Thursday, April 24, 2014

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James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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Marie Corfield: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorial
Marie Corfield: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorial: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorial(Note: as I was drafting this post this week, Bob Braun wrote several excellent pieces on One Newark, which I quoted from extensively. Oh to be retired and have time… Well, I can dream, can’t I?)The Star Ledger is my newspaper of choice. I’m sorry to see it suffering so much financial hard
The Common Core Brouhaha | Taking Note
The Common Core Brouhaha | Taking Note: The Common Core Brouhahaby JOHN MERROW on 24. APR, 2014 in 2014 BLOGSThese days one needs a scorecard to keep track of the politics of education: The Common Core, the two national tests now being piloted, bubble test fatigue, the opt-out movement, opposition to top-down technocrats, and the ‘commodification’ of education–all are factors in a serious brouhaha
4-24-14 Schools Matter: MOST BIASED POLL EVER
Schools Matter: MOST BIASED POLL EVER:   MOST BIASED POLL EVERThe AP reported that according to a recent poll, 7 out of 10 Californians support the common core.  Those who took the poll first read a description of the common core:“The Common Core State Standards are a single set of K–12 English language arts and math standards that most states, including California, have voluntarily adopted. The s
SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 4-24-13 #soschat #edreform
Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakSupreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Race matters.Yesterday I posted a criticism of the Supreme Courts decision in Schuette v Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. A number of readers commented or emailed me to express their disagreement with the position I took. This is a moment that I am glad to say that I stand with my union leaders – who not only opp
4-24-14 The Whole Child Blog — The Power of Community Partnerships — Whole Child Education
The Power of Community Partnerships — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGThe Power of Community PartnershipsApril 24, 2014 by Sharon JacobsI must begin this post by stating one fact; I am so very appreciative and do not take for granted the number of hours spent in Washington Montessori School on a daily basis by our volunteers and community partners. We partner with local businesses, agen
White Suprmacy: Alive and Well | Bill Ayers
White Suprmacy: Alive and Well | Bill Ayers: You can read Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s  dissent text here.White Suprmacy: Alive and WellThe Supreme Court continued its long backward march yesterday, ruling 6-2 that Michigan could ban race as a factor in college admissions. Affirmative action is alive and well for white people, for the children of wealthy donors and alumni, but dead for people who suf
4-24-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: White Suprmacy: Alive and WellOriginally posted on Bill Ayers:The Supreme Court continued its long backward march yesterday, ruling 6-2 that Michigan could ban race as a factor in college admissions. Affirmative action is alive and well for white people, for the children of wealthy donors and alumni, but dead for people who suffered centuries of slavery, Jim Crow…1 by Michael Pau
School Privatization Is A Hoax, Reformers Aim To Destroy Public Schools | PopularResistance.Org
School Privatization Is A Hoax, Reformers Aim To Destroy Public Schools | PopularResistance.Org: School Privatization Is A Hoax, Reformers Aim To Destroy Public SchoolsOur public schools aren’t in decline. And “reformers” with wild promises don’t care about education — just profitsAs long as anyone can remember, critics have been saying that the schools are in decline. They used to be the best in
SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common Core | Truth in American Education
SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common Core | Truth in American Education: SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common CoreFiled in Common Core Assessments, Education at State Level by Shane Vander Hart on April 24, 2014 • 0 CommentsThis is a little anticlimactic, especially after reporting that the South Carolina Department of Education w
4-24-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Race to Nowhere Showing at Orca K-8FYI, Dear Community Members, We are excited to announce a showing of the groundbreaking film, "Race to Nowhere”. The documentary is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citize
PAA en Espanol: La Voz de los Padres | Parents Across America
PAA en Espanol: La Voz de los Padres | Parents Across America: PAA en Espanol: La Voz de los Padres(En Inglés)La  Voz de los PadresFacsímil sobre la Educación10 de abril de  2014Padres se OPONEN al Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara de Representantes  HR 10, Éxito y Oportunidades Mediante las Escuelas Charter,”  ( Success and Opportunity Through Charter Schools”).La posición de PAA: La organización naci
NYC Public School Parents: 2014 Annual "Skinny" Awards Dinner! Please buy your ticket today!
