Sunday, September 8, 2013

UPDATE: Twas the Night before Philly Schools Start - Philly in Focus

Twas the Night before Philly Schools Start - Philly in Focus:



Parents question safe routes to Philly schools
by Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks Safely steering kids to and from school is never an easy task. In Philadelphia, there's an extra challenge this year. As the School District faces an unprecedented financial crisis, about 9,000 of the city's 134,000 students will be heading to a new school because their former one was closed or consolidated in June. That means kids will be traversing through unfami

Twas the Night before Philly Schools Start

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9.8.13: Philadelphia – (Education/Politics): ‘Twas the night before Philly Schools start and all through the city, tax-payers share the feeling of worry, confusion and pity.
The lies of the politicians were crafted with care; to make tax-payer believe long-term solutions will soon be here.
Unsuspecting students rest snuggled in their beds, while visions of music and arts classes danced in their heads.
With overcrowded classroom and no new books in sight, skeleton crews are already bracing themselves for the daily fist fights.
With not enough staff to tend to the matter, the only art on the walls will be a result of blood splatter.
Do you think this a game? Do you think this is funny? The only potential politicians see in our kids is the ability to make the jailhouse money.
Wise up my city and wake from your slumber, our politicians are getting richer and our kids are getting dumber.
With less than 1% of Black kids graduating from the School District with interest in STEM, the future our children under 

9-8-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum

Seattle Schools Community Forum:




Seattle Schools and Arts Education - Part Two
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NYC Public School Parents: Obama Taps DOE for Syria Plan B

NYC Public School Parents: Obama Taps DOE for Syria Plan B:

Obama Taps DOE for Syria Plan B


September 8, 2013 (GBN News): If Congress fails to approve an attack on Syria, President Obama is ready with a “Plan B”, according to a high level Administration source. Under this scenario, the President will put the bombing campaign under the auspices of the US Department of Education rather than the Defense Department.

In the President’s view, by using the DOE, the Administration could get around the war powers requirement simply by having Mr. Duncan grant the operation a No Child Left Behind waiver, which would not require Congressional approval. According to the source, the DOE has prepared thousands of Common Core Curriculum bombs, which are armed and ready to be delivered on cruise missiles by the US Sixth Fleet.

Some Middle East experts are saying that Mr. Obama’s plan could actually tip the balance in the Syrian civil war. J. Fredrick Mugson, political science professor at Manhattan University and a recognized authority on educational warfare, told GBN News that Syrian President Bashar Assad is reportedly panicked at the prospect of being 

John White Shoots Self in Foot with Loaded SLTs | deutsch29

John White Shoots Self in Foot with Loaded SLTs | deutsch29:

John White Shoots Self in Foot with Loaded SLTs

September 8, 2013

Former-TFAer and Broad-trained Louisiana “Superintendent” John White must broadcast something data-ish to demonstrate that He Is Right and Reforms Are Working. Mind you, his reforms are not working; they are a repeatedly demonstrated con perpetrated on Louisiana’s education system. Nevertheless, White insists on issuing the following press release regarding the “usefulness” of Louisiana’s first student learning target (SLT) result. White actually released this statement. I bolded the Dodo-race nonsense White promotes as Proof That the Reforms Are Working:
The Department of Education today released a list of schools across the state that had successful student outcomes and set a high bar for what students would learn during the school year. Yesterday, the Department released a list of schools with a high bar for excellence in classroom teaching, and todays release highlights schools that have made a similar commitment to setting a high bar for the progress students are expected to achieve.
Each of the schools on the list was in the states top 10 percent for student improvement or overall achievement and at the same time had 20 percent fewer 

Former-TFAer and Broad-trained Louisiana “Superintendent” John White must broadcast something VAM-ish to demonstrate that He Is Right and Reforms Are Working. Mind you, his reforms are not working; they are a repeatedly demonstrated con perpetrated on Louisiana’s education system. Nevertheless, White insists on issuing the following press release regarding the “usefulness” of Louisiana’s first val

More to come from… but speaking of Arne Duncan, CCSS and testing | Reclaim Reform

More to come from… but speaking of Arne Duncan, CCSS and testing | Reclaim Reform:

More to come from… but speaking of Arne Duncan, CCSS and testing

Expect more insights to come with Diane Ravitch’s new book, Reign of Error. Arne Duncan’s machinations must be substantially updated considering how damaging he and his leadership have been to public education in the previous three years since Ravitch’s last book.
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Arne Duncan was in charge of Chicago Public Schools for the years which are now pointed to as years of abject failure; that was when high stakes testing scores were plunging. Now 

UPDATE: Michelle Rhee’s Teacher Town Hall… Through A Student’s Eyes « inspirEDucation

Michelle Rhee’s Teacher Town Hall… Through A Student’s Eyes « inspirEDucation:




Michelle Rhee’s Teacher Town Hall… Through A Student’s Eyes

Michelle and I after the event when she spoke directly to me. Taken by Alexis Estioko.
Last Thursday, I met Michelle Rhee for the first time. After months of writing about her, researching her, and reading her book (which I couldn’t finish out of boredom), I finally got to see in person the woman I once adored and now completely mistrust. Not only that, but I got to speak directly to her. Needless to say, it was quite an interesting encounter.
Thanks to my network of support on and off line you’ve probably already heard about the speech that I gave to Michelle Rhee, Steve Perry, and George Parker during the Los Angeles Teacher Town Hall. But a lot went on before and after that I would like to bring light to now, especially for the folks who plan to attend the Teacher Town Halls in Birmingham, Alabama on 9/12 or Philadelphia on 9/16. 
Please use my experience to help you plan some sort of resistance. We need our voices to be heard.
In summary, the event was a complete disappointment. I came in expecting a vibrant and balanced discussion with equal opportunity for both sides to speak. After all, the word “conversation” was on the screen behind the panelists the entire night. By the end of the night, I seriously wondered if they even understood the concept of a conversation at all. 
Here’s a bullet-point breakdown of what happened:
Before
  • In my apartment before the event, I made this poster:
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  • I also bought masking tape that I planned to put over my mouth during the event. I meant to allude to the incident where Michelle Rhee taped the mouths of her 1st grade students.
  • When I arrived, I was greeted by members of United Teachers Los Angeles (LA’s teachers’ union) who were passing out flyers and holding up signs outside the library where the event was held. One of them was my friend Noah, who I met a few weeks back and am currently working with on a campaign called Schools LA Students Deserve. I also met the one and only activist teacher Alex Caputo-Pearl, who was recently fired from Crenshaw High for leading an educational program that taught students to *gasp* think for themselves and learn through a social justice/civic 

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