Majority of Newark board promises legal action against Cami
Seven of the nine members of Newark’s elected school board said they would go to court to seek the end of the city’s school reorganization plan known as “One Newark,” the dismissal of state-imposed school superintendent Cami Anderson, and the return of local control of a district seized by the state in 1995. The board members contend Anderson has violated both school board policy and fire safety codes.
“We will not wait until they destroy Newark’s public schools, ” declared Ariagna Perello, the vice chair of the school board in a new conference on the steps of City Hall.
Four other board members–Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson, Philip Seelinger, Donald Jackson, and Marquis-Aquil Lewis–joined in the news conference. Statements in support of the board action by members DeNiqua Matias and Kahlil Rashidi were read by Perello.
Board president Rashon Hasan, viewed as an Anderson ally, and member Rashied McCreary did not join their colleagues in condemning the superintendent and the man who appointed her, Gov. Chris Christie. McCreary is a teacher at the KIPP charter school chain; charter schools have been major beneficiaries of the public school closing and student dispersal plan Anderson called “One Newark.”
There was a parole, or maybe a commutation, today at the Zerega Ave Rubber Room.
As mentioned the other day, Rudy Baylor as reported here on Monday, received a new suit, a bus ticket and a ride to the deep end of the ATR pool courtesy of our friends at the DOE. We all bade him a fond farewell, wished him the best and went back to waiting. And waiting, and waiting for whatever fate awaits us.
Now there are 11 of us left. Coincidentally, we are all, we the exception of one (Who happens to be on the cusp of 40), over the age of 40. The vast majority are male and/or of color. But all of us share a few similarities. We are independent of mind and counting the days.
Two weeks ago I wrote about Tito Landrum and how OSI came for him. The poor guy has his meeting just a few days ago and he has been a wreck. He is walking around the last few days in a fog, just in shock. Almost 20 years in the system and it can all go down the toilet because anything a child says is gospel and teachers are deemed guilty unless they have the fight in them to prove themselves innocent after being kicked in the face for months.
Last year I wrote about my lack of human contact where I was assigned. In some ways that was better than I have it now. In a surreal way the Rubber Room at Zerega Ave resembles, rather is, Death Row. Death and doom are all around me. At least at 4360 Broadway I could create my own fantastical world.
That's what it's like. We sit around day after day, week after week and so on and wonder when our doom is coming or if will we get a last minute call to save us. Worse, we sit there wondering if this is all some kind of dream that we can't yet wake ourselves out of.
New report on L.A. Unified's iPads reflects problems with curriculum
An evaluation of the iPads-for-all project in Los Angeles schools found that only 1 of 245 classrooms surveyed even used the costly curriculum.
The analysis, conducted by an outside firm, also highlighted other problems, including the pace of the rollout last year at 47 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It found that district staff was so focused on distributing devices that little attention could be paid to using iPads effectively in the classroom.
The early goal "was to just get the devices out, that was basically it, just get the devices out, use them as quick as possible ... there were other goals … they were talked about but they really didn’t get implemented,” the report quoted one technical specialist as saying.
A “district leader” commented: “We didn’t have enough people so everyone was working on deployment ... that really, really impacted our professional development rollout, in fact we barely had one because of that.”
The review, conducted by a nine-member team from Washington firm American Institutes for Research, offers a sharp contrast to early pronouncements from the school district on the $1.3-billion effort. In particular, L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy labeled the project “an astonishing success” and officials faulted media reports for suggesting otherwise.
Last month, Deasy suspended new purchases under the iPad contract and relaunched bidding. His close ties to Apple, the device maker, and Pearson, which provided the curriculum on the iPad, are under scrutiny by the school system’s inspector general. Deasy has denied any impropriety, emphasizing that he recused himself from the bidding because he owned Apple stock.
