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Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/24/17


Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/24/17
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CURMUDGUCATION : Catch up with CURMUDGUCATION What Choice Won't Do 41 by Peter Greene / 22h When it comes to the advocates of school choice, there are many points with which I disagree. I disagree with many of their assessments of the public school situation ("a dead end for which we spend more money than God and get results lower than dirt"). I disagree with many of their policy goals (why exact
Sacramento City Unified sends out letter that riles teachers | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento City Unified sends out letter that riles teachers | The Sacramento Bee : In labor dispute with teachers, school district goes directly to parents Big Education Ape: Struggling to make Sac City a destination school district | The Sacramento Bee - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2017/04/struggling-to-make-sac-city-destination.html Big Education Ape: Sacramento City school district, t
Schools Matter: PROTEST: Mind Trust’s IPS and the Almighty Dollar
Schools Matter: PROTEST: Mind Trust’s IPS and the Almighty Dollar : PROTEST: Mind Trust’s IPS and the Almighty Dollar by Doug Martin Please see the poster above for details on Tuesday’s public demonstration protesting the closing of 3 IPS schools. The $200,00 the Silicon Valley based-NewSchools Venture Fund (see my recent article here ) gave to Phalen Leadership Academy in October 2015 helped wit
Stop wating money on school vouchers | Charlotte Observer
Stop wating money on school vouchers | Charlotte Observer : The evidence is clear, vouchers don’t work Students who accept vouchers to attend private schools lose ground academically and perform worse on standardized tests than students who remain in public schools. That’s the takeaway from studies involving state vouchers in Louisiana, Ohio, and Indiana, as well as the only federally funded vouc
Former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Subpoenaed In Pie-Throwing Case « CBS Sacramento
Former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Subpoenaed In Pie-Throwing Case « CBS Sacramento : Former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Subpoenaed In Pie-Throwing Case SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Former Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson has been subpoenaed in a trial for a man accused of hitting him with a pie. CBS13’s Steve Large reports that Johnson and his wife Michelle Rhee were served with the subpoenas at Sac
John Thompson: U.S. Rep. Russell's Waste Watch report a 'publicity stunt' - NonDoc
U.S. Rep. Russell's Waste Watch report a 'publicity stunt' - NonDoc : U.S. Rep. Russell’s Waste Watch report a ‘publicity stunt’ C ongressman Steve Russell’s latest Waste Watch “ report ” proves the timeless maxim: Even a broken clock is right twice a day. In reviewing the June installment of Russell’s newsletter, News 9 emphasized and The Oklahoman championed Russell ( R-Oklahoma ) for his parti
Does It Matter Who Runs New York City’s Schools? - The New York Times
Does It Matter Who Runs New York City’s Schools? - The New York Times : Does It Matter Who Runs New York City’s Schools? Top 5 Things to Know About Mayoral Control of Schools - Center for American Progress - https://ampr.gs/ZZxj35 The State Legislature’s failure to pass a bill extending mayoral control of New York City’s schools before the end of the term on Wednesday had no immediate effect on t
School equity? The problem is funding, not formulas. | Fred Klonsky
School equity? The problem is funding, not formulas. | Fred Klonsky : School equity? The problem is funding, not formulas Democrats in the Illinois state legislature have been focused on the school funding formula for years. One of the leaders in this effort has been Democratic State Senator Andy Manar. While Illinois state funding for public education ranks among the lowest in the nation, even t
Personalized Learning Is NOT Inclusion!
Personalized Learning Is NOT Inclusion! : Personalized Learning Is NOT Inclusion! One is the loneliest number that you will ever do…. ~Three Dog Night Personalized learning must not be mistaken for inclusion. The reality is that it’s student isolation! Inclusion is generally defined as the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure. Doing schoolwork on a digital
30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Here’s why creationism still lingers in America’s public schools
30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Here’s why creationism still lingers in America’s public schools : 30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Here’s why creationism still lingers in America’s public schools his month marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards v. Aguillard , a groundbreaking case that ruled it unconstitutional to require creationism to be taught in p
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rethinking binary gender views on Pride Week
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rethinking binary gender views on Pride Week : Rethinking binary gender views on Pride Week Klonsky brothers talking intersex with Pidgeon Pagonis on Hitting Left. After all these years, I find I'm still working to get unstuck from traditional, binary views of gender and sexuality and the power-laden and oppressive use of language that goes with it. Thanks to Friday
“The Fart-Free Classroom” (Jerry Heverly) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
“The Fart-Free Classroom” (Jerry Heverly) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice : “The Fart-Free Classroom” (Jerry Heverly) After the previous post on the teachers being practical politicians, Jerry Heverly commented on it and sent along a post he had written illustrating the inexorable dependence of teachers upon their students and the inherent dilemmas teachers face in exerting
An Open Letter to the Mukilteo School Board: Sometimes Doing the Right Thing Means Breaking the Rules and Allowing Kids to Walk in Graduation with Their Peers. | Seattle Education
An Open Letter to the Mukilteo School Board: Sometimes Doing the Right Thing Means Breaking the Rules and Allowing Kids to Walk in Graduation with Their Peers. | Seattle Education : An Open Letter to the Mukilteo School Board: Sometimes Doing the Right Thing Means Breaking the Rules and Allowing Kids to Walk in Graduation with Their Peers. Dear Mukilteo School Board members, Over the two weeks be

