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Big Education Ape: THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Saturday, April 24, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-top-banana-todays-education_24.html


Is There a White Supremacy Culture in Schools? | Teacher in a strange land
Is There a White Supremacy Culture in Schools? I am currently participating in a 21-day ‘Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge.’ I signed up with several local friends, as part of our intention to build tolerance and equity in our mostly-white community. We met for a conversation, this past week, and we were all a little blown away by depth and transformative power of the resources and question
Shawgi Tell: Economic Collapse Continues Uninterrupted | Dissident Voice
Economic Collapse Continues Uninterrupted | Dissident Voice Economic Collapse Continues Uninterrupted To conceal the economic and social decline that continues to unfold at home and abroad, major newspapers are working overtime to promote happy economic news. Many headlines are irrational and out of touch. They make no sense. Desperation to convince everyone that all is well or all will soon be g
MEGAN PRATHER: Promised Land recap: How the McGirt ruling is affecting legal matters in Oklahoma - NONDOC
Promised Land recap: How the McGirt ruling is affecting legal matters in Oklahoma Promised Land recap: How the McGirt ruling is affecting legal matters in Oklahoma Since last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma , journalists have been covering the details, legal questions and uncertainties in the wake of the landmark court decision. Complicated and delicate in nature, the aff
The Pursuit of Education: A Story of Homelessness, Perseverance, and the Impact of Caring Educators - ED.gov Blog
The Pursuit of Education: A Story of Homelessness, Perseverance, and the Impact of Caring Educators By: Jahnee S. I was 8 years old when I first experienced homelessness. Homelessness then became a struggle that my family and I couldn’t escape. I experienced standing in the snow, hoping my family and I had a place to sleep on a church floor; how packed and unsanitary emergency shelters are, as I
Angie Sullivan: Restorative Justice Requires Funding to Help Kids | Diane Ravitch's blog
Angie Sullivan: Restorative Justice Requires Funding to Help Kids Angie Sullivan teaches impoverished children in Las Vegas. She believes that restorative justice could help them, but only if it is funded. How do you kill a bill without voting against it? You take something important like restorative justice – which should be wraparound services and not give any funding. Wraparound services make
CURMUDGUCATION: VA: Is This The Path To Math Equity
VA: Is This The Path To Math Equity Virginia is working on a new "math path," and conservative news outlets have gone off. The initiative itself is loaded with the usual bureaucratic argle bargle, like Through collaboration with other stakeholders across the Commonwealth, the VMPI state task force will make suggestions for institutional changes that will strengthen the alignment between K-12 and
John King is Running for Governor of Maryland (probably not supported by NYS teachers) | Ed In The Apple
John King is Running for Governor of Maryland (probably not supported by NYS teachers) John King, the former Obama-appointed US Secretary of Education and the highly controversial Commissioner of Education in New York State announced he is running for governor of Maryland ; the current governor, a republican, Larry Hogan, is term-limited. King will be facing a number of others in the democratic
How to Vote on Ballot Measures in Pennsylvania’s 2021 Primary Election | gadflyonthewallblog
How to Vote on Ballot Measures in Pennsylvania’s 2021 Primary Election Can you feel it? The primary election is just a few weeks away. Voters will decide all kinds of things like who will represent their respective parties for school board, judges, magistrates, county council, etc. However, that’s not all. There also will be four statewide ballot initiatives . All Allegheny County residents will
A CORE PROBLEM – Dad Gone Wild
A CORE PROBLEM “Our values are the same. We disagree on policy, but we don’t disagree on humanity , we don’t disagree about love and compassion. I think that’s true for all of us — it’s just that we get lost in our fear of what’s different.” Michelle Obama speaking on her friendship with George Bush It’s 9 AM on Friday morning, the second day of TCAP testing for MNPS students, and my fifth grade
THIS WEEK FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
THIS WEEK FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Secretary Cardona, Senator Manchin, and Senator Murray to Hold Roundtable to Discuss Resources for Students Experiencing Homelessness 1d Tomorrow, April 23, Secretary Cardona will join Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Patty Murray (WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), for a virtual roundtable with students
Network for Public Education Blog Post of the Day This Week
Blog Posts Archive - Network For Public Education Network for Public Education Blog Posts of the Day This Week Blog Post of the Day Our NPE Blogs of the Day feature what we think are interesting and important blog posts centered on issues of public education. The views expressed by the bloggers are, of course, entirely their own. To submit links and tips for inclusion, please send an email to npe
THIS WEEK'S WILDNESS Dad Gone Wild Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it
