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Why were thousands of books purged from Racine, Wisconsin school libraries? : blue cheddar
Why were thousands of books purged from Racine, Wisconsin school libraries? : blue cheddar: Why were thousands of books purged from Racine, Wisconsin school libraries?by blue cheddar • July 23, 2014Backup direct link to embedded video of speech at Racine school board meetingThousands of books were removed from the public school libraries of Racine, Wisconsin by non-library staff to the alarm of th


Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance - LA Times
Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance - LA Times: Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performanceL.A.Unified Supt. John Deasy contended that releasing names would lead to resentment and jealousy among teachers, spur "unhealthy" comparisons among staff, cause some instructors to leave the nation's second-largest school system, and interfere

7-21-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Latest Resources On The Child Refugee Crisis© 2011 Takver, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here are the latest additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border: A Central America expert explains the root causes of the migrant crisis is from Vox. The Myth of the Disease

AFT, NEA Agendas Converge Amid External, Internal Pressure - Education Week
AFT, NEA Agendas Converge Amid External, Internal Pressure - Education Week: AFT, NEA Agendas Converge Amid External, Internal PressureBy Stephen Sawchuk and Liana HeitinWhat may end up being a new era for the teachers’ unions began, fittingly, with a marriage.American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was a guest of honor at incoming National Education Association President Lily E


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-20-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Arthur Goldstein: Why Good Teachers Need Tenure TooArthur Goldstein, a high school teacher of English as a Second Language in New York City, explains in this article that good teachers need tenure too. Goldstein gives examples of teachers who were denied tenure because they stood up for the rights of their students. When he made de


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-25-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Another Super-Hot Los Angeles School Board RaceIn District 1 in Los Angeles, a well-funded, politically-connected candidate–Alex Johnson– squares off against an underfunded, highly qualified educator–George McKenna. McKenna won 44% of the vote in the primary to Johnson’s 26%. The run-off is August 12. But Johnson has raised almost


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-21-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: South Carolina: State Vouchers Allow Profits at Expense of Public SchoolsThere is more than one way to harm public education. Several states have passed legislation to allow tax credits for scholarships to private and religious schools. This reduces the money available to support public schools. But it gets better! In South Carolin


7-23-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Two Excellent World War One Resources From The GuardianThe British newspaper The Guardian has recently produced two excellent resources about World Ward One that I’m adding to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I: A global guide to the first world war – interactive documentary is an impressive multilingual…inte

7-20-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day | For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: All My Ed Week Posts On Parent Engagement In One Place!Q & A Collections: Parent Engagement In Schools is my latest post at Education Week Teacher. It brings together all my Ed Week posts related to parent engagement from the past three years. Here’s an excerpt: I’m adding it to My Best Posts, Articles & Interviews

7-21-14 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: POTUS gains support for minority educationMorning Read: POTUS gains support for minority education Obama to report widening of initiative for black and Latino boys President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve t


LAUSD BOARD ELECTION BETWEEN MCKENNA AND JOHNSON- IS THE BEST VOTE NO VOTE? - Perdaily.com
LAUSD BOARD ELECTION BETWEEN MCKENNA AND JOHNSON- IS THE BEST VOTE NO VOTE? - Perdaily.com: LAUSD BOARD ELECTION BETWEEN MCKENNA AND JOHNSON- IS THE BEST VOTE NO VOTE?(Mensaje se repite en Español)In the 1998 Warren Beatty film Bulworth, the scene in the Black church on Vermont, when he tells the folks present that the only time they will see politicians is when they want their vote, is reminiscen
America’s Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got that Way | Center for American Progress
America’s Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got that Way | Center for American Progress: America’s Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got that WayHow State and Local Governance Causes School Funding DisparitiesSOURCE: AP/Patrick SemanskyA student walks past vacant row houses to a waiting school bus as school gets out for the day in Baltimore.By
The case against Alex Johnson
The case against Alex Johnson: The case against Alex JohnsonJULY 25, 2014 BY ROBERT D. SKEELS * RDSATHENE LEAVE A COMMENTWhen it comes to corporate sponsors poverty pimp Alex Johnson puts top auto racing teams to shame.The original draft of this essay was written in mid-June, 2014. The figures cited in the piece are indicative of the Form-460 information available at that time. I will be writing a
Nite Cap 7-25-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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“I’m Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore!” The Real Reasons Why Teachers Stay or Quit the Profession“I’m Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore!” The Real Reasons Why Teachers Stay or Quit the Profession: “I’m Mad as
“I’m Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore!” The Real Reasons Why Teachers Stay or Quit the Profession
“I’m Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore!” The Real Reasons Why Teachers Stay or Quit the Profession: “I’m Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore!” The Real Reasons Why Teachers Stay or Quit the ProfessionJULY 25, 2014 BY NANCY BAILEY LEAVE A COMMENTWhy do teachers stay teaching? What makes them leave?The Alliance for Excellent Education and the New Teacher Center, hea

An Educator’s Conference Perspective | My Island View
An Educator’s Conference Perspective | My Island View: An Educator’s Conference PerspectiveJuly 25, 2014 by Tom Whitby @tomwhitbyIf there is one thing that could be said of what I do professionally it might be that I do get around to many education conferences. This past month I attended two International conferences ISTE14, BLC14 and one Indiana regional conference, the Greater Clark County Schoo



Federal government required states to adopt Common Core school standards, congressional hopeful says | PolitiFact Wisconsin
Federal government required states to adopt Common Core school standards, congressional hopeful says | PolitiFact Wisconsin: Federal government required states to adopt Common Core school standards, congressional hopeful saysShare this story:The Common Core school standards were adopted by 45 states, three of which later dropped them. (AP photo)Gov. Scott Walker joined other potential Republican c


