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Friday, March 25, 2022

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CURMUDGUCATION: NH: Lessons From Croydon's 50% School Budget Cut -

We Say “Gay” in My Classroom | gadflyonthewallblog - via @StevenSinger3

Judge Jackson didn't call Bush & Rumsfeld 'war criminals'... -

NYC Educator: UFT Delegate Assembly March 23, 2022--Debate Gets Us Nowhere -

Cartoons on Teaching Art in Public Schools | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice - via @CubanLarry

DCPS Whistleblowers and Our Views of Youth – Education Town Hall Forum - by @httpstwittercomEdTownHall on @

Teacher Tom: Even If They Are Between The Ages Of 6 And 18 -

On 25th Anniversary of Ohio’s “DeRolph” Decision, Expansion of Vouchers Has Only Exacerbated School Funding Inadequacy and Inequity | janresseger - via @janresseger

Congressman Mike Quigley. Chicago doesn't need a war hawk for mayor. -

John Oliver on “Whataboutism” | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

IndoctriNation: Can We Avoid Our Dystopian Republican Future? – academic freedom isn't free - via @plthomasEdD

“Those People” | The Merrow Report -

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Classroom Teachers Are Politicos | National Education Policy Center - on @NEPCtweet

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Choosing Democracy: SCTA On Strike in Sacramento -

The State Legislative Attacks On LGBTQ+ People - Human Rights Campaign - on @HRC

Stream #132 The Enemy Within by Have You Heard | Listen online for free on SoundCloud -

Good News: Vouchers Fail in State Senate | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

Income Eligibility Scales for School Year 2022–23 - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education) -

Teacher Tom: Creating Communities Of Mutual Concern -

With A Brooklyn Accent: Should We Designate May 3, 2022 as "Banned Book Day" at Fordham? -

My Little Town | Teacher in a strange land - via @nancyflanagan

SCUSD Teachers and Staff Strike – The Prospector -

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Pennsylvania Tightens Charter Regulations for First Time in 25 Years; Charters Outraged | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

Chicago: Charter Schools Suspend and Expel Minority Students at Extremely High Rates | Dissident Voice -

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Putin’s Disinformation Campaign Collapses When He Orders Invasion of Ukraine
Tom Southern writes in WIRED about the spectacular collapse of Putin’s well-oiled disinformation machine after he ordered the invasion of Ukraine. Very few people—other than a small number of extremists on the right and the left—were fooled by his claims that he was “liberating” Ukraine from its “Nazi” government. Southern writes: FOR DECADES NOW, Vladimir Putin has slowly, carefully, and stealth
Dahlia Lithwick: The Shameful Failure of Senate Democrats to Stand Up for Judge Jackson
Writing in Slate, Dahlia Lithwick calls out Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee (excepting Senator Booker) for failing to support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Republicans pummeled her, berated her, distorted her record. She writes: I wrote earlier this week about the utter failure on the part of Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats to connect this hearing to what is going to be a catast
Please Confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court
After four days of hostile grilling by Republicans, the nation had the chance to see a person who stood up to every insulting and demeaning question with a calm and collected demeanor. Judge KJB has a judicial temperament. She demonstrated grace under pressure. She just received the highest rating from the American Bar Association, in recognition of her record, wisdom and intellect. The senators
Ted Cruz Attacks Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on CRT, Which His Own Daughters Are Taught
Ted Cruz harangued Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson about critical race theory. Why did her daughters attend a private school that teaches CRT, he asked, when she sits on the board of the school. Judge Jackson patiently explained that the board does not write the curriculum for the school, Georgetown Country Day School. Cruz professed shock that the school library contains books by Ibr
Good News: Vouchers Fail in State Senate
Despite the support of Governor Kevin Stitt, a bill authorizing vouchers failed in the Oklahoma State Senate. Most rural Republicans support public schools. Pastors for Oklahoma z children actively opposed vouchers. The Oklahoman reports: A polarizing Oklahoma bill that would dedicate $128.5 million in taxpayer dollars for private school costs failed in a late-night vote on the Senate floor Wedne
John Oliver on “Whataboutism”
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has been a lively debate among readers of the blog about whether Russia is to blame for its actions or whether it was provoked by NATO and the U.S., and whether anyone in the U.S. has the right to criticize Putin because the U.S. has dirty hands in many conflicts (e.g. Vietnam). Those who say Putin is not to blame for launching a war have been accused
Heather Cox Richardson: Republicans Want to Roll Back Abortion, Contraception, Gay Rights, Civil Rights
Historian Heather Cox Richardson writes on her blog that Republicans want to remove federal protections on many issues and restore states’ control. Several Republican senators have spoken out against Supreme Court decisions that overturned state laws on abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage, even interracial marriage. It was Senator Mike Braun of Indiana who said that the states should decid
Pennsylvania Tightens Charter Regulations for First Time in 25 Years; Charters Outraged
For the first time in 25 years, Pennsylvania officials imposed new regulations on charter schools. Charter advocates were not happy, nor were the Republicans who control the legislature. Pennsylvania’s charter schools may be required to follow certain accounting and audit standards, comply with state ethics requirements, and post enrollment policies on their websites under new rules opposed by ch

