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    Texas: Calling All Parents Whose Children Have Been Subjected to Rigged Tests | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Texas: Calling All Parents Whose Children Have Been Subjected to Rigged Tests | Diane Ravitch's blog Texas: Calling All Parents Whose Children Have Been Subjected to Rigged Tests exans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA) [aka Moms Against Drunk Testing] needs your help to fight abusive testing. We learned recently that the state tests (STAAR) is set two grade levels above where c
    The Oakland Teachers Strike Isn’t Just a Walk Out—It’s a Direct Challenge to Neoliberalism
    The Oakland Teachers Strike Isn’t Just a Walk Out—It’s a Direct Challenge to Neoliberalism The Oakland Teachers Strike Isn’t Just a Walk Out—It’s a Direct Challenge to Neoliberalism Though at first glance, the Oakland teachers’ strike, now in its seventh day, may seem simply yet another in the wave of teacher walkouts this year, it in fact represents a watershed in resistance to neoliberal econom
    Where Is America's Blackest City?
    Where Is America's Blackest City? Where Is America's Blackest City? America's Blackest City For Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s history, music, cuisine, notable figures, and cultural touchstone/unique black fact. How do you define the blackness of a
    'Norma Rae' and When Race Is Used to Weaken Unions - The Atlantic
    'Norma Rae' and When Race Is Used to Weaken Unions - The Atlantic What Norma Rae Understood About Unions and Racial Solidarity Forty years ago, the Sally Field–starring drama was keenly aware of how corporations often attempt to sow division between black and white workers. The most enduring image of the film Norma Rae , which was released 40 years ago, is surely Sally Field’s titular character s
    Do I still really want to be a teacher?
    Do I still really want to be a teacher? Do I still really want to be a teacher? After this week I have to wonder, for lots of reasons. Let me start by acknowledging that the leadership of the school where I work and my fellow educators are quite supportive of me, and after yesterday’s deadline to notify me if I were not being brought back, I have in theory the guarantee of continued employment fo
    Teaching Math at MetWest (Part 3) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
    Teaching Math at MetWest (Part 3) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice Teaching Math at MetWest (Part 3) After walking into the classroom, I sit down at a table with another student and wave hello to the young teacher. On the whiteboard are the objectives for the day: Geometry *Do Intro task now *$$$$$$$ *exit ticket Lawrence Teng, wearing chinos and a plaid shirt is a first-year
    The Reality Check: OAKLAND TEACHERS FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
    The Reality Check: OAKLAND TEACHERS FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION OAKLAND TEACHERS FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION OAKLAND TEACHERS FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION By David Bacon Truthout Photoessay, 2/26/19 https://truthout.org/articles/photo-essay-oakland-teachers-fight-for-public-education/ Teachers and students carry a banner from their school, Oakland Technical High School. Students and parents have come
    SBE Agenda for March 2019 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)
    SBE Agenda for March 2019 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education) SBE Agenda for March 2019 Agenda for the California State Board of Education (SBE) meeting on March 13-14, 2019. State Board Members Ilene W. Straus, Vice President Sue Burr Linda Darling-Hammond Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon Patricia A. Rucker Niki Sandoval Ting L. Sun Gema Q. Cardenas, Student Member Secretary & Executive Offic

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    Jackie Goldberg: A Chance to Reclaim our Public Schools #TEAMGoldberg #REDFORED
    Jackie Goldberg: A Chance to Reclaim our Public Schools Jackie Goldberg: A Chance to Reclaim our Public Schools “ Jackie has a long history as a public servant with a passionate voice in defense of public education. ” - Network for Public Education Action When Ref Rodriguez pleaded guilty to felony charges related to campaign finance violations last July and was forced to resign from his Los Ange
    Oakland: District and Teachers Reach Agreement | Diane Ravitch's blog #Unite4OaklandKids #WeAreOEA #WeAreCTA #strikeready #REDFORED
    Oakland: District and Teachers Reach Agreement | Diane Ravitch's blog Oakland: District and Teachers Reach Agreement This press release came from the Oakland Unified School district. It does not mention mention any agreement on the teachers’ demand to call a halt to privatization, which sucked nearly $60 million out of the budget last year. OUSD and OEA Come to Historic Agreement to End Teachers’
    A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty : Health and Medicine Division
