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Standardized testing: I opted my kids out. The schools freaked out. Now I know why.
Standardized testing: I opted my kids out. The schools freaked out. Now I know why.: I Opted My Kids Out of Standardized TestsThen I learned a thing or two.By Lisa T. McElroy She's smiling because she knows taking the test may very well be easier than opting out.Photo by iStock/ThinkstockDeciding to opt my two daughters out of Colorado standardized testing seemed like a no-brainer. We aren’t perma
Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none - Salon.com
Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none - Salon.com: Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none"Why destroy public education so that a handful can boast they have a charter school in addition to their yacht?"JOSH EIDELSON   Follow 1K       0    TOPICS: DIANE RAVITCH, EDUCATION, ED REFORM, BARAC
Honest Practicum – Visualized – How Bill Gates Bought the Common Core
Honest Practicum – Visualized – How Bill Gates Bought the Common Core: Visualized – How Bill Gates Bought the Common CoreLike so many people, when I read Mercedes Schneider‘s posts on Bill Gates and the Common Core I struggled with a jumble of emotions.Surprise.Disgust.Awe.Anger.I’m a visual learner which meant I had to reread her dissections several times for it all to sink in. I wanted to visual

Money's big role in the Charter School fight | MSNBC
Money's big role in the Charter School fight | MSNBC: Money’s big role in the Charter School fightConservatives turn their effort to destroy public education into a Civil Rights law suit, targeted against Mayor DeBlasio. Ed Schultz and panel discuss.



Jimmy Kimmel Live - A Message from Your Kids' Teachers
Jimmy Kimmel Live - A Message from Your Kids' TeachersJimmy Kimmel Live's YouTube channel features clips and recaps of every episode from the late night TV show on ABC.Subscribe for clips from the monologue, the interviews, and musical performances every day of the week. Watch yourfavorites parts again, or catch-up on any episodes you may have missedChannel: http://www.youtube.com/jimmykimmelliveS



SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 3-11-14 #RealEdTalk #edreform
Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakWhat really matters? Equitable & Adequate Funding!Below is a section of a paper I’ve been working on the past few weeks (which will be presented in Philadelphia in April) Some of the content below is also drawn from: http://www.shankerinstitute.org/images/doesmoneymatter_final.pdf =============== Over the past several decades, many states have pursued su


Nite Cap 3-13-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPTackling Student Debt and the Privatization of Education | Activism, Blog | BillMoyers.comTackling Student Debt and the Privatization of Education | Activism, Blog | BillMoyers.com: Tackling Student Debt and the Privatization of EducationMarch 13



Chris Hayes: Battle wages on over NYC charter schools | MSNBC
Battle wages on over NYC charter schools | MSNBC: Battle wages on over NYC charter schoolsChris Hayes and panel discuss the ongoing battle over charter schools in New York City.Friction erupts between Cuomo and de BlasioChris Hayes and his panel discuss the relationship between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Nite Cap 3-11-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPCash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher Scheme | Continuing ChangeCash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher Scheme | Continuing Change: Cash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher SchemeMarch 11, 2014Educationeducation, Florida, parents, schools, vouchers      Rat
Morning Wink 3-12-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-12-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: North Carolina to Pearson: We Want Our Money Back!North Carolina officials are trying to get a refund from Pearson because of flaws in the data system that Pearson is running for the state. Pear

Bill Gates Tries to Fashion Teacher Support for His Beloved Common Core | deutsch29
Bill Gates Tries to Fashion Teacher Support for His Beloved Common Core | deutsch29: Bill Gates Tries to Fashion Teacher Support for His Beloved Common CoreMarch 14, 2014One would think that if teachers supported the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), then teachers would take the initiative to rally around said CCSS.Not so. It seems that we need Bill Gates to tell us that we need CCSS. He did so
Big Business Targets Common Core's Band of Mothers
Big Business Targets Common Core's Band of Mothers: Big Business Targets Common Core’s Band of MothersThe powerful strike back against those who dare question Common Core.The special interests behind national curriculum and testing mandates are pouring millions into public relations and lobbying this spring after parents across the country began to oppose and destabilize their big project. Friday,
Nite Cap 3-14-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPRelease: Proposed regulations of for-profit colleges fail to address underlying problems - Integrity in EducationRelease: Proposed regulations of for-profit colleges fail to address underlying problems - Integrity in Education: Release: Proposed
Political Diary: Randi Weingarten's Enemies List - WSJ.com
Political Diary: Randi Weingarten's Enemies List - WSJ.com: Randi Weingarten's Enemies ListWHY Randi has a list!The American Federation of Teachers issued a report last year blacklisting money managers who support nonprofits that advocate for school and pension reform. This month the union published a second edition with some notable additions and deletions.The report's goal is to muzzle hedge fun

