Tuesday, February 23, 2021


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LAUSD to launch COVID-tracking app that generates a code for students to enter campus http://feeds.latimes.com/~r/lanowblog/~3/ykQGRzOVPkI/lausd-launches-daily-pass-app-track-covid-schools

Schools must still give standardized tests this year, Biden administration says https://www.chalkbeat.org/2021/2/22/22296173/biden-administration-state-tests via @Chalkbeat

We Are Not Superheroes, We Are TEACHERS!(Poem dedicated to teachers) | DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER - https://wp.me/p10yrH-10a via @BriteEyes49

Robert Lyons: Our teacher pension. – Fred Klonsky - https://wp.me/p4C3g-qao via @fklonsky

Very Good Video On “Text Engineering” To Make It More Accessible To ELLs & Everybody Else | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - https://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/?p=115776 on @Larryferlazzo

Jersey Jazzman: The Fiscal Impact of Charter Schools on School Districts: Thoughts on My New Report | National Education Policy Center - https://nepc.colorado.edu/node/10784 on @NEPCtweet

glen brown: Re: The Illinois Teachers Retirement System (by Bob Lyons) - https://teacherpoetmusicianglenbrown.blogspot.com/2021/02/re-illinois-teachers-retirement-system.html

On teacher pensions, wrong said Fred. https://preaprez.wordpress.com/2021/02/23/on-teacher-pensions-wrong-said-fred/

OPINION: How the racism of ‘good’ teachers can hurt kids https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-how-the-racism-of-good-teachers-can-hurt-kids/

L.A. parents demand schools reopen, saying science and improved conditions are on their side http://feeds.latimes.com/~r/lanowblog/~3/gIldBWt5O1Q/parents-protest-covid-closures-demand-la-schools-reopen

Young People Struggle To Keep Friends Close As Pandemic Pulls Them Apart https://www.npr.org/2021/02/23/968712893/young-people-struggle-to-keep-friends-close-as-pandemic-pulls-them-apart

CDC Guidelines For In-Person Learning Prove To Be An Impossible Task For Many Schools https://www.npr.org/2021/02/22/970278593/cdc-guidelines-for-in-person-learning-prove-to-be-an-impossible-task-for-many-sc

NYC Educator: UFT Executive Board February 22, 2021--Shortest Meeting Ever - http://nyceducator.com/2021/02/uft-executive-board-february-22-2021.html

Student debt is causing a mental health crisis. Forgiving it would ease distress for millions https://www.salon.com/2021/02/22/student-debt-is-causing-a-mental-health-crisis-forgiving-it-would-ease-distress-for-millions/

NOLA Public Schools COVID-19 cases drop after holiday as high school students return to campus https://thelensnola.org/2021/02/22/nola-public-schools-covid-19-cases-drop-after-holiday-as-high-school-students-return-to-campus/

The Cry Of The Mothers – At Wharton Business School – Wrench in the Gears - https://wp.me/p7SU8W-1Xv

Homeroom: How Can I Teach My Kid to Love Reading? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/GjTBaPJp5DM/

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-guidance-states-assessing-student-learning-during-pandemic

Epic asks SVCSB to dismiss charter termination hearing https://nondoc.com/2021/02/23/epic-asks-svcsb-dismiss-termination-hearing/ via @nondocmedia

CNN's Jake Tapper gets into Twitter spat with DC teachers' union over COVID 'grim milestone' - https://www.bizpacreview.com/2021/02/22/cnns-jake-tapper-gets-into-twitter-spat-with-dc-teachers-union-over-covid-grim-milestone-1033370/ via @bizpacreview

COVID-19 school outbreak study by CDC ties spread to teachers - https://bayareane.ws/3ukPk2l on @mercnews

Peter Greene: Six Reasons Not to Rely on the Big Standardized Tests | Diane Ravitch's blog - https://wp.me/p2odLa-tCP via @dianeravitch

Pastors for Texas Children to the Texas Legislature: “Make Suitable Provision!” | Diane Ravitch's blog - https://wp.me/p2odLa-tCp via @dianeravitch

The Takedown with Amy Frogge – Tennessee Education Report - http://tnedreport.com/?p=5174 via @TNEdReport

Learn About Litigating Against Vouchers | Diane Ravitch's blog - https://wp.me/p2odLa-tBw via @dianeravitch

