Monday, March 10, 2014

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 CAP




3-10-14 The Whole Child Blog —Keep Students and Parents (and Teachers) Initiative Fatigue Free — Whole Child Education
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RAMPANT CHEATING IN L.A. TEACHER'S UNION, CITY WIDE ELECTIONS - Perdaily.com
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solidaridad: Professional educator Lydia Gutierrez versus profit minded businessman Marshall Tuck
solidaridad: Professional educator Lydia Gutierrez versus profit minded businessman Marshall Tuck: Professional educator Lydia Gutierrez versus profit minded businessman Marshall TuckI'm currently not endorsing anyone in the race for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, but there is one individual whose life-long mission to destroy public education must be stopped. That individua
Real Data from Real Teachers | Gatsby In L.A.
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Advocates Letter Urging Action to Protect CHIP | First Focus #CHIP
Advocates Letter Urging Action to Protect CHIP | First Focus: Organizations in Every State Urge Leaders to Protect CHIPMore than 400 national, state, and local organizations united in urging Congress and the White House to protect CHIP funding, which will drop 70 percent next year if Congress fails to act. See who from your state signed the letter. Share on Twitter: Leaders in every state urge The
What do our One Newark Reports tell us? | School Finance 101
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NYC Public School Parents: Why our lawsuit against 36 co-locations continues; please sign onto our letter of support!
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Red or Blue Pill?: Broad Latino Collaborator Responds to Co-opt Post (Fishburne theme) | Cloaking Inequity: Red or Blue Pill?: Broad Latino Collaborator Responds to Co-opt Post (Fishburne theme)A Broad Latino collaborator recently responded to my critique of billionaire reformers and their corroborators of color. In the piece Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform I
3-10-14 LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District): Morning Read: LAUSD iPads content still unavailableLAUSD iPads: Officials chose incomplete software over competitors When the Los Angeles Unified School District set out last year to buy tablets for every teacher and student, officials drew up a scoring system to rate 19 hardware and software options. The
Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math Divide | Alan Singer
Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math Divide | Alan Singer: Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math DivideASSOCIATED PRESSThe uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United Sta
FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Monday, March 10, 2014
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Fensterwald: Crisis over - California gets waiver for Common Core field tests without penaltiesEducation HeadlinesMonday, March 10, 2014FCMAT provides links to California K-12 news stories as a service to the industry. However, some stories may not be accessible because of newspapers' subscription policies.Tam High embroiled over teacher firi
3-10-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter: Support Chicago Boycott of ISATSupport Chicago Teachers’ Test Boycott: Call and Sign PetitionChicago teachers, joined by parents and students, are boycotting the Illinois ISAT tests at several schools. The district is threatening teachers with loss of certification, and bullying and intimidating parents and students who have opted out or wish to opt out of the ISAT.They need your s
Educators Stand In Solidarity With Chicago Test Refusers | I Am An Educator
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Morning Wink 3-10-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-10-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
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3-10-14 The Answer Sheet
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3-10-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools This WeekMonday, March 10thCurriculum&Instruction Policy Meeting, 4:30-6:30 pm, AgendaOf interest:- an ask for a waiver for one school day for Lawton- update on Creative Approach schools- Math Adoption Progress reportThis week has two of the five Community Meetings for the Strategic Plan for each region.  I would take this opportunity to ask ANY
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3-10-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Monday morning with pensions on my mind.J Jay Travis is running for the Illinois House in the 26th District. Daylight savings time means it is dark at 7AM as I head out the door. I won’t be doing much posting today since I will be at the Area II meeting of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. I’
3-10-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: De Blasio Allies Counterattack on Moskowitz - the Real Civil Rights Issue of the TimeAs a candidate for mayor, Bill de Blasio electrified crowds of parents and education activists with a pledge to charge rent to charter schools, one of the starkest policy departures from his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg... NY Times, March 10, 2014Well, finally, a word or two that gets to the
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3-10-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: A User-friendly Tutorial on IRS 990sOne of the panel discussions in which I participated at the first annual Network for Public Education (NPE) conference was on investigative journalism. I chose to use my twelve minutes to only touch the surface on using IRS 990s (the tax forms for nonprofit organizations) as a research tool. In this post, I would like […]3 by deutsch29 / 8h  3-
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3-10-14 the becoming radical EMPATHYEDUCATES! | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness by P. L. Thomas, EdD
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3-10-14 Perdido Street School Week
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A User-friendly Tutorial on IRS 990s | deutsch29
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Nite Cap 3-9-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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