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EARNING OUR PAY: Caprice Young: Don't rule out supporters for superintendent - LA School Report
Caprice Young: Don't rule out supporters for superintendent - LA School Report: EARNING OUR PAY: Caprice Young: Don't rule out supporters for superintendent Among the 43 people identified by the Los Angeles Times this week as potential candidates for LA Unified superintendent were nearly a dozen with a background in charter schools or the reform movement.One of them wasCaprice Young, a former pres
Expulsion of preschoolers: ‘Let’s take that option off the table’ | EdSource
Expulsion of preschoolers: ‘Let’s take that option off the table’ | EdSource: Expulsion of preschoolers: ‘Let’s take that option off the table’Children who are expelled or suspended from preschool are more likely to have problems – including higher rates of incarceration – later in life, according to new report titled Point of Entry: The Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline.Preschoolers in public programs
John Thompson: Do Not Treat Difficult Students Like Criminals | Diane Ravitch's blog - Linkis.com
John Thompson: Do Not Treat Difficult Students Like Criminals | Diane Ravitch's blog - Linkis.com: John Thompson: Do Not Treat Difficult Students Like Criminals John Thompson, historian and teacher, explains that there are good alternatives to corporal punishment in school. Student discipline problems are rarely appropriately addressed by treating students with police tactics, as if they were crim
Charter Schools Shrink Boston’s Vision for Public Ed | The Progressive
Charter Schools Shrink Boston’s Vision for Public Ed | The Progressive: Charter Schools Shrink Boston’s Vision for Public Ed Jennifer BerkshirePhoto by ThoseGuys119“50,000 families of color on wait list for charter skls in NYC while so-called progressives say no.  Something seriously missing in this pic.”While this Tweet from former school chancellor Joel Klein refers to NYC, he could mean any num
Children's books by and about Native Americans | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Children's books by and about Native Americans | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Children's books by and about Native AmericansAlmost 100 years ago, the first attempts were made to establish a holiday honoring American Indians. These days, some state and local governments have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day and, since 1990, November has been widely recognized as Native Amer
Something Important Happens Here - Lily's Blackboard
Something Important Happens Here - Lily's Blackboard: Something Important Happens HereSo here’s the thing. Everywhere I go I tell people about the amazing educators I serve. I tell the people I sit next to on airplanes. I tell taxi drivers. I tell my friends and family probably way too much.I tell people who already know and I tell people who don’t want to hear it. That’s because you all truly are
New York’s baffling response to parents who didn’t let their kids take Common Core tests - The Washington Post
New York’s baffling response to parents who didn’t let their kids take Common Core tests - The Washington Post: New York’s baffling response to parents who didn’t let their kids take Common Core testsThis belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category. Also in the someone-is-actually-getting-paid-to-do-this category.In New York State this past spring, some 20 percent of students refused to t
CURMUDGUCATION: CAP & Common Core Whack-a-mole
CURMUDGUCATION: CAP & Common Core Whack-a-mole: CAP & Common Core Whack-a-moleI have decided that the Center for American Promise has based its relentless (and senseless) Common Core promotional campaign on a game of whack-a-mole in which they play the part of the mole.Here comes Carmel Martin, executive vice-president of policy at CAP (previously employed by the US Department of Education
Black, Latino Students Continue to Fall Behind White, Asian Counterparts
Black, Latino Students Continue to Fall Behind White, Asian Counterparts: Black, Latino Students Continue to Fall Behind White, Asian CounterpartsLOS ANGELES—White and Asian students in the United States continue to out perform their black and Latino counterparts nationwide, according to the  U.S. Department of Education's 2015 Nation’s Report Card that assesses nationwide student achievement.  Hi
Mike Petrilli and I Have a Brief Exchange about International Test Scores | Diane Ravitch's blog
Mike Petrilli and I Have a Brief Exchange about International Test Scores | Diane Ravitch's blog: Mike Petrilli and I Have a Brief Exchange about International Test ScoresI knew Mike Petrilli well, back when I was a trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and Institute in D.C. But after I became disillusioned with testing and school choice, I didn’t see much of him anymore. We occasionally tra
Study Highlights Little State Oversight of Educational Services Provided to Incarcerated Youth | CSG Justice Center
Study Highlights Little State Oversight of Educational Services Provided to Incarcerated Youth | CSG Justice Center: Study Highlights Little State Oversight of Educational Services Provided to Incarcerated YouthA first-of-its-kind report released today by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center found that most incarcerated youth do not have access to the same educational services as
CURMUDGUCATION: Cheating the NAEP
CURMUDGUCATION: Cheating the NAEP: Cheating the NAEPWe've had our giant round of reaction to the NAEP test results, and their woeful failure to showAmerican school children being propelled forward into a wonderland of learning by over a decade of reformster policies. I'm not sure there's any reason to get excited about NAEP results at all, but test-loving folks do, and there's really no denying th
Groundbreaking Approach to English Learners - Year 2015 (CA Dept of Education)
Groundbreaking Approach to English Learners - Year 2015 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Next Step in Implementing Groundbreaking Approach to Teaching English LearnersSACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California has taken the next step in implementing its groundbreaking approach to teaching English learners.
