Sunday, October 11, 2015

Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 10/11/15




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The next education secretary: Polarizing, powered by personal story - The Washington Post
The next education secretary: Polarizing, powered by personal story - The Washington Post: The next education secretary: Polarizing, powered by personal storyThe nation’s next education secretary is a man driven by what might have been had he not found refuge in public schools.John B. King Jr.’s mother died of a heart attack when he was 8, and then his father descended into Alzheimer’s disease, le
Diane Levin and Dr. Denisha Jones: Preschool Suspensions: Young Children Left Behind
Preschool Suspensions: Young Children Left Behind | PopularResistance.Org: Preschool Suspensions: Young Children Left Behind Above photo: From The Nation.  (Courtesy of Steven Depolo, CC BY 2.0)Young children have now begun the new school year, many for the first time. How many will not be allowed to finish the school year due to being expelled or miss significant time in school due to suspension
Louisiana “PARCC” Results: Useful for Lining the Litter Box | deutsch29
Louisiana “PARCC” Results: Useful for Lining the Litter Box | deutsch29: Louisiana “PARCC” Results: Useful for Lining the Litter BoxWhat, exactly, are Louisiana parents receiving when they receive information from Louisiana superintendent John White and his Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) regarding what he continues to call “PARCC” tests?Nothing trustworthy.Louisiana is the only supposed
Louisiana Educator: Who Really Failed the Honesty Test about PARCC?
Louisiana Educator: Who Really Failed the Honesty Test about PARCC?: Who Really Failed the Honesty Test about PARCC?Barry Irwin of the big business lobbying group, Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), has written an opinion editorial in the Lafayette Advertiser where he assumes that some BESE members and some school groups want to hide the truth about Louisiana student performance from the publi
Ed Notes Online: Teachers Rate Eva Moskowitz/ Success Academy Charters as "Toxic" and "Miserable Place to Work"
Ed Notes Online: Teachers Rate Eva Moskowitz/ Success Academy Charters as "Toxic" and "Miserable Place to Work": Teachers Rate Eva Moskowitz/ Success Academy Charters as "Toxic" and "Miserable Place to Work"Don't even both applying. You might as well quit teaching...They could barely get enough trolls...http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Success-Academy-Charter-Schoo
This Week's Charter School Disaster It's A Crying Shame
This Week's Charter School Disaster It's A Crying ShameParamount Charter School: A Chaotic “Free for All” That Cannot be Immediately Shut Down | deutsch29 http://bit.ly/1Qju81MBig Education Ape: Sunrise charter school had warning signs before teachers were fired, resigned | News - Home http://bit.ly/1G6CYjaCURMUDGUCATION: FL: Another Charter Scam http://bit.ly/1Qju7eiBig Education Ape: Nearly all
HOW TO SUCCEED IN CHARTING THE DIFFICULT COURSE AWAY FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS - Perdaily.com
HOW TO SUCCEED IN CHARTING THE DIFFICULT COURSE AWAY FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS - Perdaily.com: HOW TO SUCCEED IN CHARTING THE DIFFICULT COURSE AWAY FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS(Mensaje se repite en Español)Let me attempt to educate liberals and conservatives about the reality of the American political system of government and the economics it controls as opposed to their respective dillusions as to what this c
CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Some Edubloggery Highlights
CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Some Edubloggery Highlights: ICYMI: Some Edubloggery HighlightsThe Common Core Can't Speed up Child DevelopmentThe Baltimore Sun ran this piece last summer, but it's a good reminder now that we're entering test results season. Students are not getting dumber. NEA PAC vote breakdownIf you're still cranky about the Clinton endorsement, here's the breakdown of who voted which w
CURMUDGUCATION: The Social Justice Argument
CURMUDGUCATION: The Social Justice Argument: The Social Justice ArgumentCharter and choice fans continue to refine their argument about charters as a tool of social justice, as exemplified by an exchange with charter fan Dmitri Melhorn that quickly expanded to a conversation still puttering along this morning. Melhorn started in the reformster biz at McKinsey and Co, and moved on to co-found Stude
Ben Carson flunks middle school history - The Washington Post
Ben Carson flunks middle school history - The Washington Post: Ben Carson flunks middle school historyIf only Anne Frank had a gun. Then, according to the logic of Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, she would have been able to better fight against the Nazis.Carson has come under criticism for this astonishing statement in his new book, “A
Marcos Breton: So, are you running, Mr. Mayor? | The Sacramento Bee
Marcos Breton: So, are you running, Mr. Mayor? | The Sacramento Bee: Marcos Breton: So, are you running, Mr. Mayor? In the 165-year history of Sacramento, the city’s never had a three-term mayor.Kevin Johnson would be the first, should he decide to run and prevail. Some of his allies are pressing for such an announcement, and soon. A local business group has started a mini-version of “Run, Joe, Ru
The Latest: Brown rejects ban on for-profit charter schools - SFGate
The Latest: Brown rejects ban on for-profit charter schools - SFGate: The Latest: Brown rejects ban on for-profit charter schoolsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California legislation acted upon by Gov. Jerry Brown ahead of a Sunday deadline (All times local):5:31 p.m.Gov. Jerry Brown is rejecting legislation that would have blocked for-profit companies from operating charter schools in Ca
Seattle Schools Community Forum: If SPS Thinks All Parents are Good for is Fundraising...
