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TOP POSTS THIS WEEK 11/14/20 #REDFORED #tbats #COVID-19 #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #COVIDOUTBREAK #BIDENWINS #46 #Election2020
Big Education Ape TOP POSTS THIS WEEK 11/14/20 ‘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 Orleans and its charter schools - The Washington Post Meet the contenders for Biden’s Cabinet INCLUDING SECRETARY OF EDUCATION - POLITICO TOP POSTS THIS WEEK 11/7/20 #REDFORED #tba
Covid-19 Has Eroded My Faith in Public Schools | gadflyonthewallblog
Covid-19 Has Eroded My Faith in Public Schools I am a public school advocate . I teach at a public school. My daughter goes to a public school. I have spent most of my professional career fighting for public schools against every form of school privatization imaginable. But since the beginning of this school year and the incredibly reckless way many public schools have dealt with reopening and k
Teachers Are On A Tightrope With No Safety Net - PopularResistance.Org
TEACHERS ARE ON A TIGHTROPE WITH NO SAFETY NET The Hybrid Model Teachers Are Being Thrust Into During The Pandemic Isn’t Sustainable Without More Resources And Support. After more than a month into New York City’s experiment with reopening schools in a hybrid format that has students alternating between classrooms and their homes, teacher Sapphira Hendrix still finds herself working until 1 or 2
How The Children Won Over The Cloud Beings – Wrench in the Gears
How The Children Won Over The Cloud Beings Quite a few times I’ve been asked how I would explain my research to a child. This week that line of thought led me to imagine what a fairytale about it might look like. It wouldn’t, of course, have the specifics of my “follow the money” investigations, but rather come from a place of the heart. In this moment of more and more extreme behavior on the pa
Coveducation recap: After one week, OKCPS moves back to remote learning
Coveducation recap: After one week, OKCPS moves back to remote learning Community Strategies, which serves as Epic Charter Schools’ board of education, will meet Wednesday, Nov. 18, to continue discussing corrective actions after an investigative audit revealed issues such as poor financial oversight. The Rose State Board of Regents will also be meeting next week, with Epic officials planned to
Georgia’s Black Voters Can Make History Again by Ben Jealous | NewBlackMan (in Exile)
Georgia’s Black Voters Can Make History Again by Ben Jealous Georgia’s Black Voters Can Make History Again by Ben Jealous | @BenJealous | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made a 
Mitchell Robinson: We Told You… | Eclectablog
We Told You… | Eclectablog We Told You… The inestimable Ron French is out this week with a terrific article in Bridge on the exploding Covid crisis in Michigan’s schools, and the situation is indeed dire. Readers across the state must be wondering how we got here. “Kids don’t catch the virus!”, they said. “And if they do catch it, they don’t get sick!”, they said. Even if those statements were tr
Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet (1994) – Part Three | Blue Cereal Education
Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet (1994) – Part Three I’m discovering as I continue to draft a follow-up to “Have To” History: Landmark Supreme Court Cases that it’s more and more difficult to keep things succinct as subject matter nears the 21st century. I’m sharing a few rough drafts along the way partly in hopes a few of you, my Eleven Faithful Followers, mig
In the Public Interest: Some Good News from the 2020 Elections | Diane Ravitch's blog
In the Public Interest: Some Good News from the 2020 Elections “In the Public Interest” is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates on behalf of the common good, an increasingly scarce resource these past four years. Here is the good news that ITPI has gathered. Add to it by contacting them directly. Even in defeat, Trump is doing it again —sucking up all the attention with aimless l
Indiana: Public Schools Lose $100 Million due to Pandemic | Diane Ravitch's blog
Indiana: Public Schools Lose $100 Million due to Pandemic Enrollments declined in public schools across Indiana, due to the pandemic. And when enrollments decline, schools suffer financial losses. Blogger Steve Hinnefeld estimates that public schools across the state will lose at least $100 million due to enrollment declines. This is a story that is happening in districts across the nation. DeVo
A Marshall Plan for saving American public schools. – Fred Klonsky
A MARSHALL PLAN FOR SAVING AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. In the darkest days of the Trump administration there were many of us who doubted the concept and reality of public education would survive. Trump’s Secretary of Education advocated for its destruction. The pandemic, as in all things, has made it worse. It was good to read in the New York Times that the Biden administration wants to reverse cou
Diwali 2020: What is the festival of lights and how is it celebrated?
