Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Karen Lewis for Chicago mayor? Laughable | Articles | News | AustinWeeklyNews.com

Karen Lewis for Chicago mayor? Laughable | Articles | News | AustinWeeklyNews.com:



Karen Lewis for Chicago mayor? Laughable

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Lastly why do I think a Karen Lewis candidacy is laughable? Because it stands for: Lewis' All-Chicago Unites Gays, Hispanics, Asians & Blacks: Loose Emanuel! L.A.U.G.H.A.B.L.E!



A recent poll for mayor had Toni Preckwinkle easily beating Rahm Emanuel for mayor. That is not a hard thing to imagine when one considers that the current mayor isn't popular with the majority of city residents. Truth is—he isn't a "real" Chicagoan. He spent his formative years in the suburbs, his children are too good to go to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and his ambitions are grander than just being the mayor of this hick town. So when Preckwinkle held a press conference and said she wasn't interested in running, I'm sure the mayor kissed the ground she walks on. 
The next person who if the election were held who could win against the mayor was Karen Lewis. She is the feisty head of the Chicago Teachers Union and the woman who the mayor once told, "F U Lewis." Something I might add that he has been doing to the rest of us in this city—but I digress. There is no love lost between the two of them. Karen Lewis was raised in Chicago and went to CPS. 
When the witty people on the mayor's staff were told of the poll results, their response was loud and clear: Laughable.
Now I must confess that I did agree with Rahm's staff. The image of a mayoral race featuring Karen Lewis vs. Rahm Emanuel did have me laughing. I was Karen Lewis for Chicago mayor? Laughable | Articles | News | AustinWeeklyNews.com:

Teacher Responds to Whoopi's Response


Whoopi Goldberg recently stood by her initial comments regarding teacher tenure. I thought it'd be helpful to ask her for another revision to her original work, to improve her understanding of "tenure."




Here are my thoughts on tenure...
What do you all think

8-4-14 Wag The Dog Week - Common Core Cheerleaders

WagTheDog | Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. ~ Rumi:







Common Core Cheerleaders
There clearly is a lack of research and evidence regarding the efficacy of the Common Core Standards but even more troubling is the absence of local leadership. There is a great difference between a nationally recognized Common Core cheerleader and a locally respected education leader. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and NY Education Commissioner John King should be less concerned with leading the natio




8-4-14 Wag The Dog Week
WagTheDog | Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. ~ Rumi: Care To LearnImage: Rutu Modan   “What does it take to be a good parent? We know some of the tricks for teaching kids to become high achievers. For example, research suggests that when parents praise effort rather than ability, children develop a stronger work ethic and be

Feds will probe firing of black school administrators | Bob Braun's Ledger

Feds will probe firing of black school administrators | Bob Braun's Ledger:



Feds will probe firing of black school administrators

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Newark’s state-imposed school superintendent, Cami Anderson, now armed with a new three-year contract and the unrelenting love of presidential aspirant Chris Christie, has found yet another way to waste public funds on legal fees–violating the civil rights of employees, parents and children. Just little more than a week after the US Department of Education announced it would investigate potential civil rights violations inherent in the “One Newark”  redistricting plan, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is looking into personnel actions taken against the city’s school principals.

The principals contend the Newark Public Schools under Cami Anderson’s leaders has engaged in a “practice of removing, demoting, and replacing  black tenured administrators.”
The complaint also contends:
“There has been a pattern of discrimination in rating administrators and such ratings have been utilized as pretext for the aforementioned practice.”
So far, three school administrators–Tony Motley, Fred Chatman, and Aretha Malloy–have filed affidavits in support of the complaint. But Motley says more are expected to sign on.
Motley was removed as principal of the Bragaw Avenue School so it could become a charter operation run by TEAM Academy, a privately operated but publicly funded school whose leaders have close personal and business ties toFeds will probe firing of black school administrators | Bob Braun's Ledger:

Nite Cap 8-5-14 #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 CAP




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Morning Wink 8-5-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
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Nite Cap 8-4-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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