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Police Reform and School Reform (Part 3) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Police Reform and School Reform (Part 3) Just as a half-century ago when the Kerner Commission Report laid out a series of police reforms, cities were also in turmoil over low academic performance of minority students, traditional curricula, mostly white staffs and insensitive superintendents. Urban disturbances in 1967-1970, for example, caused school closures and rapid turnover of school chief
CURMUDGUCATION: No, Software Still Can't Grade Student Essays
No, Software Still Can't Grade Student Essays One of the great white whales of computer-managed education and testing is the dream of robo-scoring, software that can grade a piece of writing as easily and efficiently as software can score multiple choice questions. Robo-grading would be swift, cheap, and consistent. The only problem after all these years is that it still can’t be done. Still, ed
John Thompson: Trump in Tulsa: Come for the Racism, Stay for the Plague | Diane Ravitch's blog
John Thompson: Trump in Tulsa: Come for the Racism, Stay for the Plague John Thompson, retired teacher and historian in Oklahoma, is keeping a close watch on the Trump rally and its risks to public health. He reports from the front lines of a city that’s about to dare COVID-19 to show its stuff at tonight’s indoor rally for 19,000 people. You can be sure that Trump will not wear a mask. Not wear
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CURMUDGUCATION: AEI And The Commodification Of Education
AEI And The Commodification Of Education The American Enterprise Institute comes from that part of the ed reform spectrum devoted to free market approaches. But a new report from AEI really pushes the boundaries of treating education as a commodity like a house or a piece of jewelry. Really. The report is entitled " An Appraisal Market for K-12 Education " and it's authored by Lindsey Burke, the
Student Support Circle on Implicit Bias - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education) #STRONGERTOGETHER
Student Support Circle on Implicit Bias - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education) State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Hosts Virtual Student Support Circle on Institutional Racism and Implicit Bias with California Surgeon General SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education (CDE) hosted an online panel of students Thursday to create a space
Mike Klonsky's Blog: Oh no. Look who's back. It's General Tata
Oh no. Look who's back. It's General Tata Sarah Palin with Gen. Tata I first wrote about Gen. Anthony J. Tata back in 2012. Back then it was considered hip for some reason, to put generals and admirals and such, in charge of the schools. We did it here in Chicago when Rahm Emanuel appointed Marine Col. Tim Tyrrell and paid him $180,000/year to run his mass school-closing operation. Tata, a briga
This Week With Newblackman (In Exile)
NewBlackMan (in Exile) Marcus Strickland—"On My Mind Remix” (feat. Bilal, Pharoahe Monch & Greg Tate) by Mark Anthony Neal / 16h ' ON MY MIND , a film by Petra Richterov√° & Jennifer Galvin , is an abstract, Afro-cosmic film, aesthetically and symbolically grounded in African culture and New York history. Based on vanguard saxophonist and composer Marcus Strickland ’s latest track "On My Mind rem
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
Education Research Report THIS WEEK Education Research Report Higher math or science achievement among women STEM majors than men by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 1d While some STEM majors have a one-to-one male-to-female ratio, physics, engineering and computer science (PECS) majors consistently have some of the largest gender imbalances among U.S. college majors - with about four men to every woman in
SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 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 SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 YESTERDAY New Resources For Teaching About Confederate – & Other – Monuments by Larry Ferlazzo / 9h bmoreprep / Pixabay Here are some very important and impressive additions to The B
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 John Thompson: Trump in Tulsa: Come for the Racism, Stay for the Plague by dianeravitch / 21min John Thompson, retired teacher and historian in Oklahoma, is keeping a close watch on the Trump rally and its risks to public health. He reports from

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Educators of Color and Education Scholars of Color Speak Out Against Failed Billionaire-Backed “Reforms” | Diane Ravitch's blog
Educators of Color and Education Scholars of Color Speak Out Against Failed Billionaire-Backed “Reforms” Over 600 educators of color and education scholars of color have signed a statement opposing failed billionaire-backed “reforms” intended to privatize public schools and deprofessionalize teaching. The statement was drafted by Kevin Kumashiro and can be found on his website , along with the l
