Saturday, March 15, 2014

3-15-14 Jersey Jazzman Jammin' All Week

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Jersey Jazzman Jammin' All Week

NJ Pays High Cost For Bad Teacher Evaluation
New Jersey's new teacher evaluation system -- code name: Operation Hindenburg -- is not cheap. Superintendents around the state have been warning us about this for a while: the costs of this inflexible system are going to impose a significant financial burden on districts, making this a wasteful, unfunded mandate.But if you don't believe me, and you don't believe these superintendents, why not lis

MAR 02

Chris Cerf's Final Spin: Mt. Olive
So yesterday was the first day of the rest of Chris Cerf's life: the former NJ Education Commissioner left his post to take a job at Amplify, the Rupert Murdoch-owned company run by former NYCDOE Chancellor (and Cerf's former boss) Joel Klein. Amplify sells tablet computers designed, among other things, to help districts prepare their students for the Common Core-based tests Cerf has pushed so vig

MAR 01

Cami Anderson's Apologists' Ignorant Arguments
Sigh...Remember when Facebook (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg joined forces in 2011 with New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie and Newark’s Democratic Mayor Cory Booker to revive the city’s troubled public schools?They ended up selecting Cami Anderson as the city’s superintendent of schools, and two and half year later she has had some successes. She closed nearly empty schools in a city th