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CURMUDGUCATION: Dammit, Chan-Zuckerberg! Not Elmo, Too! (And Not Philanthropy, Either.)

Dammit, Chan-Zuckerberg! Not Elmo, Too! (And Not Philanthropy, Either.) If you haven't been paying particularly close attention, you may have missed the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative slowly inserting its hyper-wealthy proboscis into a hundred different corners of modern life, using its not-quite-philanthropy LLC model to follow in the Gatesian footprints of wealthy technocrats who want to appoint t
Laura Chapman: The New Line on Private Charters as Spelled Out by the D.C. Establishment | Diane Ravitch's blog

Laura Chapman: The New Line on Private Charters as Spelled Out by the D.C. Establishment Laura Chapman, our loyal reader and diligent researcher, writes: If you want to get past the Dintersmith rhetoric, carefully contrived to make an appealing plausible story (with some help from Frameworks Institute.org), you need to look at the website Education 2020 (ED 2020) to see the underling incoherence
2019 Medley #18: A Blogoversary | Live Long and Prosper

2019 Medley #18: A Blogoversary 2019, BLOGOVERSARY #13 Today, the 14th of September marks the thirteenth year that I’ve kept this blog. I’m too stubborn to give it up…and I still feel the need to vent about what’s happening in the realm of public education … …my mission, when I began here, was to have a place to vent. It still works for that despite the depressing political and educational lands
Many Teachers Keep Leaving Charter Schools | Dissident Voice

Many Teachers Keep Leaving Charter Schools Yet another academic study shows what many have documented for years: the teacher turnover rate in charter schools remains much higher than the teacher turnover rate in public schools. 1 High teacher turnover rates has been a longstanding problem for privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools across the country. Here is a typical exampl
So What? The Importance of Knowing about “Success” and “Failure” in American Schools (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

So What? The Importance of Knowing about “Success” and “Failure” in American Schools (Part 2) No one interested in school reform from either the political right, center, or left can come to grips with changing tax-supported public schools without fully understanding the centrality of the age-graded school organization and its “grammar of schooling.” For within that organization and the rules, no
Sacramento City Unified school budget rejected. More cuts needed | The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento City Unified school budget rejected again. Immediate cuts recommended The Sacramento City Unified School District announced on Friday that their budget was rejected by county school officials again. In a letter to the district, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David Gordon said that while the district will meet its minimum reserve requirements in the next two years, it will
Steven Singer: Inside Bill Gates’ Hubris: Propaganda to Make America Neoliberal Again | Common Dreams Views

Inside Bill Gates’ Hubris: Propaganda to Make America Neoliberal Again | Common Dreams Views Inside Bill Gates’ Hubris: Propaganda to Make America Neoliberal Again New Gates documentary is a cry for oligarchy in an age of idiocracy; a love letter to neoliberalism in a time of neofascism. Once upon a time, the world was run by rich men. And all was good. But then the world was conquered by other r
CURMUDGUCATION: DeVos Saying The Quiet Parts Out Loud

DeVos Saying The Quiet Parts Out Loud Betsy DeVos will be kicking off her "Back To School" tour next week. And it will start by announcing loudly and clearly what her preferred goal for education is. No reading between the lines will be necessary. The announcement notes that she will head to Milwaukee, "home of the first-ever education freedom program that allowed parents, no matter their income
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Gun Control Now

Gun Control Now Moms Demand Action is a group doing great work. To note from the New York Times - ‘Simply Unacceptable’: Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies sent a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firear
DC Education Activists in Studio – Education Town Hall Forum

DC EDUCATION ACTIVISTS IN STUDIO On Education Town Hall on Thursday September 12, we enjoyed hearing in studio from two activists in DC education—in the first half, a parent activist working on issues of sexual misconduct in our publicly funded schools and, in the second half, an activist addressing the inequity of after school opportunities for DC school kids. Segment One, top of the hour Segme
Educators, Parents Derail Charter Industry Scheme to Defy Will of Voters

Educators, Parents Derail Charter Industry Scheme to Defy Will of Voters In November 2016, Massachusetts voters rejected Question 2 , a ballot referendum financed by the charter school industry to raise the cap on charter school expansion. The vote, 62 percent to 38 percent, wasn’t close, sending a clear signal across the state that public education wasn’t for sale. To the surprise of … well, no
THIS WEEK Education Research Report