    A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty : Health and Medicine Division A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty This new consensus study report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, especially if it occurs in early childhood or persists through a large part of childhood. More than 9.6 million U.S. children live in families with annual
    OPINION DUNCAN: ‘It Is Clear to Me That Mayoral Control Is by Far the Better Approach’ Than Elected School Boards | Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago schools have led nation in academic growth — under an appointed board | Chicago Sun-Times DUNCAN: ‘It Is Clear to Me That Mayoral Control Is by Far the Better Approach’ Than Elected School Boards OPINION Chicago schools have led nation in academic growth — under an appointed board Polls suggest that a majority of Chicagoans favor an elected school board or some hybrid version of elected a
    Politics of Compliance v. Politics of Resistance: “We don’t need no education” | radical eyes for equity
    Politics of Compliance v. Politics of Resistance: “We don’t need no education” | radical eyes for equity Politics of Compliance v. Politics of Resistance: “We don’t need no education” We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teacher leave the kids alone “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2,” Pink Floyd The December 2018 incident involving high scho
    Illegal immigration taxes: Unauthorized immigrants pay state taxes - Vox
    Illegal immigration taxes: Unauthorized immigrants pay state taxes - Vox Undocumented immigrants pay millions of dollars in state taxes — even in the reddest states All the money undocumented immigrants pay in state taxes, in one map. President Donald Trump insists that there’s a national emergency at the “ very dangerous southern border .” He’s called it an “ invasion ” of undocumented immigrant
    The Haunting Prediction in Kerner Commission's Racism Report | Time
    The Haunting Prediction in Kerner Commission's Racism Report | Time This Government Report Showed How Racism Was Dividing America 50 Years Ago. Its Prediction Is Haunting On July 27, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson stood before a national television audience to announce the creation of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (NACCD). The speech followed deadly and destructive riots in
    Catch Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
    Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all Angie Sullivan Blasts Nevada Legislators and Power Brokers Who Refuse to Fund the Public Schools by dianeravitch / 1h Angie Sullivan is a firebrand on behalf of children in Nevada. She is a first grade teachers in Las Vegas (Clark County), which most people think of
    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007
    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... New Ed Week Video: “K-12 Performance Assessment Terms Explained” by Larry Ferlazzo / 2h PDPics / Pixabay I’m adding this new Ed Week video to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment : Gold Mine: “Teach About Climate Change With These 24 New Y
    CURMUDGUCATION: Teach For America: Now With Less Teaching
    CURMUDGUCATION: Teach For America: Now With Less Teaching Teach For America: Now With Less Teaching Teach for America has always been a work in progress, an evolving enterprise in search of a reason to keep existing. Once upon a time it was all about teaching and plugging holes in the system. Then it was about supplanting traditional teachers (and trying not to say out loud that they needed to be
    Ohio Voucher Promoters Mislead: EdChoice Vouchers Eat Up Local Dollars and Ruin District Budgets | janresseger
    Ohio Voucher Promoters Mislead: EdChoice Vouchers Eat Up Local Dollars and Ruin District Budgets | janresseger Ohio Voucher Promoters Mislead: EdChoice Vouchers Eat Up Local Dollars and Ruin District Budgets On Tuesday evening, the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity , and the American Federation for Children —the group affiliated through the years with Betsy DeVos—sponsored a meeting at my l
    Guess which state spends the most public funds on private and religious school education. (Hint: Betsy DeVos has a house there.) - The Washington Post
    Guess which state spends the most public funds on private and religious school education. (Hint: Betsy DeVos has a house there.) - The Washington Post Guess which state spends the most public funds on private and religious school education. (Hint: Betsy DeVos has a house there.) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just announced she is backing Senate legislation that would create the first federally
    Louisiana’s Teach for America Contracts: Not As Lucrative as They Used to Be, But Still There. | deutsch29
