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Big Education Ape: THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Saturday, February 27, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-top-banana-todays-education_27.html


Big Education Ape: How Can We Reopen Schools If We Can’t Even Open Windows? | Eclectablog - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/how-can-we-reopen-schools-if-we-cant.html


Big Education Ape: Why Education Sector Philanthropy Must Embrace a Racial Justice Lens + Worcester Residents Push for School Police Removal | Schott Foundation for Public Education - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/why-education-sector-philanthropy-must.html


Big Education Ape: Alain LeRoy Locke, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/alain-leroy-locke-black-educator-hall.html


Big Education Ape: NYC schools chancellor Carranza resigns, Meisha Ross Porter steps in - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/nyc-schools-chancellor-carranza-resigns.html





Biden Administration Continues to Hire Key Staff for ED Department Before Confirmation of Secretary or Deputy Secretary | Diane Ravitch's blog
Biden Administration Continues to Hire Key Staff for ED Department Before Confirmation of Secretary or Deputy Secretary Thirty-one years ago, I was invited by Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander to join him at the U.S. Department of Education as Assistant Secretary of Education in Charge of Research and Improvement. Before he invited me, he learned a lot about my work and my views. It was a b
My Complete, Unedited Review of Doug Harris’ Book, Charter School City | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog
My Complete, Unedited Review of Doug Harris’ Book, Charter School City In January 2020, Commonweal Magazine asked me to review Doug Harris’ book about New Orleans charter schools, Charter School City . I completed my review in February 2020, but with the pandemic, my review was not published until November 2020 . As so often happens in publication, the review I submitted was pared down considera
NYC School Chancellor Leaves: The Toxic Intersection of Mayoral Control and Mayoral Politics | Ed In The Apple
NYC School Chancellor Leaves: The Toxic Intersection of Mayoral Control and Mayoral Politics Richard Carranza, the New York City School Chancellor unexpectedly announced he was leaving his position. The cognoscenti were not surprised, for months the chancellor and the mayor have been dueling ; it was only a matter of time before the chancellor packed it in. Highly effective leaders select subord
Prepare Now for Pandemic EBT 2.0 + Adult Ed Providers Receive National Recognition - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)
Prepare Now for Pandemic EBT 2.0 - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education) Prepare Now for Pandemic EBT 2.0 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Main Web Page As previously shared, the federal Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program was extended through the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act. This law extends P-EBT benefits through September 2021. To provide P-EBT benefits for School Year (SY) 2020–21,
NYC Educator: Hail and Farewell from the Chancellor
Hail and Farewell from the Chancellor Dear Colleagues, I hope you and your families are keeping safe and healthy, not that it would have anything to do with me or my actions. I’m writing today with some important news. After three years leading the DOE, I will be stepping down as Chancellor at the end of March. Why wait until the new person comes in and get fired? I am full of mixed emotions to
CHANGING OUR PERSPECTIVE – Dad Gone Wild
CHANGING OUR PERSPECTIVE “It is a good lesson – though it may often be a hard one – for a man… to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter My daughter has been taking ballet at Nashville Ballet for about 5 years
Education Matters: CATCH UP WITH MR. G - THIS WEEK IN DCPS
Education Matters CATCH UP WITH MR. G THIS WEEK IN DCPS DCPS creates problems, then wonders why there are problems. 42 by Unknown / 1d One-sixth of DCPS teachers leave from year to year. Where there are many reasons teachers leave, the lion's share of why they do has to fall on the shoulders of the district. Bad leadership and bad policies have led to this exodus. The Times Union recently reporte
THIS WEEK'S WILDNESS Dad Gone Wild Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it
Dad Gone Wild – Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it. CHANGING OUR PERSPECTIVE by TC Weber / 21h “It is a good lesson – though it may often be a hard one – for a man… to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT
TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT EDUCATION POLITICS AND POLICY IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE Voucher Vultures Getting FBI Scrutiny 23 by Andy Spears / 1d NewsChannel5’s Phil Williams reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to investigate the possibility of bribes involved in the 2019 vote to secure passage of Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher scheme. Here’s more: NewsChannel 5’s cameras w
TEACHER TOM THIS WEEK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Teacher Tom I'll Try Not to Yuck Your Yum if You Try Not to Yuck Mine 86 23h The Concept of "Learning Loss" is Complete BS 6K 1d Young Children Don't Need Adults to Make Their Play Meaningful 3K 3d If the World Disappears When I Close My Eyes 100+ 3d How We Become Blind to the Chicken 300+ 4d In the End the Goal is Not Literacy, It's Understanding 200+ 8d Teacher Tom
SSPI TONY THURMOND: STUFF THIS WEEK FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
California Department of Education SSPI TONY THURMOND STUFF THIS WEEK FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Prepare Now for Pandemic EBT 2.0 16h The federal Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program was extended through the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act. This law extends P-EBT benefits through September 2021. Adult Ed Providers Receive National Recognition 18h State Superi
THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
NewBlackMan (in Exile) THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) The Genius of Fela Kuti and Afrobeat (feat. Femi & Made Kuti) by Mark Anthony Neal / 19h " Fela Kuti has inspired musicians from all over the world from Burna Boy and Beyoncé , to Miles Davis . Sound Field dives into the musical genius of Fela's cultural funk. Sound Field host LA Buckner speaks to Fela's son and grandson, Femi and Made
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
Education Research Report How States and Districts Used Title II, Part A Funds by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 1d A new report finds that districts most often used key federal funds for improving educator quality to provide professional development. Other common uses included reducing class sizes and recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals. Title II, Part A of the Elementary and Seco
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 Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL by Larry Ferlazzo / 29min BiljaST / Pixabay Six years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention. You might also be interested in THE BEST RESOURCE
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
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 Ed Deform Groups Congratulate Biden on Decision to Test 92 by dianeravitch / 20h Review the list of organizations that signed a letter thanking the Biden administration for insisting on tests this spring. Some outspoken enemies of public educatio

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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Friday, February 26, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Philadelphia postpones school reopening again, as district and union await mediator’s decision on safety https://philadelphia.chalkbeat.org/2021/2/25/22301896/philadelphia-postpones-reopening-again-as-district-and-union-await-mediators-decision-on-safety via @ChalkbeatPHL February’s Most Popular Posts | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the
Biden angers supporters who wanted him to curb standardized testing - The Washington Post
One month in, Biden angers supporters who wanted him to curb standardized testing In December 2019, Joe Biden appeared at an education forum and was asked if he would commit to ending standardized testing in public schools if elected president. His answer was surprising — given that the Obama administration, in which he served as vice president, made testing a central part of its controversial e
Teacher Tom: I'll Try Not to Yuck Your Yum if You Try Not to Yuck Mine
I'll Try Not to Yuck Your Yum if You Try Not to Yuck Mine "There are only two bad kinds of ice cream: pistachio and tutti frutti." It's one of the jokes I tell that no one thinks is particularly funny. The kids tend to take me seriously, "What's so bad about them?" And adults tend to snort in imitation of The Dude, "That's, like, just your opinion man." It's true that those two flavors ruin ice
Voucher Vultures Getting FBI Scrutiny + What’s the Big Deal? – Tennessee Education Report
Voucher Vultures Getting FBI Scrutiny – Tennessee Education Report VOUCHER VULTURES GETTING FBI SCRUTINY N ewsChannel5’s Phil Williams reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to investigate the possibility of bribes involved in the 2019 vote to secure passage of Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher scheme. Here’s more: NewsChannel 5’s cameras were there last month as Casada woke
