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Thursday, February 4, 2021


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NYC Educator: Nobody Wants to Talk to the Principal -

Don’t Listen to David Brooks - -

Free Webinar Dealing With Learning Disabilities In Delaware On February 10th | Exceptional Delaware - via @ExcptlDelaware

Diane Ravitch in Conversation with Raynard Sanders - Network For Public Education -

Justice Department Drops Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against Yale University via @kpcc

Education Research Report: Promoting School Choice with Questionable Evidence -

Philadelphia schools could get $300 million more in Wolf’s proposed budget via @ChalkbeatPHL

International Mother Language Day Is On Feb. 21st – Here Are Teaching & Learning Resources | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - on @Larryferlazzo

Seeing the Pentagon Papers in a New Light

San Francisco sues school district over closed campuses 'with no end in sight'

Morehouse College to Offer Online Program for Black Men Who Have College Credits but No Degree

Principal of Tennessee Middle School Apologizes for Choosing ‘All Lives Matter’ as the Theme for Black History Month

Children's Books That Feature Characters With Disabilities

In testimony during his confirmation hearing, Cardona, who most recently served as Connecticut's education commissioner, received bipartisan praise. via @HuffPostPol

Teachers face pressure to return even before COVID-19 vaccinations completed

Schools can safely move to reopen even if teachers are not all vaccinated, Newsom says

Jeff Bryant: DeVos Is Gone, But the Voucher Movement Presses Forward | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

Five key moments from education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing - The Washington Post -

Money Storm – Tennessee Education Report - via @TNEdReport

Arizona lawmakers advance expansion of school vouchers - on @abc15

MN school accountability plan would dump attendance data, minimize impact of tests during pandemic – Twin Cities - on @pioneerpress

California schools consider extending next school year while mental health remains a concern via @edsource

Baltimore City schools delay plans to expand in-person learning - Baltimore Sun - via @baltimoresun

Senate panel approves expanding Florida school voucher programs - Orlando Sentinel - via @orlandosentinel

GOP states weigh limits on how race and slavery are taught - on @ap

COVID school: Year later, students still lack internet, computers - via @usatoday

With 1 of every 5 high schoolers not attending classes with regularity, Dallas ISD launches reconnection effort - via @dallasnews

First Semester DOE Data Shows Graduation Rate On Downward Slope

NJ Supreme Court: Schools can pay teachers to work full time for union - via @northjersey

Big Education Ape: Rachel Levy Is Running for the Virginia House of Delegates. She Deserves Our Support! | Diane Ravitch's blog -

Big Education Ape: Shawgi Tell: Charter Schools Distort the Modern Socialized Economy | Dissident Voice -