Former state House Representative Paul Scott earned a reputation during his time in office as one of the most anti-teacher legislators in Michigan. In his position as the Chair of the House Education Committee, he oversaw some of the most egregious attacks on teachers since Republicans swept into power following the 2010 election. It was bad enough that, eventually, Scott was recalled by voters in his district. The recall had a long and convoluted history with Scott attempting – unsuccessfully – to have the courts throw it out three times. In one of his attempts, he used the ludicrous rationale that he himself had created too much confusion for the recall to continue.
During the recall effort, Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette came to Scott’s defense in what the Detroit Free Presscalled a “clumsy and nakedly partisan” move, intervening on behalf of Scott with the State Supreme Court. Snyder even campaigned for him in Genesee County to help him fight the recall.
At several points during the debate, Scott sneered at “the liberals,” whom he said have ruined this state, the family and our economy. Twice during the debate, he balled his fists and raised his voice in anger about the threat that gay people pose to our civilization. Scott’s angriest moment came when he expressed his utter “disgust” that middle school students in Goodrich are taught about condom use in a voluntary sex education class.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Approval of Bill to Improve After School and Expanded Learning Programs
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today praised Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. for signing Senate Bill 1221, sponsored by State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, which will improve the quality of after school and expanded learning programs and encourage more programs to operate year-round.
"Strengthening and increasing access to after school and expanded learning programs is a top priority," Torlakson said. "High-quality programs help students succeed inside and outside the classroom by improving school attendance and academic success, while reducing high school dropout rates and juvenile crime."
The legislation is just one part of Torlakson's effort to upgrade expanded learning programs, which include before and after school, summer and intersession programs focused on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of students.
In June Torlakson announced that $51 million in new grants from three separate funds were awarded to 333 local after school and expanded learning programs. In California, the Department of Education funds more than 4,400 programs, more than all the other 49 states combined.
For more information about expanded learning, visit the CDE's Before and After School Web page. For more information on SB 1221 visit the California Legislative Information Web page.
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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100
Racial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-Shirts: Racial Justice In Schools Starts With Teacher Cultural Competency, Not “NYPD” T-ShirtsSEPTEMBER 17, 2014 BY K12NN SITE ADMIN LEAVE A COMMENTBy Sabrina Stevens. She is executive director of Integrity In Education and a former teacher and now education activist.Though some may view the police as “community helper
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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: New school supplies from the Pentagon. Deasy in L.A. grabs some M16s and grenade launchers.: New school supplies from the Pentagon. Deasy in L.A. grabs some M16s and grenade launchers.All San Diego schools got from the Pentagon was this one lousy armored vehicle.But the Wall St. Journal reports that LAUSD on the other hand, did much better. Supt. John Deasy has stock
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Seattle Schools Community Forum: It's Constitution DayConstitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.Our Constitution still stands as our country's guide. I don't think that it's some kind of "in stone" document. I belie
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19 STATES ALLOW CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS ? YIKES ! | Teachers Fight Back: 19 STATES ALLOW CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS ? YIKES !leave a comment »I just heard a report that said 19 states in the U.S. allow corporal punishment in their schools. Wow! Can this be true ?All this came to light because of the media’s discussions about the Adrian Peterson situation. Where are these 19 states ?
