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Building a Culture of Parent/Community/School Partnership « NYC Coalition for Educational Justice

Building a Culture of Parent/Community/School Partnership « NYC Coalition for Educational Justice:


Building a Culture of Parent/Community/School Partnership
On October 16, 2013, the Fund for Public Advocacy and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform organized a citywide conference on Parent and Community Engagement, hosted by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School. Some 150 parent activists, educators, advocates, policy-makers and elected officials participated in workshops, forums, and roundtable discussions. The conference had tw
Persistent Educational Failure: The Crisis in District 9 and a Community Roadmap for Mayor Bill de Blasio
Community School District 9 in the South Bronx is in crisis. Outgoing Mayor Bloomberg’s education policies have failed to close the achievement gap between District 9 and the City’s most affluent neighborhoods. In 2013, nine out of ten students in District 9 failed the English Language Arts exam, half of elementary and middle schools in the District are on state improvement lists, and only 10% of
Parent Power School is in Session!
Parent Power School- Sat, January 11, 2014 The first Parent Power School of 2014 was focused on how parents can advocate in Albany for the crucial funds that NYC schools need. Participants learned about Mayor de Blasio’s effort to pass a tax on the wealthy to fund full-day pre-k for all four year olds and afterschool programs for all middle school students; as well as the statewide campaign to ad

March and Rally at Central High School Sends a strong Message to Corbett | WeArePCAPS

March and Rally at Central High School Sends a strong Message to Corbett | WeArePCAPS:

March and Rally at Central High School Sends a strong Message to Corbett

Address Bad Ed Policy and School-to-prison Pipeline - MN2020 Hindsight

Address Bad Ed Policy and School-to-prison Pipeline - MN2020 Hindsight:

Address Bad Ed Policy and School-to-prison Pipeline


Can we tackle the school-to-prison pipeline without also addressing bad education policy?
According to a recent news report, the Obama Administration wants the nation’s schools to abandon “…overly zealous discipline policies” that are more likely to send students to court than to the principal’s office. The report notes that the students most vulnerable to this are not white, and not female.
In response, I would like the Obama Administration to also abandon its “overly zealous” emphasis on high stakes testing, narrowed curriculums, and loveless learning environments for our nation’s children, through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and its more emphatic companion, Race to the Top (RTTT).
What’s more, I would love for Obama Administration officials, such as Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to admit that there is a clear and troublingconnection between zero tolerance discipline policies and current national education policies, especially for non-white, non-female students.
The Advancement Project, which describes itself as an “action tank” focused on pushing for a “just democracy for those left behind in America,” published a policy paper in 2010 called “Test, Punish, and Push Out: How ‘Zero Tolerance’ and High Stakes Testing Funnel Youth into the School-to-

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James Baldwin said it best: 

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


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empathyeducates – Should Mayor de Blasio Unravel Bloomberg’s Reforms?
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Standardization and Alienated Individualism, or Learning as Belonging? | educarenow
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La problemática de los Estándares Comunes Estatales
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Parents United statement on Corbett SRC appointments | Parents United for Public Education
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Portland teachers union president baffled by district's reaction to new proposal, says PPS could push teachers to strike | OregonLive.com
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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and How We Plant Seeds - The Jose Vilson | The Jose Vilson
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Why Resist Immense Harmful Forces? | Reclaim Reform
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1-17-14 THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG - Starting the Year with Great Habits — Whole Child Education
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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Despite next week's sham hearings, new CPS charters a done deal
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Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam?By Anthony Cody on January 17, 2014 12:03 PMLast week, California's state superintendent of education Tom Torlakson casually mentioned something that could have huge implications for students and teachers. At a meeting Tor
Are Ya’ll Smarter Than Texans? Finns? Koreans?: Math and Science Test Scores Compared to the World and Nation | Cloaking Inequity
Are Ya’ll Smarter Than Texans? Finns? Koreans?: Math and Science Test Scores Compared to the World and Nation | Cloaking Inequity: Are Ya’ll Smarter Than Texans? Finns? Koreans?: Math and Science Test Scores Compared to the World and NationAre U.S. students really as horrible in math and science as the media would have us to believe? How do “reform” oriented states like Texas, Florida and Louisian
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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Fensterwald: State Board patiently listens, then quickly passes regs for funding lawEducation HeadlinesFCMAT provides links to California K-12 news stories as a service to the industry. However, some stories may not be accessible because of newspapers' subscription policies.Friday, January 17, 2014Federal probe in San Ysidro gets seriousThe d
Morning Wink 1-17-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Why Outsourcing to For-Profit Enterprises is Bad Public PolicyAn organization called “In the Public Interest” keeps tabs on the scams that private entrepreneurs foist on the public sector, often
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1-17-14 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: Full Interview, Part III, with Former Charter Teacher at Brooklyn AscendBelow is Part III of my interview with Emily Talmage.  Parts I and II can be found here and here.INT:  When you think of Brooklyn Ascend, what comes to mind?R:  The first thing that comes to mind is that I am so happy I'm not there. INT:  Is there an image that you end up with?R:  Yeah.  The image that comes to
1-17-14 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: Maryland schools need $100 million for online Common Core tests, says reportA new report from Maryland’s Education Department to the legislature says that the vast majority of schools in many of the state’s counties are not technologically prepared to give new online Common Core-aligned standardized tests and that at least $100 million will have to be spent by 2015 to get ready.
1-17-14 Scathing Purple Musings | Color me purple in Florida
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@ THE CHALK FACE: Teacher Effect v. Measurable Teacher “Value”: Some ClarificationsAt Peter DeWitt’s Finding Common Ground blog, Angel L. Cintron Jr. offers a guest post, Poverty & Education: Meaningful Discussions or Misguided Diatribes?, confronting the often contentious debate about teacher effect, poverty, and student learning. Cintron offers two points, which he then examines: The propone
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Harold, William, Victor, and Me (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Harold, William, Victor, and Me (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Harold, William, Victor, and Me (Part 2)I saved Victor for last.Neatly dressed, carrying a large notebook and a couple of bulky textbooks, Victor would smile at my “good morning,” walk to the rear of the room and sit down. He would put aside a ruler, open a book, take out paper and begin writing. He oft
New York Wants To Give Special Education Kids Easier Tests Like 'The Old South,' Advocate Says
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Student Slang 101 | Ward 8 DC Teacher
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empathyeducates – Here’s Exactly How Much the Government Would Have to Spend to Make Public College Tuition-Free
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Seattle Education Meetup on Student Privacy and House Bill 2133 | Seattle Education
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Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMArizona Hopes New Charter Schools Can Lift Poor Phoenix AreaA movement in Phoenix to open 25 high-performing schools in the next five years is focused on test scores in the growing Latino population.    33 by By FERNANDA SANTO... / 3h De Blasio, a Critic of Charter Schools, May Need Them for His Pre-K AgendaMayor de Blasio is looking for
The Problems with the Common Core Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública
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empathyeducates – Newark Still Not Making Progress Serving Children With Disabilities
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Leadership lessons from “Let it go”: not just a Disney song! | Connected Principals
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James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPJust Another Cheerleader for Privatization and Corporate Ed Deform???Why we march | Parents United for Public EducationWhy we march | Parents United for Public Education: Why we marchPosted on January 16, 2014 by HELENGYMLeave a commentTomorrow,


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