What is Diwali, the festival of lights, and how will it be celebrated amid coronavirus? Beginning on Thursday, more than a billion people around the world will began the annual celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights that many consider to be the start of the new year. Typically, the festival is marked by celebrations both at home and in large community gatherings by people of many fa
Rhode Island: Critics Object to Charter Expansion Plans | Diane Ravitch's blog
Rhode Island: Critics Object to Charter Expansion Plans Under the leadership of Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island is a very charter-friendly state. Raimondo was a venture capitalist before she entered politics. Her husband was TFA. The welcome mat is out for charter schools in the state. The latest proposal for a new charter comes from Excel Academy in Boston. Linda Borg of the Pro
Whatever Happened To Cursive Writing? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Whatever Happened To Cursive Writing? Recent articles (see here and here ) have documented the slow death of a traditional subject in the elementary school curriculum. Since the 1970s, teaching penmanship, usually in the second or third grades, declined . With 45 states adopting Common Core Standards in which using technology trumps cursive writing has hammered the last nail into the penmanship
de Blasio’s Friday the 13th Problem | JD2718
de Blasio’s Friday the 13th Problem Wind the clock back eight months. Friday the 13th. Of March. Bill de Blasio, bluster and fury but no conviction, insists that schools are staying open. It was the wrong decision (soon to be reversed). And, because it was last minute, with a last minute reversal, disruptive. The time for planning was harried and disorganized, and our schools suffered all spring
2020 Classified School Employees of the Year - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2020 California Classified School Employees of the Year, National Award Nominee SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today honored six outstanding classified school employees for their dedication to California’s public-school students. He also nominated one of the six for the inaugural Recognizing Inspirational School Em
Deadlines for in-person schooling, class size reporting, and questions about DOE’s protection of student data | Class Size Matters
| A clearinghouse for information on class size & the proven benefits of smaller classes Deadlines for in-person schooling, class size reporting, and questions about DOE’s protection of student data Dear Friends, 1/ Today, Thursday Nov. 12 at 6:30 PM, I’ll be speaking at an online forum hosted by Brooklyn for Peace about how the COVID-19 pandemic has widened the inequities that already exist wit
IS IT GOING TO TAKE GETTING BIT? – Dad Gone Wild
IS IT GOING TO TAKE GETTING BIT? “Choose not to look, however, at your own peril. The owner of an old house knows that whatever you are ignoring will never go away. Whatever is lurking will fester whether you choose to look or not. Ignorance is no protection from the consequences of inaction. Whatever you are wishing away will gnaw at you until you gather the courage to face what you would rathe
TEACHER TOM THIS WEEK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Teacher Tom This Could Be the Best Educated Generation in History 400+ 1d "What's Inside?" 100+ 2d Do You Teach Mindfulness? 2K 3d "We're Not Digging to China" 300+ 4d Our Covid Dilemma 500+ 4d This Miracle of Creating a World 61 8d Teacher Tom
THIS WEEK'S WILDNESS Dad Gone Wild Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it.
Dad Gone Wild – Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it. IS IT GOING TO TAKE GETTING BIT? by TC Weber / 19h “Choose not to look, however, at your own peril. The owner of an old house knows that whatever you are ignoring will never go away. Whatever is lurking will fester whether you choose to look or not. Ignorance is no protection from the consequences of inaction. Whatever you are wishing away wi
SSPI THURMOND STUFF THIS WEEK FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
California Department of Education 2020 Classified School Employees of the Year 18h State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announces 2020 California Classified School Employees of the Year, National Award Nominee. 2020–21 CACFP Mandatory Training Coming Soon 19h The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) federal regulations (Title 7,Code of Federal Regulations, Section 226.17[b][10]) require that
THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE)
NewBlackMan (in Exile) Why the First US Cowboys were Black by Mark Anthony Neal / 12h ' Historians estimate that one in four cowboys were African American, though you’d never guess because the conventional Hollywood image of a cowboy is a white man. Black cowboys have been written out of history, along with the original cattle-raising Native Americans and Mexican vaqueros who taught them. So wha
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
Education Research Report THIS WEEK Education Research Report Increasing Student Completion in Higher Education by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 20h This study describes the challenge of college non-completion in the U.S. and a variety of explanations for the high rate of non-completion and provides an overview of the implementation of and evidence from eight specific college completion interventions des
THIS WEEK IN 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 Saturday’s Must-Read Articles & Must-Watch Videos On School Reopenings by Larry Ferlazzo / 26min geralt / Pixabay Here are new additions to THE BEST POSTS PREDICTING WHAT SCHOOLS WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FALL : Schools start closing — or delay reopening — as covid-19 cases jump across the country is from
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all #REDFORED #tbats #COVID-19 #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY
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 CNN: Europe Locks Down but Keeps Schools Open by dianeravitch / 43min With the upsurge in the coronavirus, the U.S. and Europe are facing new shutdowns to stop the disease. But there is one big difference. European nations are keeping their schoo

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CURMUDGUCATION: Charter Fans Dislike This Part of Biden's Plan
Charter Fans Dislike This Part of Biden's Plan The charter advocacy Twitterverse is unhappy about this part of the Biden plan, as described here by Biden staffer Stef Feldman talking to the Education Writers Association : And we’ll require every charter school, including online schools, to be authorized and held accountable by democratically-elected bodies like school boards and also held to the
L.A. schools could face hard shutdown if COVID-19 worsens - Los Angeles Times
Schools could face a hard shutdown if the COVID-19 surge worsens, officials warn Campuses at public and private schools in Los Angeles County could once again be forced to shut down completely for in-person instruction if the current COVID-19 spike continues to worsen, health officials warned school leaders Thursday. Officials in the county’s 80 public school districts, which serve more than 1.4