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Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/23/17
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What Choice Won't Do

When it comes to the advocates of school choice, there are many points with which I disagree. I disagree with many of their assessments of the public school situation ("a dead end for which we spend more money than God and get results lower than dirt"). I disagree with many of their policy goals (why exactly should parents-- and no other taxpayers-- have a say about how tax dollars are spent). The

JUN 22

NY: Competition, Shmompetition

Eva Moscowitz has some kind of magical power. Maybe it's money or pheremones or some sort of magical aura, but her record in getting New York leaders to roll over and play fetch for her is impressive. At the beginning of the month, NY court declared that her Success Academy is not accountable to the taxpayers when it comes to her Pre-K program; the city can not hold her to any sort of performance
Rural Life vs. Free Market

I live in a small town and rural county in northwest Pennsylvania. Our population is a little over 50,000. The median value of a home is a little over $80K. Per capita income is a little over $23K, and our official poverty rate is 13.5%. As of 2010, we had about 81 persons per square mile. Our biggest city contains maybe 7,000 people, though our towns are surrounded by stretches of villages, farml

JUN 21

How To Sell Personalized Learning

Competency based education, one of the major flavors of personalized learning, has a great number of problems . It's beloved by our Silicon Valley tech overlords, but it has a lousy history (if you a4e of a certain age, you may recall Outcome Based Education , CBE's older failed sibling). CBE reduces education to a series of simple standardized tasks, the complexity and depth of rigorous intellect

JUN 20

Finn Backs Accountability-- Hard

The Great Divide in the reform world continues to be right along the lines of accountability, with DeVos and her DeVotees being pretty much against it in any meaningful sense. Just let the marketplace sort it out, they say, and Jeanne Allen, of the Center for Education Reform (a hard core charter-backing group), put together a whole book to help argue the point. It can happen Several folks have ta
Digital Native Naivete

The cliché is a fifty-year-old asking some ten year old student for help in making the computer work. Having trouble making working with your device or your software? Just grab one of those digital natives to handle it for you! Well, not so fast. Here's Jenny Abamu at Edsurge saying what I've been arguing for over a decade -- our digital natives are hugely naïve about technology. With the adoption

JUN 19

PA: Islamophobes, Real Estate, and Scam Artists

I'll tell you right up front that this story raises more questions than it answers, but many of them are questions about just what comes through the door when you invite privatization in, and others are questions about how people react when they discover what an open door actually means. The New Castle Youth Development Center was set up in about 1967 as a facility for dealing with "felonious yout

JUN 18

ICYMI:Father's Day Edition (6/18)

It's a day for Dads, a holiday that somehow doesn't clog restaurants and bolster the greeting card industry. But in the meantime, here are some readings from the week. Remember to share! The acquittal in Philando Castile’s killing makes clear that black lives still do not matter Not strictly about education, but important none the less, particularly for its pointed observations about the second am

JUN 17

PA: Testing Non-Reform

In Pennsylvania, our Big Standardized Test for high school students is the Keystone Exam. Its history is a sad study in BS Testing. Its future is cloudy. Unfortunately, while the Keystones may be on the way out, there's no reason to believe they won't be replaced with something worse. Back in the (pre-Common Core) day, PA used the PSSA tests to measure student achievement of some sort for reasons

JUN 16

FL: Death To Public Education

Florida has long struggled to take the lead in the State Most Hostile To Public Education contest, with North Carolina, Wisconsin and Nevada giving some real competition. But this week, Florida's legislature and governor took a decisive 


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