Friday, April 25, 2014

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4-25-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Rosie Rocks: Explaining Teacher Opposition to High Stakes TestingI'm so glad I leaned in and taped this fantastic interview MORE/NYCORE member Rosie Frascella did with a PIX reporter -- you won't see this on the air. As Rosie spoke I kept saying (to myself) - "wow, wow, wow" as she heated up and her passion about teaching came through so clear. Rosie's interview is the b
4-25-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Gary Rubinstein: Did Arne Duncan Find a Miracle School in Denver?Gary Rubinstein is quite the sleuth when anyone makes a claim about educational results that seem too good to be true.   A few years ago, he helped me pin down some whoppers when Secretary Arne Duncan, President Obama, and then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed they dis
4-25-14 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.: Ten minute drawing. The Bundy Decision.by Fred Klonsky / 22min hide  //  saveBarack Obama High School and Chicago’s tale of two cities.On Wednesday, Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked school board voted to fire every administrator, teacher, paraprofessional and lunch lady from three neighborhood schools and h
College Perp | EduShyster
College Perp | EduShyster: College Perp Is harsh discipline really the best way to prepare low-income minority students for college?Quick reader: what is the best way to prepare low-income minority students for college and 21st-century success? If you answered *an obsessive focus on the students’ smallest behaviors (particularly infractions of the uniform variety) paired with plenty of harsh disci
Cutting Through the Hype: Principals as Instructional Leaders | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Cutting Through the Hype: Principals as Instructional Leaders | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Cutting Through the Hype: Principals as Instructional LeadersJane David and I wrote a book called Cutting through the Hype: (Harvard Education Press, 2010). This is one chapter on principals. I have updated some references and language.Effective manager? Savvy politician? Heroic lea
4-25-14 Wait What?
Wait What?: Greenwich superintendent joins Commissioner Pryor in misleading parentsHere we go again! Instead of fulfilling their legal, moral and ethical duty as a superintendent of a public school system in Connecticut, yet another public school superintendent has decided to join the Malloy’s administration’s ongoing efforts to mislead Connecticut parents into thinking that they do not have a rig
4-25-14 The Answer Sheet What teachers really want
The Answer Sheet: AFT asks Pearson to stop ‘gag order’ barring educators from talking about testsAmerican Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is sending a letter (see below) to the executives of Pearson, the world’s largest education company, asking them to stop a  ”gag order” that is part of their $32 million contract with New York state to design new standardized tests aligned to t
4-25-14 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: Children With Terminal Diseases Have to Take the Test, But Voucher Kids Don’tFrom St. Augustine Record reporter Marcia Lane: A Senate subcommittee approved an amendment on Tuesday expanding the voucher program, known as the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, adding
Christians have grabbed ‘theocratic control over public schools’ in Louisiana, critic says
Christians have grabbed ‘theocratic control over public schools’ in Louisiana, critic says: Christians have grabbed ‘theocratic control over public schools’ in Louisiana, critic saysBy Scott Kaufman Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate Education Committee upheld a controversial law that allows science teachers to bring “supplemental science education materials” into the classroom.The Committee voted 3-
Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover | PopularResistance.Org
Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover | PopularResistance.Org: Protecting Classrooms From Corporate TakeoverORGANIZE! EDUCATION, TEACHERS, UNIONS By Amy B. Dean, www.truth-out.orgApril 25th, 2014  Powered by TranslateTeachers are fighting the privatization wave by connecting with families right where they live.Teachers have always held a cherished role in our society – recognized as profes
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 4-25-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: WHAT THE L.A. UNIFIED iPAD INVESTIGATION COULDN’T FINDThe Inspector General couldn’t find the scoring sheets …but had no problem locating the bungling bureaucracy. By Karin Klein, L.A. Times Editorialist, http://lat.ms/1mLvB5M   April 24, 2014, 3:57 p.m. :: The most troubling aspect of an internal Los Angeles Unified School District report on its purcha
4-25-14 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): What do College Professors Want from Incoming High School Graduates?The focus of this post was prompted by a thread on the NCTE Connected Community: What do College Comp instructors want from incoming High School Graduates? But the essence of this question has been at th
Schools’ English-only mandate set to resurface :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
Schools’ English-only mandate set to resurface :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: APRIL 25, 2014Schools’ English-only mandate set to resurfaceby Tom Chorneau(Calif.) A much-anticipated bill aimed at repealing the state’s controversial ban on most bilingual education in K-12 schools faces its first legislative test next week, as supporters seek
Russ on Reading: Chris Christie's Curious Commencement Speech
Russ on Reading: Chris Christie's Curious Commencement Speech: Chris Christie's Curious Commencement SpeechRowan University, in Glassboro, NJ, will present Governor Chris Christie with an honorary degree and Christie will present the commencement address to this year’s graduating class. The invitation has stirred controversy among supporters of public education and Rowan grads, including a Change.