Teacher Tom: This Could Be the Best Educated Generation in History
This Could Be the Best Educated Generation in History Before the start of my freshman year at university, I was required to sit down with my advisor, a professor in my chosen field of study who was there to help me navigate my academic life. I rarely spoke with him over the course of the next four years. I don't even remember his name, but among the tips he gave me during that first meeting was
The best way to improve schools? Invest in teachers. - Vox
The best way to improve schools? Invest in teachers. A study of 150 interventions in developing countries finds that many education programs don’t work — but some do. How do we improve schools so that kids learn more? It’s a straightforward question — deceptively so, because improving schools, measuring whether you have improved schools, and writing down a recipe for school improvements that can
How Biden’s FCC could fix America’s internet - Vox
How Biden’s FCC could fix America’s internet The FCC can bring back net neutrality and help Americans stay connected during the pandemic — if everything goes its way now. When Joe Biden is inaugurated as president on January 20, he stands to oversee a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that could do remarkable things. Among other things, the new FCC could bridge the digital divide , ensurin
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond is the Right Choice to Lead the Education Transition Team | Schott Foundation for Public Education
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond is the Right Choice to Lead the Education Transition Team The Schott Foundation applauds President-elect Biden's selection of Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond to lead the Department of Education transition team. Dr. Darling-Hammond is a highly-qualified leader who has a proven track record of success working with public schools, parents, educators and youth to provide all stud
Help Me Teach Your Kids in Person. Don’t Rent a Quarantine-Producing Party Bus. | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog
Help Me Teach Your Kids in Person. Don’t Rent a Quarantine-Producing Party Bus. My district just began our second quarter of the 2020-21 school year. For high schools, the first quarter entailed a hybrid schedule whereby approximately half of the student body attended on any given day. We have almost finished the first week in which all students have returned to campus each day. The first day, I
New Multilingual Education Publication Announced - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces New Publication: Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the release of the new California Department of California (CDE) publication, Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice . The publication is
CURMUDGUCATION: Schooling For Democracy (Or What Is Education For)
Schooling For Democracy (Or What Is Education For) I just read a piece that doesn't necessarily say anything new, but puts it all in a useful frame. Let me show you the first paragraph: There’s no such thing as a “good school” in the abstract. Every school serves a particular community, in a particular time and place, with its own needs and desires. A good school in rural Montana might not be a
A VERY BUSY DAY 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 Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/11/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos.html Friday’s Must-Read Articles About School Reopenings by Larry Ferlazzo / 4h V
Why Biden's free childcare plan is a worthy feminist reform | Salon.com
Why Biden's free childcare plan is a worthy feminist reform Beyond the social element, there's a strong economic argument to be made for such a policy Joe Biden wasn't the first choice for many women during the Democratic presidential primaries, yet the president-elect's social agenda has proven to be surprisingly feminist in its orientation. Nowhere is this clearer than in his proposal for subs
First professor: Jill Biden to make history as a first lady with a day job - POLITICO
First professor: Jill Biden to make history as a first lady with a day job She will be an emissary to teachers unions disgusted with the Trump administration and press policy changes including free community college tuition. Jill Biden would scramble into cocktail dresses in a bathroom at Northern Virginia Community College before rushing to White House receptions when her husband was vice presi
AFT's Weingarten Not Ruling Out Becoming Education Secretary | News of the Week | thechiefleader.com
AFT's Weingarten Not Ruling Out Becoming Education Secretary American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, considered a leading candidate to become Secretary of Education when President-elect Joe Biden takes office next Jan. 20, said Nov. 11 that she looked forward to working with the administration in her current job—but stopped short of a Shermanesque declaration that she would t
Valerie Strauss: What Does the Biden Transition Team Tell Us About His Education Agenda? | Diane Ravitch's blog
Valerie Strauss: What Does the Biden Transition Team Tell Us About His Education Agenda? We have all been guessing about what President-Elect Joe Biden will do in education. Will he keep his campaign promises and set federal policy on a new direction, away from No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, ESSA, high-stakes testing, and school choice, or will he stick with the stale and destructive sta
An Open Letter to President Elect Biden’s Department of Education Transition Team | janresseger
An Open Letter to President Elect Biden’s Department of Education Transition Team I encourage you, as members of President Elect Biden’s Department of Education Transition Team, to recommend the appointment of Randi Weingarten or Lily Eskelsen Garcia as our next Secretary of Education. I believe that one of these women would provide the kind of leadership in public education policy that our nati

NOV 12

Watch LIVE: Breonna Taylor’s America | Cloaking Inequity
WATCH LIVE: BREONNA TAYLOR’S AMERICA The University of Kentucky College of Education is hosting an online discussion, “Navigating Your Teens in Breonna Taylor’s America,” beginning 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Focused on empowering students and educators, the discussion will be streamed live on the College of Education YouTube channel . Participants are encouraged to submit questions via email at
NPE Action Congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris - NPE Action
NPE Action Congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris The Network for Public Education Action congratulates President-elect, Joe Biden, and Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris, on their historic victory. We look forward to working with them as they fulfill their promised commitment to our nation’s public schools. The promises made during the campaign drew support from public education advocates a
