Wednesday, June 10, 2020

"We Must be in It for the Long Haul" - Black Foundation Executives Request Action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism | Schott Foundation for Public Education

"We Must be in It for the Long Haul" - Black Foundation Executives Request Action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism | Schott Foundation for Public Education

"We Must be in It for the Long Haul" - Black Foundation Executives Request Action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism

“We are managing a pandemic within a pandemic. Police brutality is a scourge, it is a pandemic. The pre-existing condition before COVID, and it still exists, is racism.” -- Representative Ayanna Pressley
While COVID-19 is novel as a virus, the pestilence of anti-Black racism that dictates its disproportionate impact on Black communities is centuries old. Few things drive this point home more poignantly than the massive protests sparked by the recent killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade at the hands of the police and white vigilantes. The inability to breathe for Black people stricken with COVID-19 and George Floyd’s last breaths being stolen from him by a white police officer’s knee on his neck are profoundly painful symbols of the intersecting threats to Black life caused by the ubiquitous plague of anti-Black racism. 
For several weeks ABFE worked with over 60 Black Philanthropic CEOs in the US, including Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, to craft a set of imperatives for ensuring the well-being of Black communities to guide the philanthropic community’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. As we set to release our statement, the country erupted in righteous rage at the brutal murder of George Floyd and the demand to defend Black lives from state sanctioned violence. As the Black community struggles to manage these overlapping pandemics, we challenge philanthropy to be bold and be inspired by the courage of the protestors who are risking their well-being for the sake of defending Black lives.          
Our long-term goal is to free Black people from disparate treatment that result in the racial disparities we see in COVID-19, police brutality and on almost every indicator of well-being. To get there, we must dismantle the structures (institutional policies and practices) that disadvantage and marginalize Black people as well as the false narratives about Black communities that allow for continued inhumane treatment. This will lead to stronger Black communities. Philanthropy has a critical role to play and must step forward. In addition, a more robust partnership moving forward between philanthropy, government, businesses and Black communities is needed to address immediate needs and opportunities (targeted COVID-19 relief and police reform); as well as the longer-term strategies to address racial inequity. We need deep, transformative institutional change in this country; foundations and donors that support Black communities, in addition to those from other sectors (government, business, etc.) must commit to and deploy an equity analysis to investments moving forward. This is a marathon, not a sprint and all of us in philanthropy must be in it for the long haul.  
Our imperatives for the philanthropic sector are follows (for the full document, click here):   
1. BUILD AGENCY. Increase investments in Black-led organizations that connect individuals and families to a wide CONTINUE READING: "We Must be in It for the Long Haul" - Black Foundation Executives Request Action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism | Schott Foundation for Public Education

 

New Estimate to Reopen Schools After Coronavirus: $116.5 Billion | Education News | US News

New Estimate to Reopen Schools After Coronavirus: $116.5 Billion | Education News | US News

New Estimate to Reopen Schools After Coronavirus: $116.5 Billion
A projection by the American Federation of Teachers estimated that America’s K-12 schools will need an average of $1.2 million each to reopen from coronavirus-related closures.


A SOBERING NEW ESTIMATE for how much it will cost schools to reopen in the fall – both safely and with the proper academic and emotional supports in place for the 55 million children whose schools were shuttered as the coronavirus spread across the U.S. – puts the total financial burden at $116.5 billion.
"This is a five-alarm fire," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the 1.7-million member teachers union that calculated the estimate.
"Since late April we have been exploring ways to safely reopen school buildings in the fall," she said. "Our children need it, and our families deserve it. Our educators want it, and the economy won't recover without it. But if schools can't get the money they need to safely reopen, then they won't reopen, period."
According to AFT's analysis, the average school will need an additional $1.2 million, or $2,300 per student, to open its doors.
The cost estimate is the second to surface this week, coming just hours before the Senate Health, Education, Pensions and Labor Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday morning about what it will take to safely reopen the country's K-12 schools.
Earlier this week, AASA, the School Superintendents Association, and the Association of School Business Officials International, said that in order to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's safety recommendations for reopening, school districts will be forced to spend nearly $2 million per district that they hadn't budgeted for – a cost so prohibitive that some are now scrapping plans for in-person classes entirely this fall.
Baked into the AFT's more severe analysis, which more than quadruples previous estimates, is funding for instructional staff, distance learning, before- and after-school care, transportation, personal protective equipment, cleaning and health supplies, health staffing, custodial and cleaning staff, meeting children's social and emotional needs and additional academic support for students.
The biggest ticket items include $36 billion for additional academic support for students CONTINUE READING: New Estimate to Reopen Schools After Coronavirus: $116.5 Billion | Education News | US News