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Friday’s New Articles & Videos On School Reopenings
(Note: This on-going series is about reopening schools around the country in light of the pandemic. We are presently on strike, resulting in the closing of schools in our district because our district leadership is not taking seriously the changes that need to be made to deal with effects of the pandemic on our students and teachers. See other posts on this blog for up-to-date reports on our job
A Look Back: 18 Tools For Creating Online Tests
I’m continuing my “A Look Back” series by looking at past “Best” lists and updating them. Memed_Nurrohmad / Pixabay I originally posted The Best Ways To Create Online Tests in 2008, and have been revising and updating it since that time. Of course, Google Forms is the one used the most by teachers, but this list also includes Classmarker , Image Quiz , Riddle and fifteen more. Check them all out
Look For A “Slow Twitter Chat” On Our New Book Next Week #eslsg
The second edition of our book, The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels , will be out any day now. Next week, we’ll lead a “Slow Twitter Chat” on the book. This means we’ll be sharing short excerpts from the first two chapters, and at least some of the other ELL teachers who contributed chapters will
Second Day Of Our Strike Is In The Books – Our Union Has Never Been In A Stronger Position
Day two of the Sacramento teachers’ and classified staff strike is in the books. We began the strike with district administrators expressing no confidence in our Superintendent, after teachers and classified had done so previously. Today began with the Superintendent’s staunchest ally, the Sacramento Bee, abandoning him. See the link to the column appearing there in one of the tweets below. See p
Thursday’s New Articles On School Reopenings
viarami / Pixabay Ordinarily, I’d add these new articles and videos to The Best Posts Predicting (& Showing) What Schools Look Like During The Pandemic . However, that list is just getting too massive. So, in the future, if you want to find these in one place, click here: ‘I Still Just Worry’: 3 Teachers on Covid’s Long Shadow Over American Schools is from The NY Times. Mask or no mask? Californi
A Look Back: 23 Online Geography Games
I’m continuing my “A Look Back” series by looking at past “Best” lists and updating them. dapple-designers / Pixabay I originally published The Best Online Geography Games in 2013, and have been revising and updating it since that time. It includes games like GeoGuessr , Game On World , Seterra Online and twenty more. Check them all out at the “Best” list and let me know what I’m missing!
Google Unveils New Manga Site That Will Be Big Hit With Students Everywhere
Today, Google unveiled a new Google Arts and Culture site called Manga Out Of The Box . Not only does it have a zillion multimedia features where you can learn about manga, but it also has a feature that allows you to create manga figures with the help of Artificial Intelligence. As any teacher knows, Manga is hugely popular among many students, so we teachers should be able to use this site for
The First – And Not The Last – Day Of Our Teachers’ & Classified Staff Strike Is Over
The first day of our strike is over, and the solidarity of teachers, classified staff, students and families was in full force! Unfortunately, our district’s leadership is still not serious about negotiating with us. You can read more about the issues related to the strike at this California Teachers Association article , and at previous posts I’ve shared: OUR TEACHERS’ UNION ACCEPTS FACT FINDING
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At Liberty Podcast: Jon Batiste on Social Music, Family, and Freedom
'The At Liberty Podcast speaks with music legend Jon Batiste . He’s an Oscar-winning composer, pianist, bandleader and singer who is going into the 2022 Grammy Awards with 11 nominations – the most of any artist this year. He talks about his New Orleans roots, his most recent album We Are , and his commitment to creating music that celebrates his culture and aims to unite us all.' At Liberty · Jo
