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Incarceration vs. education: America spends more on its prison system than it does on public schools | Daily Mail Online

Incarceration vs. education: America spends more on its prison system than it does on public schools | Daily Mail Online Incarceration vs. education: America spends more on its prison system than it does on public schools – and California is the worst Most American states spend more on their prisons than they do on education - and California is the worst, investing $64,642 per prisoner compared t
Why is Common Core’s Phonics Missing in Reading and Dyslexia Discussions?

Why is Common Core’s Phonics Missing in Reading and Dyslexia Discussions? Why is Common Core’s Phonics Missing in Reading and Dyslexia Discussions? Those who claim teachers and their education schools have focused on the wrong way to teach reading never mention Common Core State Standards. But, since 2010, Common Core has figured prominently in the reading curriculum teachers have been forced to
Doctrine of Discovery Redux: The Vatican’s Plans For Impact Investing – Wrench in the Gears

Doctrine of Discovery Redux: The Vatican’s Plans For Impact Investing – Wrench in the Gears Doctrine of Discovery Redux: The Vatican’s Plans For Impact Investing I watched the video of Helen Alford’s talk months ago, and I still can’t get it out of my head. A Dominican nun trained in “human-centered technology” who holds a PhD in engineering management from Cambridge regaling a room full of aspir
Marian Wright Edelman: Immigrant Children Are Still Children | MomsRising

Immigrant Children Are Still Children | MomsRising Immigrant Children Are Still Children The Trump administration’s cruel treatment of children and families at the border has not stopped. Children continue to die in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hern√°ndez V√°squez, who died May 20 just hours after being diagnosed with the flu. Despit
Michigan's Emergency Manager legacy: Democratic leaders work to clean up Republicans' messes | Eclectablog

Michigan's Emergency Manager legacy: Democratic leaders work to clean up Republicans' messes | Eclectablog Michigan’s Emergency Manager legacy: Democratic leaders work to clean up Republicans’ messes I haven’t written much about the Flint Water Crisis lately, largely because my pals over at Michigan Advance and the fine reporters at MLive have been doing such a good job. I’m inspired to write tod
UCLA Civil Rights Project: The Broken Promise of Brown | Diane Ravitch's blog

UCLA Civil Rights Project: The Broken Promise of Brown | Diane Ravitch's blog UCLA Civil Rights Project: The Broken Promise of Brown The Brown decision of 1954 marked the beginning of a dramatic transition in American society. I attended segregated public schools in Houston. I remember segregated buses and water fountains marked “white” and “colored.” I remember the social codes that required bla
Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Troy LaRaviere returns to the show. – Fred Klonsky

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Troy LaRaviere returns to the show. – Fred Klonsky Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Troy LaRaviere returns to the show Troy LaRaviere was on our first Hitting Left over two years ago. This makes his third visit, his first since a try at running for Chicago Mayor. Rahm hadn’t yet dropped out when Troy announced. On this week’s radio broadcast/podcast
With A Brooklyn Accent: What Could Happen If Trump Tries to Deport Children and Families

With A Brooklyn Accent: What Could Happen If Trump Tries to Deport Children and Families What Could Happen If Trump Tries to Deport Children and Families Do not assume that Donald Trump’s planned deportation raids will produce the results he intends- unless his goal is the bring the nation to the edge of Civil War. In places where public sentiment is strongly against such policies, I.C.E. Agents
Mike Klonsky's Blog: STATEMENT FROM MAYOR LORI E. LIGHTFOOT ON PLANNED ICE RAIDS / DECLARACI√ďN DEL ALCALDE LORI E. LIGHTFOOT SOBRE LAS V√ćLIDAS DE HIELO PLANIFICADAS

Mike Klonsky's Blog: STATEMENT FROM MAYOR LORI E. LIGHTFOOT ON PLANNED ICE RAIDS STATEMENT FROM MAYOR LORI E. LIGHTFOOT ON PLANNED ICE RAIDS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2019 CONTACT: Mayor’s Press Office 312.744.3334 press@cityofchicago.org STATEMENT FROM MAYOR LORI E. LIGHTFOOT ON PLANNED ICE RAIDS "We are all aware of the threat from President Trump regarding raids by ICE, and in response, C
THIS WEEK Education Research Report

