Sunday, April 21, 2019

Beutner is Planning to Terminate the HOMELESS UNIT: Teachers, Parents and Advocates - ACTION ALERT


Beutner is Planning to Terminate the HOMELESS UNIT: Teachers, Parents and Advocates - ACTION ALERT 


Teachers, Parents and Advocates, These programs have helped OUR children. PSA Counselors walked with us during the strike, it's our turn to support them because OUR children need them. If we let Beutner terminate these programs he's going to keep destroying LAUSD little by little. PLEASE Email the Board! 👇👇🏼👇🏾👇🏿👇👇🏼👇🏾👇🏿 URGENT Please share Beutner is planning to terminate the HOMELESS UNIT and to remove Homeless, Foster youth, Camp returnee and Group Home Scholars counselors. We ask teachers, parents and community advocates to complain to the board on Tuesday and to email or call your board member.


These high risk populations can't be properly serviced without PSA counselors: Homeless Program Foster Youth program Camp Returnee Program Group Home Scholars Program Instead of funding consultants LAUSD must keep the support service staff who have made a positive impact in the lives of these minorities. Parents, teachers, community members YOU need to be our student's advocate and voice these concerns. Please go to the Board Meeting and ask the Board to keep these programs April 23rd Beaudry bldg Individuals wishing to speak at a Board meeting must sign up at the meeting. There will be no sign ups in advance of the meeting. Speakers must sign up prior to the item being acted upon by the Board. Speakers should plan to arrive early as items with no speakers may be acted on at the beginning of the meeting Public Comment speakers to items not on the agenda will be heard beginning at 4 p.m. at the conclusion of the item begun before 4 p.m. For more information please call 213-241-7002 or email secretariat@lausd.net. Email monica.garcia@lausd.net 213-241-6180 george.mckenna@lausd.net 213-241-6382 scott.schmerelson@lausd.net 213-241-8333 nick.melvoin@lausd.net 213-241-6387 kelly.gonez@lausd.net 213-241-6388 richard.vladovic@lausd.net 213-241-6385 PSA Counselors have had much success in the past years in motivating youth towards higher education and improving attendance by providing advocacy, counseling and support for these students. LAUSD promised extra counselors that are supposed to be hired after our historic strike. We need the PSA counselors who provide support to these students! We will fight for our students! Help Us! Thank you



Why the Tests Must Be Kept Secret - Teacher Habits

Why the Tests Must Be Kept Secret - Teacher Habits

Why the Tests Must Be Kept Secret


I’ll be giving my third-graders the state test in another week, which means I had to read this year’s testing manual and something called an “Assessment Integrity Guide.” That’s the one that explains how vital it is that the contents of the tests are kept secret. It’s 44 pages of rules, justifications, warnings, and procedures, all with the aim of helping to “establish, develop, and implement a state assessment system that fairly, accurately, and with validity measures Michigan’s content standards.”
Which, as someone who’s given the test many times and knows the reality, is kind of funny, but I’ll get to that later.
Because states want to ensure the validity of the results (or at least, that’s what they claim), they go to great lengths to keep test items from escaping the classroom walls. Ideally, the items are known only to those who designed them and the students who are subjected to them.
That’s a problem.

Right now, the Texas legislature is considering a flurry of legislation introduced in the wake of a Texas Monthly article that reported on a CONTINUE READING: Why the Tests Must Be Kept Secret - Teacher Habits

California Facing Teacher Shortage | Capital & Main

California Facing Teacher Shortage | Capital & Main

California Facing Teacher Shortage
A new report reveals that last year the state came up short about 8,000 of the 24,000 fully credentialed teachers it needed.



California remains in the depths of a qualified teacher shortage crisis, says EdSource, despite an uptick in the teacher preparation pipeline. April findings by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing noted that 23,832 prospective teachers were enrolled in state teacher prep programs during the 2016-17 school year (the most recent data available) — an increase of nearly 2,500 over the previous year and 4,000 more than in 2012-13. But that’s still a trickle compared to the 77,705 enrollment over 2001-02. Last year alone the state came up short about 8,000 of the 24,000 fully credentialed teachers it needed. The result, said California’s newly appointed State Board of Education president Linda Darling-Hammond, is that “half the people coming in are not yet prepared and most likely are teaching in the highest-need communities.” The fix? Darling-Hammond said the state must restore discontinued programs, such as scholarships that cover teacher preparation program costs, or student loan forgiveness in exchange for teaching in high-needs schools or hard-to-fill subject areas.
It’s the patriarchy, stupid: Fraternity members and athletes on men’s sports teams are more likely to commit alcohol-involved campus sexual assaults, a new study has found. Inside Higher Ed reports that the findings are the latest to correlate predatory sexual behavior with fraternities at a much higher degree than with the broader student population. Researchers used data from the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, analyzing responses from more than 12,600 male students at 49 two- and four-year colleges and universities in a single, unnamed Midwestern state. Other findings: Although just over five percent of college men committed alcohol-involved sexual assaults, 87 percent of those were by serial perpetrators, who CONTINUE READING: California Facing Teacher Shortage | Capital & Main

