Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back to School "A Summer Song" Chad & Jeremy



Trees swayin' in the summer breeze
Showin' off their silver leaves
As we walked by

Soft kisses on a summer's day
Laughing all our cares away
Just you and I

Sweet sleepy warmth of summer nights
Gazing at the distant lights
In the starry sky

They say that all good things must end someday
Autumn leaves must fall
But don't you know that it hurts me so
To say goodbye to you
Wish you didn't have to go
No, no, no, no

And when the rain
Beats against my window pane
I'll think of summer days again
And dream of you

They say that all good things must end someday
Autumn leaves must fall
But don't you know that it hurts me so
To say goodbye to you
Wish you didn't have to go
No, no, no, no

And when the rain
Beats against my window pane
I'll think of summer days again
And dream of you
And dream of you

ETS Study Examines Collision of Poverty and Education | NEA Today

ETS Study Examines Collision of Poverty and Education | NEA Today:

ETS Study Examines Collision of Poverty and Education

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By Angela Harvey
More than one in five children in the United States live in poverty, and a new report by the Education Testing Service (ETS) documents the devastating effect this crisis has on educational achievement.
Achievement gaps have continued to grow as the gulf between the richest and the poorest American families has widened, according to the reportPoverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward.” ETS is a nonprofit that develops, administers and scores tests and conducts educational research, analysis and policy studies. Richard J. Coley, executive director of the Center for Research on Human Capital and Education and Bruce Baker, a professor at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, authored the report.
“While education has been envisioned as the great equalizer, this promise has been more myth than reality,” says Baker. “Not only is the achievement gap between the poor and the non-poor twice as large as the achievement gap between black and white students, but tracked differences in the cognitive performances of students in every age group show substantial differences by income or poverty status.”
The report spotlights an analysis of the average 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress reading scores for students in the fourth and eighth grades. Fourth-graders who were eligible for free lunch scored 29 points lower than those not eligible. Similar results were seen in eighth grade, where students eligible for free lunch scored 25 points lower.
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The ETS report also tracks the relationship between household incomes and SAT critical reading scores for seniors in 2012, 

Crowdsourcing Ideas For A Better School
Crowdsourcing tools are slowly working their way into the education policy world, designed to give teachers and district employees more say on big decisions that affect their school environment. A notable success story is the Poway Unified School District in San Diego  for building a site called InnovationU. The site called for all district employees to submit ideas that could help improve the saf
Helping Teachers Get Healthier
Early in this millennium, public school systems began to expand programs to improve students’ health and to reduce childhood obesity. That public schools should advance healthy habits among children is simply good common sense. Federally subsidized healthy school breakfasts and lunches, physical education, and related health-promoting activities should be a regular part of the school day. But cons

New Research Shows Why Sacramento School Benefits From Statewide ‘QEIA’ Reforms - California Teachers Association

New Research Shows Why Sacramento School Benefits From Statewide ‘QEIA’ Reforms - California Teachers Association:

New Research Shows Why Sacramento School Benefits From Statewide ‘QEIA’ Reforms

Contact: Mike Myslinski at 650-552-5324
Dean QEIA press conferenceHarmon Johnson Elementary, is flourishing and recently won a high-profile national award for excellence. It’s receiving extra resources from the state’s Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006. The QEIA law targets low-income schools, like Harmon Johnson in the Twin Rivers Unified School District. Parental involvement and volunteering have soared at the school as well.
“With QEIA, we are finding new and effective ways to help our vulnerable students and to discover practices that all teachers can learn from,” said Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association. “New research shows that these proven reforms are leading to positive impacts in achievement, school reputation, school climate and parent engagement. This is exciting to see and watch.” 
Twin Rivers Superintendent Steven Martinez praised the promise of QEIA. “Harmon Johnson is the perfect example of utilizing additional QEIA resources appropriately -- by identifying students by name and by need, and aligning financial resources along with the human resources, where they really make a difference and significantly impact student achievement."
CTA sponsored the law, SB 1133, that created QEIA to settle a CTA lawsuit against former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about funds owed to public schools. Over eight years, the program now targets about 400 at-risk schools with nearly $3 billion in proven reforms, such as smaller class sizes, better training for teachers and principals, quality professional development, more collaboration time, and more counselors in high schools. Several QEIA schools have won academic awards, and the turnaround program received international acclaim last year in a book by education reform researchers.
The new research is the first of five reports to be issued over the next year by Vital Research of Los Angeles and is based on in-depth case studies of dozens of QEIA schools. The highlights of the report, 

Goodbye, API: Get ready for rough transition to better system of measuring schools | EdSource Today

Goodbye, API: Get ready for rough transition to better system of measuring schools | EdSource Today:

