Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Modern-day Mary Poppins’: College graduates embrace nannying as career | toteachornototeach

Modern-day Mary Poppins’: College graduates embrace nannying as career | toteachornototeach:

Modern-day Mary Poppins’: College 
graduates embrace nannying as career

When American University graduate Elyse Barletta, 27, was looking for a full-time nannying position recently in Charlotte, N.C., three families wanted to hire her — all were impressed by her college education. “They wanted someone who could help with their children’s homework,” said Barletta, a history major who made the Dean’s list and is proficient in French.
Experts say young women like Barletta make up a fast-growing segment of the nanny industry: college graduates who could go into law, medicine or other fields but are choosing to become career nannies, sometimes because they struggled to find jobs in their desired professions. These highly-credentialed child minders are being greeted with open arms into middle-class and upper-class families who want to give their kids an edge in an increasingly competitive world.
Barletta, who worked as a nanny in college to make extra money, tried but failed to find a job in her chosen field, nonprofit work, after graduation. But she has no regrets: Nannying, 

Why Did DR Alison Coviello; PhD. and Principal at PS 154 in the Bronx Ignore Anniversary of 9/11? southbronxschool.com

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Why Did DR Alison Coviello; PhD. and Principal at PS 154 in the Bronx Ignore Anniversary of 9/11?

Twelve years ago today I was sitting in my car on Concourse Village West and putting stuff in order to head into the old PS 156 (now PS 385 or 365) in District 7. I had the car radio on WFAN and Imus was on the air. He had just announced that a plan had flown into the North Tower at the World Trade Center. I recall looking up at the sky and seeing how crystal sky blue it was that day. How could this have happened as I heard Imus speculate that it was a Cessna that crashed and attributed it to pilot
error.

I walked into the school and a few minutes later heard that a second plane had crashed into the South Tower. One plane, I thought to myself, is an accident, two planes, an attack. My son was ten weeks old at the time. I found a place out of the way in the school and sobbed. What kind of world did I just allow my son to come into I thought to myself.

I could see the towers burn from PS 156, which is right off the Concourse, near the 

Bill already tinkers with school funding formula SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

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Bill already tinkers with school funding formula
By Tom Chorneau
Thursday, September 12, 2013


Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown struck a landmark agreement in June over restructuring state funding of K-12 schools – but lawmakers are already at work on changes.
AB 344 by state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, would enhance accountability requirements of the Local Control Funding Formula specifically as it relates to educational services provided to English learners.
The bill, which is pending before the state Assembly, comes forward even as the California State Board of Education is at work developing guidance and regulations that will implement legislative goals worked out earlier this summer under the LCFF program.
It is unclear whether the governor supports the proposed changes but a version of the bill drew enough votes for passage out of the Assembly just last week – although changes required the bill to return for a second vote in the lower house.
It must also receive approval in the state Senate.
Padilla, one of the Legislature’s strongest advocates for English learners, noted during committee hearing on the measure last month that too many school districts were not addressing the needs of English learners. He pointed to a 2013 study from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center which found that 

Mayor seeking donations for school supplies | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Mayor seeking donations for school supplies | Philadelphia Public School Notebook:

Mayor seeking donations for school supplies

by Dale Mezzacappa on Sep 11 2013


Mayor Nutter wants people in the city and region to donate money so that schools in Philadelphia have adequate supplies.
At a press conference Wednesday, Nutter announced the formation of the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund, with a goal of raising $500,000 by Oct. 15 and $2.5 million over the next five years.
He started out by donating $200,000 from the city's general fund and said the city would pledge up to $1 million in five years.
Nutter said that the while the public schools "still need support from Harrisburg and City Council," he presented the fund as "an immediate opportunity for citizens, nonprofits, businesses, corporations, and the philanthropic community to come together in support of education here in our city."
The fund will pay for supplies including workbooks, paper, pens and pencils for all city schools, including those run by the District, charters and Archdiocese. In Philadelphia District schools,
The West Conshohocken-based Maguire Foundation pledged $20,000 per year for five years.The foundation donates to many local institutions, including many Catholic causes, museums, and educational institutions. James J. Maguire, Sr., a co-principal with his wife of the foundation, attended the announcement.
John and Dr. Janet Haas will match up to $30,000 in contributions for each of the next five years. The Haas family runs the William Penn Foundation.
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will administer the fund. "Every child deserves a quality education from cradle to career," said United Way president Jill Michal. "There is so much we worry about every day when we send our kids off to school...but whether or not their classroom is going to run out of paper at some point shouldn't be one of them."
With the Philadelphia School District facing a financial crisis, teachers -- from whom the District is seeking concessions including wage cuts -- have been highlighting how they often buy supplies out of their own pockets. The District and the union are still negotiating a new contract.
Superintendent William Hite, who attended the press conference, said that Philadelphia teachers get $100 per classroom for supplies, and that these funds 

Democrats for Education Reform throws support behind mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio | GothamSchools In brief

Democrats for Education Reform throws support behind mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio | GothamSchools In brief:


Now that Bill de Blasio looks likely to clinch the Democratic nomination for mayor, DFER has swallowed its pride and thrown decided to support the anti-charter candidate. (Remember that DFER memo that said de Blasio was the least attractive candidate because he “offered the least support for issues of concern to education reform advocates.”)
And while education activist Diane Ravitch, who has been an outspoken critic of Bloomberg’s education policies, said today that Bill de Blasio’s win was a major hit to the national education reform movement, DFER’s Joe Williams seems to think differently and was eager to take the opposite side of the teachers union. Here’s a statement he released this afternoon:
"Bill de Blasio ran one of the most effective political campaigns we have ever seen, tapping into real anxieties New Yorkers have about hot-button issues like ‘stop-and-frisk’ and income inequality. His come-from-behind victory in the Democratic Primary was a repudiation of the outrageous claims that United Federation of Teachers President Mike Mulgrew would “make” or buy the next mayor. Mulgrew spent several million of the UFT’s dollars trying to elect someone else for the job, even claiming that his chosen candidate had promised $3 billion for teacher raises. (The candidate claimed no such pledge.) This is an important moment for the Democratic Party in New York City, where Democrats and not union bosses elect their leaders. The reality is that many, many teachers and parents that we know pulled the lever for de Blasio, reminding us once again that in addition to losing its grip on the Democratic Party, the UFT has also lost the confidence of its rank-and-file and made itself irrelevant in the ongoing public education discussion in Gotham."

Does the middle class -- and their kids -- deserve HOPE? Or... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com

Does the middle class -- and their kids -- deserve HOPE? Or... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com:

Does the middle class -- and their kids -- deserve HOPE? Or should scholarship target poor?  

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JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM
GSU freshman Alysia Thomas holds a sign shaped like a peach reading, "Hope for our future," during a rally at the Georgia State Capitol in protest about the proposed changes to the HOPE Scholarship Tuesday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., March. 8, 2011.
The AJC had several great stories this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the HOPE Scholarship. The stories trace the changes in the program over the years and the criticisms of those changes.
One fact cannot be denied: HOPE has exploded.  
In the first year, 42,796 students earned HOPE at a cost of $21.4 million in lottery proceeds. Last year, 180,206 students received HOPE at a cost of $411.6 million. Part of the early growth came from the expansion of the eligibility pool.
In the initial years, HOPE was limited to students from households that earned $66,000 or less.  As lottery sales boomed, the income cap was raised to $100,000 before it was eliminated in 1995 to the delight of middle-class parents.
As it turned out, HOPE did not have its largest impact on whether students in Georgia went to college, but where they went. One study concluded that only 4 percent of the money spent on HOPE went to students who might not have otherwise gone to college.
Now that HOPE funds are outstripping lottery proceeds, there is talk of restoring an income cap. Today, I share a response to 

Tell Gov. Corbett and the School Reform Commission that all Philadelphia children deserve more. Fund Philly Schools

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Children are going back to schools that have been stripped of nurses, art, music, librarians, extracurricular activities and counselors. They are being forced into overcrowded classrooms without enough books or paper. They are being put in danger as they cross through unfamiliar and unsafe neighborhoods to get to new schools.
Philadelphia’s children deserve better. But Gov. Corbett, Superintendent Hite, and unelected School Reform Commission members Pedro Ramos, Joseph Dworetzky, Feather Houstoun, Wendell Prichett and Sylvia Simms continue to push an agenda to starve our schools and hurt our kids.

Education advocates pivot and spin after de Blasio’s ascent | GothamSchools

Education advocates pivot and spin after de Blasio’s ascent | GothamSchools:

Education advocates pivot and spin after de Blasio’s ascent


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As Public Advocate Bill de Blasio held firmly to a commanding lead in the Democratic primary race for mayor on Wednesday, education advocates and opponents began making adjustments to a reality that seemed implausible just a couple of months ago.
De Blasio’s closest competitor in the race, Bill Thompson, pledged this morning to keep fighting until “every voice is heard, that every vote is counted.” The defiance came as Thompson’s own chief fundraiser seemed to signal her own concession, calling de Blasio’s 40 percent share of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting “a convincing victory.”
“I think the people have spoken. They’ve spoken decisively,” said Merryl Tisch, Regents Chancellor and Thompson’s campaign finance chair. Tisch spent the day visiting city schools with State Education Commissioner John King.
Candidates must secure at least 40 percent of the primary vote to avoid a runoff and move on to the general election, where the Democratic victor will face Republican Joe Lhota. Thompson, who has 26.1 percent of the vote, has said he wants to wait until the city Board of Elections looks thousands of paper ballots that were collected, a count that will take place next week.
Michael Mulgrew, president of United Federation of Teachers, echoed Thompson’s sentiments in a statement: “We are awaiting the final count.”
But others are not waiting for all of the ballots to be counted before weighing in. Several groups today issued statements implying that de Blasio would be the nominee and spinning the results in their favor.
Democrats for Education Reform cited de Blasio’s wide lead as a victory, even though de Blasio was the candidate least friendly to the group’s agenda. De Blasio has pledged to charge rent to 

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