Seattle Schools Community Forum: If SPS Thinks All Parents are Good for is Fundraising...: If SPS Thinks All Parents are Good for is Fundraising...Join Teacher Retention Advocate Parents for a "bake sale" to highlight the inadequacy of local parent groups to fund raise for major staffing cuts. We will call on SPS to make alternate budget cuts and our state legislature to fully fund McCle
BustED Pencils Trending News: Must Win; Profit not CHILD; Suspension King | BustED Pencils
BustED Pencils Trending News: Must Win; Profit not CHILD; Suspension King | BustED Pencils: Trending News: Must Win; Profit not CHILD; Suspension KingGo Michigan Department of ED! Critical thinking and creativity over memorizing facts and filling in bubbles!  Way to BUST SOME PENCILS!!  (Confetti shower please)In teaching versus testing, teaching must winhttp://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contribu
Jersey Jazzman: America's Biggest Hypocrite: @GovChristie
Jersey Jazzman: America's Biggest Hypocrite: @GovChristie: America's Biggest Hypocrite: @GovChristieA challenge for Governor Chris Christie's defenders: try to reconcile the following news stories (all emphases mine).10/10/15:Gov. Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat last year made the most money since the governor first took office, according to tax returns the governor's office released on Fri
Why is Columbus Day still a U.S. federal holiday? - The Washington Post
Why is Columbus Day still a U.S. federal holiday? - The Washington Post: Why is Columbus Day still a U.S. federal holiday?You may have learned in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492 in the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria and proved for the first time in history that the Earth wasn’t flat. Actually, he didn’t — discover America or prove that th Earth was flat, and there
Kindergartens That Prize Play and Academics–In That Order | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Kindergartens That Prize Play and Academics–In That Order | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Kindergartens That Prize Play and Academics–In That Order“Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?” asked a group of researcherswho looked at U.S. kindergartens in 1998 and then again in 2010. Their answer, based on surveys and direct observation is “yes.” The struggle over play vs. academi
The Hidden Agenda Behind 21st Century Learning | Psychology Today
The Hidden Agenda Behind 21st Century Learning | Psychology Today: The Hidden Agenda Behind 21st Century LearningPublic-private partnership is strangling our education system.How has our public education system gotten so off track?High-stakes testing, obsessive data collection, and lofty promises of technology’s potential to “revolutionize” education are contributing to ever-increasing amounts of
If School Computer Use Reduces Standardized Test Scores, Doesn’t That Prove the Tests are Inadequate? | gadflyonthewallblog
If School Computer Use Reduces Standardized Test Scores, Doesn’t That Prove the Tests are Inadequate? | gadflyonthewallblog: If School Computer Use Reduces Standardized Test Scores, Doesn’t That Prove the Tests are Inadequate?Melvin’s hand is up.He’s a 13-year-old African American with too much energy and not enough self-control.He’s often angry and out of his seat. He’s usually in trouble. But to
Do “No Excuses” Charter Schools Close Achievement Gaps? | Diane Ravitch's blog
Do “No Excuses” Charter Schools Close Achievement Gaps? | Diane Ravitch's blog: Do “No Excuses” Charter Schools Close Achievement Gaps? The “Department of Education Reform” at the University of Arkansas published a study touting the stupendous results of “no excuses” charter schools, where students are subjected to strict discipline and intense test prep.The National Education Policy Center engage
Resources on the Funding Clash Between Charters and Baltimore City Public Schools | Re:education in Baltimore
