Monday, January 25, 2016

Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/25/15



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What Happens When My Student Curses At Me [Teaching Tolerance] | The Jose Vilson
What Happens When My Student Curses At Me [Teaching Tolerance] | The Jose Vilson: What Happens When My Student Curses At Me [Teaching Tolerance] I had the honor of writing for Teaching Tolerance, one of the premiere teacher resources for anything related to social justice. They asked me to write a piece about why I still teach after more than a decade at this, and everything I’ve done to move this
CURMUDGUCATION: Counting on Superman
CURMUDGUCATION: Counting on Superman: Counting on Superman One of the saddest days of my life was when my mother told me Superman did not exist... I was like what do you mean he's not real. And she thought I was crying because it's like Santa Claus is not real and I was crying because there was no one coming with enough power to save us. -- Geoffrey Canada (Harlem Children's Zone)That's the quote
Turkey wants Fremont school board to reject charter school - ContraCostaTimes.com
Turkey wants Fremont school board to reject charter school - ContraCostaTimes.com: Turkey wants Fremont school board to reject charter schoolFILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Police conducted raids in a dozen Turkish cities Sunday, detaining at least 24 people including journa
San Diego Elementary Teacher Pens Powerful Defense of Fair Share - California Teachers Association
San Diego Elementary Teacher Pens Powerful Defense of Fair Share - California Teachers Association: SAN DIEGO ELEMENTARY TEACHER PENS POWERFUL DEFENSE OF FAIR SHARE(Photo) During a recent education conference in Sacramento, Panelist Lindsay Burningham stresses the importance of legislators, school boards, and administrators hearing teachers’ voices, something their unions facilitate.The conservati
Arizona: Strangled By An Organized Minority | Dr. Edward F. Berger
Arizona: Strangled By An Organized Minority | Dr. Edward F. Berger: Arizona: Strangled By An Organized MinorityArizona is run by a well-organized minority. They work to undermine and control representative democracy, elected boards and officials, public schools, environmental regulations, any law that limits the powers of corporations, and interference in their affairs by The People. They believe
Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals Program - Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education)
Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals Program - Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals ProgramSACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today urged eligible organizations—schools, camps, nonprofits, Indian tribal governments, and government offices among them—to apply to become Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) spons
Court rules Michigan has no responsibility to provide quality public education | New Pittsburgh Courier
Court rules Michigan has no responsibility to provide quality public education | New Pittsburgh Courier: Court rules Michigan has no responsibility to provide quality public education Highland Park parent Michelle Johnson, a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit against the state of Michigan, says students deserve a fair education. (Zenobia Jeffries/The Michigan Citizen)DETROIT — In a blow to schoolchildr
Award-winning teacher: ‘America really doesn’t care what happens to poor people and most black people. There, I said it.’ - The Washington Post
Award-winning teacher: ‘America really doesn’t care what happens to poor people and most black people. There, I said it.’ - The Washington Post: Award-winning teacher: ‘America really doesn’t care what happens to poor people and most black people. There, I said it.’Members of Black Lives Matter DMV participate in the annual Martin Luther King Holiday Peace Walk and Parade on Jan. 18 in Washington,
City of Detroit releases DPS inspections reports, requirements...
City of Detroit releases DPS inspections reports, requirements...: Judge denies order to stop Detroit teacher 'sick-outs'Teachers involved in sick-out head to court MondayJudge denies order to stop Detroit teacher 'sick-outs' http://bit.ly/1KA8TWbDetroit schools sue to try to stop teacher absencesDetroit schools bailout package introduced to lawmakersCourt denies request for temporary restraining
Detroit Teachers Protes Hearing on Sickouts | Al Jazeera America
Detroit Teachers Protes Hearing on Sickouts | Al Jazeera America: Detroit teachers protest hearing that could put an end to sickoutsA judge is hearing a case that could stop teachers from calling in sick en masse to protest deteriorating conditionsAbout 60 Detroit teachers protested Monday outside a court where a judge is to hear arguments in a case that could force teachers to stop calling in sic
National Survey on Opting Out
National Survey on Opting Out: National Survey on Opting Out:Teachers College, Columbia University525 West 120th StreetNew York, NY 10027212 678 3000www.tc.eduNATIONAL SURVEY ON OPTING OUT OF TESTINGInformed Consent StatementNational Survey on Opting Out:You are invited to participate in a research study about the opt-out movement in the United States. We ask that you read this form before agreein
Jersey Jazzman: Once Again: The FACTS On Newark, Charters, and Spending
Jersey Jazzman: Once Again: The FACTS On Newark, Charters, and Spending: Once Again: The FACTS On Newark, Charters, and Spending I see we have to go over this once again. Fine:- TEAM Academy Charter School, the Newark branch of the nation charter chain KIPP, outscored the Montclair School District one year in one grade on one test -- by 0.2 scale score points.The next year, that same cohort of stu
