Sunday, March 23, 2014

“TFA Truth Tour” to Expose Dark Side of Corporate Education Reform | United Students Against Sweatshops

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By Robert Ascherman and Karen Li
Starting tomorrow, USAS is launching the next stage in our campaign to fight back against corporate robber barons of education reform on our campuses: the Teach for America Truth Tour. The tour will visit 15 campuses to expose the truth about TFA: not only does it fail to prepare teachers for the classroom, but it is systematically pushing to replace our system of community public education and replace it with an alternative largely controlled by profit-seeking corporations.
Imagine your favorite professor. Now imagine that this professor will be replaced by someone who has only been trained for 5 weeks and will only be at your university for two years. They don’t know anything about you, they don’t know anything about the community at your university, and they don’t know anything about your life and how it relates to your capacity to learn. Now imagine that this isn’t happening just to your favorite professor, but to every professor at your university. As you can tell, this is a situation that would devastate and destabilize your university.
That’s what’s happening in K-12 public education. For example, in Chicago the Board of Education slashed the budget for schools and fired teachers, yet increased its financing of TFA from $600,000 to $1.6 million and brought in over 300 TFA corps members. In Newark, the superintendent, an TFA alumnus, is likely to fire 700 teachers and replace most of them with TFA corps members. But as one study noted, TFA “is best understood as a weak Band-Aid that sometimes provides some benefits but that is recurrently and systematically ripped away and replaced.”
In order to operate, TFA depends on its partnerships with universities to get corps members certified to teach in each state. While teaching, corps members must attend classes at a university, which in some programs can lead to a master’s degree. In effect, TFA uses our universities’ names to make up for its own weak training programs and convince state boards of education that its members are “highly qualified” to teach.
But students are refusing to allow this to happen any longer. We are joining together with parents, teachers, and TFA alumni to expose the truth about TFA.
The TFA Truth Tour is just part of a larger campaign by USAS, our allies at Students United for Public Education, and the many TFA alumni who are beginning to organize and speak out against the organization, and is only the beginning of a growing groundswell of opposition to TFA’s destructive effect on our public schools.
TFA Truth Tour Itinerary
3/24/2014 George Mason University
3/24/2014 American University
3/25/2014 University of Pennsylvania
3/25/2014 Temple University
3/26/2014 New York University
3/26/2014 Hunter College
3/26/2014 Seton Hall University
3/27/2014 Boston University
3/28/2014 Harvard University
3/31/2014 University of Minnesota
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4/3/2014 University of Illinois at Chicago
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Millions of kids to test new education assessments | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

Millions of kids to test new education assessments | Nation & World | The Seattle Times:



Millions of kids to test new education assessments

What's on the new Common Core-based exams? More than 4 million kids in U.S. schools soon will have a clue.


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What's on the new Common Core-based exams? More than 4 million kids in U.S. schools soon will have a clue.
Field testing begins this coming week in 36 states and the District of Columbia on assessments developed by two different groups of states. Participating students will be asked to sit for hours in front of a computer or use a No. 2 pencil to answer questions.
But there's no need for kids to worry. The scores won't count, this time. The actual exam-testing won't be used for another year.
The Common Core standards spell out what math and English skills students should have at each grade, and are designed to develop more critical thinking skills than traditional school work. They were first pushed by governors concerned about the large number of high school graduates needing remedial college help and lacking basic skills. Most states have adopted them.
The field tests, to be conducted until June, are a big step forward in the push to more fully integrate the new academic standards into the school environment. They will give education officials a chance to judge things such as the quality of each test question and the technical capabilities of schools to administer the tests, which are computer-based but also will be available on paper.
But they also come as the standards face political push-back in many states
Indiana lawmakers, for example, last year paused implementation of the standards and a measure ending the state's participation is at the governor's desk. House lawmakers in Tennessee passed   Millions of kids to test new education assessments | Nation & World | The Seattle Times:

Hey Harrison NY! I'm Opting Out My Son and So Can You! southbronxschool.com

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Hey Harrison NY! I'm Opting Out My Son and So Can You!

This can be done. This should be done. Parents of Harrison NY, Westchester County, and NYC, 
please read. This is important. You can take back control of your child's education. 

I have been wanting to opt out my son of the NYS exams for a number of years. Actually every year since he started testing. He is in 7th grade now and I have finally decided that enough is enough. This year he is not wasting his time taking the state ELA and math exams.

The people it took the most convincing to opt him out have been my wife and my step-mother, a retired (13 years now) AP in the Bronx. For those who are of the Jewish persuasion you know with Jewish mothers you kinda don't have much of a say at times. But I digress.

