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    Who Shows Up For Teachers? Coalition-Building In The Era Of Educator Activism | PopularResistance.Org
    Who Shows Up For Teachers? Coalition-Building In The Era Of Educator Activism | PopularResistance.Org WHO SHOWS UP FOR TEACHERS? COALITION-BUILDING IN THE ERA OF EDUCATOR ACTIVISM The Enemies Of Public Education Are Organizing. It’s Time To Fight Back This is a story of how I lost my glasses. It’s OK—they were rose-colored anyway. Three years ago, I was a high school social studies teacher, conte
    In Defense of the SAT Adversity Score - The Atlantic
    In Defense of the SAT Adversity Score - The Atlantic An Imperfect SAT Adversity Score Is Better Than Just Ignoring Adversity The College Board’s simple, straightforward indicator will make schools pay attention to the tough odds some applicants face. Last week, the College Board announced a long-overdue innovation: It will try to put students’ SAT scores in context by providing colleges with an a
    State legislative wins bring fresh hope for students and educators + #RedForEd Rallies Step Up Pressure on Lawmakers to Take Action on Funding - Education Votes
    State legislative wins bring fresh hope for students and educators - Education Votes State legislative wins bring fresh hope for students and educators By Amanda Menas and Amanda Litvinov The conversation about public education is changing in statehouses across the country. The assumption that schools must operate in austerity—and that struggling schools should be punished—no longer prevails. Aft
    School Funding in Mass: What Does Every Parent Need to Know? + Investing in Safe, Supportive and Police-Free Schools| Schott Foundation for Public Education
    School Funding in Mass: What Does Every Parent Need to Know? | Schott Foundation for Public Education School Funding in Mass: What Does Every Parent Need to Know? Do your schools provide enough resources to students in your community? Do you ever wonder why some schools have more resources than others? How does funding in your school district work? According to a 2015 bipartisan Foundation Budget
    Thousands of Charter Schools Perform Poorly | Dissident Voice
    Thousands of Charter Schools Perform Poorly | Dissident Voice Thousands of Charter Schools Perform Poorly “Performance-based accountability” is a hackneyed, Skinnerian, neoliberal buzz-phrase often repeated dogmatically by charter school promoters in order to falsely claim that privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools are more accountable and higher-performing than public schoo
    The 3% teacher salary cap. Can the IEA deliver on its main legislative agenda item? – Fred Klonsky
    The 3% teacher salary cap. Can the IEA deliver on its main legislative agenda item? – Fred Klonsky THE 3% TEACHER SALARY CAP. CAN THE IEA DELIVER ON ITS MAIN LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEM? Andy Manar’s bill dropped the repeal of the 3% salary cap. The Illinois Education Association, which claims 130,000 members, has made the repeal of last year’s cap of 3% on pensionable raises its main legislative ite
    As results of grade-fixing probe loom, five Kennedy High School administrators are “no longer employees,” board president says | The Lens
    As results of grade-fixing probe loom, five Kennedy High School administrators are “no longer employees,” board president says | The Lens As results of grade-fixing probe loom, five Kennedy High School administrators are “no longer employees,” board president says Weeks after the resignation of New Beginnings Schools Foundation’s CEO amid a grade-inflation investigation, five administrators at Jo
    Seattle Schools Community Forum: Looks Like Amplify May Be the Provider of Choice in SPS
    Seattle Schools Community Forum: Looks Like Amplify May Be the Provider of Choice in SPS Looks Like Amplify May Be the Provider of Choice in SPS Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up. I received a new group of public disclosure emails today. They were not in any way related to Amplify and yet, there were two items about Amplify. This was from the Assessment Development Program Manager, Shaw
    CURMUDGUCATION: PA: Free To Teach? Who Are These Guys?