NYC Public School Parents: 2014 Annual "Skinny" Awards Dinner! Please buy your ticket today!: 2014 Annual "Skinny" Awards Dinner! Please buy your ticket today!On Monday, June 9 we will be holding our annual “Skinny” award dinner, to honor three extraordinary individuals who have given us the real “skinny” about our public schools.    Liz Phillips, Principal of PS 321Our honoree
Relationships: Who needs them? | My Island View
Relationships: Who needs them? | My Island View: Relationships: Who needs them?April 24, 2014 by tomwhitbyI have been thinking lately about professional relationships and what role they play in how we learn as professionals, and as people. It would be difficult to learn much in total isolation. We are social beings, so exchanging ideas and opinions is a natural occurrence for us. I think we tend t
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Schuette Decision -- This generation's Plessy vs. Ferguson
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Schuette Decision -- This generation's Plessy vs. Ferguson: The Schuette Decision -- This generation's Plessy vs. FergusonJustice Sonia Sotomayor: Affirmative Action ‘Opened Doors in My Life'It's not surprising that the right-wing and conservative ed bloggers in particular, are applauding the Supreme Court's racist Schuette decision. The decision, called "th
4-24-14 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: Litigation over Miramonte results in struggleL.A. Unified battles lawyers over Miramonte disclosures The litigation over sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary has resulted in a struggle over which documents should be part of the public record. This includes testimony that a former teache
The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016 - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com
The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016 - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com: The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016361916  Democracy Alliance conferences are typically kept hush-hush. | AP PhotosBy KENNETH P. VOGEL | 4/24/14 5:00 AM EDTSome of the country’s biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union
The “War Report” Radio Show: False Promise of NCLB for Public Education | Cloaking Inequity
The “War Report” Radio Show: False Promise of NCLB for Public Education | Cloaking Inequity: The “War Report” Radio Show: False Promise of NCLB for Public EducationLeave No Child Behind is a moniker appropriated from the military’s “Leave No Man Behind.” Perhaps the moniker belies the mindset of the authors of high-stakes testing and accountability policies, because we are in the middle of a “war”
4-24-14 The Answer Sheet What teachers really want
The Answer Sheet: How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded — and didn’tThe 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling is almost upon us and it’s a good time to take a look at whether it succeeded in its mission: to end segregation in public schools. Here is an important report about what has and has not been accomplished by the case. It […]b
FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, April 24, 2014
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Charter of Van Nuys’ CHAMPS in jeopardy over staffer’s $27,000 credit-card misuseFCMAT’s new website is coming soon! We will have a new look and better compatibility with mobile devices, making it easier to access information and resources. Look for our new site starting April 25.Education HeadlinesThursday, April 24, 2014FCMAT provides links
Teachers For Social Justice: Jobs, Celebrations, Events, Publications, and a Caravan to Milwaukee!
Teachers For Social Justice: Jobs, Celebrations, Events, Publications, and a Caravan to Milwaukee!: Jobs, Celebrations, Events, Publications, and a Caravan to Milwaukee!APRIL 24, 2014 LEAVE A COMMENT1. LSC Victory Celebration[download pdf here] 2. Northeast Side Regional School Discipline Summit: Project NiaApril 29 - 5:30 p.m.With the release of new data from the Chicago Public Schools in Februar
Chicago Again Imposes ‘Reconstitution’ As Though It Will Cure School Ills | janresseger
Chicago Again Imposes ‘Reconstitution’ As Though It Will Cure School Ills | janresseger: Chicago Again Imposes ‘Reconstitution’ As Though It Will Cure School IllsPosted on April 24, 2014 by janressegerThe school board in Chicago will turn three more schools over to the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), its contractor of choice, when the turnaround ax falls this spring.  Arne Duncan, the
Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-Offs - Bridging Differences - Education Week
Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-Offs - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-OffsBy Deborah Meier on April 24, 2014 10:45 AMToday, Deborah Meier writes to Mike Klonsky, who joined her on the blog this week.Dear Mike,We most often argue about strategy rather than principles. But maybe there's a principle behind our differences in strategy. I've always had a hard t
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 4-24-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: CHARTER OF VAN NUY’S CHAMPS IN JEAPARDY OVER STAFFER’S $27,000 CREDIT-CARD MISUSE + smf’s 2¢By Thomas Himes, San Bernardino Sun | http://bit.ly/1fa4qPp 4/22/14, 1:03 PM PDT | UPDATED: 4/23  ::  Charter High School of the Arts officials have 10 days to convince Los Angeles Unified they’ve fixed mismanagement that let a former staffer rack up $27,000 in p
Morning Wink 4-24-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS4-24-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Teacher to David Coleman: Yes, What Children Think and Feel Does MatterVeteran teacher Eileen Riley Hall has some advice for David Coleman, architect of the Common Core standards. Coleman famous
4-24-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Teacher to David Coleman: Yes, What Children Think and Feel Does MatterVeteran teacher Eileen Riley Hall has some advice for David Coleman, architect of the Common Core standards. Coleman famously said, in taped remarks at the New York State Education Department, that   “As you grow up in this world, you realize people really don’t
4-24-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Where is the Right Wing on the Charter Takeover of Local Education?How interesting that the right opposes common core because they see it as mandates from the federal government but ignores parent trigger laws and the charter school movement, which are more invasive takeovers of local education control - by both government fiat (see NYState Cuomo backed charter give-away law remov
4-24-14 Wait What?