Arkansas: Preparing to Sell the Children to Tech Entrepreneurs | Diane Ravitch's blog

Arkansas: Preparing to Sell the Children to Tech Entrepreneurs | Diane Ravitch's blog

Arkansas: Preparing to Sell the Children to Tech Entrepreneurs


Cathy Frye is a veteran journalist who worked for the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, then quit when she decided she could no longer stomach being part of the Walton Goubdation machine.
She writes here about the plan to outsource schooling this fall to a tech corporation that is under investigation.
She writes:
I got curious and took a little gander today at the Arkansas Public School Center’s website. And yep, there it was – APSRC’s latest attempt to help its digital “learning” providers by – once again – taking advantage of the pandemic’s effects on public schools.
Pay attention, folks: This partnership – announced today – involves the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, the Arkansas Department of Education and an outfit known as Lincoln Learning Solutions. This partnership will affect how public schools operate during the 2020-2021 school year.
APSRC and the Arkansas Department of Education are endorsing a digital learning provider that is currently CONTINUE READING: Arkansas: Preparing to Sell the Children to Tech Entrepreneurs | Diane Ravitch's blog

“Science of Reading” Advocacy Stumbles, Falls – radical eyes for equity

“Science of Reading” Advocacy Stumbles, Falls – radical eyes for equity

“Science of Reading” Advocacy Stumbles, Falls


First, the stumble.
Yet another education journalist (also identified as a novelist and historian), Natalie Wexler, has weighed in on the “science of reading” (SoR). Wexler isn’t an educator, and she seems to suffer from the Columbus Syndrome far too common among journalists covering education.
I am not linking to the article, but it has already been updated since Wexler has received strong challenges to her tactics in this over-stated and misleading article
Accompanying the standard misrepresentations about teaching reading in the U.S., Wexler attempts to cast an accusatory shadow—invoking racism—over teaching reading by joining the “science of reading” propaganda movement.
However, Zaretta Hammond set the record straight on Twitter. In brief, Hammond challenges Wexler’s jumbled attempts at calling out racism and misguided references to recent racist police violence as well as implicating CONTINUE READING: “Science of Reading” Advocacy Stumbles, Falls – radical eyes for equity

Minneapolis and Growing List of Other School Districts Cease Employing Armed Police as School Resource Officers | janresseger

Minneapolis and Growing List of Other School Districts Cease Employing Armed Police as School Resource Officers | janresseger

Minneapolis and Growing List of Other School Districts Cease Employing Armed Police as School Resource Officers


In the aftermath of the tragic police killing of George Floyd and the widespread protests of police brutality that have followed, the Schott Foundation for Public Education comments: “We want to lift up one ray of hope in this dark moment: The Minneapolis Board of Education made in important step… when it voted to sever its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department… which until now had been the recipient of more than $1 million in education funds to put its officers in schools… The danger of police officers in schools—and their contribution to creating the school-to-prison pipeline that threatens so many children of color—is well documented and their removal has been a central demand of education justice organizations that Schott is proud to support….”
Several school districts have followed the lead of the Minneapolis Board of Education including the schools of Rochester, New York, and Portland, Oregon.  It also looks as though the members of the Denver, Colorado Board of Education will vote to terminate the employment of police school resource officers, known everywhere these days as SROs.
In a  short, 2015 guidance document, the American Civil Liberties Union explains why police guards do not belong in public schools: “Many under-resourced schools become pipeline gateways by placing increased reliance on police rather than teachers and administrators to maintain discipline. Growing numbers of districts employ school resource officers to patrol school hallways, often with little or no training in working with youth.  As a result, children are far more likely to be subject to school-based arrests—the majority of which are for nonviolent offenses, such as disruptive behavior—than they were a generation ago.  The rise CONTINUE READING: Minneapolis and Growing List of Other School Districts Cease Employing Armed Police as School Resource Officers | janresseger

CURMUDGUCATION: Without The Big Standardized Test, Would Schools Be Flying Blind?