Education Research Report THIS WEEK Education Research Report Millions more American children are attending school with students of other races, even as many urban schools remain deeply segregated by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 1d The number of children attending U.S. public schools with students of other races has nearly doubled over the past quarter century, a little-noticed surge that reflects the n
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 The Great Depression Began Ninety Years Ago – Here Are Related Teaching & Learning Resources by Larry Ferlazzo / 57min Momentmal / Pixabay As The Washington Post pointed out this week: Ninety ye
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all

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AI Pokes Another Hole In Standardized Testing

AI Pokes Another Hole In Standardized Testing The stories were supposed to capture a new step forward in artificial intelligence. A “ Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test ,” said the New York Times . “ AI Aristo takes science test, emerges multiple-choice superstar ,” said TechXPlore . Both stories were talking about Aristo (indicating a child version of Aristotle)
How the Democratic candidates talked about charter schools and school segregation in Thursday night’s debate

How the Democratic candidates talked about charter schools and school segregation in Thursday night’s debate The leading Democratic candidates for president took on some hot-button issues in education during Thursday night’s debate, and illustrated the divide in how they think and talk about charter schools. Held at Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, the debat
Los Altos, California, Fights Elite Charter School | Diane Ravitch's blog

Los Altos, California, Fights Elite Charter School Los Altos has a problem. Wealthy residents opened a charter school for their children, drawing money from the public schools to support their charter. The Bullis School is a private school that calls itself a “public” school and is funded by public dollars. Vladimir Ivanovic wrote the following update on the community’s efforts to compel the Bul
The Democratic Debate: Where Was Education? - The Atlantic

The Missing Education Questions in the Democratic Debate Democrats were given little time to discuss their proposals to transform college at the third presidential debate. All of the ingredients seemed right. The Democratic 2020 hopefuls were lined up on the stage in the gymnasium at Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston, Texas, for the third debate. Several of th
Infographic: LGBTQ Students Need Help, and Philanthropy Needs to Step Up | Schott Foundation for Public Education

Infographic: LGBTQ Students Need Help, and Philanthropy Needs to Step Up A new infographic released today highlights the challenges facing LGBTQ students and analyzes trends, gaps, and opportunities in funding for LGBTQ education issues. Produced in partnership between Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Schott, we hope this infographic will help both those in philanthropy and LGBTQ advocates to chart
Ed Notes Online: Leonie Haimson and Carol Burris TALK OUT OF SCHOOL

Leonie Haimson and Carol Burris TALK OUT OF SCHOOL Leonie and Carol on the radio every week. Here's their first show: Listen here: https://www.wbai.org/archive/program/episode/?id=5601 Topics: Student privacy and school diversity proposals. - Synopsis: Co-hosts Leonie Haimson and Carol Burris discussed the latest education news of the day, including the proposed student privacy regulations that
Democratic debate: Teachers got their big moment during the ABC debate - Vox

Teachers got their big moment during the third Democratic debate Democratic candidates scrambled to talk about raising teachers salaries during the debate. Teachers got their moment at the third Democratic debate when Democratic candidates rushed to defend public education and proposed raising teachers salaries. Education and raising teachers’ salaries are issues that are often decided at the st
Video: “Democratic candidates debate: Education” | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

Video: “Democratic candidates debate: Education” The Democratic candidates for President talked a fair amount about education issues at tonight’s event. You can watch that portion in this embedded video. I’m adding it to THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ POLICY POSITIONS: SHARE THIS: Video: “Democratic candidates debate: Education” | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day
Embracing Public Schools as the Very Definition of the Common Good | janresseger

Embracing Public Schools as the Very Definition of the Common Good The 2019-2020 school year is now underway, and in an ironic twist, in a business journal, the academic dean of the college of education at the for-profit University of Phoenix has penned a beautiful reflection on the meaning of public education. Dean Pam Roggeman understands the meaning for families and for communities of their p
CURMUDGUCATION: Does Social And Emotional Learning Belong In The Classroom?

Does Social And Emotional Learning Belong In The Classroom? Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has been gathering traction as a new education trend over the past few years. Back at the start of 2018, EdWeek was noting " Experts Agree Social-Emotional Learning Matters, and Are Plotting Roadmap of How To Do It." But as we head into the new year, many folks still haven't gotten far beyond the "it
NEW REPORT FINDS THAT EDUCATION FUNDING IN MOST STATES FALLS WELL BELOW ADEQUATE LEVELS | School Finance Indicators Database

The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems | School Finance Indicators Database NEW REPORT FINDS THAT EDUCATION FUNDING IN MOST STATES FALLS WELL BELOW ADEQUATE LEVELS The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems First Edition (April 2019) Download the report When it comes to American education, few policy areas are as misunderstood — or as crucial — as school finance.