Education Research Report THIS WEEK Education Research Report Early-and-regular cannabis use by youth is associated with alteration in brain circuits that support cognitive control A by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 16h Also see Marijuana and Teens The development of neural circuits in youth, at a particularly important time in their lives, can be heavily influenced by external factors--specifically the
This Week With 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 This Week With Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 Ed Tech Digest by Larry Ferlazzo / 9min Six years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all

Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all Big Education Ape: My New Book Was Just Announced! | Diane Ravitch's blog - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2019/05/my-new-book-was-just-announced-diane.html Ohio: For-Profit Charters Get Rich Running Non-Profit Charters, Taxpayers and Stude

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New Study: Faculty Diversity Gains in U.S. Colleges and Universities Largely Minimal | Cloaking Inequity

New Study: Faculty Diversity Gains in U.S. Colleges and Universities Largely Minimal | Cloaking Inequity NEW STUDY: FACULTY DIVERSITY GAINS IN U.S. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES LARGELY MINIMAL We are honored to announce a NEW article entitled Considering the Ethnoracial and Gender Diversity of Faculty in US College and University Intellectual Communities about faculty diversity in the The Hispanic J
NYC Public School Parents: Our annual Skinny dinner honoring AG Tish James and NYC Kids PAC was a success!

NYC Public School Parents: Our annual Skinny dinner honoring AG Tish James and NYC Kids PAC was a success! Our annual Skinny dinner honoring AG Tish James and NYC Kids PAC was a success! On Wednesday night, Class Size Matters held our annual Skinny award dinner at Casa La Femme in Greenwich Village. This year we honored NY Attorney General Tish James and NYC Kids PAC for giving us the real "Skinn
Report: California’s charter school appeals process disempowers local communities – In the Public Interest

Report: California’s charter school appeals process disempowers local communities – In the Public Interest Report: California’s charter school appeals process disempowers local communities In 1992, California’s legislature passed a bill allowing for the creation of charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately managed. Almost three decades later, the state has the country’s largest cha
Sacramento City Unified School District approves budget | The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento City Unified School District approves budget | The Sacramento Bee Sacramento City Unified approves budget that relies on reserves – and faces county rejection The Sacramento City Unified School District on Thursday night approved adoption of its budget for the upcoming school year – despite concern that the district is still spending more than $12 million in reserves to balance its boo
Karen Francisco: Indiana’s School Choice Frauds | Diane Ravitch's blog

Karen Francisco: Indiana’s School Choice Frauds | Diane Ravitch's blog Karen Francisco: Indiana’s School Choice Frauds Karen Francisco, editorial page editor of the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette , is a great defender of democracy, honesty, and public schools. She is a keen observer of the school choice hustle in Indiana, where grifters and entrepreneurs are welcome to rip off the public. Thanks, For
Students need properly resourced schools, not gimmicks like charters – Daily News

Students need properly resourced schools, not gimmicks like charters – Daily News Students need properly resourced schools, not gimmicks like charters From reading the Southern California News Group publications, one might think that California teachers unions’ charter school policy initiatives were a search and destroy mission motivated by malice, self-interest, and envy. In reality, union polic
Stephen Suitts: The Racist History of “School Choice” | Diane Ravitch's blog

Stephen Suitts: The Racist History of “School Choice” | Diane Ravitch's blog Stephen Suitts: The Racist History of “School Choice” Stephen Suitts is an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for the Liberal Arts. He is the author of Hugo Black of Alabama: How His Roots and Early Career Shaped the Great Champion of the Constitution . Earlier in his career, Suitts served as the executive
Backing Gov. Tony Evers’ Education Budget Priorities, Wisconsin Protesters Will Walk 60 Miles to Madison | janresseger

Backing Gov. Tony Evers’ Education Budget Priorities, Wisconsin Protesters Will Walk 60 Miles to Madison | janresseger Backing Gov. Tony Evers’ Education Budget Priorities, Wisconsin Protesters Will Walk 60 Miles to Madison Parents, teachers, and concerned citizens from all over Wisconsin will walk 60 miles to Madison beginning tomorrow. They’ll be demonstrating all weekend to protest the Republi
Schools Matter: Continuing Comments on "A Former KIPP Teacher Shares Her Story"

