Monday, October 5, 2015

Bill Ayers and the Education Revolution - UNITED OPT OUT: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform

Bill Ayers and the Education Revolution - UNITED OPT OUT: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform:

Bill Ayers will be a keynote at the UOO conference this February in Philly. We asked him, What does the education revolution look like?




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Jerry Brown, Arne Duncan had deep, long-standing disagreements | EdSource

Jerry Brown, Arne Duncan had deep, long-standing disagreements | EdSource:

Jerry Brown, Arne Duncan had deep, long-standing disagreements



In 2013, after years of butting heads over policy differences, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised Gov. Jerry Brown for showing “real vision, real courage” in leading the passage of a school funding formula that steers substantially more money to English learners and low-income students.

Duncan, who announced Friday he would resign as secretary in December, had a problematic relationship with Brown. In their shared focus on improving the education of low-income, minority children, and their support of charter schools and the Common Core State Standards, Duncan and Brown are simpatico. But for the seven years that Duncan has been education secretary, pointed and seemingly irreconcilable differences have defined their relationship. The governor of a solidly Democratic state and a Democratic president’s point man on education were like two ships colliding in a sea of policy disagreements.
The most visible was Brown’s opposition to using standardized test scores as a significant part of a teacher’s evaluation. Its refusal to use test scores disqualified California for extra points in its two failed applications for a share of $4.3 billion in the Race to the Top competition intended to promote school and district innovation.
The state was also disqualified for a state waiver from the penalties of the No Child Left Behind law.
The test score requirement and Duncan’s statement last year in support of the court ruling in the Vergara case, overturning teacher tenure Jerry Brown, Arne Duncan had deep, long-standing disagreements | EdSource:


Jersey Jazzman: John King, New SecEd, Is The King of Student Suspensions

Jersey Jazzman: John King, New SecEd, Is The King of Student Suspensions:

John King, New SecEd, Is The King of Student Suspensions 





If you read the news reports following the announcement of John King as our new Secretary of Education, you'd think he had run some of the most successful schools in the country. Here, for example, is Vox:

1) He's the founder of a successful charter school chain

Unlike Duncan, King has been a classroom teacher: He taught for three years, two of them in a charter school, after getting his master's degree in teaching from Columbia University. In 1999, he became co-director of Roxbury Prep, a Boston charter school renowned for getting high test scores despite serving an exclusively low-income black and Latino student body. King, the New York Times wrote in 2011, was instrumental in designing the charter school's curriculum and disciplinary structure — including required school uniforms and rules against talking in the hallways. [emphasis mine]
John King, hand-picked by President Obama to lead out nation's schools, took the lead in designing Roxbury Prep's discipline policies. How has that played out? - See more at: http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2015/10/john-king-new-seced-is-king-of-student.html#sthash.lAwFI2az.dpuf


Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Tribune's disgusting editorial on gun violence. Did McCarthy's people plant it?

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Tribune's disgusting editorial on gun violence. Did McCarthy's people plant it?:

Tribune's disgusting editorial on gun violence. Did McCarthy's people plant it?



City Council Black Caucus chairman Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), at podium, and members on Monday call for the firing of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times
In August, you [aldermen] had more than 40 people shot on four consecutive weekends. In the deadliest September since 2002, you had 60 people killed. Aldermen, for too long you've avoided wearing a jacket for Chicago's mayhem. -- Tribune editorial
The Tribune's Oct. 1 editorial, Aldermen, own Chicago violence, has the same rotten odor as their previous ones calling for a "Mussolini-type dictator" to run the schools and for a "Katrina-like disaster" to hit Chicago.

This time though, they've actually outdone themselves, shifting blame for the dramatic rise in gun violence that has occurred during the Rahm/McCarthy years, onto black and Latino communities and their aldermen. It reads as a total ass-Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Tribune's disgusting editorial on gun violence. Did McCarthy's people plant it?:

CURMUDGUCATION: Can Philly Super Do His Job?

CURMUDGUCATION: Can Philly Super Do His Job?:

Can Philly Super Do His Job?





Today the Daily News in Philly ran an editorial declaring, "Let Philly Schools Chief Hite Do His Job." The editorial writer is pretty much full of it; nevertheless, I agree that Hite should get to do his job. In fact, I wish somebody would make him do his job.

The issue at hand seems to be that Superintendent Hite is getting ready to privatize some more of the Philly school district. Some of the charter operators being brought in include Big Picture Foundation of Rhode Island and the ever-delightful Renaissance schools.

I could get into the issue of charters taking over public schools, or the track record of these particular operators, or the history of Hite and the Philly district. But I don't want to draw attention away from the most striking part of this story.

The superintendent of a major public school district is turning public schools over to charter operators.

The union says that the schools are failing because they've been starved for resources. The Daily News, saying that these schools stunk even in flush times in Philly, calls out other factors--

In fact, the thread that binds all of the schools on the list is that they are failing to educate the students who attend them. Their test scores are lower than low, some have experienced high 
CURMUDGUCATION: Can Philly Super Do His Job?:

VIDEO: Hundreds rally as national union president calls for respect, dignity for Scranton teachers - News - The Times-Tribune

Hundreds rally as national union president calls for respect, dignity for Scranton teachers - News - The Times-Tribune:

Hundreds rally as national union president calls for respect, dignity for Scranton teachers






Hundreds of Scranton teachers, led by the national president of their union, demanded today that the school district treat them with respect and dignity.