Race to the Top: A Five-Year Marathon Slog With No End in Sight - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher
Race to the Top: A Five-Year Marathon Slog With No End in Sight - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Race to the Top: A Five-Year Marathon Slog With No End in SightBy Nancy Flanagan on July 25, 2014 12:28 PMLet me start by revealing my bias about the name itself. I don't think any aspect of genuinely improving public education in America is enhanced by state-vs.-state competition.
7-25-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open ThreadWhat does Rand Paul, a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for President, think should happen in education?“If you have one person in the country who is, like, the best at explaining calculus, that person maybe should teach every calculus class in the country,” the senator said. “You’d still have local teachers to reinforce and try to
Morning Wink 7-25-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-25-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Another Super-Hot Los Angeles School Board RaceIn District 1 in Los Angeles, a well-funded, politically-connected candidate–Alex Johnson– squares off against an underfunded, highly qualified educator–George McKen
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-25-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Another Super-Hot Los Angeles School Board RaceIn District 1 in Los Angeles, a well-funded, politically-connected candidate–Alex Johnson– squares off against an underfunded, highly qualified educator–George McKenna. McKenna won 44% of the vote in the primary to Johnson’s 26%. The run-off is August 12. But Johnson has raised almost

7/24/2014 – Education ‘Reform’ Loses The Netroots
7/24/2014 – Education ‘Reform’ Loses The Netroots: 7/24/2014 – Education ‘Reform’ Loses The NetrootsJuly 24, 2014 SubscribeTHIS WEEK: Voters Overwhelmingly Want Pre-K Expansion … Teacher Dropout Crisis … Segregation Feeds Tea Party … Jeb Bush Policies Hit Obstacles … Choice Is About SortingTOP STORYEducation ‘Reform’ Loses The NetrootsBy Jeff Bryant“At this year’s Netroots Nation conference … thos



AFT, NEA Agendas Converge Amid External, Internal Pressure - Education Week
AFT, NEA Agendas Converge Amid External, Internal Pressure - Education Week: AFT, NEA Agendas Converge Amid External, Internal PressureBy Stephen Sawchuk and Liana HeitinWhat may end up being a new era for the teachers’ unions began, fittingly, with a marriage.American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was a guest of honor at incoming National Education Association President Lily E
Feds back English learner lawsuit against state | EdSource
Feds back English learner lawsuit against state | EdSource: Feds back English learner lawsuit against stateCREDIT: ACLU OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAMark Rosenbaum, chief counsel of the ACLU of Southern California, speaks at a press conference in Los Angeles regarding a lawsuit filed in 2010, Reed v. California, challenging teacher layoffs in Los Angeles Unified. The current case involves the unmet needs

New database details pay of California public school employees - LA Times
New database details pay of California public school employees - LA Times: New database details pay of California public school employeesLast year, James Hammond, the superintendent of the Montclair-Ontario Unified School District in the Inland Empire, was paid $492,077. Jonathan Eagan, the principal of a junior high school in the Bay Area city of Martinez made $279,669.And 31 custodians at Califo
Nite Cap 7-24-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAPMike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Budget vote: Another reason to get rid of mayoral control of the schoolsMike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Budget vote: Another reason to get rid of mayoral control of the schools: Budget vote: Another reason to get rid
Educators Defeat Attempt to Strip Teacher Licenses Over Test Scores | NEA Today
Educators Defeat Attempt to Strip Teacher Licenses Over Test Scores | NEA Today: Educators Defeat Attempt to Strip Teacher Licenses Over Test ScoresJuly 24, 2014 by twalker   By Luke TowlerSchool districts continue to make high-stakes decisions about teacher performance based on how well students perform on state mandated tests, despite mounting opposition across the nation. Yet no state has tied
Magnolia Charter troubles in LAUSD highlight larger concerns
Magnolia Charter troubles in LAUSD highlight larger concerns: Magnolia Charter troubles in LAUSD highlight larger concernsTroubles encountered by the charter school operator, Magnolia Public Schools (MPS),at two of its eight charters in the LA Unified School District highlight a murky governance issue that legislatures in California and elsewhere have been slow to address.Should a parent company o
Michelle Rhee’s High-Priced PR | Taking Note
Michelle Rhee’s High-Priced PR | Taking Note: Michelle Rhee’s High-Priced PRby JOHN MERROW on 24. JUL, 2014 in 2014 BLOGS, MICHELLE RHEEIn just one year[1] Michelle Rhee spent about $2 million to buy the public relations services of Anita Dunn [2] and SKDKnickerbocker.  It’s a continuing relationship that goes back to early in Rhee’s Chancellorship in Washington, and it’s probably the best money R
7-24-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: A Thoughtful Post about Native American Students by Our New SuperintendentI was just browsing the web, looking up Larry Nyland's background.  His LinkedIn page has a very long list of accomplishments and awards.  Impressive.At the state level I have had the opportunity to serve as: - Superintendent representative on the Washington State Educational Coordinating Cou
To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy | Diane Ravitch
To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy | Diane Ravitch: To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for DemocracyFriends, when a small group of parents and educators formed the Network for Public Education in 2013, we had a singular goal: to mobilize the allies of public education against the powerful forces supporting privatization and high-stakes testing. To advance that goal, we hope
Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance - LA Times
Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance - LA Times: Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performanceL.A.Unified Supt. John Deasy contended that releasing names would lead to resentment and jealousy among teachers, spur "unhealthy" comparisons among staff, cause some instructors to leave the nation's second-largest school system, and interfere

