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Sports | Teacher in a strange land
Sports In the 15 years that I have been blogging and creating content for education publications, there are two subjects that always draw angry (and often nasty and insulting) comments: Women in leadership. And sports. There’s something about school sports that gets people a little overexcited. There’s a kind of passionate, Friday-Night-Lights loyalty toward school-based athletics that you don’t
John Thompson Reviews Derek Black’s “Schoolhouse Burning” | Diane Ravitch's blog
John Thompson Reviews Derek Black’s “Schoolhouse Burning” John Thompson, retired teacher and historian in Oklahoma, reviews law professor Derek Black’s recent book, Schoolhouse Burning. Derek Black’s new book, Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy, combines the best principles of the historical research that I was taught in the 1970s with the best of recent
Teachers Union President Weingarten: Vaccinations Aren't 'Precondition' For School Reopening, But Need To Be Priority
Teachers Union President Weingarten: Vaccinations Aren't 'Precondition' For School Reopening, But Need To Be Priority Tweet LISTEN 23:20 Randi Weingarten on BPR | Feb. 5, 2021 Teachers Union President Weingarten: Vaccinations Aren't 'Precondition' For School Reopening, But Need To Be Priority Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said Friday on Boston Public Radio t
CDC Director Employing Magical Thinking About School Reopenings | gadflyonthewallblog
CDC Director Employing Magical Thinking About School Reopenings Dr. Rochelle Walensky wants you to know it is not safe to go to any Super Bowl parties this weekend. “We must take prevention and intervention seriously,” the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director said at a White House briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic Wednesday. “Whichever team you’re rooting for and whichever commercial is you
Lucy Craft Laney, Black Educator Hall of Fame Member - Philly's 7th Ward
LUCY CRAFT LANEY, BLACK EDUCATOR HALL OF FAME MEMBER 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 Lucy Craft Laney . I want to wear out, not rust out. Lucy Craft Lane
CURMUDGUCATION: PA: Budget Kicks Off Another Round Of Charter Battles
PA: Budget Kicks Off Another Round Of Charter Battles Governor Tom Wolf has released his budget proposal, and charter supporters are not happy. This is not the first time Wolf has made the charter school industry sad. Back in the summer of 2019 he fired some shots across their bows with an aggressive agenda for fixing Pennsylvania's messed up charter funding system. In return, they've launched a
Education Dept. Launches First Federal Effort To Track School Reopening | 89.3 KPCC
Education Dept. Launches First Federal Effort To Track School Reopening Ever since the pandemic closed the nation's schools in March 2020, there has been no official national source for understanding where schools have reopened, how many hours of live instruction students are getting online and just how unequal the access to learning has been over the past 11 months. On Friday, the National Cent
NYC Public School Parents: Mitt Romney, time to educate yourself on class size!
Mitt Romney, time to educate yourself on class size! President Biden’s Covid relief program includes $60 billion to prevent teacher layoffs and close budget gaps, and $50 billion to implement smaller classes, exactly what kids will need after the various losses and deprivations they’ve suffered over the last year. Yet during the Senate hearings for Education Secretary designee Miguel Cardona, Mi
A BUCKET OF NUGGETS – Dad Gone Wild
A BUCKET OF NUGGETS “Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.” ― Marshall McLuhan Sometimes these posts fly from my fingers like bolts of lightning, but the majority of the time the process is closer to extracting a splinter – lots of poking, proddi
Education Matters: CATCH UP WITH MR. G - THIS WEEK IN DCPS
Education Matters CATCH UP WITH MR. G THIS WEEK IN DCPS The District can pretend they care with a video, but their actions speak a lot louder than their words. by Unknown / 4h Ask, and ye shall receive. Here is a DCPS PSA for staff; please watch it and try not to cry, spit out your mile or smash your computer. Warning that will be a challenge. Once again, no mention of the pandemic; you know it's
TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT + THIS WEEK'S WILDNESS Dad Gone Wild Nobody reads it, everybody quotes it.
TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT EDUCATION POLITICS AND POLICY IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT Do We Really Have to Do This? 200+ by Andy Spears / 1d I mean, really? The Tennessee House Republican Caucus sent out a tweet today bragging about the amount of money the state has invested in teacher pay over the past decade. Here it is: Republicans have passed $6
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 Advisory Commission for Special Education (ACSE) Meeting Agenda for February 17, 2021 17h Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda. Emergency Operating Cost Reimbursement Programs 1d The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service released po
THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER
NewBlackMan (in Exile) THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) Jenn Nkiru’s Panafrican Imagination: Black Studies as Aesthetic Practice by Mark Anthony Neal / 12h 'liquid blackness, a research project on blackness and aesthetics at Georgia State University, in collaboration with the Film and Media Studies Department, Emory University, presented a public screening and artist talk dedicated to the aw
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
Education Research Report Promoting School Choice with Questionable Evidence by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 2d A new report from the Hoover Institution’s Education Success Initiative purports to offer evidence-based guidance for policymakers in shaping more equitable outcomes from school choice programs. However, Christopher Lubienski of Indiana University reviewed Toward Equitable School Choice and f
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 I Tried A Number Of New Things In Classes This Week – And Most Of Them Failed by Larry Ferlazzo / 9h OpenClipart-Vectors / Pixabay I batted a thousand today: I introduced a separate new activity in each of my virtual classes today by saying I didn’t know if it was going to work or not, and, sure enoug
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all #REDFORED #tbats #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #COVIDVACCINE #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
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 Dana Milbank: The GOP Has an Anti-Semitism Problem by dianeravitch / 25min Dana Milbank is a regular opinion writer for the Washington Post. He wrote about the Republicans’ anti-Semitism problem. They refuse to denounce anti-Semitism. Bigotry mul

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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Friday, February 5, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Broward schools asked to investigate lawyer in 'spying' flap - South Florida Sun-Sentinel - https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-broward-schools-union-investigation-request-20210205-qzzidoe5rbhtbiynzmhqyjm56y-story.html#new_tab via @SunSentinel Betsy DeVos Is Out — But Her Right-Wing Agenda Lives On | Ed Politics - https://edp
“Young, Gifted, & Black”: #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Virtual Talent Showcase, Friday, 2/5, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST. – I AM AN EDUCATOR #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
“Young, Gifted, & Black”: #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Virtual Talent Showcase, Friday, 2/5, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST. Don’t miss this culminating event of the week of action to support our Black youth! – I AM AN EDUCATOR “Young, Gifted, & Black”: #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Virtual Talent Showcase, Friday, 2/5, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST. Don’t miss this culminating event of the week of action to support our
It’s not enough! | Live Long and Prosper
It’s not enough! MASKS WORK… I feel like we’re living in an Idiocracy . Wisconsin’s Republican legislature is fighting the mask mandate ordered by the Democratic governor…because, of course they are. Wisconsin’s Legislature repealed Gov. Tony Evers’ mask mandate. He issued a new one. Fearing more deaths statewide, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers reissued a mask mandate Thursday, standing up to a Repub
Jo Ann Robinson, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward
JO ANN ROBINSON, 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 Jo Ann Robinson Jo Ann Robinson was an eduactivist who wasn’t afraid to engage
CURMUDGUCATION: NH: Full Neo Voucher Assault On Public Ed
NH: Full Neo Voucher Assault On Public Ed You may have heard that there is a bad voucher proposal up in New Hampshire. How bad is it? Pretty bad. I'll give you the history, the long detailed read, and the short story here. Attempts to gut public education in the granite state are not new. Back in 2017, the GOP made an attempt to push Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) through to, as always, d
Betsy DeVos is gone — but ‘DeVosism’ sure isn’t. Look at what Florida, New Hampshire and other states are doing. - The Washington Post