    CURMUDGUCATION: PA: Free To Teach? Who Are These Guys? PA: Free To Teach? Who Are These Guys? Once again, it's time for teachers in Pennsylvania to get a nice mass mailed postcard from our friends at Free To Teach, a group dedicated to reminding teachers that they don't have to belong to that stinky union. I took a look at these guys back in 2015 , but as I look at the two postcards they sent to
    Pennsylvania: Those Disgraceful, Failing CyberCharters | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Pennsylvania: Those Disgraceful, Failing CyberCharters | Diane Ravitch's blog Pennsylvania: Those Disgraceful, Failing CyberCharters I recommend that you get on the email list of the Keystone State Education Coalition if you want to know what is happening in Pennsylvania. Lawrence Feinberg posts informative articles about the schools of that state. You can contact him at lawrenceafeinberg@gmail.c
    Why Streaming Kids According to Ability Is a Terrible Idea (Oscar Hedstrom) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
    Why Streaming Kids According to Ability Is a Terrible Idea (Oscar Hedstrom) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice Why Streaming Kids According to Ability Is a Terrible Idea (Oscar Hedstrom) Oscar Hedstrom is a secondary school teacher in Melbourne, [Australia]. He is interested in creative and critical thinking in education. This appeared in Aeon (no date). Mixed-ability classes b
    This Week With Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007
    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 This Week With Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 June 12th Would Be Anne Frank’s 90th Birthday – Here Are Related Teaching & Learning Resources by Larry Ferlazzo / 56min bernswaelz / Pixabay June 12th would be Anne Frank’s 90th birthday. You m
    THIS WEEK Education Research Report
    Education Research Report THIS WEEK Education Research Report Engagement in student clubs helps undergraduates find good employment by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 17h IMAGE: Binary logistic regression analysis examining the relationship between different types of undergraduate engagement and self-reported critical thinking skills. view more Credit: I. Shcheglova, Yu. Koreshnikova and O. Parshina. A goo
    KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG | A site to discuss better education for all
    Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all Pennsylvania: Those Disgraceful, Failing CyberCharters by dianeravitch / 51min I recommend that you get on the email list of the Keystone State Education Coalition if you want to know what is happening in Pennsylvania. Lawrence Feinberg posts inf

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    2018 Charter School Credit Ratings for Nine States, with a Focus on California and Michigan | deutsch29
    2018 Charter School Credit Ratings for Nine States, with a Focus on California and Michigan | deutsch29 2018 Charter School Credit Ratings for Nine States, with a Focus on California and Michigan There are situations in which B is a grade to be avoided. Let us consider some 2018 charter school credit ratings as reported in Standard & Poor’s. First, some background on “rated debt,” compliments of
    Thank You To The Assembly Members Who Pass AB 1505
    AB 1505 Passes Thank you to the following Assembly Members who to pass AB 1505, which will ensure all matters related to charter schools’ authorization, renewal and other key decisions be made by the local school communities — those parents, educators and locally-elected school board members who know best the needs of their neighborhood children. Assembly Member Twitter Link/Facebook Asm. Jim Woo
    How Could Education Reformers Get it So Wrong? - Living in Dialogue
    How Could Education Reformers Get it So Wrong? - Living in Dialogue How Could Education Reformers Get it So Wrong? A Review of The Wisdom and Wit of Diane Ravitch, Part 2 This is a second post reviewing The Wisdom and Wit of Diane Ravitch . Part one summarized Ravitch’s essays from 2010 , which was the time when corporate reform pivoted from what she called “the Death Star of education,” NCLB, to
    The Sanders Education Plan: Five Good Ideas, One Bad Idea, And A Missed Opportunity
    The Sanders Education Plan: Five Good Ideas, One Bad Idea, And A Missed Opportunity The Sanders Education Plan: Five Good Ideas, One Bad Idea, And A Missed Opportunity Bernie Sanders has raised the bar for Presidential candidates by offering a hefty set of planks for an education platform. His Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education is the first substantive attempt to address education policy