Schools Matter: The Great Schools Partnership, Duke Albanese, and the Gates Foundation
Schools Matter: The Great Schools Partnership, Duke Albanese, and the Gates Foundation: The Great Schools Partnership, Duke Albanese, and the Gates FoundationToday in professional development meetings all over the country teachers are learning the virtues of "proficiency based learning," which is sometimes referred to as "competency based" education (CBE), and sometimes referre
Rick Snyder: HOW DICK CAME TO BE SHORT FOR RICHARD
HOW DICK CAME TO BE SHORT FOR RICHARDDick Or Richard You Decide Today I found out why Dick is short for Richard.The name Richard is thought by most etymologists to derive from the Proto-Germanic ‘Rikharthu’, meaning more or less “hard ruler” (‘Rik-‘ meaning ‘ruler’ and ‘-harthu’ meaning ‘hard’).  This was adopted into Old High German as ‘Ricohard’, and from there to Old French, then Old English as
West Baton Rouge school system taking lead in latest fight over funds lost to charter schools | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana
West Baton Rouge school system taking lead in latest fight over funds lost to charter schools | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana: West Baton Rouge school system taking lead in latest fight over funds lost to charter schoolsThe West Baton Rouge Parish school system is looking to lead the charge in the latest battle over the amount of local and state tax dollars the Louisiana Department of Educ
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLESKaren Lewis"It's just that simple, it's not rocket science, it's negotiations. Nobody's going to be happy, completely happy, with the outcome," she said. "They're going to have to give a little, we have to give a little. That's what contract negotiations are, but we're doing fairly well." --Chicago TribuneForres
An Open Letter to Teachers and Staff at No Excuses Charter Schools | EduShyster
An Open Letter to Teachers and Staff at No Excuses Charter Schools | EduShyster: An Open Letter to Teachers and Staff at No Excuses Charter SchoolsThe former dean of students at a New Orleans charter school urges teachers and staff at No Excuses schools to ask some hard questions about the model’s social and emotional costs…By Ramon GriffinDear You:You were selected to teach at your school because
NY Charter School Diva Defends Harsh Discipline; Parents File Civil Rights Complaint | janresseger
NY Charter School Diva Defends Harsh Discipline; Parents File Civil Rights Complaint | janresseger:NY Charter School Diva Defends Harsh Discipline; Parents File Civil Rights ComplaintLast Wednesday, 13 New York City parents filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.  The parents claim that New York’s Success Academy Charter Schools have persistently vi
EXCLUSIVE: ESSA and Charter Schools: Part 7 | Diane Ravitch's blog
EXCLUSIVE: ESSA and Charter Schools: Part 7 | Diane Ravitch's blog: EXCLUSIVE: ESSA and Charter Schools: Part 7EXCLUSIVE: Lamar Alexander’s Staff Explains ESSA: PART 1 | Diane Ravitch's blog http://bit.ly/1QlmO8KEXCLUSIVE: Senator Alexander’s Staff: ESSA and Teacher Evaluation, Part 2 | Diane Ravitch's blog http://bit.ly/1RzT9KjEXCLUSIVE: What Does ESSA Say About Bottom 5% of Schools: Part 3 | Dia
Jeb Bush praises Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for ‘stepping up’ response to Flint poisoned-water crisis
Jeb Bush praises Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for ‘stepping up’ response to Flint poisoned-water crisis:Jeb Bush praises Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for ‘stepping up’ response to Flint poisoned-water crisisJeb Bush on Sunday praised Rick Snyder, the beleaguered governor of Michigan, for “stepping up” in response to the crisis over lead-poisoned drinking water in the city of Flint.Related: Donald Trump
Cartoons on Digital Life | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Cartoons on Digital Life | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Cartoons on Digital LifeFor this month, I have selected an array of cartoons that slice-and-dice the influence of digital technologies on our daily lives. Enjoy!Cartoons on Digital Life | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Hostile Charter Takeovers Sideline Communities – Cloaking Inequity
Hostile Charter Takeovers Sideline Communities – Cloaking Inequity: Hostile Charter Takeovers Sideline CommunitiesWhat the education reformers’ policies (charters, vouchers, high-stakes testing, Common Core, VAM etc.) have in common is that they are top-down and focus on private control and privatization. I discussed these common denominators during the Cambridge Forum that was syndicated national
Teacher-Recruitment Challenges: A Special Report - Education Week
Teacher-Recruitment Challenges: A Special Report - Education Week: TEACHER-RECRUITMENT CHALLENGES: A SPECIAL REPORTThis special report explores the factors behind the recent teacher shortages in many areas and highlights initiatives designed to improve district hiring processes and tap new pools of prospective educators. Intended to give education leaders actionable intelligence on the teacher-rec
Fixes for DPS can't come fast enough — literally
Fixes for DPS can't come fast enough — literally: Fixes for DPS can't come fast enough — literallySay this for more than a month of "sick-outs," unofficial strikes staged by Detroit Public Schools teachers — they've brought the district's horrors clearly into focus: a dead mouse in one elementary school, classrooms so cold that children expect to wear coats until noon; pictures from anot
Denver’s unified school enrollments may offer Boston a lesson - The Boston Globe