Schools Matter: Continuing Comments on "A Former KIPP Teacher Shares Her Story" Continuing Comments on "A Former KIPP Teacher Shares Her Story" Published in 2012, "A Former KIPP Teacher Shares Her Story " has been viewed over 111,000 times. Here are the two most recent comments, especially worth noting now 7 years after the piece was posted… (SEE BELOW) Alex M 10:01 PM As the wife of a current KI

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CURMUDGUCATION: Five Reasons School Takeovers Fail

CURMUDGUCATION: Five Reasons School Takeovers Fail Five Reasons School Takeovers Fail At the May 22 meeting of the Florida State Board of Education meeting, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and some board members expressed frustration with the state of Duval County Schools. " At what point do you say, ‘Maybe we should put them in receivership. Maybe we should have legislation that allows u
Washington Post: America’s First Gay First Lady Revealed | Diane Ravitch's blog

Washington Post: America’s First Gay First Lady Revealed | Diane Ravitch's blog Washington Post: America’s First Gay First Lady Revealed The Washington Post has a story today about America’s first gay first lady. She was Grover Cleveland’s sister Rose, who acted as his first lady because he was elected without a wife. In the summer of 1910, Evangeline Simpson Whipple told the caretaker of her hom
Walking Away From High Stakes Tests, A Noble Lie | Cloaking Inequity

Walking Away From High Stakes Tests, A Noble Lie | Cloaking Inequity WALKING AWAY FROM HIGH STAKES TESTS, A NOBLE LIE From Wikipedia: A noble lie is a myth or untruth, told by an elite to maintain social harmony or to advance an agenda. The noble lie is a concept originated by Plato as described in the Republic . Plato presented the noble lie in a fictional tale— Socrates provides the origin of t
Peter Greene: Does The Most Interesting Teacher Pay Proposal Belong To A Billionaire Friend Of Trump?

Does The Most Interesting Teacher Pay Proposal Belong To A Billionaire Friend Of Trump? Does The Most Interesting Teacher Pay Proposal Belong To A Billionaire Friend Of Trump? Stephen Schwarzman might have an idea. Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group , has been named a Bloomberg Most Influential person of the year more than once, and in 2007 he was one of Time's 100 Most Influential pe
The Tide Is Turning! We Need Your Help! | Diane Ravitch's blog

The Tide Is Turning! We Need Your Help! | Diane Ravitch's blog The Tide Is Turning! We Need Your Help! NPE Action is helping allies fight for their public schools across the country! We are turning the tide against privatization! We need your help! The Tide is Turning But We Need Your Help The narrative is shifting. As candidates jockey for position, public education issues are no longer relegate
How to Be a Better Ally | Schott Foundation for Public Education

How to Be a Better Ally | Schott Foundation for Public Education How to Be a Better Ally Since its founding the Schott Foundation has worked to help build a broad-based movement to ensure all children have an opportunity to learn. Importantly, a movement led by the grassroots leaders in communities of color who are most impacted by educational inequities and other barriers to opportunity. It’s no
Cartoons on Social Media | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Cartoons on Social Media | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice Cartoons on Social Media Ever bump into someone while walking and staring at your smart phone screen? Perhaps, even texting while walking. Lots do in cities nowadays. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on and on have seized youth and adults (not yet those of my age cohort, however). Cartoonists, as always, capture the p
CA’s A3 Education Indictment: The Counts of Sean McManus et al. | deutsch29

CA’s A3 Education Indictment: The Counts of Sean McManus et al. | deutsch29 CA’s A3 Education Indictment: The Counts of Sean McManus et al. In this post, I offer excerpts of the 67 counts detailed in the 235-page indictment of Sean McManus, Jason Schrock, and nine others who used weaknesses in California’s charter school laws to construct a network of fraud and launder $50M in public funds into t
A billionaire changes his mind about school reform and what kids really need — and Barack Obama has a surprising reaction - The Washington Post

A billionaire changes his mind about school reform and what kids really need — and Barack Obama has a surprising reaction - The Washington Post A billionaire changes his mind about school reform and what kids really need — and Barack Obama has a surprising reaction For years, many of the United States’ wealthiest people have poured money into school “reform” efforts that some predicted would lift
Class Size Rally 2019 [VIDEO] | Class Size Matters

