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Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 10/5/16


Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 10/5/16



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Will the Billionaires Destroy Public Education? | Diane Ravitch's blog






Federal Government Continues To Feed Charter School Beast Despite Auditor’s Warning
Federal Government Continues To Feed Charter School Beast Despite Auditor’s Warning : Federal Government Continues To Feed Charter School Beast Despite Auditor’s Warning Politicians always promise they will rid government of “waste, fraud, and abuse,” so let’s hope at least one political leader or policy maker will denounce our federal government’s new gift of nearly a quarter-billion dollars to
If I Were Secretary of Education – A Classroom Teacher’s Fantasy | gadflyonthewallblog
If I Were Secretary of Education – A Classroom Teacher’s Fantasy | gadflyonthewallblog : If I Were Secretary of Education – A Classroom Teacher’s Fantasy I will never be Secretary of Education. Frankly, I’m just not qualified. I’m only a classroom teacher. The powers that be don’t trust someone like me with that kind of responsibility. It’s okay to give me a roomful of impressionable children eve
CURMUDGUCATION: NEA's Concern Trolling + The Facts Problem
CURMUDGUCATION: NEA's Concern Trolling : NEA's Concern Trolling The NEA is concerned about bullying. Specifically, they are concerned about the Trump Effect, which is one more name for one of the plumes of toxic smoke curling up from the dumpster fire that is Herr Donald's Presidential campaign. There is reason for concern. Herr Donald's campaign has freed many folks from the restraint of what we
NEW book club webinar with Jesse Hagopian | Parents Across America
NEW book club webinar with Jesse Hagopian | Parents Across America : NEW book club webinar with Jesse Hagopian Jesse Hagopian with PAA interim director Julie Woestehoff at a Chicago testing forum a while back (see Karen Lewis behind us?) Our guest for this next PAA book club session is the wonderful Jesse Hagopian, Seattle teacher and author of “More Than a Score.” To prepare for this session, yo
Audit: Cronyism Between Charters, Management Groups Imperils Federal Aid - Politics K-12 - Education Week
Audit: Cronyism Between Charters, Management Groups Imperils Federal Aid - Politics K-12 - Education Week : Audit: Cronyism Between Charters, Management Groups Imperils Federal Aid Cross-posted from the Charters and Choice blog By Arianna Prothero A federal audit warns that cozy relationships between charter schools and the organizations that run some of them could put federal funding at risk. Ch
Education Department slammed for charter school oversight — by its own watchdog office - The Washington Post
Education Department slammed for charter school oversight — by its own watchdog office - The Washington Post : Education Department slammed for charter school oversight — by its own watchdog office The Education Department has for more than 10 years poured in excess of $3 billion into the creation and operation of charter schools, but according to a new audit by the agency’s own inspector general
Understanding the Coming Teacher Strike (a friend writes) | Bill Ayers
Understanding the Coming Teacher Strike (a friend writes) | Bill Ayers : Understanding the Coming Teacher Strike (a friend writes) I have a lot of friends across the country, and something is about to happen in Chicago that will get national attention: a strike in our public school system. This likely will be brought up by Trump or Clinton at some point. The circumstances that got us to another t
Children are more than test scores: The Dissent Of A Giant: American Can Do Better
Children are more than test scores: The Dissent Of A Giant: American Can Do Better : The Dissent Of A Giant: American Can Do Better In my school days we began every day with these words "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Some might call it indoctrination, b
Glamorous Superintendents Who Stand On School Wreckage
Glamorous Superintendents Who Stand On School Wreckage : Glamorous Superintendents Who Stand On School Wreckage The school superintendent, called CEO after the school/business takeover, is considered the superman or woman of the school district. Sometimes they are elected, but more often they are appointed by school boards. There are still some great school superintendents. But there are many oth
Dinner to Honor Diane - NPE Action
Dinner to Honor Diane - NPE Action : Dinner to Honor Diane Join us for a dinner to honor Diane Ravitch Start: December 11, 2016 • 7:00 PM Petaluma • 1356 First Avenue, New York, NY 10021 Please join the Network for Public Education Action for a dinner in honor of our President and Co-Founder, Diane Ravitch. Go Here for Details: Dinner to Honor Diane - NPE Action :
LA charter school refuses to release spending report
LA charter school refuses to release spending report : LA charter school refuses to release spending report Big Education Ape: Brown vetoes bill requiring charters to comply with conflict of interest, open records laws | EdSource - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2016/10/brown-vetoes-bill-requiring-charters-to.html Embattled El Camino Real Charter High School has formally denied requests to r
Federal audit spotlights charter school CEO wrote checks to himself totaling $11 million
Federal audit spotlights charter school shortcoming : Federal audit spotlights charter school shortcoming A national audit of charter school management companies by the U.S. Department of Education has spotlighted an unnamed Chester City school where, auditors say, the CEO wrote checks to himself totaling $11 million without board approval. The report by the Office of Inspector General did not ac
Beyond test scores: The right way to assess students and schools - The Washington Post
Beyond test scores: The right way to assess students and schools - The Washington Post : Beyond test scores: The right way to assess students and schools For years students, schools, teachers, principals and even states have been “graded” by student standardized test scores under the false premise that the scores alone are legitimate measures of how much a student has learned, how well a teacher
