Saturday, January 28, 2017

Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/28/17


Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/28/17

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The telling letter Betsy DeVos wrote to clarify her position on U.S. disabilities law - The Washington Post




Hundreds of California teachers protest Trump's nominee for secretary of education - LA Times
Hundreds of California teachers protest Trump's nominee for secretary of education - LA Times : Hundreds of California teachers protest Trump's nominee for secretary of education Hundreds of California teachers gathered Saturday in downtown Los Angeles to protest President Trump's nominee for secretary of education, calling her an “extremist” with an “anti-public school agenda.” Members of the Ca
Priorities In a School System Where Nearly Half of Students Live in Poverty
Priorities In a School System Where Nearly Half of Students Live in Poverty Priorities In a School System Where Nearly Half of Students Live in Poverty By Laurie Taylor-Mitchell The annual costs for new computers and technology ( STAT* ) is now $57 million, and over $250 million overall is expected to be spent by 2018. Administrative salaries and costs are also increasing within the school system
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Trump election has reformers in a tizzy
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Trump election has reformers in a tizzy : Trump election has reformers in a tizzy Credit: Creative Commons/AFGE "Ed reformers are just waiting for their turn to talk. They only want to talk about themselves. Anything you say, they just want to tell you, 'Charter schools are great.' A parent can tell them, 'I broke my foot.' And a reformer will say, 'You know what's
SomeDam Poet: “No Democrat Will Vote” | Diane Ravitch's blog
SomeDam Poet: “No Democrat Will Vote” | Diane Ravitch's blog : SomeDam Poet: “No Democrat Will Vote” Our blog poet writes about Senator Franken’s statement that no Democrat will vote to confirm DeVos, highlighting contradictions: “No Democrat will vote” No Democrat would vote For testing and for VAM No Democrat would vote For any other sham No Democrat would vote For Gates and Common Core No Demo
States’ Teacher Evaluation Systems Now “All over the Map” | VAMboozled!
States’ Teacher Evaluation Systems Now “All over the Map” | VAMboozled! : States’ Teacher Evaluation Systems Now “All over the Map” We are now just one year past the federal passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), within which it is written that states must no longer set up teacher-evaluation systems based in significant part on their students’ test scores. As per a recent article writt
Don't Read Me Today - CURMUDGUCATION
CURMUDGUCATION : Don't Read Me Today Seriously. I'm not blogging today. I'm throwing all those words into tweeting, emailing and Facebook messaging my Senators and Representatives and telling them that so much of what's happening this week is not okay (I would be phoning them, but nobody's answering the phones and all the voicemails are full). Not the refusal to oppose Betsy DeVos. Not the muslim
Betsy DeVos paid for a Grand Rapids school superintendent to support her at her Senate confirmation in Washington, DC | Eclectablog
Betsy DeVos paid for a Grand Rapids school superintendent to support her at her Senate confirmation in Washington, DC | Eclectablog : Betsy DeVos paid for a Grand Rapids school superintendent to support her at her Senate confirmation in Washington, DC Betsy DeVos, Pr*sident Donald Trump’s pick to be his Secretary of Education, is rightfully being exposed nationally for her anti-public education a
The telling letter Betsy DeVos wrote to clarify her position on U.S. disabilities law - The Washington Post
The telling letter Betsy DeVos wrote to clarify her position on U.S. disabilities law - The Washington Post : The telling letter Betsy DeVos wrote to clarify her position on U.S. disabilities law Betsy DeVos, the Michigan billionaire President Trump nominated to be education secretary, wrote a letter to a senator about the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. What she said in that
Jersey Jazzman: Chris Christie Bashes Teachers, But Now No One Cares
Jersey Jazzman: Chris Christie Bashes Teachers, But Now No One Cares : Chris Christie Bashes Teachers, But Now No One Cares Chris Christie, like all bullies, is a pathetic figure. Christie has approval ratings so low -- 19 percent! -- they are even worse than Donald Trump's . The current leading Republican candidate for governor, Kim Guadagno, has completely disavowed Christie , going so far as t
Schools Matter: Lamar Alexander, Another Lame Duck
Schools Matter: Lamar Alexander, Another Lame Duck : Lamar Alexander, Another Lame Duck I don't know why we, over time, don't make every public school a charter school... .You could not do it overnight, but you could do it over 20, 25 years." -- Lamar Alexander, 2013 Even if the former "Education Governor" of Tennessee has not decided on whether or not to run again in 2020 when his current term i
Update - His group’s anti-gay marriage position did not represent his own beliefs says Bronin nominee for school board - Wait What?
Update - His group’s anti-gay marriage position did not represent his own beliefs says Bronin nominee for school board - Wait What? : Update – His group’s anti-gay marriage position did not represent his own beliefs says Bronin nominee for school board As Massachusetts moved toward its historic approval of same-sex marriage rights, the Boston Ministerial Alliance engaged in a heated and hateful c
As Opposition to DeVos Swells, Hope for Her Rejection Builds | Common Dreams
As Opposition to DeVos Swells, Hope for Her Rejection Builds | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community : As Opposition to DeVos Swells, Hope for Her Rejection Builds Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said no Democrat will vote in favor of DeVos, and the party is actively seeking Republicans to oppose her as well byNadia Prupis, staff writer There may be enough opposition to Ed
The Trump War on Public Schools - The New York Times
The Trump War on Public Schools - The New York Times : The Trump War on Public Schools One of the most disturbing things about the Trump administration is its antipathy toward public schools. Perhaps you remember the president’s mini-rant in his inaugural speech about an “education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.” Well, Trump’s c
My Word: Schools lagging, we need California Dreaming again