Resources on the Funding Clash Between Charters and Baltimore City Public Schools | Re:education in Baltimore: Resources on the Funding Clash Between Charters and Baltimore City Public Schools Official District DocumentsProposed New Charter School Funding Formula, memo from CEO Gregory Thornton to Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners via Alison Perkins-Cohen, Executive Director of New Init
With A Brooklyn Accent: Don't Let Gentrification Be The Main Consequence of the Reclamation of the Bronx's Cultural Legacy
With A Brooklyn Accent: Don't Let Gentrification Be The Main Consequence of the Reclamation of the Bronx's Cultural Legacy: Don't Let Gentrification Be The Main Consequence of the Reclamation of the Bronx's Cultural LegacyIt is great to see the cultural landmarks of the Bronx, such as the street jazz great Maxine Sullivan lived on, be officially recognized by the New York City Council. And great t
Teacher says 'opt out' of broken test | StAugustine.com
Darcy Addo: Teacher says 'opt out' of broken test | StAugustine.com: Darcy Addo: Teacher says 'opt out' of broken testSpecial to The RecordDiane Ravitch recently called Florida legislators “test-crazy,” but if the legislators are test-crazy, then the commissioner of education, in conjunction with Alpine Testing Solutions and the Florida Department of Education, may be delusional.Here are five fair
School reform arrives at last | The Columbus Dispatch
School reform arrives at last | The Columbus Dispatch: School reform arrives at lastLaw should boost accountability, reduce conflicts of interestOhio, a national laughingstock for the weak oversight and conflicts of interest that have dogged its charter schools, finally has embraced serious reform with the passage of House Bill 2 on Wednesday.This law is a game-changer. It makes leaps toward endin
Where our notions of public, charter schools come from | HeraldNet.com - Commentary
Where our notions of public, charter schools come from | HeraldNet.com - Commentary: Where our notions of public, charter schools come fromLast month, the Washington state Supreme Court determined that charter schools are ineligible to receive public school funds under the 1889 state constitution.Upholding precedent from a century ago, the court determined that because charter schools “are run by
New River Valley reps slam charter schools and vouchers - Roanoke Times: Blue Ridge Caucus
New River Valley reps slam charter schools and vouchers - Roanoke Times: Blue Ridge Caucus: New River Valley reps slam charter schools and vouchers Speaking to a crowd braving the drizzly Saturday weather, Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) and Del. Joseph Yost (R-Pearisburg) said in strong terms that Virginia needs to prioritize its public schools over alternative ideas like charter schools and vouche
The ugly charter school scandal Arne Duncan is leaving behind - Salon.com
The ugly charter school scandal Arne Duncan is leaving behind - Salon.com: The ugly charter school scandal Arne Duncan is leaving behindOfficials are raising questions about a $249 million grant to charter schools announced the day of his resignationThis piece originally appeared on Education Opportunity Network.US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s surprise announcement to leave his position in

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TFA Divorced from Corporate Reform: Donkeys Flying | deutsch29
TFA Divorced from Corporate Reform: Donkeys Flying | deutsch29: TFA Divorced from Corporate Reform: Donkeys FlyingIn a September 19, 2015, post, Teach for America (TFA) alum-gone-legitimate-teacher and fellow blogger, Gary Rubinstein, reflects upon the departure of one of two TFA “co-CEOs,” Matt Kramer.In his post, Rubinstein notes that this co-CEO arrangement occurred in March 2013, when “TFA sto
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1010/15
CORPORATE ED REFORMWatch "The Educratic Oath | Gus Morales | TEDxAmherst" Video at TEDxTalksWatch "The Educratic Oath | Gus Morales | TEDxAmherst" Video at TEDxTalks: Watch "The Educratic Oath | Gus Morales Gus Morales is a teacher whose firing from Holyoke Public Schools prompted an investigation that prevented student’s scores from being publicly displayed. He will be







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