Thursday, November 8, 2012

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FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, November 8, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 minutes ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Thursday, November 8, 2012* EdSource: Ed advocates foresee new era with supermajorityMany education advocates were giddy when they awoke Wednesday. Not only had Proposition 30 passed, with its promise of nearly $7 billion in new funding for schools and community colleges, but in an unexpected outcome, Democrats won supermajorities, two-thirds of the seats in both the State Assembly and Senate. It was like hoping for a pony on your birthday and instead finding a horse with a giant bow around its neck. Fede... more »

Modern School: (Not) Ending Bullying Through Exaggeration and Misinformation

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 53 minutes ago
Modern School: (Not) Ending Bullying Through Exaggeration and Misinformation: (Not) Ending Bullying Through Exaggeration and Misinformation by Michael Dunn Mean Girls (Image from Flickr, by Combined Media) First the good news: With the increased media coverage and public attention we’ve seen over the past decade, bullying is on the decline in some parts of the U.S. In California, for example, the school bullying rate has been reduced to one-third that of the rest of the nation. Despite this promising statistic, my colleagues and I were recently informed at an anti-bullying work... more »

Educators and the Election, What's Next? | Lily's Blackboard

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 55 minutes ago
Educators and the Election, What's Next? | Lily's Blackboard: [image: Lily's Blackboard Rotating Header Image] The Election is Over…So Where Do We Go From Here? Nov 8th, 2012 by Lily. I was not neutral in this race. I see the re-election of President Obama as an important way forward for our students, preschool to graduate school. But *the election is not the end. It’s the beginning of some very hard work. * First, *we must pass the Dream Act.* We must show compassion for the undocumented children who were brought here; who were educated here; who have stayed out of trouble and onl... more »

Wishes for Public Education in the Next Four Years… | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 58 minutes ago
Wishes for Public Education in the Next Four Years… | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Wishes for Public Education in the Next Four Years… by Cheryl S. Williams Candidly, and not surprisingly, I’m delighted that Barack Obama was elected to a second term as President of the United States. As someone whose entire professional career has been devoted to public education and life-long learning, I believe that President Obama’s values and priorities are closer to mine than his opponent’s are. Having stated my delight in the President’s re-election, I also want to ... more »

What Next for K-12 Schools Post-Election? - Bridging Differences - Education Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 59 minutes ago
What Next for K-12 Schools Post-Election? - Bridging Differences - Education Week: What Next for K-12 Schools Post-Election? by Deborah Meier Deborah Meier—visionary teacher and founder of successful small schools in New York City and Boston—and Pedro Noguera—author and director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education—debate issues relevant to schools, teachers, and students. Dear Pedro, There were two post-election possibilities for me: I'd head off to visit friends and allies in Providence, R.I., and beyond to get some comfort, or to celebrate. But it's not an altogether... more »

UPDATE: The in box. The 87%. « Fred Klonsky

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The in box. The 87%. « Fred Klonsky: California had a good idea. Don’t cut. Tax the rich. by Fred Klonsky *La Super Rica taco stand in Santa Barbara, California.* I grew up in LA. Back in the sixties. In those days, a lot of good ideas came out of California: The Free Speech Movement. The Jefferson Airplane. Fish tacos. It is happening again. One of the wins I didn’t cover in yesterday’s post was the victory of California’s Proposition 30. It was a simple idea. Instead of cutting education funding, California will raise taxes on those earning over a The in box. The 87%. by Fred K... more »

Connecticut has a new Chief Academic Officer: Has experience with testing and bonuses! - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Connecticut has a new Chief Academic Officer: Has experience with testing and bonuses! - Wait, What?: Connecticut has a new Chief Academic Officer: Has experience with testing and bonuses! by jonpelto The Connecticut State Department of Education has a new Chief Academic Officer. Chosen by Commissioner Stefan Pryor, and the State Board of Education of Education, Diana Roberge-Wentzell’s job is to do for Connecticut what she did for Hartford. As Hartford’s Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Roberge-Wentzell helped to set up the absurdly extensive testing system that is used o... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-8-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Virtual Insanity by dianerav Florida law requires schools to offer online courses to children in every grade, even as young as kindergarten. There is no evidence or research to support this mandate. None. Wonder if this has anything to do with the political power of Jeb Bush, now the nation’s leading enthusiast for online learning? Wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that his Foundation for Excellence in Education is Community Supporters Win Seats on Austin School Board by dianerav The Austin ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Educational Reform: It's All George Bush's Fault! Or Right Wing Corporate Greed!