Class Size Rally 2019 [VIDEO] | Class Size Matters Class Size Rally 2019 [VIDEO] | A clearinghouse for information on class size & the proven benefits of smaller classes Class Size Rally 2019 [VIDEO] On Tuesday June 11 at noon, more than one hundred parents, students, advocates, elected officials and union members gathered on the steps of City Hall to urge the NYC Department of Education and the

JUN 19

The Charter School Industry’s Dishonest Attack on Bernie Sanders | The Nation

The Charter School Industry’s Dishonest Attack on Bernie Sanders | The Nation The Charter School Industry’s Dishonest Attack on Bernie Sanders Arguing that charter schools offer unique opportunities for poor African American children isn’t borne out by the facts. During the Reagan era, ultraconservative columnist James Kilpatrick, a notorious segregationist since the southern Massive Resistance c
The Battle Between West Virginia Teachers and Republicans Is About to Get Ugly – VICE News

The Battle Between West Virginia Teachers and Republicans Is About to Get Ugly – VICE News The Battle Between West Virginia Teachers and Republicans Is About to Get Ugly West Virginia public school teachers and the state’s Republican legislators are once again on a collision course over charter schools. And things could get ugly. On Monday, the House of Delegates advanced a sweeping education bil
Elizabeth Davis reelected as Washington Teachers’ Union leader - The Washington Post

Elizabeth Davis reelected as Washington Teachers’ Union leader - The Washington Post Elizabeth Davis reelected as Washington Teachers’ Union leader Elizabeth Davis was elected for a third term as president of the Washington Teachers’ Union. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) Elizabeth Davis was reelected as the Washington Teachers’ Union president Monday, beating out a crowded field to secure he
Top 10 Reasons Bernie Sanders’ Education Policies Are Light Years Ahead of Everyone Else’s | gadflyonthewallblog

Top 10 Reasons Bernie Sanders’ Education Policies Are Light Years Ahead of Everyone Else’s | gadflyonthewallblog Top 10 Reasons Bernie Sanders’ Education Policies Are Light Years Ahead of Everyone Else’s For most of my life, the United States has been neglecting its public school children – especially the black and brown ones. Since the mid 1970s , instead of integrating our schools, we’ve been s
New charter rules slipped into budget bill :: K-12 Daily :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet

New charter rules slipped into budget bill :: K-12 Daily :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet New charter rules slipped into budget bill Calif.) Rather than risk a high-profile battle in open session, legislative leaders and Gov. Gavin Newsom have decided it is best to tuck some charter school reform measures inside a budget bill. AB 75, the omnibus trailer bill covering
Big Brother, Blockchain Babies, Coded Religion, and “Good” Behavior – Wrench in the Gears

Big Brother, Blockchain Babies, Coded Religion, and “Good” Behavior – Wrench in the Gears Big Brother, Blockchain Babies, Coded Religion, and “Good” Behavior I wrapped up my previous post (SEE BELOW) about the Alice.si blockchain social impact platform noting that digital identity is THE KEY element required to make speculative markets in human capital data function. The game of gambling on life
Charter ‘authorizers’ come under greater scrutiny in California | EdSource

Charter ‘authorizers’ come under greater scrutiny in California | EdSource Charter ‘authorizers’ come under greater scrutiny in California As charter school conflicts intensify in California, increasing attention is being focused not only on the schools themselves but on the school boards and other entities that grant them permission to operate in the first place. They’re called charter authorize
International Survey: U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated | Education News | US News

International Survey: U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated | Education News | US News International Survey: U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated The problems are far worse in the U.S. than among educators in other countries . TEACHERS IN THE U.S. work longer hours and spend more time during the school day teaching than teachers in other parts of the world. And while
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... A BUSY 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... A BUSY DAY Most Popular Posts Of The Week 22 by Larry Ferlazzo / 1h I’m making a change in the content of the regular feature. In addition to sharing the top five posts that have received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originall
2019 Medley #10 | Live Long and Prosper

2019 Medley #10 | Live Long and Prosper 2019 Medley #10 IT COSTS A LOT TO POISON OUR CHILDREN American children are regularly exposed to lead at higher than safe levels, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control is ZERO [emphasis added]! …There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (¬Ķg/dL), the reference level at
In Florida’s Tangled Mess of School Privatization, Students Rights Are Trampled, Tax Dollars Wasted | janresseger

