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2nd Banana 9-20-14 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform



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Teacher Refuses, Florida DOE Responds. FAIR testing suspended statewide #Florida | Continuing Change
Teacher Refuses, Florida DOE Responds. FAIR testing suspended statewide #Florida | Continuing Change: Teacher Refuses, Florida DOE Responds. FAIR testing suspended statewide #FloridaSeptember 15, 2014Education      Rate ThisIf you think that you can’t make a difference, think again.One teacher refuses and within a week,  the Florida DOE responds.K-2 Fair testing is suspended, statewide.Nice. Thank


1st Latina NEA President’s Concern: Testing, Teacher Pay and Undocumented Students « NewsTaco
1st Latina NEA President’s Concern: Testing, Teacher Pay and Undocumented Students « NewsTaco: 1st Latina NEA President’s Concern: Testing, Teacher Pay and Undocumented Students By Manuel De La Rosa, NewsTacoThe president of the nation’s largest teachers group visited the Rio Grande Valley in Texas as part of a two-day tour to discuss standardized testing, low teacher’s pay and undocumented childr


9-15-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): Stephen King: On TeachingMy life as a reader and film goer overlapped significantly with Stephen King’s rise to fame as a horror writer, and then while I was teaching in the summer institute for a regional National Writing Project (Spartanburg Writing Project), we assign


Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues | EdSource
Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues | EdSource: Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory duesSeptember 16, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | No Comments SHARE THIS ARTICLECOURTESY OF GREG SCHNEIDER (WWW.GREGSCHNEIDER.COM)Rebecca Friedrichs, lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.Vergara v. State of California, threatening teacher protection laws in California, has cons



9-19-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Researchers See What A Growth Mindset Does To The BrainMany of us teachers have seen the effect of helping our students develop a growth mindset — that their recognizing that effort trumps intelligence will result in success and better learning. You can read more about this idea, coming out of the work of Carol Dweck, at Th


Ego, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform” - Salon.com
Ego, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform” - Salon.com: Ego, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform”There's big money in education "reform," and now it's flowing to tech companies that want to disrupt public schoolsJEFF BRYANT When Michelle Rhee left the center stage of the movement


Nite Cap 9-19-14 #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 CAPEgo, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform” - Salon.comEgo, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform” - Salon.com: Ego, money and false promise



Nite Cap 9-17-14 #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 CAPRacial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-ShirtsRacial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-Shirts: Racial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “



empathyeducates – Is Justice Near for New Orleans Teachers Wrongly Fired After Katrina?
empathyeducates – Is Justice Near for New Orleans Teachers Wrongly Fired After Katrina?: Is Justice Near for New Orleans Teachers Wrongly Fired After Katrina?A teacher appreciation week banner from August 2005 remained in the library at George Washington Carver High School when it was photographed 14 months later. (The Times-Picayune archive)By Sue Sturgis | Originally Published at Facing South. A


Nite Cap 9-14-14 #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 CAP9-14-14 Curmudgucation - The Antidote to MoneyCURMUDGUCATION: The Antidote to MoneyMoney has poisoned many of the conversations in this country, shaping the debates about everything from wars in foreign lands to the future of American public educ



Patrick Walsh Reviews A Chronicle of Echoes | deutsch29
Patrick Walsh Reviews A Chronicle of Echoes | deutsch29: Patrick Walsh Reviews A Chronicle of EchoesSeptember 19, 2014On September 19, 2014, New York teacher and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) chapter leader Patrick Walsh published the following review of my book, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education, on the online news site, Truthdig.Patrick Walsh, 2

Hofmeister’s “Have-to”s Leave Even More Questions | Life at the Intersections
Hofmeister’s “Have-to”s Leave Even More Questions | Life at the Intersections: HOFMEISTER’S “HAVE-TO”S LEAVE EVEN MORE QUESTIONSSEPTEMBER 19, 2014 BRETT DICKERSONOklahoma Superintendent of Schools candidates L-John Cox – Dem, and R-Joy Hofmeister-Rep First, let’s acknowledge that those school A-F rankings that came out this week are bogus, and both candidates clearly say so.Second, let’s also ackn