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An LAUSD Parent Calls For an Investigation of Nick Melvoin - YouTube

An LAUSD Parent Calls For an Investigation of Nick Melvoin A School Board Member Betrays the Public Trust - Age of Awareness - Medium - https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/a-school-board-member-betrays-the-public-trust-99ae37d139d4 by @ChangeTheLAUSD Change The LAUSD - http://www.changethelausd.com/ An LAUSD Parent Calls For an Investigation of Nick Melvoin - YouTube
WARNING : TRY TO KEEP UP WITH DIANE AT YOUR OWN RISK: Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all WARNING : TRY TO KEEP UP WITH DIANE AT YOUR OWN RISK Curriculum Company Sues Parent for Criticizing Its Program by dianeravitch / 45min Sarah Sparks writes in Edweek about a curriculum company that is suing a parent in Wake County, North Carolina, for criticizing its math program. The company says the parent is defaming its product
Play v. Reading: How Flawed Thinking About Preschool Has Become Accepted Practice

Play v. Reading: How Flawed Thinking About Preschool Has Become Accepted Practice Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. ~Fred Rogers One education topic that every politician running for office mentions is preschool for all. What do they mean? What do they think preschool should be
L.A. Unified’s Mathematical Apartheid – Dropout Nation

L.A. Unified’s Mathematical Apartheid Based simply on how it miseducates Black and Latino children, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in America, is even more racist in its outcomes than the larger and notoriously racist New York City public schools. Dropout Nation readers, who have read numerous pieces here about the district, have long ago known this.
How The Post’s analysis compares to other studies of school segregation - The Washington Post

How The Post’s analysis compares to other studies of school segregation The Washington Post’s analysis of U.S. public schools finds an increase in students attending integrated schools. Some other studies appear to find the opposite. Why the difference? The Post analysis differed from others chiefly with its focus on integration in school districts throughout the country. It included rural, majo
So What? The Importance of Knowing about “Success” and “Failure” in American Schools (Part 1) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

So What? The Importance of Knowing about “Success” and “Failure” in American Schools (Part 1) The next few posts are drawn from the final chapter of “Chasing Success and Confronting Failure in American Schools.” The book is scheduled to come out in March 2020. So What? Why should readers care about defining individual and institutional “success” and “failure” in U.S. schools? Why should readers
School Safety Tech Raises Questions About Student Privacy : NPR

School Safety Tech Raises Questions About Student Privacy In a photo taken last March, a teenage boy is sitting at his desk with a plastic pellet gun that looks a lot like an AR-15. The airsoft rifle is propped up on the arm of a chair, pointing at the ceiling, and the boy, Eric, is looking at the camera. We're not using his last name to protect his privacy. Eric's friend took the picture. At th
Is New York state about to gut its student data privacy law? - The Washington Post

Is New York state about to gut its student data privacy law? The ever-growing use of technology by schools, districts and states around the country to collect data on students continues to fuel concerns about the security of that information. Some states have passed laws to protect such information from being sold to third parties, but there is a huge, lucrative market for student data. New York
How Vocational Education Got a 21st Century Reboot - POLITICO Magazine

How Vocational Education Got a 21st Century Reboot With schools across 10 states, the P-TECH program prepares its students for good jobs that corporations pay well NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Suriana Rodriguez is only 19, but she’s already lined up a full-time job at IBM. After her junior year in high school, she interned at the tech giant’s Poughkeepsie, N.Y., campus, 20 miles north of her hometown, for $
Rednecks, Hillbillies, and Crackers | radical eyes for equity

Rednecks, Hillbillies, and Crackers Before my father graduated high school, he had a full set of false teeth. Finding—and later being able to afford—dentures that fit well were an important part of his life for sixty years. Once his health began to deteriorate nearly as precipitously as his bank account in the last several years, that final set of dentures, lower quality and cost, made him look
TODAY'S SPECIAL Education Research Report

