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LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-16-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: How Many Hours Should It Take to Test Children in Grades 3-8 in Basic Skills?Principals, teachers, and parents in New York state complained that the Common Core tests for grades 3-8 were too long. The tests for math and reading together take about 7 hours. Commissioner John King responded in a recent speech at New York University t
4-16-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Surprise, Surprise — Study Finds Shouting At Children “creates further discipline problems”To few teachers surprise, a new study has found that shouting at children is counter-productive. You can read all about it at Shouting at children ‘increases their behaviour problems’ in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. There hav
4-16-14 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.: Awareness.Banners went up and banners came down. Some were professionally printed. Some were hand-made by students on long white sheets of butcher paper. April was a busy month for banners. Shoe-horned in around Spring Break was Poetry Appreciation month and Autism Awareness month. This is about Autis
4-16-14 Wait What?
Wait What?: Even more students lose as the “cost” of the Common Core Testing growsThe Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test of a test means more testing and less learning. The Common Core test will cost Connecticut’s students and teachers hundreds of hours of lost instructional time. The Common Core test will cost schools and taxpayers tens of millions in computer and internet upgrade
The Answer Sheet 4-16-14
The Answer Sheet: Live online chat at 1 p.m. todayI’ll be doing a live chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. today, so if you have any questions or comments about anything in education (or even marginally related), send them in here: http://live.washingtonpost.com/the-answer-sheet-20140409.html#submit-question Here’s a transcript of the first chat, and here is the transcript of last week’s.by Valer
4-16-14 Scathing Purple Musings | Color me purple in Florida
Scathing Purple Musings | Color me purple in Florida, red in Washington, dark sky-blue in Israel and public school in Education: Dockery: Senate Should Let Voucher Expansion DieWriting in her hometown newspaper, the Lakeland Ledger, former republican  state senator Paula Dockery makes the clear case why voucher expansion cannot be intellectually be defended: Opponents of voucher expansion make a v
Pencils Out - Linda Darling-Hammond about standardized testing in the implementation of Common Core
Pencils Out: Pencils OutGAVIN BADEAPRIL 8, 2014The Prospect speaks with an education-policy expert Linda Darling-Hammond about standardized testing in the implementation of Common Core, a national set of guidelines on math and reading.Courtesy of Stanford UniversityLinda Darling-HammondOne of the most contentious debates racking state houses this year isn't about Obamacare, inequality, or even job
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 4-16-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: DISTRICTS FACE CHALENGE OF PRIORITIZING PUBLIC INPUT ON SCHOOL SPENDING + smf’s 2¢By Louis Freedberg | EdSource Today http://bit.ly/1iZj3lv April 15th, 2014 | California’s school funding reform law has triggered a burst of outreach efforts to solicit parent and community input in at least some districts – along with a plethora of suggestions about how t
4-16-14 Perdido Street School Week
Perdido Street School: Wall Street Journal Covers ATR'sThe Wall Street Journal reports that the ATR issue is a major part of the contract discussion:As negotiations drag on over a new contract for the city's teachers, one sticky issue involves how to handle teachers who lost permanent jobs during cutbacks but keep getting full paychecks as they bounce around schools for brief stints, filling in fo
Pay-for-Performance for CEOs and Teachers | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Pay-for-Performance for CEOs and Teachers | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Pay-for-Performance for CEOs and TeachersOracle CEO Larry Ellison earns $37,692 an hour. No, that is not a typo or misplaced comma. Ellison’ annual salary ran $78.4 million, much of it in stock option awards. His salary was based on the annual performance of the company’s stock. Oracle’s Board of Direc