Nite Cap 9-19-14 #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 CAPEgo, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform” - Salon.comEgo, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform” - Salon.com: Ego, money and false promise
Ego, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform” - Salon.com
Ego, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform” - Salon.com: Ego, money and false promises: Michelle Rhee’s big secret and the collapse of education “reform”There's big money in education "reform," and now it's flowing to tech companies that want to disrupt public schoolsJEFF BRYANT When Michelle Rhee left the center stage of the movement
International Benchmarking: State and National Education Performance Standards | American Institutes for Research
International Benchmarking: State and National Education Performance Standards | American Institutes for Research: International Benchmarking: State and National Education Performance StandardsGary PhillipsState performance standards represent how much the state expects the student to learn in order to be considered proficient in reading, mathematics, and science. This AIR report uses internationa


2013-14 California High School Exit Exam Results - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
2013-14 California High School Exit Exam Results - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Releases2013-14 California High School Exit Exam ResultsSACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) rate for the Class of 2014 was 95.5 percent—matching the record high passage rate f

9-19-14 LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District): Morning Read: LAUSD pays out to settle software vendor lawsuitMorning Read: LAUSD pays out to settle software vendor lawsuit L.A. Unified settles suit with student data software vendor The Los Angeles Unified School District paid $3.75 million Thursday to settle a lawsuit with the vendor of a software sys
How to Own a Yacht: Collect Student Data and Sell It. | Missouri Education Watchdog
How to Own a Yacht: Collect Student Data and Sell It. | Missouri Education Watchdog: How to Own a Yacht: Collect Student Data and Sell It.inShareSelling personal student information from data mining can buy you a yacht. So what’s the problem?Here’s a nifty way to make a small fortune: Set up a service selling personal student information to colleges to use in their admission procedures or to estab
Strong Mayor? Why? Part 3 — The California Fix
Strong Mayor? Why? Part 3 — The California Fix: Strong Mayor? Why? Part 3September 19, 2014Like every reform, the push in Sacramento to crown Kevin Johnson a “strong mayor” is an effort to change the rules of a political game. And like all such reforms, it comes wrapped in rhetoric about good government. But as we’ve seen in the lasttwo posts, reality doesn’t confirm the rhetoric. Council-manager
9-19-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open ThreadWhat's going on this weekend? What happened this week that we missed?Now is the time and place to tell about it - Friday Open Thread.by Charlie Mas / 27min 9-18-14 Seattle Schools Community ForumSeattle Schools Community Forum: Student Data Privacy: Where's Your Line?From Marketplace:Meet the most measured, monitored and data-mined students in the
9-19-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Researchers See What A Growth Mindset Does To The BrainMany of us teachers have seen the effect of helping our students develop a growth mindset — that their recognizing that effort trumps intelligence will result in success and better learning. You can read more about this idea, coming out of the work of Carol Dweck, at Th
Morning Wink 9-19-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-19-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: A live-stream of the event will be available on Saturday, Oct. 11, starting at Noon Eastern time, (9 am Pacific time) at  http://www.schoolhouselive.org.WE ARE MANY. THERE IS POWER IN OUR NUMBER
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-19-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: A live-stream of the event will be available on Saturday, Oct. 11, starting at Noon Eastern time, (9 am Pacific time) at  http://www.schoolhouselive.org.WE ARE MANY. THERE IS POWER IN OUR NUMBERS. TOGETHER WE WILL SAVE OUR SCHOOLS.Mercedes Schneider Reviews “The Great Debate” About Common CoreMercedes Schneider here reviews half of

