trustees can start circulating petitions, according to the San... more »

Thoughts for Summer: Aspirations, Not Requirements - Bridging Differences - Education Week

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Thoughts for Summer: Aspirations, Not Requirements - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Thoughts for Summer: Aspirations, Not Requirements by Deborah Meier *This is Deborah Meier's last Bridging Differences post before she begins a well-deserved summer break. She will return to the blog in September.* Dear Todd, I visited two schools in Boston last week. One, the Green Academy, just finished its second year, and the staff half laughingly told me that, best of all, "they survived." The other, Mission Hill, always leaves me elated—as well as worried. Enjoying "the moment" while ... more »

UPDATE: Mark drags himself to yet another community meeting with Dan Biss +The problem is old people. | Fred Klonsky

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
The problem is old people. | Fred Klonsky: “How many promises to the state’s workers do you want to break?” by Fred Klonsky [image: IMG_0060] *Photo: Fred Klonsky* The Civic Committee’s Ty Fahner walked into the hearing room like he owned the joint. And in some ways he does. I spent four hours today at the *Committee of Ten* hearings at the *Michael Bilandic State of Illinois Building*, sixth floor committee room that shares the floor with The Madman’s Chicago office. The *Committee of Ten* was set up following the early-June failure of the Illinois legislature to pass a pension cutt... more »

Education giant Pearson debuts the first class of its virtual ed tech startup accelerator — Tech News and Analysis

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Education giant Pearson debuts the first class of its virtual ed tech startup accelerator — Tech News and Analysis: Education giant Pearson debuts the first class of its virtual ed tech startup accelerator by Ki Mae Heussner 10 HOURS AGO **No Comments - - - - - - A** - A** [image: education technology] photo: OHiShiapply SUMMARY: Pearson Catalyst, the new ed tech startup program launched by publishing company Pearson, has announced the companies in its inaugural class. **tweet this Pearson, the U.K.-based educational publishing powerhouse, is getting ... more »

The Best- And Worst-Paying Jobs In Education - Forbes

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
The Best- And Worst-Paying Jobs In Education - Forbes: The Best- And Worst-Paying Jobs In Education Comment Now Follow Comments The Best- And Worst-Paying Education Jobs 1 of 12 [image: The Five Best-Paying Education Jobs] +show more The Five Best-Paying Education Jobs People’s career choices should be based on passion over paychecks—and that’s especially true for those who are educating America’s youth. But even if you’re pursuing a profession in education for the all right reasons, you still have to wonder which are the highest- and lowest-paying positions in the field. Forbes sift... more »

6-27-13 @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
@ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER: [image: gears] Perhaps the NEA and AFT both adhere to an old model of lesson planning by Chalk Face, PhD This whole idea of monetizing lesson plans seems like a very antique method. This from the Huffington Post on a very similar initiative soon to be released by the NEA that is strikingly similar to AFT’s Share My Lesson, or whatever. The NEA’s is called, what, BetterLesson or something? I mean, OK, I guess. Who […] Charter Schools, the Invisible Hand, and Gutless Political Leadership | the becoming radical by plthomasedd Charter Schools, ... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 6-27-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Who Should Save the Philadelphia High School Orchestra? by dianerav A reader explains why the Philadelphia All-City High School Orchestra is being closed and who should rescue it: “Actually, philanthropy wouldn’t help. The orchestra is endangered because classroom instrumental music instruction has been eliminated from the budget (hence, no musicians to play in it). The cut was among those made to close a $300 million budget deficit caused largely by state cuts t... more »

The earliest intervention: How to stop the achievement gap from starting? | Hechinger Report

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
The earliest intervention: How to stop the achievement gap from starting? | Hechinger Report: The earliest intervention: How to stop the achievement gap from starting? by Sara Neufeld [image: After having a stillborn baby in 2009, Dwana Harris wanted to do everything right when a second chance at motherhood came her way. (Photo by Kim Palmer)]CHICAGO—Her first baby, a boy she planned to call Jaidan, arrived stillborn on June 25, 2009, the same day Michael Jackson died. More than three years later, when a second chance at motherhood finally came her way, Dwana Harris was determined t... more »