In Florida’s Tangled Mess of School Privatization, Students Rights Are Trampled, Tax Dollars Wasted | janresseger In Florida’s Tangled Mess of School Privatization, Students Rights Are Trampled, Tax Dollars Wasted An old friend in Florida recently asked me why I haven’t been writing about the challenges posed by the explosion of marketplace school choice in Florida. I’ll confess the reason: The p
Bill and Melinda Gates have spent billions to drive their agenda on education and other issues. Now, they have created a lobbying group to push even more. - The Washington Post

Bill and Melinda Gates have spent billions to drive their agenda on education and other issues. Now, they have created a lobbying group to push even more. - The Washington Post Bill and Melinda Gates have spent billions to drive their agenda on education and other issues. Now, they have created a lobbying group to push even more. You’ve got to hand it to them: Bill and Melinda Gates don’t give up
Red state teacher revolt. Why did the NEA hide the support page? – Fred Klonsky

Red state teacher revolt. Why did the NEA hide the support page? – Fred Klonsky RED STATE TEACHER REVOLT. WHY DID THE NEA HIDE THE SUPPORT PAGE? 2018 was the year of the Red State Teacher Revolt. Tens of thousands of teachers across the country in right-to-work states, where collective bargaining is illegal, took to the streets. It was inspiring. One of those who was inspired was Evanston teacher

JUN 18

CURMUDGUCATION: We Told You So, Dammit

CURMUDGUCATION: We Told You So, Dammit We Told You So, Dammit Over the past two years or so, there has been a steady drip drip drip of apostastic epiphanies among some Reformsters, some of whom have stepped forward to write some version of, "Oops. I think we were probably wring about X." For X, substitute emphasis high stakes testing, treating teachers like the enemy, attempts to impose national
Every Teacher Should Do Something At Which She's Terrible

Every Teacher Should Do Something At Which She's Terrible Every Teacher Should Do Something At Which She's Terrible Like many teachers, I have worked second jobs. Some I took on because they were fun (radio dj), but others I took on because I needed some extra money. The absolute nadir of my extra-scholastic employment was some time spent at a catalog call center. This was not the kind of place t
Education Research Report: 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Education Research Report: 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book The 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book — the most comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the United States — notes progress in helping children thrive since the first Data Book was published in 1990. But it finds the nation has failed to tear down barriers affecting children of color and underscores t
Pre-Order Diane's New Book - Slaying Goliath - Network For Public Education

Pre-Order Diane's New Book - Slaying Goliath - Network For Public Education Pre-Order Diane’s New Book – Slaying Goliath Follow this link to pre-order Diane’s new book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools. Here’s what Diane had to say about it: It will be published on January 14, 2020, by Knopf, the most prestigious publisher
Neighborhood Public Schools Forced to Give Up Space to Charter Schools

Neighborhood Public Schools Forced to Give Up Space to Charter Schools Neighborhood Public Schools Forced to Give Up Space to Charter Schools Catskill Avenue Elementary, located about 14 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, is a “legacy school,” says 5th grade teacher Elizabeth Untalan. “It’s been around for 71 years….Grandparents, great-grandparents, daughters son have all gone through our doors
How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement — ProPublica

How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement — ProPublica How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the Walton foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach for America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 fo
NJ Spotlight needs to stop giving space to billionaire-backed corporate reform groups like JerseyCAN - Mother Crusader

Mother Crusader NJ Spotlight needs to stop giving space to billionaire-backed corporate reform groups like JerseyCAN NJ Spotlight needs to stop giving space to billionaire-backed corporate reform groups like JerseyCAN . JerseyCAN does not represent the students, parents and educators of this state and should not be given a platform when their only true constituency is their funders. You can see t
When Were We Ever Indivisible? [A Reflection on NYC Schools Chancellor Carranza] | The Jose Vilson

When Were We Ever Indivisible? [A Reflection on NYC Schools Chancellor Carranza] | The Jose Vilson WHEN WERE WE EVER INDIVISIBLE? [A REFLECTION ON NYC SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR CARRANZA] A newspaper in the city recently reported that nine New York City councilmembers have called for NYC schools chancellor Richard Carranza’s firing, saying he’s more focused on “ethnicity instead of efficacy” and prefers
Jackie Goldberg Explains the Coming War to Save Public Education | Capital & Main