SPECIAL EDITION PROTEST AND EDUCATION 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 SPECIAL EDITION PROTEST AND EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 MANY New Resources For Learning About Juneteenth by Larry Ferlazzo / 2h Here are many new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About Juneteenth : Why Juneteenth Ma
Shawgi Tell: Current Environment Provides Opportunity to Intensify Resistance to Charter Schools | Dissident Voice
Current Environment Provides Opportunity to Intensify Resistance to Charter Schools | Dissident Voice Current Environment Provides Opportunity to Intensify Resistance to Charter Schools Funding Private Enterprises With Public Funds Must Be Outlawed. Defund Charter Schools. Now is not the time to divert even more public funds to private businesses like charter schools. Disaster capitalism has harm
Going Back to a Better School: NEA Issues Guidance on Reopening
Going Back to a Better School: NEA Issues Guidance on Reopening Many schools across the country will in all likelihood reopen in the fall for the 2020-21 school year. States are currently reviewing potential models that maximize both learning – whether in-person or continued remote instruction – and health and safety. Still, because of continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic,
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 – BillMoyers.com
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 When Donald Trump planned a campaign rally for June 19th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it was a double insult to African Americans. There are many events in American history that most white adults would not be able to identify, much less appreciate their significance. The Red Summer of 1919, the Rosewood Massacre, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. In 1923, in Rosewood, F
A Virtual Charter School Company Says Covid-19 Is the ‘Tailwind’ It’s Been Waiting For - In These Times
A Virtual Charter School Company Says Covid-19 Is the ‘Tailwind’ It’s Been Waiting For Critics say online learning is failing low-income students. But some for-profit companies are pushing to make it the new normal. When schools nationwide began closing their doors this spring as the result of Covid-19, many students, parents and teachers felt stress and uncertainty. Online education companies s
Barbara Madeloni: Educators, Remote Learning, and Reopening - LA Progressive
Educators, Remote Learning, and Reopening - LA Progressive Educators, Remote Learning, and Reopening Teachers Must Set the Terms for How and When Schools Reopen dc]I[/dc]n a matter of days in mid-March, educators were expected to move classes online, work from home, and manage their own fear and uncertainty—all while worried for students whom they suddenly couldn’t see, talk to, or reassure. Even
Schott Commemorates Juneteenth | Schott Foundation for Public Education
Schott Commemorates Juneteenth On June 19, 1865, a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were read General Order No. 3, announcing the total emancipation of those held as slaves. Starting in 1866, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually not just for emancipation in Texas, but as a symbol of freedom from slavery across the country. While General Order No. 3 was announced by Maj. Gen. Gordo
Standardized Tests Increase School Segregation | gadflyonthewallblog
Standardized Tests Increase School Segregation Let’s say your community has two schools. One serves mostly white students and the other serves mostly black students. How do you eliminate such open segregation? After all, in 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down school segregation in Brown vs. Board of Education as essentially separate and unequal . It’s been nearly 70 years. We must have a rec
glen brown: History of Juneteenth
History of Juneteenth “Later attempts to explain this two-and-a-half-year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the
Once Again, Ohio Legislature Protects Rich School Districts and Preserves Funding Cuts for Poor Districts | janresseger
Once Again, Ohio Legislature Protects Rich School Districts and Preserves Funding Cuts for Poor Districts In early May, after it became clear that COVID-19-driven business closures and growing layoffs had already resulted in a precipitous drop in tax receipts, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine cut the current Ohio budget by $775 million, including $300 million from the state’s 610 school districts. The
Can We De-Police Schools and Assure Safety for Students and Staff? | Ed In The Apple
Can We De-Police Schools and Assure Safety for Students and Staff? A world turned right side up … the grandchildren of the civil rights demonstrators of the sixties seized the day, injustices centuries old bubbled and erupted, maybe our quiescent world is changing. In New York State a number of police accountability and transparency concepts rapidly passed the legislature, signed by the governor