Parent and educators' questions on reopening schools... - SF PUBLIC SCHOOL MOM
Parent and educators’ questions on reopening schools… Last night the Superintendent shared more detailed plans about staff efforts on reopening schools. It was very helpful to see movement in key areas, like testing, and also hear more details and timelines for bringing various groups of students back to schools. This presentation outlines key phases the district staff has proposed to take in re
Confronting the Tension between Being a Student and a Writer – radical eyes for equity
Confronting the Tension between Being a Student and a Writer Titian: Sisyphus Sisyphus, oil on canvas by Titian, 1548–49; in the Prado Museum, Madrid. Heritage Image Partnership Ltd./Alamy I worry about my students. I worry, I think, well past the line of being too demanding in the same way being a parent can (will?) become overbearing. Good intentions and so-called tough love are not valid just
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NewBlackMan (in Exile) Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/11/this-week-with-newblackman-in-exile.html Independent Booksellers Write a New Chapter During COVID-19 by Mark Anthony Neal / 17h ' The Strand Book Store is a New York institution, with four floors of books, and 93 years of tradition. But while it survived a Great Depressio
A VERY BUSY DAY 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 Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/11/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos.html Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL by Larry Ferlazzo / 12h BiljaST / Pixabay Six
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Mitchell Robinson: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Teaching in a Pandemic | Eclectablog
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Choosing Democracy: Funding of Public Schools
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Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet (1994) – Part Two | Blue Cereal Education
Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet (1994) – Part Two I’m discovering as I continue to draft a follow-up to “Have To” History: Landmark Supreme Court Cases that it’s more and more difficult to keep things succinct as subject matter nears the 21st century. I’m sharing a few rough drafts along the way partly in hopes a few of you, my Eleven Faithful Followers, might
#101 Merchants of Doubt: What’s Behind the Claim that School Funding Doesn’t Matter? – Have You Heard
#101 Merchants of Doubt: What’s Behind the Claim that School Funding Doesn’t Matter? Long before the Hoover Institution was casting doubt on masks, its ‘experts’ were undermining the case for investing in public education. Special guest Bruce Baker joins Have You Heard to shed light on what’s behind the claim that school funding doesn’t matter. Complete transcript of the episode is here . The fi
glen brown: Teaching During a Pandemic, 4th Week by Vikki Reid
Teaching During a Pandemic, 4th Week by Vikki Reid WhAt I LeArNeD In ScHoOl THIS WEEK? I learned that when a social media post goes viral, you FINALLY receive the attention from administration you’ve been asking for (negative attention is STILL attention...) I learned that teachers were “never” promised more than one 16 oz refillable bottle of hand sanitizer, and that the 1-gallon jugs that were
Teacher Tom: "What's Inside?"
" What's Inside?" It was born as a wicker picnic basket complete with plates, cups and cutlery, but was converted more than a decade ago into the container in which we stored a collection of dolls along with their wardrobe. They weren't particularly popular dolls as playthings go, but I continued to trot them out a couple times a year because there was occasionally a kid or two who would drop ev
School Board Elections 2020: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly | tultican
School Board Elections 2020: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly By Thomas Ultican 11/12/2020 Los Angeles, Oakland and Indianapolis are routinely targeted by pro-public school privatization billionaires. Local school board races that a decade ago required less than $10,000 in order to mount a credible campaign now require ten times that amount. Billionaires again spent lavishly to take control of sch
Questions raised as to whether NYC DOE is protecting student privacy | Class Size Matters | A clearinghouse for information on class size & the proven benefits of smaller classes
Questions raised as to whether NYC DOE is protecting student privacy Chalkbeat also reported on Sen. Hoylman’s letter today . NY State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter yesterday to the Chancellor, asking questions about whether the personal student data that is being collected and processed by the many online programs acquired by the DOE is sufficiently protected from breach or abuse. Accordin
CURMUDGUCATION: Anti-Union Activists Want To "Speak Out For Teachers"
Anti-Union Activists Want To "Speak Out For Teachers" Among the folks pushing the narrative that schools are shut down because of the Evil Teachers Unions, we find this sparkly website-- Speak Out For Teachers . Here's their pitch: Are you one of the millions of teachers eager to return to safe, in-person learning — only to find a teachers’ union is fighting to keep schools closed and students a
Mike Klonsky's Blog: New Deal for Education needed if schools are to reopen safely
New Deal for Education needed if schools are to reopen safely Chicago daycares and private schools report 495 Covid cases, but numbers don’t tell the whole story: “From April 1 through mid-October, the city has tracked 267 cases in child care centers, 207 in private and charter schools that offer some in-person instruction, and 21 at in-person park district camps. Most of those cases, though, in
A Privacy Blueprint for Biden | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
A PRIVACY BLUEPRINT FOR BIDEN Privacy And Digital Rights For All The weakening of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Covid19 rush to usher in virtual learning and edtech in place of in-person learning , have created a perfect storm for student data collection and tracking. Students are increasingly subjected to edtech data collection, profiling, and surveillance as a c

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Top Biden Aide Talks Reopening Schools, Education Funding, Charters and More - Education Writers Association
Top Biden Aide Talks Reopening Schools, Education Funding, Charters and More Provides on-the-record comments in pre-election webinar President-elect Joe Biden has a far-reaching education agenda that begins with actions to help schools reopen for in-person instruction, as well as plans to reverse key Trump administrative actions and more. In a recent, on-the-record webinar, the Biden campaign’s
Teaching Should Be Political by Melinda D. Anderson - The Atlantic
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A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007
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Teacher Tom: Do You Teach Mindfulness?
