Saturday, May 17, 2014

2nd Banana 5-17-14 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform #RealEdTalk #p2




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RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S BEST POST






Education Buzz / AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girls #BringBackOurGirls,
Education Buzz / AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girls: AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girlsPublished: May 7, 2014, 2:01 pm, by Carol McGrawThe American Federation of Teachers is asking people to protest the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls.The AFT and Education International are urging people to take Instagram photo


Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance - The Washington Post
Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance - The Washington Post: Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performanceIn the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teac
Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between - NYTimes.com
Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between - NYTimes.com: Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm BetweenWhen Neil J. McNeill Jr., principal of the Middle School for Art and Philosophy in Brooklyn, learned that fewer than 4 percent of his students had passed state exams in math last year, he was frustrated.It so happened that he shared a building with one of the top-performing schools in the Browns

Teaching and Leading While Black - The Jose Vilson
Teaching and Leading While Black - The Jose Vilson: Teaching and Leading While Black (On My Visit To The White House)by JOSE VILSON on MAY 13, 2014in JOSEArne DuncanNancy Flanagan’s recent post on teacher leadership finally gave me the push to dive into my experience in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hosted us.The function was part of the White House’


In revised budget, Gov. Brown details costly 30-year plan to fix teacher pensions | EdSource Today
In revised budget, Gov. Brown details costly 30-year plan to fix teacher pensions | EdSource Today: In revised budget, Gov. Brown details costly 30-year plan to fix teacher pensionsMay 13th, 2014 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald3Gov. Brown points to a chart showing the possible insolvency of the CalSTRS pension fund for teachers and administrators in 30 years unless the state, teachers and sc

inBloom, BloomBoard, and the Undeniable, Corporate Reform “Need” for Student Data | deutsch29
inBloom, BloomBoard, and the Undeniable, Corporate Reform “Need” for Student Data | deutsch29: inBloom, BloomBoard, and the Undeniable, Corporate Reform “Need” for Student DataMay 10, 2014On April 21, 2014, the Gates-funded data warehouse inBloom publicized that it was shutting down.The New York Times called it a “setback for the nearly $8 billion prekindergarten through 12th-grade education techn


Beyond inBloom with Class Size Matters and Bad Ass Teachers « WeActEd
Beyond inBloom with Class Size Matters and Bad Ass Teachers « WeActEd: Beyond inBloom with Class Size Matters and Bad Ass Teachers Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters, and Mark Naison, co-founder of Bad Ass Teachers, join the Education Town Hall on Thursday, May 15. Topics include the demise of inBloom and what’s next for student data privacy as well as swelling opposition to


RESPECT is on the Rise: I lost my bid for SEA union president by 45 votes, but the Social Equality Educators have never been stronger! | I AM AN EDUCATOR
RESPECT is on the Rise: I lost my bid for SEA union president by 45 votes, but the Social Equality Educators have never been stronger! | I AM AN EDUCATOR: RESPECT is on the Rise: I lost my bid for SEA union president by 45 votes, but the Social Equality Educators have never been stronger!By I AM AN EDUCATOR on May 14, 2014Thanks to everyone for your support for the Social Equality Educator’s (SEE)

Ras Baraka Wins Newark Mayoral Race - Hit & Run : Reason.com
Ras Baraka Wins Newark Mayoral Race - Hit & Run : Reason.com: Ras Baraka Wins Newark Mayoral RaceEd Krayewski|May. 13, 2014 9:37 pmEmailrasjbaraka.comSouth Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, son of the beat-era poet Amiri Baraka, won today’s mayoral election in Newark, N.J. today. Baraka ran against Shavar Jeffries, a former school board president who campaigned as an education reform advocate. Educa


Missouri Passes Bill To Reclaim State Control of Education Standards | Missouri Education Watchdog
Missouri Passes Bill To Reclaim State Control of Education Standards | Missouri Education Watchdog: Missouri Passes Bill To Reclaim State Control of Education StandardsinShareJEFFERSON CITY, MO – With strong support in both the House and Senate, the Missouri legislature passed HB1490 whose main purpose is to define a system wherein state education experts will evaluate and  recommend state K-12 ed