Teachers, Testing and Why We Might Just Chill | Teacher in a strange land
Teachers, Testing and Why We Might Just Chill You hear it all the time: What we need is teachers at the policy table. They would make the right decisions about things that would truly revive and strengthen public education. Well, maybe. Managing and monitoring the behavior and learning of 30 8-year olds or 150 teenagers, making 1500 fine-grained instructional decisions a day , means there isn’t
African American Studies Virtual Classroom Session + Funding Results: 2020-21 Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Grant - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
African American Studies Virtual Classroom Session - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education) State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Convenes Discussion with Educators, Students on African American Studies During Ethnic Studies Virtual Classroom Session SACRAMENTO—Building on the success of last summer’s Ethnic Studies Webinar Series, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond yesterday launche
Resilient Public Schools: Bright and Dark Sides (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Resilient Public Schools: Bright and Dark Sides (Part 2) In Part 1 of this series of posts, I described the times that public schools have closed because of the influenza pandemic a century ago, polio epidemics during the middle decades of the 20th century, and the disruption of schooling in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Of note, then, is that on all of these occasions the age-gra
NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
NewBlackMan (in Exile) NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/this-week-with-newblackman-in-exile-blm_20.html A Wide-Ranging Exploration of Alice Walker and 'The Color Purple' by Mark Anthony Neal / 15h " Salamishah Tillet , a contributing critic-at-large for The New York Times and the Henry Rutgers profe
CHECK IT OUT: DIANE ON A ROLL TODAY - Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all #REDFORED #tbats #COVID-19 #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #VACCINATETEACHERS
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all CHECK IT OUT: DIANE ON A ROLL TODAY Big Education Ape: KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/keep-up-catch-up-with-diane-ravitchs_13.html Ed Deform Groups Congratulate Biden on Decision to Test by dianeravitch / now Review the list of organ
Richard Carranza resigns, Meisha Porter to be new NYC schools head - New York Daily News
NYC schools head Richard Carranza resigns, Meisha Porter to become system’s first Black woman chancellor Richard Carranza, the New York City schools chancellor who ignited fiery conversations about race and segregation in education and oversaw the seismic shift to remote learning throughout the coronavirus pandemic, will step down March 15 after a three-year tenure, Mayor de Blasio announced Fri
Evaluate This | JD2718
Evaluate This I’ve just spent the last two hours reading the evaluation letter that Mulgrew sent out. ( Letter linked here ). I’ll probably write much more, later. But for now I have a few observations: Unnecessary Why was this necessary? (I know, there is a state law – which the UFT helped pass – and which Mulgrew used to claim credit for helping to write) Where was the fight to twist Cuomo’s a
CURMUDGUCATION: Big Standardized Test Test
Big Standardized Test Test Supporters of testing, testocrats, and all other folks insisting that the Biden administration made the right call because the 2021-- can we take a moment to assess your own test-related ideas? For the "Parents Need To Know How Their Kids Are Doing" folks: Create a short video in which you display a real individual student result printout and describe, in detail, the i
Another School District Ends Contract with City Police for Security Guards: Will Improve Counseling and School Climate | janresseger
Another School District Ends Contract with City Police for Security Guards: Will Improve Counseling and School Climate Last June, after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the Washington Post reported that school districts across the United States suddenly felt obligated to take seriously the warnings from civil rights organizations about problems when school districts h
Audio: With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty | 89.3 KPCC
With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty The COVID-19 relief bill working its way through Congress is full of big ideas to help people. But there's one idea that's so big, it was politically unthinkable not that long ago. President Biden and Democratic lawmakers want to fight child poverty by giving U.S. families a few hundred dollars every month for every child in
Education Matters: DCPS creates problems, then wonders why there are problems.