    Louisiana’s Teach for America Contracts: Not As Lucrative as They Used to Be, But Still There. | deutsch29 Louisiana’s Teach for America Contracts: Not As Lucrative as They Used to Be, But Still There. On February 22, 2019, I submitted a public records request for “all contracts between the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and Teach for America (TFA) from 2016 to date.” The result yielded
    NYC Public School Parents: The reality vs the hype of Teach to One
    NYC Public School Parents: The reality vs the hype of Teach to One The reality vs the hype of Teach to One On February 28, Digital Learning day. Last week, two different studies came out about the results of the well-known blended learning program originally called “School of One” and now called “Teach to One”, created and sold to schools by an organization named New Classrooms. If you want to cu

    FEB 28

    Are Your Students Watching History? | Teacher in a strange land
    Are Your Students Watching History? | Teacher in a strange land Are Your Students Watching History? One of the more intriguing aspects of Wednesday’s fascinating, glued-to-the-tube Congressional train wreck was the backchannel Twitter conversation among teachers. Specifically: How do we talk to our students about this? Are we watching this with our seniors in government class? It’s history in the
    I Used to be a Reporter. Now I’m a Teacher. I’ve Become What I Used to Observe | gadflyonthewallblog
    I Used to be a Reporter. Now I’m a Teacher. I’ve Become What I Used to Observe | gadflyonthewallblog I Used to be a Reporter. Now I’m a Teacher. I’ve Become What I Used to Observe A long time ago, in a newsroom far, far away; your humble narrator was a respected journalist. Today I am a beloved school teacher in a suburban middle school. Okay. That may be laying it on a bit thick. Like any human
    Newsom fast-tracks legislation to hold charter schools to same standards as public schools - Los Angeles Times
    Newsom fast-tracks legislation to hold charter schools to same standards as public schools - Los Angeles Times Newsom fast-tracks legislation to hold charter schools to same standards as public schools BREAKING NEWS! SB 126 has passed both houses of the legislature and is now headed to Governor Newsom’s desk! Thank you to all our supporters for your phone calls and advocacy to bring accountabilit
    Sign a Petition to Change the Charter Law in California | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Sign a Petition to Change the Charter Law in California | Diane Ravitch's blog Sign a Petition to Change the Charter Law in California Allies who met at the Oakland conference of the Network for Public Educare are petitioning to regulate charter schools so they don’t harm public schools. Dear Friend of Public Education: On behalf of Educators for Democratic Schools , and Wellstone Democratic Club
    Oakland parents lead ‘strike schools’ in homes as negotiations continue - SFGate
    Oakland parents lead ‘strike schools’ in homes as negotiations continue - SFGate Oakland parents lead ‘strike schools’ in homes as negotiations continue Inside Alicia Johnson’s Berkeley home Wednesday, a handful of kindergartners finished their morning math activity at the dining table and dashed downstairs to a playroom filled with a meandering train track, a rubber T. rex, costumes and a toy ki
    Highlights from Projections of Education Statistics to 2027
    Highlights from Projections of Education Statistics to 2027 HIGHLIGHTS FROM PROJECTIONS OF EDUCATION STATISTICS TO 2027 Projections of Education Statistics to 2027 is the 46th in a series of publications initiated in 1964. This report provides national-level data on enrollment, teachers, high school graduates, and expenditures at the elementary and secondary level, and enrollment and degrees at t
    LA City Council Says California Needs to Increase Education Spending - NBC Southern California
    LA City Council Says California Needs to Increase Education Spending - NBC Southern California LA City Council Says California Needs to Increase Education Spending A little over a month removed from a strike by the Los Angeles teachers union, the City Council Tuesday approved a resolution calling for California public schools to be funded at the national average or higher by the year 2020, and at
    The Rise of the *Portfolio* Model for Schools – Have You Heard
    The Rise of the *Portfolio* Model for Schools – Have You Heard The Rise of the *Portfolio* Model for Schools The portfolio model of school district management—it sounds technocratic, even a little bit weedy and yet it’s arguably one of the hottest button topics in our great education debate today. You may have heard the ‘p’ word mentioned in the context of recent teachers strikes in LA and Denver
    Linda Darling-Hammond at AASA: Testing Is Not Reform | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Linda Darling-Hammond at AASA: Testing Is Not Reform | Diane Ravitch's blog Linda Darling-Hammond at AASA: Testing Is Not Reform The newly appointed chair of the California State Board of Education Linda Darling-Hammond spoke to the national conference of the American Association of School Administrators (the School Superintendents Association) and denounced the American reliance on high-stakes t