4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: CORE WAIVER VIDEO: The California Office to Reform Education explains it all for you …or
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: CORE WAIVER VIDEO: The California Office to Reform Education explains it all for you …or what if seven superintendents formed their own school board and reported directly to the US Dept of Ed?: CORE WAIVER VIDEO: The California Office to Reform Education explains it all for you …or what if seven superintendents formed their own school board and reported
Wait a second...Was it click your heels three hundred times and say Bengazi
Wait a second...Was it click your heels three hundred times and say Bengazi or Was it click your heels and say Bengazi 300 times ...That will make Hillary Clinton go away in 2016?Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, 'There's no one like Elizabeth Warren
After Cory Booker, Newark Takes A New Turn : It's All Politics : NPR
After Cory Booker, Newark Takes A New Turn : It's All Politics : NPR: After Cory Booker, Newark Takes A New Turnby ALAN GREENBLATTRas Baraka (right) is greeted by supporters after casting his vote Tuesday in Newark, N.J. Baraka defeated Shavar Jeffries, a former state assistant attorney general, for the mayoral office Cory Booker occupied from 2006 until October 2013.It's not Cory Booker's city an
Nite Cap 5-16-14 #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 empathyeducates – 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Ed, Pockets of Segregation Remain in Md. Schoolsempathyeducates – 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Ed, Pockets of Segregation Remain in Md. Schools: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Ed, Pockets

Morning Wink 5-16-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS5-16-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: New York Daily News: Telling the Truth about ChartersWhile the New York Times and the New York Post continue to recycle the press releases about the awesomeness of charter schools. One newspaper’s reporters tell
5-16-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: New York Daily News: Telling the Truth about ChartersWhile the New York Times and the New York Post continue to recycle the press releases about the awesomeness of charter schools. One newspaper’s reporters tell the unvarnished story. While the editorial board of the New York Daily News, owned by billionaire Mort Zuckerman, continu
5-16-14 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.: So what is Biss’ Plan B?The death of Senate Bill 1 is no sure thing. Many of my retired friends are convinced that Mike Madigan has four votes on the Illinois Supreme Court in his back pocket. Close to his ass. Other friends have faith in the judicial process and believe that the judges will rule base

Missouri Passes Bill To Reclaim State Control of Education Standards | Missouri Education Watchdog
Missouri Passes Bill To Reclaim State Control of Education Standards | Missouri Education Watchdog: Missouri Passes Bill To Reclaim State Control of Education StandardsinShareJEFFERSON CITY, MO – With strong support in both the House and Senate, the Missouri legislature passed HB1490 whose main purpose is to define a system wherein state education experts will evaluate and  recommend state K-12 ed
empathyeducates – Hedge Fund Titans Hum a Happy Tune, ‘Public Education Is For Sale’
empathyeducates – Hedge Fund Titans Hum a Happy Tune, ‘Public Education Is For Sale’: Hedge Fund Titans Hum a Happy Tune, ‘Public Education Is For Sale’The families of kindergarten teachers make less in a year than the average top 25 hedge fund manager makes in 15 minutes. Photograph; Blanton Elementary School kindergarten teacher Amy Collins, left with her class on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Leal
5-15-14 Jersey Jazzman: Would Linda Brown's Parents Have Wanted a "Choice" District?
Jersey Jazzman: Would Linda Brown's Parents Have Wanted a "Choice" District?: Would Linda Brown's Parents Have Wanted a "Choice" District?This weekend is this 60th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education, the landmark case that ended separate but equal public schools. The case was originally brought against the Topeka, Kansas school board by Oliver Brown, the father of Linda,
More on the USDOE Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program | deutsch29
More on the USDOE Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program | deutsch29: More on the USDOE Principal Ambassador Fellowship ProgramMay 15, 2014On May 14, 2014, I wrote this post on the US Department of Education’s (USDOE) Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program (PAF). I note that via PAF, it is possible for US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to monitor and control local districts of education.My c

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm's attack dog, Kupper is on the loose
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm's attack dog, Kupper is on the loose: Rahm's attack dog, Kupper is on the looseNo sooner had Rahm tried to reinvent himself as a gentle, warm and caring ("I welcome principals' concerns and ideas") mayor, than his CPS plantation ignited once more. The arsonist this time was Rahm's own attack dog, John Kupper who in one single mouth-fart, attacked both
5-15-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: More Money for Everything Except K-12: More Money for Everything Except K-12Because I know that Sacajawea's principal got notified last night, at the last possible minute, that the district had cut 1.0 FTE at the school.  "Decreased enrollment" was the reason but it has been suggested that many parents got spooked by no bus service outside the boundaries.