Education “reform’s” new Ann Coulter: A reeling Michelle Rhee passes the lead to Campbell Brown - Salon.com
Education “reform’s” new Ann Coulter: A reeling Michelle Rhee passes the lead to Campbell Brown - Salon.com: Michelle Rhee passes the lead to Campbell BrownExclusive: As Rhee's efforts flounder, new links emerge between a group she founded and a new face, Campbell BrownJEFF BRYANT Share 550   216    0    TOPICS: MICHELLE RHEE, ANN COULTER, CAMPBELL BROWN, EDUCATION, EDUCATION REFORM, EDITOR'S PICK
Morning Wink 7-24-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-24-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: FAIRTEST: The Weekly Round-Up on Resistance to TestingParents, educators, students and activists in many communities are using the “quiet” summer months to plan campaigns that will build the assessment reform mov

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-24-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: FAIRTEST: The Weekly Round-Up on Resistance to TestingParents, educators, students and activists in many communities are using the “quiet” summer months to plan campaigns that will build the assessment reform movement’s power once schools reopen. Across the country, more and more media outlets are reporting on the impact grassroots


7-24-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Education Policy© 2012 Shutter Stutter, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are some recent useful posts on educational policy issues: The Teacher Dropout Crisis is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Wo


Nick Kristof offers An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality
Nick Kristof offers An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality: Nick Kristof offers An Idiot’s Guide to InequalitybyteacherkenFollow    1 Comments / 1 Newin his column in Thursday's New York Times.His guide has five principles which I will list here - these are his exact words, each followed by additional text:First, economic inequality has worsened significantly in the United States and some other countries.

Nite Cap 7-23-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAP7-23-14 Seattle Schools Community ForumSeattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Downtown School - Is the Fix In?I make no secret of the fact that I had been pushing for the district to consider applying to take over the empty Federal Reserve buil
7-23-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Downtown School - Is the Fix In?I make no secret of the fact that I had been pushing for the district to consider applying to take over the empty Federal Reserve building downtown.  I believed it was worth looking into (and still do).  However, that is now tempered by this rather large push for the building.  Who's pushing?  All the forces that have decided

The Growth of a Movement: Lessons Learned During the First Year of the Badass Teachers Association | emPower magazine
The Growth of a Movement: Lessons Learned During the First Year of the Badass Teachers Association | emPower magazine: THE GROWTH OF A MOVEMENT: LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE FIRST YEAR OF THE BADASS TEACHERS ASSOCIATIONOn June 13, 2014 the Badass Teachers Association (BATs) celebrated its one year anniversary. As a member and administrator since the first few weeks, it has been truly amazing to watc
Why were thousands of books purged from Racine, Wisconsin school libraries? : blue cheddar
Why were thousands of books purged from Racine, Wisconsin school libraries? : blue cheddar: Why were thousands of books purged from Racine, Wisconsin school libraries?by blue cheddar • July 23, 2014Backup direct link to embedded video of speech at Racine school board meetingThousands of books were removed from the public school libraries of Racine, Wisconsin by non-library staff to the alarm of th
7-21-14 The Whole Child Blog — Four Frames for Principals, New and Experienced
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: Four Frames for Principals, New and ExperiencedI was working with an elementary principal. One of the school's 3rd grade classes had given him a list of responsibilities they assumed formed his job. He showed me the list and chuckled, until he got to an item that he said made him shudder far more than smile: "You fix everything." That overwhe
Zombie Lies of Corporate Education Reform
Zombie Lies of Corporate Education Reform4 Corporate Education Reform Talking Points That Are Flat-Out LiesNOVEMBER 10, 2013 BY KRIS NIELSEN 11 COMMENTSIf you listen to the buzz coming from the airwaves about education reform these days, you may notice that many things are starting to sound much too familiar–some even vomit-inducingly so.  It’s almost as if someone gave the spokespeople from state

This Week In Education: Thompson: Burris Documents Damage Done By Tracking & School Reform
This Week In Education: Thompson: Burris Documents Damage Done By Tracking & School Reform: Thompson: Burris Documents Damage Done By Tracking & School  We know Carol Burris for her insightful critiques of the contemporary school reform movement, but at first glance her On the Same Page seems to be a history of the bad old days. She presents an authoritative account of the severe damage do


Morning Wink 7-23-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Charter Schools: Do They Deserve Closer Scrutiny? Or Legitimacy?Andy Smarick, a partner at Bellweather Associates, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a former deputy commissioner of education in New Jersey for
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Charter Schools: Do They Deserve Closer Scrutiny? Or Legitimacy?Andy Smarick, a partner at Bellweather Associates, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a former deputy commissioner of education in New Jersey for Governor Christie, and a man with a long list of other affiliations with conservative groups and politicia
7-23-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Two Excellent World War One Resources From The GuardianThe British newspaper The Guardian has recently produced two excellent resources about World Ward One that I’m adding to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I: A global guide to the first world war – interactive documentary is an impressive multilingual…inte
7-23-14 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.: Ten minute drawing. Ken Griffin.by Fred Klonsky / 26min hide  //  saveTerrence P. Carter claimed a doctorate as principal at Chicago’s Barton Elementary School. Do we get a rebate?- Linda Posted on the Ravitch blog from a Chicago reader, notice his “teaching” experience increases two years in a one ye
7-23-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
Wait What?: Wait What? Questions Grow On Incoming School Chief’s Use Of Ph.D. Title, Financial ProblemsClaiming that he was “hand-picked” by Arne Duncan to be part of the corporate education reform industry, “Dr.” Terrence Carter has become a national example of what is wrong with the education reform movement. The latest article on Carter, entitled, Questions Grow On Incoming School Chief’s Use O

NYC Educator: Remediating the Remediators
NYC Educator: Remediating the Remediators:  Remediating the RemediatorsRockville Centre Principal Carol Burris has a whole series of pieces in the Washington Post, one better than the next. In her latest, she examines the odd formulas for figuring whether or not students need remediation. One is perhaps better than the next, but none appear to be anything worth jumping up and down about. Then she