Wait What?: There goes another $1.8 million to an out-of-state corporate education reform consulting companyOnce again you can hear the high-priced consultants laughing their way to the bank with our tax dollars. Over the three years, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, has been busy signing contracts with out-of-state consulting companies that are costing Connecticut taxpay
4-24-14 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: Gaetz, Senate Republicans Lose Credibility on Accountability in Voucher DealSenate president Don Gaetz once acted as if accountability really mattered. After a legislative career built upon the education chops he earned as a former school superintendent who was an accoun
4-24-14 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 Best Posts On Involving Fathers In Schools”I’ve just published The Best Posts On Involving Fathers In Schools over at my other blog, Engaging Parents In School. You might find it useful….by Larry Ferlazzo / 9h hide  //  save4-23-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFLLarry Ferlazzo’
4-24-14 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.: Jose Vilson gets the Fred Klonsky treatment.Fred, First, I’m thankful you got around to this. On Cloud 10 even. Secondly, and perhaps more jokingly, I was hoping for the Fred Klonsky treatment with the artwork and all. I’m not mad, though. Honest. Thanks again. It’s like you freaking know me. - Jose V
4-24-14 Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"
Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement": The Best Posts On Involving Fathers In SchoolsThe topic of increasing the involvement of fathers in schools has been garnering some attention lately, and I thought I’d bring together some of the previous posts on the topic together. I was prompted to do so by today’s article in The Washington Post, Schools roll out the red
James Baldwin, Born 90 Years Ago, Is Fading in Classrooms - NYTimes.com
James Baldwin, Born 90 Years Ago, Is Fading in Classrooms - NYTimes.com: Celebrating James Baldwin, as Many Classrooms Ignore HimJames Baldwin, Born 90 Years Ago, Is Fading in ClassroomsIsaac Asante participates in a discussion of "Sonny's Blues" in Ms. Brantley's class.CreditJacob Blickenstaff for The New York TimesJames Baldwin’s 1953 novel, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” about a Harlem
4-24-14 With A Brooklyn Accent Go BATs
With A Brooklyn Accent: Time to BREAK THE CHAINS! School Reform is Not Civil RightsAll over the country, inner city parents and teachers are being deprived of their rights to have community input into management of public schools, while their children are moved from pillar to post by school closings, and then pushed into charter schools which often impose zero tolerance discipline policies.That th
4-24-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University)
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): Common Core Movement Never about Teaching and Learning, Always about TestingAs of April 24, 2014, I am tired to the core of writing about the Common Core because I know three things: I’ve said everything I need to say about Common Core: (a) Arguing about the quality of t
4-24-13 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: The Opposite of GritMy sister and her family recently returned from a visit to Thomas Edison's laboratory (because when engineery types head to greater NYC, that's their idea of a cool stop), and they took many pictures. The place is amazing-- all this space cleaned and arranged and perfectly fitted out for investigating and experimenting and engineering much of the modern world.It
4-24-14 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Cuomo Blames State Senate For Not Enacting His Progressive AgendaThe reason why the State Senate is not in Democratic hands is because Andrew Cuomo helped Republicans and the Independent Democratic Caucus to keep control of it.Yesterday Cuomo responded to criticism that he is not progressive enough by blaming the State Senate for failing to enact his "progessive agenda&
NYC Educator: Real People Who Stop Real Cheating--Welcome the Invigilators!
NYC Educator: Real People Who Stop Real Cheating--Welcome the Invigilators!: Real People Who Stop Real Cheating--Welcome the Invigilators!by guest blogger Arwen E. With the new emphasis on high-stakes testing, we need a new class of people.  I'm not talking about members of the Testing Industrial Complex, manufacturing exams, grading exams, selling exam-based textbooks for test prep and such.  I'm
Shanker Blog » Why A Diverse Teaching Force?
