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“One Newark’s” Racially Disparate Impact on Teachers | School Finance 101

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“One Newark’s” Racially Disparate Impact on Teachers

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PDF of Policy Brief: Weber.Baker.Oluwole.Staffing.Report_3_10_2014_FINAL
As with our previous One Newark policy brief, this one is too long and complex to post in full as a blog. Below are the executive summary and conclusions and policy recommendations. We encourage you to read the full report at the link above.

Executive Summary

In Rent Plan for Charters, Mayor Faces a Hard Road - NYTimes.com

In Rent Plan for Charters, Mayor Faces a Hard Road - NYTimes.com:



In Rent Plan for Charters, Mayor Faces a Hard Road


As a candidate for mayor, Bill de Blasioelectrified crowds of parents and education activists with a pledge to charge rent to charter schools, one of the starkest policy departures from his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg.
But two months into his administration, the mayor has yet to unveil a plan, and education experts said the idea might be difficult for him to put in place.
Mr. de Blasio will be forced to settle many prickly questions. He has said he wants to charge rent on a sliding scale, extracting the most money from schools with the greatest cash reserves. But it may be tough to gauge the wealth of charter organizations and apply a standard that would avoid legal challenges. And it is likely to touch off another battle with charter school leaders, who have turned to television advertisements, rallies and lawsuits in hopes of weakening the mayor.
Pedro Noguera, an education professor at New York University, said Mr. de Blasio needed to articulate an overarching philosophy on charter schools before rolling out his rent policy. “You can’t respond to these issues on an ad 

NAACP Slams Success Academy’s Outrageous and Insulting Lawsuit - Alliance for Quality Education of New York

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 NAACP Slams Success Academy’s Outrageous and Insulting Lawsuit


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BREAKING: NAACP Slams Success Academy’s Outrageous and Insulting Lawsuit

New York, NY— Hazel M. Dukes, President of the NAACP’s New York State Conference, released the following statement tonight slamming the federal lawsuit filed by Success Academy against Mayor de Blasio’s recent reversal of three co-locations:
“This lawsuit is an outrageous and insulting attempt by Wall Street hedge fund managers to hijack the language of civil rights in their shameless political attack on Bill de Blasio. It is an affront to all public school parents in New York City. There is no stronger champion for the civil rights of our kids than Mayor De Blasio. The entire civil rights community stands with him in his effort to strike a fair balance between charter schools and neighborhood schools,” Dukes said

Public Education For The Public Good (On Inclusion) - The Jose Vilson | The Jose Vilson

Public Education For The Public Good (On Inclusion) - The Jose Vilson | The Jose Vilson:



Public Education For The Public Good (On Inclusion)



 Jose Vilson, CCSS Panel, Network for Public Education
Jose Vilson, CCSS Panel, Network for Public Education
This past week has been nothing short of nuts.
I had the opportunity to attend (and present and moderate) at the first annual Network for Public Education Conference, a gathering of education activists from across the country, including Diane Ravitch (the organization’s president), Deborah Meier, Karen Lewis, John Kuhn, and a whole host of names everyone has seen in the education sphere.
My first real honor was tuning out adult voices as the moderator of the now-infamous student panel that included activists (and students) Stephanie Rivera, Hannah Ngyuyen, Chicago Student Union founder Isreal Muñoz, and Providence Student Union rebels Bryan Varela and Mayra Mostafa. As Chris Thinnes, who attended the conference live, noted, I assured that all of us stayed deferential to the students, both on the panel and in the audience. I brought out cards for the adults, and let the students in the audience do all the talking. Even with the powerful folks in the audience, Karen Lewis and Katie Osgood among them, I felt like we as adults could learn
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Educators Organizing Resistance on Vimeo - #npeconference Educators Organizing Resistance Panel

Educators Organizing Resistance on Vimeo:



Three veteran educators will share, from the schools and streets of Chicago and Seattle, how to respond to corporate education reform in the best way possible — by organizing. Jesse Hagopian will share details from his experience organizing the boycott of MAP tests at Garfield High. Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis will offer insights from the historic strike and beyond, and Katie Osgood will share her perspective as a Chicago teacher.
Panelists: Katie Osgood, Deborah Meier, Jessie Hagopian, Karen Lewis, Robert Peterson










Crisis over: California gets waiver for Common Core field tests without penalties | EdSource Today

Crisis over: California gets waiver for Common Core field tests without penalties | EdSource Today:











Crisis over: California gets waiver for Common Core field tests without penalties - by John Fensterwald
California will not face penalties or multimillion-dollar fines from the federal government for giving all students a preliminary test on the new Common Core standards, instead of on the old state standards that California has abandoned. On Friday, the federal Department of Education announced it would give California a waiver from ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today w
Hundreds of districts, partnerships signal interest in ‘career pathways’ grant program - by Michelle Maitre
Competition is shaping up to be fierce for a new state grant program supporting programs that link academics with real-world career opportunities. The California Department of Education has received some 275 letters from parties interested in seeking a piece of the California Career Pathways Trust. The trust is a $250 million one-time grant fund for ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit th
Special education needs a ‘do-over,’ state panel told - by Jane Meredith Adams
Eight minutes into a public meeting on how to reform the state’s vast special education system, the woman who ran special education in California for nine years came up to the microphone. Alice Parker was blunt. “I wish I could have a ‘do-over’ for the 45 years I worked in special ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Former superintendent backs tenure, layoff laws as defense opens in ‘Vergara’ lawsuit - by John Fensterwald
A former superintendent of three school districts defended the current laws for granting teachers tenure, dismissing ineffective teachers and conducting layoffs based on seniority as the defense began in Vergara vs California, the lawsuit putting employment protections for teachers on trial. Robert Fraisse, a 40-year educator who’s currently a Distinguished Educator ... [[ This is a content summa
Proposed bill would provide $1.5 billion more for Common Core implementation - by Kathryn Baron
California school districts would receive another year of Common Core implementation funds under a bill introduced Wednesday by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord. Last year, as chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Bonilla pushed for the $1.25 billion that schools are using this academic year to support teacher training, ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit
School districts should begin planning now for new science standards - by Trish Williams / commentary
The Next Generation Science Standards, adopted last September by the State Board of Education, will better engage and educate all students in science, and better prepare them to enter more in-depth science, computing and engineering courses in high school and beyond. I am a passionate champion of California’s new science standards. The ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Tod
Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit challenging teacher job protections - by John Fensterwald
With the end of intermission, there will now be a second act to the state’s education trial of the year, Vergara vs California, in which nine students are challenging the constitutionality of laws governing teachers’ job protections. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu rejected a motion to dismiss ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today website fo
Loss of supermajority in Senate could doom vote on 55 percent majority for parcel tax - by John Fensterwald
The exit of two Democratic state senators – one as a result of a criminal conviction, the other by indictment – leaves supporters of a proposal to make it easier to pass a school parcel tax back where they’ve been for a decade, needing one Republican vote to put the ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Effective teacher training critical to success of Common Core math - by Lillian Mongeau
The quality of teacher training will be crucial to the success of the new Common Core State Standards in math, educators say, and the pressure is on districts to give elementary school teachers the skills they’ll need to provide students with a firm foundation in early arithmetic. “My big worry is ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today website for full links, other conten
Summer and after-school programs provide a jump on Common Core - by Susan Frey
Middle school English teacher Kellie Madden already has a good grasp of the new Common Core State Standards. In fact, she has been teaching to those standards for the past two years without realizing it. Madden teaches each summer in a program where students collaborate on projects that require critical thinking, ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today website for full lin

Knowledge is Power, but Learning is Personal. | EdCentrist

Knowledge is Power, but Learning is Personal. | EdCentrist:



Knowledge is Power, but Learning is Personal.


Personalized learning allows for each student to learn at his or her own pace. It provides me the opportunity to target instruction and assessment. This model ensures equity in education.
Many of my middle school students have large academic achievement deficits. As a 2014 CityBridge Education Innovation Fellow, I want to give them personalized instruction via online instruction, such as noredink, curriculet, exitticket, etc. They deserve a quality education.
I have the privilege of teaching 7th grade students at a Title 1, economically disadvantaged D.C. Middle School. My students face a great deal of challenges, but are some of the most resilient kids I’ve ever met. Although they are “rough around the edges,” I have a great connection with many of them. In fact, I consider them my children. I often advocate for them, as I firmly believe they deserve a quality education and personalized instruction.
I’ve started to curate various online programs that target specific skills, such as reading comprehension and grammar. I will use blendspace to create a playlist for my students. With this program, and with a 1:1 laptop ratio, usng the 4 Acer Chromebooks I am requesting, my students will be able to work on their own pace. In addition, I will be able to analyze the data on a more specific and meaningful level. Students will use the daily tasks and complete 

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