Corinthian Colleges: For-Profit Schools Preying on the Vulnerable While Soaking Up Tax Dollars | janresseger
Corinthian Colleges: For-Profit Schools Preying on the Vulnerable While Soaking Up Tax Dollars | janresseger: Corinthian Colleges: For-Profit Schools Preying on the Vulnerable While Soaking Up Tax DollarsPosted on July 23, 2014 by janressegerTo really grasp the significance of what is happening to Corinthian Colleges, I urge you to read Suzanne Mettler’s new book, Degrees of Inequality: How the Po


NYC Principal Arrested, Plans Imminent Career Advancement southbronxschool
http://www.southbronxschool.com: NYC Principal Arrested, Plans Imminent Career AdvancementThe Daily News is always the first paper I read everyone morning without fail. As soon as I pick it up I check the back page (Sports) first and then check out the front page. Well lo and behold, my eyes bounced out of their sockets when I saw the headline (No! Not the new dolts on the left).It's nice to see y
7-22-14 Jersey Jazzman
Jersey Jazzman: What Exactly Does Campbell Brown Want?It appears that Campbell Brown, in the wake of Michelle Rhee's continuing descent into irrelevance, is going to be the new face of reforminess for the foreseeable future. Say what you will about Rhee, at least she taught for a couple of years; Brown forms her opinions about teachers, however, unencumbered by even that little bit of experience:U
Agreement reached on ‘willful defiance’ bill | EdSource
Agreement reached on ‘willful defiance’ bill | EdSource: Agreement reached on ‘willful defiance’ billJuly 22, 2014 | By Susan Frey | No CommentsAssemblymember Roger Dickinson Representing the 7th California Assembly DistrictAfter several months of negotiations, Gov. Jerry Brown and advocates for less punitive disciplinary policies have compromised on a bill that would limit schools’ ability to su

Charter School Probe Turns To Unpaid Rent and Commissioner's Email - Courant.com
Charter School Probe Turns To Unpaid Rent and Commissioner's Email - Courant.com: Charter School Probe Turns To Missed Rent Payments, Commissioner's EmailsComments4EmailShare64Former CEO of the Jumoke Academy charter school Michael M. Sharpe, 62, seen at the far right, was previously been convicted twice on criminal charges, and admitted that the academic credentials he claimed were inaccurate. (V
Feds will investigate “One Newark” | Bob Braun's Ledger
Feds will investigate “One Newark” | Bob Braun's Ledger: Feds will investigate “One Newark”PULSENJ’s Sharon SmithThe deeply flawed state school reorganization plan known as “One Newark” faces a federal investigation. In response to a detailed request for a probe from Pulse New Jersey, a parent activist group founded by Johnny Lattner and Sharon Smith, the U.S. Department of Education will determin
Nite Cap 7-22-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAPPAMEST 2014 Nominees - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)PAMEST 2014 Nominees - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2014 State Finalists for Prestigious National Teaching AwardSACRAMENTO—State Superintenden
PAMEST 2014 Nominees - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
PAMEST 2014 Nominees - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2014 State Finalists for Prestigious National Teaching AwardSACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today nominated six outstanding elementary school teachers as California finalists for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAE
OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity
OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity: OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory BoardPosted on: Tuesday July 22nd, 2014Zakiyah Ansari (left) of the Alliance for QualityEducation and Ocynthia Williams of United Parents ofHighbridgewere named to the Community Schools Advisory Baord.Las

John Thompson: Oklahoma's Chief for Change Barresi in Trouble With Voters - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
John Thompson: Oklahoma's Chief for Change Barresi in Trouble With Voters - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Thompson: Oklahoma's Chief for Change Barresi in Trouble With VotersBy Anthony Cody on July 22, 2014 10:15 AMGuest post by John Thompson. When I attended last year's Oklahoma Department of Education Vision 2020 annual conference, I put on a brave face, suggesting we were en
‘Say this, not that’: A slick PR guide selling charter schools preferred lies - The Washington Post
‘Say this, not that’: A slick PR guide to selling charter schools by key charter group - The Washington Post: ‘Say this, not that’: A slick PR guide to selling charter schools by key charter groupBy Valerie Strauss July 22 at 2:10 PM  It appears as if the charter school sector believes that it needs to better hone its public messaging. At its recent annual convention, the National Alliance for Pub
This is Why Parents Are Not Invited to the Ed Reform Table. They Just Don’t Have the ‘Right’ Credentials. | Missouri Education Watchdog
This is Why Parents Are Not Invited to the Ed Reform Table. They Just Don’t Have the ‘Right’ Credentials. | Missouri Education Watchdog: This is Why Parents Are Not Invited to the Ed Reform Table. They Just Don’t Have the ‘Right’ Credentials.inShareThe closed fraternity of education reformersAndrew Ferguson writes in The Weekly Standard about the history and players in the education reform movemen

2014 LATINO STUDENT REALITY AT LAUSD- ABSENT IN ESPARZA & OLMOS' 2006 FILM "WALKOUT" - Perdaily.com
2014 LATINO STUDENT REALITY AT LAUSD- ABSENT IN ESPARZA & OLMOS' 2006 FILM "WALKOUT" - Perdaily.com: 2014 LATINO STUDENT REALITY AT LAUSD- ABSENT IN ESPARZA & OLMOS' 2006 FILM "WALKOUT"(Mensaje se repite en Español)It seems that the motto of today's news is: If it doesn't make the reader feel good or shows our leadership and their allies in a bad light, it doesn't exist
7-21-14 The Whole Child Blog — Free Webinar: Digital Learning Strategies with Mike Fisher
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: Free Webinar: Digital Learning Strategies with Mike FisherJoin Mike Fisher, author of the ASCD Arias Digital Learning Strategies: How do I assign and assess 21st century work?, for an exciting, free webinar to explore six questions for deciding whether or not to digitize your instructional strategies, processes, or products. Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:

New political action committee forms in L.A. school board race - LA Times
New political action committee forms in L.A. school board race - LA Times: New political action committee forms in L.A. school board raceA new political action committee has formed to influence the outcome of Los Angeles school board races, filling a gap created when a group of civic leaders, which includes former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, decided to sit out next month's key upcoming election.Th
Twenty-fifth Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book Highlights Improvements Since 1990 - The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Twenty-fifth Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book Highlights Improvements Since 1990 - The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Twenty-fifth Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book Highlights Improvements Since 1990POSTED JULY 22, 2014, BY THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATIONSHARE VIA: National, State Policy Changes Have Resulted in Positive Changes for Children, but More are Living in High-Poverty Neighborhoods and in Single-
Morning Wink 7-22-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSImitating white privilege: Why our public schools don’t look like the public | The Hechinger ReportImitating white privilege: Why our public schools don’t look like the public | The Hechinger Report: Imitating white privilege: Why our public schools don’t look like the publicBy Andre Perry“Why can’t New Orleans have a charter school for middle class blacks
Imitating white privilege: Why our public schools don’t look like the public | The Hechinger Report
Imitating white privilege: Why our public schools don’t look like the public | The Hechinger Report: Imitating white privilege: Why our public schools don’t look like the publicBy Andre Perry“Why can’t New Orleans have a charter school for middle class blacks?” A black physician and parent of a teenage daughter unashamedly asked me this question as we deboarded a first class cabin from our flight
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-22-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Nevada Teacher to Senator Harry Reid: We Need Your Help!Angie Sullivan is a teacher-warrior who never gives up the fight for quality education in Nevada. She wants qualified teachers and adequate funding. She won’t back down. She wrote this letter to Senator Harry Reid: “@TeachForAmerica: “You’ve done so much to help our country.”
7-22-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Lee Sustar on #AFT14 Convention: Lots of Tough Talk - But Watch What They Do....to Randi Weingarten, "fighting forward" apparently means embracing the New York contract as a template for the entire union. The supposed benefits of the deal were hammered home throughout the convention. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose administration negotiated the agreement, spoke
7-22-14 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.: NBC’s Erin Carlson: “Karen Lewis for Eva Peron.” No. Madonna for Eva Peron. Lewis for mayor.“Lewis has been an Eva Peron-style champion for teachers facing layoffs, school closures and the loss of their pensions (along with police and fire unions).” NBC’s Erin Carlson. Ah. Chicago journalism. Here’s t
7-22-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Seven Good “Reads” On Ed Tech© 2010 Brad Flickinger, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are several recent good pieces related to educational technology: 10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs is from Edudemic. Will Computers Ever Replace Teachers? appeared in The New Yorker. 3 Reasons Why Chromebook Be

Report: Higher education behind on Common Core | The Hechinger Report
Report: Higher education behind on Common Core | The Hechinger Report: Report: Higher education behind on Common CoreIt says universities and colleges aren’t ready for new standardsBy Jon MarcusAmerica’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: college
Initiatives you won’t see on November ballot | EdSource
Initiatives you won’t see on November ballot | EdSource: Initiatives you won’t see on November ballotJuly 21, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | No CommentsEarlier this year, the secretary of state’s office gave sponsors of six proposed education-related ballot measures the go-ahead to collect the 505,000 signatures each needed to appear on the November  ballot. None qualified.Those that fell by the wa
A July 21, 2014, Update on Common Core, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced | deutsch29
A July 21, 2014, Update on Common Core, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced | deutsch29: A July 21, 2014, Update on Common Core, PARCC, and Smarter BalancedJuly 21, 2014On Sunday, July 20, 2014, I took the day off from writing. No book editing; no blogging.I think I have done so only for one other day since May.Instead, I read a book for the sheer enjoyment of reading. I chose my all-time favorite, a work
The Delusions Within Campbell Brown's Mind southbronxschool
http://www.southbronxschool.com: The Delusions Within Campbell Brown's MindEveryone's favorite ed deformer, Campbell Brown is back in the Daily News todaysharing her thoughts on the op-ed pages. This time she is attempting a new tact, claiming she is not attacking teachers at all but rather tenure. Yeah, sure. Let's have a looksee.Campbell blabbers; The tenacious New York parents who are challengi
Nite Cap 7-21-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAPTea Party support linked to educational segregation, new study shows - Jonathan KantrowitzTea Party support linked to educational segregation, new study shows - Jonathan Kantrowitz: Tea Party support linked to educational segregation, new study s

Common Core Phrase: Teachers are ‘Guides on the Side’. Can Jibo Perform that Function? | Missouri Education Watchdog
Common Core Phrase: Teachers are ‘Guides on the Side’. Can Jibo Perform that Function? | Missouri Education Watchdog: Common Core Phrase: Teachers are ‘Guides on the Side’. Can Jibo Perform that Function?inShareCommon Core State Standards Initiative is dependent on technology for teaching material, assessing the material and then gathering the data from the assessments into state databases which t
7-21-14 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: POTUS gains support for minority educationMorning Read: POTUS gains support for minority education Obama to report widening of initiative for black and Latino boys President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve t

7-21-14 Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"
Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement": “Want More Kids to Graduate? Report Suggests Starting with Mom and Dad”Want More Kids to Graduate? Report Suggests Starting with Mom and Dad is the headline of a post over at Education Week. Here are a some excerpts: A new report released today by the Foundation for Child Development and CLASP, a Washington think tank, find
7-21-14 The Whole Child Blog — What Advice Do You Have for New Principals?
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: What Advice Do You Have for New Principals?As the key players in developing the climate, culture, and processes in their schools, principals are critical to implementing meaningful and lasting change in the ongoing school-improvement process. Those who have a clear vision; inspire and engage others in embracing change for improvement; drive, facilitate