9-19-14 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.: George Wallace High School.Rahm says that he is not going to name the new selective admission high school after President Obama after all. Naming things after politicians is a big deal in Chicago. They recently named the traffic-clogged circle interchange after former mayor Jane Byrne. And Balbo Stree

solidaridad: Families with Students With Disabilities make LAUSD hear your voice!
solidaridad: Families with Students With Disabilities make LAUSD hear your voice!: Families with Students With Disabilities make LAUSD hear your voice!The following is from a parent-activist whose tireless advocacy for Students With Disabilities (SWD) inspires. Her own child was a SWD, but she continued advocacy long after they graduated. The Deasy regime has been keen on keeping Los Angeles Unifi

9-19-14 Hemlock on the Rocks
Hemlock on the Rocks: LAUSD: Armed, Dangerous & Stupid | Friendly Firehttp://blogs.dailynews.com/friendlyfire/2014/09/18/lausd-armed-dangerous-stupid/ LAUSD: Armed, Dangerous & Stupid Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to give back the Rocket Powered Grenade launchers (RPGs) that they got from the Department Homeland Security. That's probably a good idea–particularly for an or



Report critical of charter school oversight | EdSource
Report critical of charter school oversight | EdSource: Report critical of charter school oversightSeptember 18, 2014 | By Susan Frey | No Comments SHARE THIS ARTICLEA lack of oversight of the nation’s charter schools has led to too many cases of fraud and abuse and too little attention to equity, according to a new report that offers recommendations to remedy the situation.The largest problems a


Nite Cap 9-18-14 #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 CAP9-18-14 Schools MatterSchools Matter: Reprise: Re-Review of Paul Tough's Biggest HitWhen I looking this morning for the publication date of Paul Tough's neo-eugenics manifesto, How Children Succeed . . ., I saw that it is #1 at Amazon in the area
9-18-14 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: Reprise: Re-Review of Paul Tough's Biggest HitWhen I looking this morning for the publication date of Paul Tough's neo-eugenics manifesto, How Children Succeed . . ., I saw that it is #1 at Amazon in the area of Educational Psychology. I felt the need to re-post this review, which appeared first at Substance News.Paul Tough, KIPP, and the Character Con: A Review of How Children Suc

9-18-14 Wait What? - Malloy’s Fundraising Operation – “Offensive but not illegal”
Wait What?: The question IS NOT whether UConn has a major impact on Connecticut’s economyThe question IS NOT whether UConn has a major impact on Connecticut’s economy. An additional issue is whether voters fully understand how UConn spends its public funds.  For example, UConn uses student and public funds to subsidize the school’s big-time athletic programs to the tune of about $19 million a year


Strong Mayor? Why? Part 2 — The California Fix
Strong Mayor? Why? Part 2 — The California Fix: Strong Mayor? Why? Part 2September 18, 2014In the last post, I disposed of the claim that switching Sacramento to a strong-mayor system would make city government more efficient. Let’s look now at the oligarchs’ second argument: that strong-mayor cities are more responsive and accountable to voters.Unlike the first, this second argument is at least p



Student-led nonprofit paves the way for change with second annual Student Voice Live! summit
Student-led nonprofit paves the way for change with second annual Student Voice Live! summit: Student-led nonprofit paves the way for change with second annual Student Voice Live! summitStudents gather technology, education and business thought leaders to transform this school year and beyondNEW YORK, NY— This week, Student Voice will partner with Dell, Microsoft, the GENYOUth Foundation and other

9-18-14 Hemlock on the Rocks
Hemlock on the Rocks: The bad-old days at LAUSD - LA Timeshttp://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-lausd-utla-teachers-union-superintendent-dea-20140918-story.html?track=rss The bad-old days at LAUSD At L.A. Unified, tensions are high and crisis is in the air. The relationship between Supt. John Deasy and the school board that oversees him is at what is perhaps an all-time low. Deasy is aga


9-18-14 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: New report says iPad curriculum rarely usedMorning Read: New report says iPad curriculum rarely used New report on L.A. Unified’s iPads reflects problems with curriculum An evaluation of the iPads-for-all project in Los Angeles schools found that only 1 of 245 classrooms surveyed even used t