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Educational Reform: It's All George Bush's Fault! Or Right Wing Corporate Greed!: Educational Reform: It's All George Bush's Fault! Or Right Wing Corporate Greed! by stlgretchen Does this book have ALEC's name on it or the president's? Who should shoulder the blame for ed reform policies? Rightwing (and other) organizations or Obama? We have four more years of Obama's educational blueprint. Some progressives believe this blueprint is being written by right wing organizations. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been tagged as right... more »

Daily Kos: No, you cannot have your country back. America is moving forward.

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Daily Kos: No, you cannot have your country back. America is moving forward.: No, you cannot have your country back. America is moving forward. by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) That is the first line of Picket Fence Apocalypse, today's *New York Times* column by Charles M. Blow, who in my humble opinion is overdue for his own Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Read that first line again. It is a rejoinder to the likes of John Sununu and Rush Limbaugh and others of their ilk. Blow follows that line with these two paragraphs: That’s the message voters sent the Republican Party and it... more »

Superintendent man and the meddling mayor - Bites - Opinions - November 8, 2012 - Sacramento News & Review

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Superintendent man and the meddling mayor - Bites - Opinions - November 8, 2012 - Sacramento News & Review: Superintendent man and the meddling mayor The Rhee-Johnsons screw with other people’s school systems, Raymond sets The New York Times straight By Cosmo Garvin cosmog@newsreview.com This article was published on 11.08.12. *Related stories:* Why the secret donors? A local journalist calls for donor transparency with education advocacy. SN&R, 10.11.12. Teachers, Superman and the ‘anti-Michelle Rhee’ Education historian Diane Ravitch says education reformers are killing the ... more »

Obama’s Act II: The issue he can’t ignore

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Obama’s Act II: The issue he can’t ignore: Obama’s Act II: The issue he can’t ignore Posted by Valerie Strauss on November 8, 2012 at 5:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Obama as Harvard law student President Obama now has an opportunity to do something different in regard to education reform in his second term. Here Richard D. Kahlenberg, senior fellow at The Century Foundation, explains how that could look. This appeared on the website of the nonpartisan foundation, which undertakes c... more »

Guest Post: Obama Won, Now What? | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Guest Post: Obama Won, Now What? | Taking Note: Guest Post: Obama Won, Now What? by John Merrow Sam Chaltain joins the blog to offer some insight on the 2012 Presidential election. *Editor’s Note: **This post is not written by John; it’s written by Sam Chaltain, a DC-based writer and education activist. Check it out and see what you think. Feel free to comment as always. John’s writings should return next week in this space.* It’s official. The President has been re-elected. Now what? When it comes to public education, I suggest that we start by recognizing that Race to the Top w... more »

Jeb Bush Suffers Three Defeats at the Hands of Republican Voters | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Jeb Bush Suffers Three Defeats at the Hands of Republican Voters | Scathing Purple Musings: Jeb Bush Suffers Three Defeats at the Hands of Republican Voters by Bob Sikes The election sucked all of the oxygen out of the air for the last three months. And from me, too. But as Romney supporter who awakened yesterday with disappointment, I’ve hope that the totality of the voting across that nation signals that public education was saved. Most notably, the education reform movement’s chief political architect, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, suffered three significant political def... more »

High School Teacher Viciously Bullied, Taunted By Teen Students | toteachornototeach