Say farewell to the API as you know it. Welcome to new era of accountability, with at least a couple years of confusion in between.
The release Thursday of the results on the state’s Academic Performance Index marks the end of a decade of judging student performance based on test scores alone. Within three years, California will have moved to a very different system in which scores on the newly introduced Common Core assessments and other state standardized tests will be but one spectrum in the prism for evaluating schools and districts.
There will be new, multiple measures that could include high school and middle school graduation rates, rates of absenteeism, reclassification of English learners, passage on Advanced Placement exams or a mix of other indicators.
How these measures will fit together – whether they can even be combined coherently in one index – will be the State Board of Education’s challenge.
In the law laying out the Local Control Funding Formula, legislators laid out eight priority areas for evaluating the effectiveness of a school, with says to measure them. Source: charter from the Legislative Analyst's Office report "An Overview of the Local Control Funding Formula," July 2013.
In the law laying out the Local Control Funding Formula, legislators laid out eight priority areas for evaluating the effectiveness of a school, with says to measure them. Source: charter from the Legislative Analyst’s Office report “An Overview of the Local Control Funding Formula,” July 2013. Click for clarity.
The Legislature gave the board until October 2015 to solve it in the law 

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: View from right field -- The 'civil rights movement' for school vouchers

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: View from right field -- The 'civil rights movement' for school vouchers:

View from right field -- The 'civil rights movement' for school vouchers


Finn (right) and his Fordham team.
As thousands marched in D.C. to commemorate Dr. Kings dream speak=h, Checker Finn and his boys at the right-wing Fordham Institute began spinning their own version of the civil rights movement. Their "dream" is all about the "right" to funnel money away from public schools to private companies and religious groups in the form of vouchers.

In the latest issue of The Flypaper, they bemoan the efforts of the Justice Dept. and  the Southern Poverty Law Center to overturn Louisiana's voucher program which has been found to reinforce school segregation.

Since the Fordham crew have absolutely no civil rights credibility of their own, they defer to a civil rights movement veteran from Alabama, Rev. H.K. Matthews, who has sadly lined up with Bobby Jindal in La. and former Florida schools chief

#StuVoiceStories – Expanding the Chicago Student Union Student Voice

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#StuVoiceStories – Expanding the Chicago Student Union 



 Israel Munoz was born on the south side of Chicago to immigrant parents from Mexico. He has attended Chicago Public Schools his entire life and is a co-founder of the Chicago Student’s Union. Currently, Israel is a student at Fordham University in New York City, majoring in International Politics and Economics.
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It is the early morning of September 4th, 2012: the first day of my senior year at Kelly High School on Chicago’s south side. Pushing aside the heavy and windowless steel doors, I enter my school and I am greeted by security guards yelling “all metal off!!!” The sounds of clinging metal fill the room. I follow order and remove my belt and place my clear plastic backpack onto a conveyor belt which leads to an x-ray machine. I then walk through a metal detector; there are no beeps so I walk into a musty, overheated and overcrowded broken-down auditorium and wait about fifteen minutes until security allows students to enter the hallways: a typical morning at Kelly High School. Thank goodness this was my final year.
However, when I entered school that day, things were different. Some teachers were telling students that a strike was imminent. I took it as hype at first, thinking that the days of workers strikes were long gone, imprinted only as text on the worn out pages of our American History books.  But on the Monday of the next week, I saw what very few students have ever seen before: a mass mobilization of teachers – a sea of red shirts and chants surrounding every public school in the city. The unimaginable had happened and I, like thousands of students across the city, joined and supported our teachers on the picket lines in front of schools and throughout the streets of downtown. After all, we the students attend those schools every day and must hold it in our responsibility to fight for a higher quality education.
But during the aftermath of the strike, once things had calmed down and the typical “Kelly routine” took hold again, I had more time to reflect on my experience of the teachers strike that shook the nation. I noticed that countless students were on the front lines in full support of our teachers during the strike, but whenever the strike was mentioned on the news or even in conversations it was always about the teachers and never the students. Not that I wasn’t in full support of my teachers – their courageous stand for justice would change my life forever – but for me the strike was much different. For me, this strike was as much about the students as it
- See more at: http://stuvoice.org/blog/2013/08/29/stuvoicestories-expanding-the-chicago-student-union/?utm_source=feedly#sthash.DKJD3kYK.dpuf

API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters meeting state performance goals | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC

API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters meeting state performance goals | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC:

API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters meeting state performance goals

Lou Dantzler Preparatory Middle School

Annie Gilbertson

Lou Dantzler Preparatory Middle School was the second worst performing charter middle school in L.A. Unified in 2013. Administrators are trying to turn it around.
For decades, charter schools have been held out as one of the great hopes of public education — private institutions funded with taxpayer dollars, but free from some of the strictures that saddle traditional public schools.
And few school systems have embraced charters as much as the Los Angeles Unified School District has in recent years, with dozens of new charters routinely approved at board meetings.  
But school performance measures released Thursday show that charters are not a silver bullet. Only about half of Los Angeles Unified’s 228 charters have met the state-set goal of an Academic Performance Index of 800 or better. Those scores are based mostly on standardized tests students receive from grades 3 to 12, as well as high school exit exams.
L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy said he agrees that charters have to perform well. If they don't?
“We close them,” he said.
Districts have the power to revoke a charter’s license to operate. But according to interviews with state and district officials, L.A. Unified has seldom done so on purely academic grounds.
What does omit mean?
Lou Dantzler Prepatory Middle School sits behind cheerfully-painted, high metal gates in South Central Los Angeles. Its buildings are new and tidy. Students wear uniforms. 

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