Dad Gone Wild – Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it. A CORE PROBLEM by TC Weber / 16h “Our values are the same. We disagree on policy, but we don’t disagree on humanity , we don’t disagree about love and compassion. I think that’s true for all of us — it’s just that we get lost in our fear of what’s different.” Michelle Obama speaking on her friendship with George Bush It’s 9 AM on Friday morni
TEACHER TOM THIS WEEK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION + Teacher Tom: Let's Turn The World Around: Teacher Tom's Play Summit
Teacher Tom TEACHER TOM THIS WEEK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Teacher Tom: Let's Turn The World Around: Teacher Tom's Play Summit We heard it from Mandela, "Turn this world around, For the children" - turn this world around. He's done it once before, and now we hear his call For the children, turn this world around. Turn, turn, turn, Turn this world around For the children, turn this world aroun
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 COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #83 17h This waiver allows sponsors that successfully participated in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, but did not operate in 2020, due to COVID-19, to operate as experienced sponsors in FY 2021. COVID-19 Response Nati
THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER
NewBlackMan (in Exile) THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) Stuck in The Studio: Ayanah Moor by Mark Anthony Neal / 24min "On this episode of CCMA Creates: Stuck in the Studio features Ayanah Moor , an artist whose work explores blackness, gender, desire and language. She discusses her recent return to painting, inspirations behind her work and her solo exhibition at the Cleve Carney Museum of A
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
Education Research Report The Effect of Serving “Breakfast After-the-Bell” Meals on School Absenteeism by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 51min With the rise in the availability of absenteeism data, it is clear that students are missing a staggering amount of school. Policymakers have focused efforts on identifying school programs that might reduce absenteeism. This study examined whether implementing the
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 / 7h 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 RESOURCES,
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all #REDFORED #tbats #CANCELTHETEST
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 Angie Sullivan: Restorative Justice Requires Funding to Help Kids by dianeravitch / 25min Angie Sullivan teaches impoverished children in Las Vegas. She believes that restorative justice could help them, but only if it is funded. How do you kill

YESTERDAY

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Friday, April 23, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Education Research Report: Rates of Recovery from COVID-19 Impact - http://educationresearchreport.blogspot.com/ New York State education department faces questions on some standardized tests | wgrz.com - https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/education/new-york-state-education-department-faces-questions-on-english-language-arts-exams/71-24a
Cartoons about Life during Covid | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Cartoons about Life during Covid Vaccinations against Covid-19 have picked up, infections were down then plateaued, and now have risen a tad but the outlook is far more positive than it was in January. So this monthly feature of cartoons will look at life during Covid. It will be the last set of stabs at humor about the year of the plague and the gradual resumption of “normal” activities. Enjoy!
10th Period: Let's Talk Charter Schools | National Education Policy Center
10th Period: Let's Talk Charter Schools Let's discuss charter schools -- a topic you've seen a lot of on this blog over the years, but has kind of gone away recently for obvious (COVID) and non-obvious (Vouchers/School Funding) reasons. Despite House Bill 2 , which was supposed to slim down our notoriously poor-performing charter school sector and the closure of the nation's largest online schoo
Education Department Announces State Allocations of $800 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness | U.S. Department of Education
Education Department Announces State Allocations of $800 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced today plans to distribute $800 million to help support the needs of students experiencing homelessness under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Homeless Children and Yo
Teacher Tom: If Freedom Lies Anywhere, it is Here
If Freedom Lies Anywhere, it is Here As I'm recording interviews with my guests for the upcoming Teacher Tom's Play Summit , I've noticed that at some level, every single one of them is talking about trusting children enough to set them free. To me, freedom is a fascinating concept that, like love or play, is a pure good that's almost impossible to define, yet we know it when we see it -- or rat
Texas: Charter Industry Goes for the Gold: Power | Diane Ravitch's blog
Texas: Charter Industry Goes for the Gold: Power Texas has five million public school students. It has 356,000 charter school students. The latter matter far more to the Governor, the Legislature and the State Education Commissioner than the former. This report came to me from Austin, where officials are trying to remove any “barriers” to charter. The local school board has no say in whether a n
NYC Educator: Is Remote Learning Here to Stay?