Do You Teach Mindfulness? I was recently asked in a public forum if I've ever taught mindfulness to children. The question threw me. Yes, no, maybe, I don't know, can you repeat the question? Mindfulness is a radical Buddhist practice in which one focuses one's full attention on the present moment. This is something toward which I strive, even as I find it exceedingly difficult to achieve for mo
Thank you veterans | Cloaking Inequity
THANK YOU VETERANS Today we honor veterans for their service and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Thank you also to my Vasquez family who served. Thank you veterans | Cloaking Inequity
Ohio Legislature Looks to Adopt New School Finance Plan During 2020 Lame Duck Session | janresseger
Ohio Legislature Looks to Adopt New School Finance Plan During 2020 Lame Duck Session The Ohio Legislature will waste no time before trying to enact—before the end of the current legislative session at the end of December—a Fair School Funding Plan , which was proposed in the spring of 2019. The Ohio House has been holding hearings for months on what, this week, became Substitute House Bill 305.
Teachers as Improvisers | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Teachers as Improvisers Every job has its share of surprises. A key piece of equipment breaks down. A traffic accident forces a change in delivery routes. A client calls to say you’ve won the contract–but they need the order filled three months earlier than planned. No matter where you work, you need to be able to improvise to meet your objectives, or at least cut your losses. “The Presidency wa
New Attendance Data to Address Chronic Absenteeism - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
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NANCY BAILEY: Education Unity? Save Democratic Public Schools!
Education Unity? Save Democratic Public Schools! Education Unity? Save Democratic Public Schools! Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris! How refreshing to hear a President speak of uniting the country and saving America’s democratic institutions. One of the largest institutions is the public school system, run by local school boards, supported by the
Biden Transition Team released for US Department of Education | Cloaking Inequity
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CURMUDGUCATION: Let The Disappointment With Biden's Ed Department Begin
Let The Disappointment With Biden's Ed Department Begin Well, that didn't take long. Back in October, top Biden aid Stef Feldman spoke to Education Writers Association members about ed policy. It was... not encouraging. She didn't make a "firm commitment" about state testing waivers, an odd stance for someone who promised to put an end to high stakes testing. She stood by the "former public scho
What A Biden Presidency Could Mean For Education | 89.3 KPCC
What A Biden Presidency Could Mean For Education With the eyes of the country upon him, Joe Biden shouted out education during his speech Saturday in Wilmington, Del: "For American educators, this is a great day for you all. You're going to have one of your own in the White House." Of course, the president-elect was talking about his wife, Jill Biden, an English professor at Northern Virginia Co
2020 Medley #25 – It’s Always Been About Relationships | Live Long and Prosper
2020 Medley #25 – It’s Always Been About Relationships Good relationships in the classroom lead to better learning. Students need to feel safe, accepted and appreciated. A scared or angry student doesn’t learn well. I know this from my own experience as a student. I learned the most from the classes taught by teachers who treated me with kindness and respect. It’s likely that relationships betwe
Betsy DeVos’s ‘Voucherland’ Spells Disaster for Public Schools - Progressive.org
Betsy DeVos’s ‘Voucherland’ Spells Disaster for Public Schools It’s a place where private religious schools can get their hands on piles of public money and parents are left on their own. S ecretary of Education Betsy DeVos, sensing perhaps the need to reaffirm her stamp on education policy, recently gave a speech at an education roundtable at Hillsdale College, a private Christian college in Mi

NOV 10

DOE Report: Acellus Online Curriculum Violated Religion, Discrimination Policies - Honolulu Civil Beat
DOE Report: Acellus Online Curriculum Violated Religion, Discrimination Policies The Hawaii Department of Education’s internal review of the remote learning tool found the inappropriate content in lessons to be “severe, pervasive and persistent.” The controversial distance learning program used by hundreds of Hawaii public schools this year discriminated against protected classes based on race,
White voters, Donald Trump and the white achievement gap
Donald Trump and the white achievement gap White Trump voters either put aside what they learned in school to vote for the president — or they never learned it at all There is a learning gap that is threatening economic and social productivity in the U.S. that must be addressed. The untreated white achievement gap continues to tear our country apart. Voting can be considered a test of sorts for
Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet (1994) – Part One | Blue Cereal Education
Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet (1994) – Part One I’m discovering as I continue to draft a follow-up to “Have To” History: Landmark Supreme Court Cases that it’s more and more difficult to keep things succinct as subject matter nears the 21st century. There’s so much relevant context for each case and potential applications are far more immediate… it’s difficu
Teachers often pay out of pocket for remote teaching tech
Teachers forced to “MacGyver” their own tech solutions When states don’t reimburse teachers for supplies, they have to figure out ways to make remote teaching work and how to pay for it Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe
Remote Learning Isn’t the Only Problem With School - The Atlantic