7-21-14 With A Brooklyn Accent: Five Ways to Tell Whether the Charter School Near You Sucks
With A Brooklyn Accent: Five Ways to Tell Whether the Charter School Near You SucksThere are some excellent charter schools in NY and around the nation. I am not attacking them. However, all too many charter schools have the following characteristics1. Over paid "CEO's" who take pride in their dictatorial management style.2. Terrorized teacher temps who have no union protection 3. Studen
7-21-14 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.: Chicago politics. Magical thinking, perfect storms and bean bag.All weekend I have been asked the same question. “Is Karen going to run?” I consider Karen a friend. But let us be clear. I am not on her exploratory committee, an insider or political confidant. I don’t like sitting in on strategy meetin
Cartoons of Kids in School | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Cartoons of Kids in School | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Cartoons of Kids in SchoolYep, here’s another edition of monthly cartoons. The following cartoons of kids in school (and at home) have tickled me and I wanted to share them with readers. Enjoy!Cartoons of Kids in School | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

Morning Wink 7-21-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-21-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: South Carolina: State Vouchers Allow Profits at Expense of Public SchoolsThere is more than one way to harm public education. Several states have passed legislation to allow tax credits for scholarships to privat
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-21-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: South Carolina: State Vouchers Allow Profits at Expense of Public SchoolsThere is more than one way to harm public education. Several states have passed legislation to allow tax credits for scholarships to private and religious schools. This reduces the money available to support public schools. But it gets better! In South Carolin
7-21-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Latest Resources On The Child Refugee Crisis© 2011 Takver, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here are the latest additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border: A Central America expert explains the root causes of the migrant crisis is from Vox. The Myth of the Disease

Audit finds missing, misused funds at LA charter network | 89.3 KPCC
Audit finds missing, misused funds at LA charter network | 89.3 KPCC: Audit finds missing, misused funds at LA charter networkThe Los Angeles Unified school district is investigating a network of eight charter schools for misuse of public school funds.An audit showed Magnolia Public Schools used classroom cash to help six non-employees with immigration costs. The schools had trouble justifying ano

Tuning in to Teachers | Randi Weingarten
Tuning in to Teachers | Randi Weingarten: Tuning in to Teachers Why would 3,500 people go to sun- and fun-filled Los Angeles and opt to spend the bulk of their time inside a cavernous convention hall? To be heard. This was the case last week at the American Federation of Teachers biennial convention, where educators spoke up forcefully and passionately about economic and social justice, education
Texas Hangin’ its Hat on its New VAM System |
Texas Hangin’ its Hat on its New VAM System |: Texas Hangin’ its Hat on its New VAM System A fellow blogger, James Hamric and author of Hammy’s Education Reform Blog, emailed a few weeks ago connecting me with a recent post he wrote about teacher evaluations in Texas, titling them and his blog post “The good, the bad and the ridiculous.”It seems that the Texas Education Agency (TEA), which serves
7-20-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Stand for Children's Petition - Don't Sign ItStand has this "education" petition going around. Consider not signing it.First, note the source.  That should tell you all you need to know right there.  (What's funny is they want one word changed and claim it will "free" Washington from NCLB.  There's no way they can know that for sure.  Next, it i
7-20-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: My Video of Randi Press Conf at #AFT14Some interesting insights from Randi on Vergara, Duncan and other issues. But not enough of a rigorous defense of tenure - rather a sense of - we are willing to help get rid of teachers. Left hanging are those teachers who have been chopped due to political persecution. Lenny Isenberg from LA asks Randi a question as do I. A few days later the
7-20-14 Curmudgucation Week
CURMUDGUCATION: Zephyr Teachout Is for RealWhen the Washington Post ran an essay by Zephyr Teachout, they prefaced it by observing that she is "to say the least, not the kind of person you'd expect to run for office."That seems fair. Teachout is a Vermont-born law professor. In profiles of her by those who know her, she comes across as humble. In her own writing and speaking, she comes a
7-20-14 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.: Happy birthday Karen Jennings Lewis!Sunday reads.Happy birthday Karen Jennings Lewis! Charles Schwab — A core member of the ‘charter cabal’. The Joe Berrios crime family. In case you forgot, Joe is Chairman of the Chicago Democratic Party. Teacher disciplined because her students’ scores are too high.
Morning Wink 7-20-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-20-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Arthur Goldstein: Why Good Teachers Need Tenure TooArthur Goldstein, a high school teacher of English as a Second Language in New York City, explains in this article that good teachers need tenure too. Goldstein
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-20-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Arthur Goldstein: Why Good Teachers Need Tenure TooArthur Goldstein, a high school teacher of English as a Second Language in New York City, explains in this article that good teachers need tenure too. Goldstein gives examples of teachers who were denied tenure because they stood up for the rights of their students. When he made de
7-20-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter: NEA, SEIU, and Eli BroadAt the recent AFT and NEA coronations, there was news about new linkages with SEIU, whose former president, Andy Stern, had close ties with Broad, Gates, and Obama (Stern had a choice seat in the Obama box at the Inauguration Parade). Below is part of a post I did in 2007, a day or so after a big fund-raiser in Los Angles for charter chain, Green Dot Public
7-20-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day | For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: All My Ed Week Posts On Parent Engagement In One Place!Q & A Collections: Parent Engagement In Schools is my latest post at Education Week Teacher. It brings together all my Ed Week posts related to parent engagement from the past three years. Here’s an excerpt: I’m adding it to My Best Posts, Articles & Interviews
7-20-14 Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"
Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement": Odd Question: Are Parents “Assets Or Liabilities”?John Merrow, who produces education-related segments for the PBS News Hour, recently published a post about parent engagement titled Assets or Liabilities? Though certainly there are teachers who are not very positive about working with parents, my suspicion is that they are