Final tally on key education bills in 2016 | EdSource
Final tally on key education bills in 2016 | EdSource : Final tally on key education bills in 2016 Updated, Oct. 4: With a crush of bills dispensed with last week, the year’s scorecard is complete. Here is the final update of a dozen bills that EdSource tracked in the final weeks of the legislative session. They include a challenge to the State Board of Education’s framework for a school accounta
Why dangling rewards in front of students and teachers is counterproductive - The Washington Post
Why dangling rewards in front of students and teachers is counterproductive - The Washington Post : Why dangling rewards in front of students and teachers is counterproductive Dangling rewards in front of students and teachers with the aim of improving their performance is popular in many school districts and states. The thinking goes that they will work harder if they get something extra out of
Will the Billionaires Destroy Public Education? | Diane Ravitch's blog
Will the Billionaires Destroy Public Education? | Diane Ravitch's blog : Will the Billionaires Destroy Public Education? The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education 3rd Edition This link will take you to the opening pages of the revised “Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
Pending Teachers’ Strike in Chicago Reflects Long and Convoluted Funding Crisis | janresseger
Pending Teachers’ Strike in Chicago Reflects Long and Convoluted Funding Crisis | janresseger : Pending Teachers’ Strike in Chicago Reflects Long and Convoluted Funding Crisis The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to strike next Tuesday, October 11. The union has not had a contract for over a year, and in threatening to strike, teachers are not only expressing dissatisfaction with the contract off
CURMUDGUCATION: The Choices Charters Hate
CURMUDGUCATION: The Choices Charters Hate : The Choices Charters Hate One of the evergreen arguments in favor of modern charters is that they will be laboratories of innovation. Freed from the constraints of the public school system, charters will whip up brand new educational approaches, pedagogical discoveries that somehow nobody has ever whipped up before. Once they have freed the edu-genii, t
See Ed. Dept. Guidance on Using Federal Aid for School Turnarounds Under ESSA - Politics K-12 - Education Week
See Ed. Dept. Guidance on Using Federal Aid for School Turnarounds Under ESSA - Politics K-12 - Education Week : See Ed. Dept. Guidance on Using Federal Aid for School Turnarounds Under ESSA How can schools and districts use federal money intended for at-risk and needy students to improve general learning conditions? The U.S. Department of Education has some suggestions. Last month, the departmen
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Heading back to Standing Rock
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Heading back to Standing Rock : Heading back to Standing Rock Flyer on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque I'm on my way to Bismarck this morning where I will pick up some goods and head back down to the Standing Rock encampment. What's different about this trip is that I will be joined on Friday by two vans filled with Chicago high school and
BRIDGEGATE: Kelly has a good day– and who knew Christie and Cuomo were BFFs? |
BRIDGEGATE: Kelly has a good day– and who knew Christie and Cuomo were BFFs? | : BRIDGEGATE: Kelly has a good day– and who knew Christie and Cuomo were BFFs? Bridget Anne Kelly, the former aide to Gov. Chris Christie on trial in federal court in Newark, had a good day Tuesday (10/4/16) thanks to the cross-examination work of her lawyer, Michael Critchley. Critchley’s not argumentative, not bombas
Anger Grows in Nashville « Dad Gone Wild
Anger Grows in Nashville « Dad Gone Wild : ANGER GROWS IN NASHVILLE I think Diane Ravitch said it best last week: “ Nashville, you have a problem .” In case you are new to the game, back in July, Nashville got a new Director of Schools, and while there was a sigh of relief that he wasn’t of the reformer ilk, he’s raised plenty of other red flags since he started work here. This past week, even mo
Gates Foundation Money Connects Common Core and ESSA | deutsch29
Gates Foundation Money Connects Common Core and ESSA | deutsch29 : Gates Foundation Money Connects Common Core and ESSA The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes the following prohibition regarding the federal government’s luring states into adopting specific standards, assessments, or content, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): ‘‘SEC. 8526A. PROHIBITION AGAINST FEDERAL MANDAT
The 50-year struggle to put teachers at the center of quality education | Huffington Post
The 50-year struggle to put teachers at the center of quality education | Huffington Post : The 50-year struggle to put teachers at the center of quality education Today, schools, parents and kids in numerous countries around the world are celebrating World Teachers Day. The celebration marks the day fifty years ago when, at a special conference in Paris convened by two United Nations agencies, t

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Charters and Choice: Research Shows Negative Impact - Living in Dialogue
Charters and Choice: Research Shows Negative Impact - Living in Dialogue : Charters and Choice: Research Shows Negative Impact The contemporary school reform movement was rooted in the Michael Deaver, Lee Atwater, Karl Rove, and Dick Morris era of public relations spin. Being able to hire the best possible public relations expertise, reformers borrowed from Deaver’s success in using photos of Ron
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 10/4/16
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 10/4/16 Featured Post The Unintended Consequences of Taking a Hard Line on School Discipline - The New York Times John Thompson: The Three Faces of a New Era of School 

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