Friday, February 3, 2012

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Support PURE! » My coffee with an SFC creep

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » My coffee with an SFC creep:My coffee with an SFC creepby adminYesterday I had coffee (well, more on that later) with a top organizer for Chicago’s astroturf branch of Stand for Children. He had asked to meet in response to my blog about SFC’s recent telephone blitz in Chicago’s West and South sides (using an Oregon phone number, by the way). My post questioned the stated purpose of the calls, which ... more »

Modern School: Tenure Becoming Thing of the Past

Modern School: Tenure Becoming Thing of the Past:Tenure Becoming Thing of the Pastby Michael DunnA recent analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality indicates that tenure protections are rapidly being eroded nationally, with several states having essentially nullified tenure entirely, according to the AP.The primary way in which tenure is being weakened is by linking evaluations, layoffs and pay to student performance. In 2009, for example, no state required student performance to be a part of tenure decisions. Today, ... more »

Approaching the end of my teaching career and labeled “toxic.” « Fred Klonsky

Approaching the end of my teaching career and labeled “toxic.” « Fred Klonsky:Approaching the end of my teaching career and labeled “toxic.”by Fred KlonskyI didn’t want it to end this way.After nearly 30 years of teaching I will be retiring in June.And I’ve loved doing what I do.I loved it a lot last night. My last school Open House. My room was filled with kids, parents and grandparents coming and going. I just sat by the door of my room ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Why the Washington State Charter Bills are Flawed

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Why the Washington State Charter Bills are Flawed:Why the Washington State Charter Bills are Flawedby Melissa WestbrookSenator Rodney Tom, one of the sponsors of the Senate charter bill, has been sending out a form letter to those who write him and are against his bill. Here is some of what he says and I'm going to answer some of his issues in explaining why this bill is flawed and should not even come up for a ... more »

NYC Public School Parents: High school students tell Mayor Bloomberg why he should not close their schools

NYC Public School Parents: High school students tell Mayor Bloomberg why he should not close their schools:High school students tell Mayor Bloomberg why he should not close their schoolsby Leonie HaimsonNYC high school students from the Schomburg Satellite Academy, Herbert Lehman HS, Samuel Gompers HS, and Legacy HS -- among the 62 schools threatened with closure or truncation -- tell Mayor Bloomberg why he should not close their schools. If you are a student (or parent) at one of the ... more »

Bee exclusive: Former CSBA exec's pension slashed after audit - Sacramento Bee

Bee exclusive: Former CSBA exec's pension slashed after audit - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee:Bee exclusive: Former CSBA exec's pension slashed after auditShareBy Melody Gutierrezmgutierrez@sacbee.comPublished: Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1ALast Modified: Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 - 9:59 amThe former executive director of the California School Boards Association who retired amid a financial scandal involving his pay and bonuses will have his pension reduced by 65 percent, the state pension fund said.A California ... more »

Ask Dr. Judy Webinar: What Neuro-logical Emotional Interventions Promote Growth Mindset, Academic, Social, and Emotional Success? « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education

Ask Dr. Judy Webinar: What Neuro-logical Emotional Interventions Promote Growth Mindset, Academic, Social, and Emotional Success? « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education:Ask Dr. Judy Webinar: What Neuro-logical Emotional Interventions Promote Growth Mindset, Academic, Social, and Emotional Success?by Klea ScharbergJoin renowned author, neurologist, and teacher Judy Willis for an exciting free webinar to learn which “neuro logical” strategies encourage information to pass through the brain’s emotional filters to reach the most powerful cognitive control centers in the prefront... more »

NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair | The White House

NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair | The White House:NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fairby The White HouseRelease Time: For Immediate ReleaseEvent Will Highlight Winners of National Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) CompetitionsWASHINGTON, DC -- On Tuesday, February 7th, President Obama will host the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President ... more »

School Nurses Become Medical Safety Net - New America Media

School Nurses Become Medical Safety Net - New America Media:School Nurses Become Medical Safety NetStory toolsCommentsAAAResizePrintShare and EmailVida en El Valle , News Report, Rebecca Plevin, Posted: Feb 03, 2012 NEWMAN, Calif.--When Bernice Arnett accepted a school nurse position with the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District seven years ago, people suggested the job would entail little more than applying Band-Aids to boo-boos.But as the sole medical provider for seven schools in the west Stanislaus County district--where about 70 percent of ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Contact Senate Ed Committee Members Today

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Contact Senate Ed Committee Members Today:Contact Senate Ed Committee Members Todayby Melissa WestbrookToday is the last day to bring bills out of committee and there still has not been movement on the charter bill in the Senate. I urge you to express your opinion as soon as possible. Below are the members of the Senate committee. Chairman Rosemary McAuliffe needs as much support as possible. One of the sponors of the bill, Rodney Tom, is on ... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: ALEC Education "Academy" Launches on Island Resort

