Thursday, May 15, 2014

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James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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Injecting Federal Control and Influence in Local School Administration | Truth in American Education
Injecting Federal Control and Influence in Local School Administration | Truth in American Education: Injecting Federal Control and Influence in Local School AdministrationFiled in Federalized Education by Shane Vander Hart on May 15, 2014 • 0 CommentsThe U.S. Department of Education has pushed for more and more centralization of education, they’ve injected their influence into educational standar
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 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: Schools on Closure List Outperforming Local KIPP SchoolsA recent Diane Rehms segment dealt with the continued segregation and resegregation of American schools.  One of the guests and charter school supporter argued that segregation is not so bad: after all, look at the KIPP schools for examples of how poor urban children can have soaring scores in segregated environments. Predicta
5-15-14 the becoming radical A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness by P. L. Thomas, EdD
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): My Speech to the Graduates: Don’t Listen to Graduation SpeakersNo institution has invited me to be the speaker at graduation, and none is ever likely to do so. But I feel compelled to offer this speech to gradates. So in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut—great American novelis
Paul Horton: In Defense of Reading III -- Slow Down! - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Paul Horton: In Defense of Reading III -- Slow Down! - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Paul Horton: In Defense of Reading III -- Slow Down!By Anthony Cody on May 15, 2014 12:31 PMGuest post by Paul Horton.We have all heard about the slow cooking movement. There is also a growing slow reading movement. Maybe slow reading is growing slowly because fast everything seems to be growing fas
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
Op-Ed: Why School Desegregation Needs to Be Back on the Education Reform Agenda | TakePart
Op-Ed: Why School Desegregation Needs to Be Back on the Education Reform Agenda | TakePart: Op-Ed: Why School Desegregation Needs to Be Back on the Education Reform AgendaOn the 60th anniversary of the 'Brown v. Board' decision, our schools are still separate and unequal. But they don’t have to be.y Sabrina Joy StevensSabrina Joy Stevens is a former teacher and the executive director of Integrity
Class size limits most frequent waiver request in 2013 :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
Class size limits most frequent waiver request in 2013 :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: MAY 15, 2014Class size limits most frequent waiver request in 2013by Tom Chorneau(Calif.) Continuing a three-year trend, local educational agencies petitioned the state more often for relief from requirements to keep class sizes small than any other provi
McLaughlin’s Common Core Poll Was Propaganda, Not News | Truth in American Education
McLaughlin’s Common Core Poll Was Propaganda, Not News | Truth in American Education: McLaughlin’s Common Core Poll Was Propaganda, Not NewsFiled in Common Core State Standards by Shane Vander Hart on May 15, 2014 • 0 Comments175Below is a guest article written submitted by Judi Caler, a mom, grandma, and activist from Nevada City, CA.McLaughlin’s Common Core Poll Was Propaganda, Not News:  Why di
The Washington Teacher: Orr Parents Call "May Day"
The Washington Teacher: Orr Parents Call "May Day": Orr Parents Call "May Day"East of the River DC News (Reposted)But Two Schools of Thought EmergeByVirginia Avniel SpatzOrr parents protest Orr Principal Niyeka WilsonParents and students demonstrate outside Orr Elementary in Ward 8, May 1“May Day!” was the call at Orr Elementary School on May 1. Orr parents, concerned about sch
New Orleans schools feel too much like prisons | Hechinger Report
New Orleans schools feel too much like prisons | Hechinger Report: New Orleans schools feel too much like prisonsBy Kenyatta CollinsIs my high school, Lake Area New Tech, a prison or school? Students arrive ready for school every morning, but unfortunately must wait outside the building until security guards unlock the doors at 7:30 a.m. It could be raining, hailing, or sleeting, but they will NOT
VAMs and the “Dummies In Charge:” A Clever “Must Read” |
VAMs and the “Dummies In Charge:” A Clever “Must Read” |: VAMs and the “Dummies In Charge:” A Clever “Must Read”Peter Greene wrote a very clever, poignant, and to the point article about VAMs, titled “VAMs for Dummies” in The Blog of The Huffington Post. While I already tweeted, facebooked, shared, and else short of printing this one out for my files, I thought it imperative I also share it out wi
