Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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UTLA's Caputo-Pearl throws down debate challenge to Eli Broad - LA School Report
UTLA's Caputo-Pearl throws down debate challenge to Eli Broad - LA School Report:UTLA’s Caputo-Pearl throws down debate challenge to Eli BroadEver since billionaire Eli Broad and a few other powerful figures in the school reform movement announced plans of a massive investment in new charter schools for LA Unified, the district’s teachers union has been aggressively mobilizing opposition to it.Tha
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Private Donors Set to Fund Charters if State Doesn't
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Private Donors Set to Fund Charters if State Doesn't: Private Donors Set to Fund Charters if State Doesn'tFrom KPLU:A network of donors will step up if necessary to keep Washington state's nine charter schools open through the school year, a leading charter advocate said Tuesday, even if public dollars stop flowing in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision void
AFT's Randi Weingarten: Unions 'Still Matter'
AFT's Randi Weingarten: Unions 'Still Matter': AFT's Randi Weingarten: Unions 'Still Matter'Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaks after a rally in front of the Chicago Public Schools headquarters on September 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)Our union is our members, and on this Labor Day weekend, I couldn’t be prouder of the 1.6 million hardworking
Is the Tennessee School Takeover Machine Running Out of Gas? | EduShyster
Is the Tennessee School Takeover Machine Running Out of Gas? | EduShyster: Is the Tennessee School Takeover Machine Running Out of Gas?Writer Andy Spears says that continued fallout from the Achievement School District’s takeover of a Nashville middle school could prompt legislators to put the brakes on the ASD.By Andy SpearsLast year, I reported on the latest education reform game﹘Thunderdome﹘bei
Jersey Jazzman: Book Review: "The Prize" by Dale Russakoff
Jersey Jazzman: Book Review: "The Prize" by Dale Russakoff: Book Review: "The Prize" by Dale RussakoffDale Russakoff’s The Prize – a chronicle of the education “reform” efforts in Newark, NJ that were supposed to be a model for the nation -- is as remarkable for what it doesn’t report as it is as for what it does.Russakoff, formerly a reporter for the Washington Post, tells the
The surprising things New York’s mayor said about Common Core and 4-year-olds - The Washington Post
The surprising things New York’s mayor said about Common Core and 4-year-olds - The Washington Post: The surprising things New York’s mayor said about Common Core and 4-year-oldsWho is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio talking to about early childhood education?De Blasio (D) was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday morning to talk about, among other things, his program to bring universal pre-kindergart
#FightForDyett Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: North Side/South Side. The pot is boiling over. Hunger strikers ask Obama to intervene.
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: North Side/South Side. The pot is boiling over. Hunger strikers ask Obama to intervene.: North Side/South Side. The pot is boiling over. Hunger strikers ask Obama to intervene.Labor Day at Dyett...We gathered in support of the hunger strikers, now in the 23rd day of their strike. We heard Jitu Brown's progress report along with a reading of the demands the strikers a
Austin Beutner is out as L.A. Times publisher - LA Times
Austin Beutner is out as L.A. Times publisher - LA Times: Austin Beutner is out as L.A. Times publisherTribune Publishing Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, has fired Austin Beutner, the civic leader and former Wall Street investment banker who became publisher and chief executive of the newspaper last year.Tribune executives met with Beutner on Tuesday morning.A Tribune spokesman declined to c
The new charter school scheme: This is how GOP and privatizers have bled Pennsylvania schools - Salon.com
The new charter school scheme: This is how GOP and privatizers have bled Pennsylvania schools - Salon.com: The new charter school scheme: This is how GOP and privatizers have bled Pennsylvania schoolsTeachers work for free in a school district bled by charter schools and state government neglectAs schools across Pennsylvania open their doors for the new school year, there’s one district in the sta
Article: Battle Scarred Schools | OpEdNews
Article: Battle Scarred Schools | OpEdNews: Battle Scarred SchoolsElmwood Classroom with whiteboard material covering old blackboards(image by Carl Petersen)   DMCA"The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gif
#FightForDyett Chicago's Hunger Strike for Dyett High Passes Day 22 - Living in Dialogue
Chicago's Hunger Strike for Dyett High Passes Day 22 - Living in Dialogue: Chicago's Hunger Strike for Dyett High Passes Day 22By Michelle Gunderson.We sit under the trees at Dyett High School yet again on Sunday night. The Dyett 12 hunger strikers sit in a tight circle while a crowd of over a hundred of Chicago’s activists listen in. I know almost every face in this crowd. They are people who und
Cerf, Christie’s man in Newark, tells principals to spend only 25 percent of approved budgets. | Bob Braun's Ledger