School Wasn’t So Great Before COVID, Either Yes, remote schooling has been a misery—but it’s offering a rare chance to rethink early education entirely. The litany of tragedies and inconveniences visited upon Americans by COVID-19 is long, but one of the more pronounced sources of misery for parents has been pandemic schooling. The logistical gymnastics necessary to balance work and school when
Biden Promised Education Justice: It's Up to Us to Make Him Deliver | Schott Foundation for Public Education #EDJUSTICE
Biden Promised Education Justice: It's Up to Us to Make Him Deliver | Schott Foundation for Public Education Biden Promised Education Justice: It's Up to Us to Make Him Deliver While the sacred obligation of democracy must be honored by counting every last ballot, it’s clear that Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris have won the presidential election. The results this year are histo
For families interested in learning more about distance learning and school reopening efforts... - SF PUBLIC SCHOOL MOM
For families interested in learning more about distance learning and school reopening efforts… I wanted to share some updates. Please share this information with other interested families. The SFUSD Board of Education will be introducing a Resolution 2011-10A1 SFUSD Return to School Safely tomorrow, during the Regular Board Meeting on November 10 at 3 PM. You can learn more about how to sign up
Teacher Tom: "We're Not Digging to China"
"We're Not Digging to China" The two boys were digging a hole in the sand pit. It was a large hole, wide and deep. I made a comment about digging to China, a destination to which my own playmates and I had aspired lo those many years ago. "Teacher Tom, we're not digging to China." "Oh, where are you digging?" "We're not digging anywhere! This is a trap!" "No, it's not a trap. It's a hole!" The b
Board Has Wall Street Wolves Guarding LAUSD Henhouse – Los Angeles Education Examiner
Board Has Wall Street Wolves Guarding LAUSD Henhouse It’s high time to be paying closer attention to the $14.7b (p. 31) of taxpayer’s money that Covid19 has left in essentially the sole charge of our LAUSD Superintendent, Austin Beutner. On March 10, 2020 under Covid19, the LAUSD’s publicly elected school board signed over sweeping authority for fiscal and management decisions to Superintendent
CCFP Roundtable Virtual Conference 2020–21 - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)
CCFP Roundtable Virtual Conference 2020–21 Are you aware of the upcoming annual Child Care Food Program (CCFP) Roundtable Conference being held virtually on November 16–18, 2020? The CCFP Roundtable is offering 20 sessions to provide you with the training and inspiration you need during these unprecedented COVID-19 times. It doesn't matter what part of the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) yo
CURMUDGUCATION: Donors Choose Mondays At The Institute
Donors Choose Mondays At The Institute It sucks that Donors Choose exists. For those unfamiliar, it's basically a Go Fund Me for classrooms instead of medical problems. Like all such charities, it occasionally pops up in the news because some celebrity and/or business decides to sponsor a bunch of projects ( like that time with Katy Perry and Staples ) and we get a bunch of warm fuzzy stories an
Now the Work Begins. Support NPE. - Network For Public Education
Now the Work Begins. Support NPE. American voters just gave Betsy DeVos the pink slip. As new leadership enters the U.S. Department of Education, the Network for Public Education will work to ensure a pro-public education agenda going forward. We can’t do that alone. We need your help. As giving Tuesday approaches, give to NPE and help us get the work done. In this piece in The Washington Post A
ENABLERS AND EXPLOITERS – Dad Gone Wild
ENABLERS AND EXPLOITERS “When people make a contract with the devil and give him an air-conditioned office to work in, he doesn’t go back home easily.” ― James Lee Burke, In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead It took almost 24 hours longer than I predicted, but Saturday morning brought news that former Vice-President Joe Biden had secured the necessary votes to win Pennsylvania. With that w
A VERY BUSY DAY 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 Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/11/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos.html “Teacher-Recommended Tools for Online Learning” by Larry Ferlazzo / 3h Teach

NOV 09

Jeff Bryant in The Progressive: Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into a Crisis | Ed Politics
JEFF BRYANT IN THE PROGRESSIVE: BAD LEADERSHIP IS PLUNGING PUBLIC SCHOOLS INTO A CRISIS Michael Barbour, a professor at Touro University California and an expert on K-12 online learning, believes that more than half of the nation’s school superintendents “should be fired.” His blistering criticism stems from the fact that, deep into the 2020-2021 school year, many schools are still struggling wi
Charter schools’ unexpected windfall: They got funds from two federal government programs; public schools only got from one - Network For Public Education
Charter schools’ unexpected windfall: They got funds from two federal government programs; public schools only got from one Kudos to the mayor, teachers and principals who worked so hard to bring New York City public school students back to school. Unfortunately, their tenacious efforts were poorly supported by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. New Yorkers kn
Linda Darling-Hammond Says She Does Not Want to Be Secretary of Education | Diane Ravitch's blog
Linda Darling-Hammond Says She Does Not Want to Be Secretary of Education Linda Darling-Hammond declared that she does not want to be Biden’s Secretary of Education. She prefers to stay in California, where she is president of the State Board of Education and leads the Learning Policy Institute. In 2008, she was Obama’s education spokesman during the campaign, and it was widely anticipated that
What happens when there are school data breaches?