Is Remote Learning Here to Stay? A Daily News article explores that this morning. It works for some families, evidently: “When they’re home, they can be one on one with you,” said Livingstone, a single mother of a fourth and eighth-grader who doesn’t work because of a disability. I can see how it would appeal to people who have no issue staying home and supervising their kids. These days, though
Buying into the Social Contract is Different from Buying Education with a Public Tuition Voucher in a Privatized School Marketplace | janresseger
Buying into the Social Contract is Different from Buying Education with a Public Tuition Voucher in a Privatized School Marketplace For a quarter of a century, Ohio has pursued the accountability-based “education reform” strategy that was formalized in the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act. Ohio holds schools accountable for raising students’ scores on high-stakes standardized tests by imposing sanc
Louisiana Standardized Testing 2020-21: Maybe We Grade Your School, Maybe Not. | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog
Louisiana Standardized Testing 2020-21: Maybe We Grade Your School, Maybe Not. Standardized testing is set to commence in schools and districts across the state of Louisiana. What does this mean regarding the now-common misuse of scores for grading teachers and schools and for student placement decisions? Some answers can be found in two pieces of legislation passed in the Louisiana legislature’
Think of Children as POW’s, and Act Accordingly | The Merrow Report
Think of Children as POW’s, and Act Accordingly The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines in our society, including in public education. Thankfully, nearly all our children and youth have survived, but many went through harrowing experiences, including serious illnesses and deaths of family and friends. Some of our young have prospered, thanks to their parents’ wealth and savvy, but many
2020–21 Statewide School Enrollment Data Released + 2021 CA Green Ribbon Schools + CA Middle Schools Selected as 'Schools to Watch’ - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
2020–21 Statewide School Enrollment Data Released - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education) California Department of Education Releases 2020–21 Statewide School Enrollment Data SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today released K–12 public school enrollment data for the 2020–21 academic year. The annual snapshot of fall enrollment shows a sharp one-year decline as the state and natio
Why Tax Billionaires Out of Existence | tultican
Why Tax Billionaires Out of Existence By Thomas Ultican 4/22/2021 Twenty years of studying education policy, politics and practices has been awakening. Seeing billionaires inflict their often misguided and unpopular beliefs on our nation’s public schools has made it clear how undemocratic and dangerous extreme wealth is. They have established voucher programs routinely sending taxpayer money to

APR 22

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Thursday, April 22, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES After the COVID-19 money is spent, schools will still be underfunded https://thehill.com/opinion/education/548045-after-the-covid-19-money-is-spent-schools-will-still-be-underfunded#.YIHLsZYX9Xc.twitter Yong Zhao: New Article: Build Back Better: Avoid the Learning Loss Trap | National Education Policy Center - https://nepc.colorado.edu/
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced | U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced Award Honors Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs, Improving Health and Wellness, Offering Effective Sustainability Education The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees,
MEGAN PRATHER: Epic board agrees to SVCSB settlement terms - NONDOC
Epic board agrees to SVCSB settlement terms Epic board agrees to SVCSB settlement terms The governing board of Epic One-on-One Charter School agreed to the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board’s proposed settlement terms Wednesday night, one day after the SVCSB rejected Epic’s initial proposal. The new settlement agreement (embedded below) still needs to be approved by the SVCSB, but Epic relea
CURMUDGUCATION: TX: Governor Still Holding On To Education Relief Funds
TX: Governor Still Holding On To Education Relief Funds Texas Democrats have been reduced to tattling to the US Department of Education , as Governor Abbott continues to sit on $17.9 billion-with-a-b in aid that is supposed to be going to public schools. That huge pile of money that has been allocated by Congress through various packages. Texas school districts are trying to get budgets written
Putting On the Ritz – Grumpy Old Teacher
Putting On the Ritz Forget Fred Astaire, imagine if you will, (oh, my, Grumpy Old Teacher–GOT–is mixing metaphors or at least pop culture references–apologies to Rod Serling) the face of Miguel Cardona, our newest, brightest, and shiniest U.S. Secretary of Education, or something like that on the face of the premier danseuse (that means the guy in front.) Testing must go on. So in school after s
Bigger than Bridges: The Infrastructure Bill is About Kids | Schott Foundation for Public Education