Denver’s unified school enrollments may offer Boston a lesson - The Boston Globe: Denver’s unified school enrollments may offer Boston a lessonDENVER — A few years ago, parents here faced a bewildering array of options when selecting their children’s schools. There were more than 60 enrollment systems within Denver Public Schools alone, and another set for the city’s charter schools, each with dis
Obama on Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders - Business Insider
Obama on Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders - Business Insider: OBAMA: Bernie Sanders 'tapped into a running thread in Democratic politics'In a Politico interview published Monday morning, President Barack Obama weighed in on the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has been surging in the race against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom Obama also waged an
Chicago teachers union leader pledges to enforce austerity - World Socialist Web Site
Chicago teachers union leader pledges to enforce austerity - World Socialist Web Site: Chicago teachers union leader pledges to enforce austerityNegotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel continue amid growing resistance from workers to austerity nationwide, including teachers in Detroit. In the face of this, the president of the CTU Karen Le
Detroit teachers face off with EM Earley over legality of 'sick-outs' Monday | MLive
Detroit teachers face off with EM Earley over legality of 'sick-outs' Monday | MLive.com: Detroit teachers face off with EM Earley over legality of 'sick-outs' MondayCheck back with MLive after 11 a.m. for news on the outcome of the court hearing.DETROIT, MI -- On the day President Barack Obama visited Michigan to attend the Detroit auto show, 88 of Detroit's nearly 100 public schools were closed.
Charter schools' rapid growth questioned | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
San Diego charter schools stir conflicts | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com: Charter schools' rapid growth questionedSan Diego charter school advocate now facing felony charge ignited boom in charters By the time Steve Van Zant left the Mountain Empire School District in 2013, he had overseen the authorization of more than a dozen charter schools to operate in other districts throughout the county — with
Report’s Replete with Points to Consider About Testing of Garden State Students - NJ Spotlight
Report’s Replete with Points to Consider About Testing of Garden State Students - NJ Spotlight: REPORT’S REPLETE WITH POINTS TO CONSIDER ABOUT TESTING OF GARDEN STATE STUDENTSPanel’s review of use of standardized exams stresses need to review goals of all student assessments and to not rush changeLost in the drama over whether New Jersey would drop the Common Core State Standards was a second repo
Counting What Counts: Five Dilemmas Facing Education
Counting What Counts: Five Dilemmas Facing Education: Counting What Counts: Five Dilemmas Facing EducationThis is a guest post by Dr. Helen Janc Malone, Director of Institutional Advancement and National Director, Education Policy Fellowship Program at the Institute for Educational Leadership.In his new book, Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes, Dr. Yong Zhao challenges our current

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Some of Those Gov.-Snyder-Released Emails on the Flint Water Crisis | deutsch29
Some of Those Gov.-Snyder-Released Emails on the Flint Water Crisis | deutsch29: Some of Those Gov.-Snyder-Released Emails on the Flint Water CrisisOn January 20, 2016, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released a 274-page file of his emails related to the Flint water crisis.The January 20, 2016, Detroit News article references certain emails in Snyder’s release as being key to understanding state cul
Over 200 Educators in New York Receive Erroneous Scores Linked to Student Performance - The New York Times
Over 200 Educators in New York Receive Erroneous Scores Linked to Student Performance - The New York Times: Over 200 Educators in New York Receive Erroneous Scores Linked to Student Performance More than 200 teachers and principals received erroneous scores from New York State on a contentious measurement that ties their performance to how well their students do on tests, according to state docume
The Call to Stand Up For Students
The Call to Stand Up For Students: The Call to Stand Up For StudentsRank and File Teachers Call on NYSUT Leadership to Do MoreWe are a coalition of educators motivated by a desire to provide our students with an authentic, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and child-centered public education. As we near the 2016 testing season, hundreds of thousands of young learners will be asked
Ed Notes Online: Salon on WE CAUCUS: “11,000 smart, committed teachers can change the world”:
Ed Notes Online: Salon on WE CAUCUS: “11,000 smart, committed teachers can change the world”: A group of working Philadelphia teachers is looking to upset the status quo of the teachers union: Salon on WE CAUCUS: “11,000 smart, committed teachers can change the world”: A group of working Philadelphia teachers is looking to upset the status quo of the teachers unionFrom left: Amy Roat, Yaasiyn Muha
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/23/15
CORPORATE ED REFORMHow can Donald Trump be so wrong (and yet so right about middle class anger) - Wait What?How can Donald Trump be so wrong (and yet so right about middle class anger) - Wait What?: How can Donald Trump be so wrong (and yet so right about middle class anger)“With all due respect” to Donald Trump’s supporters, there is absolutely no doubt that Trump is a sociopath, psychopathic, lu









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