Wednesday, December 4, 2013

UPDATE Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance + PISA: 'Global capitalism is like the Olympics'

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance:


Chris Hayes on PISA: 'Global capitalism is like the Olympics'
Hayes says he's "skeptical of the American schools are failing line." But, he says, "global capitalism is like the Olympics.g"AFT Pres. Randi Weingarten, former elementary school teacher and schools activist Sabrina Stevens (union hunter Russo tweeted, she worked for the AFT -- horrors) and Gov. Christie's guy, Durrell Bradford offer their takes of the latest  PISA scores.I lik

No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

Finally, it appears that school districts are rethinking their Zero Tolerance policies. Many of us have been arguing for years that ZT does little to reduce school violence and does great harm to the culture and content of schools. Now, according to the New York Times, cities and school districts around the country are rethinking their approach to minor offenses.

Broward Supt. Runcie
Rather than push children out of school, districts like Broward Cty, Florida, are now doing the opposite: choosing to keep lawbreaking students in school, away from trouble on the streets, and offering them counseling and other assistance aimed at changing behavior. Broward previously had the distinction of   having more students arrested on school campuses here than in any other state district, the vast majority for misdemeanors like possessing marijuana or spraying graffiti.
     “A knee-jerk reaction for minor offenses, suspending and expelling students, this is not the business we should be in,” said Robert W. Runcie, the Broward County Schools superintendent, who took the job in late 2011. “We are not accepting that we need to have hundreds of 

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No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance
Finally, it appears that school districts are rethinking their Zero Tolerance policies. Many of us have been arguing for years that ZT does little to reduce school violence and does great harm to the culture and content of schools. Now, according to the New York Times, cities and school districts around the country are rethinking their approach to minor offenses.Broward Supt. RuncieRather than push children out of school, districts like Broward Cty, Florida, are now doing the opposite: choosing to keep lawbreaking students in school, away from trouble on the streets, and offering them counseli
We thought we were done with Vallas but... he's back
Look out. Vallas is back in town. We tried to finish him off back in 2001 but...No sooner had I finished posting about how the Working Families Party and allies were running Paul Vallas out of Bridgeport, than I get the news that he has been selected as Gov. Quinn's running mate here in Illinois. Yes, the master of the disaster in from Philly to New Orleans and from Haiti to Chile, the buster of teacher unions, the school privatization guru himself, is back with a vengeance.Sun-Times political reporter Fran Spielman and David McKinney call it, "a stunning political move that puzzled many
Taking Names
Retirees put sellout Rep. Mussman up against the wallCarol Marin on Chicago Tonight: "It's like WWIII down there [in Springfield] in terms of phones ringing off the hook."Ralph Martirie, with some support from IFT Pres. Dan Montgomery, did a great job on last night's panel. He blew away each and every point made by pension thieves, Msall and Tillman. His main point -- the pension bill is bad news, not just for retirees who've paid into the fund their whole working lives, but for the taxpayers as well. Martieie made it clear that the bill is clearly unconstitutional and like its count

YESTERDAY

PISA -- The World Cup of Testing
It's that time again -- the silly season when the countries of the world have their schools rated on the basis of the PISA tests. It's like the World Cup of standardized testing. And like the World Cup, the U.S. continues to wind up in the middle of the pack, somewhere behind Ireland and Poland. Look for a new round of racial theories about Asians being smarter, and lots pissing and moaning about

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Why doesn't Moskowitz pay rent?
From deutsch29, Mercedes Schneider's EduBlog:Since 2006, Eva Moskowitz has been running a small charter empire that has at least $50 million in government per-pupil funding, at least $30.9 million in total, end-of-year assets, and the support of hedge fund millionaires. Why is it, then, that her Success Academies have never paid a dime in rent for the public school space occupied by her charter schools?Recently-elected New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to put an end to the rent-free usage of public school space by charter schools.Moskowitz’s response? Read the rest here
From Walmart to the White House
Sylvia Mathews BurwellAs Wal-Mart workers are engaging in protests and Black Friday job actions nationwide, to shine another spotlight on the company's anti-worker policies and unlivable wages, the Obama White House is building a new, cozy relationship with the company.Remember back in 2007, when candidate Barack Obama told union voters, "I won't shop at Wal-Mart" and when 8 days later, Michelle Obama resigned from the board of the anti-union company's supplier? My, how times have changed.Since April, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the former president of the Walmart Foundation, has been se
The wild expansion of privately-managed charters
NEWS RELEASE NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY CENTERFor Immediate Release November 26, 2013 Contact:  Jamie Horwitz, 202-549-4921, jhdcpr@starpower.netPrivate Education Management Organizations Running Public Schools Expand –44 Percent of Charter School Students in 2011-12 Attended Schools Operated by EMOs New report shows 908,000 students in 2011-2012 attended privately-managed schools in 35 states plus D.C. – a major increase from 733,000 enrolled a year earlier. Michigan (204 schools) Florida (177), Ohio (110) and Arizona (108) have the most privately-managed schools. An increasing number of for-p

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