Saturday, September 14, 2013

2nd Banana 9-14-13 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform #RealEdTalk #p2 #1u



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RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S BEST POST






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We Don’t Need No Education - NYTimes.com

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We Don’t Need No Education - NYTimes.com: une 14, 2012 We Don’t Need No EducationBy PAUL KRUGMAN Hope springs eternal. For a few hours I was ready to applaud Mitt Romney for speaking honestly about what his calls for smaller government actually mean. Never mind. Soon the candidate was being his normal self, denying having said what he said and serving up a bunch of self-contradictory excuses. But let’s talk about his accidental truth-telling, and what it reveals. In the remarks Mr. Romney later tried to deny, he derided President Obama: “He says we need more firemen, more policemen,... more »


How closing schools hurts neighborhoods

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How closing schools hurts neighborhoods: How closing schools hurts neighborhoods Posted by Valerie Strauss on March 6, 2013 at 6:00 am 0 Comments More [image: (thenotebook.org)] (thenotebook.org) On Thursday, the Philadelphia school district’s governing board, the School Reform Commission, will be voting on the most massive one-time downsizing of the system ever proposed. The district’s recently revised plan, which has encountered widespread community and teacher opposition, calls for closing 29 out of 239 district schools next fall – a step down from the original proposal to shutte... more »

Taking Responsibility: Who Signs Off on Learning? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

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Taking Responsibility: Who Signs Off on Learning? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Taking Responsibility: Who Signs Off on Learning? by Nancy Flanagan In three decades of classroom teaching, I was a participant in hundreds of parent meetings convened because there were concerns about a student's academic performance. These meetings invariably ended by creating an action plan, with everyone present making promises about What Will Happen Next. More often than not, parents and teachers agreed to additional duties: Daily planner checks at home. Weekly written prog... more »

Legislature Approves AB 484 - Year 2013
Legislature Approves AB 484 - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): Legislature Approves Major Updates to Student AssessmentsSomeone needed to Clean Up The Standardized Testing MessAB 484 Now Goes to Governor's Desk for SignatureSACRAMENTO—Legislation that would move California assessments into an era of critical thinking and deeper learning has now received state Senate and Assembly approval and is h



October’s Best Posts From This Blog | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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October’s Best Posts From This Blog | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: October’s Best Posts From This Blog by Larry Ferlazzo I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see my previous Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month. These posts are different from the ones I list under the monthly“Most Popular Blog Posts.” Those are the posts the largest numbers of readers “clicked-on” to read. I have to admit, I’ve been a bit lax ... more »



Nite Cap 9-7-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPTODAYDiane Ravitch and the Tooth Fairy | Reclaim ReformDiane Ravitch and the Tooth Fairy | Reclaim Reform: Diane Ravitch and the Tooth FairyPosted on September 7, 2013by Ken PrevitiWouldn’t it be wonderful if the Tooth Fairy left a copy of Diane Ravitch’s

Nite Cap 9-9-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPTODAYChoosing Democracy: Michelle Rhee : front person for elite attacks on public schoolsChoosing Democracy: Michelle Rhee : front person for elite attacks on public schools: Michelle Rhee : front person for elite attacks on public schoolsExcerpts from;  T
Morning Wink 9-10-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSTODAY9-10-13 Ed Notes OnlineEd Notes Online: Betting on Thompson Surge as I Pulled the Lever for .....Don't count your di Blasio chickens yet.On my short 2 minute walk to the polling booth I was listening to Brian Lehrer and a woman said she changed her mind about di Blasio because of the Wayne Barrett and Slate articles -- they bothered me too.She was goi
Labor Day 2013 & Teachers - Musical Media For Education
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UPDATED: L.A. Unified loses leader of Common Core, iPad rollout | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
UPDATED: L.A. Unified loses leader of Common Core, iPad rollout | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC: UPDATED: L.A. Unified loses leader of Common Core, iPad rolloutAnnie Gilbertson | September 13th, 2013, 7:29pmby Lexie Flickinger via FlickrL.A. Unified students will be taking the new Common Core test on iPads.Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Jaime Aquino has notified the Los Angeles Unified School Dist


Nite Cap 9-13-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPTODAYN.J. Poll: Parent Involvement, Not Vouchers, Key to School Reform - K-12 Parents and the Public - Education WeekN.J. Poll: Parent Involvement, Not Vouchers, Key to School Reform - K-12 Parents and the Public - Education Week: N.J. Poll: Pare


4LAKids - AQUINO IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR: Broad Academy Class of ’08, Pearson employee, Teacher of the Year, Chapter Chair
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The Network For Public Education | Infographic: Don’t believe the HOAX
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Michelle Rhee on AEA protest outside town hall meeting: teachers should be inside taking part in discussion (VIDEO) | al.com
Michelle Rhee on AEA protest outside town hall meeting: teachers should be inside taking part in discussion (VIDEO) | al.com: Michelle Rhee on AEA protest outside town hall meeting: teachers should be inside taking part in discussion (VIDEO)Author and principal Steve Perry, education reformer Michelle Rhee and former head of the Washington, D.C. teacher's union George Parker discuss education refo
Morning Wink 9-13-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSTODAYThe Speech That Shocked Birmingham the Day After the Church Bombing - Andrew Cohen - The AtlanticThe Speech That Shocked Birmingham the Day After the Church Bombing - Andrew Cohen - The Atlantic: The Speech That Shocked Birmingham the Day After the Church BombingAppalled by the murder of four little girls, a white Alabaman spoke out against racism—and