DCPS creates problems, then wonders why there are problems. One-sixth of DCPS teachers leave from year to year. Where there are many reasons teachers leave, the lion's share of why they do has to fall on the shoulders of the district. Bad leadership and bad policies have led to this exodus. The Times Union recently reported on a JPEF study about teacher recruitment and retention. If the article
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 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 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos_20.html Februa
NYC Educator: The Teacher as Living Martyr
The Teacher as Living Martyr That's the idealized version of what we do, and this is a great piece going into chapter and verse as to why. Who hasn't seen Stand and Deliver and decided, wow, that's what a real teacher does. Of course, if you get into the story a little deeper, you learn that not everything was quite as the film portrayed. This program didn't, in fact, materialize out of thin air
NYC Public School Parents: Why Biden should focus on vaccinating all school staff ASAP instead of making students take pointless stressful tests
Why Biden should focus on vaccinating all school staff ASAP instead of making students take pointless stressful tests On Monday, Ian Rosenblum, appointed as Deputy Asst. Sec. of the US Dept. of Education announce d that states would NOT be given a waiver from administering standardized exams this year – though ten states had already requested them, including New York. His letter is here ; articl
Education Research Report: New Digest of Education Statistics
New Digest of Education Statistics Today , NCES released the Digest of Education Statistics , a comprehensive statistical reference for all levels of education in the United States. Topics include educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons. The Digest also includes data on the number of schools, colleges, teachers, students, and gradua

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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Thursday, February 25, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES SBE Seeks Relief from Federal Testing Requirements - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education) - https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel11.asp Millions Of Kids Learn English At School. Teaching Them Remotely Hasn't Been Easy https://www.scpr.org/news/2021/02/24/96783/millions-of-kids-learn-english-at-school-teaching/ via @kpcc Student mental h
Testing During a Pandemic is a Crime – Tennessee Education Report
TESTING DURING A PANDEMIC IS A CRIME Former Nashville school board member Amy Frogge posts on Facebook about the disappointing decision by the Biden Administration to insist on federally-mandated state standardized tests as our schools continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what Frogge has to say: This is a huge disappointment. Standardized testing in general is pretty useless. I
Benjamin W. Arnett, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Benjamin W. Arnett, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward BENJAMIN W. ARNETT, BLACK EDUCATOR HALL OF FAME E’ry day this month, the Center for Black Educator Development , in partnership with Phillys7thWard.org , will highlight a Black Educator Hall of Famer . But, don’t forget, e’ry month is Black History Month … February is just the Blackest . Today, our featured Black Educator is Benj
NANCY BAILEY: Is EdTrust Behind High-Stakes Testing During This Pandemic?
Is EdTrust Behind High-Stakes Testing During This Pandemic? Is EdTrust Behind High-Stakes Testing During This Pandemic? High-stakes standardized testing. Why now? Why again? Why ever? Was The Education Trust (EdTrust) involved in the decision? Who is EdTrust, and why would President Biden listen to them? EdTrust is a pro-school-reform group that carries clout, and they’ve been vocal about schools
The Bipartisan Assault on Public Schools | The New Republic
The Bipartisan Assault on Public Schools Betsy Devos was no exception in education. She pushed an agenda that Republicans and Democrats have strangely united behind for years. Two years ago, Margaret Spellings, George W. Bush’s secretary of education, and Arne Duncan, Barack Obama’s secretary of education, wrote an opinion article in The Washington Post lamenting the decline of public support fo
Shawgi Tell: Biden Swiftly Disappoints Educators and Students | Dissident Voice
Biden Swiftly Disappoints Educators and Students | Dissident Voice Biden Swiftly Disappoints Educators and Students Months before he became president, many pointed out that harmful neoliberal policies would continue unabated in K-12 education under a Joe Biden administration. Indeed, there is a long record of both democrats and republicans supporting harmful education policies like high-stakes st
Police investigating alleged embezzlement at Warren Easton Charter High School | The Lens
Police investigating alleged embezzlement at Warren Easton Charter High School Warren Easton Charter High School’s annual financial audit has revealed a $70,000 discrepancy in the school’s student activity funds, and the New Orleans Police Department is investigating the matter as a theft by a former employee. The incident, reported to police in December, occurred between March 2019 and July 202