Bigger than Bridges: The Infrastructure Bill is About Kids For all the pressing education matters facing students, parents, and educators, the proposed American Jobs Plan (often referred to as “the infrastructure bill”) can at first glance appear to be unimportant: what does highway and bridge construction have to do with the classroom? But if the contents of the proposed bill are carried out, i
The Black Scream and the American Dream - Philly's 7th Ward
THE BLACK SCREAM AND THE AMERICAN DREAM Black people have been screaming forever yet in higher pitches since 2020. Given technological advances, we get to show you our lived experience of pain on camera. You get to see on live footage the murder of our people by some bad apples in blue uniforms. We get to share our own personalized trauma on social media platforms and maybe for once receive empa
'Parents are powerless': Students face being held back after a year of remote learning - POLITICO
'Parents are powerless': Students face being held back after a year of remote learning Pandemic-related learning loss means some parents are weighing whether their children should repeat a grade. In 18 states, they won’t have a choice. David Scruggs Jr. has spent most of the pandemic at his second-grade son’s side, helping him with virtual learning as their Nashville, Tenn., home became a school
NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER
NewBlackMan (in Exile) NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY Big Education Ape: THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/04/this-week-with-newblackman-in-exile-blm_17.html Uneasy: Vijay Iyer's New Album by Mark Anthony Neal / 14h " Uneasy is the latest album from pianist, MacArthur fellow, and Harvard professor in the departments of music and African and African Ame
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #tBATs
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 THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/04/this-week-in-education-larry-f
CURMUDGUCATION: A Powerful Call To Teach
A Powerful Call To Teach Sharif El-Mekki is the founder of the Center for Black Educator Development , a group that's doing important work. He blogs at Philly's 7th Ward , and recent post is worth attention. I suspect that El-Mekki and I disagree on some education issues, but his view of the teaching profession is inspiring and powerful. Here's a bit from the post " Why We Need Black Men (And Wo
Schools Matter: Dear Sen. Bennet: The best way to help "high poverty schools" is to eliminate "high poverty schools."
Dear Sen. Bennet: The best way to help "high poverty schools" is to eliminate "high poverty schools." Call me excited about the many billions of dollars that Team Biden is planning to invest in new and renewed education initiatives, from pre-K through college. Even more exciting is the total absence (so far) of systemic efforts to bribe and/or extort states to adopt corporate policies favored by
NANCY BAILEY: Will America Invest in Public School Buildings, Finally?
Will America Invest in Public School Buildings, Finally? Will America Invest in Public School Buildings, Finally? How will the Biden administration manage a public school facelift? Is $100 billion enough? Will communities see a windfall of funding dedicated to this purpose? Will corporate partnerships help? Will Americans see it as an equity issue? Covid-19 showed Americans the importance of publ
Samuel Abrams: Why Does the New York Times Repeatedly Exaggerate the Selectivity of NYC’s Top High schools? | Diane Ravitch's blog
Samuel Abrams: Why Does the New York Times Repeatedly Exaggerate the Selectivity of NYC’s Top High schools? Samuel Abrams was a teacher at Beacon High Schools and is now a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He wrote a few days ago in the Columbia Journalism Review about the insistence by the New York Times that admissions to schools like Beacon are even harder than they are. Anx
Dismantling the “Science of Reading” and the Harmful Reading Policies in its Wake – radical eyes for equity
Dismantling the “Science of Reading” and the Harmful Reading Policies in its Wake After emailing me about new reading legislation being proposed in North Carolina—next door to my home state of South Carolina that also has jumped on the “science of reading” bandwagon— Ann Doss Helms of WFAE (NPR, Charlotte, NC) interviewed me by phone. I have given dozens of interviews about education over the la
Teacher Tom: Eight in Ten Youths Believe the Adults in Their Lives Value Achievement Over Caring for Others
Eight in Ten Youths Believe the Adults in Their Lives Value Achievement Over Caring for Others Here's the good news: in a national survey conducted by Harvard University , roughly two-thirds of youth listed kindness as one of their top three values and 64 percent included fairness in their top three. Here's the bad news: Approximately 80 percent of these same kids report that their parents and t
State of Siege: What the Free State Project Means for New Hampshire’s Public Schools – Have You Heard