    Dana Goldstein: Sanders’s Education Plan Renews Debate Over Charter Schools and Segregation - The New York Times
    Sanders’s Education Plan Renews Debate Over Charter Schools and Segregation - The New York Times Sanders’s Education Plan Renews Debate Over Charter Schools and Segregation When Senator Bernie Sanders delivered a wide-ranging speech on education Saturday, he became the first major Democratic candidate to propose a detailed plan to racially integrate schools, calling for $1 billion in funding to s
    CURMUDGUCATION: Betsy DeVos Lets Down Her Hair
    CURMUDGUCATION: Betsy DeVos Lets Down Her Hair Betsy DeVos Lets Down Her Hair You probably saw the quote from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos equating US public education with Soviet East Germany. That was a good headline ( and great clickbait ), but it's worth it to go and take a look at the full context of that quote. This will be long, but I can't help it-- I find strolling through the insi
    Matt Barnum: Summit Learning Misleads About Percent of Schools That Quit Every Year | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Matt Barnum: Summit Learning Misleads About Percent of Schools That Quit Every Year | Diane Ravitch's blog Matt Barnum: Summit Learning Misleads About Percent of Schools That Quit Every Year Matt Barnum of Chalkbeat reports that the Chan-Zuckerberg tech-based schools called Summit have been underreporting the percent of schools that quit their program every year. After multiple news reports of hi
    Is Your School Band Playing this Weekend? Thank a Teacher. | Teacher in a strange land
    Is Your School Band Playing this Weekend? Thank a Teacher. | Teacher in a strange land Is Your School Band Playing this Weekend? Thank a Teacher. I’m not much of a flag waver, really. I always thought that author James Baldwin captured my feelings precisely in Notes of a Native Son when he wrote: I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on th
    Chicago teachers speak on inequality, attacks on public education at downtown rally - World Socialist Web Site
    Chicago teachers speak on inequality, attacks on public education at downtown rally - World Socialist Web Site Chicago teachers speak on inequality, attacks on public education at downtown rally The Chicago Teachers Union held a rally outside the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago Wednesday under the slogan “Standing strong for the schools Chicago’s students deserve.” Teachers have grow
    What many black parents think about when teachers are armed in schools - The Washington Post
    What many black parents think about when teachers are armed in schools - The Washington Post What many black parents think about when teachers are armed in schools A new analysis by a gun control advocacy group says there have been more than 65 publicly reported incidents of mishandled guns at schools in the last five years. They include: A teacher’s loaded gun falling from his waistband during a
    School Rankings as Racist, Classist Propaganda | radical eyes for equity
    School Rankings as Racist, Classist Propaganda | radical eyes for equity School Rankings as Racist, Classist Propaganda On 20 May 2019, the Charleston Post and Courier offered this: Here’s what it takes for a SC school to be the No. 1 public high school in the US . And here is what is newsworthy: The news was out before the sound of the school announcement system crackled through the halls: Acade
    Report: The cost of charter schools for the West Contra Costa Unified School District – In the Public Interest
    Report: The cost of charter schools for the West Contra Costa Unified School District – In the Public Interest Report: The cost of charter schools for the West Contra Costa Unified School District In the Public Interest, in partnership with California’s West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) staff, directly measured the financial impact of charter schools on students who attend the di
    Eliminating Worldwide Illiteracy with Electronic Tablets but Without School Teachers? | janresseger
    Eliminating Worldwide Illiteracy with Electronic Tablets but Without School Teachers? | janresseger Eliminating Worldwide Illiteracy with Electronic Tablets but Without School Teachers? This blog will take a one-week early summer break and come back in June on a new, three-day, Monday-Wednesday-Friday summer schedule. Look for a new post on Monday, June 3. Diane Ravitch made the announcement yest
    States’ Math and Reading Performance After the Implementation of School A-F Letter Grade Policies | VAMboozled!