Betsy DeVos is gone — but ‘DeVosism’ sure isn’t. Look at what Florida, New Hampshire and other states are doing Betsy DeVos is gone as education secretary — but what we’ll call “DeVosism” certainly isn’t. You only have to look at what Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Kansas and some other states are now doing to see that her agenda to privatize public education is alive and thrivi
Carol Burris: Cardona Is a Public School Guy | Diane Ravitch's blog
Carol Burris: Cardona Is a Public School Guy Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, watched the Senate confirmation hearings of Miguel Cardona for Secretary of Education. She was delighted to hear his responses on issues that matter to friends of the public schools. She wrote for this blog: On February 3, I tuned in and listened to Dr. Miguel Cardona’s confirmation
New Hampshire: “Historic” Turnout Against Proposed Universal Voucher Plan | Diane Ravitch's blog
New Hampshire: “Historic” Turnout Against Proposed Universal Voucher Plan New Hampshire has a Republican Governor, Chris Sununu, who appointed the state Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut. The commissioner home-schooled his children. He hates public schools and would like to defund them. If you thought Betsy DeVos was bad because of her zeal for privatization, Edelblut is far worse. At th
Teacher Tom: Even If We've Forgotten
Even If We've Forgotten I'm guessing, but we probably planted the tree around 1965 or 1966, but it could have been earlier. What I do know is that the tree wasn't always there. This would have made me around three or four when Dad, with my help, dug the hole in our front yard, right through the lawn we kids weren't supposed to dig up. We kept putting the sapling's rootball into the hole to measu
How Are the Children? U.S. Senate Republicans Don’t Worry About That. | janresseger
How Are the Children? U.S. Senate Republicans Don’t Worry About That. This week a group of so-called moderate U.S. Senate Republicans proposed to negotiate with President Joe Biden about his proposed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus bill. But even the ten senators, who profess themselves to be moderates and who came forward with a $618 billion alternative proposal, proved themselves w
Hybrid Teaching: Classroom Dilemmas | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Hybrid Teaching: Classroom Dilemmas With the pandemic, dilemmas have become legion. Is health and safety more or less important than the economy? Is wearing masks more or less important than personal liberty? When highly prized values conflict and the parent or teacher has to figure out compromises to manage the internal conflict, dilemmas pinch. Individual rights, family pressures, and communit
CURMUDGUCATION: Pandemic Lesson #1: Trust Matters
Pandemic Lesson #1: Trust Matters There are many lessons to be learned from this mess, including lessons about the usefulness of government. Also, I'm sure, plenty of scientific disease stuff. But I notice that, particularly in the education arena, we keep coming back to trust. Black and brown families are hesitant to return to school buildings because they aren't sure they can trust the institu
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/2021/01/this-week-with-newblackman-in-exile-blm_30.html “Whitey on the Moon” or Summer Of Soul and the Legacy of the Harlem Cultural Festival by Mark Anthony Neal 38 by Mark Anthony Neal / 15h | @NewBlackMan | NewBlackMan (n Exile) Summer Of Soul (...O
Thursday, February 4, 2021 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 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/2021/01/this-week-i
Marjorie Taylor Greene Removed from House Ed Committee | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog
Marjorie Taylor Greene Removed from House Ed Committee On February 04, 2021, the House of Representatives voted 230-199 to remove Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments (Education and Labor, and Budget). Eleven Republicans joined 219 Democrats in supporting Greene’s committee removal: Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) John Katko (R-NY) Fred Upton (R-MI)
The False Narrative of “Needy Kids vs Selfish Teacher Unions” | The Merrow Report
The False Narrative of “Needy Kids vs Selfish Teacher Unions” The giant lumbering beast known as the US Economy–akin to a conveyor belt with countless moving parts–wants public schools to reopen. The beast needs workers, but right now too many adults are at home, supervising their children’s ‘remote learning.’ Open the schools, and the adults can go to work: it’s that simple…. But of course it i
NYC Educator: Nobody Wants to Talk to the Principal
Nobody Wants to Talk to the Principal You know, any job you take in which you're a nominal leader of anything will be inconvenient. People don't always agree, and where there's disagreement, there's often blame as well. Someone is always mad at you for something or other. It's part and parcel of the job, no matter how much (or little) power you actually have. But usually, someone will stand up f
NANCY BAILEY: The 12 Point Covid-19 DISCONNECT Between Teachers and Those Who Want Schools Open Now!