Nonprofit Charters Turn Taxes into Profits for Board Members | janresseger
Nonprofit Charters Turn Taxes into Profits for Board Members | janresseger: Nonprofit Charters Turn Taxes into Profits for Board MembersPosted on April 25, 2014 by janressegerYesterday the Economic Policy Institute published a stunning new report that examines Rocketship Charter Schools and the financial backers tied to the success of the Rocketship chain of schools.  The report’s author is politi
The lawsuit's called Vergara, but the name you should know is Welch | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
The lawsuit's called Vergara, but the name you should know is Welch | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC: The lawsuit's called Vergara, but the name you should know is WelchAdolfo Guzman-Lopez | April 25th, 2014, 5:00amAdolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCCDavid Welch is the main funder of the Vergara vs. California lawsuit. He founded the Silicon Valley tech company Infinera.Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch made h
4-25-13 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: Cami, Surgery & Big Stupid DemocracyLike a cat struggling with a fascinatingly ugly hairball, the internet yesterday coughed up an extraordinary video of Cami Anderson. I do not know where she is or why (the wall behind her says "Arizona State University/GSV"), and I do not usually cover New Jersey education because so many capable, local hands already have that cover
A-F Accountability Letter Grades: Reform or Different Name, More of the Same? | Cloaking Inequity
A-F Accountability Letter Grades: Reform or Different Name, More of the Same? | Cloaking Inequity: A-F Accountability Letter Grades: Reform or Different Name, More of the Same?Education “reformers” are still pushing A-F accountability letter grades. In this approach, districts and schools are given letter grades like a student might receive. Are A-F letter grades a “reform”? I was inspired to writ
4-25-14 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Obama Doubles Down On Test Scores, VAMSome people like to blame Arne Duncan for all the fetishization of test scores and value-added measurements that have come from the Obama administration over the past six years, but as this Stephanie Simon article from Politico makes clear, the impetus comes from Obama:The formulas for measuring how much “value” a teacher adds to a stude
NYC Educator: For Sale--One New York Governor
NYC Educator: For Sale--One New York Governor: For Sale--One New York GovernorNY Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken at least 800K from BFFs of Eva Moskowitz, and at least 65K from the so-called Democrats for Education Reform. And thus, he's bought and paid for. Cuomo had no reservations about pushing a budget that essentially precluded the campaign promises that gained Bill de Blasio a landslide vict

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Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 4-7-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORML.A. teacher wins job back after removal for science projectsA Los Angeles high school science teacher is returning to the classroom two months after being suspended over concerns that two students had assembled "dangerous" science projects under his supervision.1 by By Howard Blume / 58min hide  //  saveL.A. Unified can keep t
Where is Education Secretary Duncan’s Head?