CURMUDGUCATION: Without The Big Standardized Test, Would Schools Be Flying Blind?

Without The Big Standardized Test, Would Schools Be Flying Blind?

The future of the big standardized test is in doubt. This year’s pandemic pause made the annual rite of spring both logistically impossible and generally pointless as a means of data collection. With the year thoroughly disrupted, there was no chance that the tests would generate any sort of usable information, but their cancellation raises two more questions—wouldn’t testing next year be equally pointless, particularly when the time could be better spent helping students catch up, and wouldn’t a two-year hiatus be the perfect time to end the practice entirely?
As noted in the delightfully-titled “Statewide Standardized Assessments Were in Peril Even Before the Coronavirus. Now They’re Really in Trouble,” the testing regimen has been falling out of favor with a wide variety of folks. Two years ago I was writing about the eroding support for high stakes testing, and things have not improved since,
This could be the end, but the annual Big Standardized Test still has its supporters. Some argue that even more testing will be required when schools open, perhaps to determine if students move up a grade, while one advocate tweeted that scrapping the tests means “we’ll fly blind.” That echoes the argument for the high stakes tests that has been pushed CONTINUE READING: CURMUDGUCATION: Without The Big Standardized Test, Would Schools Be Flying Blind?

Upcoming: 2020 Summer Webinar Series – radical eyes for equity

Upcoming: 2020 Summer Webinar Series – radical eyes for equity

Upcoming: 2020 Summer Webinar Series


No Need to Catch Up: Teaching Without a Deficit Lens
with Paul Thomas
Thursday, June 25, 2020
4:00 p.m. EST
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Upcoming: 2020 Summer Webinar Series – radical eyes for equity

COVID 19: FSMC Monitoring and Allowable Costs Q&A - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)

COVID 19: FSMC Monitoring and Allowable Costs Q&A - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)

COVID 19: FSMC Monitoring and Allowable Costs Q&A


On June 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Policy Memorandum SP 21-2020, CACFP 12-2020, SFSP 12-2020: Questions and Answers (Q&A) related to Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Contracts and Allowable Costs during the COVID-19 PandemicExternal link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). It provides further guidance related to the flexibility provided under COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #19: Nationwide waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program. Additional questions and answers address documentation requirements for food safety inspections; as well as allowable costs as they pertain to personal protective equipment, provision of non-congregate meal service, staff salaries, and non-refundable program costs.
For more comprehensive COVID-19 guidance, please visit the School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals web page.
Contact Information
For any questions regarding these waivers, please contact your respective program’s County Specialist. The County Specialist for each program can be found in the following Form IDs in the CNIPS Download Forms section:
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)—Form ID SFSP 01.
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Seamless Summer Option (SSO)—Form ID Caseload.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)—Form ID CACFP 01.
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609

Organized to Disrupt | tultican

Organized to Disrupt | tultican
Organized to Disrupt


By Thomas Ultican 6/10/2020
The New Schools Venture Fund (NSVF) is the Swiss army knife of public school privatization. It promotes education technology development, bankrolls charter school creation, develops charter management organizations and sponsors school leadership training groups. Since its founding in 1998, a small group of people with extraordinary wealth have been munificent in their support. NSVF is a significant asset in the billionaire funded drive to end democratically run public schools and replace them with privatized corporate structures.