    States’ Math and Reading Performance After the Implementation of School A-F Letter Grade Policies | VAMboozled! States’ Math and Reading Performance After the Implementation of School A-F Letter Grade Policies It’s been a while! Thanks to the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA; see prior posts about ESSA here , here , and here ), the chaos surrounding states’ teacher evaluation syste
    CURMUDGUCATION: OH: Union Reps Fired By Turnaround CEO
    CURMUDGUCATION: OH: Union Reps Fired By Turnaround CEO OH: Union Reps Fired By Turnaround CEO Lorain City Schools is one of the three Ohio districts that has been subjected to HB 70, a takeover law that replaces both the school board and the superintendent with a single all-powerful CEO. You can get the background of Lorain's troubles here , and see what has been happening in the fight against HB
    Learning from Our Teachers: The Education Strikes of 2018 - Los Angeles Review of Books
    Learning from Our Teachers: The Education Strikes of 2018 - Los Angeles Review of Books Learning from Our Teachers: The Education Strikes of 2018 Red State Revolt By Eric Blanc The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics Published 04.23.2019 Verso 224 Pages IN SPRING OF 2018, tens of thousands of K–12 educators and support staff in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona went on strike, dem
    Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Entire Board Must Vote No on the Science Adoption
    Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Entire Board Must Vote No on the Science Adoption The Entire Board Must Vote No on the Science Adoption You'll note the use of the word "must" in the headline for this post. I have gone from "should" to "must" based on new information I received today via public disclosure documents from the district. I had put in a request weeks ago and received a message tha
    LAUSD’s Measure EE Highlights the Need For Charter School Oversight
    LAUSD’s Measure EE Highlights the Need For Charter School Oversight LAUSD’s Measure EE Highlights the Need For Charter School Oversight This is a compromise, but we owe that to our children and the way that we can model compromise as a Board and as a community. Let’s not forget that the disenfranchised here are our students…If you don’t compromise it leads to this retrenchment and cynicism that t

    MAY 23

    Louisiana’s VAM: Quantitative Bungling on Display | deutsch29
    Louisiana’s VAM: Quantitative Bungling on Display | deutsch29 Louisiana’s VAM: Quantitative Bungling on Display This post is about value-added assessment (VAA), also called value-added modeling (VAM). I saw that Louisiana’s “father of VAM,” LSU psychology professor, George Noell, and others, had recently published a VAM reflection related to VAM usage on Louisiana’s teacher preparation programs (
    Education Research Report: Flaws in High-Profile “Gold Standard” Study Used to Market Teach for America
    Education Research Report: Flaws in High-Profile “Gold Standard” Study Used to Market Teach for America Flaws in High-Profile “Gold Standard” Study Used to Market Teach for America Andrew Brantlinger is a former public school math teacher who is now an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. Earlier in his academic career, he
    John Thompson: Holding Diane Ravitch and Corporate School Reformers Accountable - Living in Dialogue
    Holding Diane Ravitch and Corporate School Reformers Accountable - Living in Dialogue Holding Diane Ravitch and Corporate School Reformers Accountable A Review of The Wisdom and Wit of Diane Ravitch: Part 1 By John Thompson. As we wait for Diane Ravitch’s next, comprehensive masterpiece , Slaying Goliath , a new anthology, The Wisdom and Wit of Diane Ravitch , offers a unique opportunity to asses
    California teachers, students, officials rally for school funding | The Sacramento Bee
    California teachers, students, officials rally for school funding | The Sacramento Bee ‘Starvation diet’ for schools protested by California teachers, officials, students at Capitol More than 1,000 California teachers, students and school district administrators marched in downtown Sacramento and rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, adding their voices to a statewide advocacy day
    Charter school curbs pass Assembly, but drama foretells compromise | CALmatters
    Charter school curbs pass Assembly, but drama foretells compromise | CALmatters Charter school curbs pass Assembly, but drama foretells compromise Legislation that would give local school districts more control over charter-school authorizations narrowly passed the California State Assembly Wednesday in a dramatic vote that served as an initial litmus test for a package of consequential, union-ba
    Measure EE Works Like The Corporate Program To “Match Gifts” – redqueeninla
    Measure EE Works Like The Corporate Program To “Match Gifts” – redqueeninla Measure EE Works Like The Corporate Program To “Match Gifts” On June 4, 2019 at the polls, we’ll approve fairly funded Public Education for all by voting YES ON EE . It’s a gift to democracy from the body politic. See here . https://tinyurl.com/howcorporatematchingworks In the meantime large corporations and industrial la
    Los Angeles: At First Meeting, Jackie Goldberg Changes Board Dynamics by Challenging Co-Location of Charters | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Los Angeles: At First Meeting, Jackie Goldberg Changes Board Dynamics by Challenging Co-Location of Charters | Diane Ravitch's blog Los Angeles: At First Meeting, Jackie Goldberg Changes Board Dynamics by Challenging Co-Location of Charters Jackie Goldberg was sworn in to her new office as representative for District 5 on the Los Angeles school board, and she hit the ground running. She criticize