Where is Education Secretary Duncan’s Head? Found it!Today Secretary Duncan canceled Washington State’s No Child Left Behind Waiver. Why? Because Washington State’s ELECTED officials were not able to conform to Duncan demands to DO IT HIS WAY (you know, the corporate way to privatizing Public Education). I can’t decide if he is just Arne the Corporate Autocrat or he doesn’t care. Either way there
Nite Cap 4-24-14 #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 CAPMarie Corfield: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorialMarie Corfield: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorial: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorial(Note: as I was drafting this post this week, Bob Braun wrote several exce
Marie Corfield: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorial
Marie Corfield: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorial: Tom Moran crosses the line in latest editorial(Note: as I was drafting this post this week, Bob Braun wrote several excellent pieces on One Newark, which I quoted from extensively. Oh to be retired and have time… Well, I can dream, can’t I?)The Star Ledger is my newspaper of choice. I’m sorry to see it suffering so much financial hard
The Common Core Brouhaha | Taking Note
The Common Core Brouhaha | Taking Note: The Common Core Brouhahaby JOHN MERROW on 24. APR, 2014 in 2014 BLOGSThese days one needs a scorecard to keep track of the politics of education: The Common Core, the two national tests now being piloted, bubble test fatigue, the opt-out movement, opposition to top-down technocrats, and the ‘commodification’ of education–all are factors in a serious brouhaha
4-24-14 Schools Matter: MOST BIASED POLL EVER
Schools Matter: MOST BIASED POLL EVER:   MOST BIASED POLL EVERThe AP reported that according to a recent poll, 7 out of 10 Californians support the common core.  Those who took the poll first read a description of the common core:“The Common Core State Standards are a single set of K–12 English language arts and math standards that most states, including California, have voluntarily adopted. The s
SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 4-24-13 #soschat #edreform
Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakSupreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Race matters.Yesterday I posted a criticism of the Supreme Courts decision in Schuette v Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. A number of readers commented or emailed me to express their disagreement with the position I took. This is a moment that I am glad to say that I stand with my union leaders – who not only opp
4-24-14 The Whole Child Blog — The Power of Community Partnerships — Whole Child Education
The Power of Community Partnerships — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGThe Power of Community PartnershipsApril 24, 2014 by Sharon JacobsI must begin this post by stating one fact; I am so very appreciative and do not take for granted the number of hours spent in Washington Montessori School on a daily basis by our volunteers and community partners. We partner with local businesses, agen
White Suprmacy: Alive and Well | Bill Ayers
White Suprmacy: Alive and Well | Bill Ayers: You can read Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s  dissent text here.White Suprmacy: Alive and WellThe Supreme Court continued its long backward march yesterday, ruling 6-2 that Michigan could ban race as a factor in college admissions. Affirmative action is alive and well for white people, for the children of wealthy donors and alumni, but dead for people who suf
4-24-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: White Suprmacy: Alive and WellOriginally posted on Bill Ayers:The Supreme Court continued its long backward march yesterday, ruling 6-2 that Michigan could ban race as a factor in college admissions. Affirmative action is alive and well for white people, for the children of wealthy donors and alumni, but dead for people who suffered centuries of slavery, Jim Crow…1 by Michael Pau
School Privatization Is A Hoax, Reformers Aim To Destroy Public Schools | PopularResistance.Org
School Privatization Is A Hoax, Reformers Aim To Destroy Public Schools | PopularResistance.Org: School Privatization Is A Hoax, Reformers Aim To Destroy Public SchoolsOur public schools aren’t in decline. And “reformers” with wild promises don’t care about education — just profitsAs long as anyone can remember, critics have been saying that the schools are in decline. They used to be the best in
SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common Core | Truth in American Education
SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common Core | Truth in American Education: SC is Out of Smarter Balanced, Superintendent’s Race Focused on Common CoreFiled in Common Core Assessments, Education at State Level by Shane Vander Hart on April 24, 2014 • 0 CommentsThis is a little anticlimactic, especially after reporting that the South Carolina Department of Education w
4-24-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Race to Nowhere Showing at Orca K-8FYI, Dear Community Members, We are excited to announce a showing of the groundbreaking film, "Race to Nowhere”. The documentary is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citize
PAA en Espanol: La Voz de los Padres | Parents Across America
PAA en Espanol: La Voz de los Padres | Parents Across America: PAA en Espanol: La Voz de los Padres(En Inglés)La  Voz de los PadresFacsímil sobre la Educación10 de abril de  2014Padres se OPONEN al Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara de Representantes  HR 10, Éxito y Oportunidades Mediante las Escuelas Charter,”  ( Success and Opportunity Through Charter Schools”).La posición de PAA: La organización naci
NYC Public School Parents: 2014 Annual "Skinny" Awards Dinner! Please buy your ticket today!