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
High School Teacher Viciously Bullied, Taunted By Teen Students | toteachornototeach: High School Teacher Viciously Bullied, Taunted By Teen Students by aristotlethewise Digital Harbor High School Teacher In Maryland Viciously Bullied, Taunted By Teen StudentsPopout Students aren’t just picking on students anymore, as video has surfaced of a teacher being bullied by teens at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore, Md. The footage appears to be taken on a cell phone camera, and the voices are somewhat inaudible, but the currently unidentified teacher can be heard mentioning “authori...more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: A call for Obama to change course on ed reform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: A call for Obama to change course on ed reform: A call for Obama to change course on ed reform by Mike Klonsky Athena on my mind I'm hoping to be able to get to Providence tomorrow for the start of the Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum. I'm on a panel with *Deb Meier* and *Xian Barrett*from the CTU about the strike and ongoing struggle for public education in Chicago. But now I hear that Athena is battering the east coast, cancelling lots of flights. Better pack my snow shoes. My pre-travel reading includes an excellent piece, "A call for Pre... more »

School Tech Connect: Dumb Things Said By Real People

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
School Tech Connect: Dumb Things Said By Real People: Dumb Things Said By Real People by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) This is so trivial... but it's been sticking in my craw for a few days. A downstate principal opines: “I think the Common Core standards are going to do a good thing in having our students think about how they’re thinking, rather than regurgitating what comes out of the test books,” said Mable Woolsey Elementary School Principal Tara Bahnks. I realize people find themselves talking to the press and then these phrases simply fly out of their mouths, and I rea... more »

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Molly Munger’s (& PTA’s) Initiative Gets 28% Of CA Vote Larry Ferlazzo at Engaging Parents In School... - 8 hours ago I’ve previously posted my perspective/analysis on what I consider to be a disastrous alliance the California PTA made with billionaire Molly Munger to push a school tax initiative different from California Governor Brown’s Proposition. In that post, I suggested that Prop 38, the Munger/PTA initiative, would be lucky to get 40%. I made a dramatic [...] Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home ... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Engaging Parents In School… » Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference: Report From Last Month’s Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference by Larry Ferlazzo I’m a big supporter of teachers making home visits (see The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Home Visits). Though I couldn’t make last month’s national home visit conference in Denver, several other staff and parents from our school did attend. Carrie Rose, Executive Director of the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project, agreed to write this report on the conference: *I b... more »

Ankur Singh: Who I Am and Why You Should Care | United Opt Out National

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 14 hours ago
Ankur Singh: Who I Am and Why You Should Care | United Opt Out National: Ankur Singh: Who I Am and Why You Should Care by admin United Opt Out National is honored to share this post from Ankur Singh, originally shared on his blog at http://listenthefilm.wordpress.com/. Welcome Ankur. *Hello, my name is Ankur Singh and I’m 18 years old and just began my freshman year at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in Journalism. I’m making a Documentary film to capture the stories of students and how standardized testing has impacted them. If you’re reading this hopefully you’ll ... more »

New English Language Development Standards - State Approval of Instructional Materials Aligned to Common Core State Standards

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 15 hours ago
New English Language Development Standards - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Adoption of New Standards for English Language Development SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the State Board of Education formally adopted new English Language Development Standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to help English learners build critical knowledge and skills. "These new standards will help California's English learners make academic progress as they also dev... more »

NYC Educator: Act of God? Contract? Forget it, Says Walcott

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 15 hours ago
NYC Educator: Act of God? Contract? Forget it, Says Walcott: Act of God? Contract? Forget it, Says Walcott by NYC Educator NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will not let natural disasters deter him from his mission. Kids must sit in school as long and as much as possible. Living through a disastrous hurricane never taught anyone anything, he reasons, and kids must make up the time they'd have spent preparing for standardized tests. After all, the more time they spent in school, the more circles will be correct, and the more likely it will be that his boss, Michael Bloomberg, wi... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Bloomberg -- and corporate reform -- lose big in last night's elections

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 15 hours ago
NYC Public School Parents: Bloomberg -- and corporate reform -- lose big in last night's elections: Bloomberg -- and corporate reform -- lose big in last night's elections by Leonie Haimson There was plenty of good news in last night’s election in terms of education initiatives, despite huge spending by the SuperPacs, billionaires and astroturf groups to push pro-privatization, free market corporate reform provisions through. Though pro-charter school initiatives in Georgia and Washington won, while outspending the opposition by millions of dollars, the Gates-supported proposit... more »