UPDATE: Indiana Continues It’s Slide Away From Common Core, PARCC | Scathing Purple Musings

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Indiana Continues It’s Slide Away From Common Core, PARCC | Scathing Purple Musings: Expect Student Test Scores to “Nosedive” With Common Core-PARCC Tests by Bob Sikes From *NPR* reporter Gabriel Spitzer in Seattle. Seattle families should expect steep drops in student test scores as public schools adopt new national learning standards, according to a report to be presented Wednesday evening to the Seattle School Board. Starting next year, students in Washington, 44 other states, and the District of Columbia will be held to new, tougher standards known as Common Core. That could cau...more »

News Update: Public Education Champion Diane Ravitch reports More on financial problems Ed. Chair Kenneth Moales, Jr. a- Wait, What?

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
News Update: More on financial problems facing Bridgeport Board of Ed. Chair Kenneth Moales, Jr. and his church - Wait, What?: Warning! Warning! Alliance Districts Beware: by jonpelto Tomorrow, Connecticut’s poorest and most challenged school districts must submit their “Year 2 Alliance District Plans” to Commissioner Stefan Pryor and his loyal band of education reformers. If you are a student, parent, teacher or administrator in one of the following towns…you should be worried….very worried. The towns include: Ansonia, Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Derby, [...]*(Read ... more »

John Thompson: What Can We Learn From Alternative Schools? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

mike simpson at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
John Thompson: What Can We Learn From Alternative Schools? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Thompson: What Can We Learn From Alternative Schools? by Anthony Cody *Guest post by John Thompson.* Education Week's special edition, "Second Chance: Turning Dropouts into Graduates," reports that the nation's graduation rate has increased to nearly 75%, and it may be approaching our all-time high point. This good news is the result of innovations that are the antithesis of test-driven "reform." They point the way towards humane policies that could be the cornerstone of... more »

MOOCs and Reforming Higher Education (Kentaro Toyama) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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MOOCs and Reforming Higher Education (Kentaro Toyama) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: MOOCs and Reforming Higher Education (Kentaro Toyama) by larrycuban *This post appeared in “Educational Technology Debate: Exploring ICT and Learning in Developing Countries,” in April 2013. The debate is managed by three editors. They can be reached athttp://edutechdebate.org/contact/* *The following biography is taken from Toyama’s description of himself.* *Kentaro Toyama is a researcher in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, and a fellow of... more »

Daily Kos: Obama thinks same sex marriages should be recognized everywhere

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Daily Kos: Obama thinks same sex marriages should be recognized everywhere: Obama thinks same sex marriages should be recognized everywhere by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) I just received a breaking news email from Politico, the key contents of which are this: President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he believes that same-sex marriages performed in one state should apply in another."It's my personal belief -- and I'm speaking now as a president [not] as a lawyer -- if you're married in Massachusetts and you move someplace else, you're still married," he said at a press confer... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Chris Christie Must Go

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Jersey Jazzman: Chris Christie Must Go: Chris Christie Must Go by Duke *New Jersey's problems aren't my fault! Nothing's my fault! It's all you greedy teachers!* I don't know about the rest of you, but I am so very, very tired of this crap: [NJ Governor Chris] Christie said parents must stand up to organizations who he said care more about pensions, wage increases, generous benefits packages and summers off than about extending quality education to all students. *And yet this pompous fool has done more to decimate New Jersey's excellent public schools than any man ever, and his ... more »

Ed Notes Online: Video: Chicago Students Tossed From Board of Education Meeting

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Ed Notes Online: Video: Chicago Students Tossed From Board of Education Meeting: Video: Chicago Students Tossed From Board of Education Meeting by ed notes online Video of Chicago students taking over the Board of Education Meeting to save schools, prevent education cuts. From Xian Barrett: *Published on Jun 26, 2013* Members of Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools speak out against unjust and illegal school closing and draconic budget cuts. The Board of Education continues to sabotage public education and divert money to their political allies. We stood up as the on... more »