Jackie Goldberg Explains the Coming War to Save Public Education | Capital & Main Jackie Goldberg Explains the Coming War to Save Public Education After winning a Los Angeles school board seat, Goldberg speaks about charter schools, money and what it means to fight the good fight. Jackie Goldberg has spent her life fighting for students. From 1983 to 1991, she served on the Los Angeles Unified Sc
Racism, White Privilege, Charter Schools, Equity, Economic Inequality: Is There a Pathway Out of Generational Poverty? | Ed In The Apple

Racism, White Privilege, Charter Schools, Equity, Economic Inequality: Is There a Pathway Out of Generational Poverty? | Ed In The Apple Racism, White Privilege, Charter Schools, Equity, Economic Inequality: Is There a Pathway Out of Generational Poverty? After centuries of brutal race-based slavery, a civil war, 600,000 fatalities the ‘13 th Amendment ended slavery (“Neither slavery nor involunt
Teacher union shows membership numbers stabilizing but they can’t seem to get it right on presidential endorsements. – Fred Klonsky

Teacher union shows membership numbers stabilizing but they can’t seem to get it right on presidential endorsements. – Fred Klonsky TEACHER UNION SHOWS MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS STABILIZING BUT THEY CAN’T SEEM TO GET IT RIGHT ON PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENTS. Janus was supposed to spell the end of public employee unions. When the Supreme Court ruled against the unions and ended the right to a union shop, me
The Problem with Balanced Literacy | radical eyes for equity

The Problem with Balanced Literacy | radical eyes for equity The Problem with Balanced Literacy My summer graduate course, Foundations and Current Trends in Literacy Research and Practice , never fails at being an invigorating course for me and my students because it combines foundational topics in literacy with a never-ending series of current debates and controversies surrounding those enduring

JUN 17

Two Communities Fight Against “Carpetbagger” Charter School | Capital & Main

Two Communities Fight Against “Carpetbagger” Charter School | Capital & Main Two Communities Fight Against “Carpetbagger” Charter School For many California charter schools, co-location is everything. Editor’s Note: Few issues have proven more contentious in the already heated debate over California’s charter schools than that of school “co-location,” the process by which charter schools are allo
About Gates’ New, Lobbying Nonprofit: Don’t Kid Yourself. Bill Gates Already Lobbies. | deutsch29

About Gates’ New, Lobbying Nonprofit: Don’t Kid Yourself. Bill Gates Already Lobbies. | deutsch29 About Gates’ New, Lobbying Nonprofit: Don’t Kid Yourself. Bill Gates Already Lobbies. On June 13, 2019, The Hill published a piece about billionaire Bill Gates’ intention to start a lobbying nonprofit. Whereas the idea of Gates paying individuals to lobby to alter policy in line with his billionaire
CURMUDGUCATION: WV: Did Trump Just Kick Betsy DeVos (plus, Hidden Donor Shenanigans)

CURMUDGUCATION: WV: Did Trump Just Kick Betsy DeVos (plus, Hidden Donor Shenanigans) WV: Did Trump Just Kick Betsy DeVos (plus, Hidden Donor Shenanigans) Is it hyperbole to suggest, as Huffington Post does , that West Virginia's Senate has gone to war with teachers (again). I'm always reluctant to use combat metaphors, but at a bare minimum, the West Virginia Senate is showing teachers a big fat
Your opinion matters and The Floor is Yours - Education Votes

The Floor is Yours - Education Votes The Floor is Yours Your opinion matters Join NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and educators across the country in challenging the candidates to take a stand for students. How it Works Take out your phone, record a video asking your question, and upload it to your favorite video sharing service or using the form below. Make sure these candidates are focusing
Supreme Court to Consider Hearing School Choice Case on June 20

Supreme Court to Consider Hearing School Choice Case on June 20 Supreme Court to Consider Hearing School Choice Case on June 20 The U.S. Supreme Court will consider hearing the Montana School Choice case on Thursday, June 20, according to the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia. Attorney for the Institute of Justice Erica Smith provided a brief history of the case through a press release
LGBTQ, immigration issues cross paths in our nation's public schools - Education Votes

LGBTQ, immigration issues cross paths in our nation's public schools - Education Votes LGBTQ, immigration issues cross paths in our nation’s public schools By Saul Ramos, this is part of NEA’s series Voices of Pride: The LGBTQ Experience in Schools 50 Years After Stonewall . For the LGBTQ+ students who are undocumented, refugees, or newly-arrived to this country, the president’s rhetoric about br
'Blame game' intensifies on Classen SAS school name

