Friday, March 7, 2014

Nite Cap 3-7-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2



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 CAP




Research Study: Missing Data and VAM-Based Bias |
Research Study: Missing Data and VAM-Based Bias |: Research Study: Missing Data and VAM-Based Bias A new Assistant Professor here at ASU, from outside the College of Education but in the College of Mathematical and Natural Sciences also specializes in value-added modeling (and statistics). Her name is Jennifer Broatch, she is a rising star in this area of research, and she just sent me an article
California Testing Waiver Statement - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
California Testing Waiver Statement - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson, State Board President KirstIssue Joint Statement on Federal Approval of California Testing Waiver SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education President Michael W. Kirst issued the following statement today regarding the federal approval of
Clips from the NPE Convention – Common Core Debate | Continuing Change
Clips from the NPE Convention – Common Core Debate | Continuing Change: Click HERE: BlogTalkRadio: GatorBonBC on NPE and education in FloridaClick HERE: BlogTalkRadio: GatorBonBC on NPE and education in Florida Check out my recent interview with K-12 News Network. We discussed the Network for Public Education National Conference. I was a panelist at this historic, first gathering of educators, par
solidaridad: SB 1174: The next struggle for language rights in California is here!
solidaridad: SB 1174: The next struggle for language rights in California is here!: SB 1174: The next struggle for language rights in California is here!SB 1174 would be just a first step, but an important step nonetheless. UTLA will hopefully be on the leading edge of championing this, and Cheryl Ortega's thoughtful piece (an early release of her column for United Teacher) below represents the mo
A Schneider Debriefing on Weingarten | deutsch29
A Schneider Debriefing on Weingarten | deutsch29: A Schneider Debriefing on WeingartenMarch 7, 2014On Sunday, March 2, 2014, I participated in a much-publicized Common Core (CCSS) panel with four other individuals as part of the Network for Public Education (NPE) first annual conference in Austin, Texas. (A 40-minute video of the CCSS panel can befound here; a five-minute video excerpt of my seven
California Swims Against National Tide | InterACT
California Swims Against National Tide | InterACT: California Swims Against National TideMARCH 7, 2014tags: CalTURN, ccss, common core, CTA, dean vogel, Kerchner, RttT,Tom Torlakson, union, vamby David B. CohenCharles Kerchner, CalTURN 3/6/14 (photo by the author)Charles Kerchner’s recent EdWeek essay examines some of the reasons that California has been “A K-12 Education Outlier.” He suggests tha
The Absurd NY Tabloid Propaganda War Against de Blasio's Reasonable Charter School Policies | Alternet
The Absurd NY Tabloid Propaganda War Against de Blasio's Reasonable Charter School Policies | Alternet: The Absurd NY Tabloid Propaganda War Against de Blasio's Reasonable Charter School PoliciesThe New York Post's false attacks on de Blasio and charter schools.6 COMMENTS6 COMMENTSdigg  A  A  AEmailPrintPhoto Credit: lev radin/Shutterstock.comMarch 6, 2014  |   This article first appeared in the  
CURMUDGUCATION: The Barriers to Dialogue (TL;DR)
CURMUDGUCATION: The Barriers to Dialogue (TL;DR): The Barriers to Dialogue (TL;DR)This is a piece that got completely away from me, but I've left it because it fulfills the primary purpose of this blog-- to help me get stuff off my chest and out of my head. While simplifying issues is my stock in trade, sometimes I have to back up and try to see a bigger picture first. TL;DR. Or at least read at y
NYC Educator: Mr. Eterno and I Go to Melville
NYC Educator: Mr. Eterno and I Go to Melville: Mr. Eterno and I Go to MelvilleJames Eterno and I went to a forum in Melville, Long Island the other night. James and I are both unionists, advocates and chapter leaders. As a chapter leader, James is kind of my role model. He knows the contract up and down and back and forth. If I have a question, he always has an answer. I don't always agree, but I
How School Design Affects School Culture — Whole Child Education
How School Design Affects School Culture — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGHow School Design Affects School CultureMarch 7, 2014 by Klea ScharbergEducation Week's 2013 Quality Counts report investigated the effect of a school's social and disciplinary environment on students' ability to learn and the educators responsible for teaching them. Watch this video to explore some of the ways t
Rise Above The Mark