Study: Black Students—Not Crime—Determine If Schools Get Security
Study: Black Students—Not Crime—Determine If Schools Get Security: Study: Black Students—Not Crime—Determine If Schools Get SecurityWith the viral video of a police officer violently arresting a black female student at high school in South Carolina reinvigorating the debate over school resource officers, new research bolsterscritics' claims that school security can have a negative effect on studen
Stockholm Syndrome – The Only Reason Any Teachers Still Support Common Core | gadflyonthewallblog
Stockholm Syndrome – The Only Reason Any Teachers Still Support Common Core | gadflyonthewallblog: Stockholm Syndrome – The Only Reason Any Teachers Still Support Common CoreCommon Core is dying a well-deserved death.The very idea that we need the same academic standards in public schools from coast-to-coast is unpopular, expensive, ineffective and politically suicidal.The Wall Street Journal repo
More Magical Thinking about Technology in Schools | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
More Magical Thinking about Technology in Schools | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: " "More Magical Thinking about Technology in SchoolsI watched the World Series and saw both New York Mets and Kansas City Royal fans wearing hats, shirts, and displaying signs designed to get their teams to win. I saw similar clothes and painted faces on soccer fans during the World C
Perdido Street School: NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Declares War On Opt Out Movement
Perdido Street School: NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Declares War On Opt Out Movement: NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Declares War On Opt Out MovementNYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia sent out a letter to superintendents around the state touting an NYSED "toolkit" for districts to use to "educate" parents about the wonders of the Endless Testing regime.The toolkit amount
Are parent behaviours with their use of technology having an impact on their child’s development? | Connected Principals
Are parent behaviours with their use of technology having an impact on their child’s development? | Connected Principals: Are parent behaviours with their use of technology having an impact on their child’s development?I recently attended a very intriguing keynote presentation from Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair titled: Lost in Connection: How The Tech Effect Puts Children’s Development at RiskI was
Malloy Administration ushering in a “Wisconsin Moment” at UConn and CSU - Wait What?
Malloy Administration ushering in a “Wisconsin Moment” at UConn and CSU - Wait What?: Malloy Administration ushering in a “Wisconsin Moment” at UConn and CSUDuring last year’s gubernatorial campaign, Connecticut’s state employee unions mobilized their members with the powerful message that a vote for Democrat Dannel Malloy was the only way to prevent Connecticut from having a “Wisconsin Moment,” a
U.S. Dept. of Ed. Acknowledges Flawed Charter School Grant Review Process | janresseger
U.S. Dept. of Ed. Acknowledges Flawed Charter School Grant Review Process | janresseger: U.S. Dept. of Ed. Acknowledges Flawed Charter School Grant Review ProcessThe U.S. Department of Education sent a letter (Scroll to the end of the news story to see the letter itself.) on Wednesday to Richard Ross, Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, to inform Ross that, despite the Department’s huge g
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The proper response to Rahm's plea for help. Prepare for a strike.
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The proper response to Rahm's plea for help. Prepare for a strike.: The proper response to Rahm's plea for help. Prepare for a strike."Look, we all want the same thing..." -- Rahm Emanuel "We cannot blow up schools because you don't have any money. You have to figure out some other way to do this." -- CTU Pres. Karen LewisOn Tuesday the Mayor, wit
With A Brooklyn Accent: How Do I Explain "Gentrification?"