My Word: Schools lagging, we need California Dreaming again : Education lags, time for California Dreaming again The education and care of our children should be the most important work of any generation. My parents and grandparents, who withstood the Great Depression and World War II, came out of those experiences with a commitment to education and a generosity toward children that made a remark
School Transformation Hasn’t Worked—Isn’t That Reason Enough to Stop? - Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly
School Transformation Hasn’t Worked—Isn’t That Reason Enough to Stop? - Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly : School Transformation Hasn’t Worked—Isn’t That Reason Enough to Stop? Making America’s public education system great was the goal of Presidents Bush and Obama. President Trump also sees the problems in our public schools as needing action—so much so that he i
Famed researcher Linda Darling-Hammond on the future of New York education — and what she makes of Betsy DeVos | Chalkbeat
Famed researcher Linda Darling-Hammond on the future of New York education — and what she makes of Betsy DeVos | Chalkbeat : Famed researcher Linda Darling-Hammond on the future of New York education — and what she makes of Betsy DeVos New York could be on the cusp of “serious changes” to education policy — if the state takes the plunge, according to Linda Darling-Hammond, one of nation’s most in
King County Superior Court hears case on When Bill Gates Will Get His Charter Schools | The Seattle Times
King County Superior Court hears case on charter schools | The Seattle Times : King County Superior Court hears case on charter schools The ongoing legal battle over the state’s charter-school law continued Friday in King County Superior Court. After the first ruling, charter schools had to scramble to stay afloat financially — and succeeded with help from supporters like the Bill & Melinda Gates
Private Christian schools receiving taxpayer-funded school vouchers continue to exclude students on basis of religion, sexual identity :: WRAL.com
Private Christian schools receiving taxpayer-funded school vouchers continue to exclude students on basis of religion, sexual identity :: WRAL.com : Private Christian schools receiving taxpayer-funded school vouchers continue to exclude students on basis of religion, sexual identity The following was posted by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. The original post is available here . A review of the stu
Public education advocates cry foul over legislators' private meeting with controversial school reformer Michelle Rhee - The Progressive Pulse
Public education advocates cry foul over legislators' private meeting with controversial school reformer Michelle Rhee - The Progressive Pulse : Public education advocates cry foul over legislators’ private meeting with controversial school reformer Michelle Rhee Some North Carolina public education activists are crying foul over a private legislative meet state lawmakers are scheduled to attend
How to Start an ISIS Charter School… -
How to Start an ISIS Charter School… - : How to Start an ISIS Charter School… …and have Department of Education pay for it. I teach in a public high school in Los Angeles and every time I hear someone extol the virtues of charter schools and vouchers, I cringe. For 13 years, I taught at a charter school near the ocean in a part of town where the median price of a home is more than $3 million. The
Meet The Radical Monarchs: Girls with Social Justice In Their Hearts & On Their Minds
Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: Meet The Radical Monarchs: Girls with Social Justice In Their Hearts & On Their Minds : Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: Meet The Radical Monarchs: Girls with Social Justice In Their Hearts & On Their Minds Radical Brownies Berets, badges, Black Lives Matter and social justice: the youth group for
DeVos-Funded Group: How to Indoctrinate Children | Diane Ravitch's blog
DeVos-Funded Group: How to Indoctrinate Children | Diane Ravitch's blog : DeVos-Funded Group: How to Indoctrinate Children “Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin: They knew one thing, that to change a culture, to change a country, they had to reach the children,” the speaker said. This is a very alarming story about a conservative Christian group funded by Betsy DeVos called the “Student St
Maher slams Trump’s Education pick: Putting DeVos in charge ‘is like putting Ellen in charge of d*ck’
Maher slams Trump’s Education pick: Putting DeVos in charge ‘is like putting Ellen in charge of d*ck’ : Maher slams Trump’s Education pick: Putting DeVos in charge ‘is like putting Ellen in charge of d*ck’ ll Maher couldn’t resist taking a shot at two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet picks, which he nicknamed “ill-prepared vs. ill-equipped.” “As Energy Secretary, Rick Perry goes head to empty
We are becoming the America I know, not the America I want! | Opine I will
We are becoming the America I know, not the America I want! | Opine I will : We are becoming the America I know, not the America I want! The America I know is a nation with a checkered past. Yes, we are the greatest nation on the face of the earth! Yes, I love our nation and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our guiding principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happines
Saturday Extra: Read Gail Collins in Today’s NY Times on Trump’s War on Public Education | janresseger
Saturday Extra: Read Gail Collins in Today’s NY Times on Trump’s War on Public Education | janresseger : Saturday Extra: Read Gail Collins in Today’s NY Times on Trump’s War on Public Education Gail Collins’ column this morning, The Trump War on Public Schools , begins this way: “One of the most disturbing things about the Trump administration is its antipathy toward public schools. Perhaps you r
CURMUDGUCATION: Friend$ of DeVos
CURMUDGUCATION: Friend$ of DeVos : Friend$ of DeVos If you follow the many pieces about Presumptive Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, you will notice that there are folks who stand up for her as a super-duper prospect for Secretary of Education. For instance, Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal spoke up for her hometown girl Betsy, and was, according to released em

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Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/27/17
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/27/17 Featured Post All Democratic senators will oppose DeVos as education secretary Divide and Conquer: “This proposal would devastate retirees and their surviving spouses.” | 

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