What happens when private student information leaks Congressional watchdog report counts breaches of Social Security numbers and health records at schools ow vulnerable is student data at U.S. public schools? That’s a critical question now that many, if not most, of the nation’s 51 million students are learning online at least some of the time. Congressional watchdogs recently attempted to get a
Equity Politics: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – radical eyes for equity
Equity Politics: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness The U.S. has elected Joe Biden president, ending the presidency of Donald Trump. This is a return to the standard failure of the democratic process in a country that is primarily committed to the free market, rugged individualism, and guns. Biden is the normal but truly awful presidential candidate, replacing the uniquely horrible elec
With DeVos out, Biden plans reversals on education - The Washington Post
With DeVos out, Biden plans series of reversals on education President Trump tried to bully schools into opening their buildings, a hard-edge pandemic tactic that succeeded in places and backfired elsewhere. President-elect Joe Biden is hoping to pry them open with money for increased coronavirus expenses and clear guidance on how in-person schooling can resume safely, a shift that signals a new
Teacher Tom: Our Covid Dilemma
Our Covid Dilemma An article in The Atlantic is entitled, "Schools Aren't Super-Spreaders." A more recent article in The New York Times announces, "Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges." As an educator, these kinds of headlines are encouraging. Not that all the data is in, of course. There is still a lot we don't know about Covid, but the data so far seems to indicate that you
Standing Against New York’s Covid Vaccine Mandate And Fourth Industrial Revolution Tech-No-Logic – Wrench in the Gears
Standing Against New York’s Covid Vaccine Mandate And Fourth Industrial Revolution Tech-No-Logic This weekend I was invited to take part in a rally to protest the proposed Covid vaccine mandate outside the office of the New York Bar Association and Governor Cuomo’s mansion in Albany, New York. Below is a video of the speech I gave. I realize I spoke pretty quickly, and it may be hard to hear the
Shawgi Tell: Next U.S. Secretary of Education Will Continue to Promote Charter Schools | Dissident Voice
Next U.S. Secretary of Education Will Continue to Promote Charter Schools | Dissident Voice Next U.S. Secretary of Education Will Continue to Promote Charter Schools There is a 100% chance that the next U.S. Secretary of Education will, like many previous secretaries of education, continue to promote privately-operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools and keep undermining the right to ed
Mitchell Robinson: So, Now What? Let's Focus on Public Education and Internet Access | Eclectablog
So, Now What? Let's Focus on Public Education and Internet Access | Eclectablog So, Now What? Let’s Focus on Public Education and Internet Access In the aftermath of the most consequential election in our lifetimes, I thought I’d take this opportunity to offer some free advice for state Democratic parties interested in attracting even more new voters and turning more red state legislatures blue:
A VERY BUSY DAY 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 Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/11/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos.html “10 Favorite Online Teaching Tools Used by Educators This Year” by Larry Fer
Carol Burris and I: What We Hope Biden’s Secretary of Education Will Do | Diane Ravitch's blog
Carol Burris and I: What We Hope Biden’s Secretary of Education Will Do Carol Burris and I wrote about our hopes for President-Elect Joe Biden’s Secretary of Education . She or he will have to do a lot of work to clear away the mess that Betsy DeVos made in her mad rush to direct public money to private, religious, and charter schools. It’s comparable to cleaning out the Augean stables, where th
President Elect Joe Biden’s Education Plan Is Designed to Expand the Opportunity to Learn | janresseger
President Elect Joe Biden’s Education Plan Is Designed to Expand the Opportunity to Learn The education plan President Elect Joe Biden announced during his campaign for President reflects a public school, “opportunity to learn” agenda—a radical renunciation of the private school, radically individualistic policies of our current President, Donald Trump and his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos
What a Lovely Day | JD2718
What a Lovely Day The sun is shining. People are in good moods, for obvious reason. The leaves are still on the trees, but in an array of greens, yellows, oranges, reds… When we go to school tomorrow (many of us) the windows will be open, allowing the lovely New York City air to fill our rooms, replacing the air we exhale… If someone is spreading the virus, it gets into the air, attached to drop
Five Reasons to be Cautiously Optimistic About the Biden Presidency | gadflyonthewallblog
Five Reasons to be Cautiously Optimistic About the Biden Presidency President-elect Joe Biden. Go ahead and say that aloud once. “President-elect Joe Biden.” How does it feel? If you’re like me, it feels pretty good. And to be honest I never expected that it would. Sure, I voted for Joe. I gave money to the campaign. I volunteered. But Biden was far from my first choice . In fact, looking over t

NOV 08

CATCH UP WITH CURMUDGUCATION + ICYMI: That Was A Week All Righty Edition (11/8)
CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: That Was A Week All Righty Edition (11/8) That Was A Week All Righty Edition Has it only been a week since we got together here? Seems like that was in a whole different world, and I have a feeling that we have a few more to go through before we're done. But as soon as the last echoes of Beloved Leader's 1,732 lawsuits dies down, maybe we can get back to doing some importan