5-15-14 Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"
Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement": “Scoreboards and butterfly gardens: Is parent fundraising equitable in Montgomery?”Scoreboards and butterfly gardens: Is parent fundraising equitable in Montgomery? is an article that appeared in The Washington Post. Here’s an excerpt: Parent fundraising and private donations have produced enviable results at some Montgomer
Sixty Years After Brown | Taking Note
Sixty Years After Brown | Taking Note: Sixty Years After Brownby JOHN MERROW on 15. MAY, 2014 in 2014 BLOGSHave you ever wondered what happened to the men and women who sued to end school segregation in the 1950’s? Or stopped to think about the courage it must have taken to challenge a practice that had been blessed by the United States Supreme Court, written into state laws and zealously adhered
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
5-15-14 The Whole Child Blog — Today on the Whole Child Symposium Virtual: Classroom Instruction and Students — Whole Child Education
Today on the Whole Child Symposium Virtual: Classroom Instruction and Students — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGToday on the Whole Child Symposium Virtual: Classroom Instruction and StudentsMay 15, 2014 by Whole Child SymposiumASCD's inaugural Whole Child Symposium concludes this week with a series of virtual panels featuring school leaders, policy experts, teachers, and students. You
5-15-14 Wait What? Pelto Could Upend Gubernatorial Race As 3rd-Party Candidate - Wait What?
Wait What?: Additional media coverage of potential gubernatorial candidacyHere are links to some of the latest news article and news segments about my potential candidate for governor. CT News junkie: Malloy Tries to Look Past Possible Third Party Challenger FOX CT News: Former Democrat Pelto May Run As Third Party Candidate For Governor NBC Connecticut News: Possible Third Party Candidate News 8
5-15-14 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: Pushback on standardized testing around the country getting strongerTo get an idea of what is going on around the country in regards to the growing anti-standardized testing movement, look at the following collection of stories that have come out in the last week or about the growing resistance around the country to high-stakes standardized testing. This list was issued by the Na
5-15-14 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: Florida Teachers Union Urges Scott to Veto Voucher Expansion BillGovernor Rick Scott saw what happened to Charlie Crist when he vetoed SB6, republicans first attempt at imposing a test-based teacher evaluation bill. There’s no chance Scott will veto voucher expansion. Bu
5-15-14 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.: Glen Brown.Glen Brown. What is at stake right now.Dear Fred, you know I have said this many times: What is at stake right now is an adjudication of claims that public employees have against policymakers who have coerced changes to public employees’ benefits and rights and who are breaking public emplo
5-15-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: UFT Contract: Factor in de Blasio Sellout on Charters - With UFT SupportThat brings the total amount his administration plans to spend on charters in FY2015 to nearly $1.3 billion, up from $1.06 billion this year.... Capital NY If you don't think the ATR stuff in the contract has nothing to do with the "Big Plan" to chop down a third of union teachers, you must be "
5-15-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: Congratulations Mayor Baraka and Newark!Congratulations Mayor Ras Baraka! Thank you Newark! Congratulations to all of you who help assume mayoral responsibilities! Ras Baraka and the students, teachers, and families of Newark have risen up and handed a pivotal defeat to corporate reformers. Your grassroots efforts repelled the last minute infusion of cash from the Billionaires’ B
5-15-13 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: US DOE Ambassadors!US Department of Edumacation press releaseThere has been much discussion lately of our Principal Ambassador program, a program in which US DOE-indoctrinated principals are inserted into school settings where they can sort of work for the school district while spreading the good word of Common Core Etc. This was spun off of our successful Teacher Ambassador progra
5-15-14 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: NYSED Commissioner John King Says APPR Teacher Evaluations And Common Core Will Bring About Greater Economic EqualityI called this yesterday before NYSED Commissioner King gave his Brown vs Board of Education speech:Anybody want to bet an APPR artifact that King recycles some of the same boilerplate from the last speech about how the fight for education reform/Common Core is
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Good News! Judge Belz's Injunction and Rahm is all ears.