Gov. John Kitzhaber: Parents, educators need to vote to raise taxes before schools shrink class sizes, add back days | OregonLive.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
Gov. John Kitzhaber: Parents, educators need to vote to raise taxes before schools shrink class sizes, add back days | OregonLive.com: Gov. John Kitzhaber: Parents, educators need to vote to raise taxes before schools shrink class sizes, add back days by Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian [image: Kitzhaberschool.JPG]Gov. John Kitzhaber wants schools to deliver better results, but says he can't deliver more money until voters approve tax increases.Faith Cathcart / The Oregonian Gov. John Kitzhaber responded testily Wednesday when he was reminded that parents, educators and students all ... more »

Mother Crusader: The New, Stark Reality Of School Board Elections In New Jersey

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 16 hours ago
Mother Crusader: The New, Stark Reality Of School Board Elections In New Jersey: The New, Stark Reality Of School Board Elections In New Jersey by darciecima From former Highland Park School Board President Sharon Krengel Dear Darcie, You didn’t lose the school board election yesterday. Turns out you never had a prayer – but that was through no fault of your own! It was because your name came out of a hat fourth out of four candidates for three seats on our local board. The numbers clearly show that many people chose to vote 1, 2, 3 on the tiny section of the ballot devoted to... more »

Glenda Ritz Wins Superintendent Job In Indiana, Upsetting Republican Incumbent Tony Bennett

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 17 hours ago
Glenda Ritz Wins Superintendent Job In Indiana, Upsetting Republican Incumbent Tony Bennett: Glenda Ritz Wins Superintendent Job In Indiana, Upsetting Republican Incumbent Tony Bennett by Joy Resmovits NEW YORK -- When Indiana won the "Education Reform Idol" competition organized by the right-wing think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute, it was policy love at first sight for Michael Petrilli, the organization's executive vice president. Under the leadership of Superintendent for Public Instruction Tony Bennett, a former basketball coach, the state created the nation's largest sch...more »

Fox News festival of election night failure : blue cheddar

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 17 hours ago
Fox News festival of election night failure : blue cheddar: Fox News festival of election night failure November 7, 2012 By bluecheddar [image: Share] Caricature of O’Relly is by DonkeyHotey, creative commons use. Last night while Fox News was spinning on the floor like a toddler refusing to leave WalMart, I was happily bouncing between twitter and facebook. You might have had better things to do too. So I gathered what I could locate of the faux news troupe’s delightfully pained broadcast right here. I’ll also leave a link here for Andrew O’Hehir’s excellent play-by-play of the even... more »

86.6% want elected school board for Chicago Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 17 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » 86.6% want elected school board for Chicago: 86.6% want elected school board for Chicago by admin Victory! Here’s just one West Side ward’s results, courtesy of Valerie Leonard, who writes, “A preliminary review indicates that voters overwhelmingly want an elected school board. This is significant, as Lawndale and East and West Garfield are Ground Zero for school closings and other school actions that are disruptive to student learning and cause community de-stabilization…. “Thank everyone who helped in any way: Provided tec... more »

A call for President Obama to change course on education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
A call for President Obama to change course on education: A call for President Obama to change course on education Posted by Arthur H. Camins on November 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Education Secretary Arne Duncan(left) and President Obama. (Yuri Gripas/REUTERS) * Arthur H. Camins is director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.* With the election behind us, it is time for the Obama administr... more »

UPDATE: Rejection of “education reform” proposal in Bridgeport will have repercussions - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Rejection of “education reform” proposal in Bridgeport will have repercussions - Wait, What?: You know those “just run government like a business” guys… by jonpelto One of the larger individual donors to Residents for a Better Bridgeport, the Political Action Committee behind Mayor Bill Finch’s anti-democracy initiative that went down to defeat in Bridgeport yesterday, is a hedge fund manager named Zachary Zeitlin, a Westport resident who is or was a partner with Silver Point Capital in Greenwich. In the “small world department,” Zachary Zeitlin is also one of Governor Malloy’s a... more »