4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 9-18-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Editorial: THE BAD OLD DAYS AT LAUSD …and 2¢ more or lessBy The LA Times Editorial Board |  http://lat.ms/1suH7jR LAUSD Supt. John Deasy delivers his address at the Superintendent's Annual Administrators Meeting held at Garfield High School. (Los Angeles Times) 18 Sept 2014  ::  At L.A. Unified, tensions are high and crisis is in the air. The relationsh



Morning Wink 9-18-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-18-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Join The Network for Public Education for Our Historic Event: Public Education Nation!Join The Network for Public Education for Our Historic Event: Public Education Nation!The Network for Public
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-18-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Join The Network for Public Education for Our Historic Event: Public Education Nation!Join The Network for Public Education for Our Historic Event: Public Education Nation!The Network for Public Education will hold a major event on October 11 in New York City called “Public Education Nation.” This is not to be confused with NBC’s a

9-18-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Nice Video Animation: “Scottish independence referendum 2014 explained”The citizens of Scotland are voting on whether to be their own independent country. In fact, the voting is taking place as I’m writing these words. I’ve previously shared a nice, short video explaining what’s going on, and here’s another good explanation


Majority of Newark board promises legal action against Cami | Bob Braun's Ledger
Majority of Newark board promises legal action against Cami | Bob Braun's Ledger: Majority of Newark board promises legal action against CamiNewark school board members Marquis Lewis-Aquil, Donald Jackson, Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson and Ariagna Perello at Wednesday night’s press conference. Deborah Gregory Smith, head of the Newark NAACP, looks on.Seven of the nine members of Newark’s elect


New report on L.A. Unified's iPads reflects problems with curriculum - LA Times
New report on L.A. Unified's iPads reflects problems with curriculum - LA Times: New report on L.A. Unified's iPads reflects problems with curriculum An  evaluation of the iPads-for-all project in Los Angeles schools found that only 1 of 245 classrooms surveyed even used the costly curriculum. The analysis, conducted by an outside firm, also highlighted other problems, including the pace of the ro
Student-led nonprofit paves the way for change with second annual Student Voice Live! summit
Student-led nonprofit paves the way for change with second annual Student Voice Live! summit: Student-led nonprofit paves the way for change with second annual Student Voice Live! summitStudents gather technology, education and business thought leaders to transform this school year and beyondNEW YORK, NY— This week, Student Voice will partner with Dell, Microsoft, the GENYOUth Foundation and other
Disgraced, recalled, homophobic former Education Comm. Chair Paul Scott now a lobbyist for anti-teacher group StudentsFirst | Eclectablog
Disgraced, recalled, homophobic former Education Comm. Chair Paul Scott now a lobbyist for anti-teacher group StudentsFirst | Eclectablog: Disgraced, recalled, homophobic former Education Comm. Chair Paul Scott now a lobbyist for anti-teacher group StudentsFirstby Eclectablog on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 in CORPORATISM, EDUCATIONFormer state House Representative Paul Scott earned a reputation during his
Bill to Improve After School and Expanded Learning - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
Bill to Improve After School and Expanded Learning - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Approval of Bill toImprove After School and Expanded Learning Programs SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today praised Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. for signing Senate Bill 1221, sponsored by State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, whic
solidaridad: Unpacking Charter Schools' Heavy Baggage this week on Politics Or Pedagogy? with John Cromshow
solidaridad: Unpacking Charter Schools' Heavy Baggage this week on Politics Or Pedagogy? with John Cromshow: Unpacking Charter Schools' Heavy Baggage this week on Politics Or Pedagogy? with John CromshowFeaturing an analysis of education, policy and practice affecting our public schools.KPFK 90.7 FMPolitics or Pedagogy? with John CromshowFriday, September 19, 20147:00 - 8:00 PMCall in: (818) 985-5
Nite Cap 9-17-14 #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 CAPRacial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-ShirtsRacial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-Shirts: Racial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “
Racial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-Shirts
Racial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-Shirts: Racial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-ShirtsSEPTEMBER 17, 2014 BY K12NN SITE ADMIN LEAVE A COMMENTBy Sabrina Stevens. She is executive director of Integrity In Education and a former teacher and now education activist.Though some may view the police as “community helper