Afropop Worldwide: Remembering Tony Allen
' Tony Allen is among the greatest drummers of the past century. His sudden death at 79 in April, 2020, was a shock felt around the world. In addition to his seminal work with the king of Afrobeat Fela Kuti , Allen had a prolific solo career and performed and recorded with artists from Angelique Kidjo , Ray Lema , Ernest Ranglin and Oumou Sangare to Damon Albarn , Brian Eno and Jeff Mills . In th
Code Switch: Wherefore Art Thou, N-word?
'The "N-word" is probably the most radioactive word in the English language. At the same time, it's kind of everywhere: books, movies, music, comedy (not to mention the mouths of people who use it frequently, whether as a slur or a term of endearment.) So on this episode, we're talking about what makes this word unique — and how the rules about its use line up with other words.'
Claudia Rankine's 'Help'
'Acclaimed author and poet Claudia Rankine joins All Of It to discuss her new play, Help, which fictionalizes Rankine's conversations with white people in transitional spaces in order to investigate the question, "What are white people thinking?".'
Black.Queer.Rising.: Moore Kismet AKA Omar Davis
'The name “Moore Kismet” means “more than fate.” Moore Kismet also known as Omar Davis has accomplished quite a bit for a 17 year old. In both 2021 and 2020, they were featured in Billboard's 21 Under 21 and in 2020 Dancing Astronaut named them the Breakout Artist of the Year. '
Historically Speaking: An Evening with Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch and Mayor Ras Baraka
'Join NMAAHC for a virtual program with Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka for the release of The Book of Baraka , a new Audible Original. Secretary Bunch will interview Mayor Baraka about his life filled with poetry and politics as the son of Amiri Baraka , one of the most influential and outspoken poets of the 1960’s and ‘70s. The Book of Baraka mixes prose and
theblerdgurl Podcast with Karama Horne: Raising Dion’s Alicia Wainwright is Ready for Her Superpowers
'You may recognize Alicia Wainwright from her role as Maia Roberts on Freeform’s Shadowhunters . But in Netflix’s groundbreaking series Raising Dion she plays Nicole Reese. A mother literally raising a Black child with superpowers, while trying to navigate the world as a widowed single parent. In this conversation theblerdgurl Podcast with Karama Horne talks to Alicia about how her character went
Conversations in Atlantic Theory • Adam Kotsko on What is Theology? Christian Thought and Contemporary Life
'This discussion is with Adam Kotsko , who teaches in the Shimer Great Books School at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He has published widely in popular and academic outlets on theology, political theory, and philosophy, with particular emphasis on politics and the history of Christian thought. Adam has authored ten books, including recent works The Prince of this World in 2016 an
A brush with... Glenn Ligon
' Glenn Ligon talks to Ben Luke about the artists, writers, musicians and other cultural figures who inspire and intrigue him, and the pivotal cultural moments in his life. Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1960, Ligon works across various media, from painting to film and neon, and primarily uses text and found images to produce powerful ruminations on contemporary politics, culture and African Ame
Millennials Are Killing Capitalism: Ireland, Colonialism and the Unfinished Revolution with Robbie McVeigh and Bill Rolston
'In this episode of Millennials Are Killing Capitalism an interview with Robbie McVeigh and Bill Rolston , authors of the book Anois ar theacht an tSamraidh: Ireland Colonialism and the Unfinished Revolution , a work that may be unparalleled in its analysis of the history of colonialism and modes of anti-imperialist struggle across Irish history. It covers 800 years of history of colonialism in I