On Trans* Students and Level Playing Fields | Eclectablog
On Trans* Students and Level Playing Fields Republican Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas spent some time today questioning President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardonas, and decided to focus on the issue of transgender students playing sports in school. Here’s what Sen. Marshall had to say… I’m going to take Mr. Marshall at his word, and instead of suggesting that he u
CURMUDGUCATION: More Absurd Learning Loss Data + Update: How Pandemic School Is Going In One Rural Area
CURMUDGUCATION: More Absurd Learning Loss Data More Absurd Learning Loss Data Pandemic education has featured a great deal of chicken littling about "learning loss " that is largely ridiculous . Test manufacturers and folks in test-adjacent edu-biz endeavors are selling the picture of students as buckets and education as water, and now the education is just leaking out at a rate so alarming that
Caroline LeCount, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward
Caroline LeCount, Black Educator Hall of Fame E’ry day this month, the Center for Black Educator Development , in partnership with , 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 Caroline LeCount . Eduactivist Caroline LeCount, born in Philadelphia in 184
5 things we learned from Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing - Education Votes
5 things we learned from Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing By Amanda Menas Dr. Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee for Education Secretary and the first Latino to hold the position, spoke with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions during a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Educators across the country were excited to hear from the former educator and union memb
The “Science of Reading”: A Movement Anchored in the Past – radical eyes for equity
The “Science of Reading”: A Movement Anchored in the Past One of the defining moments of my first-year writing seminar is my reading aloud the first few paragraphs from A Report from Occupied Territory by James Baldwin. This essay in The Nation from July 11, 1966, offers students dozens of powerful examples of compelling and purposeful writing, Baldwin at his best. But the circumstances of the e
EdTrust and Other Groups Ask Cardona NOT to Allow Testing Waivers | Diane Ravitch's blog
EdTrust and Other Groups Ask Cardona NOT to Allow Testing Waivers One of the first and most important decisions that Secretary-designate Miguel Cardona will make is whether to grant waivers to the states that want to suspend the annual federal testing mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Some states–like New York–intend to request waivers, in light of the turmoil and unequal access to edu
Teacher Tom: Their Play is Not Evidence That They are Fine
Their Play is Not Evidence That They are Fine We've all seen recordings of children playing in refugee camps and in war zones. In Peter Gray's book Free to Learn , he tells about the games Jewish children played even in concentration camps. They were games of survival, for the most part, like challenging one another to touch an electrified fence, but they were games and it was play. Children pla
Black & Smart: Stop Using Black Children as an Excuse to Open Your Schools | National Education Policy Center
Black & Smart: Stop Using Black Children as an Excuse to Open Your Schools It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog. The Corona Virus has forced me to address so many things virtually, that the last thing I’ve had the energy for was sitting down in front of the computer for yet another thing. I didn’t even want to think about an Op-Ed. However, the current chatter about returning to schools h
What You Need to Know About Standardized Testing | Diane Ravitch's blog
What You Need to Know About Standardized Testing Valerie Strauss posted this article that I wrote on her Washington Post site “The Answer Sheet.” The tests now required by federal law are worthless. The results are reported too late to matter. The reports to teachers do not tell them what students do or do not know. The tests tell students whether they did well or poorly on a test they took six
Kentucky back at cutting teacher pensions. – Fred Klonsky
KENTUCKY BACK AT CUTTING TEACHER PENSIONS In 2018 the Republican Kentucky legislature and their Republican governor went after teacher pensions which resulted in a massive spontaneous revolt among their already low-paid teachers. The pension cutting bill passed but the court tossed it out. And the Republican governor, Matt Bevins was also tossed out in the next election, replaced by the state’s
WHAT’S THE PROBABILITY? “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” ― Louis D. Brandeis, Other People’s Money And How the Bankers Use It I grew up a military brat and therefore spent my formative years on or nearby military bases. My father proudly served for 24 year
CURMUDGUCATION: Third Grade Reading Retention: Still A Bad Idea
Third Grade Reading Retention: Still A Bad Idea A former colleague of mine, a math teacher, used to say, "Don't even teach primary students math. Just teach them to read. By the time they get to me, if they can read well, I can teach them all the math you want." That was many years ago, long before the rise of third grade reading retention laws . But those laws, while (usually) well-intentioned,
NYC Educator: Today in NY Post--Dog Bites Man
Today in NY Post--Dog Bites Man Whenever I read headlines, I think about what they mean. In the Post is a story suggesting 60% of DOE employees would leave if they could . That's pretty shocking. There must be almost no morale whatsoever among us, you'd think. But what does it mean when they say, "if they could?" I mean, anyone could. I could send a nasty email and never go to work again. But he
Does New Generation of Teachers Also Care about Pay, Benefits, Retirement and Tenure? | Cloaking Inequity
DOES NEW GENERATION OF TEACHERS ALSO CARE ABOUT PAY, BENEFITS, RETIREMENT AND TENURE? Teaching is one of the most altruistic professions. Despite constant attacks on their profession and ongoing public criticism from some quarters in the modern era— teachers are the willing and expert caretakers of our nation. Education is the compass of our democracy. As teacher shortages and high attrition con
New CA Digital Divide Innovation Challenge - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces $1 Million Competition to Spur Innovation that Closes the Digital Divide for California Students, Educators and Families State lawmakers also provide overview of latest proposals to expand connectivity SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced the new “California Digital Divide Innovation Challenge,” a global


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