Bill Gates Comes To The Defense Of The Common Core
Bill Gates Comes To The Defense Of The Common Core: Bill Gates Comes To The Defense Of The Common CoreBill Gates is rallying teachers to support an embattled cause, the Common Core State Standards.At a speech Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., the Microsoft co-founder is lending his voice to save the standards. According to prepared remarks provided to The Huffington Post, Gates told educators

Morning Wink 3-14-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-14-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Will Sheldon Silver Stop the “Protect Eva” Act?Jersey Jazzman: Star-Ledger in NJ Compliments Charter with Very Few Poor KidsJersey Jazzman calls out New Jersey’s leading newspaper for making rea
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-14-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Will Sheldon Silver Stop the “Protect Eva” Act?Jersey Jazzman: Star-Ledger in NJ Compliments Charter with Very Few Poor KidsJersey Jazzman calls out New Jersey’s leading newspaper for making really surprising comments about a charter school in Hoboken. The Hola charter school is innovative, and parents are lining up to get their ki

State decides no API for schools until 2016 + New standards offer definition of career readiness SI&A Cabinet Report
State decides no API for schools until 2016 :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: MARCH 13, 2014State decides no API for schools until 2016by Kimberly Beltran(Calif.) Faced with a complete sea change of its K-12 education system and having been relieved of its duty to meet some federal accountability requirements, the State Board of Education on


Louisiana Parents: That Nameless Pilot Test is None Other Than PARCC | deutsch29
Louisiana Parents: That Nameless Pilot Test is None Other Than PARCC | deutsch29: Louisiana Parents: That Nameless Pilot Test is None Other Than PARCCMarch 13, 2014Corporate reform loves opaque communications. Never call a thing what it is. Use catchy lingo that disguises (and often contradicts) the reality behind a so-called reform. If this does not work, rebrand. Rename.Or drop the naming altoge



K-12 News Network | Is LAUSD Superintendent Deasy the Defendant or the Plaintiff in Vergara v. California?
K-12 News Network | Is LAUSD Superintendent Deasy the Defendant or the Plaintiff in Vergara v. California?: Is LAUSD Superintendent Deasy the Defendant or the Plaintiff in Vergara v. California?admin March 13, 2014 Educators, Los Angeles, School Districts, State Education Law 0Do laws protecting teachers from politically motivated or personal vendetta firings by principals or disgruntled parents h
Oklahoma House Passes Common Core Repeal | Truth in American Education
Oklahoma House Passes Common Core Repeal | Truth in American Education: Oklahoma House Passes Common Core RepealFiled in Common Core State Standards, Education at State Level by Jenni White on March 13, 2014 • 0 Comments14312March 12, 2014 was a BUSY day in the Oklahoma Capitol.HB3399 – a bill to repeal Common Core standards by Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE last night;
Nite Cap 3-13-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPTackling Student Debt and the Privatization of Education | Activism, Blog | BillMoyers.comTackling Student Debt and the Privatization of Education | Activism, Blog | BillMoyers.com: Tackling Student Debt and the Privatization of EducationMarch 13
Preschool lessons: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.
Preschool lessons: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.: Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like SchoolNew research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.Ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more, at younger and younger ages, until they're reading books to babies in the womb. Th

What is “Value-Added” in Agriculture? |
What is “Value-Added” in Agriculture? |: What is “Value-Added” in Agriculture? An interesting post came through my email defining “value-added” in its purest form. This comes from the field of agriculture where value-added is often used to model genetic and reproductive trends among livestock, and from where it was taken and applied to the “field” of education in the 1980s.Here’s the definition: “


Oregon schools pack in more students per teacher than any state except California, new report says | OregonLive.com
Oregon schools pack in more students per teacher than any state except California, new report says | OregonLive.com: Oregon schools pack in more students per teacher than any state except California, new report saysMember of an honors biology class composed of 37 freshmen prepare to head out for a field study. Oregon schools pack in more students per teacher than any state but California, a new re

Morning Wink 3-13-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-13-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Meet the Néw Undersecretary of Education!Ted Mitchell, CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, was selected by the Obama administration to hold the #2 job at the U.S. Department of Education. Mitche
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-13-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Meet the Néw Undersecretary of Education!Ted Mitchell, CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, was selected by the Obama administration to hold the #2 job at the U.S. Department of Education. Mitchell is a strong proponent of privatization. The NewSchools Venture Fund exists to promote privatization. Of course, we should not be surpris