'Blame game' intensifies on Classen SAS school name ‘Blame game’ intensifies on Classen SAS school name L itigators live for the moment when a witness “opens the door” to cross examination on issues the attorney could not raise before they were mentioned. But it is unusual for such a tactic to be employed at the beginning of an Oklahoma City Public Schools board meeting, especially when everyone
Florida: Politicians Fund Anti-LGBT Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog

Florida: Politicians Fund Anti-LGBT Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog Florida: Politicians Fund Anti-LGBT Schools In Florida, the Governor and legislators proclaim their love of “equality,” as they funnel millions of public dollars to religious schools that openly discriminate against LGBT students. The state currently spends $1 billion a year on vouchers and the Legislature recently voted to expand
Ed Notes Online: Support Class Size Matters - Skinny award" dinner - Wed. June 19 at 6 PM

Ed Notes Online: Support Class Size Matters - Skinny award" dinner - Wed. June 19 at 6 PM Support Class Size Matters - Skinny award" dinner - Wed. June 19 at 6 PM 1. Just a quick note to remind you all that our annual "Skinny award" dinner honoring NY Attorney General Tish James and NYC Kids PAC is this Wed. June 19 at 6 PM. Please reserve your ticket now and enjoy a three-course meal, a glass of
Bill & Melinda Gates Launch a Political Lobbying Organization to Wield Greater Influence | Diane Ravitch's blog

Bill & Melinda Gates Launch a Political Lobbying Organization to Wield Greater Influence | Diane Ravitch's blog Bill & Melinda Gates Launch a Political Lobbying Organization to Wield Greater Influence Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gates apparently feel they are not winning enough battles in the court of public opinion, so they have created a lobbying organization to promote their ideas in Congress and state
For the Poorest Rust Belt School Districts in 2019, June Is the Cruelest Month | janresseger

For the Poorest Rust Belt School Districts in 2019, June Is the Cruelest Month | janresseger For the Poorest Rust Belt School Districts in 2019, June Is the Cruelest Month States continue to impose punitive school closures and state takeovers on school districts that serve the poorest children. While the Ohio Senate tinkers with language to embed a new state takeover plan for struggling school di
Now That’s What I Call Achievement! | Real Learning CT

Now That’s What I Call Achievement! | Real Learning CT Now That’s What I Call Achievement! In a recent post, I wrote about Jacob Fialkoff singing the national anthem , unrehearsed and before a large audience, as an example of an achievement that made Jacob aware of both his capabilities and possibilities. I then recommended that we replace standardized tests with that kind of opportunity for all
In Classrooms: Social Justice Humanitas Academy (Part 5) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

In Classrooms: Social Justice Humanitas Academy (Part 5) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice In Classrooms: Social Justice Humanitas Academy (Part 5) Brenda Arias teaches chemistry first period of the day—from 8:30 to 10:21. First period of the day is longer than other classes that run about an hour and a half). This is her fifth year at Social Justice Humanitas Academy (SJHA).
NYC Public School Parents: Disappointing budget as far as our public schools and class size are concerned

NYC Public School Parents: Disappointing budget as far as our public schools and class size are concerned Disappointing budget as far as our public schools and class size are concerned Some news links: NY Times , NY Post , NY Daily News , Chalkbeat and Brooklyn Eagle . The new NYC budget deal was announced between the Mayor and the City Council on Friday. In terms of our public schools, it includ
Dads and Children With Disabilities

Dads and Children With Disabilities Dads and Children With Disabilities Happy Father’s Day! There’s little research on the role of fathers when it comes to raising children with disabilities. This underrepresentation has meant that most questionnaires about this topic have reflected the mother’s point of view. But that’s changing. In honor of dads today, I decided to study some of the research th

JUN 16

enrique baloyra: Fathers Day rally at Homestead children's internment camp - YouTube

Fathers Day rally at Homestead children's internment camp - YouTube Fathers Day rally at Homestead children's internment camp Hundreds of protesters braved the South Florida rain today to demand the release of the thousands of children wrongly imprisoned here. Fathers Day rally at Homestead children's internment camp - YouTube Scores protest outside Homestead detention center for kids - https://w
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