Daily Kos: A Mormon impact - on the election & the future of the Republican party?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Daily Kos: A Mormon impact - on the election & the future of the Republican party?: A Mormon impact - on the election & the future of the Republican party? by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Let me posit something for sake of discussion - had Mitt Romney not been a Mormon he might have won, and it is possible that therefore Evangelicals within the Republican base will argue there is no reason for them to dial back on the social issue rhetoric. Le's take the first. We have been told that the Evangelical participation in the electorate dropped 7%. Remember that something over 30% o... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: An Open Letter to President Obama from Bill Ayers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: An Open Letter to President Obama from Bill Ayers: An Open Letter to President Obama from Bill Ayers by Mike Klonsky *Dear President Obama: Congratulations!* *I’m sure this is a moment you want to savor, a time to take a deep breath, get some rest, hydrate, regain your balance, and take a long walk in the sunshine. It might be as well a good time to reflect, rethink, recharge, and perhaps reignite. I sincerely hope that it is, and I urge you to put education on your reflective agenda.* *The landscape of “educational reform” is currently littered w... more »

One lesson from Milwaukee: efforts to suppress the vote backfired « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
One lesson from Milwaukee: efforts to suppress the vote backfired « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!: One lesson from Milwaukee: efforts to suppress the vote backfired by millerlf *From Barbara Miner’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog: View from the Heartland Nov. 7, 2012* One lesson from the City of Milwaukee results: people don’t like efforts to suppress the right to vote; it only makes them more determined. Or, to put it another way, the Republican game-plan backfired. In the 2008 presidential election, 275,042 ballots were cast in the City of Milwaukee, for an 80.33 perc... more »

Anybody want a used Tea Party? « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Anybody want a used Tea Party? « Fred Klonsky: Anybody want a used Tea Party? by Fred Klonsky *538 blogger Nate Silver.* I received a comment this morning: *This is probably not the right spot for this comment, but I want to thank Fred for keeping everyone informed regarding HJRCA49. I am sure that the continuous information supplied by this blog was instrumental in defeating this self-serving change to the Illinois Constitution. Thanks to the postings in this blog, both active and retired employees will continue to have their pensions protected by the Constitution, which is a maj... more »

Nationwide education update on ballot issues re: education | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
Nationwide education update on ballot issues re: education | Seattle Education: Nationwide education update on ballot issues re: education by seattleducation2011 Diane Ravitch has been churning out election results on her blog and I just received this recap from a list serv source. *Voters defeated* *Michigan’s 2011 emergency manager law* that allowed the state to appoint managers for municipalities and school districts deemed to be in fiscal emergencies and then allowed those emergency managers summarily to throw out previously agreed-upon collective bargaining agreements and u... more »

THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: Much greater than expected: 2010-2011 Gulen charter school enrollment was 44,727

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: Much greater than expected: 2010-2011 Gulen charter school enrollment was 44,727: Much greater than expected: 2010-2011 Gulen charter school enrollment was 44,727 In August 2010, *USA Today’*s Greg Toppo wrote that Gulen movement-associated charter schools*“educate as many as 35,000 students — taken together they'd make up the largest charter school network in the USA — and have imported thousands of Turkish educators over the past decade.”* At long last, the actual enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year has been tallied. The total is*44,727*, nearly 10,... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Didn't Read The Fine Print

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Didn't Read The Fine Print

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Election hangover

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Election hangover: Election hangover by Mike Klonsky I'm feeling a little hung-over this morning but still trying to get some of my election-night notes down on the blog. First and most importantly, I lost my $5 bet by badly underestimating the number of electoral votes for Obama. As you all know, I predicted 290 and it appears that he got (with the late addition of Florida) 332. Sorry Nate Silver, I should have kept the faith. Second, Obama owes his victory to his well-positioned field workers, an abysmal cast of Limbaugh Party opponents, and to a... more »

UPDATE: A real miss at Ole Miss: Students protest Obama re-election with racial epithets | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
A real miss at Ole Miss: Students protest Obama re-election with racial epithets | Get Schooled: Ole Miss chancellor on Obama protest: “Very immature and uncivil approach” to election results by Maureen Downey Here is the official statement from the University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones on t*he reaction last night of some Ole Miss students to President Obama’s victory* over Gov. Mitt Romney. University police were notified by students shortly before midnight Tuesday that Twitter chatter was indicating students were gathering near the student union to protest the results o... more »