Cerf, Christie’s man in Newark, tells principals to spend only 25 percent of approved budgets. | Bob Braun's Ledger: Cerf, Christie’s man in Newark, tells principals to spend only 25 percent of approved budgets.The joke’s on Newark–public schools can spend only 25 percent of their approved budgets.Newark’s public schools face an unprecedented financial crisis because of an edict from the state-con
Parents Across America Washington: Statement on the Supreme Court decision that charter schools are unconstitutional | Seattle Education
Parents Across America Washington: Statement on the Supreme Court decision that charter schools are unconstitutional | Seattle Education: Parents Across America Washington: Statement on the Supreme Court decision that charter schools are unconstitutionalAs Parents Across America Washington stated 3 years ago, the initiative and subsequent law is unconstitutional for the reasons stated in December,
Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients | Seattle Education
Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients | Seattle Education: Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipientsPer a previous post title, “Before you can fund the charter school, you have to fund an advocacy organization that can create a climate for the charter school to exist”.To follow is a list of organizations and scho
CURMUDGUCATION: No Zip Code Tyranny + Don't Fix Your Building
CURMUDGUCATION: No Zip Code Tyranny: No Zip Code TyrannyA John Hopkins researcher says that the wealthy do not choose choice.The conclusion comes from research by Julia Burdick-Will who has a joint appointment in Sociology and the School of Education. "Neighbors but not Classmates" has just been published, and while the conclusions we can draw from it are pretty narrow, it offers an inte
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Whatever happened to the Zuckerberg's $100M 'gift' to Newark schools?
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Whatever happened to the Zuckerberg's $100M 'gift' to Newark schools?: Whatever happened to the Zuckerberg's $100M 'gift' to Newark schools?The Hechinger Report carries an interview today, with journalist Dale Russakoff, author of “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?” The book tells the story of Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million &q
Letter to Fordham Snake Oil Peddlers Part 1 » Missouri Education Watchdog
Letter to Fordham Snake Oil Peddlers Part 1 » Missouri Education Watchdog: Letter to Fordham Snake Oil Peddlers Part 1Gretchen Logue wrote about the Recent op ed piece by Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio, president and vice president for external affairs respectively of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which appeared in the Post Dispatch about the poor performance of our students on the SBAC tes
When Will I Love Charters? | Peter Greene
When Will I Love Charters? | Peter Greene: When Will I Love Charters?I'm probably a liberal. Or at least liberalish. I've never worried too much about what political label I'm supposed to wear. But I feel liberal enough to respond to Jonathan Alter's piece in the Daily Beast, "Why Liberals Should Learn To Love Charter Schools."If you want to read a fact-based takedown of Alter's piece wi
Teachers Aren’t Dumb - The New York Times
Teachers Aren’t Dumb - The New York Times: Teachers Aren’t DumbONE of my colleagues at the University of Virginia, a world authority on how culture influences personality, almost didn’t become a professor. He wanted to teach high school, but went for his Ph.D. because it seemed easier; he thought he would fail the exacting admissions test for teacher candidates. Perhaps I should mention that my co
Sacramento City Council ethics reform is a must | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento City Council ethics reform is a must | The Sacramento Bee: Sacramento City Council ethics reform is a mustAs Sacramento’s elected officials hem and haw, a local watchdog group has set the bar on transparency and ethics reform.After holding public forums with the League of Women Voters, Eye on Sacramento is calling for four major changes at City Hall:▪ An open government ordinance that g
“Right-to-Work” Threat in Public Sector: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association | Socialist Alternative
“Right-to-Work” Threat in Public Sector: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association | Socialist Alternative: For a Mass Mobilization to Stop This Attack and Rebuild Labor!Workers protest in March 2015 inside the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, a state which has pioneered so-called ?right-to-work? legislation widely seen as an attack on unions. Photograph: Amber Arnold/APIn late June, while
What Wisconsin & Arizona Should Teach Us about School Vouchers | Nonprofit Quarterly
What Wisconsin & Arizona Should Teach Us about School Vouchers | Nonprofit Quarterly: What Wisconsin & Arizona Should Teach Us about School VouchersLong before the second Bush administration launched “No Child Left Behind,” individual states were creating policies to use market forces as a driver toward stronger public education systems. While much attention has been given to the growth of
A Teacher's Labor Day Plea to School Reformers | John Thompson
A Teacher's Labor Day Plea to School Reformers | John Thompson: A Teacher's Labor Day Plea to School ReformersEven an oil field rookie, "a worm," knows that his life is in the hands of his tool pusher. So, in my first day as a roughneck in the oil patch, it was unnerving to hear Dwayne shout into the radio, "Frack after dark! Frack after dark! Call Western! Eddy Chiles (subsequently