Labeling Students Then and Now (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Labeling Students Then and Now Two decades ago, Sarah Deschenes, David Tyack and I wrote an article published in the Teachers College Record called: “Mismatch: Historical Perspectives on Schools and Students Who Don’t Fit Them.” Part 1 described the labels educators used in the 19th and 20th century for children who didn’t keep pace with the majority of other students in the age-graded school. T
Texas: What I Said to Public Education Advocates | Diane Ravitch's blog
Texas: What I Said to Public Education Advocates The Pastors for Texas Children, great friends of public schools, invited me to come to Texas in April 2020. I was going to speak in Houston, Dallas, and Austin to activists for public schools. The events were organized by Charles Foster Johnson, the remarkable, wise, and tireless leader of PTC. He has launched similar groups in other states, inclu
CURMUDGUCATION: Betsy DeVos Will Be Leaving. Prepare To Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Betsy DeVos Will Be Leaving. Prepare To Curb Your Enthusiasm. It has been a few hours since the race was finally called, and now, once we get past a few hundred petulant lawsuits, the Trump Train will be leaving DC (undoubtedly kicking over every table it can find on the way out). That means that Betsy DeVos will be leaving the department of education, and that is unquestionably, undeniably a go
Carol Burris and Diane Ravitch: What public education advocates want to see in Biden’s successor to Betsy DeVos - The Washington Post
What public education advocates want to see in Biden’s successor to Betsy DeVos - The Washington Post What public education advocates want to see in Biden’s pick to succeed Betsy DeVos Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is on her way out of office now that Joe Biden has defeated President Trump, and the education world is eager to see who her successor will be. Whoever it is, Biden has said that the
For his tuition-free college plans and more money for poor school districts, Biden needs Congress on board - POLITICO
For his tuition-free college plans and more money for poor school districts, Biden needs Congress on board The president-elect also is likely to face pressure from the left on widespread student debt cancellation. President-elect Joe Biden wants to eliminate tuition for all students at community college and for families earning under $125,000 at four-year public colleges and universities. He’s a
Is former Utah teachers leader slated for Education post for Biden? - Deseret News
Is former Utah teachers leader slated for Education secretary in Biden administration? Politico speculates the former NEA and UEA president is a contender for Secretary of Education SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utahn Lily Eskelsen Garcia, who recently concluded six years as president of the nation’s largest teachers union, is considered a contender for Education secretary in the administration of Pre
Illinois: Feds Slap Gulen Charters with Big Fine | Diane Ravitch's blog
Illinois: Feds Slap Gulen Charters with Big Fine A federal investigation of Gulen charters in Illinois concluded with a large fine. Gulen charters are associated with the Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen, who lives in seclusion in Pennsylvania. Gulen charter schools can be recognized by the dominant presence of Turkish people in the board and the staff. In the past, they have been criticized for ste
Pres-Elect Biden: It’s Time for a Career K12 Teacher as US Ed Sec. | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog
Pres-Elect Biden: It’s Time for a Career K12 Teacher as US Ed Sec. It’s November 07, 2020, and Joe Biden is president-elect. Joe Biden That means extreme right-wing, pro-private-school-voucher, anti-public school billionaire, US ed sec Betsy DeVos will hit the US Department of Ed exit doors by January 2021. Betsy DeVos In September 2020 , DeVos told state education chiefs not to bother about req
Andre M. Perry: Win or lose, Trump was the mirror America needed
Win or lose, Trump was the mirror America needed Win or lose, Trump was the mirror America needed A day after Election Day 2020, the presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is still too close to call. As states continue to count ballots, the potential for recounts and litigation to affect the final outcome remains. Viable routes to victory remain for both candidates, even in the mids
Weathering the storm: School funding in the COVID-19 era - kappanonline.org
Weathering the storm: School funding in the COVID-19 era Bruce D. Baker, Mark Weber, and Drew Atchison As COVID-19 takes a toll on education budgets, federal and state leaders should take specific steps to minimize the damage done to high-poverty schools. Recent research into the economics of education leads to the inescapable conclusion that if we want our public schools to serve all children w
Education in a Biden Presidency in a Deeply Divided Nation: What Can We Expect? | Ed In The Apple
Education in a Biden Presidency in a Deeply Divided Nation: What Can We Expect? On November 2 nd , the day before Election Day pollsters and talking heads were predicting a blue wave, a Biden presidency, a Democratic Senate and House and a long list of “progressive” initiatives. Five days later the networks are predicting a thin, an incredibly thin Biden victory, although it might be weeks until
NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY
NewBlackMan (in Exile) Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2020/11/this-week-with-newblackman-in-exile.html Combating Real and Perceived Bias in the Media by Mark Anthony Neal / 13h 'Every journalist faces the same challenge. How do we bring our backgrounds and perspectives to the stories we tell while also remaining fair in our coverag