Being part of a progressive community has never been more important than it is right now, right here | Eclectablog

Being part of a progressive community has never been more important than it is right now, right here | Eclectablog

Being part of a progressive community has never been more important than it is right now, right here
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How schools are using restorative justice to remedy racial disparities in discipline | Salon.com

How schools are using restorative justice to remedy racial disparities in discipline | Salon.com
How schools are using restorative justice to remedy racial disparities in discipline
Too many schools today are pushing children into pipelines of incarceration and violence instead of liberation


Named a “New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century” by the Los Angeles Times and the founding director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth (RJOY), Fania E. Davis is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, and writer and scholar with a PhD in indigenous knowledge. In "The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice," Davis examines the still-pervasive, centuries-long cycles of racial prejudice and trauma in America and their repercussions, ranging from educational inequities to mass incarceration. To inspire a positive action toward change, she highlights real restorative justice initiatives that seek to address these issues in schools, justice systems, and communities. This newest addition to the Justice and Peacebuilding series is a much needed and long overdue examination of the issue of race in America as well as a beacon of hope as we learn to work together to repair damage, change perspectives, and strive to do better.

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Education as a Liberatory Practice
From slavery times to the present, black people have treasured education as liberatory. It was unlawful for enslaved blacks to learn to read and write. When the slavemaster learned his wife was teaching young Frederick Douglass to read, he at once forbade it: “[I]f you teach . . . [him] how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave.” Upon hearing these words, Douglass had an epiphany, understanding in that moment that education was “the path way from slavery to freedom” and was the most important thing he and other slaves could do to free themselves. Douglass went on to become a leader in the anti-slavery and women’s rights movements, a best-selling author, and a US diplomat.
Author and educator bell hooks continues this black tradition, exhorting educators to enact a revolutionary pedagogy of resistance that is profoundly anticolonial and anti-racist. This is education as the practice of freedom, as famed critical pedagogist Paulo Friere puts it, and it means implementing practices that both challenge curricular and pedagogical biases that reinforce systems of domination like racism and sexism while simultaneously creating innovative ways to teach diverse groups of students. Instead of creating pathways to liberation and opportunity, however, too many schools today are pushing children into pipelines of incarceration and violence.
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Restorative Justice in Schools
There are growing numbers of studies establishing the effectiveness of school-based restorative justice in reducing suspensions, expulsions, and police referrals, while improving academic outcomes and decreasing violence. For instance, according to a 2015 implementation study of whole-school CONTINUE READING: How schools are using restorative justice to remedy racial disparities in discipline | Salon.com

Florida: The State That Welcomes Conflicts of Interest | Diane Ravitch's blog

Florida: The State That Welcomes Conflicts of Interest | Diane Ravitch's blog

Florida: The State That Welcomes Conflicts of Interest


In most states and in the federal government, conflicts of interest are prohibited and even illegal. But not in Florida!
State legislators regularly vote on legislation that enriches themselves and family members, and NO ONE CARES!
Conflicts of interest are peachy keen. Doesn’t everyone line their pockets at the public trough?
Fred Grimm of the Herald writes:
If Erik Fresen was … say … a county or city commissioner, a blatant conflict of interest would keep him from voting on charter school funding issues.
As my Herald colleagues Christina Veiga and Kristen Clark reported Sunday, laws governing ethical behavior would bar local officials from even discussing proposals at public meetings that have a direct or indirect financial impact on their interests. Or their families’ interests.
The Fresen clan has a lot riding on charter school construction funds. Erik Fresen earns $150,000-a-year as land consultant for Civica, an architecture firm that specializes in charter school construction. Civica has designed a number of schools for Academica, the largest charter school management company in Florida. Fresen’s sister and brother-in-law just happen to be Academica executives.
But state Rep. Fresen’s ethical deportment in the state Legislature is governed by such tepid regulations that the chairman of the House Education Budget Committee can get away with sponsoring legislation that would deliver a windfall to the family business.
The Miami Republican has fast-tracked a bill that would not only limit what school districts spend on their own CONTINUE READING: Florida: The State That Welcomes Conflicts of Interest | Diane Ravitch's blog

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