Rise Above The Mark: PurposeThe purpose of Rise Above the Mark, narrated by Peter Coyote, is to educate the general public about the “corporate takeover” of Indiana public schools and what parents, community members and educators can do to protect their local public schools. Legislators are calling the shots and putting public schools in an ever-shrinking box. WLCSC Board of School Trustees and Su
Historic Network for Public Education Conference Issues Call for Congressional Hearings into Test Abuse - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Historic Network for Public Education Conference Issues Call for Congressional Hearings into Test Abuse - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Historic Network for Public Education Conference Issues Call for Congressional Hearings into Test AbuseBy Anthony Cody on March 7, 2014 8:29 AMI just left Austin, Texas, where I participated in the money-soaked SXSWedu conference for a couple of day
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Murphy's Law...Rahm's joke...DFER's $$$
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Murphy's Law...Rahm's joke...DFER's $$$: Murphy's Law...Rahm's joke...DFER's $$$A good questionGeorgia parent asks Pres. Obama, "Why don’t private schools adopt your test-based school reforms?" -- Washington PostMurphy's LawJim Broadway, who publishes Illinois School News Service, has a good post on Sen. Matt Murphy's (R-Palestine) bill SB 3533, that would
From Cami to experienced teachers: Go to hell | Bob Braun's Ledger
From Cami to experienced teachers: Go to hell | Bob Braun's Ledger: From Cami to experienced teachers: Go to hellCami to teachers: drop deadCami Anderson, appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to run the Newark schools, has issued an email in which she lamely tries to explain while she will try to fire experienced teachers–who have high salaries–while retaining less experienced teachers who will cost t
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 3-7-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Do I Really Have To Buy Kleenex So My Kid Can Get A Better Grade?“They have changed the way schools order from the District warehouse, and our computers don't support the ordering software.”  What about the Smarter Balanced test? L.J. Williamson | Off-Ramp | kpcc 89.3 | http://is.gd/TC0hio Carol/tomylees/Flickr Creative Commons  ::  Writer L.J. Williams
Of windmills and full funding of IDEA :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
Of windmills and full funding of IDEA :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: MARCH 07, 2014Of windmills and full funding of IDEAby Lee FunkDemonstrating that the spirit of Cervantes lives on, the National Council on Disability and a bipartisan group of 130 members of Congress urged support for full federal funding of special education in advance o
SKrashen: Let's do some critical thinking
SKrashen: Let's do some critical thinking: Let's do some critical thinkingLet's do some critical thinkingSent to the Denver Post, March 7.The Douglas County school superintendent says that students should not just "compare and contrast" but "create and evaluate" and engage in critical thinking ("Educators to state: Let's go above common core," March 6).Agreed. Let's s
3-7-14 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: They still don’t get it: Obama’s new Race to the Top contest for ‘equity’They still don’t get it. The Obama administration still apparently thinks — despite evidence to the contrary — that it can achieve “educational equity” by holding a contest with winners and losers. When the $4.35 billion Race to the Top was first announced in 2009 as the administration’s chief education init
3-7-14 LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District): As deadline nears, only 3 have qualified for District 1 raceWith the 5 pm deadline just hours away, only three of the 13 candidates who expressed an interest in running for the vacant District 1 LA Unified board seat have qualified for the ballot. By the close of business yesterday, according to the city
Defend-Ed | because our future is worth fighting for
Defend-Ed | because our future is worth fighting for: The furor over Common Core: a fundamental shift in control over educationBY ALYSON OLDHAM WILLIAMSCommon Core was not a “best practice” that was modeled by one state and copied by others. It was a joint initiative that had never been piloted anywhere. It was an unusual collaboration between government and private interests.25 Rules of Disinform
Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform | Cloaking Inequity
Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform | Cloaking Inequity: Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reformUnder the mantra of civil rights, billionaires such as Eli Broad, Bill Gates and the Koch Brothers and the powerful corporate-funded lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are using venture philanthropy and the polit
FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, March 7, 2014
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California's Schools | California Progress ReportEducation HeadlinesFriday, March 7, 2014FCMAT provides links to California K-12 news stories as a service to the industry. However, some stories may not be accessible because of newspapers' subscription policies.Why is traffic at schools so jammed?A propos
Morning Wink 3-7-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-7-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: OECD Head Admits that Shanghai Numbers for PISA Lower Than Previously AdmittedIn the ongoing debate between Tom Loveless of Brookings and Andreas Schleicher of the OECD, score one for Loveless. L
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-7-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: OECD Head Admits that Shanghai Numbers for PISA Lower Than Previously AdmittedIn the ongoing debate between Tom Loveless of Brookings and Andreas Schleicher of the OECD, score one for Loveless. Loveless has steadfastly maintained that the astonishing scores from Shanghai are almost meaningless because of the missing students. At a
3-7-14 Wait What?
Wait What?: Who is behind the effort to destroy Hartford’s Clark Elementary School?Clark Elementary School’s parents, teachers and community have a right to know what is really going on behind the scenes in the ongoing effort to stifle parental involvement and hand Clark over to an out-of-state charter school company. The corporate education reform industry has targeted Clark, but who exactly is p
3-7-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
Seattle Schools Community Forum: What We Don't Measure By Testing (Tell Me Big Data-Where is this Listed?)From the Maria Montessori page:by Melissa Westbrook / 9h   3-6-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum WeekSeattle Schools Community Forum: Updates on People and OrganizationsA couple of readers asked about some people and organizations that they feel have been perhaps too quiet.First is director S
3-7-14 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: SAT Bad Press = SAT RebootPlease consider a couple responses to the SAT 2016 reboot announcement, and then another piece on the cost of the Common Core. Put the pieces together:SAT Reboot 2016: "Nonsense It All Is" (P. L. Thomas)Changes To The SAT (The Onion, satire)Common Core Costs Too High, Failure Guaranteedby P. L. Thomas / 3h  3-6-14 Schools MatterSchools Matter: Do
3-7-14 Scathing Purple Musings | Color me purple in Florida
Scathing Purple Musings | Color me purple in Florida, red in Washington, dark sky-blue in Israel and public school in Education: The Lakeland Ledger: Halt Voucher Expansion Until Public Schools Are Adequately FundedFrom the editors of the Lakeland Ledger: Now, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, is calling for sales tax revenue to also be diverted to pay for the program. In addition,
3-7-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Today’s “Frazz” Comic Strip: “Why Did You Become A Teacher?”If you’re reading this on an RSS Reader, you may have to click through to see the comic:by Larry Ferlazzo / 1h hide  //  saveYESTERDAYThis Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good Posts & Articles On Education PolicyJudge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit challenging teacher j
3-7-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Lee Talley. Bruce Rahmer’s tax return.- Lee Talley is a retired Illinois school teacher. Fred, After watching the March 5th watching the debate for Republican governor I noticed that candidate Bruce Rauner was stumbling over the question posed about his daughter getting preferential treatment for admi
3-7-14 Education Research Report
Education Research Report: Head Start more beneficial for children whose parents provide less early academic stimulationOne year of Head Start can make a bigger difference for children from homes where parents provide less early academic stimulation, such as reading to children, helping them recognize and pronounce letters and words, and helping them count. Showing parents how they can help their
3-7-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Brooklyn Community Education Councils Slam De Blasio Giveway to Moskowitz and Other ChartersThe Community Education council of District 20 and 21 invites all community members to join them at I.S. 96 Seth Low to Rally on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM.Imagine if these communities and the principals closed all the schools in these 2 districts so people could attend the rallies. F