#WeCantWait Photo Campaign Shows What's Missing in Underfunded Schools | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity: #WeCantWait Photo Campaign Shows What's Missing in Underfunded SchoolsPosted on: Wednesday September 17th, 2014New York State owes its students billions in school funding it refuses to provide. Now, a powerful photo campaign from the Allianc
NYC Public School Parents: NYC Schools, Kids, Parents and Teachers will march in historic demonstration for climate action Sept. 21: NYC Schools, Kids, Parents and Teachers will march in historic demonstration for climate action Sept. 21FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Kate Finneran, Kate@Avaaz.org, 801-634-8811 DATE: 9/15/14
A Teacher Speaks Out | Taking Note: A Teacher Speaks Outby JOHN MERROW on 17. SEP, 2014 in 2014 BLOGS, TESTING, TEACHINGDear Friends and other readers,How do classroom teachers feel about standardized, machine-scored testing? Below is a letter from a young classroom teacher whose identity I am not revealing. This teacher, who has been teaching more than 6 years, fears retribution, apparently wi
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Jersey Jazzman: Governor Christie Should Be Held Accountable for Failure in State-Controlled DistrictsJersey Jazzman says Governor Christie has complete control of education in four urban distri
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Jersey Jazzman: Governor Christie Should Be Held Accountable for Failure in State-Controlled DistrictsJersey Jazzman says Governor Christie has complete control of education in four urban districts in his state, and his appointees have haughtily introduced changes without community consultation or consent, sowing chaos and dissensi
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Search For Historical Word Use In Movies With “Bookworm”I’ve previously written about several web tools that let you search for word usage in various places — books, the NY Times, Yelp — and then chart them out over the years. You can read about all of them here. There’s a new addition to that list — Bookworm. Despite its n
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Hooray for cartoonists.Dykes to Watch Out For cartoonist Alison Bechdel won the MacCarthur Award this morning. Hooray for cartoonists.2 by Fred Klonsky / 1h hide // saveLeadership.3 by Fred Klonsky / 2h 9-16-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacherFred Klonsky | Daily posts
Ed Notes Online: MY TIP and IPC Story - by John Elfrank-DanaAP: The evaluator chooses if video will be used. (She points out rightly that the UFT gave the discretion of video to the evaluator instead of the evaluated. Way to go Mulgrew!)... JED Another gem from John. Isn't it great to be on F-You time?Warning – Kids don’t try this at your school. This teacher has one year to go before retirement.T
Wait What?: Malloy’s Fundraising Operation – “Offensive but not illegal”As noted earlier this week in Wait, What? post entitled, Three cheers for campaign finance corruption in Connecticut!, Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy and his campaign operation has collected at least $3.5 million for his campaign by directing large campaign contributors to make donations to the Democratic State Central Committee
Answer Sheet: Four Common Core ‘flimflams’Award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York was once a supporter of the Common Core but came to be a critic after her state began to implement the initiative. (You can read some of her work on the botched implementation in New York here, here, here and here.) Burris was named […]400+ by Valerie Strauss / 5h The Answer Shee
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Perdido Street School: Cuomo Wants To "Bridge The Broadband Divide" At Same Time He Can't Pay For The Tappan Zee Bridge ProjectIt is becoming increasingly clear that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is building a $3.9 billion dollar replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge that has no funding source.Cuomo tried to get half a billion in loans from the EPA clean water fund for the bridge, but that at
MEW Editors Join Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Payments to Support Common Core | Missouri Education Watchdog: MEW Editors Join Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Payments to Support Common CoreinShareGretchen Logue and Anne Gassel of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core have joined Fred N. Sauer in filing a taxpayer lawsuit against Governor Nixon, Commissioner Nicastro, and other state officials.
PDK/Gallup Poll Says Americans Value Teachers and Want Teachers Supported, Not Punished | janresseger: PDK/Gallup Poll Says Americans Value Teachers and Want Teachers Supported, Not PunishedPosted on September 17, 2014 by janressegerToo often lately when I read about teachers and teaching, I am bothered because I suspect the writer has never taught in any kind of school. Even though I know that d