On the sixth day of the strike, most of the union’s 940 teachers and paraprofessionals filled the sidewalk and closed a lane of traffic in front of the district’s Administration Building. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gave an impassioned plea for a fair contract.

“You are striking for what kids need. You are striking for their future and shame on this board of education and shame on this superintendent,” she said during her second visit to Scranton in the last month.



As Ms. Weingarten spoke, some district employees peered out the windows. Many of her comments were directed at the school board and to the new superintendent, Alexis Kirijan, Ed.D.

“If you, madam superintendent, really believe in kids the way you so profess, then you get to the bargaining table and negotiate 24-7,” Ms. Weingarten said. “How do you come in from Atlanta in July, and the first thing you do is create a strike in this great city of Scranton?”

Mary Delmar, a teacher at Kennedy Elementary School, said union members stand together, eliciting cheers from fellow employees.

“We have never been treated like this before,” she said. “We are being treated so disrespectfully.”

Teachers also carried boxes into the building’s lobby containing petitions with 11,000 signatures that called for a fair contract for Scranton teachers.

“What’s fair for one is fair for all, 2.5 percent for all,” teachers chanted, making reference to the superintendent’s contract, which calls for automatic 2.5 percent raises.

Teacher Dawn Hafner grabbed a megaphone to help lead the chants.

“The longer we’re out, the stronger we get,” she and the teachers said.

When reached after the rally, Dr. Kirijan said she does not understand where teachers get the idea that she does not respect them.

“I have visited their classes several times and showed them a great deal of respect. I respect anyone who chooses the hard profession of a teacher,” she said. “I don’t measure respect by money. Maybe they’re confusing that.”

Dr. Kirijan also said she did not create the strike. The teachers called the strike, and they have the right to do that, she said.

“Any decisions that are being made per the teachers contract, those decisions are not being made solely by me. I work for the board of education,” she said. “We are trying to do the right things for the right reasons. Our budget can only stretch so far. We stretched the budget beyond what we could possibly comfortably do, to get teachers a contract that could be satisfactory to them, but it’s not.”

Dr. Kirijan said she was brought to the district to improve achievement and resolve the district’s financial challenges.

“The school district is broke. You really can’t give what you don’t have,” she said. “I’m here to straighten out the financial 



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BustED Pencils Trending News: Duncan dunked; Bye Bye Standardized; Busting Pencils | BustED Pencils

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Deputy Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., Really?!!

Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

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Standardized tests SAT/ACT on the way out, good students are in!  Bye Bye Standardized.
What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores

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Schools being creative in spite of Standardized testing!  This is what happens when you allow the “professionals” in this “profession” to do their jobs.  They find a way to help kids regardless of the numerous obstacles in their way.  Way to Bust some Pencils!!
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OMG Barack, How Could You Pick John King? | Alan Singer
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State Parent Advisory Council - Migrant (CA Dept of Education)
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The Upside of Arne Duncan - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher
The Upside of Arne Duncan - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: The Upside of Arne DuncanSo what are we to make of Arne Duncan's surprise departure from his cabinet position, where he dutifully played POTUS Basketball Bud and less-than-articulate mouthpiece for the extremely well-heeled Democrats for Education Reform?Does anyone else wonder about the timing of this? Why was John B.
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Arne Duncan’s legacy - the top-down approach to education - The Hechinger Report
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Wendy Lecker’s latest column – The importance of listening to students - Wait What?
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BATs Respond To Duncan Leaving USDOE | PopularResistance.Org
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Arne Duncan’s Misguided Policies | janresseger
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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES 'No confidence' in Duncan/King
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES 'No confidence' in Duncan/King: WEEKEND QUOTABLES 'No confidence' in Duncan/King"No Confidence" in Duncan/King.Jeanette Deutermann, Public school parent and founder of Long Island Opt Out“Throughout his term in New York, John King was notorious for his complete disconnect from parents, teachers, and school officials. His blatant disregard
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CURMUDGUCATION: PA: Value-less Data
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Reactions to Arne Duncan’s departure illustrate national divide over education - The Washington Post
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World Teachers Day Highlights Educator Shortage - NEA Today
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Special education teacher: Why it’s ‘idiotic’ to force my students to take standardized tests - The Washington Post
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‘Workers’ or slaves? Textbook maker backtracks after mother’s online complaint - The Washington Post
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Arne Duncan's on His Way Out: Does That Help or Hurt ESEA's Chances? - Politics K-12 - Education Week
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Ed Notes Online: DFER Founder and Major Ed Deformer Joe Williams' Wife, a TFA and Kippster, is DOE Senior Director, Teaching Recuitment and Quality
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President Obama helps every Republican Presidential candidate by appointing John King | Reclaim Reform
President Obama helps every Republican Presidential candidate by appointing John King | Reclaim Reform: President Obama helps every Republican Presidential candidate by appointing John KingPosted on October 4, 2015by Ken Previti“By appointing John King, the most unpopular education commissioner in the history of New York State, as Acting Secretary of Education, President Obama just gave a shot in
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