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While Protesting School Closures and Conversions in Philadelphia, Weingarten Begs Congress for Expanded Support for Charter Schools
"It is critical that you adopt proposed amendments providing important safeguards to ensure that all students have equitable access to charter schools, and that charters are held to similar standards of accountability and transparency as traditional public schools." See the letter here.
Reading for points vs. reading for pleasure
Sent to the Christian Science Monitor, May 9, 2014The book popularity data from "What are kids reading? Books like 'Hunger Games,' but classics, too," (May 8) comes from reading done in preparation for tests, not reading for pleasure. The data comes from reading done as part of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. AR sells tests that students take after reading a book. Students are award

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12th grade NAEP scores: Does the common core deserve the credit?
Sent to the Hartford Courant, May 7, 2014It is a premature to give the "new academic standards" of the common core credit for Connecticut's good performance on the 12th grade NAEP reading test ("State Students Excel On 'Nation's Report Card'," May 7). First, the improvement was not uniform: Grade 8 scores increased less than grade 12 scores, and grade 4 scores stayed the same a
Where Do TN Schools Stand After Two Decades of the Sanders VAM Fertilizer Treatment?
After two decades of value-added nonsense posing as a school improvement plan, 70 percent of Tennessee teachers are being evaluated based on test scores that belong to someone else, and the state's 12th graders are ranked one step from the basement in terms of proficiency in math and reading.  With Bill Sanders now out to pasture, will his flawless algorithm for diverting attention away from educa
SPLC says don't read tacit support for Common Core into their condemnation of reactionary hate groups
"In short, the real literacy crisis occurs whenever we deploy a pedagogy that asks our students only to consume texts and not to produce them as well." — Richard E. Miller Profiteering members of the testing industrial complex, and right-of-center Democrats were quick to embrace the release of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report that correctly takes issue with right wing extrem


5-8-14 Schools Matter
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4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 5-9-14

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Lausd District 1 Election And Big Money Politics
Written by Larry Aubry, Opinion in the LA Sentinel |http://bit.ly/RxuxoS Published on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:00  ::  The special election for LAUSD School Board District 1 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte is less than a month away. However, the battle lines for choosing her successor were clear within days of her death: They are, Big money versus what’s
La Schools’ New Parent Advisory Group Grapples With $6.8 Billion Budget
Annie Gilbertson| Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC http://bit.ly/SJQpye Annie Gilbertson/KPCC May 8th, 2014, 5:00am  ::  L..A. Unified parents were elected by their peers to make recommendations on Superintendent John Deasy's spending plans, but found important details missing. The first in a series of stories on how Southern California schools are being affected by new state laws giving parents and
L.A. UNIFIED OVERTURNS CHANGES AT CARTHAY CENTER ELEMENTARY: Rather than the principal removing half the staff; she is removed
STEPHEN CEASAR | - Los Angeles Times http://lat.ms/1jJGMsP May 7, 2014  11:42AM  ::  LAUSD overturned a principal's decision to replace half of the teachers at Carthay Center Elementary Any teacher who applied to stay at the Carthay Elementary when it converts to a magnet school can do so. The Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday overturned a principal’s decision to replace half of


Lausd Quietly Disbands Miramonte Child Abuse Investigative Panel
Howard Blume, - Los Angeles Times |  http://lat.ms/QjQFlC Civil rights attorney Connie Rice, who was asked to lead the investigative commission, said she believes that L.A. Unified feared increasing its liability if the panel found fault with the school system. (Raul Roa, Pasadena Sun) May 7, 2014 | 8:50PM  ::  Los Angeles Unified has paid about $30 million to 63 students and their

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Legislating morality? Criminalizing bad behavior? :: CARSON MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MOVE TO OUTLINE BULLYING
By Michael Finnegan, LA Times | http://lat.ms/1umicmB Carson Mayor Jim Dear said, "Many kids don't even understand the concepts behind bullying and how people manipulate and take advantage of other kids." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / June 9, 2004) May 3, 2014, 1:23 p.m.  ::  Alarmed by reports of teen suicides, elected leaders in Carson are moving to outlaw bullying. Under an
Lawyers Want Investigation Of Lausd Destruction Of Abuse Reports
By Stephen Ceasar, LA Times | http://lat.ms/1nVzDZs   Former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt, right, appears in L.A. County Superior Court with attorney Manny Medrano last year. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / November 15, 2013) Online: May 2, 2014, 2:50 p.m./Print: May 4, 2014  ::  Attorneys representing students and their families in litigation over alleged sexual


4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 5-4-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Legislating morality? Criminalizing bad behavior? :: CARSON MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MOVE TO OUTLINE BULLYINGBy Michael Finnegan, LA Times | http://lat.ms/1umicmB Carson Mayor Jim Dear said, "Many kids don't even understand the concepts behind bullying and how people manipulate and take advantage of other kids." (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles T


AFT's Randi Weingarten LIVE

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Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten LIVE



Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, joins HuffPost Live to discuss Teacher Appreciation Week, the Common Core, the 50-year anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, and much more.
Originally aired on May 9, 2014