Oak Ridge, Tenn., Will Teach History Of Its Black Students Who Helped End Segregation https://www.npr.org/2021/02/23/970555503/oak-ridge-tenn-will-teach-history-of-its-black-students-who-helped-end-segregati

Education Department Amplifies USDA Expansion of SNAP Benefits to Help Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education During Pandemic https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-amplifies-usda-expansion-snap-benefits-help-students-pursuing-postsecondary-education-during-pandemic

CPS teachers may be required to disclose whether they’ve been vaccinated - Chicago Sun-Times - https://chicago.suntimes.com/education/2021/2/22/22295492/cps-teachers-may-be-required-to-disclose-whether-theyve-been-vaccinated#new_tab

Survey: NM teachers want students vaccinated before returning to in-person learning | KRQE News 13 - https://www.krqe.com/?p=823916

KUOW - Seattle Public Schools delays reopening plans as teachers union agreement stalls - https://www.kuow.org/stories/seattle-public-schools-delays-reopening-plans-due-to-lack-of-union-agreement#new_tab

State sets teacher diversity goals for school districts - Memphis Local, Sports, Business & Food News | Daily Memphian - https://dailymemphian.com/article/19822/tennessee-board-education-sets-teacher-diversity-goals#new_tab on @dailymemphian

COVID-19 vaccine for teachers: Can schools require staff to get shots? - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2021/02/19/covid-19-vaccine-teachers-can-schools-require-staff-get-shots/4490894001/#new_tab via @usatoday

Oakland teacher points finger at 'rich white parents' in reopening debate - https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/All-the-rich-white-parents-suddenly-concerned-15970678.php#new_tab on @SFGate

K-12 Public Education Won't Be the Same After Covid-19 - Bloomberg - https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-02-22/k-12-public-education-won-t-be-the-same-after-covid-19#new_tab on @bopinion

West Virginia GOP introduces bill seeking to prohibit 'divisive acts' in schools, workforce | TheHill - https://thehill.com/node/539893

Montgomery, Alabama schools moves forward with plans to convert public schools into privately-operated charter schools - World Socialist Web Site - https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/23/alab-f23.html#new_tab on @WSWS_Updates

Don't be fooled: Florida school voucher bill has dark side  | Opinion - https://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2021/02/21/dont-fooled-florida-school-voucher-bill-has-dark-side-opinion/6790458002/#new_tab via @tdonline

School vouchers are just a distraction from the real problem - funding - https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2021/02/22/school-vouchers-just-distraction-real-problem-funding/6717363002/#new_tab via @usatoday

NJ Reveals Plan to Address Learning Gap, Mental Health Impact of Pandemic on Students https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/nj-reveals-plan-to-address-learning-gap-mental-health-impact-of-pandemic-on-students/2899510/?_osource=db_npd_nbc_wnbc_twt_shr

K-12 Redesign: A Financial Overhaul | American Center for Transforming Education - https://www.discovery.org/education/2021/02/22/k-12-redesign-a-financial-overhaul/#new_tab

Education commissioner calls for Mass. elementary students to be in school five days a week in April http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/BB1dW7I1?ocid=st

Big Education Ape: What Will Happen When All The Teachers Are Gone? | Eclectablog - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/what-will-happen-when-all-teachers-are.html

Big Education Ape: Los Angeles Teachers, Parents Stand Up Against Politicians' Threats - LA Progressive - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/los-angeles-teachers-parents-stand-up.html

Big Education Ape: Elizabeth Jennings Graham, Black Educator Hall of Fame - Philly's 7th Ward - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/elizabeth-jennings-graham-black.html

Big Education Ape: We Must Do Something About “Tennis Loss”!! | The Merrow Report - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/we-must-do-something-about-tennis-loss.html

Big Education Ape: Considering Opting Out Your Child from High-Stakes Testing? – Parents United for Public Education - https://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/02/considering-opting-out-your-child-from.html