DACA: The Supreme Court is on the right side of history - Lily's Blackboard
DACA: The Supreme Court is on the right side of history Today the Supreme Court, this Supreme Court, handed a huge blow to the Trump administration by supporting our Dreamers! The Court’s decision is a stinging rebuke of the Trump administration’s ill-conceived attempt to end DACA, deeming it “arbitrary and capricious.” The DACA ruling comes the same week the Court decided a landmark case uphold
Banks should “social distance” from education | Live Long and Prosper
Banks should “social distance” from education An artist’s conception of Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN, and Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-WI pontificating about education. NO (in-person) SCHOOL, NO MONEY! U.S. Congressman, Jim Banks (IN-03), along with a colleague from Wisconsin, have decided that the health of those who attend school, work in schools, or are related to those who attend or work in schools doesn’t m

JUN 18

Police Reform and School Reform (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Police Reform and School Reform (Part 2) Public schools and police departments are core community institutions. Locally controlled, there are 18,000 police departments and over 13,000 school districts in the U.S. State legislatures and city councils levy taxes to fund these institutions. One is charged to protect and serve; the other to make responsible citizens, prepare the young for the workpl
Diane Ravitch in conversation with Julian Vasquez Heilig | Cloaking Inequity
DIANE RAVITCH IN CONVERSATION WITH JULIAN VASQUEZ HEILIG Last night I had a chance to sit down with Diane Ravitch on Zoom and discuss what should be next for the US public education system. A ponderous Diane Ravitch Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others. Check out and follow my YouTube channel here . Twitter: @ProfessorJVH Click here for Vitae.
NYC Public School Parents: Send a letter TODAY to NYC Council Speaker & leaders that school budgets must be increased, not cut
Send a letter TODAY to NYC Council Speaker & leaders that school budgets must be increased, not cut Please send a letter to the Speaker Johnson today and the Education and Finance Council chairs to say that the DOE budget should NOT be cut next year , as the Mayor has proposed; but instead, school funding should be increased so they can hire more teachers, counselors, nurses, custodial staff as
In the Public Interest: Charter Schools in Oakland Are Tapping into Coronavirus Relief Funds | Diane Ravitch's blog
In the Public Interest: Charter Schools in Oakland Are Tapping into Coronavirus Relief Funds The nonprofit, nonpartisan “In the Public Interest” joined forces with Parents United for Public Schools in Oakland to investigate whether charter schools in that city were double-dipping, taking public school money and also taking federal funds intended for small businesses. Their conclusion: Oakland ch
What we do — and don’t — know about schools reopening for fall - The Washington Post
It’s mid-June and schools still aren’t sure how they will open for 2020-21. Here’s why — and what’s likely to happen. It’s mid-June and most school district superintendents still haven’t announced exactly what schools will look like when they open for the 2020-21 school year. In many places, reopening will be in August, which doesn’t give them a lot of time to decide and put the plans in motion.
Staff at Success Academy Complain about Eva Moskowitz’s Insensitivity to Racism | Diane Ravitch's blog
Staff at Success Academy Complain about Eva Moskowitz’s Insensitivity to Racism A teacher at the acclaimed Success Academy charter chain in New York City publicly complained about Eva Moskowitz’s silence after the murder of George Floyd. Alex Zimmerman of Chalkbeat reported: Four days after the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, a Brooklyn Success Academy teacher emailed her netw
Arrested Development: How Police Ended Up in Schools – Have You Heard
Arrested Development: How Police Ended Up in Schools Have You Heard had a question: how did cops end up in US public schools in the first place? To find the answer, we head to Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. With the aid of a trio of experts—historians Matt Kautz, Judith Kafka, and Louis Mercer—we learn about what prompted the entry of police into each city’s schools. And some common themes eme
Leaders of the New School - LA Progressive
Leaders of the New School Photo: Courtesy Wade Kyle T uesday marked the first day of summer vacation and I took to the streets to march for student rights. I drove to Miguel Contras Learning Center in Los Angeles, expecting to hear UTLA’s new president, Cecily Myart Cruz, speak on defunding the police. Something entirely different took place. I saw people of all ages in the crowd—Whites, Blacks,
‘It’s just way too much to take on’: School systems struggle with the politics of reopening - POLITICO