Education Research Report Millions more American children are attending school with students of other races, even as many urban schools remain deeply segregated by Jonathan Kantrowitz / now The number of children attending U.S. public schools with students of other races has nearly doubled over the past quarter century, a little-noticed surge that reflects the nation’s shifting demographics, a W
The La. “Teaching Authorization”: Potentially Teach for Life With No Ed Degree– But There’s a Catch | deutsch29

The La. “Teaching Authorization”: Potentially Teach for Life With No Ed Degree– But There’s a Catch On September 09, 2019, the Hechinger Report published an article entitled, “A New Teacher Vows to Help in a Classroom Full of Need: ‘Under the Right Conditions, They’d Be Stars.'” The article features a teaching intern who is part of the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency , an alternative teacher
North Carolina: Republican Legislators Trash Democracy | Diane Ravitch's blog

North Carolina: Republican Legislators Trash Democracy Republican legislators in North Carolina pulled a fast one on the Democrats. After assuring them that no votes were scheduled, the Republicans took advantage of the Democrats’ absence to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the Republican budget. https://apple.news/ARwmvDp7KQ1O0PQfx-alHAA NBC reported: “North Carolina House Democrats are c
Education Department threatens to suspend employee who provided The Post with budget data - The Washington Post

Education Department threatens to suspend employee who provided The Post with budget data The U.S. Education Department is proposing a five-day suspension for a budget analyst who provided information to The Washington Post about the Trump administration’s 2017 budget proposal before it was released, according to a letter sent to the employee. Her attorney says it is retaliation for whistleblowi
Mike Klonsky's Blog: Talk about privilege. Rich get to live longer. Poor & middle class don't.

Talk about privilege. Rich get to live longer. Poor & middle class don't. "Poverty is a life-threatening issue for millions of people in this country, and this report confirms it." —Sen. Bernie Sanders There are now around 100 million, or nearly a third of the U.S. population living in poverty or near poverty. This figure is missing from glowing news reports about the booming Trump economy. Whil
CURMUDGUCATION: Education and Remembering

Education and Remembering It's 9/11, and social media is plastered with a thousand variations on a single theme-- Never Forget. Well, of course we'll forget. First of all, we don't can't even articulate a shared version of what it is that we're remembering . That somebody once successfully attacked us? That we subsequently lost our national shit and chewed through a variety of civil liberties in
With A Brooklyn Accent: A Glimmer of Hope on September 11

A Glimmer of Hope on September 11 As I watched the Twin Towers fall from the my 6th Floor Seminar room in Dealy Hall at Fordham, I knew that our country would be tested as it never had been since the multiple crises of the 1960's Would we come out of this terrible ordeal , which would include the deaths of friends, co-workers, and family members, with our hearts hardened to the suffering of thos
Healing From Our Current Wreckage | Real Learning CT

Healing From Our Current Wreckage On the evening of September 11, 2001, I listened to the death toll from the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and from the plane crash in the fields of Pennsylvania. I knew too well what the sudden death of one loved family member does to the rest of that person’s one family and thought that the grief of 2,977 families in shock about the deaths

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About That School with the Shooter-Resistant Curved Walls | Teacher in a strange land

About That School with the Shooter-Resistant Curved Walls It’s been all over the news—state and national—recently: Fruitport Community Schools, in Muskegon, Michigan are building a new, state-of-the-art high school addition and revamp, designed to thwart an active shooter. There are curved hallways, and ‘wings’ (protrusions with no structural purpose) to disrupt sight-lines. There are hidey-hole
Billionaire Eli Broad’s Academy Is All About the Destruction of Public Education

Billionaire Eli Broad’s Academy Is All About the Destruction of Public Education By Thomas Ultican / Tultican In 2002, the billionaire, Eli Broad, established his own education leadership training program. Although he is the only person ever to create two Fortune 500 companies, Broad, who attended public school, has no other experience or training in education. However he is so rich, he can just
More Than 300 Privately-Operated Ohio Charter Schools Have Closed In 20 Years | Dissident Voice

More Than 300 Privately-Operated Ohio Charter Schools Have Closed In 20 Years Across the country, thousands of charter schools have closed in under 30 years. Corruption and poor academic performance are two key reasons for the high failure rate in the charter school sector. Between 1998 and 2019, 306 charter schools closed in Ohio. On average, that is more than one charter school closing per mon
Schools Matter: Extinction Rebellion (XR) Spawns Learning Rebellion (LR)