With A Brooklyn Accent: How Do I Explain "Gentrification?": How Do I Explain "Gentrification?"Imagine you and your family have been living in a neighborhood for decades. It's not perfect but its home. You have neighbors who are also friends. Stores that you feel comfortable in; Inexpensive restaurants that serve your favorite ethnic foods There is crime, but not as much as 20 y
Schools Matter: Detailing Eli Broad's Efforts to Take Over Los Angles Times
Schools Matter: Detailing Eli Broad's Efforts to Take Over Los Angles Times: Detailing Eli Broad's Efforts to Take Over Los Angles TimesAnyone who has read the LA Times on education knows that they are just as cozy with CorpEd as WaPo, the NYTimes, or even the Nashville Tennessean.  For Eli Broad, however, coziness is not enough. He wants total control.  The Columbia Journalism Review looks inside
No Child Left Behind and unequal opportunities are the target of NEA President Garcia at City Club today | cleveland.com
No Child Left Behind and unequal opportunities are the target of NEA President Garcia at City Club today | cleveland.com: No Child Left Behind and unequal opportunities are the target of NEA President Garcia at City Club todayNational Education Association (NEA) President Lily Eskelsen Garcia will ask business leaders to support her union's push for Congress to report educational opportunities for
Why Common Core Is Cracking Up | The American Spectator
Why Common Core Is Cracking Up | The American Spectator: WHY COMMON CORE IS CRACKING UPBill Gates’s earnest help hasn’t helped.After a decade in the making, the Common Core State Standards are on track to replace uneven state standards in English, mathematics, and other basic academic subjects. But as a rising number of parents and elected officials question this emerging national catechism, the p
Good Intentions | The New Republic
Good Intentions | The New Republic: Good IntentionsBill Gates is here to change the world—will he make money doing it?n March of 2013, I watched Bill Gates give the keynote lecture at SXSWedu, an annual education technology-themed offshoot of the Austin mega-festival. Addressing several thousand entrepreneurs who hoped to sell apps to schools, Gates celebrated education technology as “potentially
Walton Family Foundation gives $50M to Teach for America
Walton Family Foundation gives $50M to Teach for America: Walton Family Foundation gives $50M to Teach for AmericaBENTONVILLE, Ark. — The Walton Family Foundation says it will donate $50 million over three years to Teach for America to support 4,000 new teachers nationwide.Teach for America, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, recruits college graduates to teach for two years in schools in

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Math placement tests deserve more scrutiny | EdSource
Math placement tests deserve more scrutiny | EdSource: Math placement tests deserve more scrutinyMathematics plays a central role in winnowing opportunities for students to enter and succeed in college. In California, students can graduate from high school with just two years of math, including a single college-preparatory course, Algebra 1. But if they don’t also complete Geometry and Algebra 2 (
Petrilli and Wright’s Porous Article on Mediocre Test Scores | deutsch29
Petrilli and Wright’s Porous Article on Mediocre Test Scores | deutsch29: Petrilli and Wright’s Porous Article on Mediocre Test ScoresIn November 2015, Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli and Brandon Wright published an article entitled, “America’s Mediocre Test Scores,” which is slated to appear in the Winter 2016 issue of Education Next.The article has a number of limitations worthy of note.For
Ed Notes Online: See the Video: Parents Sue Achievement First Charter Over Discipline and Lack of Services - We had the AF story 4 years ago
Ed Notes Online: See the Video: Parents Sue Achievement First Charter Over Discipline and Lack of Services - We had the AF story 4 years ago: See the Video: Parents Sue Achievement First Charter Over Discipline and Lack of Services - We had the AF story 4 years agoDUHHHHH!  This report by the NY TimesLawsuit Accuses Brooklyn Charter School of Failing to Provide Special Education Servicessupports t
CURMUDGUCATION: WSJ Runs Cyberschool PR
CURMUDGUCATION: WSJ Runs Cyberschool PR: WSJ Runs Cyberschool PRIf you were feeling badly about the poor beleaguered cyber schools that took a drubbing earlier this week (from both a report suggesting they are no more effective than a long nap and the many charter fans who piled on to excoriate them), take heart. Someone did run to their defense. And an alleged journalist paved the road so that th
American Indian/ Native Alaskan Caucus Cheers Enactment of Two Key Measures - California Teachers Association
American Indian/ Native Alaskan Caucus Cheers Enactment of Two Key Measures - California Teachers Association: AMERICAN INDIAN/ NATIVE ALASKAN CAUCUS CHEERS ENACTMENT OF TWO KEY MEASURESStoryteller David Garcia demonstrates the use of rhythm sticks employed in Chumash music and dance.Caucus Chair Mary Levi briefs participants in the celebration about AB 30 (Alejo), the CTA-backed bill that bars Ca
VIDEO: Republican Jay Dardenne Endorses Democrat John Bel Edwards for Louisiana’s Next Governor | deutsch29
VIDEO: Republican Jay Dardenne Endorses Democrat John Bel Edwards for Louisiana’s Next Governor | deutsch29: VIDEO: Republican Jay Dardenne Endorses Democrat John Bel Edwards for Louisiana’s Next GovernorDardenne Endorses EdwardsIn the race for Louisiana governor, Republican David Vitter’s DC Super PAC ran attack ads against both Republican contenders, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle.The October 24
Lawsuit Accuses Brooklyn Charter School of Failing to Provide Special Education Services - The New York Times
Lawsuit Accuses Brooklyn Charter School of Failing to Provide Special Education Services - The New York Times: Lawsuit Accuses Brooklyn Charter School of Failing to Provide Special Education ServicesSpecial education students at a Brooklyn charter school did not get mandated services and were punished for behavior that arose from their disabilities, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court on
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 11/5/15
CORPORATE ED REFORMHIP Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action — Hmong Innovating PoliticsHIP Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action — Hmong Innovating Politics: HIP Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action Earlier this week, Hmong Innovating Politics joined with over 160 Asian American and Pacific Islander groups in filing an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in support










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