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Jersey Jazzman: Only You Can Prevent Charter Cheerleading
Jersey Jazzman: Only You Can Prevent Charter Cheerleading: Only You Can Prevent Charter CheerleadingWhen I want some shallow charter school cheerleading, I go straight to Campbell Brown's The 74 Million. With the possible exception of Education Post, you'll not find a more reliable source of credulous, unconditional charter love; take, for example, this piece by the reliably reformy Richard Whitmi
CURMUDGUCATION: Relay Graduate School of (Charter) Education
CURMUDGUCATION: Relay Graduate School of (Charter) Education: Relay Graduate School of (Charter) EducationKate Peterson has put together a look at the folks behind the Relay Graduate School of Education. If you're anywhere that these folks are sinking their claws into education, you'll want to read her full policy brief at the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools website. Relay GSE started out
5 Famous Billionaires Dismantling Black Public Schools
5 Famous Billionaires Dismantling Black Public Schools: How These 5 Famous Billionaires Are Dismantling Black Public Schools “These heavy-handed tactics require a suspension of democracy that would not be tolerated in a white suburb.”The biggest racists in the US aren’t running around with white hoods and burning crosses. They’re running Fortune 500 companies and burning public school systems acro
Marie Corfield: Will #ZucksBucks Save PARCC/Crush @NJOptOut?
Marie Corfield: Will #ZucksBucks Save PARCC/Crush @NJOptOut?: Will #ZucksBucks Save PARCC/Crush @NJOptOut?Part 1 of an as-yet-to-be-determined-part series on the Final Report of The Study Commission On The Use Of Student Assessments In New JerseyGet ready!!Stanley Tucci in The Devil Wears PradaIs the NJDOE taking lessons from the ShamWow guy?Sham? Wow!The Study Commission on the Use of Student Ass
The Truth About Flint, Water, and Oppression – from LaMar Lemmons | Poetic Justice
The Truth About Flint, Water, and Oppression – from LaMar Lemmons | Poetic Justice: The Truth About Flint, Water, and Oppression – from LaMar LemmonsPoetic Justice stands with the people of Flint, Michigan as they fight for the most basic of human rights – the right to water.Poetic Justice also stands with the teachers, parents, and students of Detroit, Michigan as they fight for the right to an e
Against School the persistent—and possible deliberate—failures in our school system | New Republic
Against School | New Republic: Against SchoolIn this previously unpublished essay, Aaron Swartz sought an explanation for the persistent—and possible deliberate—failures in our school system.Critics of high-stakes testing say that it isn’t working as planned: teachers are teaching to the test instead of making sure kids actually learn. But maybe that is actually the plan.AARON SWARTZDespite all th
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Boycott of mayor's MLK Breakfast was effective
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Boycott of mayor's MLK Breakfast was effective: Boycott of mayor's MLK Breakfast was effectiveTimuel and Zenobia Black with keynoter, Rev Sekou at Chicago Teachers Union King Day Breakfast.The Mayor's MLK Day Breakfast was a complete bust. The boycott called by a coalition of black ministers was effective. Protests outside and inside, disrupted the mayor's pathetic a
CURMUDGUCATION: Meritocracy, Democracy, and Darnell Earley
CURMUDGUCATION: Meritocracy, Democracy, and Darnell Earley: Meritocracy, Democracy, and Darnell EarleyThis is the kind of thing I think of every time someone starts making noise about how teacher careers should live and die by merit, how pay should be tied to performance, and managers should be able to fire "bad" teachers instantly, at will.You know. Just like in the "real world.&qu
Advocates demand state end improper use of force on special ed students | EdSource
Advocates demand state end improper use of force on special ed students | EdSource: Advocates demand state end improper use of force on special ed studentsA week after a video showed a 9-year-old boy in special education being held aloft as a teacher’s aide slapped his face and onlookers laughed, three advocacy groups issued a demand letter to the California Department of Education on Friday calli
New LAUSD superintendent Michelle King's top priority: 'Making sure every student graduates' | 89.3 KPCC
New LAUSD superintendent Michelle King's top priority: 'Making sure every student graduates' | 89.3 KPCC: New LAUSD superintendent Michelle King's top priority: 'Making sure every student graduates'The new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Michelle King, spent 31 years working her way up through the district but has stayed largely out of the spotlight. Now she’s stepping u
The Current State of Educational Blogging – The Edublogger
The Current State of Educational Blogging – The Edublogger: THE CURRENT STATE OF EDUCATIONAL BLOGGINGEach year we conduct a survey on how educators are using blogs.  Our goal is to document the trends in educational blogging.We started the annual survey because we’re frequently asked for detailed information to help educators:Convince school administrators to allow blogging.Understand the benefits
Emergency for Democracy: Unelected Manager Who Caused Flint Water Crisis Now Runs Detroit Schools | Democracy Now!