3-13-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good Posts & Articles On Education PolicyHere is a collection of recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues: Vergara Plaintiffs Shouldn’t Put Individual Teachers On Trial is by Paul Bruno. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights


Change teachers' tenure? California State Board of Education says 'not now' to San Jose request - ContraCostaTimes.com
Change teachers' tenure? California State Board of Education says 'not now' to San Jose request - ContraCostaTimes.com: Change teachers' tenure? California State Board of Education says 'not now' to San Jose requestBy Sharon Noguchi snoguchi@mercurynews.comPOSTED:   03/12/2014 03:26:39 PM PDT | UPDATED:   ABOUT 4 HOURS AGONot Now, Ma! Signaling the sensitivity of making even modest changes in how
empathyeducates – Charter School Closure: Supply and Demand?
empathyeducates – Charter School Closure: Supply and Demand?: Charter School Closure: Supply and Demand?Photograph; John McDonogh High School Principal Marvin Thompson attends the first Future Is Now Schools charter board meeting since administrators learned the school would close at the end of the current academic year. (March 11, 2014.) (Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Over th
For special ed, One Newark is two Newarks | Bob Braun's Ledger
For special ed, One Newark is two Newarks | Bob Braun's Ledger: For special ed, One Newark is two NewarksWhere the special education classes will be…first of six pages.Newark’s charter schools–especially those with money and national backing like KIPP (TEAM Academy) and Uncommon Schools (North Star)–will be the big winners in Cami Anderson’s “One Newark” plan. If Anderson pulls it off, even she ma
A View From the Edge » We’ve Been ‘Opted Out’—Really!?!
A View From the Edge » Post Topic » We’ve Been ‘Opted Out’—Really!?!: We’ve Been ‘Opted Out’—Really!?!Posted by Rob Miller Published in GeneralWe have known since October that Oklahoma districts would be expected to participate in “item tryouts” (field tests) for our new Grade 3-8 testing vendor, Measured Progress, along with the End-of-Instruction field tests conducted by CTB/McGraw-Hill.In a sta
The Limits of Teacher Autonomy | Paul Bruno
The Limits of Teacher Autonomy | Paul Bruno: The Limits of Teacher AutonomyBy PAUL BRUNO | Published: MARCH 12, 2014This post from Matt Bruenig has just enough educational implications for me to indulge some of my philosophical tendencies. Discussing Justin Green’s complaint about anti-discrimination laws infringing on personal freedom, Matt writes:Now ask yourself this question: can people in the


DFER Idiocy on New York School Finance | School Finance 101
DFER Idiocy on New York School Finance | School Finance 101: School Finance 101Data and thoughts on public and private school funding in the U.S.DFER Idiocy on New York School FinanceThis may just be among the most ludicrous proclamations I’ve read in quite some time, and it’s brought to us by none other than Dimwits doofuses/doofi? …well something with a “D” For Education Reform:“Contrary to what
Diane Ravitch, FUD, and you | Reclaim Reform
Diane Ravitch, FUD, and you | Reclaim Reform: Diane Ravitch, FUD, and youPosted on March 12, 2014by Ken PrevitiAs a child Diane Ravitch must have been a wiz at those connect-the-dots pages. Today she is dedicated to teaching us as all how to connect-the-dots.First, Diane tells us to try to see the whole picture to get a general idea of where things are and where they are going. In one of her eye-o
Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none - Salon.com
Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none - Salon.com: Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none"Why destroy public education so that a handful can boast they have a charter school in addition to their yacht?"JOSH EIDELSON   Follow 1K       0    TOPICS: DIANE RAVITCH, EDUCATION, ED REFORM, BARAC
Nite Cap 3-12-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPBill de Blasio vs. charter schools: A feud in New York City has broad national implications.Bill de Blasio vs. charter schools: A feud in New York City has broad national implications.: De Blasio vs. Everyone Else164680New York’s mayor takes on c
Bill de Blasio vs. charter schools: A feud in New York City has broad national implications.
Bill de Blasio vs. charter schools: A feud in New York City has broad national implications.: De Blasio vs. Everyone Else164680New York’s mayor takes on charter schools, and the national education debate hangs in the balance.By Andrew J. Rotherham and Richard WhitmireNew York City's first lady Chirlane McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio laugh during a roundtable discussion with parent bloggers in the

3-12-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Big Data - The New Coin of the RealmMy predictions for the new coin of the realm for the next 25 years for both business and government?  Data and lots of it.  And now, we have "digital data backpacks" so that your child's data can be "carried" around AND made use of anywhere your child goes. From The Atlantic (with the what-should-be-troubling-