Nite Cap 7-19-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAPDIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Kids on the Way to the Park: Is Joy Stifled in School??DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Kids on the Way to the Park: Is Joy Stifled in School??: Kids on the Way to the Park: Is Joy Stifled in School??There is
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Kids on the Way to the Park: Is Joy Stifled in School??
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Kids on the Way to the Park: Is Joy Stifled in School??: Kids on the Way to the Park: Is Joy Stifled in School??There is a playground in my development.During the summer, I have the pleasure of listening to children as they travel to the playground.The excitement can't be contained, talking, laughing, running!"Come back!" "Don't go too far!" &
All Things Education: Schooled by Schooled (& Silicon Valley)
All Things Education: Schooled by Schooled (& Silicon Valley): Schooled by Schooled (& Silicon Valley)I finally read The New Yorker article ("Schooled") about education reform in Newark, New Jersey. I think it was a fair piece but before I continue, a disclaimer: I assume that anything I say here could be legitimately challenged or discounted given what people who are on the grou
7-19-14 WagTheDog - Data-Driven Common Core Does Not Compute
Data-Driven Common Core Does Not Compute | WagTheDog: Data-Driven Common Core Does Not ComputeMore and more it feels like the education leaders who are tasked with overseeing the data-driven Common Core implementation and assessment policies are “Lost in Space” and their data “does not compute”.  During the school year 100% of teachers are expected to “unpack” the standards, differentiate instruct
Superintendent Jose Banda Welcome to Sacramento, Don't Mind the Bee Bashing (they were hoping for another Broadie)
Superintendent Jose Banda Welcome to Sacramento, Don't Mind the Bee Bashing (they were hoping for another Broadie)What others say about Superintendent Jose Banda:Next Seattle schools chief Banda: Building trust at top of to-do listThe Seattle School Board's unanimous selection of José Banda as the next district superintendent came after 3-1/2 hours of closed-door deliberations Sunday night, offici
Editorial: New superintendent contract gives a reward for Being Bashed by The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: New superintendent contract gives a reward for incompetence - Editorials - The Sacramento Bee: Editorial: New superintendent contract gives a reward for incompetenceBy the Editorial BoardPublished: Saturday, Jul. 19, 2014 - 12:00 amWhen José L. Banda takes over as superintendent for the Sacramento City Unified School District on Aug. 1, he will earn an annual salary of $290,000 – a $20,
2nd Banana 7-19-14 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform #NN14
BIG EDUCATION APE 2ND BANANARECAP OF LAST WEEK'S BEST POSTDonna Brazile, Democrats for Public EducationDonna Brazile, Democrats for Public EducationDonna Brazile as one of the founding members of "Democrats for Public Education" talks about how privatization and market-based education reform has made education less equitable in many communities.by mike simpson / 5h OMG!!!!! Look who’s co
Morning Wink 7-19-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSThe Seven A’s of Successful High Schools | Connected PrincipalsThe Seven A’s of Successful High Schools | Connected Principals: The Seven A’s of Successful High Schoolshttp://nicholasferguson.org/wp-content/uploads/Success.jpg Defining what it means to have a “successful” high school is quite the challenge, with stakeholders often disagreeing on the approa
Wakefield NH Has Woken Up. Will Your School Board? | Missouri Education Watchdog
Wakefield NH Has Woken Up. Will Your School Board? | Missouri Education Watchdog: Wakefield NH Has Woken Up. Will Your School Board?Dr. Sandra Stotsky speaking to the Wakefield School Board July 16, 2014Dr. Sandra Stotsky, most noted on this blog for her participation in the Common Core State Standards Initiative Validation Committee and her refusal to sign off on the ELA standards, has written an
Stephen Krashen Blog 7-19-14
SKrashen:Compelling EvidenceSent to the Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2014In "Test scores may move, learning doesn't" (July 12), Jo Craven McGinty says that there is "compelling evidence" that the US education system is inadequate, because American students "score below average in math and average in reading and science" when compared to other countries on internation
7-19-14 With A Brooklyn Accent: Love Letters to the BATS
7-12-14 With A Brooklyn Accent: Love Letters to the BATSWith A Brooklyn Accent:Teacher Temps and Computer Tenders Can't Move Children Out of PovertyOne of the things I am most worried about in the rush to on line learning and disposable teacher temps is the elimination of relationship building and mentoring, which in my experience, is key in having education move people out of poverty and promote
7-19-14 Jersey Jazzman NJ Ed News Round-up Jammin' All Week
Jersey Jazzman:Jersey Jazzman Jammin' All Week@GovChristie's Executive Order Lays Bare the Fundamental Problems with AchieveNJYesterday, Chris Christie tried to play the "reasonable" reformer with his executive order on testing:First, he announced an executive order creating a new state task force -- entirely appointed by Christie – to study the effectiveness of state testing as a whole,
7-19-14 Curmudgucation Week
CURMUDGUCATION:Curmudgucation WeekAFT Spanks Duncan (Sort Of)I know this is old news, but I've been out of town. On Sunday, July 13, I was in the air flying toward the very city where the AFT was kind of taking a stand.The NEA had taken similar steps earlier by calling for the ouster of Arne Duncan, though outbound president Dennis Van Roekel immediately chalked it up to members just being, you kn
7-19-14 NPE News Briefs ← from The Network for Public Education
NPE News Briefs ← from The Network for Public Education:NPE News Briefsfrom The Network for Public EducationEduShyster: The Inside Scoop on Why Massachusetts Did Not Lift the Charter Cap | Diane Ravitch’s blogAs we all know, the State Senate in Massachusetts voted against lifting the cap on charter schools. This was a shocker. Here is the inside story, told by Edushyster. You won’t see this anywhe
7-19-14 THE WHOLE WEEK @ The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education:THE WHOLE WEEK @ The Whole Child Blog How Do We Build Systems for All Learners?All the talk of closing the achievement gap in schools obscures a more fundamental issue: do the grades we assign to students truly reflect the extent of their learning? In a new ASCD book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder, Myron Dueck reveals how many of the assessment policies t