Bill reforming process of firing teachers resurfaces with amendments | EdSource Today
Bill reforming process of firing teachers resurfaces with amendments | EdSource Today: Bill reforming process of firing teachers resurfaces with amendmentsSeptember 11th, 2013 | 4 Comments | By John FensterwaldShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing ServicesAB 375 sponsor, Assemblywoman Joan BuchananA highly contested bill that potentially would make it quicker an
Changing The Language From Anti-Testing To Pro-Whole Child - The Jose Vilson | The Jose Vilson
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Nite Cap 9-12-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPTODAYLies, Damned Lies and Statistics (and Polls) | Truth in American EducationLies, Damned Lies and Statistics (and Polls) | Truth in American Education: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (and Polls)Filed in Common Core State Standards, Education

CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS by THE PERIMETER PRIMATE
CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: Sharon Higgins The Perimeter PrimateSharon Higgins writes about schools, neighborhoods, parents, society, class, education, children, crime, race, reality, and change.View my complete profile Quest Academy“Former teacher to stand trial for sex abuse of student.” ABC4 (UT), 5/14/2013FARMINGTON Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A high school teacher will stand trial for sexually abusing a



Tour Schedule…Come on Out, Please and Thank You! | Bill Ayers
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Legislature Approves AB 484 - Year 2013
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No More Rhee | Taking Note
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Morning Wink 9-12-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSTODAY9-12-13 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: I say that the NY results are making Rahm nervous and people say I’m crazy.. It’s not the first time I’ve been told I don’t know what I’m talking about

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's plan for education reform takes the wrong path (opinion from Richard Franklin and Vi Parramore) | al.com
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Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
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9-12-13 Perdido Street School
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Tell Gov. Corbett and the School Reform Commission that all Philadelphia children deserve more. Fund Philly Schools
Fund Philly Schools: Children are going back to schools that have been stripped of nurses, art, music, librarians, extracurricular activities and counselors. They are being forced into overcrowded classrooms without enough books or paper. They are being put in danger as they cross through unfamiliar and unsafe neighborhoods to get to new schools.Philadelphia’s children deserve better. But Gov. Cor
Nite Cap 9-11-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPTODAYGates Money and Common Core– Part III | deutsch29Gates Money and Common Core– Part III | deutsch29: Gates Money and Common Core– Part IIISeptember 11, 2013My first post on Gates and his Common Core State Standards (CCSS) spending includes in
Supporting College and Career Readiness — Whole Child Education
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Questions DOE educators are afraid to ask? Saving Students From A Shattered System
Saving Students From A Shattered System: Questions DOE educators are afraid to ask?Those who have opinions on education are divided into several groups:          1.  Those who intentionally want to maintain the same students in the subclass          2.  Those who need to maintain the same students in the subclass in order to have someone to save          3.  Those who don't have the courage to sta
Diane in the Evening 9-11-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
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Morning Wink 9-11-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSTODAYUnlike ‘Superman,’ Guggenheim’s new film champions teachers | HechingerEd BlogUnlike ‘Superman,’ Guggenheim’s new film champions teachers | HechingerEd Blog: Unlike ‘Superman,’ Guggenheim’s new film champions teachersIn Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman,” teachers and their unions were the antagonists. They looked out for their own interests, r
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson investigated for conflict of interest in big-box store vote by FPPC | news10.net
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LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-11-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
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9-11-13 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
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Common Core: Cranking out sausage
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Loud Voice Fighting Tide of New Trend in Education - NYTimes.com
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LA Unified's plan to implement Common Core standards put on hold | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
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Nite Cap 9-10-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPTODAYSupport for Assessment Overhaul Legislation - Year 2013Support for Assessment Overhaul Legislation - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): California Education Leaders Voice Support for Assessment Overhaul LegislationSACRAMENTO—California's education lead

Lawmakers don’t blink, press ahead with testing bill over federal objections SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources
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PSAT for 9-10-13: Hearings (?) on CPS facilities plan Parents United for Responsible Education
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NYC Educator: "Many teachers will be evaluated on test scores of students they never teach."
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Approaching Student Achievement Like a Forest Fire — Whole Child Education
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FPPC will investigate allegations that Sacramento mayor had a conflict of interest in big box vote | Central Valley | Modesto Bee
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Reaction to Opposition of AB 484 - Year 2013
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Texas textbook review panel: Put more ‘creation science based on Biblical principles’ in biology books | The Raw Story
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Morning Wink 9-10-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
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LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-10-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
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Duncan threatens repercussions if California ends state tests for all students | EdSource Today
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Mother Crusader: Will 2014 Be The Year Of "Full On Revolt" Against Standardized Testing?
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Nite Cap 9-9-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
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Student testing bill set for passage SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources
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ALEC Behind Common Core Education Standards - Ring Of Fire Radio: Robert Kennedy Jr, Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder
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The Anti-School-Reform Canon | National Review Online
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Morning Wink 9-9-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
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9-9-13 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.
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LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-9-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
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9-9-13 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
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9-9-13 Ed Notes Online
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9-9-13 Wait What?
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9-8-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum
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NYC Public School Parents: Obama Taps DOE for Syria Plan B
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Nite Cap 9-8-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2 #Cheats4Change
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9-7-13 Saturday Special Corporate Reform School Girls News Breakout
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It's About Time: A.F.L.-C.I.O. Has Plan to Add Millions of Nonunion Members - ParentAdvocates.org
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Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… 9-7-13 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EF
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All Week 9-7-13 @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER
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LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH ALL WEEK LONG Diane Ravitch's blog 9-7-13 #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
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