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CURMUDGUCATION: Can Conservatives and Unions Play Nice?
CURMUDGUCATION: Can Conservatives and Unions Play Nice?: Can Conservatives and Unions Play Nice?Andy Smarick is a partner at Bellwether Partners and a senior fellow at Fordham Institute, two reliably reformy right-leaning thinky tanks, so it's safe to say that he favors the reformster view of the education debates. But I also find him to be thoughtful and intellectually honest, particularly when i
Seattle Schools Community Forum: One Quick Point on the Charter School Ruling
Seattle Schools Community Forum: One Quick Point on the Charter School Ruling: One Quick Point on the Charter School RulingRemember all that hair-pulling and finger-pointing when the Washington Supreme Court issued its ruling on the charter school law right before school opened last September?Well, I sat down and watched the interview with Chief Justice Madsen onTVW. (You should watch the whole th
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Pre-K Work Session Review
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Pre-K Work Session Review: Pre-K Work Session ReviewI attended the Work Session on the City Pre-K last Wednesday.  An alert reader found this at the Seattle Schools' Facebook page just about a day ago. (bold mine)Seattle Public Schools is looking to expand our partnership with the City of Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray, and the Seattle Preschool Program to start up more
The Philanthropic Hypocrisy of Eli Broad, Billionaire and Leading Education Reformer - Working In These Times
The Philanthropic Hypocrisy of Eli Broad, Billionaire and Leading Education Reformer - Working In These Times:The Philanthropic Hypocrisy of Eli Broad, Billionaire and Leading Education Reformer The Broad, an immaculate white postmodern structure, is the latest architectural jewel representing the revival of downtown Los Angeles.The self-titled museum is a “gift” from Eli Broad, the billionaire An
Will Competency-Based Learning Rescue the Testocracy? - Living in Dialogue
Will Competency-Based Learning Rescue the Testocracy? - Living in Dialogue: Will Competency-Based Learning Rescue the Testocracy? By Anthony Cody.We have been badgered for the past 14 years by reformers insisting on the fierce urgency of change, and they have had their way – twice! First, seven years of NCLB, followed by the past seven years of Race to the Top, and now the “next generation” of tes
United Opt Out Conference Highlights Dual Role of Technology in Education | gadflyonthewallblog
United Opt Out Conference Highlights Dual Role of Technology in Education | gadflyonthewallblog: United Opt Out Conference Highlights Dual Role of Technology in EducationTechnology is the most powerful weapon we have against corporate education reform.It is also our greatest foe.Such were the remarks of Dr. Stephen Krashen at the United Opt Out Conference on Friday.The linguist, educational resear
The newest fad in education — and why some teachers find it troubling - The Washington Post
The newest fad in education — and why some teachers find it troubling - The Washington Post:The newest fad in education — and why some teachers find it troublingIt’s called “competency-based learning” and its the newest thing in education. What is it? Who likes it? Who doesn’t and why?On its face, competency-based learning sounds good. Students learn material and move on when they have mastered th
‘Why are they in my class?’ A teacher talks candidly about the most difficult students - The Washington Post
‘Why are they in my class?’ A teacher talks candidly about the most difficult students - The Washington Post: ‘Why are they in my class?’ A teacher talks candidly about the most difficult students People who enter the teaching profession are generally those who want to help and make a difference in the lives of young people. Kids who present problems of one kind or another are often seen as welcom
Cameron Henry’s HB 122 Could Bust LDOE | deutsch29
Cameron Henry’s HB 122 Could Bust LDOE | deutsch29: Cameron Henry’s HB 122 Could Bust LDOEThe Louisiana legislature is in special session in order to confront an almost $1 billion budget shortfall for 2015.One principal concern is whether K12 education will take a severe hit. As such, HB 122 authored by Rep. Cameron Henry and introduced on February 23, 2016, was cause for consternation for includi
Take NPR Ed's Survey ... Please! : NPR Ed : NPR
Take NPR Ed's Survey ... Please! : NPR Ed : NPR: Take NPR Ed's Survey ... Please! Take our survey now!At NPR Ed we spend a lot of time thinking about metrics. In the education world this includes things like test scores and grades, and increasingly "big data" and "analytics". In the world of digital journalism, the analytics we use include pageviews, Facebook likes (or now, &qu
CURMUDGUCATION: Choice $$ Lies and What Do They Know?