The 12 Point Covid-19 DISCONNECT Between Teachers and Those Who Want Schools Open Now! The 12 Point Covid-19 DISCONNECT Between Teachers and Those Who Want Schools Open Now! Pressure is being placed on teachers to return to in-person classes. Here’s why that’s a problem. 1. Precautions The CDC and Dr. Fauci and President Biden want all schools to return to in-person learning with precautions in p
NYC Public School Parents: NeQuan McLean on how DOE's "gifted" program is the fruit of a poisonous tree
NeQuan McLean on how DOE's "gifted" program is the fruit of a poisonous tree See the eloquent letter below by NeQuan McLean, President of CEC 16 to Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP NYS Conference and Christine L. Waters, Education Chair about the DOE "gifted" program. [One correction to this excellent letter: NYC DOE is not "the most well-funded public school system in the country." There are

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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Wednesday, February 3, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES NYC Educator: Nobody Wants to Talk to the Principal - http://nyceducator.com/2021/02/nobody-wants-to-talk-to-principal.html Don’t Listen to David Brooks - Progressive.org - https://progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/dont-listen-to-david-brooks-greene-210203/ Free Webinar Dealing With Learning Disabilities In Delaware On February 10
Rachel Levy Is Running for the Virginia House of Delegates. She Deserves Our Support! | Diane Ravitch's blog
Rachel Levy Is Running for the Virginia House of Delegates. She Deserves Our Support! I have known Rachel Levy for about a decade as a strong and fearless supporter of public schools. She just announced her candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates. I will help her in every way possible, including a donation to her campaign. I hope you will help her too. Dear Friends, It’s time. I’m ready. I
Shawgi Tell: Charter Schools Distort the Modern Socialized Economy | Dissident Voice
Charter Schools Distort the Modern Socialized Economy | Dissident Voice Charter Schools Distort the Modern Socialized Economy Every year billions of public dollars and assets flow into the hands of private businesses like charter schools, leaving public schools, the economy, the public interest, and the nation worse off. This is due to the fact that competing owners of capital are using deregulat
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 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/2021/01/this-week-i
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 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 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? – Dad Gone Wild
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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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Wednesday, February 3, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES The High Stakes of Miguel Cardona’s Senate Confirmation Hearing | Education News | US News - https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2021-02-02/the-high-stakes-of-miguel-cardonas-senate-confirmation-hearing#new_tab on @USNews STATE’S REFUSAL TO FUND SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FORCES STUDENTS BACK TO COURT | Education Law Center - h
#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Online Book Forum: BLM co-founder Opal Tometi will join Brian Jones, Denisha Jones, Jesse Hagopian and Marshé Doss in conversation about making Black Lives Matter–from the streets to the classroom. – I AM AN EDUCATOR
#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Online Book Forum: BLM co-founder Opal Tometi will join Brian Jones, Denisha Jones, Jesse Hagopian and Marshé Doss in conversation about making Black Lives Matter– from the streets to the classroom. – I AM AN EDUCATOR Online Book Forum: BLM co-founder Opal Tometi will join Brian Jones, Denisha Jones, Jesse Hagopian and Marshé Doss in conversation about making Black Lives
Open Letter: Cancel the Standardized Testing Mandate for Spring 2021 | Schott Foundation for Public Education
Open Letter: Cancel the Standardized Testing Mandate for Spring 2021 The Schott Foundation is proud to add our name, alongside our longtime partners and allies, to this open letter to Dr. Miguel Cardona, President Biden's pick for Secretary of Education. It's time to follow up on candidate Biden's promise on standardized tests: cancel the spring 2021 testing mandate. To: Secretary of Education N
Teacher Tom: To Do Good Feels Good
To Do Good Feels Good One of the single most depressing days of my life was when the professor in a university course I was taking called The Art of Rhetoric argued the case against altruism. He made his claim, then invited a classroom full of idealistic youths to try to prove him wrong. "What about the hero who runs into a burning building?" we asked. "He knew he wouldn't be able to live with h