    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Proposes State Budget that Would Slow School Privatization | janresseger
    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Proposes State Budget that Would Slow School Privatization | janresseger Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Proposes State Budget that Would Slow School Privatization Wisconsin’s new governor, Tony Evers released a budget plan on Tuesday that confronts the school privatization agenda of former Governor Scott Walker and what remains a Republican-dominated Wisconsin Legisla
    Betsy DeVos and her allies are trying to redefine ‘public education.' Critics call it ‘absurd.' - The Washington Post
    Betsy DeVos and her allies are trying to redefine ‘public education.' Critics call it ‘absurd.' - The Washington Post Betsy DeVos and her allies are trying to redefine ‘public education.' Critics call it ‘absurd.' Florida’s new governor is right on board In September 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant traveled to Des Moines, where he gave a speech that said in part: "Encourage free schools and reso
    Cartoons about School and District Leaders | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
    Cartoons about School and District Leaders | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice Cartoons about School and District Leaders Here are some pokes at principals and superintendents that may get you to smile or grimace, chuckle or frown. Some may even get you to laugh. If so, I have accomplished what I set out to do with this collection. Enjoy! MORE CARTOONS: Cartoons about School and
    Seattle Schools Community Forum: Cuts Happening Throughout Seattle Schools
    Seattle Schools Community Forum: Cuts Happening Throughout Seattle Schools Cuts Happening Throughout Seattle Schools From Facebook: I just learned that my school Franklin will be losing 6 full time teachers next year. Other South Seattle schools are also apparently losing teachers. For a district supposedly committed to equity this is shocking. We'll have to either cut out some of our electives (
    NYC Public School Parents: Requiem for the Renewal schools: What a sad waste of time, money and human lives.
    NYC Public School Parents: Requiem for the Renewal schools: What a sad waste of time, money and human lives. Requiem for the Renewal schools: What a sad waste of time, money and human lives. Yesterday, the Mayor and the Chancellor Carranza announced an end to the Renewal program, which has cost the city $773 million since 2014. Since that time, of the 94 schools put on the list by Carmen Farina,
    How DeVos & Co. Use Special Ed. to Privatize Public Schools and End Student Services
    How DeVos & Co. Use Special Ed. to Privatize Public Schools and End Student Services How DeVos & Co. Use Special Ed. to Privatize Public Schools and End Student Services Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her corporate friends are about dumping civil rights protections regarding IDEA. Special education has become a means to transform public education into choice and charter schools while ending
    Thurmond Statement on the Teachers' Strike in OUSD - Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)
    Thurmond Statement on the Teachers' Strike in OUSD - Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Statement on the Teachers' Strike in Oakland Unified School District OAKLAND—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond participated in two all-day negotiation meetings this week between the Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Education Association. Oak

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    'Rise' and Shine: ESP National Award Seeks Congressional Approval
    'Rise' and Shine: ESP National Award Seeks Congressional Approval ‘Rise’ and Shine: ESP National Award Seeks Congressional Approval (Update 2/25: By a vote of 387-19, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 276 . A similar bill was passed more than 10 years ago in the House before it died in the Senate. A bill honoring ESPs has not had a vote since. Known as the Recognizing I
    Editorial | Bay Area must show support for Oakland Teachers Strike
    Editorial | Bay Area must show support for Oakland Teachers Strike Show your support for Oakland teachers on strike BAY AREA AFFAIRS: Community members should stand in solidarity with Oakland teachers’ demands to improve public education Last Thursday, Oakland teachers went on strike to demand better conditions for both students and employees. Berkeley High School teachers joined the protest to s
    Report: Every State Now Measures Student Progress in Its Own Fashion -- THE Journal
    Report: Every State Now Measures Student Progress in Its Own Fashion -- THE Journal Report: Every State Now Measures Student Progress in Its Own Fashion Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, 48 states have signed on to measure student academic progress. What's good about this approach is that it goes beyond the previously used one-time test score comparison. What's not so good is that every singl