‘It’s just way too much to take on’: School systems struggle with the politics of reopening Governors promise to put kids back in class in a matter of weeks, but school officials are largely stuck navigating the messy details. School superintendents and principals are staring at an impossible equation. Governors are promising to put kids back in classrooms in a matter of weeks, but it’s mostly s
Russ on Reading: Instruction for the Vulnerable Reader: Assessment
Instruction for the Vulnerable Reader: Assessment In order to help a child become better at reading, a teacher needs to have a handle on what the child knows and is able to do. All learning builds on prior learning, so a good clear idea of a child's understanding at the point where instruction begins is clearly a priority. This information is not readily available from standardized tests, invent
CURMUDGUCATION: Rebecca Friedrichs Still Hates The Teachers Unions
Rebecca Friedrichs Still Hates The Teachers Unions In 2014, Rebecca Friedrichs, after twenty-some years in the classroom, decided to go ahead and be the face of a lawsuit that would be derailed when Justice Scalia died. The court would eventually get to take their shot at unions with the Janus case. But while Friedrichs may have lost a lawsuit, she did manage to launch a career as a far-right Ch
antiracismdsa: Defend DACA And All Undocumented #DEFENDDACA
antiracismdsa: Defend DACA And All Undocumented Defend DACA And All Undocumented Editor’s Note: On Monday morning, Latino Rebels received the following open letter for publication. It has since been published on Medium by the organizers who drafted the letter and gathered signatures. On the eighth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, we’re releasi
Free Statewide Online Suicide Prevention Training - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Free Statewide Online Suicide Prevention Training Program SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that the California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with the San Diego County Office of Education, is launching a free online suicide prevention training program available to middle and high scho
Special Education Paraeducators Navigate Distance Learning - NEA Today
Special Education Paraeducators Navigate Distance Learning Whitney Barber, a special education paraprofessional at Middlebury Union Middle School in Middlebury, Vermont, admits she’s a worrier by nature. But her worries about her students and the COVID-19 pandemic are a constant cascade. “I worry about all of the children and the unknown traumas; what their daily life is like stuck at home, espe

JUN 17

School Field Trip Turns Into a Tour of Our Nation’s Unhealed Scars | gadflyonthewallblog
School Field Trip Turns Into a Tour of Our Nation’s Unhealed Scars You’ve got to be a little crazy to take a bunch of teenagers on a field trip – especially overnight and out of town. But that’s what I did, and – yeah – guilty as charged. For the second time in my more than 15-year career as a public school teacher , I volunteered along with a group of parents and other teachers to escort my cla
National Education Policy Center Interview of the Month: Yours Truly | Diane Ravitch's blog
National Education Policy Center Interview of the Month: Yours Truly This is a really fun interview with Chris Saldana of NEPC, in which we talk about the important education issues of our time. I think you will enjoy it. Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Publication Announcement NEPC’s June Education Interview of the Month: Teacher Strikes, Philanthropy, and Public Education KEY TAKEAWAY: NEPC Education I
Jersey Jazzman: On Comparing Education Spending Across Time
On Comparing Education Spending Across Time I’ve noticed a lot of back-and-forth recently on social media about education spending – specifically, on how spending has changed over the years in the United States. The usual context is someone complaining about how spending in K-12 schooling has soared over the past few decades, but outcomes haven’t improved. I and others have repeatedly pointed ou
NYC Public School Parents: Talk out of School podcast on charter schools getting PPP funds and how teachers and parents should talk to kids about race and racism
Talk out of School podcast on charter schools getting PPP funds and how teachers and parents should talk to kids about race and racism This morning on the Talk out of School podcast on WBAI, I spoke to Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education , about their research on charter schools that applied for funds under the Payroll Protection Program, meant for struggling sma
University of California Votes to Restore Affirmative Action
University of California Votes to Restore Affirmative Action 24 Years After Its Repeal In 1996, the state of California passed proposition 209 which prohibited race and gender from being a factor in university admissions. Now, some 24 years later, the University of California voted unanimously to restore affirmative action. The move was made in the hope of diversifying their student population,