NEA - Annenberg study calls for new charter school standards to be implemented in policy: Annenberg study calls for new charter school standards to be implemented in policyNEA President Eskelsen García: ‘Standards and vigorous oversight are key to protecting charter school students and the public’s investment in public education”WASHINGTON - September 16, 2014 -A new report just released by the An
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm Love and the Mess at CPS: Rahm Love and the Mess at CPSGOOD READ...And at home I found a separate culture of intellectual achievement. This is the tradition of Carter G. Woodson, Frederick Douglass, and Malcolm X. It argues for education not simply as credentialism or certification, but as a profound act of auto-liberation. This was the culture of my childhood a
Lying with numbers in Newark | Bob Braun's Ledger: Lying with numbers in NewarkThe only audience that matters to CamiHere’s the core of the problem in Newark schools: Cami Anderson, Gov. Chris Christie’s agent in Newark, has the numbers that reveal how well or how poorly she is doing. No one else, including the city’s elected school board, has them. So she can make outrageous statements–like the f
Common Core As Child Abuse | PopularResistance.Org: Common Core As Child AbuseEDUCATE! EDUCATION, HEALTH, YOUTH By Stamford Advocate, www.stamfordadvocate.comSeptember 17th, 2014 Powered by Translate“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”Government and business leaders profess that today’s education policies will provide students with “21st-century skills.” If only thes
NYC Educator: Teacher Torture: Teacher TortureThat's what a Queens chapter leader called the 80 minutes of PD most city teachers are subject to every Monday for the foreseeable future. Of course UFT leadership deems it a great victory, since there is now a committee that will sit around and figure out how to inflict plan this. The idea, of course, is that with teacher input everything will be much
Op-Ed: School District Consolidation Should Be Welcomed in New Jersey - NJ Spotlight: OP-ED: SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSOLIDATION SHOULD BE WELCOMED IN NEW JERSEYCHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN | SEPTEMBER 17, 2014When it comes to local school districts, small isn’t beautiful -- it’s usually inefficient and expensiveFormer Gov. Christine Todd WhitmanIt was nearly 20 years ago that I called for a nonbinding refere
October 11th, be there: The Network for Public Education will hold an historic event | Seattle Education: October 11th, be there: The Network for Public Education will hold an historic eventPUBLIC Education Nation will deliver the conversation the country has been waiting for. Rather than featuring billionaires and pop singers, this event will be built around intense conversations featuring leadin
Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues | EdSource: Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory duesSeptember 16, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | No Comments SHARE THIS ARTICLECOURTESY OF GREG SCHNEIDER (WWW.GREGSCHNEIDER.COM)Rebecca Friedrichs, lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.Vergara v. State of California, threatening teacher protection laws in California, has cons
empathyeducates – Is Justice Near for New Orleans Teachers Wrongly Fired After Katrina?: Is Justice Near for New Orleans Teachers Wrongly Fired After Katrina?A teacher appreciation week banner from August 2005 remained in the library at George Washington Carver High School when it was photographed 14 months later. (The Times-Picayune archive)By Sue Sturgis | Originally Published at Facing South. A
NY Common Core Debate: Dissecting Pro-CC Petrilli and Martin | deutsch29: NY Common Core Debate: Dissecting Pro-CC Petrilli and MartinSeptember 16, 2014On September 9, 2014, Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which it entitled, Embrace the Common Core. The title is based upon the position that the organization assumes on the issue.In this post, I consid
Join The EduColor Movement, Part 1 of Many | The Jose Vilson: Join The EduColor Movement, Part 1 of ManyIt’s been a few years since Arvind Grover, ed-tech specialist in NYC, and I looked around boutique education conferences and said, “Wow, these spaces need a lot more diversity.” When a few of us sat there and said we’d create a clearinghouse to rate the diversity of any conference we came across
Bill Maher Picked The Right District To Flip | Crooks and Liars: Bill Maher Picked The Right District To FlipBy Howie Klein September 15, 2014 6:00 am - 54 Comments 213Share0 23Share1 342No matter what the villagers say, MN Rep. Keith Ellison and Blue America looked at the PPP Poll numbers and came to the same conclusion: this is a very winnable race.Friday night, Bill Maher ended his big-buzz Fli
Charter Schools’ Value-Added in Ohio |: Charter Schools’ Value-Added in Ohio On the 10th Period blog, an Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio named Stephen Dyer wrote about charter schools’ versus traditional schools’ value-added. Click here to read the full blog post, and also to view Dyer’s illustrative graphs explaining the headline: that “Charter Value Added Grades [are] Not Much Better”