State of Siege: What the Free State Project Means for New Hampshire’s Public Schools Two decades ago, the Free State Project announced an audacious plan to make New Hampshire a utopia for libertarians. Now one of their central goals – privatizing education – appears within reach. Have You Heard heads to the Granite State to explore New Hampshire’s shifting political terrain and why what began as
Emails Show Bush-Led Organization’s ALEC-Like Role in State Policymaking - In the Public Interest
Foundation for Excellence in Education and Chiefs for Change Records Requests - In the Public Interest Foundation for Excellence in Education and Chiefs for Change Records Requests Emails Show Bush-Led Organization’s ALEC-Like Role in State Policymaking Emails between the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), founded and chaired by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and state education officia
Education Matters: Greene is a fox in the hen house, joins Jeb Bush's anti-public education club
Greene is a fox in the hen house, joins Jeb Bush's anti-public education club In case you were wondering why Greene had been such a disappointment, it turns out it is by design as she has joined Jeb Bush's Chiefs for Change, a group that pushes corporate reforms, i.e., high stakes testing, punish the teacher evaluations, and scabs as teachers, and privatization, the expansion of charter schools
NYC Public School Parents: The City Council has proposed $250 million for smaller classes next year!
The City Council has proposed $250 million for smaller classes next year! The NYC Council has now proposed in its preliminary budget response that DOE allocate $250M next year for class size reduction. This amount would be used to hire 2500 new teachers, which could then reduce class size in as many as 10,000 smaller classes citywide, since each new teacher and class creates smaller classes for
FAQ: Why NYC Schools should use infusion of new federal & state funds to lower class size next year | Class Size Matters
FAQ: Why NYC Schools should use infusion of new federal & state funds to lower class size next year Check out the fact sheet here or below. If you support smaller classes, please urge your CEC or community group to support this resolution . Please also sign our petition here . FAQ: Why NYC Schools should use infusion of new federal & state funds to lower class size next year | Class Size Matters
2021 Civic Learning Awards Announced - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 Civic Learning Award Recipients SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that 32 schools won this year’s Civic Learning Awards, which celebrate public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. This year, the awards emphasize school-based efforts that went uninterrupted despite the pandemic.
CURMUDGUCATION: Chris Evans (And Partners) Create A Useful Civics Tool
Chris Evans (And Partners) Create A Useful Civics Tool So this is how you do it. Chris Evans has entered the world of celebrity education support, and he's done it up right. There's a companion post to this one over at Forbes that explains in a little more detail what the site does; in this post, I want to explain why I think Evans and his partners are setting an example for how the rich and fam
I’m Back, Almost! | Diane Ravitch's blog
I’m Back, Almost! On April 8, I had open heart surgery to replace a heart that had a leaky valve and was regurgitating too much blood. I didn’t have any symptoms of heart failure, but the tests were clear. I needed a new heart valve. Given the nature and location of the ailment , there was no minimally invasive way to fix the problem. The doctor had to saw open my chest to get direct access to m

APR 21

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Wednesday, April 21, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Bricolage Academy educators request NLRB union election | The Lens https://thelensnola.org/2021/04/20/bricolage-academy-educators-request-nlrb-union-election/ Progress on Early Retirement Incentive | JD2718 - https://wp.me/pOjh-29S on @wordpressdotcom How The Pandemic Changed The College Admissions Selection Process This Year http://fee
No Justice, No Excellence | Teacher in a strange land
No Justice, No Excellence Like most of America, I’ve been glued to the Derek Chauvin trial, watching the evening highlights, nail-biting Tweets– Why is this taking so long? — and cable news analyses. Have we moved forward as a society? Are we, if not woke, at least emerging with new awareness, from centuries of abusive and racist behavior? Yesterday, before the verdict was announced, I caught th
What's ahead for teachers? | Cornell Chronicle
What's ahead for teachers? One of the nation’s most influential labor leaders, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten ’80, meets Thursday with ILR Dean Alex Colvin to discuss “One Year Later, What’s Ahead for Teachers?” Part of ILR’s eCornell series entitled “The Future of Work: Labor in America,” the event is free and open to the public. Register here for “One Year Later, Wh
Teacher Tom: I Will Not Prepare Children for The "Jobs of Tomorrow"
I Will Not Prepare Children for The "Jobs of Tomorrow" I've spent most of my professional career railing against the widely held belief that our schools exist for the purpose of vocational training. Those "jobs of tomorrow" our policymakers are always going on about? "Out educating the Chinese?" Getting the kids "college and career ready?" What a crock. First of all, no one knows what those jobs