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Spawns Learning Rebellion (LR) XR Educators: Learning Rebellion sign up page. This will sign you up to the XR Educators newsletter, including further information about getting involved in actions inside and outside of educational institutions. Read more at http://learningrebellion.earth Follow at: http://twitter.com/XRLearningrebel https://www.facebook.com/XRLearningReb
A California hit to the gig economy and my days as a taxi driver. – Fred Klonsky

A CALIFORNIA HIT TO THE GIG ECONOMY AND MY DAYS AS A TAXI DRIVER News out of California this morning. The California Senate passed a bill that will expand the number of Californians classified as employees. The law requires companies to treat those who have been classified as contract workers as employees. That would be those who work in what is called the gig economy. The best known companies a
New Ohio Report: Cupp-Patterson Plan Creates Adequate School Funding but Must Be Corrected for Equity | janresseger

New Ohio Report: Cupp-Patterson Plan Creates Adequate School Funding but Must Be Corrected for Equity Ohio’s legislature will soon hold hearings on a new, much touted, desperately needed, bipartisan school funding plan . The plan was developed and proposed by Rep. Robert Cupp (R) and Rep. John Patterson (D), and has now been formally introduced as House Bill 305. Ohio’s current school funding fo
Jersey Jazzman: The State of New Jersey's Teachers, Part 2: A Failure To Achieve Diversity

The State of New Jersey's Teachers, Part 2: A Failure To Achieve Diversity I'm breaking down my new report for the New Jersey Policy Perspective on New Jersey's teachers in a series of blog posts: Part 1: Teachers, Aging, & Pensions * * * This graph is from the "short" version of my new report on New Jersey's teachers : About 1 in 5 students in New Jersey is a white female -- but two-thirds of N
Louisiana Educator: BESE Election Guide, Part II; Find Out Which Candidates Deserve Our Votes

BESE Election Guide, Part II; Find Out Which Candidates Deserve Our Votes An unholy alliance of non-educators now controls BESE I believe my previous posts on this blog have made it clear that the takeover of BESE by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and out-of-state billionaires, who have chosen to experiment with our school children, has been nothing short of a disaster
How NY State Ed Department is trying to weaken student privacy by allowing the selling & marketing of personal data | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy

HOW NY STATE ED DEPARTMENT IS TRYING TO WEAKEN STUDENT PRIVACY BY ALLOWING THE SELLING & MARKETING OF PERSONAL DATA The New York Board of Regents is currently considering whether to approve a radical weakening of the state student privacy law, which would allow the College Board, the ACT and other companies that contract with schools or districts to use the personal student information they coll
Mike Klonsky's Blog: Cunningham's response to the devastation of black communities? Bring in 'new people'.

Cunningham's response to the devastation of black communities? Bring in 'new people'. Just when you think we've heard the last from the disastrous duo of Arne Duncan and Peter Cunningham , they become media go-to guys on (of all things) gun violence and community development. Remember, this was the pair that ran the Chicago Public Schools and the U.S. Dept. of Education for years, promoting aust
“Proving the impossible”: Teacher’s union president Mercedes Martinez on the mass uprising for justice in Puerto Rico – I AM AN EDUCATOR

“Proving the impossible”: Teacher’s union president Mercedes Martinez on the mass uprising for justice in Puerto Rico First Published in The Progressive Jesse Hagopian spoke with Mercedes Martinez, president of the teachers union FederaciĆ³n de Maestros de Puerto Rico , the Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico or FMPR, as it is known, on July 26, one day after former Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo R

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Banana Break Big Education Special Edition

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Since Feb 2018 The CCSA And The LA Advocacy Council Have Been Scheming To Get Jose Cole-Gutierrez — LAUSD’s Chief Charter School Watchdog FIRED

At Least Since February 2018 The California Charter Schools Association And The Los Angeles Advocacy Council Have Been Scheming To Get Jose Cole-Gutierrez — LAUSD’s Chief Charter School Watchdog — Fired Since Feb 2018 The CCSA And The LA Advocacy Council Have Been Scheming To Get Jose Cole-Gutierrez AT LEAST SINCE FEBRUARY 2018 THE CALIFORNIA CHARTER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION AND THE LOS ANGELES ADVOCA
enrique baloyra: Why is ICE shooting at people in the streets? - YouTube