The Man Who Helped Bring Down Donald Sterling Is An Asshole, Too
The Man Who Helped Bring Down Donald Sterling Is An Asshole, Too: The Man Who Helped Bring Down Donald Sterling Is An Asshole, Too83,217g221Dave McKennaProfileDave McKennaFiled to: DONALD STERLING KEVIN JOHNSONNBAADAM SILVERAPPICKEVIN JOHNSON MOLESTATIONPHOENIX SUNSKEVIN JOHNSON SCANDALToday 4:11pmEShare to KinjajShare to FacebookiShare to TwitterrGo to permalinkIf you were watching closely, you m

Education? No, it’s about data-mining
Education? No, it’s about data-mining: EDUCATION? NO, IT’S ABOUT DATA-MINING‘Opt out’ movement surges in response to Common CoreBy Leo HohmannThe Obama administration, shortly after taking control of the federal bureaucracy, changed student privacy laws so that government can track their progress from “cradle to career,” monitoring everything from math and reading skills to values, opinions and at
5-15-14 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: CA among worst in the nation in school segregationCalifornia among worst in the nation in school segregation As racial separation in education steadily grows, California now leads the nation in children going to school with their own kind, a UCLA study released Wednesday contends. On the 60t
Beyond inBloom with Class Size Matters and Bad Ass Teachers « WeActEd
Beyond inBloom with Class Size Matters and Bad Ass Teachers « WeActEd: Beyond inBloom with Class Size Matters and Bad Ass Teachers Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters, and Mark Naison, co-founder of Bad Ass Teachers, join the Education Town Hall on Thursday, May 15. Topics include the demise of inBloom and what’s next for student data privacy as well as swelling opposition to
Common Core Isn't Mining Nearly as Much Student Data as the Private Sector - The Wire
Common Core Isn't Mining Nearly as Much Student Data as the Private Sector - The Wire: Common Core Isn't Mining Nearly as Much Student Data as the Private SectorASSOCIATED PRESSFor a while now, some anti-Big Government privacy activists have argued that the Common Core learning standards are actually just a front for data collection. But when it comes to student data, Big Brother is the private se
Morning Wink 5-15-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS5-15-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: NYC: A Teacher Explains the Utter Uselessness of High-Stakes TestingAt a rally against high-stakes testing in New York City, high school teacher Rosie Frascella explains the uselessness of high-stakes tests. The
5-15-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: NYC: A Teacher Explains the Utter Uselessness of High-Stakes TestingAt a rally against high-stakes testing in New York City, high school teacher Rosie Frascella explains the uselessness of high-stakes tests. The students get no feedback about what they did well and where they need to improve. As their teacher, she learns nothing ab

Arne Duncan’s “Principal Ambassadors”: Federally Monitored “Local Control”?? | deutsch29
Arne Duncan’s “Principal Ambassadors”: Federally Monitored “Local Control”?? | deutsch29: Arne Duncan’s “Principal Ambassadors”: Federally Monitored “Local Control”??May 14, 2014A notable corporate reform ploy is to starve school districts of funding and then turn around and offer some “assistance”– which amounts to little more than a district’s selling its autonomy to the corporate reform machine
Community Schools & Mayor De Blasio: Preparing the Next Generation for College & Careers « NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
Community Schools & Mayor De Blasio: Preparing the Next Generation for College & Careers « NYC Coalition for Educational Justice: Community Schools & Mayor De Blasio: Preparing the Next Generation for College & CareersCEJ’s brief “Community Schools & Mayor de Blasio: Preparing the Next Generation College & Careers” was designed to influence and shape Mayor de Blasio’s commu