Jeff Bryant on America’s Workforce Radio: “Charter schools are often nonprofit in name only.” | Ed Politics
JEFF BRYANT ON AMERICA’S WORKFORCE RADIO: “CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE OFTEN NONPROFIT IN NAME ONLY.” How charter schools profit off the backs of taxpayers Charter school management companies can make huge profits off operating nonprofit charter schools. Here’s how they do it. Jeff Bryant on America’s Workforce Radio: “Charter schools are often nonprofit in name only.” | Ed Politics Florina Rodov: Chart
Megan Prather: Back to the drawing board: SVCSB calls for new Epic settlement proposals - NONDOC
Back to the drawing board: SVCSB calls for new Epic settlement proposals Back to the drawing board: SVCSB calls for new Epic settlement proposals The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board held a special meeting this afternoon where members approved a motion to draft a new consent agreement to conclude charter termination proceedings with Epic One-on-One Charter School. Epic attorney Bill Hickman
U.S. Ed Dept. Releases State Plan Template for the American Rescue Plan Emergency Relief Fund + USDA Issues Pandemic Flexibilities for Schools and Day Care Facilities | U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Education Department Releases State Plan Template for the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund | U.S. Department of Education U.S. Education Department Releases State Plan Template for the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund U.S. Education Department Releases State Plan Template for the American Rescue Plan Elementa
Biden Asks Congress to Double Title I on top of Stimulus Dollars: Why Is All This Money Needed? | janresseger
Biden Asks Congress to Double Title I on top of Stimulus Dollars: Why Is All This Money Needed? On March 11, President Joe Biden signed t he American Rescue Plan, COVID-19 relief bill, which will provide $125.4 billion for state K-12 education programs including investments to help kids catch up, provide after-school programs, offer summer enrichment, undertake facilities upgrades and “stabilize
Parent as Teacher during the Pandemic | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Parent as Teacher during the Pandemic Renee Enyart, 28, was across the room from her sixth-grader when it happened . She glanced over and saw her daughter Emi, who was virtually attending science class at their home in Winter Haven, Fla., reaching for her laptop’s power cable. Suddenly, a sharp voice rang out from the speakers. “It was just an instant scolding: ‘I told you to look at the screen.
Thank you, Darnella Frazier. | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog
Thank you, Darnella Frazier. After arriving home from school today, I turned on the television to learn that the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial had reached a verdict: Guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd. I thought of Darnella Frazier , the then-17-year-old who filmed Floyd’s death at the hands of Chauvin. Darnella Frazier, a 17-year-old with a Smart phone doing what usually
School Finance 101: Filling our Nation’s Funding Gaps | National Education Policy Center
School Finance 101: Filling our Nation’s Funding Gaps Big Education Ape: Getting School Finance Indicators Right – School Finance 101 - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/01/getting-school-finance-indicators-right.html . Big Education Ape: The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems (second edition) | School Finance Indicators Database - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/
John Thompson: More Oklahoma Charter School Scandals - Network For Public Education
John Thompson: More Oklahoma Charter School Scandals John Thompson keeps a close eye on Oklahoma education shenanigans, which means he has a lot to do these days. As the Oklahoma charter school scandals keep expanding, they provide a case study in the political dangers traditional public schools face as extreme charter advocates attack schools struggling with the COVID pandemic. Each week brings
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #tBATs
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 THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/04/this-week-in-education-larry-f

APR 20

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Tuesday, April 20, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Elected Chicago school board gets support from civil rights leaders - https://www.chicagobusiness.com/node/946981 The Limits of Listening to Wonks | Just Visiting - https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/limits-listening-wonks Texas Congressional Democrats Seek To Block Governor’s Grab Of COVID-19 Education Funds – Houston P
A Decade After Act 10, Wisconsin Students Win, Betsy DeVos and Scott Walker Lose - Education Votes
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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Monday, April 19, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Sunday, April 18, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
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