    L.A. school board signals support for an education tax increase this year - Los Angeles Times
    L.A. school board signals support for an education tax increase this year - Los Angeles Times L.A. school board signals support for an education tax increase this year Hoping to harness the momentum of a six-day teachers' strike that drew broad public sympathy, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner is pushing a measure to raise local taxes for education. If Board of Education members approve the plan
    GiveWell expands cost-effective giving focus to include policy interventions - Vox
    GiveWell expands cost-effective giving focus to include policy interventions - Vox Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. But if you lobby for better fishing policy… A charity focused on cost-effective giving is shifting its sights toward influencing policy. What’s the most cost-effective way to help people? Lots of people have tried to answer that question. Donors care, a lot, about whether the c
    3rd Grade Reading Guarantees: Impact Investors Build System To Terrorize Eight Year Olds – Wrench in the Gears
    3rd Grade Reading Guarantees: Impact Investors Build System To Terrorize Eight Year Olds – Wrench in the Gears 3rd Grade Reading Guarantees: Impact Investors Build System To Terrorize Eight Year Olds I know a number of activists out there are working to raise awareness around the brutality of third grade reading guarantees. These laws demand students achieve a specific score on standardized readi
    The LAUSD’s Revolving Door Continues
    The LAUSD’s Revolving Door Continues The LAUSD’s Revolving Door Continues Kids First ” – LAUSD School Board slogan While claiming poverty, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is currently spending $2.4 million on the special election to replace admitted felon and charter school supporter Ref Rodriguez . The District’s General Counsel, David Holmquist, was asked by Board Member Scott M
    Trump Creates a Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela While a Real One is Right Here in Our Schools | Dissident Voice
    Trump Creates a Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela While a Real One is Right Here in Our Schools | Dissident Voice Trump Creates a Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela While a Real One is Right Here in Our Schools A created political farce played out with the frightening consequences for war against Venezuela resting in the balance on its border with Colombia this weekend, as the Trump Administration u
    Essential Reading: Peter Greene’s Expose of Ohio’s State Takeover of the Lorain City Schools | janresseger
    Essential Reading: Peter Greene’s Expose of Ohio’s State Takeover of the Lorain City Schools | janresseger Essential Reading: Peter Greene’s Expose of Ohio’s State Takeover of the Lorain City Schools Retired high school English teacher in Western Pennsylvania, prolific blogger—and recently a columnist on education at Forbes Magazine , Peter Greene has published the tragic story of the state takeo
    The College Board “Nonprofit”: Oh, the Money One Can Make! | deutsch29
    The College Board “Nonprofit”: Oh, the Money One Can Make! | deutsch29 The College Board “Nonprofit”: Oh, the Money One Can Make! The College Board is actually a nonprofit entity (EIN 13-1623965), but don’t let that fool you. The money is a-flowing, and for College Board’s top admin, testing is turning out to be quite the lucrative racket. David Coleman, College Board Let’s just consider some inf
    NYC Educator: Zombie Plague of Bad Teachers in Press--Real Ones Just Go to Work
    NYC Educator: Zombie Plague of Bad Teachers in Press--Real Ones Just Go to Work Zombie Plague of Bad Teachers in Press--Real Ones Just Go to Work Someone put the bat signal on my Cory Booker post and I've gotten a few status quo questions. I've responded to them, but I really hate answering questions like that. What would you do about all the teachers who suck? We'd respect the union more if it d
    Chavez Charter Chain Teachers, Newly Unionized, Decry School Closing | GFBrandenburg's Blog
    Chavez Charter Chain Teachers, Newly Unionized, Decry School Closing | GFBrandenburg's Blog Chavez Charter Chain Teachers, Newly Unionized, Decry School Closing Last night I attended a hearing at the ‘Public’ Charter School Board on 14th St NW here in Washington DC to support the teachers at Chavez Prep Middle School, which the un-elected chain’s board has decided to close. Mark Simon wrote on Fa
    Debunking 3 myths about black students — using data and logic - The Washington Post
    Debunking 3 myths about black students — using data and logic - The Washington Post Debunking 3 myths about black students — using data and logic Ivory A. Toldson, a professor of counseling psychology at Howard University, has a new book with a mouthful of a title and an important message: “ No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Th