Teachers to Biden: What we want from your administration + Jamaal Bowman: ending the school-to-prison pipeline + Americans keep getting wrong about our unions - The Washington Post
Teachers to Biden: What we want from your administration - The Washington Post Teachers to Biden: What we want from your administration Teachers around the country are eager to see where President Biden and his Education Department take federal policy to improve public schools — especially after four years of the Trump administration, which did not try to hide its contempt for public education. I
Mike Klonsky's Blog: Parkland
Parkland I was in Parkland two days after the massacre in 2018. I did some interviews with parents, educators, and students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, all shaken with anger and despair, feelings that in the following months would inspire the energy behind a movement for gun control. It was a movement led by the students themselves, that would sweep the nation and play a critical r
Septima Clark, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward
SEPTIMA CLARK, 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 Septima P. Clark. Septima Clark was an eduactivist, born in South Carolina
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/2021/01/this-week-with-newblackman-in-exile-blm_30.html Def Jam Presents: Through The Lens – Janette Beckman (Episode 1) by Mark Anthony Neal / 13h 'Episode One of Through The Lens , focusing on British-born photographer Janette Beckman , who lives and
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 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/2021/01/this-week-i
Diane Ravitch in Conversation with Raynard Sanders - Network For Public Education
Diane Ravitch in Conversation with Raynard Sanders Start: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 • 7:00 PM • Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00) End: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 • 8:30 PM • Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00) The Network for Public Education invites you to join us for a video conference with NPE President Diane Ravitch. Diane's guest will be author and educator, R
A New Anthem for #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: “False Knowledge,” by the middle school duo Triple S! – I AM AN EDUCATOR
A New Anthem for #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: “False Knowledge,” by the middle school duo Triple S! To support the artists, Triple S, please buy the track on Bandcamp at: https://southseattleswagger.bandcamp.com/track/false-knowledge Black Lives Matter at School has a new anthem for the movement! The middle school duo from Seattle, Triple S (South Seattle Swagger)–Mc’s Freeze 32 and Gucci Grape–is
Florida: Stop the Mega-Voucher Bill! | Diane Ravitch's blog
Florida: Stop the Mega-Voucher Bill! The Constitution of the state of Florida bans the transfer of public funds to religious schools or any religious institution. The ban is unequivocal. It says: “No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in ai
Alfie Kohn: The Tests Are Lousy, So How Could the Scores Be Meaningful? | National Education Policy Center
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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Tuesday, February 2, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Monday, February 1, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER #BLACKHISTORYMONTH
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If Schools Don’t Overhaul Discipline, ‘Teachers Will Still Be Calling The Police On Our Black Students’ As districts across the country cut their school resource officers, advocates warn it won’t be enough to end overly harsh discipline of Black students. Shyra Adams vividly remembers the days after the death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed Black teenager killed in 2015 by police in her hometown of
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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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Schools Matter: Red State Governors Pick Up Where DeVos Left Off, Part 1
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Join the 2021 #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Week of Action from Feb. 1-5 with these online events all week! – I AM AN EDUCATOR
Join the 2021 #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Week of Action from Feb. 1-5 with these online events all week! February 1st marks the beginning of the 4th annual Black Lives Matter at School national Week of Action! There are so many events happening all around the country. Below is a calendar of online events for each day of the week to counter anti-Blackness in education. In this era of mass incarcer

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CATCH UP WITH CURMUDGUCATION + ICYMI: Worse Week Than I Thought Edition (1/31)
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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Sunday, January 31, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #COVIDVACCINE
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