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 CAP9-16-14 Ed Notes OnlineEd Notes Online: A Letter to Janella: Is Bergtraum Special?This is the second time in 4 years this chapter has managed to convince a Chancellor but NOT THEIR OWN UNION, that a principal is abusive... Elfrank-Dana, CL, Murry
Ed Notes Online: A Letter to Janella: Is Bergtraum Special?This is the second time in 4 years this chapter has managed to convince a Chancellor but NOT THEIR OWN UNION, that a principal is abusive... Elfrank-Dana, CL, Murry Bergtraum HSHo hum, par for the course -- the UFT protecting principals over teachers for their pals at the CSA.I love John Elfrank-Dana -- He's so prolific I don't even have t
Student Voice in a Box: Final Release: Student Voice in a Box: Final ReleaseThis is our final installment of Student Voice in a Box. We think that you’ll agree this week is our some of our best content yet.Ari Sussmann and the Student Voice CollaborativeThis week, Ari Sussman tells us about the Student Voice Collaborative and how to make impact on a schoolwide level. His stories are moving and the
1st Latina NEA President’s Concern: Testing, Teacher Pay and Undocumented Students « NewsTaco: 1st Latina NEA President’s Concern: Testing, Teacher Pay and Undocumented Students By Manuel De La Rosa, NewsTacoThe president of the nation’s largest teachers group visited the Rio Grande Valley in Texas as part of a two-day tour to discuss standardized testing, low teacher’s pay and undocumented childr
Charter v. Private School “Prepsters”: Manufacturing College-Ready Kindergartners: Charter v. Private School “Prepsters”: Manufacturing College-Ready KindergartnersSEPTEMBER 16, 2014 BY NANCY BAILEY 1 COMMENT“College Prep Begins in Kindergarten” is the motto for Cornerstone Preparatory School (a charter) in Memphis. HERE. A lot of charter schools advertise themselves as college preparatory schools
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Punk Rock Education Style | Crazy Crawfish's Blog: Crazy Crawfish's BlogZesty Louisiana Education PoliticsPunk Rock Education StylePosted on September 16, 20140crazycrawfish:I really like this uplifting post about the current trajectory of the anti-deform movement and agree with the sentiment and assessment (and not just because of the shoutout to me.) :)Originally posted on Dad Gone Wild:In 1977
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LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District): Editorial: LA Unified schools won’t get better if leaders fightEditorial: LA Unified schools won’t get better if leaders fight Via LA Times | Editorial Board This would be a difficult period for Supt. John Deasy and the Los Angeles Unified School District even if he and the school board were intent on wor
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The rats are having a field day at CPS: The rats are having a field day at CPSDead rat, one of many at a Southwest Side elementary school having problems with rodents and roaches since janitorial services were privatized.Aren't the 476 custodians being thrown out of their jobs by Rahm and his Aramark subcontractors, represented by SEIU Local 1? Can't help but wonder,
Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team | CSIS – California School Information Services: Education HeadlinesTaft High coach, parents decry handling of hazing incidentThe head football coach at Taft Union High School, who was put on paid administrative leave after a hazing incident, complained at a crowded school board meeting Monday night that he’s been “stripped of something” he loves for
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Where we’ve been; what lies ahead | Parents Across America: Where we’ve been; what lies aheadAs the new school year begins, PAA has asked its chapters and affiliates to provide descriptions of the past year’s activities and what they’re planning for this year. We’ll be posting these descriptions a few at a time, starting with our Pennsylvania affiliates, Parents United for Public Education and Yin
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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Tuesday Open ThreadYesterday, Google and Mayor Murray surprised Highland Park Elementary with a major announcement about their request via DonorsChoose.org. Google "flash-funded" classroom requests from every teacher in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties who had made a request at DonorsChoose. From Seattle.gov:Google donated $338,000 for 388 projects re
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Home - Living in Dialogue: When Teachers Lose Rights, They Must Raise Test Scores or GoBy John Thompson. I do not question the sincerity of most former Obama administration officials and other liberals who support Vergara v California and its spawn. Some have long and loudly blamed teachers for education underperformance, saying that it is our “low expectations” and not the legacies of generationa
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-16-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Ohio: More Charters Failing than Public SchoolsStephen Dyer, education policy fellow at Innovation Ohio, has analyzed the latest state report cards. The state’s Governor, John Kasich, is pro-cha