NOONAN | Teachers between rock and a hard place | Opinion | coloradopolitics com
NOONAN | Teachers between rock and a hard place | Opinion | coloradopolitics.com Teachers between rock and a hard place K-12 education in Colorado is a big fat mess. No question. Schools are caught in COVID limbo, with some schools returning to full time, others keeping to a hybrid schedule, and many students continuing online. Teachers are trying to get their vaccinations, which puts to rest com
Teacher Tom: The Concept of "Learning Loss" is Complete BS
The Concept of "Learning Loss" is Complete BS Just scanning the first page of my search engine's results for "learning loss" without clicking a single link I see that children have "suffered" learning loss during the pandemic, that the learning loss is "grim," that it is "unprecedented," and that schools are "racing" and "struggling" to correct it. It will, apparently, "take years to overcome" t
Educators cheer new push in Congress for more community schools - Education Votes
Educators cheer new push in Congress for more community schools A new bill in Congress looks to increase federal support for a school model that reimagines how to help students learn—by first making sure their basic needs are met. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) introduced the Full-Service Community School Expansion Act on Tuesday. Research supports what educators kn
David Berliner: Why Religious Schools Should Never Receive a Dollar of Public Funding | Diane Ravitch's blog
David Berliner: Why Religious Schools Should Never Receive a Dollar of Public Funding Since the 2020 election, when Republicans won many seats in state legislatures, there has been an explosion of proposed voucher laws, to allow people to get public money to pay for religious schools. David Berliner, one of our nation’s most distinguished researchers of education, explains why funding religious
Learning to Earn – Have You Heard
Learning to Earn The idea that more education is the way to help workers get ahead is a cherished American principle. In fact, this “human capital” view of education dates all the way back to another period of roaring inequality in the US: the Gilded Age. In episode #107, historian Cristina Groeger joins us to discuss the origins of the “education fix,” and why the idea of educating our way out
Audio: Teaching Students A New Black History | 89.3 KPCC
Teaching Students A New Black History When you think of the history of Black education in the United States, you might think of Brown vs. Board of Education and the fight to integrate public schools. But there's a parallel history too, of Black people pooling their resources to educate and empower themselves independently. Enslaved people learned to read and write whenever and wherever they coul
California: Nearly 50,000 Teachers and Parents Say NO to Biden Testing Demand | Diane Ravitch's blog
California: Nearly 50,000 Teachers and Parents Say NO to Biden Testing Demand UPDATE TO NEWS RELEASE: 50,000 signatures submitted to SBE-parents, educators urge waiving standardized testing NEWS RELEASE California Teachers Association 1705 Murchison Drive Burlingame, CA 94010 www.cta.org Contact: Claudia Briggs cbriggs@cta.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Educators Call on State Board of Education to S
Stories from School AZ: Platforms Vs. Foundations. Pre- and Post- Pandemic Metaphors | National Education Policy Center
Stories from School AZ: Platforms Vs. Foundations. Pre- and Post- Pandemic Metaphors Lately I have been considering the term “learning platform.” If you are a teacher, you have likely been expected to utilize multiple learning platforms over the past decade. If you have been avoiding digital learning platforms, then you certainly have been forced onto them in the past year of pandemic teaching.
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 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 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos_20.html Two Ne

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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Wednesday, February 24, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Joe Biden Made One Campaign Promise That Really Mattered To Teachers. He Just Broke It. - https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2021/02/23/joe-biden-made-one-campaign-promise-that-really-mattered-to-teachers-he-just-broke-it/?sh=f6fe0361d7b8 by @palan57 on @forbes NY education officials propose removing Regents exams from graduation
Will the meaning of “yes” be on the test? The tests are back. – Fred Klonsky
WILL THE MEANING OF “YES” BE ON THE TEST? THE TESTS ARE BACK . “As the educators in the classroom, we have always known that standardized tests are not the best way to measure a child’s development,” says AFT President Randi Weingarten. You don’t have to tell me. Tell Joe! Betsy DeVos may have been the worst Secretary of Education ever. Check that. Not “may have been.” She was the worst Secretar
A Closer Look at Black History Month | Cloaking Inequity