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 9-17-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: L.A. UNIFIED STUDENTS CLAIM WALKOUT OVER HEAT; DISTRICT REPAIRING A/C + smf’s 2¢By Veronica Rocha, LA Times | Caption Heat wave | Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times The setting suns sets clouds aglow as they pass over the Los Angeles skyline. Franklin High student tweets about students walking out amid intense heat Old air conditioners are malfuncti


9-17-14 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: Lawsuit challenges CTA’s power over duesMorning Read: Lawsuit challenges CTA’s power over dues Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues A lawsuit working its way through the courts is striking at the core of the CTA’s power: its authority to automatically deduct hundreds of millions of d

19 STATES ALLOW CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS ? YIKES ! | Teachers Fight Back
19 STATES ALLOW CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS ? YIKES ! | Teachers Fight Back: 19 STATES ALLOW CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS ? YIKES !leave a comment »I just heard a report that said 19 states in the U.S. allow corporal punishment in their schools.  Wow!  Can this be true ?All this came to light because of the media’s discussions about the Adrian Peterson situation.  Where are these 19 states ? 
#WeCantWait Photo Campaign Shows What's Missing in Underfunded Schools | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity
#WeCantWait Photo Campaign Shows What's Missing in Underfunded Schools | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity: #WeCantWait Photo Campaign Shows What's Missing in Underfunded SchoolsPosted on: Wednesday September 17th, 2014New York State owes its students billions in school funding it refuses to provide. Now, a powerful photo campaign from the Allianc
NYC Public School Parents: NYC Schools, Kids, Parents and Teachers will march in historic demonstration for climate action Sept. 21
NYC Public School Parents: NYC Schools, Kids, Parents and Teachers will march in historic demonstration for climate action Sept. 21: NYC Schools, Kids, Parents and Teachers will march in historic demonstration for climate action Sept. 21FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Kate Finneran, Kate@Avaaz.org, 801-634-8811 DATE:  9/15/14                                                                           

Morning Wink 9-17-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Jersey Jazzman: Governor Christie Should Be Held Accountable for Failure in State-Controlled DistrictsJersey Jazzman says Governor Christie has complete control of education in four urban distri
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Jersey Jazzman: Governor Christie Should Be Held Accountable for Failure in State-Controlled DistrictsJersey Jazzman says Governor Christie has complete control of education in four urban districts in his state, and his appointees have haughtily introduced changes without community consultation or consent, sowing chaos and dissensi
9-17-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Search For Historical Word Use In Movies With “Bookworm”I’ve previously written about several web tools that let you search for word usage in various places — books, the NY Times, Yelp — and then chart them out over the years. You can read about all of them here. There’s a new addition to that list — Bookworm. Despite its n
9-17-14 Wait What? - Malloy’s Fundraising Operation – “Offensive but not illegal”
Wait What?: Malloy’s Fundraising Operation – “Offensive but not illegal”As noted earlier this week in Wait, What? post entitled, Three cheers for campaign finance corruption in Connecticut!, Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy and his campaign operation has collected at least $3.5 million for his campaign by directing large campaign contributors to make donations to the Democratic State Central Committee
The Answer Sheet 9-17-14
Answer Sheet: Four Common Core ‘flimflams’Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York was once a supporter of the Common Core but came to be a critic after her state began to implement the initiative. (You can read some of her work on the botched implementation  in New York here,  here, here and here.)  Burris was named […]400+ by Valerie Strauss / 5h The Answer Shee
9-17-14 Hemlock on the Rocks
Hemlock on the Rocks: LA Times Blames LAUSD School Board for Deasy’s Mistakes | Diane Ravitch's bloghttp://dianeravitch.net/2014/09/16/la-times-blames-lausd-school-board-for-deasys-mistakes/ LA Times Blames LAUSD School Board for Deasy's Mistakes Howard Blume of The Los Angeles Times has done a remarkable job of reporting about Superintendent John Deasy's huge problems in managing the school syste

MEW Editors Join Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Payments to Support Common Core | Missouri Education Watchdog
MEW Editors Join Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Payments to Support Common Core | Missouri Education Watchdog: MEW Editors Join Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Payments to Support Common CoreinShareGretchen Logue  and Anne Gassel  of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core have joined Fred N. Sauer in filing a taxpayer lawsuit against Governor Nixon, Commissioner Nicastro, and other state officials.


Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues | EdSource
Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues | EdSource: Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory duesSeptember 16, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | No Comments SHARE THIS ARTICLECOURTESY OF GREG SCHNEIDER (WWW.GREGSCHNEIDER.COM)Rebecca Friedrichs, lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.Vergara v. State of California, threatening teacher protection laws in California, has cons
empathyeducates – Is Justice Near for New Orleans Teachers Wrongly Fired After Katrina?
empathyeducates – Is Justice Near for New Orleans Teachers Wrongly Fired After Katrina?: Is Justice Near for New Orleans Teachers Wrongly Fired After Katrina?A teacher appreciation week banner from August 2005 remained in the library at George Washington Carver High School when it was photographed 14 months later. (The Times-Picayune archive)By Sue Sturgis | Originally Published at Facing South. A
NY Common Core Debate: Dissecting Pro-CC Petrilli and Martin | deutsch29
NY Common Core Debate: Dissecting Pro-CC Petrilli and Martin | deutsch29: NY Common Core Debate: Dissecting Pro-CC Petrilli and MartinSeptember 16, 2014On September 9, 2014, Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which it entitled, Embrace the Common Core. The title is based upon the position that the organization assumes on the issue.In this post, I consid

Bill Maher Picked The Right District To Flip: John Kline chair of the House Education | Crooks and Liars
Bill Maher Picked The Right District To Flip | Crooks and Liars: Bill Maher Picked The Right District To FlipBy Howie Klein September 15, 2014 6:00 am - 54 Comments 213Share0 23Share1 342No matter what the villagers say, MN Rep. Keith Ellison and Blue America looked at the PPP Poll numbers and came to the same conclusion: this is a very winnable race.Friday night, Bill Maher ended his big-buzz Fli
Charter Schools’ Value-Added in Ohio |
Charter Schools’ Value-Added in Ohio |: Charter Schools’ Value-Added in Ohio On the 10th Period blog, an Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio named Stephen Dyer wrote about charter schools’ versus traditional schools’ value-added. Click here to read the full blog post, and also to view Dyer’s illustrative graphs explaining the headline: that “Charter Value Added Grades [are] Not Much Better”
Nite Cap 9-16-14 #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 CAP9-16-14 Ed Notes OnlineEd Notes Online: A Letter to Janella: Is Bergtraum Special?This is the second time in 4 years this chapter has managed to convince a Chancellor but NOT THEIR OWN UNION, that a principal is abusive... Elfrank-Dana, CL, Murry

1st Latina NEA President’s Concern: Testing, Teacher Pay and Undocumented Students « NewsTaco
1st Latina NEA President’s Concern: Testing, Teacher Pay and Undocumented Students « NewsTaco: 1st Latina NEA President’s Concern: Testing, Teacher Pay and Undocumented Students By Manuel De La Rosa, NewsTacoThe president of the nation’s largest teachers group visited the Rio Grande Valley in Texas as part of a two-day tour to discuss standardized testing, low teacher’s pay and undocumented childr


9-16-14 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): Editorial: LA Unified schools won’t get better if leaders fightEditorial: LA Unified schools won’t get better if leaders fight Via LA Times | Editorial Board This would be a difficult period for Supt. John Deasy and the Los Angeles Unified School District even if he and the school board were intent on wor