UPDATE: Diane Diane in the Evening 11-7-12 Election Reviews Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: Maureen Reedy Loses in Ohio by dianerav I am sorry to say that veteran educator Maureen Reedy narrowly lost in her bid for a seat in the Ohio Legislature to another contender, who was funded by (among others) Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst. Count on StudentsFirst to place its bets against an experienced educator. With so many crucial education issues before the legislature, it would have been wonderful to have someone with ALERT! Washington State Results Have Not Been Finalized! by dianerav I promise this is the last thing I will post about the charter refe... more »

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Which side are you on?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Which side are you on?: Which side are you on? by alicemercer [image: 2012-11-03_11-05-44_217] This was a long, hard, slog of a campaign in California, even without there being a contest at the top of the ticket. Winning on 30 and defeating 32 was not done by magic, or by throwing money into a media campaign, it was done one phone call at a time. If you were one of the 500-700 teachers and education supporters that I called (and I was not even one of the most productive callers at my local), I’m sorry I interrupted your dinner, but phone ca... more »

Save CCSF's Diversity Departments**! Save Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, LGBT Studies, Labor Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Save CCSF's Diversity Departments**! Save Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, LGBT Studies, Labor Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies!: Save CCSF’s Diversity Departments**! Save Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, Labor Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies! by Danny Weil [image: Interim Chancellor: Support the Diversity Collaborative Departments. Don't eliminate us!] Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/interim-chancellor-support-the-diversity-collaborative-departments-don-t-eliminate-us Check out our event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/2968695504187... more »

Schools Matter: Eye of Education Storm in New Jersey

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Schools Matter: Eye of Education Storm in New Jersey: Eye of Education Storm in New Jersey by Judy Rabin As Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen continue their love fest here in New Jersey, more than 60 percent of school districts in the state are still closed and many have no heat or are in dangerous and precarious conditions. What's next for education reform and RTTT in NJ? Before NJ goes the way of NOLA, time to get ahead of the next tsunami of closures, privatization and union busting that no Springsteen song can stop. Christie might be happy he finally got to meet Bruce, but h... more »

High stakes testing and what that means in Seattle | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
High stakes testing and what that means in Seattle | Seattle Education: High stakes testing and what that means in Seattle by seattleducation2011 No one is calling the Initiative 1240 race yet but this is not the time to stop and wait to see what happens. We must move on. There is much to do. Starting in January, Parents Across America will begin offering bi-monthly webinars on various subjects related to education. The first topic will be on high stakes testing and opting out. Our guests will beMonty Neil with Fair Test as well as Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar founders ofUnited Opt O... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: How Did We Get Here?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: How Did We Get Here?: How Did We Get Here? by Anngie Half the country today is thrilled with yesterday's results. The other half is shaking their heads wondering, "How did we get here?" The answer is surprisingly simple and obvious to probably 95% of the people who read this blog. We carefully trained people in our classrooms to vote this way. If you read Charlotte Iserbyt *The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America* or John Gotto *The Underground History of American Education*, you already know the history. From B.F. Skinner to outcome based education, we ... more »

Big win for schools as Prop 30 defies polls | EdSource Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Big win for schools as Prop 30 defies polls | EdSource Today: Big win for schools as Prop 30 defies polls - by Kathryn Baron and John Fensterwald by Kathryn Baron and John Fensterwald California schools’ rendezvous with rock bottom is over. A massive grassroots campaign, an eleventh hour surge in advertising and strategic targeting of likely voters pulled Proposition 30 over the halfway mark yesterday, giving both Gov. Jerry Brown and California public schools and community colleges a victory. With all of the vote reported, Prop 30 led 53.9 to 46.1 percent. The initiative is ex... more »

If you want to see the two Georgias, look at map of where charter school amendment passed and failed | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
If you want to see the two Georgias, look at map of where charter school amendment passed and failed | Get Schooled: If you want to see the two Georgias, look at map of where charter school amendment passed and failed by Maureen Downey [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Wow. If you want to see the two Georgias in stark relief, take a look at the AJC map on which counties supported and which opposed the charter schools amendment. The amendment passed 58 percent to 42. (*Click on the charter amendment tab on top of the map.*) The amendment had its greatest sup... more »

Modern School: The Inconvenient Truth About Wages: They’ve Dropped 19% Since 1970 For Men and 6% for Women Since 2000