Emergency for Democracy: Unelected Manager Who Caused Flint Water Crisis Now Runs Detroit Schools | Democracy Now!: Emergency for Democracy: Unelected Manager Who Caused Flint Water Crisis Now Runs Detroit SchoolsThis is viewer supported newsDONATEFlint’s water contamination crisis began in April 2014 after Darnell Earley, an unelected emergency manager appointed by Snyder, switched Flint’s water
Zombie Ideas Again: “The Learning Pyramid” | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Zombie Ideas Again: “The Learning Pyramid” | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Zombie Ideas Again: “The Learning Pyramid”Stories, ideas, and beliefs that have been disproved through scientific studies litter the mind. Professionals across-the-board in medicine, law, architecture, engineering, and business take-for-granted stories that have little to no basis in evidence. Yet the
With A Brooklyn Accent: Tragedies in Poor Communities which "School Reform" Strategies Make Worse
With A Brooklyn Accent: Tragedies in Poor Communities which "School Reform" Strategies Make Worse: Tragedies in Poor Communities which "School Reform" Strategies Make WorseIn the nation's poor communities, we have an epidemic of homelessness and overcrowding ( New York); gun violence and police abuse (Chicago); collapse of basic infrastructures and public health emergencies ( F
More from the real MLK, Jr. | Bill Ayers
More from the real MLK, Jr. | Bill Ayers: More from the real MLK, Jr.Honoring Dr Du BoisBy Martin Luther King, Jr.Tonight we assemble here to pay tribute to one of the most remarkable men of our time. Dr. Du Bois was not only an intellectual giant exploring the frontiers of knowledge, he was in the first place a teacher. He would have wanted his life to teach us something about our tasks of emanci
Relief from Outdated Federal Act - Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education)
Relief from Outdated Federal Act - Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education): State Board of Education Votes to Seek Relief from Provisions of Outdated Federal No Child Left Behind ActSACRAMENTO—The State Board of Education (SBE) today took the first step toward relieving school districts in California from complying with two key provisions of the outdated No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.The board authoriz
What it’s like to teach at Detroit Public Schools
What it’s like to teach at Detroit Public Schools: What it’s like to teach at Detroit Public SchoolsIn the wake of dozens of teacher sick-outs at Detroit Public Schools last week, here are two takes from teachers on the conditions at DPS and what they seek on the conditions at DPS and what teachers seek:Detroit parents trust me every day with their children. I feel that I owe them an apology. I ap
‘Enough is enough’ — thousands of Florida teachers protest - The Washington Post
‘Enough is enough’ — thousands of Florida teachers protest - The Washington Post: ‘Enough is enough’ — thousands of Florida teachers protestFlorida teachers protest in Tallahassee against state’s education policies. (Photo by Mike Archer, Used with permission)“Enough is enough.” That was the chant during a protest by up to 3,000 teachers in Florida who traveled to Tallahassee, the state capital, t
In San Francisco, City Schools Are Focusing on Students With Incarcerated Parents - Yahoo News
In San Francisco, City Schools Are Focusing on Students With Incarcerated Parents - Yahoo News: In San Francisco, City Schools Are Focusing on Students With Incarcerated ParentsTeachers often ask kids in school what their parents do or to draw a picture of their family. It’s a curriculum that seems harmless enough, but for students with incarcerated parents, activities like these can cause a great
North Carolina Teachers Told to Say 'Please' as Little as Possible - Yahoo
North Carolina Teachers Told to Say 'Please' as Little as Possible - Yahoo: North Carolina Teachers Told to Say 'Please' as Little as Possible Though many young kids are taught "please" is "the magic word," one school in Charlotte, North Carolina, actually asks its teachers to use the word as little as possible.The practice is part of Druid Hills Academy's newly implemented &qu
A better charter-school initiative - LA Times
A better charter-school initiative - LA Times:A better charter-school initiativeThe controversial Eli Broad-backed initiative that was designed to double charter-school attendance in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been shape-shifting ever since an early draft was leaked months ago. The goal of enrolling half of the district’s students in charter schools within eight years has been dro
What Next For TFA and Teacher Prep (7/15/2011) | DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing
What Next For TFA and Teacher Prep (7/15/2011) | DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing: What Next For TFA and Teacher Prep (7/15/2011)“This problem is so pervasive and so ingrained that we’ve stopped seeing it as a problem at all, and instead adjusted our values and beliefs to accommodate it. If we’re ever going to truly make progress, we have to be honest with ourselves and name injustice for what i
A timeline of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan - The Washington Post
A timeline of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan - The Washington Post: A timeline of the water crisis in Flint, MichiganA look at some of the key events in the development of the Flint water crisis:APRIL 2014: In an effort to save money, Flint begins drawing its water from the Flint River instead of relying on water from Detroit. The move is considered temporary while the city waits to connect t
Opinion: Foundation Influence in Education Policy Deserves Greater Scrutiny - The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Opinion: Foundation Influence in Education Policy Deserves Greater Scrutiny - The Chronicle of Philanthropy:Foundation Influence in Education Policy Deserves Greater ScrutinyPhilanthropy today plays an outsized role in schooling and the efforts to improve America’s education system. Indeed, one can say that, in ways good and bad, the story of 21st-century school reform is in many ways a tale of ed

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Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/15/15
CORPORATE ED REFORMCourt of appeal to hear arguments in Vergara lawsuit next month | EdSourceCourt of appeal to hear arguments in Vergara lawsuit next month | EdSource: Court of appeal to hear arguments in Vergara lawsuit next monthA state appeals court will rule on the high-profile Vergara lawsuit against the state and the California Teachers Association this spring.On Friday, the state Court of









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