Why is ICE shooting at people in the streets? - YouTube Why is ICE shooting at people in the streets? enrique baloyra On Thursday an undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent opened fire in a Nashville immigrant neighborhood after a man refused to show his ID. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox claims the man was attempting to assault ICE agents. But surveillance video obtained by local news stat
Kentucky: What is the State PTA Hiding? | Diane Ravitch's blog

Kentucky: What is the State PTA Hiding? Gay Adelmann, founder of the parent activist group called Dear JCPS, recently requested the financial records of the Kentucky PTA . The PTA refused to turn them over, although they are supposed to be a matter of public record. (Jefferson County is synonymous with Louisville.) Dear JCPS co-founder, Gay Adelmann recently made a routine records request of the
America's Newest Outsourced Job: Public School Teachers - VICE

America's Newest Outsourced Job: Public School Teachers American public schools are looking to the Philippines to address a shortage of teachers around the country. MANILA — Outsourcing jobs is nothing new to the United States. The country has been recruiting foreign labor to do its dirty work for decades — farmers, meat-packers, home healthcare workers, cooks. But now the U.S. needs teachers, a
Oakland Unified to hire investigator to probe grade-fixing allegations | EdSource

Oakland Unified to hire investigator to probe grade-fixing allegations The Oakland Unified School District Thursday announced plans to hire an investigator to look into allegations by two former teachers that grades were changed for courses, including those taught online, to allow students to graduate. The allegations focus on Castlemont High in East Oakland and its use of a district online cred
Student-loan behemoth tightens its ties to Trump and DeVos - POLITICO

Student-loan behemoth tightens its ties to Trump and DeVos The company that rejected 99 percent of applicants for public-service loan forgiveness is leaning on political contacts as it comes under fire. The company that rejected all but 1 percent of applicants for a popular federal student-loan forgiveness plan — and that manages nearly a third of the nation’s $1.6 trillion of student loan debt
Tulsa: How Data and Gates Consultant Persuaded Public to Close Public Schools and Cut Their Budget | Diane Ravitch's blog

Tulsa: How Data and Gates Consultant Persuaded Public to Close Public Schools and Cut Their Budget This is a curious article about the makeover of Tulsa Public Schools, where the superintendent is Broadie and former Rhode Island Superintendent Deborah Gist. https://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/columnists/ginnie-graham-tulsa-public-schools-has-gone-through-major-reforms/article_4bc36885-c247-5858-9
OPINION: National Arts in Education Week celebrates the transformative powers of creative skills - The Hechinger Report

OPINION: National Arts in Education Week celebrates the transformative powers of creative skills A pathway to careers of the future T his week marks National Arts in Education Week , a time for us to highlight the transformative power of the arts in education. Arts education for all students is fundamental to a well-rounded education. The arts provide dimension and perspective, and they help stu
DC Charter School Performance “Almost” Matches Public Schools | tultican

DC Charter School Performance “Almost” Matches Public Schools By T. Ultican 9/8/2019 Washington DC charter schools did not significantly outperform public schools or even match them on the last two years of PARCC testing . These disappointing results for the charter school industry come almost a quarter-century after Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich teamed up to bring neoliberal education reform t
CURMUDGUCATION: Privatization and the Weather

Privatization and the Weather Like many Trumpian flaps, the recent Alabama hurricane flap du jour directed our attention to things we probably should have already been paying attention to-- in this case, the drive to privatize the US Weather Service. Barry Myers was the top lawyer for Accuweather, the weather service founded by his brother Joel. This article from Bloomberg Businessweek chronicle
Funds Should NOT Be Pulled From Schools to Fund a Border Wall - Network For Public Education

Funds Should NOT Be Pulled From Schools to Fund a Border Wall Last Wednesday, the Pentagon announced it would pull funds from its projects, including schools and daycare centers for military families, in order to comply with the President’s mandate to divert funding to build a border wall. Under the direction of the Department of Defense Education Activity , the Pentagon operates 163 schools in
Louisiana Educator: A Guide to BESE Elections, Part I

A Guide to BESE Elections, Part I Why BESE is the most critical, yet least understood body affecting public education in Louisiana The average Louisiana voter does not know what the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education does and most do not even know who represents them on BESE. BESE members historically have been low profile persons who were dedicated to public education. The BESE electio

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CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: No Teacher Shortage Edition (9/8)