When "Progressive" White People Perfect Progressive Racism And Call It "Allyship" - Philly's 7th Ward
WHEN “PROGRESSIVE” WHITE PEOPLE PERFECT PROGRESSIVE RACISM AND CALL IT “ALLYSHIP” Good people, it looks like the smoke rising from Minneapolis has inspired so many “allies” to ask: “what can we do to help.” And, as a matter of solidarity, folks have focused intently on defunding or reforming or lightly tapping the Minneapolis Police Department. That is a fine goal if people are serious (hint: th
How to Be an Anti-racist Teacher - The Atlantic
What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently They view the success of black students as central to the success of their own teaching. Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that numb
Billionaire Reed Hastings Plans Luxury Resort to Train Teachers to Think Like Him | Diane Ravitch's blog
Billionaire Reed Hastings Plans Luxury Resort to Train Teachers to Think Like Him VOX reports on billionaire Reed Hastings’ grandiose plans to build a fabulous resort in Colorado for teachers, where they will learn to love charter schools, high-stakes testing, test-based accountability for teachers, and other failed reform strategies. Hastings has $5 billion and he doesn’t seem to know what to d
Federal CARES Act Public Education Relief Dollars Quietly Flow into the Coffers of Charter Schools and Private Schools | janresseger
Federal CARES Act Public Education Relief Dollars Quietly Flow into the Coffers of Charter Schools and Private Schools Many charter schools are taking advantage of their public/private status to double dip into more than one stream of federal CARES Act dollars. And Betsy DeVos has also been shifting the rules on distribution of CARES Act education dollars to support private schools at public sch
Stewart Swoons, Eva Evades | Gary Rubinstein's Blog
Stewart Swoons, Eva Evades I recently listened to two illuminating podcasts about Success Academy. Hosted by Education Post CEO Chris Stewart on the Citizen Ed podcast, the first interview was with Robert Pondiscio, author of ‘How The Other Half Learns’ and the second was with Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz. The first thing that struck me about these podcasts was that Chris Stewart, when he i
USDA CNP Nationwide Waiver Revision and Extensions - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)
USDA CNP Nationwide Waiver Revision and Extensions Coronavirus (COVID-19) Main Web Page In early June 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released several policy memorandums to state agencies and Child Nutrition Programs Operators during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The policy memos are: COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #9, Nationwide Waiver of Onsite M
Sanity Through Math | JD2718
Sanity Through Math This has been a tumultuous three months. I have been overwhelmed, frightened, angry, excited. The world has been horrible. My employer has been heartless. My union has been too often passive. My friends are distant. And my work has been exhausting. The grading – absurdly slow. Lessons? Maybe I’ve figured something reasonable out. I’m not certain, not about that. It’s taken me

JUN 16

Police Reform and School Reform (Part 1) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Police Reform and School Reform (Part 1) Amid widespread protests against police violence against African Americans, calls for reform from ending neck restraints to “defunding” police departments have monopolized TV newscasts and newspaper headlines. Social media traffic prompted by smartphone videos of incidents between police officers and blacks have gone viral. State and city officials across
Teachers’ Unions Are Demanding Police-Free Schools
Teachers’ Unions Are Demanding Police-Free Schools A major lesson from the recent teachers’ strike wave was the necessity for unions to bargain for the common good of the entire working class. By joining the nationwide protests against police brutality and demanding police-free schools, teachers’ unions have taken that lesson to heart. It’s been three weeks since Minneapolis police officer Derek
Police-Free Schools: Lessons on Racial Justice from Minneapolis and the Nation | Schott Foundation for Public Education
Police-Free Schools: Lessons on Racial Justice from Minneapolis and the Nation Realizing racial justice in public education is impossible when Black and Brown students are criminalized in their own schools. Students, parents and education justice groups have long known this, and while we've seen some inspiring reforms in school discipline thanks to tireless grassroots organizing efforts, the pre
American Federation Of Teachers Launches Ad Campaign To Support The HEROES Act