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    Why Schools Have Such Strict Bathroom Rules - The Atlantic
    Why Schools Have Such Strict Bathroom Rules - The Atlantic When Schools Tell Kids They Can’t Use the Bathroom By imposing harsh restrictions on when students can use the restroom, educators are teaching kids to ignore their bladder. Most people probably take their bathroom privileges for granted, heading to the toilet in their home or office whenever the need arises without thinking much about it
    School Districts Serving Students Of Color Have Less Money : NPR
    School Districts Serving Students Of Color Have Less Money : NPR Why White School Districts Have So Much More Money In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated public schools are unconstitutional. In 2018, on the 64th anniversary of that ruling, a lawsuit filed in New Jersey claimed that state's schools are some of the most segregated in the nation. That's beca
    Proposed legislation would substantially curb growth of California charter schools | EdSource
    Proposed legislation would substantially curb growth of California charter schools | EdSource Proposed legislation would substantially curb growth of California charter schools Restrictions would limit appeals, cap number of new charters, factor fiscal impact The chairman of the Assembly Education Committee and several Democratic colleagues introduced a package of bills Monday that would impose s
    John Thompson: Oklahoma’s “Staggering” Teacher Exodus | Diane Ravitch's blog
    John Thompson: Oklahoma’s “Staggering” Teacher Exodus | Diane Ravitch's blog John Thompson: Oklahoma’s “Staggering” Teacher Exodus John Thompson writes from Oklahoma: The Tulsa World’s headline nailed the big picture, “‘Staggering’: 30,000 Oklahoma Teachers Have Left Profession in the Past Six Years, Report Shows.” The World’s Michael Dekker cites State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister who explained
    Oakland Strike: Teachers and District at Odds About Privatization | Diane Ravitch's blog
    Oakland Strike: Teachers and District at Odds About Privatization | Diane Ravitch's blog Oakland Strike: Teachers and District at Odds About Privatization FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement by Keith Brown President, Oakland Education Association, on Status of Contract Talks I do not believe that it is helpful to bargain contracts through the media. Up until now I have refrained from discussing detai
    No! We Aren't Cancelling Black History Month - We Want to Ensure Diversity Is Year Round And Diversify Our Teachers While We Are At It - Philly's 7th Ward
    No! We Aren't Cancelling Black History Month - We Want to Ensure Diversity Is Year Round And Diversify Our Teachers While We Are At It - Philly's 7th Ward NO! WE AREN’T CANCELLING BLACK HISTORY MONTH – WE WANT TO ENSURE DIVERSITY IS YEAR ROUND AND DIVERSIFY OUR TEACHERS WHILE WE ARE AT IT Earlier this month, in these pages , Philadelphia writer Ernest Owens argued that we should cancel Black Hist
    No Such Thing as a Regulated, Public, or Good Charter School | Dissident Voice
    No Such Thing as a Regulated, Public, or Good Charter School | Dissident Voice No Such Thing as a Regulated, Public, or Good Charter School There are many diversionary dichotomies within the unscrupulous web of charter school disinformation that have long distorted social consciousness and undermined the fight for social progress and high quality education for all. Some include the following: reg
    Amid fiscal turmoil, Sac Unified faces possible state takeover | Capitol Weekly #Unite4SACKids #WeAreSCTA #WeAreCTA #strikeready #REDFORED #SCTA #CTA
    Amid fiscal turmoil, Sac Unified faces possible state takeover Capitol Weekly | Capitol Weekly | Capitol Weekly: The Newspaper of California State Government and Politics. Amid fiscal turmoil, Sac Unified faces possible state takeover As the Sacramento City Unified School District faces a $35 million budget shortfall and a possible takeover by the state, the teachers’ union is pointing fingers of
    Sacramento City USD parents express concerns over 'state takeover' | abc10.com #Unite4SACKids #WeAreSCTA #WeAreCTA #strikeready #REDFORED #SCTA #CTA
    Sacramento City USD parents express concerns over 'state takeover' | abc10.com Sacramento City USD parents express concerns over 'state takeover' Parents worry about their kids' education as the Sacramento City Unified School District continues to figure out how it can prevent being taken over by the state. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento City Unified School District is still trying to figure
    Oakland’s Teachers Are On Strike: How Charters Have Contributed to the School District’s Fiscal Crisis | janresseger #Unite4OaklandKids #WeAreOEA #WeAreCTA #strikeready #REDFORED
    Oakland’s Teachers Are On Strike: How Charters Have Contributed to the School District’s Fiscal Crisis | janresseger Oakland’s Teachers Are On Strike: How Charters Have Contributed to the School District’s Fiscal Crisis In Oakland, California the school district is broke, and the teachers are on strike. In a major report published last May, the political economist Gordon Lafer described the fisca