A CLOSER LOOK AT BLACK HISTORY MONTH Audio Player 00:00 00:00 Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. From 88.9 WEKU Every president since Gerald Ford has honored Black History Month in February. But Blackness is still not celebrated year-round. WEKU talked with people about Black History Month. Carol Taylor-Shim is Director of the Office of Equity and Social Justice under the off
CURMUDGUCATION: Mark Weber's Three Critical Testing Questions
Mark Weber's Three Critical Testing Questions This is not the first time I've piggy-backed on a post from Mark "Jersey Jazzman" Weber, but sometimes what he posts just sets a bright blazing lightbulb off in my head. Weber is a certified PhD-carrying academic of data crunching, and he is an absolute master of rendering complicated ideas comprehensible to civilians, and that's what he's done with
Parents & school administrators agree: Michigan Republicans are holding children hostage for political power | Eclectablog
Parents & school administrators agree: Michigan Republicans are holding children hostage for political power Nearly two months ago, the federal government made billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds available to the states. Michigan is in line for over $5 billion in relief funding, including $2.1 billion to re-open schools in our state. However, so far, none of that money has been allocate
Foundation Leaders Should Use Their Cash and Connections to Advocate for a Federal Racial-Equity Stimulus | Schott Foundation for Public Education
Foundation Leaders Should Use Their Cash and Connections to Advocate for a Federal Racial-Equity Stimulus Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. With the stroke of a pen less than a week after his inauguration, President Biden did something no amount of philanthropic dollars could accomplish. He signed four executive orders to combat racial inequity. In quick succession, these me
Black Educator Hall of Fame Member Maria L. Baldwin + DR. AMBROSE CALIVER - Philly's 7th Ward #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH #openonlywhensafe
Black Educator Hall of Fame Member Maria L. Baldwin - Philly's 7th Ward BLACK EDUCATOR HALL OF FAME MEMBER MARIA L. BALDWIN E’ry day this month, the Center for Black Educator Development , in partnership with Phillys7thWard.org , will highlight a Black Educator Hall of Famer . But, don’t forget, e’ry month is Black History Month … February is just the Blackest . Today, our featured Black Educator
Summer School & Learning Loss | Teacher in a strange land
Summer School & Learning Loss It is with some trepidation that I put both ‘summer school’ and ‘learning loss’ in the title of this blog. Trepidation, because both terms have been widely and egregiously mis-used in the month that we’ve had an actual president again. We are now discussing What to Do About School in terms of safety and instructional efficacy, rather than how to force ‘unions’ (anot
Civility and the Steady Retreat from Truth – radical eyes for equity
Civility and the Steady Retreat from Truth “I hope I live to see the day,” reads the subject line of an email I received a few days ago; the body continues: “That you are dead and rotting in hell along with your grandparents.” This email arrived two days after another email posed two questions: “Did you really say those vile comments about Rush Limbaugh? Do you like civility or have you been mis
What's New - California Department of Education: CPAG Meeting Webcast - 2021 California Farm to School Conference - COVID-19 At-risk Afterschool Meals Attendance
California Department of Education What's New California Department of Education SSPI Issues Statement on USDOE Testing Guidance 16h State Superintendent Tony Thurmond issues statement in response to U.S. Department of Education guidance on standardized testing. COVID-19 At-risk Afterschool Meals Attendance 18h This communication provides guidance about the COVID-19 attendance requirements for th
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 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 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/this-week-in-education-larry-ferlazzos_20.html Ed Tec
Standardized Testing During the Pandemic is Corporate Welfare Not Student Equity | gadflyonthewallblog
Standardized Testing During the Pandemic is Corporate Welfare Not Student Equity We’ve got to be able to tell how badly the pandemic is affecting student learning. So let’s give standardized tests . That’s the rationale behind the Biden administration’s mandate that schools across the country still struggling just to keep buildings open somehow manage to proctor standardized assessments. Nearly
NYSAPE Urges Parents to Opt Out of Biden Testing | Diane Ravitch's blog
NYSAPE Urges Parents to Opt Out of Biden Testing New York State Allies for Public Education has led the successful opt out movement in their state for years. As much as 20% of all eligible students have refused the annual tests in most years, in some schools and districts, a majority of students don’t take the test. They reacted angrily to the news that the Biden administration plans to require
Teacher Tom: Young Children Don't Need Adults to Make Their Play Meaningful
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