API suspended but not accountability mandates :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
API suspended but not accountability mandates :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: APRIL 16, 2014API suspended but not accountability mandatesby Kimberly Beltran(Calif.) With scores for the annual Academic Performance Index suspended for the next two years, school districts will still be required to meet accountability mandates set out in the Go
Can A Child Be Accused of Insubordination for Refusing the Test? | Missouri Education Watchdog
Can A Child Be Accused of Insubordination for Refusing the Test? | Missouri Education Watchdog: Can A Child Be Accused of Insubordination for Refusing the Test?inShare A Nevada mom contacted me about the issues arising from a parent’s request to opt his child out of standardized testing and her letter appears below:Whose Child is this Anyway? For the past several months parents of public school ch
Inviting the Fox Right Into the Henhouse | janresseger
Inviting the Fox Right Into the Henhouse | janresseger: Inviting the Fox Right Into the HenhousePosted on April 16, 2014 by janressegerOhio sends $1 billion every year out of its public education budget to charter schools and vouchers.  According to Doug Livingston at the Akron Beacon-Journal, Ohio’s charter schools and their sponsors are so poorly regulated by the state legislature that the priva
NYC Educator: The Old, Old Song, and the Never-ending Battle Between Students and Teachers
NYC Educator: The Old, Old Song, and the Never-ending Battle Between Students and Teachers: The Old, Old Song, and the Never-ending Battle Between Students and TeachersLast year I had a student who was a big fan of the band Queen. Actually I don't know the precise extent of his love for the band, but I'm certain he enjoyed the song, "We Will Rock You." I know this because he was fond of
Opinion: What's Good for Our Teachers Is Good for Our Students - NJ Spotlight
Opinion: What's Good for Our Teachers Is Good for Our Students - NJ Spotlight: OPINION: WHAT'S GOOD FOR OUR TEACHERS IS GOOD FOR OUR STUDENTSMARK WEBER | APRIL 16, 2014Attempts to deprecate or demonize teachers when they stand up for themselves are bad for our kids' educationWhy is teaching the only profession in New Jersey (and the nation) where employees are criticized for standing up for themse
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: New study on inequity and teacher "effectiveness" misses the mark
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: New study on inequity and teacher "effectiveness" misses the mark: New study on inequity and teacher "effectiveness" misses the markYes, there's lots of evidence to show poor kids and children of color are generally being taught by teachers with less experience (or no experience) which puts them at a severe disadvantage. But the Huffington headlin

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Districts face challenge of prioritizing public input on school spending | EdSource Today
Districts face challenge of prioritizing public input on school spending | EdSource Today: Districts face challenge of prioritizing public input on school spendingApril 15th, 2014 | Add a Comment | By Louis FreedbergCalifornia’s school funding reform laws have triggered a burst of outreach efforts to solicit parent and community input – along with a plethora of suggestions about how to spend the a
Can BESE Save White from Jindal? I’m Thinking… No. | deutsch29
Can BESE Save White from Jindal? I’m Thinking… No. | deutsch29: Can BESE Save White from Jindal? I’m Thinking… No.April 15, 2014John White’s job is on the line, and the primarily-purchased Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is standing behind its Common Core State Standards (CCSS)- and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)-promoting talki
New teacher evaluations: Search and destroy missions rather... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com
New teacher evaluations: Search and destroy missions rather... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com: New teacher evaluations: Search and destroy missions rather than efforts to improve instruction? COMMENT(1) 0 0 0 NewView Larger Teachers under siege?Previous PostsTuition will rise 2.5 percent at most Georgia colleges, but 9 percent at Tech and 7 at UGAApril 15, 2014Will the revised SAT be: A. Better; B.
