Thursday, November 3, 2011

A GOLDEN CHALK AWARD GOES TO — « Teachers Fight Back

A GOLDEN CHALK AWARD GOES TO — « Teachers Fight Back:


Another Golden Chalk Award has been given out. This one goes to Mary Fergus, a spokeswoman with the Illinois State Board of Education. She was explaining to reporters why Illinois students did so poorly on the national tests, but much better on the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests.

She was quoted as saying, ” It’s a different test and our students are not necessarily taught to the standards of that test. They are taught to the standards aligned to the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests”.

Way to go Mary! What a great phrase you used, “not taught to the standards of that test”. Thank you for being so honest. Is “not taught to the standards of that test”, the same as “not teaching to the test”? Wow, it’s so

Eviction Defense! | #OWS

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Three weeks ago NYPD delivered what was effectively a notice of eviction, telling residents of Liberty Square that Brookfield, with the help of the city, was going to clean the park. Instead, #OWS mobilized, organizing a mass clean up, mobilizing thousands of supporters, and flooding the mayors office with phone calls. An amazing pre-dawn defence packed the square with thousands of people. Brookfield stood down and the eviction was averted.

Washington Post Co Silences Employees with Intimidation: Kaplan again |

Washington Post Co Silences Employees with Intimidation: Kaplan again |

Washington Post Co Silences Employees with Intimidation: Kaplan again

Many of you know of the case of Pfc Bradley Manning. The government has alleged he leaked documents to Wikileaks and has caged him for months now in an attempt to let others know not to mess with the US government and its classified documents. Well, wlelcome to The Washington Post Company, a company that appears to be using similar tactics such as employment termination, criminal prosecution and civil suit to silence whistle blowers and initimdate future whistleblowing by employees just like the government is doing with Bradley Manning. Case in point: Ben Wilcox, former director of legal studies at WaPoCo’s Kaplan University was sentenced to prison on about July 20, 2011 as a result of these tactics.

Kaplan University, the for profit college subsidairy of the Washington Post C

Some High-Performing Florida Charter Schools “Run by or Connected” to Legislators | Scathing Purple Musings

Some High-Performing Florida Charter Schools “Run by or Connected” to Legislators | Scathing Purple Musings:

Some High-Performing Florida Charter Schools “Run by or Connected” to Legislators

From Jeffrey Solochek at GRADEBOOK:

Keeping with new state law, the Florida Department of Education has blessed 104 charter schools as “high performing” this year. The appellation grants these schools added powers, making it even more difficult for local school boards to govern them. (See Pasco County’s recent deliberations over a Charter Schools USA application.)

The new abilities granted to these high performers include adding enrollment annually without outside permission, expanding grade levels without sponsor approval, getting 15 year contracts, and opening “replicated” schools anywhere in Florida with minimal barriers. Of course, that replication is limited to one per year, but that hasn’t stopped some operators from proposing

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