RESPECT is on the Rise: I lost my bid for SEA union president by 45 votes, but the Social Equality Educators have never been stronger! | I AM AN EDUCATOR
RESPECT is on the Rise: I lost my bid for SEA union president by 45 votes, but the Social Equality Educators have never been stronger! | I AM AN EDUCATOR: RESPECT is on the Rise: I lost my bid for SEA union president by 45 votes, but the Social Equality Educators have never been stronger!By I AM AN EDUCATOR on May 14, 2014Thanks to everyone for your support for the Social Equality Educator’s (SEE)
With A Brooklyn Accent: Mark Naison EduNews Takes on Teach for America
With A Brooklyn Accent: Mark Naison EduNews Takes on Teach for America: Mark Naison EduNews Takes on Teach for AmericaHere it is!!! Mark Naison EduNews takes on Teach for America!!!http://youtu.be/PREZXh4coIo5-10-14 With A Brooklyn Accent Go BATs All WeekWith A Brooklyn Accent:With A Brooklyn Accent Go BATs All WeekAn Open Letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center on Common Core and Threats to Pub
Report: California among worst in the nation in school segregation - ContraCostaTimes.com
Report: California among worst in the nation in school segregation - ContraCostaTimes.com: Report: California among worst in the nation in school segregationBy Sharon Noguchi snoguchi@mercurynews.comPOSTED:   05/14/2014 04:06:35 PM PDT0 COMMENTS| UPDATED:   ABOUT 4 HOURS AGOAs racial separation in education steadily grows, California now leads the nation in children going to school with their own
How Many Points of Misinformation Can You Find in Michelle Rhee’s Appearance on FOX News? | Missouri Education Watchdog
How Many Points of Misinformation Can You Find in Michelle Rhee’s Appearance on FOX News? | Missouri Education Watchdog: How Many Points of Misinformation Can You Find in Michelle Rhee’s Appearance on FOX News?Make a list of the misinformation that Michelle Rhee shared with the host and listeners today on Fox & Friends this morning.You can find the video here.My observations?  She is dismissiv
Nite Cap 5-14-14 #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 CAPSuckerberg: Facebook’s $100 Million Education Donation Chiseled By Consultants | FDL News DeskSuckerberg: Facebook’s $100 Million Education Donation Chiseled By ConsultantsBy: DSWright Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:35 amLast night Ras Baraka won Newar
Suckerberg: Facebook’s $100 Million Education Donation Chiseled By Consultants | FDL News Desk
Suckerberg: Facebook’s $100 Million Education Donation Chiseled By ConsultantsBy: DSWright Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:35 amLast night Ras Baraka won Newark’s mayoral election all but formally ending the Cory Booker era. With the power of grass roots and union support Baraka overcame Booker’s chosen establishment backed successor Shavar Jeffries. Though Booker has already gone on to continue hyping h
End of School Privatization in Las Vegas » Resist the Privatization of America
End of School Privatization in Las Vegas » Resist the Privatization of America: End of School Privatization in Las Vegas Saturday, 15 March 2014Did School District get its $100 million worth from for-profit company?When Edison came to town in 2001, the for-profit education management company promised to deliver dramatic improvements in test scores among Las Vegas’ lowest-performing students.Thirte
Morning Wink 5-14-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS5-14-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Our Brilliant Students: Stop Bashing Our KidsI used to be one of those people who complained that the younger generation was not as smart as my generation. I met adolescents who had never heard of “The Rime of th
5-14-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Our Brilliant Students: Stop Bashing Our KidsI used to be one of those people who complained that the younger generation was not as smart as my generation. I met adolescents who had never heard of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” or some other piece of literature that I thought was central to our literary tradition. Or, I noticed

5-14-14 Wait What? Pelto Could Upend Gubernatorial Race As 3rd-Party Candidate - Wait What?
Pelto Could Upend Gubernatorial Race As 3rd-Party Candidate - Wait What?: Pelto Could Upend Gubernatorial Race As 3rd-Party CandidateThe Hartford Courant has a major story on my potential run for governor. The story, written by Jon Lender and Daniela Altimari, reports; Former Rep. Jonathan Pelto, once a Democratic insider but now a vocal critic of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said Tuesday he plans to fo