Field Test Update Through 4-11-14 - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
Field Test Update Through 4-11-14 - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): Smarter Balanced Assessments Field Test Update through April 11Week Three of Smarter Balanced Field Test*Students beginning testing (cumulative): 576,900.Students completing testing (cumulative): 320,300.Average daily number of calls to California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) for Week Three: 710.Trending topics of calls
4-15-14 The Whole Child Blog — Glowing, Growing, and Getting Back to the Real Basics
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGGlowing, Growing, and Getting Back to the Real BasicsApril 15, 2014 by Whole Child PodcastDownload Podcast Now [Right-Click to Save]In this era of school reform, turn around, and educational change, it is easy to overlook the basics of why we educate and what we want for our children. These aren't the typical basics—reading, 'riting
VAM and Status Quo Bias | Paul Bruno
VAM and Status Quo Bias | Paul Bruno: VAM and Status Quo BiasBy PAUL BRUNO | Published: APRIL 15, 2014Yesterday at This Week in Ed I wrote aboutthe American Statistical Association’s reporton value-added modeling in education:[I]f you were to hear about this report only from the staunchest, most ideological opponents of VAM, you would think it says something else entirely. Valerie Strauss, for ins
solidaridad: NPIC Poverty Pimps and Privatization Pushers unhappy I finished school and have time to expose them again
solidaridad: NPIC Poverty Pimps and Privatization Pushers unhappy I finished school and have time to expose them again: NPIC Poverty Pimps and Privatization Pushers unhappy I finished school and have time to expose them againHere's some interesting privatization connections in regards to the LAUSD District 1 raceFirst published April 15, 2014 on Los Angeles Independent Media Center "There is
Nite Cap 4-15-14 #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 CAPAgenda April 30 and May 1, 2014 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education)Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education): Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014Advisory Commission on Special Education (A
Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education)
Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education): Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.Advisory Commission on Special Education MembersGina Plate, ChairVacant, Vice ChairFeda AlmalitiMildred BrowneMorena de Grimaldi Kristi HagansSomer HardingSara JochamBetty KarnetteMatt NavoLester PincuNancy PortilloMari
Common Core Critics Are Not Just Saying No | Truth in American Education
Common Core Critics Are Not Just Saying No | Truth in American Education: Common Core Critics Are Not Just Saying NoFiled in Common Core State Standards by Shane Vander Hart on April 15, 2014 • 0 Comments11Hess & McShane?Frederick M. Hess & Michael McShane wrote an an article for National Review yesterday.  They contend that we must develop our own state-level versions of “repeal and repla
Help Elect RESPECT: Donate to support social justice union slate & Jesse Hagopian’s bid for president of the Seattle Education Association | I AM AN EDUCATOR
Help Elect RESPECT: Donate to support social justice union slate & Jesse Hagopian’s bid for president of the Seattle Education Association | I AM AN EDUCATOR: Help Elect RESPECT: Donate to support social justice union slate & Jesse Hagopian’s bid for president of the Seattle Education AssociationBy I AM AN EDUCATOR on April 15, 2014We need your help raising $1,000 to help us reclaim public
Poll Shows Philly Voters Down on Corbett and SRC, Up on Teachers | WeArePCAPS
Poll Shows Philly Voters Down on Corbett and SRC, Up on Teachers | WeArePCAPS: Poll Shows Philly Voters Down on Corbett and SRC, Up on TeachersPosted on April 15, 2014by wearepcapshttp://pft.org/docs/PhillySchoolPoll4152014.pdf
Russ on Reading: John Kuhn's Fear and Learning in America: A Review
Russ on Reading: John Kuhn's Fear and Learning in America: A Review: John Kuhn's Fear and Learning in America: A Reviewhttp://www.amazon.com/Fear-Learning-America-Teachers-Education/dp/0807755729John Kuhn is one part story teller, one part evangelist and one part passionate champion of public education. Through personal narrative, historical reference, sound research and righteous indignation he l
Another NYCDOE Educator Arrested for Speaking Up! southbronxschool.com
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Another NYCDOE Educator Arrested for Speaking Up!I should write this post as if it were a Twilight Zone episode.Imagine if you will a young, attractive, white female, first year teacher who unravels a string of corruption at her school and is sent without warning or knowing why to the Rubber Room. Soon she is terminated whilst the principal that she exposed for fin
IEA/NEA replay: Don’t throw away your vote. Choose the lesser of two evils. | Reclaim Reform
IEA/NEA replay: Don’t throw away your vote. Choose the lesser of two evils. | Reclaim Reform: IEA/NEA replay: Don’t throw away your vote. Choose the lesser of two evils.Posted on April 15, 2014by Ken PrevitiThis past weekend the Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly performed its meet-and-greet of the two opposing gubernatorial candidates. President Klickna and others decided to c
Charter Schools and the Destruction of Public Education