1990’s Silicon Valley was a Happening Place

Mark Andreessen had just co-written the world’s first web-browser, Mosaic, before he came to town from the University of Illinois to co-found Netscape. John Doerr left Intel in 1980 to join the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins where his reputation for picking winners became legendary. His wins include Amazon, AOL, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Google, Netscape and Twitter. Internet search engines were in their infancy when in 1999 Doerr convinced his partners to put $12.5 million into Google. Five years later that investment turned into billions.
Like elsewhere in America, every little strip mall in San Jose, California had a Blockbuster video rental store. In 1997, Reed Hastings and Netflix co-founder Mark Reynolds came up with a disruptive idea that put Blockbuster out of business. For a monthly fee, they offered DVD’s by mail with no late charges. Blockbuster did not adapt fast enough and went bankrupt.
In the Valley, everyone was aware that their business could be just one new technology innovation away from being the next Blockbuster.
“DoWopDon” Shalvey was the superintendent of schools in San Carlos, California a bedroom community about a third of the way up the peninsula between San Jose and San Francisco. When California passed its 1992 charter school legislation, Shalvey’s application for a charter turned into California’s first charter school. It officially opened in August 1994.
Apparently, Don Shalvey was an amateur DJ and very into music. His twitter handle is @dooWopDon.
Shalvey joined with Reed Hastings in writing a statewide initiative for the 1998 ballot that lifted the cap on charter schools and eased restrictions on starting one. At that time, Hastings was made president of Technology Network, a bipartisan lobbying group formed by Silicon Valley CEOs. With their support, CONTINUE READING: Organized to Disrupt | tultican

Yup, Police PACS Give A Lot Of Money – redqueeninla

Yup, Police PACS Give A Lot Of Money – redqueeninla

Yup, Police PACS Give A Lot Of Money



There’s been some shock about LA City Council members receipt of monies from the LA Police Protective League.
But they all do it, accept money from these PACS.
Here’s the collected contributions to politicians between 2017-2020 from off calaccess of LAPPL, ID# 743579.  There are 170 currently active “Recipient Cmtes” registered throughout the state with the name “Police” in their title. There are four different recipient committees for the “LA Police Protective League” alone. And there are many more LA-based law enforcement associations. This is just one of these PACS. And it contributed a total of $2.5m (so far) to various candidates statewide in the 3½ years between 2017 – 2020.
The table below is organized by the last office type a politician ran for. So if Suzy Q ran for school board and then later Assembly, both contributions get listed as CONTINUE READING: Yup, Police PACS Give A Lot Of Money – redqueeninla

Teach for America’s 2020 Trainees to Enter the Classroom with Only Tutoring Experience | deutsch29

Teach for America’s 2020 Trainees to Enter the Classroom with Only Tutoring Experience | deutsch29

Teach for America’s 2020 Trainees to Enter the Classroom with Only Tutoring Experience


In this time of school closures and social distancing, teacher temp agency, Teach for America (TFA), has decided to “train” its 2020 corps members online.
As former TFAer-gone-career teacher, Gary Rubinstein, writes, pre-COVID, TFA trainees actually teach on average one hour per day over the course of four weeks during the summer, in classrooms which they share with four other TFA trainees.
As such, TFA trainees have no experience teaching even one entire school day in a classroom in which the trainee is responsible for all instruction.
And now, with the social restrictions and classroom complexities introduced by the coronavirus, TFA’s 2020 trainees will have no experience being in charge of a classroom– not even an entire classroom online.
Their big exposure to students will come in the form of online tutoring via a summer reading program offered by Springboard Collective, a nonprofit started by TFA alum Alejandro Gibes de Gac (Springboard Collective derives from an entrepreneurial pitch at TFA’s 20th Anniversary Summit in 2010. TFA offered Gibes de Gac $5,000 in seed money to fund the pilot in 2011.)
Springboard Collaborative is excited to announce a joint partnership CONTINUE READING: Teach for America’s 2020 Trainees to Enter the Classroom with Only Tutoring Experience | deutsch29

 

DID YOU MISS DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG TODAY? A site to discuss better education for all

Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all



DID YOU MISS DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG TODAY? 
A site to discuss better education for all