9-16-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Tuesday Open ThreadYesterday, Google and Mayor Murray surprised Highland Park Elementary with a major announcement about their request via DonorsChoose.org. Google "flash-funded" classroom requests from every teacher in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties who had made a request at DonorsChoose.  From Seattle.gov:Google donated $338,000 for 388 projects re
9-16-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
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Seattle Schools Community Forum:Seattle Schools Community ForumFriday Open ThreadUpdate:  there is one Director Community meeting tomorrow - with Director Carr - from 8:30-10 am at Bethany Community Church with  a hard stop at 10 am as the Board also has its Board retreat tomorrow from 10:30-3:00 pm at JSCEE.  I would put up the agenda but it is not available.  Why it isn't available is always a m
9-13-14 Ed Notes Online Week
Ed Notes Online: Ed Notes OnlineNYSUT Update: New Organizers Will Not Be UnionizedWe find it deeply disturbing that a majority of the staff currently employed by NYSUT in the legislative department are classified as managers and are not allowed to join a union.....This is coming from some upstate NYSUT people. Remember - Unity Caucus in NYC controls much of NYSUT in NYState which controls the nati
9-13-14 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 teacherRahm announces his Give-Every-Classroom-A-Pet program.1 by Fred Klonsky / 6min Keeping retirement weird. Disrespecting your elders.When I retired in 2012 I gave up my six-year old orange convertible Mini Cooper. Frankly, it was a
9-13-14 Perdido Street School Week
Perdido Street School: Perdido Street School WeekCollege For All Once Again Exposed As MythThe NY Times shows what's happened to the "American Dream" since 1989 - even for the college-educated:YOUNG families are better educated than ever before, but they are earning lower real incomes. The Federal Reserve Board’s newly released 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances indicates that the median f
9-13-14 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 High Noon: “Why Everyone (Almost) Is Wrong about Common Core”High Noon at the Upcountry History Museum 2014 Fall Schedule All lectures begin at noon on Wednesdays and last one hour. The Upcountry History Museum/Furman University is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green a
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 9-13-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT  L.A. Unified Should Rescind Plan To Delete Year-Old Emails“ The District's email rule might not be intended to hide district shenanigans, but it certainly could prove a useful tool for doing so. „ Editorial by The L.A. Times Editorial Board | http://lat.ms/1BzXuCn 12 Sept 2014  ::  It's possible L.A. Unified's
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Week… 9-13-14 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EF
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL LARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE WEEKThis Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy© 2012 firedoglakedotcom, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here are some recent valuable posts and articles on educational policy issues: Lily Eskelsen Garcia talks to Al Jazeera is a good interview with the new NEA President.
This Week's Education Research Report 9-13-14 #edreform #EDCHAT #P2
Education Research ReportTHIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORTCan We Identify a Successful Teacher Better, Faster, and Cheaper?Teacher observations have become a national education phenomenon, mandated by federal policies and promoted by philanthropists. They are crucial components of teacher evaluation systems that often have high stakes for teachers and school systems, but have sparked little in
9-13-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter:  Schools Matter All WeekThe "middle skills" shortage: The common core will make it worseSent to the Wall Street Journal, Sept. 11, 2014"German robots school U.S. workers" (Sept. 10) is the most recent of a series of reports in the Wall Street Journal on the substantial shortage of job applicants with "middle skills," requiring less than a college degre
All Week 9-13-14 @ THE CHALK FACE
@ THE CHALK FACE : All Week @ THE CHALK FACE About the radio showJoin Drs. Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar LIVE Sundays at 6PM EST and Wednesdays at 7PM EST on Blog Talk Radio for progressive, pro-public education talk radio. Call in to speak live with Tim and Shaun during the show, (805) 727-7111. You can also listen to our Monday "Sunday-Replay" at 7PM EST, and re-broadcasts of the archiv
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH ALL WEEK LONG Diane Ravitch's blog 9-13-14 #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blogLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH ALL WEEK LONGDIANE RAVITCH'S BLOGPaul Karrer: Who Will Stop the Mandates and the Madness?Paul Karrer, who teaches in Castroville, California, writes a scorching review of what is laughingly called “reform.” He begins: “Arne Duncan and his patron President Barack Obama have gotten themselves in a bit of an educational bind. Big news came out of the White

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