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The First Official Review of My Book
The first posted review of my newly-released book, A Chronicle of Echoes, comes from retired Chicago teacher and fellow blogger Ken Previti. My book became available on Amazon.com on Sunday, April 27, 2014. I believe Ken bought it immediately. I know that he read it voraciously. Below is part of Ken’s review of A Chronicle of Echoes, including this […]
5-8-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: Once Again, NAEP? Nope: “states and schools have lied about the rigor of their courses”Once Again, NAEP? Nope: “states and schools have lied about the rigor of their courses”. via Once Again, NAEP? Nope: “states and schools have lied about the rigor of their courses”.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical1 by plthomasedd / 1h hide  //  saveJohn Kuhn’s Eloquent Embrace of Publ

Can 5 Year Old Children Be Fined for Bullying? Maybe it’s Coming in California. | Missouri Education Watchdog

Can 5 Year Old Children Be Fined for Bullying? Maybe it’s Coming in California. | Missouri Education Watchdog:



Can 5 Year Old Children Be Fined for Bullying? Maybe it’s Coming in California.

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We have officially crossed over into the Land of Make Believe by holding young children responsible for childish behavior with adult consequences. From The California Daily Breeze:
Carson is moving to become the first California city to criminalize bullying, paving the way for misdemeanor charges to be filed against children as young as 5 years old.
If the City Council puts its final stamp of approval on the plan May 20, the new law would take effect June 19. On Tuesday, all five council members voted tentatively to push through the change in the city’s Municipal Code.
“This is a very serious issue that we face not only in the state of California but throughout the United States,” said Councilman Mike Gipson, who introduced the ordinance and is spearheading a campaign to make Carson “bully-free.”

Imagine what that data set will look like for a 5 year old who has the maturity of a 5 year old and calls someone a “doo-doo head”.  If a child calls someone names numerous times, the data could include criminal misdemeanor charges for the infraction.  Could it also include a kindergarten kiss on the cheek?  If that is considered sexual in nature, probably so:
Carson officials want to make it clear to bullies that the behavior — whether it’s physical, sexual, online or verbal in nature — won’t be tolerated, no matter the age.


The ordinance would target anyone from the ages of 5 to 18 who makes another person feel “terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested (in a way that) serves no legitimate purpose.” First-time offenders could be ticketed for an infraction and fined Can 5 Year Old Children Be Fined for Bullying? Maybe it’s Coming in California. | Missouri Education Watchdog:

Is Common Core Creating the Code for a Computerized Education System? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

Is Common Core Creating the Code for a Computerized Education System? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:



Is Common Core Creating the Code for a Computerized Education System?

Astronomer Stephen Hawking recently raised concerns about the threat artificial intelligence poses to human civilization.  But even if we are not all turned into drones by some supermind, major changes are afoot, revealing both a bright and dark side of the technologies we find so addictive.
As teachers, most of us are excited to see our students turned on by the latest technologies. Computers allow students to conduct research on the web, email experts for information, gather images and view videos from around the world. Students can use digital tools to create, rather than simply consume. Students can make their own podcasts, tutorials, or creative projects. 
But technology has a darker side as well. I have been reading a book, called Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans, which explores these dimensions of 21st century technology. Author Simon Head describes the ways in which computers are being used to reorganize and manage all sorts of aspects of life and commerce.
American society is now organized for the convenience and profitability of corporations, who, as Gilens and Page recently documented, hold sway over the political process.  Those corporations have discovered the extraordinary value of "Computer Business Systems," which allow all sorts of processes to be rendered more efficient.
As I read of the ways these systems work, I began to understand some of the imperatives driving 21st century education "reform."
 CBSs are amalgams of different technologies that are pulled together to perform highly 
Is Common Core Creating the Code for a Computerized Education System? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:

The First Official Review of My Book | deutsch29

The First Official Review of My Book | deutsch29:



The First Official Review of My Book

May 9, 2014
The first posted review of my newly-released book, A Chronicle of Echoescomes from retired Chicago teacher and fellow blogger Ken Previti.
My book became available on Amazon.com on Sunday, April 27, 2014.
I believe Ken bought it immediately. I know that he read it voraciously.
Below is part of Ken’s review of A Chronicle of Echoes, including this wonderful image:

Please do not think that a book that generously provides extensive data and sources is dry or boring; on the contrary, Schneider brings it all together in a high intensity, high interest amalgam of people and money. Names are named. This book reveals the factual, financial inter-relationships of Michelle Rhee, Rahm Emanuel, Joel Klein, Bill Gates, Jeb Bush, Eva Moskowitz, Wendy Kopp, Eli Broad, Arne Duncan, Paul Vallas, Jonah Edelman, Michael Bloomberg, the Walton Family, and more – including their tax free foundations. Key plutocratic names in the multibillion dollar Empire of Corporate Education Reform. Infamous names.
Notice that these are factual, financial inter-relationships; Corporate Education Reform is really all about the money.
How and where did she find all of this information? “I have researched books, newspaper articles, blog entries, email exchanges, interviews, web pages, advertisements, income tax forms, dissertations, conference materials, meeting minutes, video presentations, legislation and formal testimony.”
Mercedes Schneider’s research, articles, and blog posts are often cited by established journals and well known authors, such as Diane Ravitch. If she didn’t already have a PhD in applied statistics and data research, this book would be her eminently readable dissertation for a PhD. Her credibility is well established. Now, we are treated to an entire book of her own.
To read the rest of Ken’s review, click here.

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