Lessons from a budget battle | Parents United for Public Education

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Lessons from a budget battle | Parents United for Public Education: Lessons from a budget battle by helengym [image: 10sept]Last Thursday, City Council decided democracy was inconvenient. [image: Tonayia Marla Fox Chase]Faced with a deluge of phone calls and an unprecedented outpouring of parent action around the progressive Use & Occupancy tax, City Council President Darrell Clarke shut down an expected vote on the tax and instead announced that the City would seek over $74 million for schools through a tax on cigarettes and improved delinquent tax collection. One City Hall insider... more »

Goldman Sachs Gets Into Public Education | toteachornototeach

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Goldman Sachs Gets Into Public Education | toteachornototeach: Goldman Sachs Gets Into Public Education by aristotlethewise *Goldman Sachs Gets Into Public Education* By DSWright The corporate “ed reform” movement to privatize public education is quite lucrative – public education spending runs in the billions across the country. So should anyone be surprised that Wall Street has stepped out of the shadows to get in on the action? Wall Street has already been the funding base for Michelle Rhee and other privatizers but has always presented itself merely as trying to benevolently cont... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Mayor 'bristles' while budgets burn

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Mayor 'bristles' while budgets burn: The Mayor 'bristles' while budgets burn by Mike Klonsky At yesterday's protest, teachers wore stickers with the cut amounts on them: -$535K on Tracy Barrientos from Jungman. -$1.1 million on several students from Whitney Young Magnet High School. As hundreds of people braved yesterday's storms to protest Rahm's draconian budget cuts, the mayor was busy "bristling" at reporters questions and spreading more manure around. Rahm put the blame for his $82 million budget cuts on greedy retirees and on the legislature... more »

After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from Legislature | EdSource Today

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After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from Legislature | EdSource Today: After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from Legislature - by John Fensterwald by John Fensterwald [image: Source: Flickr] State law mandates that parcel taxes be levied equally on all property owners in a district, regardless of parcel size or number of living units. Some school districts have sought creative approaches to raise additional revenue from larger parcels, but a recent Court of Appeals ruling puts those approaches in jeopardy.... more »

Education Research Report: The Magnitude of Student Sorting Within Schools

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Education Research Report: The Magnitude of Student Sorting Within Schools: The Magnitude of Student Sorting Within Schools The authors of this study use administrative data from three large urban school districts to describe student sorting within schools. Students are linked to each of their teachers and students’ classmates are identified. There are differences in the average achievement levels, racial composition, and socioeconomic composition of classrooms within schools. This sorting occurs even in self-contained elementary school classrooms and is much larger than would b... more »

Why it’s time for a reset of education reform

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Why it’s time for a reset of education reform: Why it’s time for a reset of education reform By Valerie Strauss, Published: June 27, 2013 at 5:00 amE-mail the writer [image: http://www.freepik.com/] www.freepik.com/ It’s the end of a difficult school year, and the education world is in some turmoil. Here’s a piece about where we stand by Jeff Bryant, an associate fellow at theCampaign for America’s Future and the owner of a marketing and communications consultancy that serves organizations including Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders and PBS. He writes extensively about pub... more »

Thomas publishes new book on education

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Thomas publishes new book on education: Thomas publishes new book on education By Vince Moore Filed in Education, Feature Stories, Homepage News June 26th, 2013 @ 8:02 pm GREENVILLE, S.C.—Furman University education professor Paul Thomas has published his 15th book, *De-Testing and De-Grading Schools*. The book, a collection of essays co-edited by Thomas and Canadian educator Joe Bower and published by Peter Lang USA, looks at a century of education and education reform along with the last three decades of high-stakes testing and accountability to show the failure of testing and grad... more »

Report Card: Activists, Dickinson use drama to examine disciplinary issues

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Report Card: Activists, Dickinson use drama to examine disciplinary issues: Activists, Dickinson use drama to examine disciplinary issues [image: willful.JPG]The state Capitol featured theatrics Wednesday, but not on the Assembly floor. In a committee room, student actors put on a 10-minute play called "Willful," in which a black high school student named Tom heads to the principal's office for yet another disciplinary action. His mother is sick, and his family has problems at home. Tom expects a suspension. But this time, Principal Burton decides to send the student to counseling an... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Once Again, Joel Klein Is Full Of It