NYC Public School Parents: 2014 Annual "Skinny" Awards Dinner! Please buy your ticket today!: 2014 Annual "Skinny" Awards Dinner! Please buy your ticket today!On Monday, June 9 we will be holding our annual “Skinny” award dinner, to honor three extraordinary individuals who have given us the real “skinny” about our public schools.    Liz Phillips, Principal of PS 321Our honoree
Relationships: Who needs them? | My Island View
Relationships: Who needs them? | My Island View: Relationships: Who needs them?April 24, 2014 by tomwhitbyI have been thinking lately about professional relationships and what role they play in how we learn as professionals, and as people. It would be difficult to learn much in total isolation. We are social beings, so exchanging ideas and opinions is a natural occurrence for us. I think we tend t
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Schuette Decision -- This generation's Plessy vs. Ferguson
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Schuette Decision -- This generation's Plessy vs. Ferguson: The Schuette Decision -- This generation's Plessy vs. FergusonJustice Sonia Sotomayor: Affirmative Action ‘Opened Doors in My Life'It's not surprising that the right-wing and conservative ed bloggers in particular, are applauding the Supreme Court's racist Schuette decision. The decision, called "th
4-24-14 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): Morning Read: Litigation over Miramonte results in struggleL.A. Unified battles lawyers over Miramonte disclosures The litigation over sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary has resulted in a struggle over which documents should be part of the public record. This includes testimony that a former teache
The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016 - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com
The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016 - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com: The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016361916  Democracy Alliance conferences are typically kept hush-hush. | AP PhotosBy KENNETH P. VOGEL | 4/24/14 5:00 AM EDTSome of the country’s biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union
The “War Report” Radio Show: False Promise of NCLB for Public Education | Cloaking Inequity
The “War Report” Radio Show: False Promise of NCLB for Public Education | Cloaking Inequity: The “War Report” Radio Show: False Promise of NCLB for Public EducationLeave No Child Behind is a moniker appropriated from the military’s “Leave No Man Behind.” Perhaps the moniker belies the mindset of the authors of high-stakes testing and accountability policies, because we are in the middle of a “war”
4-24-14 The Answer Sheet What teachers really want
The Answer Sheet: How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded — and didn’tThe 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling is almost upon us and it’s a good time to take a look at whether it succeeded in its mission: to end segregation in public schools. Here is an important report about what has and has not been accomplished by the case. It […]b
FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, April 24, 2014
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Charter of Van Nuys’ CHAMPS in jeopardy over staffer’s $27,000 credit-card misuseFCMAT’s new website is coming soon! We will have a new look and better compatibility with mobile devices, making it easier to access information and resources. Look for our new site starting April 25.Education HeadlinesThursday, April 24, 2014FCMAT provides links
Teachers For Social Justice: Jobs, Celebrations, Events, Publications, and a Caravan to Milwaukee!
Teachers For Social Justice: Jobs, Celebrations, Events, Publications, and a Caravan to Milwaukee!: Jobs, Celebrations, Events, Publications, and a Caravan to Milwaukee!APRIL 24, 2014 LEAVE A COMMENT1. LSC Victory Celebration[download pdf here] 2. Northeast Side Regional School Discipline Summit: Project NiaApril 29 - 5:30 p.m.With the release of new data from the Chicago Public Schools in Februar
Chicago Again Imposes ‘Reconstitution’ As Though It Will Cure School Ills | janresseger
Chicago Again Imposes ‘Reconstitution’ As Though It Will Cure School Ills | janresseger: Chicago Again Imposes ‘Reconstitution’ As Though It Will Cure School IllsPosted on April 24, 2014 by janressegerThe school board in Chicago will turn three more schools over to the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), its contractor of choice, when the turnaround ax falls this spring.  Arne Duncan, the
Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-Offs - Bridging Differences - Education Week
Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-Offs - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-OffsBy Deborah Meier on April 24, 2014 10:45 AMToday, Deborah Meier writes to Mike Klonsky, who joined her on the blog this week.Dear Mike,We most often argue about strategy rather than principles. But maybe there's a principle behind our differences in strategy. I've always had a hard t
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 4-24-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: CHARTER OF VAN NUY’S CHAMPS IN JEAPARDY OVER STAFFER’S $27,000 CREDIT-CARD MISUSE + smf’s 2¢By Thomas Himes, San Bernardino Sun | http://bit.ly/1fa4qPp 4/22/14, 1:03 PM PDT | UPDATED: 4/23  ::  Charter High School of the Arts officials have 10 days to convince Los Angeles Unified they’ve fixed mismanagement that let a former staffer rack up $27,000 in p
Morning Wink 4-24-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS4-24-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Teacher to David Coleman: Yes, What Children Think and Feel Does MatterVeteran teacher Eileen Riley Hall has some advice for David Coleman, architect of the Common Core standards. Coleman famous






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