What the new SAT scores reveal about modern school reform - The Washington Post
What the new SAT scores reveal about modern school reform - The Washington Post: What the new SAT scores reveal about modern school reformThe newly released scores on the SAT college admissions test turned out to be the lowest since the exam was redesigned in 2005. My Post colleague Nick Anderson wrote in this story that the “test results show that gains in reading and math in elementary grades ha
A Door-to-Door Push to Get Parents Involved at Struggling Schools - The New York Times
A Door-to-Door Push to Get Parents Involved at Struggling Schools - The New York Times: A Door-to-Door Push to Get Parents Involved at Struggling SchoolsTameka Carter, left, and Bliss Requa-Trautz, went building to building in the Edenwald housing projects in the Bronx, knocking on doors of families with children in Public School 112. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York TimesAt Public School 298
The surprising conservative roots of the Common Core: How conservatives gave rise to ‘Obamacore’ | Brookings Institution
The surprising conservative roots of the Common Core: How conservatives gave rise to ‘Obamacore’ | Brookings Institution: The surprising conservative roots of the Common Core: How conservatives gave rise to ‘Obamacore’When Jeb Bush announced he was exploring a run for President, TIME warned that Bush was “going to have to win over the Republican conservative base, which hates Common Core with the
Washington Court Strikes Down Public Funding for Charter Schools
Washington Court Strikes Down Public Funding for Charter Schools: Washington Court Strikes Down Public Funding for Charter SchoolsThe state's high court rules that because charter schools are not public institutions, they don't qualify for taxpayer money.One of the more grotesque attacks on the concept of an American political commonwealth has been the steady – and, sadly, bipartisan – assault on
How the Billionaire Kingpins of School Privatization Got Stopped in Their Own Back Yard
How the Billionaire Kingpins of School Privatization Got Stopped in Their Own Back Yard: How the Billionaire Kingpins of School Privatization Got Stopped in Their Own Back YardThe debate over public schools in Arkansas has been, for decades, ongoing and often fraught. In 1957, the Arkansas school year began with white mobs viciously attacking nine black teenagers as they attempted to desegregate L
Marie Corfield: Debunking Reformy Logic One Tweet At A Time Part 2
Marie Corfield: Debunking Reformy Logic One Tweet At A Time Part 2: Debunking Reformy Logic One Tweet At A Time Part 2As I reported in Part 1 of this 3-part series, I recently got into a Twitter debate with Laura Waters, Derrell Bradford and Ryan Hill which turned into an all-day affair, with Save Our Schools NJ, Jersey Jazzman and a few other pro-public education advocates chiming in. It was a 3-

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Charter School Operators Deserve the Blame for Rushing to Open Charters Before Court Ruled | HorsesAss.Org
Charter School Operators Deserve the Blame for Rushing to Open Charters Before Court Ruled | HorsesAss.Org: Charter School Operators Deserve the Blame for Rushing to Open Charters Before Court RuledWA Supreme Court jumps the shark, waiting 11 months to release opinion invalidating schools that already started. https://t.co/YXZURRTlvp— Jonathan Martin (@jmartin206) September 4, 2015Oh, please.I hav
Students' return to school is marred by renewed segregation across US | Education | The Guardian
Students' return to school is marred by renewed segregation across US | Education | The Guardian: Students' return to school is marred by renewed segregation across USExperts say a ‘substantial majority’ of black and Latino students attend schools segregated by race and poverty, which are linked to poorer educationMillions of students around the US have started autumn with familiar rituals: waitin
Data Wars in New Orleans | The Progressive
Data Wars in New Orleans | The Progressive: Data Wars in New OrleansMark WeberHas "reform" helped the students of New Orleans? Does the data show that school effectiveness has improved following Katrina? Is the conversion of the city's school district into a "portfolio" system a model for the rest of the nation?If you listen to the reformsters, the answer is an unequivocal &quo
Third Circuit Finds Teacher's Blog Comments About Students Not Protected By First Amendment Issue - Constitutional Law Prof Blog
Constitutional Law Prof Blog: Third Circuit Finds Teacher's Blog Comments About Students Not Protected By First Amendment IssueIn its opinion in Munroe v. Central Bucks School District, a divided panel of the Third Circuit found that a public school teacher's blog posts about students did not "rise to the level of constitutionally protected expression" under the First Amendment and thus
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 9/7/15 #FightForDyett
SPECIAL NITE CAP CORPORATE ED REFORMWith A Brooklyn Accent: Do Teachers Unions Need to Fight Harder for Their Members? Labor Day Reflections by Dr Patricia Robinson-LinderWith A Brooklyn Accent: Do Teachers Unions Need to Fight Harder for Their Members? Labor Day Reflections by Dr Patricia Robinson-Linder: Do Teachers Unions Need to Fight Harder for Their Members? Labor Day Reflections by Dr Patri







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