Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Charter Schools to Be Defining Issue of Okla State Superintendent Race | Life at the Intersections

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CHARTER SCHOOLS TO BE DEFINING ISSUE OF OKLA STATE SUPERINTENDENT RACE

Now it is a race between John Cox and Joy Hofmeister. Both have a long track record of personal integrity. Both have a long track record of dedication to educational leadership and compassion for children. Both are highly personable, winsome, likeable people who understand the motivations of teachers and administrators.
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Unless Hofmeister shifts positions, what will distinguish these two candidates will be their stance on “reform” as ALEC defines it, which means corporate charter schools and management corporations profiting at taxpayer expense.
Charter School Debate Is Not Over
Investors believe that corporate charters paid for by taxpayers is a huge market waiting to be sprung open. So there are millions that have been spent and will be spent lobbying for laws that will usher in charters as direct competition with public, democratically controlled  schools even in the rural areas.
In April I published two posts against the corporate charter school approach that ALEC and it’s affiliate organizations were promoting:  Bill Allowing Charter School Debt Threatens Education Funds in Oklahoma, and This Is What Happens When Bankers Run Public SchoolsBoth pieces point out the weaknesses and even dangers of corporate charter schools, cynically called “public charter schools” by Charter Schools to Be Defining Issue of Okla State Superintendent Race | Life at the Intersections:

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Jeff Storobinsky Exposes The Truth in Brooklyn
The Crack Team is pleased to welcome once again guest blogger and retired teacher Jeff Storobinsky to share a few words.For those who don't recall these pages shared some of Jeff's story back in June. Jeff is in the process of suing his tormentors with The Crack Team's favorite attorney, Bryan Glass, representing him.In today's post, Jeff exposes and names his tormentor. Read on!Oh, and the bol

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Sam Robertson from Colorado won’t be taking the tests. Send us your pic and we’ll share here on our website!

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High-profile governor and state education chief races in Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, and Vermont highlight the common core and education funding as top campaign issues.

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Grants available for California schools with limited Internet connectivity08/26/2014 06:29 PM PDTSchools seeking to install high-speed computer networks in time for Common Core tests next spring are eligible for nearly $27 million in one-time grants, which must be used to enhance Internet connections. The money is being allocated from Proposition 98 funds set aside to fund the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant program. 

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Nite Cap 8-26-14 #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 CAP8-26-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice GuyWait What?: Wait What? All Week Pelto/Murphy 2014 Illinois School Bans Discussions of Michael Brown’s Death (by Paul Thomas)This article was written by fellow pro-p

Vergara in New York, Thanks (in Part) to Campbell Brown |

Vergara in New York, Thanks (in Part) to Campbell Brown |:



Vergara in New York, Thanks (in Part) to Campbell Brown






 In a post I wrote about “Vergara Going on Tour,” I wrote about how the financier of the Vergara v. California case was preparing to bring similar suits to New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, and Kansas. As well, the law firm that won the Vergara case for the plaintiffs, was also reported to have officially signed on to help defend the Houston Independent School District (HISD) on the forthcoming lawsuit during which, this time, the court will be investigating the EVAAS value-added system and its low- and high-stakes uses in HISD (this is also the source of a recent post here).

Last month, it was reported that New York was the next state on the tour, so-to-speak. To read a post from July about all of this, written by Bruce Baker at Rutgers titled “The VergarGuments are Coming to New York State!” click here.
It also seems that Campbell Brown, previous host of the Campbell Brown Show on CNN and award winning news anchor/journalist for multiple media outlets elsewhere, has joined “the cause” and even started her own foundation in support, aptly named the Partnership for Education Justice. Read more about their mission, as well as “The Challenge” and “The Solution” in America’s public schools as per America’s public school teachers as they define these here.
In New York specifically, via their first but unfortunately and likely not their last “project,” they are helping families “fight for the great teachers their children deserve by challenging factory-era laws that keep poorly-performing teachers in the classroom.” Read also about “The Problem,” the “Roadblocks,” and the like as they pertain to this specific suit in New York here. It probably won’t surprise you to see what research they are using to justify their advocacy work either – give it a quick guess and then check to verify hereHere is also a Vergara in New York, Thanks (in Part) to Campbell Brown |:

LAUSD'S SLEAZY DEASY STEALS A LINE FROM THE LATE GILDA RADNER: IPADS? "NEVER MIND" - Perdaily.com

LAUSD'S SLEAZY DEASY STEALS A LINE FROM THE LATE GILDA RADNER: IPADS? "NEVER MIND" - Perdaily.com:



LAUSD'S SLEAZY DEASY STEALS A LINE FROM THE LATE GILDA RADNER: IPADS? "NEVER MIND"



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With Superintendent John Deasy's morally challenged behavior in dealing with Pearson, Apple, and IPads, we get another glimpse of the real darkness of the privatization agenda, which is too evil for most to believe or process. It comes down to money and the further dumbing down of Americans to the point where they are incapable of sequencing enough fact together to "question authority."





Public education is a close to $1 trillion a year "business" that up until recently saw 87% of this budget go to certificated and classified school staff salaries. With charters run by corporate interests, 40% of this total public education budget would now go to the administration of public education and would give obscene profits to those supplying goods and services at inflated prices. This is the context in which this collusive IPad insider deal should be viewed.

Predictably, the student products of such a purposefully failed public education system are incapable of sequencing together enough facts to understand what is going on or to question public education authorities and the illegal actions they continue to engage in without challenge or opposition by local, state, and federal authorities that have clearly given a green light to this privatization agenda for corporate profit. If a teacher and not Superintendent Deasy were involved in such an action, they would be sitting at home until an investigation took place- but not our boy Deasy.

John Deasy's IPad fiasco with Pearson and Apple Computers with whom he engaged in inpermissible early and collusive negotiations long before the IPad contract was put out for public bids, was never subjected to independent scrutiny. And when Stewart Magruder, who sat on the oversight committee at LAUSD tried to question it, he was removed (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-board-reappoints-ipad-critic-20140617-story.html). 

Giving any company an inside tract to a public contract is clearly illegal. But what is not examined is Superintendent John Deasy's prior morally challenged actions that are regrettably consistent with his present playing it fast and loose with Pearson, Apple, and the IPads, which LAUSD bought at inflated prices with bad software and poor service contracts.

Deasy got his doctorate at the University of Louisville without adequate attendance or unit credit from Robert Felner, who was just released last May from federal prison, where he was serving a 5 year term for fraud. Hmm.

Also not mentioned in the present IPad fiasco is Deasy's awarding a $375,000 consulting contract to said Felner, when Deasy was superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. One hand washes the other?

Now look at this in the context of Deasy's predecessor as LAUSD superintendent Ramon Cortines, who sexually harassed an employee and had to suffer getting his full pension and a high school named after him. 

Then juxtapose all this with the standard of behavior that teachers and not administrators are being held to and unjustly vilified them and you realize that administrative malfeasance and alleged and 
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