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Modern School: The Inconvenient Truth About Wages: They’ve Dropped 19% Since 1970 For Men and 6% for Women Since 2000: The Inconvenient Truth About Wages: They’ve Dropped 19% Since 1970 For Men and 6% for Women Since 2000 by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons I have written repeatedly in this blog about the declining wages and living standards for American workers over the past 30-40 years (see here, here, here and here). A new report out by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney (both fellows at the Brookings Institution) adds some more data to support this conclusion (the rep... more »

FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Wednesday, November 7, 2012* Panama-Buena Vista, Standard voters appear to authorize school bondsVoters in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District seemed headed Tuesday night toward approving a $147 million bond measure to upgrade the district's aging infrastructure. Chaffey Joint's $848M school bond gets thumbs up in early votingIf voters approve Measure P, district residents will pay an additional $19 annually per $100,000 of assessed value on their property tax bills. Proposition 30 wins: Gov. Jerr... more »

How Sec. Duncan Helped the Teachers Unions Take Out Tony Bennett :: Frederick M. Hess

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
How Sec. Duncan Helped the Teachers Unions Take Out Tony Bennett :: Frederick M. Hess: How Sec. Duncan Helped the Teachers Unions Take Out Tony Bennett *by Frederick M. Hess • Nov 7, 2012 at 10:25 am Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share In Indiana, all-world superintendent Tony Bennett lost last night--53 to 47. I'd like to find an eloquent way to say it, but I'm a simple guy: Bennett is a stud. He's also a good friend, and I'm not even going to try to pretend to be objective or dispassionate here. He's smart, passionate, and relentless. And, giv... more »

Shanker Blog » The Educational Attainment Of Girls And Boys: Two Sides of the Same Coin

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Shanker Blog » The Educational Attainment Of Girls And Boys: Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Educational Attainment Of Girls And Boys: Two Sides of the Same Coin by Esther Quintero Last month, Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, was shot in the head, in an attempted assassination by Taliban militants. Her “crime” was daring to advocate for girls’ education. In a *New York Times* column, Nicholas Kristof observes that we in the West find it “easy to dismiss such incidents as distant barbarities,” and uses the example of sex trafficking to illustrate that we “have a bli... more »

Results in key education races Posted by Valerie Strauss

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Results in key education races: Results in key education races Posted by Valerie Strauss on November 7, 2012 at 10:11 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Here are the results of some of the important races around the country that matter to public education: 1) *Florida* voters rejected a bid to allow the use of state funds to go to religious institutions, including religious schools. Had it passed, a statewide voucher program would have been likely. 2) *In Georgia* and *Washington*, it appears th... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Public Education Election Updates

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Public Education Election Updates: Public Education Election Updates by Melissa Westbrook [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] There are still one million ballots to count in Washington State so *I-1240 *is still in flux at about 51-49%. According to KUOW, the Yes group was very confident last night until the first numbers came in. (I do find it funny that they kept their "guests" from the media at their event. I don't get that.) Apparently a LEV spokesperson said their campaign kept things "factual". Factual? That's a... more »

The Educated Reporter: Election Results: Charter Schools Have Narrow Lead in Washington State, Missouri Says No To Tobacco Tax Hike for Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
The Educated Reporter: Election Results: Charter Schools Have Narrow Lead in Washington State, Missouri Says No To Tobacco Tax Hike for Education: Election Results: Charter Schools Have Narrow Lead in Washington State, Missouri Says No To Tobacco Tax Hike for Education by Emily Richmond There will be plenty of discussion in the coming days and weeks about what a second-term Obama administration will mean for education. But first I wanted to follow up on some statewide initiatives and ballot contests mentioned here earlier in the week: - A ballot measure to allow charter schoo... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Student Walk Out over BEX IV Plan

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Student Walk Out over BEX IV Plan: Student Walk Out over BEX IV Plan by Charlie Mas This story in the Seattle Times, Rainier Beach students protest lack of remodel plans for their school, about students demanding a remodel of their school building. Page 96 of this building condition report rates Rainier Beach as a 2.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the best condition and 5 being the worst. It was marked down some for having an enrollment far under capacity. From the report: "Rainier Beach is housed in a middle aged facility that has worn very ... more »








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