Charter Schools and the Destruction of Public Education: Charter Schools and the Destruction of Public EducationMonday, 14 April 2014 09:05By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report | Op-Ed(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Every injustice in American life can be laid at the feet of the richest people in the country and the politicians who do their bidding. Nowhere is that terrible dynamic more ob
A Refresher: What is Community-Based Accountability? | Cloaking Inequity
A Refresher: What is Community-Based Accountability? | Cloaking Inequity: A Refresher: What is Community-Based Accountability?How can we banish No Child Left Behind’s top-down and narrow paradigm? Local control has been a bedrock principle of public schooling in America since its inception. NCLB sent us in the opposite direction of this traditional notion. A return to a traditional locally based e
4-15-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Tuesday Open ThreadNow, for the second year in a row, the most objected to book in libraries is...Captain Underpants.   Do these boys "defy" authority and do silly things?  Yes.  Do I think it needs a warning label, "Kids, don't try this at school?"  Not really.  (I even have a tiny Captain Underpants toy in my car who serves as my parking divin
4-15-14 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: Settlements to help LAUSD homeless, pendingSettlements pending for Los Angeles schools, homeless Pro bono organization Public Counsel has inked two class action settlements that would reinstitute funds to struggling schools and homeless residents in the Los Angeles area affected by Californi
SIG rewrite to come in 2015, guidance pending :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
SIG rewrite to come in 2015, guidance pending :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: APRIL 15, 2014SIG rewrite to come in 2015, guidance pendingby Tom Chorneau(District of Columbia) Although big changes are coming to the nation’s largest school turnaround program, existing regulations still govern the use of some $500 million in School Improvement
Say What? Fordham Professor Co-Founds Teachers' Activist Group
Say What? Fordham Professor Co-Founds Teachers' Activist Group: Fordham Professor Co-Founds Teachers’ Activist GroupBAT’s Mark Naison.Photo by Janet Sassi An education activist group co-founded by Fordham professor Mark Naison, Ph.D., is growing by leaps and bounds, in no small measure because of its brassy title.Since the Badass Teachers Association was founded last June, the group has attracted
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Fensterwald: At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core testEducation HeadlinesTuesday, April 15, 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.Centinela Valley school board to vote on inter
4-15-14 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: Labeling, Sorting, Segregating: The History of Standardizing Tests in U. S. SchoolsMuch of the first sections of TMoE is dedicated to tracing out how tests came to be used as social sorting tools during our first Gilded Age when grand canyons of inequality between rich and poor had turned American cities into dangerous and unhealthy place. Below is a piece posted last week at Alter
4-15-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: National Teacher Day Is Coming-Up & Here Are Two Great Ways To Celebrate It On Social Media!National Teacher Day in the United States is always celebrated on the Tuesday in the first full week of May. World Teachers’ Dayis held annually on October 5th since 1994, celebrates teachers worldwide, and was started by UNESCO.
4-15-14 Jersey Jazzman Jammin' All Week
Jersey Jazzman: Education Law Center Fundraiser, This ThursdayThe Education Law Center is having their annual fundraiser, award ceremony, and wine/food tasting reception this Thursday, April 17. I'd like to encourage you all to attend.ELC is the driving force behind equitable funding for schools in New Jersey and elsewhere in the nation. It's only through their tireless efforts that New Jersey has
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 4-15-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Compare+Contrast: PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IS OVERRATED + TEACHERS OFTEN BLAME PARENTS FOR PROBLEM STUDENTS + smf’s 2¢Parental Involvement Is Overrated By KEITH ROBINSON and ANGEL L. HARRIS, OpEd in the New York Times |  http://nyti.ms/1ilF0xt April 12, 2014, 2:32 pm ::  Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would s
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WHITENING THE CITIES
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WHITENING THE CITIES: WHITENING THE CITIESEddie Farmer, 75, lives with belongings thrown on the curb after a foreclosure next door to his home  in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)THE WHITENING OF THE CITIES...Soaring rents are driving poor and middle-class folks, especially African-Americans out of the cities. A major factor along with loss of
Morning Wink 4-15-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS4-15-13 Curmudgucation WeekCURMUDGUCATION: Insulating the NEAHow is it that NEA becomes so insulated from its members? After all, we are the union, right?My first big lesson in representative democracy came courtesy of the United Methodist Church. In the church structure, local churches are grouped into districts, and districts are grouped into larger regi




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