Friday, August 15, 2014

AFT's Weingarten on Philadelphia School Budget Crisis



AFT's Weingarten on Philadelphia School Budget Crisis



WASHINGTON— Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the budget crisis in Philadelphia's public schools, following today's announcement by Superintendent William Hite.

"Which Philadelphia is this—the thriving metropolis Mayor Michael Nutter just showed the Democratic National Committee or the one where the schools are starved and the teachers are blamed? It's interesting that the minute the DNC site selection committee leaves the city, the attacks on educators start up again, with officials saying teachers need to give up more, even though in the past few years they have taken no wage increases and have saved the district about $100 million. 

Make no mistake: Gov. Tom Corbett has systematically starved Philadelphia's schools, while Philadelphia's teachers have been the glue holding these schools together. We must do better for our kids. We need leaders on both sides of the aisle and in state capitals across the country—especially in Harrisburg—that will fully and fairly fund neighborhood public schools."

Follow AFT President Randi Weingarten: http://twitter.com/rweingarten


HEADLINE: Medicare Advantage Plans Exaggerate Members’ Diseases to Make More Money | Reclaim Reform

HEADLINE: Medicare Advantage Plans Exaggerate Members’ Diseases to Make More Money | Reclaim Reform:



HEADLINE: Medicare Advantage Plans Exaggerate Members’ Diseases to Make More Money

Teachers and other retired public employees, you are being defrauded of your money and earned compensation. How do Medicare Advantage Plans code for additional cash for themselves?
In addition to our government giving private Medicare Advantage Plans a better deal to allow them to make more money, the plans are openly overbilling and overcharging for services. They are gaming the system unless new governmental policy changes are implemented. This is a license to steal until legislators change the system.
What was done to the plans hoisted upon retired teachers by the Illinois overseers of their health plan coverage?
Medicare Advantage Plan Scam
Imagine having a healthcare plan shoved at you with a take-it-or-leave-it clause. You were sent the information in early to mid November, and you had to say yes-or-no by December 13. Also, even though other plans go from January to December, because of the lateness of this healthcare coverage offer, your plan would begin in February.
Most importantly, a short outline of the actual plan suddenly became available, and a fuller explanation of coverage was given a little later, but additional details were not available until well after you had agreed to it. Even then, not all details were revealed.
In addition: “Something as simple as enrolling in your favorite pharmacy’s prescription savings plan could enroll you in a Medicare Part D plan, thereby causing your TRAIL HEADLINE: Medicare Advantage Plans Exaggerate Members’ Diseases to Make More Money | Reclaim Reform:

8-15-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum

Seattle Schools Community Forum:







From Two Sides: Ed Reform versus the Most Famous Teacher in the U.S.
That teacher would be 5th grade teacher Rafe Esquith from Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles.  He has taught for nearly 30 years and written several books.   But I'll let Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post's Answer Sheet tell you more:*When he goes to China he is so popular he needs security guards to protect him from the crush of the crowds. *He is the only K-12 teacher to be awarded the
Friday/Saturday Open Thread
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8-12-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
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Quick ways to model “Digital Leadership” #leadershipday14 | Connected Principals

Quick ways to model “Digital Leadership” #leadershipday14 | Connected Principals:



Quick ways to model “Digital Leadership” #leadershipday14

This post is my contribution to Leadership Day 2014 and is cross posted at Technically yours, Teamann
This year I am choosing to take part inleadershipday2014_011 Scott McLeod’s Leadership Day 2014. He challenged us all to write about any digital topic that spoke to our heart. Having led the inaugural Digital Fluency Academy for Region X this summer, I think there are easy fluid ways to easily embed technology into your admin day.
1. Find a digital way to share campus news.
Whether it be a Smore, a YouTube video, or a blog, try sharing your Friday Focus or campus news in a digital fashion. There are too many free & easy tools out there for you to be sending out a word document to your staff each week!
2. Utilize Remind with your teachers.
Instead of a flyer, or a callout, try sharing reminders with your teachers via Remind. We have seen a lot of success with using this with our staff. We got them all in with jeans pass bribes, :) and then used it to send intentional timely reminders. From grade book lock down to potluck lunch reminders…these easy texts were SO much more effective. Did you know that 90% of text messages are read in the first three minutes they are sent? 99% of text messages are read, period. Take advantage and get that important info out there! Utilizing my favorite techie trick from Erin Klein, I plan on taking pictures all throughout our staff development next week, creating an animoto, and then sharing the video via Remind on our last training day. (An easy creative tool for our teachers to then use in their classrooms!!)
3. Google Drive, Google Drive, Google Drive!
There’s always a question I need answered, or a form I need access too…google drive is the answer! Create a form in minutes, collaborate with team leaders, track RTI data…all in a form that doesn’t have to be downloaded, updated, re-uploaded and then reshared. Why take 9 steps when you can do it in one? My digital bestie, Kasey Bell, has a Google handout for you that you can use, or share. She is amazing!
4. Instead of a notepad, keep your notes in Evernote.
I’ve created a checklist for walk throughs to utilize. I’ve also created a shared document with each of them that will serve Quick ways to model “Digital Leadership” #leadershipday14 | Connected Principals:

Nite Cap 8-15-14 #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."


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Morning Wink 8-15-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
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Nite Cap 8-14-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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