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Jersey Jazzman: Once Again, Joel Klein Is Full Of It: Once Again, Joel Klein Is Full Of It by Duke [image: Photo] Thanks to Leonie Haimson and Lisa Fliesher, we now know that there is no accountability whatsoever at the top of the New York City schools: nobody gets evaluated, even as they scream for more test-based evaluations for teachers. But there was one other part of Fliesher's story really caught my eye: Joel Klein, schools chief from 2002 to 2010, said he received constant feedback from the mayor, and evaluated his team daily. "*When a member of my team's performance wasn'... more »

When Jeanne Allen Comes Out Against the CREDO Study, the News Can’t Be Good for Charters – @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER

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When Jeanne Allen Comes Out Against the CREDO Study, the News Can’t Be Good for Charters – @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER: When Jeanne Allen Comes Out Against the CREDO Study, the News Can’t Be Good for Charters by Jim Horn Apparently, world champion charter industry promoter, Jeanne Allen, did not get the memo from the corporate ed offices that all corporate education welfare recipients should pretend that the new CREDO study was full of good news for the corrupt charter school industry. Jeanne, who otherwise is a lifelong member of the Test and Punish Society for High Stak...more »

Jersey Jazzman: Dennis Walcott Makes Case For Cutting His Salary

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Jersey Jazzman: Dennis Walcott Makes Case For Cutting His Salary: Dennis Walcott Makes Case For Cutting His Salary by Duke Diane Ravitch points us to a piece by Lisa Fleischer in the *Wall Street Journal* about the complete lack of accountability at the top of New York's City's schools under Generalissimo Mike Bloomberg's rule: Top administrators at the city's Department of Education haven't been subject to formal evaluations during the Bloomberg administration, a break from past practice and an unusual occurrence among school districts across the U.S. The disclosure follows the cul... more »

NPE News Briefs ← from The Network for Public Education

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NPE News Briefs ← from The Network for Public Education: *NPE News Briefs* 1 2 3 4 5 6 … 240 Next » Real education reform would focus on ____________ | Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates JUN 26 2013 by Harry Proudfoot – Dear Bill, Someone posted something on Facebook today I have to take issue with here. The post suggested the math skills learned in high school are not applicable in real life. Actually, we use the skills taught in math classes every day. The important thing we are supposed to get from ... read more → **Activism · Gates Foundation · Teacher Issues · Testing / Opting ... more »

Supporting Teacher Growth with Instructional Rounds — Whole Child Education

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Supporting Teacher Growth with Instructional Rounds — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: ASCD Whole Child Bloggers]Supporting Teacher Growth with Instructional Rounds June 26, 2013 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers *Post written by Robert J. Marzano and Michael D. Toth* In *Teacher Evaluation That Makes a Difference*, our recommendations for best practices are based on the assumption that teacher evaluation should have two purposes—development and measurement—but that development should be the more important of the two. If districts and schools share this perspective, th... more »

Diane in the Evening 6-26-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

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Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Lisa Fleisher of WSJ: Evaluations for Thee, But Not for Me by dianerav Lisa Fleisher of the Wall Street Journal reminds us what investigative reporting looks like. In New York City, we nearly forgot, especially since Michael Winerip of the New York Ztimes was taken off the education beat. Fleisher filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find out whether top officials at the New York City Department of Education receive job evaluations. As we know, the Bloomberg DOE evaluates everyone in its *LISTEN TO D... more »

Sacramento closes nine schools - Substance News

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Sacramento closes nine schools - Substance News: California city gets the usual barrage of verbiage about 'budget deficits' and 'underutilization' crises... Parents file lawsuit on behalf of poor families as Sacramento closes seven elementary schools following the neo-liberal attack on public schools with seven closings George N. Schmidt - June 16, 2013 Sacramento California, where the school board is elected, joined the neoliberal racist attack real public school serving children who live in poverty with a vote to close nine of the city's real public schools. Last week, a group rep... more »











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