American Federation Of Teachers Launches Ad Campaign To Support The HEROES Act The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has launched an ad campaign telling people to urge their Senators to pass the HEROES Act . The influential teachers’ union is spending $1 million to support the legislation passed by House Democrats. “We must fund our public schools and community services,” the ad’s narrator s
The Paradoxes of Dismantling Racism and White Privilege – radical eyes for equity
The Paradoxes of Dismantling Racism and White Privilege If you just clicked on a link and are reading this, you are experiencing one of the paradoxes of dismantling racism and white privilege because by writing this and making it available across the Internet, I have centered my whiteness and the voice of (yet another) man. As a white man, I simultaneously have an ethical obligation to dismantle
June 2020 Information Memoranda - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)
June 2020 Information Memoranda Background information and updates on issues of interest to the State Board Members. Periodically, the State Board Members may receive information memoranda from State Board staff and the California Department of Education. The information memoranda may include background information, updates on issues of interest to the State Board Members, and reports on a varie
Teacher Ponders Risk Of Return To Work While Being Paid Less Than Unemployment : NPR
A Teacher Ponders Risk Of Returning To Work While Being Paid Less Than Unemployment Lainy Morse is an essential worker who has been out of work since the middle of March. She teaches preschool and ordinarily provides a vital service for working parents. "Without us, moms [mostly] can't go back to work," Morse says. Lainy Morse shows students Wesley Schmidt and Celeste Abraldes a bearded dragon i
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 Andrea Gabor Asks for Your Help to Elect a Texan by dianeravitch / 1h Andrea Gabor is a friend and a wise writer about education. She sent the following appeal: Dear Friends, First and foremost, I hope this note finds you safe and healthy. As
For teachers retiring during the COVID-19 pandemic, a bittersweet end: ‘There’s no closure without being able to say goodbye to my students’ – Raw Story
For teachers retiring during the COVID-19 pandemic, a bittersweet end: ‘There’s no closure without being able to say goodbye to my students’ For the roughly 1,600 Illinois public school teachers who are retiring this month, stepping away from the classroom in the midst of a global pandemic that shuttered schools is proving especially heartrending. With scuttled in-person goodbyes. and their fina
Shanker Blog: Teaching During School Shutdowns Should be a Team Sport | National Education Policy Center
Shanker Blog: Teaching During School Shutdowns Should be a Team Sport This post is part of our series entitled Teaching and Learning During a Pandemic , in which we invite guest authors to reflect on the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic for teaching and learning. Our guest today is Susan Moore Johnson, the Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Oth
FairTest: More Than Half of Nation’s Universities Drop Entry Tests for 2021 | Diane Ravitch's blog
FairTest: More Than Half of Nation’s Universities Drop Entry Tests for 2021 FairTest has been battling the abuse, misuse, and overuse of standardized testing since the early 1970s. It took a global pandemic to demonstrate that students applying to college need not take a standardized test for admission. How will colleges decide whom to admit? They will figure it out. Just watch. Many colleges an
Teacher Tom: Circles of Women
Circles of Women On Thursday, I walked up to Capitol Hill where the Black Lives Matter protests have taken an expected turn. When the Seattle police abandoned the East Precinct, the protesters turned a six block area of this densely populated neighborhood into a peaceful, educational, police-free zone that is being called the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP). As I entered the area, a man ask
LDOE Shakeup: Brumley Arrives; TFA Leadership Hits the Exits | deutsch29
LDOE Shakeup: Brumley Arrives; TFA Leadership Hits the Exits On June 08, 2020 , Louisiana’s new state education superintendent, Cade Brumley, officially began his tenure. Brumley was not the choice of ed-reformers favoring former state superintendent, John White. Thus, it comes as a pleasant non-surprise that top hires from White’s administration are leaving the Louisiana Department of Education
This Week’s Headlines: School’s Out for Summer, How Should It Reopen?, and #DefundTheLASPD – Los Angeles Education Examiner
This Week’s Headlines: School’s Out for Summer, How Should It Reopen?, and #DefundTheLASPD If we thought the 2018-2019 school year was a weird one, we had no idea what this past school year would have in store. It started out normal, and then the virus hit, and two months later people were in the streets asking for the school police to be disbanded. But the school year is finally over, with clas
NANCY BAILEY: Art at Home, Then Put it Back In Public Schools!