Morning Wink 3-12-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-12-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: North Carolina to Pearson: We Want Our Money Back!North Carolina officials are trying to get a refund from Pearson because of flaws in the data system that Pearson is running for the state. Pear
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-12-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: North Carolina to Pearson: We Want Our Money Back!North Carolina officials are trying to get a refund from Pearson because of flaws in the data system that Pearson is running for the state. Pearson is charging the state $7.1 million for its information system but it doesn’t work. Here are some of the problems with Pearson’s PowerSc

3-12-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness by P. L. Thomas, EdD
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): Analysis of Cliches and Abstractions (1949)Analysis of Cliches and Abstractions (1949).1 by plthomasedd / 1h  3-11-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness by P. L. Thomas, EdDthe becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and s



This Is Not A Test: The Book
This Is Not A Test: The Book: THIS IS NOT A TESTA New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education"Jose Vilson hits right between the eyes, exposing how hardscrabble poverty and the pernicious effect of racism distort young lives."- Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education AssociationPre-Order Now: Haymarket Books / Amazon / B&N / Books-A-Million- SYNOPSIS -Graduating from S
Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 3-11-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMMayor De Blasio Has It Right On Charter SchoolsIt was Monday morning, and the folks at Morning Joe were already steamed. Joe Scarborough had his Very Serious scowl face on while Mika Brzezinski’s eyes were flashing with poised rage. Their target: newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who had arrived for the ritual grilling now
Nite Cap 3-11-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPCash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher Scheme | Continuing ChangeCash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher Scheme | Continuing Change: Cash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher SchemeMarch 11, 2014Educationeducation, Florida, parents, schools, vouchers      Rat
Cash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher Scheme | Continuing Change
Cash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher Scheme | Continuing Change: Cash Money Kids – Florida’s Voucher SchemeMarch 11, 2014Educationeducation, Florida, parents, schools, vouchers      Rate ThisIt’s simple. One word. Profits.I created a “Storify” to describe the FL vouchers scheme.http://storify.com/GatorBonBC/selling-off-our-schoolsFL Parents Say NO to Vouchers –Take action here:http://takeaction.fun
SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 3-11-14 #RealEdTalk #edreform
Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakWhat really matters? Equitable & Adequate Funding!Below is a section of a paper I’ve been working on the past few weeks (which will be presented in Philadelphia in April) Some of the content below is also drawn from: http://www.shankerinstitute.org/images/doesmoneymatter_final.pdf =============== Over the past several decades, many states have pursued su

Sacramento News & Review - Candidate Ali Cooper could make Jay Schenirer's re-election a real contest - Bites - Opinions - December 12, 2013
Sacramento News & Review - Candidate Ali Cooper could make Jay Schenirer's re-election a real contest - Bites - Opinions - December 12, 2013: Candidate Ali Cooper could make Jay Schenirer's re-election a real contestThe labor activist is going up against the Sacramento City Council incumbentBy Cosmo Garvin cosmog@newsreview.comFor a while, it looked like Jay Schenirer would get a free ride to


With A Brooklyn Accent: Letter from a Los Angeles English Teacher to his Students:
With A Brooklyn Accent: Letter from a Los Angeles English Teacher to his Students:: Letter from a Los Angeles English Teacher to his Students:A letter to my students of Los Angeles Unified:You have been failed.You have been failed not by the school or your teachers (or their boogeyman union), but by people far removed from the world you inhabit. These people in plush houses and all the creature co

Morning Wink 3-11-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-11-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: NC Charter Warned Due to Low EnrollmentsA charter run by politically connected Baker Mitchell was warned that it may have to close due to low enrollment. Mitchell is a close associate of state b

3-11-14 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out?This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out? The nonprofit organization — which was founded in 1990 and is famous for recruiting young people, giving them five weeks of summer training and then placing them in high-needs schools in low-income communities — has decided that just maybe some of its recruits need more […]    b



3-11-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For EducatorsI’ve been posting annual lists of The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators for a number of years. There are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, an


Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 3-10-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMThe Common Core Equity SwindleThe farther into this experiment we get, the more devastating this latest sorting mechanism appears to be. Every time you stamp "college ready" on a student who has cleared the bar, the students that did not make it past that hurdle are stamped "unworthy."52 by Anthony Cody / 1h What we r
Chris Hayes: Battle wages on over NYC charter schools | MSNBC
Battle wages on over NYC charter schools | MSNBC: Battle wages on over NYC charter schoolsChris Hayes and panel discuss the ongoing battle over charter schools in New York City.Friction erupts between Cuomo and de BlasioChris Hayes and his panel discuss the relationship between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Money's big role in the Charter School fight | MSNBC
Money's big role in the Charter School fight | MSNBC: Money’s big role in the Charter School fightConservatives turn their effort to destroy public education into a Civil Rights law suit, targeted against Mayor DeBlasio. Ed Schultz and panel discuss.
AFT - A Union of Professionals - Weingarten, Sen. Warren help launch 'Higher Ed, Not Debt'
AFT - A Union of Professionals - Weingarten, Sen. Warren help launch 'Higher Ed, Not Debt': Weingarten, Sen. Warren help launch 'Higher Ed, Not Debt'AFT President Randi Weingarten and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke March 6 at the Washington, D.C., launch of "Higher Ed, Not Debt," a new multiyear campaign advocating for affordable access to higher education for all, without the bur
East Baton Rouge Parish Teachers are under siege and need our help | Crazy Crawfish's Blog
East Baton Rouge Parish Teachers are under siege and need our help | Crazy Crawfish's Blog: Crazy Crawfish's BlogZesty Louisiana Education PoliticsEast Baton Rouge Parish Teachers are under siege and need our helpPosted on March 9, 20141For the past month I’ve been interviewing and receiving testimonials from East Baton Rouge Teachers in most of the non-magnet high schools. This investigation star
Nite Cap 3-10-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAP3-10-14 The Whole Child Blog —Keep Students and Parents (and Teachers) Initiative Fatigue Free — Whole Child EducationKeep Students and Parents (and Teachers) Initiative Fatigue Free — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGKeep Students and

How Big Companies Like Microsoft, Pearson Are Gearing to Profit from Our Children’s Successes and Failures | Alternet
How Big Companies Like Microsoft, Pearson Are Gearing to Profit from Our Children’s Successes and Failures | Alternet: How Big Companies Like Microsoft, Pearson Are Gearing to Profit from Our Children’s Successes and FailuresSalivating profiteers are going after public schools with the voracious appetites of hungry teenagers.COMMENT NOW!COMMENT NOW!digg  A  A  AEmailPrintPhoto Credit: Shutterstock


RAMPANT CHEATING IN L.A. TEACHER'S UNION, CITY WIDE ELECTIONS - Perdaily.com
RAMPANT CHEATING IN L.A. TEACHER'S UNION, CITY WIDE ELECTIONS - Perdaily.com: RAMPANT CHEATING IN L.A. TEACHER'S UNION, CITY WIDE ELECTIONSThe union power slate has been visiting campuses since September of last year, ok?  These same individuals had a dinner "meeting" with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, although what they talked about, no one knows for certain.... While its purely spec
Truancy bills propose to revamp data collection in California schools | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
Truancy bills propose to revamp data collection in California schools | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC: Truancy bills propose to revamp data collection in California schoolsAnnie Gilbertson | March 10th, 2014, 2:20pmElizabeth/Table4Five/Flickr Creative CommonsLos Angeles County has a truancy rate of 20.5 percent among elementary school students, almost double that of neighboring Orange County.New state l

NYC Public School Parents: Why our lawsuit against 36 co-locations continues; please sign onto our letter of support!
NYC Public School Parents: Why our lawsuit against 36 co-locations continues; please sign onto our letter of support!: Why our lawsuit against 36 co-locations continues; please sign onto our letter of support!I will be on the EdShow on MSNBC at 5:30 PM tonight, Monday March 10, talking about these issues; please watch! Saturday's Co-location Town Hall meetingObscured in the furious rhetoric of the


Educators Stand In Solidarity With Chicago Test Refusers | I Am An Educator
EDUCATORS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH CHICAGO TEST REFUSERS | I AM AN EDUCATOR: EDUCATORS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH CHICAGO TEST REFUSERSBy I AM AN EDUCATOR on March 10, 2014In a public petition released today, more than fifty educators and researchers, including some of the most well-respected figures in the field of education, pledged support for the boycott of the Illinois Standards Achievement Tes
Morning Wink 3-10-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-10-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Slate: Parent Creates Mild Hysteria in Colorado by Opting Her Daughter Out of State TestsLisa T. McElroy, a law professor, decided that her children would not take the state tests during the yea
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-10-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Slate: Parent Creates Mild Hysteria in Colorado by Opting Her Daughter Out of State TestsLisa T. McElroy, a law professor, decided that her children would not take the state tests during the year the family spent in Colorado. She checked and found it was legal. That is when the trouble began, and McElroy found out how much this ide
3-10-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Using Art For Language-Learning Is Focus Of My Latest NY Times Post For ELLsMy latest New York Times post for English Language Learners is on art — students complete an interactive about an artist who uses chewing gum for his creations, and I share teaching ideas using online art apps. You might also be interested in The Be

3-10-14 Ed Notes Online
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