    If colleges want a diverse campus they need to amend admissions policies
    If colleges want a diverse campus they need to amend admissions policies In higher education, the wand chooses the wizard It’s not Hufflepuff and Slytherin, it’s Harvard and Stanford For those who seek higher education, access to a college is no longer an insurmountable problem. With more than 5,000 colleges and universities dotted across the United States, and the availability of online and dist
    The Public Good? Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Get It. | janresseger
    The Public Good? Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Get It. | janresseger The Public Good? Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Get It. When she spoke recently at the Education Writers Association , Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, swallowed whatever humility she has and presumed to redefine the role public education in our society. Betsy loves freedom from government (even though she works for the government), and
    Cartoons on Technology at Work, Home, and School | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
    Cartoons on Technology at Work, Home, and School | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice Cartoons on Technology at Work, Home, and School For this month, I have collected a melange of cartoons about technology use in different venues. Enjoy! MORE CARTOONS: Cartoons on Technology at Work, Home, and School | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
    Labor Movement Comes Back Big After 'Janus' - NEA Today
    Labor Movement Comes Back Big After 'Janus' - NEA Today Labor Movement Comes Back Big After ‘Janus’ In January, Virginia teacher Nicole Loch attended a #RedForEd rally at the statehouse in Richmond. She arrived on a charter bus sponsored by the Fauquier Education Association (FEA), even though Loch had never joined the union—a decision she had resisted for 11 years.“It was a bus full of other edu
    The "X"odus Files: Shortage Denial Syndrome. | BustED Pencils
    The "X"odus Files: Shortage Denial Syndrome. | BustED Pencils The “X”odus Files: Shortage Denial Syndrome. A few weeks ago Peter Greene posted a blog about the fact that there is NO TEACHER SHORTAGE . He even mentioned me as one of the shortage deniers. I sent his post to a host of people—teachers, politicians, government agencies, and anybody else that needed a reminder. I then went on with my d
    CREDO’s New Orleans “Learning Gains” a Sleight of Information | deutsch29
    CREDO’s New Orleans “Learning Gains” a Sleight of Information | deutsch29 CREDO’s New Orleans “Learning Gains” a Sleight of Information According to Emily Langhorne of Forbes, education reformers should “rejoice” because in May 2019, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released this summary and accompanying presentation of New Orleans charter school “learning gains.” According t
    Is the Adversity Score a Tool for Acknowledging Poverty (as a surrogate for race) in College Admissions or a Tool to Enrich the SAT? | Ed In The Apple
    Is the Adversity Score a Tool for Acknowledging Poverty (as a surrogate for race) in College Admissions or a Tool to Enrich the SAT? | Ed In The Apple Is the Adversity Score a Tool for Acknowledging Poverty (as a surrogate for race) in College Admissions or a Tool to Enrich the SAT? About ten years ago I sat in a room with a group of principals and watched/listened to David Coleman’s “Letter from
    Journey For Justice Had a Busy Day | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Journey For Justice Had a Busy Day | Diane Ravitch's blog Journey For Justice Had a Busy Day Don’t believe the right wingers who claim that charter schools are supported by Black and Brown people. Not only did the NAACP, the nation’s most venerable civil rights group, call for a moratorium on charter schools but so did Black Lives Matter. The Journey for Justice Alliance is a true grassroots civi
    May Ed Town Hall BUS: Against Charters – Education Town Hall Forum
    May Ed Town Hall BUS: Against Charters – Education Town Hall Forum MAY ED TOWN HALL BUS: AGAINST CHARTERS The next BUS ride covers The Fight Against Charters! First up we have Carol Burris, Executive Director of the Network for Public Education, returning to give an update on how the fight against charters is playing out after the NPE’s release of the report Asleep at the Wheel. For the second ha

    MAY 22

    Insolvency Avoided, New Budget Is Fixable - Sacramento City Teachers Association
    Insolvency Avoided, New Budget Is Fixable - Sacramento City Teachers Association INSOLVENCY AVOIDED, NEW BUDGET IS FIXABLE The latest budget document circulated by the District at community forums contains two huge developments: The District made a $16 million mistake by undercounting at least 700 students, a mistake that SCTA has been pointing out since January. The District has now doubled its
    L.A. Charters Suspend Black and Disabled Students at Higher Rates | Capital & Main
    L.A. Charters Suspend Black and Disabled Students at Higher Rates | Capital & Main GRADING CHARTER SCHOOLS: L.A. Charters Suspend Black and Disabled Students at Higher Rates Los Angeles charters suspended black students at almost three times the rate of traditional schools; students with disabilities were suspended at nearly four times the non-charter school rate. School suspensions are out, rest
    CURMUDGUCATION: OH: Do Charters Need The Freedom To Hire Great Teachers?