Schooling in the Ownership Society: ALEC Education "Academy" Launches on Island Resort:ALEC Education "Academy" Launches on Island Resortby Mike KlonskyRitz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.Yesterday, hundreds of state legislators from across the nation gathered at an "island" resort on the coast of Florida for a so-called "education academy" sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). There were no students or teachers invited to the Ritz resort. Instead, legislators, representatives from right-wing think tanks and for-profit education corporations met behind cl... more »

Life in Rahm’s Chicago. Friday edition. « Fred Klonsky

Life in Rahm’s Chicago. Friday edition. « Fred Klonsky:Life in Rahm’s Chicago. Friday edition.by Fred KlonskyJuan Williams thinks Rahm and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie belong on the honor roll of education reformers.And I guess so do I.Or maybe not the honor roll.More like the dishonor roll.Williams and Rahm appear together on an anti-union, anti-public school video put out by the right-wing Education Action Group, home of Ben Velderman and Kyle Olson (my stalkers).Are sick days a “perk” or deferred ... more »

Q & A: Former Assistant Education Secretary Diane Ravitch on Why She Changed Her Mind | StateImpact Ohio

Q A: Former Assistant Education Secretary Diane Ravitch on Why She Changed Her Mind | StateImpact Ohio:Q A: Former Assistant Education Secretary Diane Ravitch on Why She Changed Her MindFEBRUARY 3, 2012 | 6:00 AMBY IDA LIESZKOVSZKYIDA LIESZKOVSZKY / STATEIMPACT: OHIODiane Ravitch is an education historian and the former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education.Controversial education advocate Diane Ravitch is spending the day in Cleveland to talk about school reform.The one-time supporter of school choice and standardized testing now backs teacher ... more »

HBCUs and black education in America | Star-Exponent

HBCUs and black education in America | Star-Exponent:HBCUs and black education in AmericaBy: Preserving History - Zann Nelson | Culpeper Star Exponent Published: February 03, 2012» 0 Comments | Post a CommentThe acronym HBCUs is deeply rooted in American history and represents an almost endless wealth of stories encapsulated in the full title of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.Institutions of higher learning dedicated to the education of primarily black students in America established a presence long before the abolition of ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm's imposed longer school day -- "Messing up what works"

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm's imposed longer school day -- "Messing up what works":Rahm's imposed longer school day -- "Messing up what works"by Mike Klonsky“They [CPS officials] should look at the quality of the school day, not the quantity. ... If the system is working for Northside, why do they want to mess up what works?” -- Northside College Prep parentNorthside College PrepThe elite public schools in Chicago want no part of Rahm's longer school day boondoggle. For one thing, ... more »

Newark Public Schools: Let’s Just Close the Poor Schools and Replace them with Less Poor Ones? « School Finance 101

Newark Public Schools: Let’s Just Close the Poor Schools and Replace them with Less Poor Ones? « School Finance 101:Newark Public Schools: Let’s Just Close the Poor Schools and Replace them with Less Poor Ones?by schoolfinance101This week started with several individuals from the Washington DC area asking if I would address a school closure/turnaround report produced by an outside consulting firm on contract with the DC Public Schools (as I understand it). That consulting firm basically made a map of ... more »

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top 2-3 Mid Morning Posts #ows #edreform

New York Teacher | EdwizeBig Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-10 hours agoNew York Teacher | Edwize:New York Teacherby W.J. LevayHighlights from the Feb. 2 issue of New York Teacher:Schools with high-needs students most likely to face axTen years into Bloomberg’s education reforms, the New York City school system has come full circle and is now shutting down new high schools at the same rate as old ones. High schools established by Bloomberg represent about 40 percent of all existing ... more »

Carrots, Sticks, & the Bully Pulpit :: Frederick M. Hess

Carrots, Sticks, the Bully Pulpit :: Frederick M. Hess:Carrots, Sticks, the Bully Pulpitby Frederick M. Hess • Feb 3, 2012 at 9:23 amCross-posted from Education Week Print Send RSS ShareInteresting day at AEI on Wednesday. Hosted a lively discussion on "Education 2012: What the Election Year Will Mean for Education Policy," looking at what the year ahead holds for education in Washington and nationally. I was joined by a wickedly smart crew that featured Democrats for Ed Reform chief Joe ... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Red flag flying at Davos? #ows

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Red flag flying at Davos?:Red flag flying at Davos?by Mike KlonskyFunny -- Occupiers at Camp Igloo have Davos billionaires quoting Marx. Andy Robinson, in The Nation, reports:CEOs and private-equity fund managers—even some of the seventy Forbes billionaires attending—interrupted their search for distressed assets in the eurozone this year to attend lectures by grim-faced New York University economist and Davos regular Nouriel Roubini or Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz. More than half the 1,200 investors, analysts ... more »

New York Teacher | Edwize

New York Teacher | Edwize:New York Teacherby W.J. LevayHighlights from the Feb. 2 issue of New York Teacher:Schools with high-needs students most likely to face axTen years into Bloomberg’s education reforms, the New York City school system has come full circle and is now shutting down new high schools at the same rate as old ones. High schools established by Bloomberg represent about 40 percent of all existing high schools and 38 percent of the high schools on the closing ... more »

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