7-19-14 This Week in 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):PAC spending for Johnson gives him $200,000 advantagePAC spending for Johnson gives him $200,000 advantage As the week comes to a close, Alex Johnson has expanded his overall lead in financial support over George McKenna in their quest to win election as the new District 1 board member in LA Unified, accor
All Week @ The Answer Sheet 7-19-14
The Answer Sheet:All Week @ The Answer SheetMom’s letter to college-bound daughter: Why ‘I have reason to fear’Vicki Abeles is a filmmaker, attorney and mother of three. She is also the co-director and producer of the education documentary “Race to Nowhere,” which revealed the damage to young people being done by the pressures of school, homework, tutoring and extracurricular activities. In the fo
7-19-14 Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Schooling in the Ownership Society All Week
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog:Schooling in the Ownership SocietyMike Klonsky's SmallTalk Schooling in the Ownership SocietyIt's Gates' company Microsoft that needs a good "turnaround"Bill Gates is fond of blaming the schools for failing to produce enough highly-skilled workers to grow the economy or enough properly-trained workers for his company. As if that is truly the purpose of PUBLI
7-19-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
Wait What?:  Wait What? All Week“Dr.” Terrence Carter – Lexington University:  Order Now, Graduate TodayThe individual known as “Dr.” Terrence Carter – who, thanks for Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor and Special Master Steven Adamowski is scheduled to be hired by the New London Board of Education on Monday told the Hartford Courant that he received his doctorate from “Lexington Un
7-19-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
Seattle Schools Community Forum:Seattle Schools Community ForumSeattle School Board Appoints Larry Nyland as Interim SuperThe Board seems in agreement of the appointment of Dr. Larry Nyland, former superintendent in Marysville (and a former Superintendent of the Year) to be the interim superintendent. More to come.  Board seems enthused.Updates:- Carr and Martin-Morris were out-of-town but were on
7-19-14 Ed Notes Online Week
Ed Notes Online: Ed Notes OnlineI Defend Tenure in the IndypendentThanks to John Tarleton for a great editing job. Making me look literate ain't easy.Teacher Bashing Knows No Summer Vacation By Norm ScottJuly 16, 2014Issue # 198  In a closely watched case, a California judge ruled on June 10 that the state’s teacher tenure laws infringed on the civil rights of students in schools in poor communiti
7-19-14 Fred All Week 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.: Fred All Week Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacherSaturday morning. The 2 million hits squares are filling up.Wow. The squares are fling up quickly. What date wil this blog hit 2 million site visits. Pick the correct date and win this beautiful customized t-shirt in the color of
7-19-14 Perdido Street School Week
Perdido Street School: Perdido Street School WeekIndependent Democrat Jeff Klein Is Mobbed UpOld timey corruption, Carlo Gambino-style!Development–formerly known as Hutch Realty Partners–kicked in the five figures in June. The donation brings the real estate group’s total contribution to Mr. Klein’s operation to a whopping $93,850 since 2006.Two principals of the company, Michael Contillo and Jose
7-19-14 the becoming radical EMPATHYEDUCATES! | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness by P. L. Thomas, EdD
THE BECOMING RADICALEMPATHYEDUCATES!the becoming radical  A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness by It’s Not Race, It’s Class…And Other Stories Folks Now TellBy Black&Smart, AKAdemic | Originally Published at Black&Smart July 10, 2014 I have been studying race, racism and its damaging effects for most of my adult life. And I have witnessed the “racial fatigue” of people who don’t have to consc
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 7-19-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT  Because right-wing talk-radio hosts have all the answers: MAKE THE BORDER KIDS AMERICANS + smf’s 2¢By HUGH HEWITT, from Politico Magazine | http://politi.co/1mYCd0a July 17, 2014  ::  Approximately 90,000 minors have entered the country in the two years since President Obama, whether out of the best of intenti
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Week… 7-19-14 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EF
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFLLARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAYIs Summer Learning The Silver Bullet For Narrowing The Achievement Gap?This summer, I’ve been in the process of writing my seventh book — the third volume in my series on student motivation (I’m over halfway there — Yay!). As part of that writing, I’ve been going over a number of articles I
This Week's Education Research Report 7-19-14 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2
Education Research ReportTHIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORTTeacher Attrition Costs United States Up to $2.2 Billion Annually, Says New Alliance ReportReport Includes State-by-State Teacher Attrition Costs, Says Comprehensive Induction Programs Can Improve Teaching Effectiveness and Retain High-Quality TeachersRoughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year—att
7-19-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter:  Schools Matter All WeekBeware of Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) Right Wing Indoctrination SystemIf the Education Writers Association ever gives an award for REAL education reporting, this piece at Huffington Post by Christie Wilkie and Joy Resmovits has to be the winner!Wilkie and Resmovits do a terrific job exposing the Bircher-inspired and Koch funded Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) indoctri
All Week 7-19-14 @ THE CHALK FACE
@ THE CHALK FACE : All Week @ THE CHALK FACE An Update on the Continued Constriction of Roemer’s and White’s 2014-15 Assessment CornerSo much has transpired in the situation regarding the state of Louisiana education for 2014-15. For those attempting to keep up with the situation, let me briefly summarize: On June 18, 2014, Governor Bobby Jindal declared that he wanted Louisiana out of both the Pa
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH ALL WEEK LONG Diane Ravitch's blog 7-19-14 #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blogLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH ALL WEEK LONGDIANE RAVITCH'S BLOGCuomo’s Democratic Challenger Opposes Common CoreZephyr Teachout, who is opposing Governor Cuomo in the New York Democratic primary, explained her strong opposition to the Common Core standards, which Cuomo supports. She writes: “Common Core forces teachers to adhere to a narrow set of standards, rather than address the p

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