TODAY

Watters: Toward a Future Of Humanity, Caring, and Grace
Audrey Watters gave a talk at the Academic Technology Institute. I am always interested in her writing because she is truly an original thinker. She sees the future of surveillance, control, and loss of human agency. She is our Cassandra. Some things never change. Some things seem to change despite our efforts. Audrey gives up hope in a desperate time that we can still stop the machines that seek
Audrey Watters: From Grief to Resistance
Audrey Watters summarizes the present crisis that grips the nation. Uncontainable. Inconsolable. Over the past few months, we have all experienced the grotesque failures of the state, and we’ve all lost something to the pandemic — directly or indirectly from the disease. But racism and white supremacy are the scourge that have destroyed so much more, for so much longer. “America Is Giving Up on t
Arkansas: Preparing to Sell the Children to Tech Entrepreneurs
Cathy Frye is a veteran journalist who worked for the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, then quit when she decided she could no longer stomach being part of the Walton Goubdation machine. She writes here about the plan to outsource schooling this fall to a tech corporation that is under investigation. She writes: I got curious and took a little gander today at the Arkansas Public School Cen
Pennsylvania: Charter Leader Steps Down After Writing that Floyd Protestors “Disgust” Her
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools [sic] announced that its executive director had stepped down. This followed the controversy that erupted after she wrote on her Facebook page that the protests over George Floyd’s brutal killing disgusted her, then removed the post. Too late.

YESTERDAY

Trump’s Goofiest Lie
Trump is desperate to justify his threat to send the military to “dominate” America’s cities. He is also shaken by his declining poll numbers. So he tweeted that the 75-year-old Buffalo man who was roughly shoved to the ground by police officers and got a bad head wound was actually part of an ANTIFA (“anti-fascist”) group of provocateurs, and he staged his own mishap, perhaps as a publicity stun
DeVos Insists on Denying Federal CARES Aid to Undocumented Students
In another act of gratuitous cruelty, Betsy DeVos insists that undocumented students should get no emergency aid, although Congress did not pass such a restriction. Politico reports: DEVOS SEEKS TO ENFORCE RESTRICTIONS ON PANDEMIC RELIEF GRANTS THROUGH REGULATION: The Trump administration will roll out a new regulation this week that restricts which college students may receive emergency grants t
Trump Unilaterally Pulls Significant Number of U.S. Troops Out of Germany, to Spite Angela Merkel
The editorial board of the Washington Post denounced Trump for abruptly withdrawing one-third of American troops from Germany, in retaliation for Chancellor Merkel’s rejection of his invitation to have a snap summit. IN A transparent attempt to boost his sagging political fortunes, President Trump proposed to stage a summit meeting of the Group of Seven nations in Washington this month, with Vlad
Jamaal Bowman for Congress in the Bronx!
I have known Jamaal Bowman as an enlightened educator and a fighter for social justice. Right now, he is running for Congress against a senior Democrat, Elliot Engel. Engel is a 16-term member of Congress and chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Most people think of Jamaal as a long shot. But the times are changing. Jamaal has raised nearly $1 million. He was endorsed by AOC. He is young and e
Boston: “Here’s Monica, with a Sea of People Behind Her”
This is a story of a community organizer, Monica Cannon-Grant, who has used her character, determination, and passion to create a force on behalf of the black community of Boston. She is relentless. She demonstrates the power of one person to make change. She makes real the quote attributed to Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: i
Colin Powell, GW Bush, Other GOP Leaderrs Will Not Vote for Trump
Trump is losing the support of prominent Republican figures and military leaders. They can’t support the re-election of a man who is systematically destroying the country. WASHINGTON — It was one thing in 2016 for top Republicans to take a stand against Donald J. Trump for president: He wasn’t likely to win anyway, the thinking went, and there was no ongoing conservative governing agenda that wou
DeVos Illegally Seizes $2.2 Billion from Indebted College Students
Just when you think Betsy DeVos, like Trump, has hit rock bottom, she does another utterly vile deed to harm vulnerable students. Get this: in the middle of a global pandemic and an economic meltdown, with millions of people out of work, the DeVos Department of Education ilegally seized $2.2 billion from students who were in debt. Adam S. Minsky wrote in Forbes: In response to a class action laws
Insult of the Day in the Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal, which has a teacher-bashing, union-hating pro-privatization editorial board, published an editorial warning about the dangers of policing the police. The editorial included these sentences. “There’s a case for police reforms, in particular more public transparency about offenses by 
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