ICYMI: No Teacher Shortage Edition (9/8) So about forty-eight hours ago I put up a post at Forbes.com that has been blowing up. It's an interesting study in the vagaries of the interwebz-- the post ( why it's important to recognize that there's not a teacher shortage ) makes some points that I have made before many times, and several other bloggers have made before, but somehow this time, it fou
DIANE ON A ROLL TODAY - 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 ON A ROLL TODAY Shani Robinson Speaks About Her Trial in Atlanta by dianeravitch / 24min Shani Robinson is one of the teachers who was convicted of cheating in the infamous Atlanta case. In her absorbing book None the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalizat
New Yorker: Did Jeffrey Epstein, Sexual Predator, Persuade Bill Gates to Donate $2 Million to MIT Media Lab? | Diane Ravitch's blog

New Yorker: Did Jeffrey Epstein, Sexual Predator, Persuade Bill Gates to Donate $2 Million to MIT Media Lab? The New Yorker magazine published an expose of Jeffrey Epstein’s connection to the MIT Media Lab and its efforts to conceal the connection. After the story appeared, the director of the Lab resigned. The article: The M.I.T. Media Lab, which has been embroiled in a scandal over accepting d
NYC Educator: IO Classroom Sucks

IO Classroom Sucks I used to write that Skedula sucks, but it became the first thing you saw when you googled Skedula. I'm not sure whether or not that's why they changed their name, but they still suck. One of the reasons they suck is they are totally unresponsive. They actually sent someone to my school a few years back, and asked us what we wanted to see improved. Of course, no improvements f
DIANE RAVITCH: The Walton Family plot to privatize the public schools of Arkansas | Salon.com

The Walton Family plot to privatize the public schools of Arkansas | Salon.com The Walton Family plot to privatize the public schools of Arkansas Have they no shame? T he headquarters of the Walton/Walmart billionaires is in Bentonville, Arkansas, so it is not surprising that the Walton Family Foundation and the members of the family (net worth: $100 billion) have decided to privatize the public
Are Teachers Trusted? - Teacher Habits

Are Teachers Trusted? For about half the days of the last 20 years, I have been trusted with other people’s children. I knew I would be when I decided to become a teacher. It’s an awesome responsibility and scary enough that I spend most of my time at work actively not thinking about it. I have taken large groups of children on field trips, where I am responsible for their safety. I’ve taught co
Time to End the Charter School Distraction | radical eyes for equity

Time to End the Charter School Distraction The 21st century charter school movement in the U.S. has been at least a deeply flawed solution for a misunderstood problem. But charter advocacy has also suffered from a serious contradictory pair of arguments aimed simultaneously at traditional public schools (TPS) and charter schools. As stringent high-stakes accountability gradually ramped up for TP
College Board Cancels Seattle SAT for Second Time in Two Weeks | deutsch29

College Board Cancels Seattle SAT for Second Time in Two Weeks The College Board is a bumbling operation. According to the College Board’s “SAT Test Closings” web page , the August 24, 2019, SAT administration was canceled at Franklin High School in Seattle and was supposed to be “made up” on Saturday, September 07, 2019. On the same page, the College Board states, “Test center closings for the
Every Charter School Must Be Closed Down – Every. Single. One. | gadflyonthewallblog

Every Charter School Must Be Closed Down – Every. Single. One. The problem with charter schools isn’t that they have been implemented badly. Nor is it that some are for-profit and others are not. The problem is the concept, itself . Put simply: charter schools are a bad idea. They always were a bad idea . And it is high time we put an end to them. I am overjoyed that lawmakers on both sides of t
CURMUDGUCATION: The College And Career Ready Scam Continues

The College And Career Ready Scam Continues ESSA requires schools to pick another measure of success, and many have gone with some version of gauging college and/or career readiness, but the results, as described by EdWeek, are a "hodge podge." But here come the folks at Achieve , the same folks who brought us all the beloved Common Core, with a state by state hodge-podgy guide to just how state
Badass Teachers Association Blog: Blaming Schools for Student Absences is Like Denouncing Doctors for Disease by Steven Singer

Blaming Schools for Student Absences is Like Denouncing Doctors for Disease by Steven Singer Originally posted at: https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/08/25/blaming-schools-for-student-absences-is-like-denouncing-doctors-for-disease/?fbclid=IwAR1LVoEzc5LkC_ZB_BduvzyaPe_IlOwzIBMBzfk6sT7CG4jhcUUCZVgsKi4 If something is wrong with children, it must be the school’s fault. Right? If kids can’t read,

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