    CURMUDGUCATION: OH: Do Charters Need The Freedom To Hire Great Teachers? OH: Do Charters Need The Freedom To Hire Great Teachers? If there's one thing that charter school advocates never run out of, it's arguments about why charter schools should get to ignore some of the rules of education. Fordham Institute's blog, Ohio Division, recently ran a piece in this genre, written by Jessica Poiner-- "
    SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Red for Ed. Education Rally at State Capitol
    SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Red for Ed. Education Rally at State Capitol Red for Ed. Education Rally at State Capitol Together, we will join educators, parents, students, and community members to demand the full funding of our public schools, common-sense charter school accountability, and social & racial justice. Shoulder to shoulder with thousands of educators, students, and community memb
    Bernie Sanders’s Education Plan Laments Rise of Charter Schools - The New York Times
    Bernie Sanders’s Education Plan Laments Rise of Charter Schools - The New York Times Bernie Sanders’s Education Plan Laments Rise of Charter Schools Senator Bernie Sanders took aim at charter schools on Saturday, calling for a moratorium on federal funding for the schools in a declaration of his education policy priorities ahead of the 2020 election. In a 10-point plan , Mr. Sanders, one of nearl
    The Condition of Education 2019
    The Condition of Education 2019 The Condition of Education 2019 Title: The Condition of Education 2019 Description: The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated annual report summarizing important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The 2019 Condition of Education report presents 48 indicators on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postseconda
    Goldberg joins L.A. Unified school board, immediately challenges aid to charter schools - Los Angeles Times
    Goldberg joins L.A. Unified school board, immediately challenges aid to charter schools - Los Angeles Times Goldberg joins L.A. Unified school board, immediately challenges aid to charter schools Jackie Goldberg took a seat on the Los Angeles school board Tuesday and immediately signaled change to come, shifting the discussion to whether charter schools were getting unfair advantages over distric
    Watch My Interview with Lauren Steiner, Taped Yesterday | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Watch My Interview with Lauren Steiner, Taped Yesterday | Diane Ravitch's blog Watch My Interview with Lauren Steiner, Taped Yesterday Lauren Steiner is an activist who is actively engaged in fighting privatization in California. She has a regular program on Facebook, where she interviews people like me. She interviewed me yesterday about charters, billionaires, neoliberalism, and other issues. T
    “High-Quality” Charter Schools Versus “Low-Quality” Charter Schools | Dissident Voice
    “High-Quality” Charter Schools Versus “Low-Quality” Charter Schools | Dissident Voice “High-Quality” Charter Schools Versus “Low-Quality” Charter Schools Another False Dichotomy Distorting Consciousness and Undermining the Human Factor Charter school promoters want the public, especially poor, low-income, and vulnerable minority families who have long been exploited by the rich and their state, t
    Anand Giridharadas on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode - Vox
    Anand Giridharadas on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode - Vox Tech billionaires who donate millions are just “bribing society at large,” Anand Giridharadas says Zuckerberg, Bezos, and Gates shouldn’t have an outsize say in how we run our country, Giridharadas says on the latest episode of Recode Decode. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and other billionaires have figured out a pretty swe
    Betsy DeVos wants to resurrect an old — and failed — model of public education - The Washington Post
    Betsy DeVos wants to resurrect an old — and failed — model of public education - The Washington Post Betsy DeVos wants to resurrect an old — and failed — model of public education Government-funded and -run schools evolved from a broader system of public education that could not provide what students needed. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently proposed a “new definition” of public education.
    Badass Teachers Association Blog: Musings On test Taking by Grumpy Old Teacher
    Badass Teachers Association Blog: Musings On test Taking by Grumpy Old Teacher Musings On test Taking by Grumpy Old Teacher Originally posted at Grumpy Old Teacher It’s that time of year: testing. For GOT, it’s the most boring time as he must watch students work without actually seeing that work, maintain a hawk-like scrutiny of computer screens to make sure students are not exiting the test to l
    CURMUDGUCATION: The Writer Who Couldn't Answer Standardized Test Questions About Her Own Work (Again)!