After last years ELA debacle in which not one student in his class finished the exam on any of the 3 days testing a stand had to be made.

Both my wife and step-mother had serious preconceptions to what not taking the exams meant. One argument from both of them was that this would be a great way for him to learn and feel comfortable 

Setting the Record Straight: Lottie Beebe Does Not Support Common Core | deutsch29

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Setting the Record Straight: Lottie Beebe Does Not Support Common Core

March 23, 2014


On March 22, 2014, the Monroe News-Star quoted Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) member and St. Martin Parish Superintendent Lottie Beebe in such a manner as to incorrectly portray Beebe as supporting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Beebe does not support CCSS.
In her response below, Beebe clarifies not only her position against CCSS but also her experience and position on a number of so-called education “reform” issues mandated in Louisiana’s classrooms:
I have learned a lesson.  In the future, I will provide a written response to reporter inquiries.  This is my response to Common Core and there may be those who say I sound like a politician. To the contrary, I consider myself a public servant and educator. 
There has been much debate surrounding Common Core Standards.  According to 

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Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog: Libyan Army, Oil Rebels Clash, 16 Wounded

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Libyan Army, Oil Rebels Clash, 16 Wounded
Throughout the night and again after dawn on Saturday, chaos rang out in Ajdabiya, Libya. Libyan rebels occupying oil ports clashed with Libyan soldiers as they attacked an army base, wounding 16 people before tribal leaders were able to intervene and put a stop to the fighting.The fighting began hours before the return to Libya of The Morning Glory, an oil tanker seized last Sunday by U.S. comman


[Nigeria] Water - So Important, So Ignored

In Nigeria, water is a serious issue. There's not enough drinking water in Nigeria for the people to live off of. Sunday, March 22nd was the United Nation's World Water Day and yet again is passed by without any action from Nigeria. Water is obviously a vital resource to human survival. Clean water is necessary if a country wants to move forward. Without the most basic tool for survival a country


Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog 3-8-14
Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog:untitledPolice finally caught the most wanted criminal, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. He was known as the drug lord who escaped the police for a decade and has been finally caught.  Guzmán was allegedly found in a hotel.. At first when the marines knocked on the door, El Chapo  sneaked out through a hidden exit in a bathroom ,but however was still caught after he was captur


A Response to “Correcting the Facts about the One Newark Plan: A Strategic Approach To 100 Excellent Schools” | School Finance 101

A Response to “Correcting the Facts about the One Newark Plan: A Strategic Approach To 100 Excellent Schools” | School Finance 101:



A Response to “Correcting the Facts about the One Newark Plan: A Strategic Approach To 100 Excellent Schools”






Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
Full report here: Weber.Baker.OneNewarkResponseFINALREVIEW
Mark Weber & Bruce Baker
On March 11, 2014, the Newark Public Schools (NPS) released a response to our policy brief of January 24, 2014: “An Empirical Critique of One Newark.”[1] Our brief examined the One Newark plan, a proposal by NPS to close, “renew,” or turn over to charter management organizations (CMOs) many of the district’s schools. Our brief reached the following conclusions:
  •  Measures of academic performance are not significant predictors of the classifications assigned to NPS schools by the district, when controlling for student population characteristics.
  • Schools assigned the consequential classifications have substantively and statistically significantly greater shares of low income and black students.
  • Further, facilities utilization is also not a predictor of assigned classifications, though utilization rates are somewhat lower for those schools slated for charter takeover.
  • Proposed charter takeovers cannot be justified on the assumption that charters will yield better outcomes…
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Chicagoland: Watch the non-military Rambo movie for the Clueless. | Reclaim Reform

Chicagoland: Watch the non-military Rambo movie for the Clueless. | Reclaim Reform:



Chicagoland: Watch the non-military Rambo movie for the Clueless.

Chicagoland is the expensive propaganda show disguised as Realty TV News by CNN which is in desperate need of improved ratings and money.
Chicagoland Clueless
Chicagoland is about the need for a tough guy who “does what he has to do” with a little help from his friends to make the city work – Rahm Emanuel and his cohorts.
(Read Empathy Educates HERE.)
In reality Rahm and the appointed Board of Education approved the removal from class and one-on-one interrogation of public school children whose parents opted them out of high stakes standardized tests. They were questioned about their parents and teachers, their classmates and their parents and teachers, etc.
(Read what Bruce Boyer and Stacey Platt say HERE in Fred Klonsky’s blog.)
Rahm and the other child abusers should be arrested.
Since the state had already declared that the this year’s expensive and inaccurate tests 

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


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