3-7-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: David Coleman’s Latest KhanOriginally posted on the becoming radical:Maybe we need a Khan Academy video series to help the public in the U.S. understand the term “free.” When you are driving late at night, and you are in unfamiliar rural America in need of a hotel, you see a relatively rundown hotel with a sign announcing “FREE…4 by Michael Paul Gold... / 1h hide  //  saveDavid C
3-7-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University)
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): David Coleman’s Latest KhanMaybe we need a Khan Academy video series to help the public in the U.S. understand the term “free.” When you are driving late at night, and you are in unfamiliar rural America in need of a hotel, you see a relatively rundown hotel with a sign
3-7-14 empathyeducates - Charter School Leader Pushes Kids to Become Her Personal Lobbyists
empathyeducates: Charter School Leader Pushes Kids to Become Her Personal Lobbyists[Image adapted from Anosmia on flickr] By David Sirota | Originally Published at Pandodaily. March 6, 2014 Charter schools have long been loved by the private sector, and the rich. And for good reason. They are technically public schools, and so they receive lots of public money, […]by empathy / 7h hide  //  saveThe
3-7-14 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Ginia Bellafante In NY Times: De Blasio Is Not Waging War On Charters, Moskowitz Plays Victim CardBellafante makes three great points in her Times column - the first, that Eva Moskowitz is harming minority children herself:Last week on the 64th day of his mayoralty, Bill de Blasio, criticized for his too hardy approach to snow days, for the slow pace of his appointments, for
Common Core at #CPAC2014 | Truth in American Education
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Vergara v. California: A smokescreen to hide the attack on education - World Socialist Web Site
Vergara v. California: A smokescreen to hide the attack on education - World Socialist Web Site: Vergara v. California: A smokescreen to hide the attack on educationBy Antonio Marquez and Marc Wells 7 March 2014Since arguments began on January 27, the Beatriz Vergara et al. v. the State of California lawsuit has heard a plethora of testimony and allegations aimed at the dismantlement and privatiza
Shanker Blog » In Education Policy, Good Things Come In Small Packages
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A Small Request for My Friends at Gates :: Frederick M. Hess
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"Slavery’s story is America’s story."
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A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California's Schools | California Progress Report
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Mounting Evidence Supports Public Schools, Says Privatization and Charters No Better | janresseger
Mounting Evidence Supports Public Schools, Says Privatization and Charters No Better | janresseger: Mounting Evidence Supports Public Schools, Says Privatization and Charters No BetterPosted on March 7, 2014 by janressegerI have always imagined that once the evidence comes in about the performance of charter schools and virtual, on-line academies—once we learn that school achievement in charters i
New teachers scarce after state funding cuts - Education - The Sacramento Bee
New teachers scarce after state funding cuts - Education - The Sacramento Bee: New teachers scarce after state funding cutsBy Diana Lambert and Phillip Reesedlambert@sacbee.comPublished: Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 - 12:00 amYoung teachers have become far more scarce in California classrooms after school districts slashed their budgets to survive the recession.From 2008 to 2013, California saw a 40 perce

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Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 3-6-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMNews Analysis: Then and Now, a Test That Aims to Neutralize Advantages of the PrivilegedThe people who first designed the SAT decades ago wanted to identify a new elite based on brains rather than heredity, not necessarily to expand access to college.    7 by By RICHARD PÉREZ-... / 3min hide  //  saveContributing Op-Ed Writer: Save Us Fr
Nite Cap 3-6-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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 CAPSPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 3-6-14 #RealEdTalk #edreformBig Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakDe Blasio, in Radio Interview, Defends His Position on Charter SchoolsBy Kate Taylor | Originally Published at The New York Times. March 6, 2014 Batt





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