Art at Home, Then Put it Back In Public Schools! Art at Home, Then Put it Back In Public Schools! Teachers teach remotely, and parents are helping students at home. Hopefully, children and teens are doing art. Self-expression is important, and art calms and leads to self-discovery. When public schools reopen, when it’s safe to do so, parents and teachers must demand a return of art education with
NYC Educator: UFT Executive Board June 15, 2020--UFT Supports Black Lives Matter, HEROES Act, and a Not Insane September
UFT Executive Board June 15, 2020--UFT Supports Black Lives Matter, HEROES Act, and a Not Insane September 5:50 Roll Call UFT Secretary LeRoy Barr --All resolutions and minutes have been passed via email. Reports from Districts Janella HInds --Sterling R. and she just hosted HS committee meeting, over 500 members, discussed September other things, 90 minutes. Rashad Brown --Pride Committee met,
Charter Schools, Some With Billionaire Benefactors, Tap Coronavirus Relief - Network For Public Education
Charter Schools, Some With Billionaire Benefactors, Tap Coronavirus Relief WASHINGTON — Charter schools, including some with healthy cash balances and billionaire backers like Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates, have quietly accepted millions of dollars in emergency coronavirus relief from a fund created to help struggling small businesses stay afloat. Since their inception, charter schools have s
BUT I DO LIKE HAMBURGERS – Dad Gone Wild
BUT I DO LIKE HAMBURGERS “I feel that the dormant goodwill in people needs to be stirred. People need to hear that it makes sense to behave decently or to help others, to place common interests above their own, to respect the elementary rules of human coexistence.” ― Vaclav Havel “A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the cha
SPECIAL EDITION PROTEST AND EDUCATION 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 SPECIAL EDITION PROTEST AND EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 Should Teachers Wear Face Shields, Masks, Or Both? by Larry Ferlazzo / 9min dapple-designers / Pixabay Many of us now wear masks when we go to places where we will be in c

JUN 15

CURMUDGUCATION: To Those Of You Worried About The Covid Slide
To Those Of You Worried About The Covid Slide Dear concerned policy makers, bureaucrats, and edu-wonks: Ever since NWEA, the testing manufacturer that promised it can read minds by measuring how long it takes students to pick a multiple choice answer, issued their report on the Covid-19 Slide , you have been freaking out a little because they hear you say that distance learning has been disastro
Inside the case for defunding police in schools - Los Angeles Times
Inside the decade-long movement to defund police in schools In the midst of the 1980s war on drugs and in the wake of devastating mass school shootings throughout the country, bolstering school police in Los Angeles was seen as a safety imperative by many educators and parents. But for the last decade, a number of student advocacy groups have pushed the school board to reduce police presence in
New research evidence for summer school programs
Research evidence for summer learning Disappointing results for in-person summer school programs hint that short virtual programs may not be successful On June 10, 2020, as the U.S. Capitol remained partially shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a virtual hearing on what schools ought to do. Speaking over a video feed from hi
Confronting White Responses to Racism: De-centering Whiteness and White Fragility – radical eyes for equity
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Did the DoE really tell principals they are on their own? Yes How should principals schedule for the fall? After a powerpoint, a letter, and a list of “guiding questions” the best the DoE has is “As we develop guidance on how to create your school’s schedule for the fall, updated resources will be posted” Keep reading. This is the letter that the principals received. I’ve un-linked all links. So

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BATS + THE BATS: EARLY HISTORY OF THE BADASS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION ON THE BIG EDUCATION APE #tbats
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Trump picks a side: DeVos over military veterans and other low-income students - Education Votes
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CURMUDGUCATION: AL: Why The State Pulled The Plug On A Charter For The First Time
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TOP POSTS THIS WEEK 6/13/20 #REDFORED #tbats #ICantBreathe #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #justiceforfloyd #BlackLivesMatter
Big Education Ape TOP POSTS THIS WEEK 6/13/20 ‘Slaying Goliath’: Diane Ravitch argues in new book that public education advocates have beat back efforts to privatize schools - The Washington Post The real story of New 
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