Shanker Blog » Why A Diverse Teaching Force?: Why A Diverse Teaching Force?Posted by Esther Quintero on April 24, 2014The arguments for increasing the representation of people of color in teaching are often based around two broad rationales. First is the idea that, in a diverse, democratic society, teachers of color can serve as important role models for all children. The second idea is that teach
Reformers and International Comparisons | Paul Bruno
Reformers and International Comparisons | Paul Bruno: Reformers and International ComparisonsBy PAUL BRUNO | Published: APRIL 24, 2014On Tuesday at This Week in Ed I asked what the evidence is that education reform is the best way to fight poverty. The domestic evidence doesn’t strike me as obvious, but I was especially curious about the international evidence.After writing that post I started nag
Aftermath: My Note to the Gates Foundation :: Frederick M. Hess
Aftermath: My Note to the Gates Foundation :: Frederick M. Hess: Aftermath: My Note to the Gates Foundationby Frederick M. Hess  •  Apr 24, 2014 at 8:51 amCross-posted from Education WeekA few weeks back, I wrote about a note I'd received from teacher and blogger John Thompson. At a Shanker Institute event in February, I'd told a skeptical audience that the people I know at education foundations a
Op-Ed: Newark Clergy Could Hold Key to Education Reform - NJ Spotlight
Op-Ed: Newark Clergy Could Hold Key to Education Reform - NJ Spotlight: OP-ED: NEWARK CLERGY COULD HOLD KEY TO EDUCATION REFORMALFRED KOEPPE | APRIL 24, 2014By calling for moratorium, clergy could afford One Newark much-needed time and spaceThe essence of the unprecedented letter from the clergy is their call for thoughtful engagement on an issue -- educational reform -- that they support. Both th
No, Parental Involvement is Not ‘Overrated’ | NEA Today
No, Parental Involvement is Not ‘Overrated’ | NEA Today: No, Parental Involvement is Not ‘Overrated’April 24, 2014 by twalker  Filed under Featured News, Top StoriesLeave a CommentBy Tim WalkerAnyone who follows education news and trends has come to expect that, every three or four months, a new research report or book will be released that dishes up a counter narrative too irresistible for the me

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Californians support historic changes in school funding, curriculum - latimes.com
Californians support historic changes in school funding, curriculum - latimes.com: Californians support historic changes in school funding, curriculumComments0EmailShare2Californians support new national learning standards known as Common Core, a new survey found. In Santiago Elementary School in Santa Ana, teachers are already using the new standards to emphasize critical thinking and prepare stu
the hard to decision to leave my current teaching position
the hard to decision to leave my current teaching position: the hard to decision to leave my current teaching positionbyteacherkenFollow    Email  3 Comments / 3 NewI have promised an explanation.I was recruited to teach at North County High School by a former colleague who at the time was the principal, although I knew he was leaving before I signed my contract.  I was primarily recruited to rais
Without Some Affirmative Action, Bros Won't Look At You - The Jose Vilson
Without Some Affirmative Action, Bros Won't Look At You - The Jose Vilson: Without Some Affirmative Action, Bros Won’t Look At Youby JOSE VILSON on APRIL 23, 2014in JOSESupreme Court Justice Sonia SotomayorBook Con. Miami Device. Vox Media. FiveThirtyEight.I’m see any argument against affirmative action as invalid. Time and again, I see clear examples of situations where there was a rather conscio
Those 24 Common Core 2009 Work Group Members | deutsch29
Those 24 Common Core 2009 Work Group Members | deutsch29: Those 24 Common Core 2009 Work Group MembersApril 23, 2014In May 2009, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former State Education Superintendent Paul Pastorek signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This CCSS MOU would become “Appendix B” for the US Department of Education’s (USDOE’s) Race to t
Teachers As Artists | Ideas and Thoughts
Teachers As Artists | Ideas and Thoughts: Teachers As ArtistsWhenever hear the question, “Is teaching a science or an art?” Invariably the answer is both. That seems reasonable. But what if you ask a musician  “Is music a science or an art?” Most people would lean heavily toward it being an art. Seems to me the answer should still be both. But obviously since we classify music as a mostly subjecti
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: CTU ON TODAY'S 'TURNAROUND' DECISION
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: CTU ON TODAY'S 'TURNAROUND' DECISION: CTU ON TODAY'S 'TURNAROUND' DECISIONGresham StudentsDespite strong community opposition, the Board of Education prepared to wipe clean teachers and staff at three schools designated for "turnaround" at its monthly meeting Wednesday. -- DNAInfoHere's a statement by the Chicago Teachers Union on today's CPS decision to &q
Nite Cap 4-23-14 #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 CAP4-23-14 The Whole Child Blog — ASCD's Whole Child Symposium Tackles Questions About the Future of Education — Whole Child EducationASCD's Whole Child Symposium Tackles Questions About the Future of Education — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHI





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