Teacher Tom: If the World Disappears When I Close My Eyes
If the World Disappears When I Close My Eyes Two-year-old Jonathan put a blanket over his head. "Where did Jonathan go?" His parents pretended to look for him. "Where is he?" Jonathan giggled under his blanket. He had played this game before. A couple months earlier, he had played the game the other way. He had "discovered" that when he closed his eyes, the world disappeared. It had frightened h
NYC Educator: Big Lie on Testing from Biden
Big Lie on Testing from Biden The Biden administration is insisting on standardized testing for traumatized students this year. This is a huge disappointment. I remember the awful education policies of the Obama administration, and I remember Diane Ravitch writing that Obama gave Bush a third term on education. Don't get me wrong--I certainly don't miss Big Orange at all. I was wary of Biden bec
Biden Admin Wants “to Focus on Assessments” in 2020-21 | deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog
Biden Admin Wants “to Focus on Assessments” in 2020-21 On February 22, 2021, acting ed secretary Ian Rosenblum ( formerly of testing-friendly ed reform org, Education Trust ) sent this letter to state school superintendents informing them that standardized testing must happen in the 2020-21 school year “to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on learning and identify what resources and support
Jersey Jazzman: We Don't Need Standardized Testing In a Pandemic
We Don't Need Standardized Testing In a Pandemic UPDATE: Just as I was finishing this post, I caught a glimpse of this news : The U.S. Department of Education extended flexibility to states today in how and when they administer mandated end-of-the-year assessments, including allowing shorter tests that can be given remotely and, in the summer, or even in the fall. The federal agency advised stat
Leonie Haimson: Biden’s Absurd Decision to Impose the Tests: Opt Out! | Diane Ravitch's blog
Leonie Haimson: Biden’s Absurd Decision to Impose the Tests: Opt Out! Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters and board member of the Network for Public Education, responded to Biden’s broken promise about suspending the testing. She wrote: Today, Ian Rosenblum acting Asst. Sec. of the US Dept. of Education announced that states would NOT be given a waiver from administering sta
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 GIVĒON: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert by Mark Anthony Neal / 4h '"Just bear with me while I just enjoy this and soak in it," GIVĒON admits with a laugh. Switching between the demeanors of a seasoned, n
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 Very G
Education Matters: Biden is off to a real slow education start.
Biden is off to a real slow education start. You know you want to give the new guy some time, but how long does it take to do what is right? Well, since Biden just punted on high stakes standardized tests during a pandemic, it will be at least another year. However, since Obama's education policies were truly dreadful and destructive, I wouldn't hold out much hope that Biden will be different. T
CURMUDGUCATION: Biden Administration Won't Waive Big Standardized Test. Dammit.
Biden Administration Won't Waive Big Standardized Test. Dammit. The Biden administration has offered its first flat-out wrong decision in the education sphere. Today Acting Ed Secretary Ian Rosenblum sent a letter out to state education chiefs . The news was not good, outlining the bad reasons for its bad decision. To be successful once schools have re-opened, we need to understand the impact CO
Grading Guidance for Progress in Distance Learning - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
State Superintendent Thurmond Announces New Grading Guidance for Student Progress in Distance Learning SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the release of guidelines that address grading student progress and the ongoing issue of equity in distance and hybrid learning environments. Resources that support local control are included in the new guidance
Diane Ravitch in Conversation with Jennifer Berkshire and Charles Siler - Network For Public Education
Diane Ravitch in Conversation with Jennifer Berkshire and Charles Siler The Network for Public Education invites you to join us for a video conference with NPE President Diane Ravitch. Diane's guests will be Jennifer Berkshire and Charles Siler. Berkshire is the the co-author of the recent book, A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door and Siler is an anti-racist, equity, and pro-public education consulta
TIME FOR THE NEXT PHASE “For convenience, history is often viewed as a conflict between the instinct for order and the impulse toward chaos. Both are necessary: both are manifestations of the need to survive. Without order, nothing exists: without chaos, nothing grows. And yet the struggle between them sheds more blood than any other war.” ― Stephen R. Donaldson, The Gap Into Vision: Forbidden K
2021 Medley #4 – Indiana Still Hates Public Ed | Live Long and Prosper
2021 Medley #4 – Indiana Still Hates Public Ed School “reform” in Indiana In April of 2019, I wrote , This year, just like in the past, the state of Indiana, ruled by one party with a supermajority in the legislature, has worked to disrespect public schools and public school teachers. The only way to fight this, aside from the daily grind of contacting legislators about every single damaging pie
NYC Public School Parents: More wasteful DOE spending on busing, devices, and possibly School Safety Agents to come
More wasteful DOE spending on busing, devices, and possibly School Safety Agents to come The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on a new batch of DOE contracts this Wed. on February 24 . As an elected official wrote me over the weekend, “Am looking at PEP Contracts – some are questionable .” I replied, “ Always! Which ones now ?” Here are some: There are retroactive contracts totaling more t


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