    CURMUDGUCATION: FL: Further Dismantling Public Education
    CURMUDGUCATION: FL: Further Dismantling Public Education FL: Further Dismantling Public Education Here are two not-entirely-academic questions: Is it possible to end public education in an entire state? Can Florida become any more hostile to public education than it already is? Newly-minted Governor Ron DeSantis and a wild cast of privatization cronies seem to answer a resounding "yes" to both qu
    2019 Medley #4 | Live Long and Prosper
    2019 Medley #4 | Live Long and Prosper 2019 Medley #4 Disrespecting Teachers, Benefits of a Book-oriented Home, Math is for Boys and Girls, Poverty Affects Achievement, Bill of Rights for School Children. THE DISRESPECT OF TEACHERS Our Public Schools Aren’t Failing; We’re Failing Our Public Schools As professionals, teachers are disrespected. Ed reformers blame teachers for “failing schools” but
    Education Research Report: Nonwhite school districts get $23 Billion less than white districts despite serving the same number of students
    Education Research Report: Nonwhite school districts get $23 Billion less than white districts despite serving the same number of students Nonwhite school districts get $23 Billion less than white districts despite serving the same number of students Complete report The story of our communities can in many ways be told through the lens of the school districts that serve our children. More than or
    Are these standardized test questions too hard for kids? - The Washington Post
    Are these standardized test questions too hard for kids? - The Washington Post Are these standardized test questions too hard for kids? Texas Monthly published a story — “Are Texas Kids Failing? Or Are the Tests Rigged? ” — which raises questions about whether questions on the state’s high-stakes standardized English Language Arts tests are written above grade level for many children. One Texas l
    Green Book Is Not Our Story – Sam Chaltain
    Green Book Is Not Our Story – Sam Chaltain GREEN BOOK IS NOT OUR STORY It has been more than fifty years since James Baldwin first named the knotted pathology that has ensnared White and Black America in an intimate dance of mutual self-destruction for, well, ever. “The failure to look reality in the face diminishes a nation as it diminishes a person,” he wrote. America has failed, he said, becau

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    State superintendent intervenes in contract talks on Day 3 of Oakland teachers strike #Unite4OaklandKids #WeAreOEA #WeAreCTA #strikeready #REDFORED
    State superintendent intervenes in contract talks on Day 3 of Oakland teachers strike State superintendent intervenes in contract talks on Day 3 of Oakland teachers strike Officials say Tony Thurmond will try to help both the district and the union find common ground. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device OAKLAND — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Public Education Department plans to scrap A-F grading system | Education | santafenewmexican.com
    Public Education Department plans to scrap A-F grading system | Education | santafenewmexican.com Public Education Department plans to scrap A-F grading system The New Mexico Public Education Department aims to scrap the state’s A-F grading system for public schools, which critics have said puts too much emphasis on student test scores. Under proposed changes to the state’s plan to comply with th
    Shorting The Lives of Children: No Small Matter – Wrench in the Gears
    Shorting The Lives of Children: No Small Matter – Wrench in the Gears Shorting The Lives of Children: No Small Matter As I wrote in a previous post , “Don’t Let Impact Investors Capture the Non-Profit, Activist Media,” documentary film has been hijacked to advance the social impact investment agenda. I touched on it in a piece about Ted Dintersmith’s, Most Likely to Succeed . Dintersmith launched
    The Year of the Public School: 2019! | Diane Ravitch's blog
    The Year of the Public School: 2019! | Diane Ravitch's blog The Year of the Public School: 2019! This is a message from theNetwork for Public Education. 2019 will be the year of the public school, with your help and support. “From West Virginia to California teachers are boldly standing up for themselves, their students and their schools. Teachers are walking out due to a lack of sufficient fundi
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    New study casts doubts on effectiveness of personalized learning program in New Jersey - The Hechinger Report New study casts doubts on effectiveness of personalized learning program in New Jersey Results highlight debate over how to measure what's working in the classroom when kids are learning different things I n the fall of 2015, five schools in the industrial port city of Elizabeth, New Jers
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