CURMUDGUCATION: Choice $$ Lies:Choice $$ LiesThis little undated brief from the good people at The Heartland Institute lays out the straightforward argument for vouchers (and by extension, charter-choice systems) as a money-saver, and it's so clear and straightforward, it's easy to see where the lie is.The Heartland Institute is a right-leaning thinky tank-- well, actually, they don't appear to be
Navigating a “No Zero” Policy – the becoming radical
Navigating a “No Zero” Policy – the becoming radical: Navigating a “No Zero” Policy A “no zero” policy is receiving media attention and stirring controversy and resistance in Greenville, South Carolina.Establishing a “no zero” policy is counter-intuitive for most people since it seems to work against a sense of fairness, and as those who oppose the policy typically respond, a “no zero” policy seem
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Sleazeball U
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Sleazeball U: Sleazeball U“I really felt stupid that I was scammed by Trump,” Guillo said. “I thought that he was really legit.”Don't feel so bad, Bob. The whole Republican Party is being scammed by The Donald.  Students borrowed $36,000 to attend Trump University and all they got, according to Rubio, was a "picture with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump.”
How Bill de Blasio Is Using 'Community Schools' to Improve Education in New York City - The Atlantic
How Bill de Blasio Is Using 'Community Schools' to Improve Education in New York City - The Atlantic: Why Non-Academic Needs Matter, TooA day in the life of a new kind of educator who’s tasked with revitalizing one of New York City's campuses by supporting kids' health, attendance, and family livesFiorella Guevara, left, looks at student writing samples with a bilingual teacher at M.S. 50 in Willi
Wake County school board criticizes charter schools | News & Observer
Wake County school board criticizes charter schools | News & Observer: Wake County school board criticizes charter schoolsThe issue of competition from charter schools hung over the Wake County school board’s recent two-day retreat.In the past three years, Wake's charter-school enrollment has increased 54 percent to reach 9,577 students this school year. During the Saturday and Monday meetings
What's the Matter with Detroit Schools? Pt III: Say Nice Things about Detroit - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher
What's the Matter with Detroit Schools? Pt III: Say Nice Things about Detroit - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: What's the Matter with Detroit Schools? Pt III: Say Nice Things about DetroitWhile you're at it, say nice things about Flint. Both are great cities where democracy has been abandoned in favor of a "dashboard" with "metrics" that tell an "emerg

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The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked! | Seattle Education
The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked! | Seattle Education: The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked!For the first post in this series see: The Battle for Seattle, Part 1.The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked!“We take an untraditional approach to giving. We don’t simply write checks to charities. Instead we practice “venture philanthropy.” And we expect a return on our investment.” -Eli Broa
Compton teachers call in sick for the second time in a week, and students follow suit | 89.3 KPCC
Compton teachers call in sick for the second time in a week, and students follow suit | 89.3 KPCC: Compton teachers call in sick for the second time in a week, and students follow suitCompton second grade teacher Tamara Carter protests for a pay increase at school district headquarters. ADOLFO GUZMAN-LOPEZ/KPCCThe year-long conflict in Compton between the school district and its teachers unions es
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 2/26/16
CORPORATE ED REFORMSBE Agenda for March 2016 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)SBE Agenda for March 2016 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education): SBE Agenda for March 2016Agenda for the California State Board of Education (SBE) meeting on March 9-10, 2016.State Board MembersMichael W. Kirst, PresidentIlene W. Straus, Vice PresidentSue BurrBruce HoladayFeliza I. Ortiz-Licon






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