Opinion | Cruz attacks Ketanji Brown Jackson for ‘critical race theory’ — but sends his own daughters to learn it - The Washington Post -

Newark charter school makes some students stay home after protest - Chalkbeat Newark - on chalkbeat

Ted Cruz’s Daughters Attend a Private School That Is ‘Antiracist’ - The New York Times - on @nytimes

Caught in a Culture War, Georgetown Day School Holds Fast to Its Mission - The New York Times - on @nytimes
Ted Cruz Attacked Ketanji Brown Jackson for Affiliating With a Private School Like the One Where He Sends His Daughters Follow @newrepublic

Diary Of A Socialist Indoctrinator - by @palan57 on @forbes

Philly district, principals group split over next year’s schools budget - Chalkbeat Philadelphia - on chalkbeat

“We’re Going to Be Conservative.” Official Orders Books Removed From Schools, Targeting Titles About Transgender People.

Strike FAQ for Our Community - Sacramento City Teachers Association -

Sacramento Teachers Are Striking for Fair Pay and More Student Support -

The Miami effect: New L.A. schools chief Alberto Carvalho on language and community | EdSource - on @edsource

POLITICO-Harvard poll: 40 percent of parents believe masks at school harmed their kids

Students Organize Occupation In Solidarity With Striking Teachers

Unions Around the Country Must Go All Out for Teachers in Minneapolis - Left Voice

Celebrating student loan relief | American Federation of Teachers

College board’s censure of one of its members didn’t violate First Amendment, justices rule

New Orleans School Board Reverses 100-Year Old Jazz Ban in Public Schools

Ant-Critical Race Theory Efforts have Reached 35 States

Early childhood tax agreement could send $1.5 million annually to school district

School Administrators Lose Confidence in Aguilar

Teachers to culture warriors: Stop treating us as enemies

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#ifyoucanrunclassroomsyoucanruntheUFT - Unity Caucus "professionals" attack on UFC Mocks Classroom Teachers who are never treated as professionals
Unity people fear UFC might beat longs odds and win, forcing them back to the classroom. Then they will find out they are NOT treated like professionals. Unity calls UFT a union of professionals while allowing people to never be treated like professionals. I read an astounding Unity hack attack on UFC that made me LOL. They actually brag about PD which teachers hate. Like I'm teaching a dozen yea
UFT Election Coincidence: Unity HSVP Janella Hinds Visits Camille Eterno's School but doesn't stop by to say hello
This seems like a rather obvious electioneering event, especially with all of this literature with her image on it just sent out to members there.... CL Comment So we are tracking UFT employees, paid for with our salaries, engaging in electioneering on union time. I don't even think they should be engaging in breaking trust with people who pay their salaries on non-union time somewhat iffy. Natur
Nick Brings the Bacon - Filibusters and Fabrications - UFT Delegate Assembly Notes, With Context March 2022
Mulgrew's "report" yesterday took up 3/4 of the meeting and then he claimed the 1 minute of point of order was the reason they didn't get to any of the 11 resos on the agenda. Today I'm speaking to three lunch hours at an elementary school in Unity territory and should get some read on how the election is playing out. There is a strong Solidarity person in the school. Yesterday a UFC person hand

Kids can learn more from guided play than from direct instruction, report finds

Minneapolis teachers, district reach deal to end strike via @KARE11

Texas attorney general says Austin school Pride Week celebration breaks state law

Arizona Legislature passes 2 bills to curb transgender rights

Minneapolis Teachers Reach a Tentative Deal to End Strike

Students Planned a ‘Gangsta Night’ Event. Some Thought It Was Racist.

What Does ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Actually Say?

CPS has lost 8% of schools’ ‘tech assets’ during COVID, tens of thousands of computers, even air purifiers, defibrillators

Flint school board member removed from presidency after allegedly assaulting colleague - - on @mlive

CCSD board hears from parents about school violence | Las Vegas Review-Journal - on @reviewjournal

Oklahoma Senate defeats controversial school voucher bill - via @theoklahoman_

Children with disabilities face criminal charges from school | Fort Worth Star-Telegram - on @startelegram

Chicago Teachers Union claims group is front for Mayor Lightfoot - Chicago Tribune - via @chicagotribune
Number of chronically absent students in Baltimore jumps to nearly 50% | WBFF - on

Lawmakers pass bill aimed at teaching American principles | AP News - on @ap

The Tennessee pre-K study doesn’t tell the whole story - Vox - on voxdotcom

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