    CURMUDGUCATION: The Writer Who Couldn't Answer Standardized Test Questions About Her Own Work (Again)! The Writer Who Couldn't Answer Standardized Test Questions About Her Own Work (Again)! We are in standardized test season, and all across the country, students are taking the Big Standardized Test by which they, their schools, and their teachers will be judged. How absurd are these tests? Meet S
    Charter Schools Undermine the Public Good—in Louisiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania | janresseger
    Charter Schools Undermine the Public Good—in Louisiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania | janresseger Charter Schools Undermine the Public Good—in Louisiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania This week’s news has brought additional evidence for growing public condemnation of the charter school sector—the abysmal record in Louisiana of the federal Charter Schools Program, along with the operation of charters
    Mike Klonsky's Blog: Mayor Lightfoot is sticking with schools CEO Janice Jackson for now. That's a good thing.
    Mike Klonsky's Blog: Mayor Lightfoot is sticking with schools CEO Janice Jackson for now. That's a good thing. Mayor Lightfoot is sticking with schools CEO Janice Jackson for now. That's a good thing. There's hope that CEO Jackson, once liberated from Rahm's self-serving, autocratic rule, will become a real change leader. Even though I've had my issues with CEO Janice Jackson's role as Rahm Emanu
    Q: “Did you see the numbers?” A: Yes, I have. | Cloaking Inequity
    Q: “Did you see the numbers?” A: Yes, I have. | Cloaking Inequity Q: “DID YOU SEE THE NUMBERS?” A: YES, I HAVE. Is there a revolt inside the NAACP? Are charters segregated? Do African American have appreciably higher achievement in charters? Tomorrow is statewide strike and a day of action for public education in California. There will likely be more than 2,000 people at the capitol advocating pe

    MAY 21

    Teach for America and Sister Program, Ensina!: How Recruit Thinking Changes from Before to After | deutsch29
    Teach for America and Sister Program, Ensina!: How Recruit Thinking Changes from Before to After | deutsch29 Teach for America and Sister Program, Ensina!: How Recruit Thinking Changes from Before to After Rolf Straubhaar is an assistant professor of ed leadership and school improvement at Texas State University. He is also a Teach for America (TFA) alum. Rolf Straubhaar Straubhaar’s research age
    Teachers' strikes a new social movement, researcher says | Penn State University
    Teachers' strikes a new social movement, researcher says | Penn State University Teachers' strikes a new social movement, researcher says College of Education researcher immerses herself in teachers unions Leading up to their January 2019 strike, more than 30,000 teachers and staff who are part of the United Teachers Los Angeles union began rallying support months in advance. Leaders are seen her
    Re-imagining Migration: Immigration, Schools, and the Census | National Education Policy Center
    Re-imagining Migration: Immigration, Schools, and the Census | National Education Policy Center Re-imagining Migration: Immigration, Schools, and the Census Gathering Census Data in a Climate of Fear A view from school principals In late April, in a tense and closely watched session, President Trump’s Solicitor General, Noel Francisco, appeared before the United States Supreme Court to argue for
    Rahm Emanuel: Middle-Class Americans Are Sick of Elite Privilege - The Atlantic
    Middle-Class Americans Are Sick of Elite Privilege - The Atlantic It’s Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses If Democrats want to address simmering middle-class anger, they need to deliver justice. Normally, a scandal centered on how rich parents used bribes to win their children’s admittance into elite colleges wouldn’t play so heavily in the national news. No one much cared
    Paid family leave for teachers set for vote in Assembly :: K-12 Daily :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
    Paid family leave for teachers set for vote in Assembly :: K-12 Daily :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet Paid family leave for teachers set for vote in Assembly (Calif.) Among the more than 1,000 bills that won passage to the Assembly floor last week was one that would require all K-12 schools and community colleges to provide at least six weeks family leave to employee
    A Meditation on Stringing Words Together: The National’s “Roman Holiday” | radical eyes for equity
    A Meditation on Stringing Words Together: The National’s “Roman Holiday” | radical eyes for equity A Meditation on Stringing Words Together: The National’s “Roman Holiday” I’m still standing in the same place where you left me standing “I Am Easy to Find,” The National For those of us who love words and fall deeply in love with authors and pop music performers, few things are as exciting as new w
    Can NOLA's return to a locally run district curb charter school corruption?
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