Ras Baraka wins | Bob Braun's Ledger
Ras Baraka wins | Bob Braun's Ledger: Ras Baraka winsMayor-elect Ras Baraka                Ras Baraka, a high school principal and the son of a poet, yesterday easily defeated a Wall Street-backed promoter of school privatization to become the next mayor of Newark. Baraka’s victory repudiated the policies not just of his rival, Shavar Jeffries, but  those of Gov. Chris Christie,   former Mayor Cor
Mother Crusader: Baraka Triumphs Over Wall Street Ed Reform Juggernaut
Mother Crusader: Baraka Triumphs Over Wall Street Ed Reform Juggernaut: Baraka Triumphs Over Wall Street Ed Reform JuggernautRas Baraka has won the election! The DFER/Education Reform Now money was all for naught!And they kept pouring it in until the very last minute.Since I last wrote about the DFER money filling the coffers of the Jeffries campaign, more reports have been filed with the Election
In revised budget, Gov. Brown details costly 30-year plan to fix teacher pensions | EdSource Today
In revised budget, Gov. Brown details costly 30-year plan to fix teacher pensions | EdSource Today: In revised budget, Gov. Brown details costly 30-year plan to fix teacher pensionsMay 13th, 2014 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald3Gov. Brown points to a chart showing the possible insolvency of the CalSTRS pension fund for teachers and administrators in 30 years unless the state, teachers and sc
Mulgrew Confesses The Truth southbronxschool.com
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Mulgrew Confesses The TruthYes, we here at SBSB have not been to kind to UFT President Mike Mulgrew in the past. We don'tthink it has ever been personal, just business. Yes, an argument can be made to tone down the snarkiness and sarcasm, but that is what makes this blog so neat.But as was told an SBSB groupie yesterday, we will defend Mulgrew when he needs defendi
Ras Baraka Wins Newark Mayoral Race - Hit & Run : Reason.com
Ras Baraka Wins Newark Mayoral Race - Hit & Run : Reason.com: Ras Baraka Wins Newark Mayoral RaceEd Krayewski|May. 13, 2014 9:37 pmEmailrasjbaraka.comSouth Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, son of the beat-era poet Amiri Baraka, won today’s mayoral election in Newark, N.J. today. Baraka ran against Shavar Jeffries, a former school board president who campaigned as an education reform advocate. Educa
Nite Cap 5-13-14 #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 CAPTeaching and Leading While Black - The Jose VilsonTeaching and Leading While Black - The Jose Vilson: Teaching and Leading While Black (On My Visit To The White House)by JOSE VILSON on MAY 13, 2014in JOSEArne DuncanNancy Flanagan’s recent post on
Teaching and Leading While Black - The Jose Vilson
Teaching and Leading While Black - The Jose Vilson: Teaching and Leading While Black (On My Visit To The White House)by JOSE VILSON on MAY 13, 2014in JOSEArne DuncanNancy Flanagan’s recent post on teacher leadership finally gave me the push to dive into my experience in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hosted us.The function was part of the White House’
The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Makes Us Dumb” | Connected Principals
The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Makes Us Dumb” | Connected Principals: The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Makes Us Dumb”by George Couros • May 13, 2014 • 0 CommentsFor ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, I will be presenting on the “Myths of Technology and Learning”. As I am really thinking about what I will be sharing at the conference, I wanted to write a series of blog posts that will he
Torlakson Reacts to May Revise - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
Torlakson Reacts to May Revise - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reacts to May State Budget RevisionSACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement in connection with Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s May Revision  of the State Budget:"Governor Brown's May Revision reaffirms California's commitment to local co

Morning Wink 5-13-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS5-13-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacherFred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: NEA and AFT conventions. Looking ahead.I will be back at the NEA Representative Assembly this summer as an elected Retired delegate. With the exception of one year, I have been to every con

5-13-14 LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: TFA: The Kids Are Not AlrightWhen asked about Teach for America, I always answer that the recruits are terrific, very smart, very idealistic, but the organization is greedy, self-serving, and power-hungry. This commenter disagrees. He/she thinks that the recruits should know better. She/he thinks that if they are smart, they should

May 13 Rally at the US Supreme Court | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity
May 13 Rally at the US Supreme Court | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity: May 13 Rally at the US Supreme CourtPosted on: Tuesday May 13th, 2014May 13 – Rally at the U.S. Supreme CourtFulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:Organizing for Educational Justice for AllSixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, our nation's public schools are stil