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Good News! Judge Belz's Injunction and Rahm is all ears.: Good News! Judge Belz's Injunction and Rahm is all ears.GOOD NEWS...Circuit Judge John Belz has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the implementation of the new state pension-robbing law, SB-1.“I do think it has led to great confusion … almost across-the-board confusion,” Belz said in a Sangamon Cou
Don't Write Off Everyone in the Tea Party - Bridging Differences - Education Week
Don't Write Off Everyone in the Tea Party - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Don't Write Off Everyone in the Tea PartyBy Deborah Meier on May 15, 2014 9:45 AMDeborah Meier continues her conversation with Mike Klonsky today.Dear Mike,You make a good argument, Mike.   You mostly persuade me.  But ...Your argument is weakened by citing the situation in Chicago where, you claim, we don't need th
Chris Christie. Socialist | Bob Braun's Ledger
Chris Christie. Socialist | Bob Braun's Ledger: Chris Christie. SocialistChris Christie. The social engineering candidate for president. A socialist?What really boggles my mind is this: Chris Christie says he is a conservative Republican and hopes he will take that ideology all the way to the White House in 2016. Conservative Republicans rail against what they often call “social engineering” by pu
LAUSD Teacher: “I Don’t Think We Have Seen the Worst of Common Core” | Missouri Education Watchdog
LAUSD Teacher: “I Don’t Think We Have Seen the Worst of Common Core” | Missouri Education Watchdog: LAUSD Teacher: “I Don’t Think We Have Seen the Worst of Common Core”This teacher is checking out of the madness called public educationA teacher tells the truth about Common Core and gives us an inside look at what Common Core really does to the teaching profession: it decimates it.  Combine Common
NCLB Was A Failure: PBS Reporter John Merrow Condemns Myopic Fixation on Testing | janresseger
NCLB Was A Failure: PBS Reporter John Merrow Condemns Myopic Fixation on Testing | janresseger: NCLB Was A Failure: PBS Reporter John Merrow Condemns Myopic Fixation on TestingPosted on May 15, 2014 by janressegerThis week John Merrow, the PBS education reporter and columnist, insists that we tell ourselves the truth, even though some of our leaders want to keep pretending that test-based school r
5-15-14 empathyeducates – Civil Rights Complaint Alleges Unequal Treatment for New Orleans’ Black Public School Students
empathyeducates – Civil Rights Complaint Alleges Unequal Treatment for New Orleans’ Black Public School Students: Civil Rights Complaint Alleges Unequal Treatment for New Orleans’ Black Public School StudentsPhotograph; M.K. Nguyen ends the protest with a Unity Chant as groups protest on the median in front of Sarah T. Reed High School to protest school closure, Monday, December 9, 2013. (Photo by
TODAY! To do list for our day of action targeting City Council | Parents United for Public Education
TODAY! To do list for our day of action targeting City Council | Parents United for Public Education: TODAY! To do list for our day of action targeting City CouncilPosted on May 15, 2014 by PARENTSUNITEDPHILALeave a commentToday City Council will introduce legislation that will devote 100% of sales tax proceeds to the schools in year one, 75% in year two and 50% for the remaining years. City Counc
Shanker Blog » Performance Measurement In Healthcare And Education
Shanker Blog » Performance Measurement In Healthcare And Education: Performance Measurement In Healthcare And EducationPosted by Matthew Di Carlo on May 15, 2014A recent story in the New York Times reports that, according to an Obama Administration-commissioned panel, the measures being used to evaluate the performance of healthcare providers are unfairly penalizing those that serve larger proport
San Francisco’s new dress code removes causes of needless conflict | EdSource Today
San Francisco’s new dress code removes causes of needless conflict | EdSource Today: San Francisco’s new dress code removes causes of needless conflictMay 14th, 2014 | 2 Comments | By Matt Haney / commentary3Matt HaneyWith all the challenges that we face in getting students to feel welcomed, comfortable and safe at school, why we would we set up new barriers that push some students away, particula

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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
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Break a kid’s heart? Who cares? | Bob Braun's Ledger
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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
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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
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: "Does It Always Have to be the "Good" Ones? Giving All Students a Chance!
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Report: California among worst in the nation in school segregation - ContraCostaTimes.com
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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