5-12-14 Education Opportunity Network
Education Opportunity Network: 5/13/2014 – Who Betrayed Brown?May 13, 2014 Subscribe THIS WEEK: Scale Pre-K Legislation … Teaching Grit Is Wrong … Digital Reading Harms Comprehension … Pisa Harms Education … Deep Learning TOP STORY Who Betrayed The Legacy Of Brown V. Board? By Jeff Bryant “60 years after Brown v. Board, what passes for advancements in civil rights is often grand gestures of ‘progr
5-12-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: UFT Contract: MORE Talks Business While Unity Goes Into HidingSince the Unity slugs aren't willing to hold a conversation about the contract, MORE is going to do so. Which would you rather attend? A one-way filibuster at a Unity/UFT sponsored borough meeting - while your school is getting a visitor from the UFT who will also filibuster in your school while leaving a few minutes fo
Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance - The Washington Post
Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance - The Washington Post: Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performanceIn the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teac
Nite Cap 5-12-14 #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 CAPTen Years After: Is Genuine Teacher Leadership Dead in the Water? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week TeacherTen Years After: Is Genuine Teacher Leadership Dead in the Water? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Ten Year

Ten Years After: Is Genuine Teacher Leadership Dead in the Water? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher
Ten Years After: Is Genuine Teacher Leadership Dead in the Water? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Ten Years After: Is Genuine Teacher Leadership Dead in the Water?By Nancy Flanagan on May 12, 2014 5:48 PMOK. The headline was designed to lure readers. But the question remains: Has practice-based teacher leadership come a long way in the last decade--or has the concept become c
Chester Finn Is At It Again | Truth in American Education
Chester Finn Is At It Again | Truth in American Education: Chester Finn Is At It AgainFiled in Common Core State Standards by Shane Vander Hart on May 12, 2014 • 0 Comments4Chester Finn writing at Fordham Institute’s blogcritiques Peggy Noonan’s recent piece in the Wall Street Journal.Finn writes:But she’s not right to offer absolutely no alternative—unless, of course, she’s content with American

America’s dangerous education myth: Why it isn’t the best anti-poverty program - Salon.com
America’s dangerous education myth: Why it isn’t the best anti-poverty program - Salon.com: America’s dangerous education myth: Why it isn’t the best anti-poverty programHere's what's behind the claim that education is the panacea to inequality -- and why it has the answer all wrong Arne Duncan (Credit: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)If you’ve followed the education reform debate in this country, the Fin
5-12-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
Seattle Schools Community Forum: WSJ Story on RttT OutcomesThere was a story in the Wall Street Journal on May 3 about Race to the Top grants that casts them in a rather dim light. A number of grant winners did not actually move forward with the promised reforms and a number of the reforms did not actually provide any positive outcomes.Surprise, surprise, surprise.A lot of this might be just the u
5-12-14 The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education
Not Worried About the EOG — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGNot Worried About the EOGMay 12, 2014 by Steven WeberAcross the United States, students have started test prep. Students march through test packet after test packet with the goal of increasing test scores on a standardized test. In North Carolina, all elementary schools administer the End-of-Grade (EOG) Test. The test is a stan
5-12-14 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): In LAT, community groups press LAUSD to help high-need studentsMore than 40 education and community groups signed a full-page ad that ran in today’s Los Angeles Times, urging the LA Unified school board to provide more support for high needs students in the up-coming budget. The ad appears a day before a
Conflicts of interest are the norm at some charter schools, where questionable spending has been unraveled - NY Daily News
Conflicts of interest are the norm at some charter schools, where questionable spending has been unraveled - NY Daily News: Conflicts of interest are the norm at some charter schools, where questionable spending has been unraveledAt the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, the school board in July met without informing parents and voted to hire a new business manager ... who happened to be a
The Race for the Future of Newark Public Schools
The Race for the Future of Newark Public Schools: The Race for the Future of Newark Public SchoolsMonday, 12 May 2014 09:22By Owen Davis, Truthout | News AnalysisNewark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka with Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, who endorsed his candidacy, at Essex Sports Cafe in Newark, N.J., May 7, 2014. (Photo: Christopher Gregory / The New York Times)The forces behind free-market education
Telling the Truth About NAEP Scores | Taking Note
Telling the Truth About NAEP Scores | Taking Note: Telling the Truth About NAEP Scoresby JOHN MERROW on 12. MAY, 2014 in 2014 BLOGSWhen the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the 12th grade reading scores last week, the supporters of the status quo were hard pressed to come up with anything positive to say. Because reading scores have flat-lined, the best that the defender
Morning Wink 5-12-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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