Tuesday, March 16, 2021


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On eve of possible SFUSD reopening, S.F. schools superintendent announces retirement - https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/On-eve-of-SFUSD-reopening-S-F-schools-16015116.php on @sfchronicle

Education Research Report: Internet-access spending improves academic outcomes - http://educationresearchreport.blogspot.com/

COVID-19 cases in schools tick up and quarantines triple over last week https://thelensnola.org/2021/03/15/covid-19-cases-in-schools-tick-up-and-quarantines-triple-over-last-week/

NYC Educator: UFT Executive Board , March 15 2021, HS Openings and More... - http://nyceducator.com/2021/03/uft-executive-board-ides-of-march-2021.html

Homeroom: My Daughter Is Working Too Hard http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/wdexFmV4h98/

Tens of thousands of children in Washington suburbs return to in-person school https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/montgomery-county-maryland-elementary-schools-reopen/2021/03/15/b5b7c656-8599-11eb-bfdf-4d36dab83a6d_story.html

Living wage? Union rights? Voting rights? Democrats must bust the filibuster. – Fred Klonsky - https://wp.me/p4C3g-qdy via @fklonsky

COLUMN: The American Rescue Plan will halve child poverty, but we haven’t won the second War on Poverty yet https://hechingerreport.org/column-the-american-rescue-plan-will-halve-child-poverty-but-we-havent-won-the-second-war-on-poverty-yet/

An Illinois district proved gifted programs can be racially diverse https://hechingerreport.org/an-illinois-district-proved-gifted-programs-can-be-racially-diverse/

UC Merced to guarantee freshman admission to eligible local students, a first for the system http://feeds.latimes.com/~r/lanowblog/~3/Udg5s_4rgHY/uc-merced-to-offer-guaranteed-admission-for-eligible-local-students

Teachers now eligible for COVID-19 shots, line up for vaccinations across NJ https://www.njspotlight.com/video/teachers-now-eligible-for-covid-19-shots-line-up-for-vaccinations-across-nj/

LA Schools Want To Be Able To Provide Access To COVID-19 Vaccines https://www.npr.org/2021/03/16/977712268/la-schools-want-to-be-able-to-provide-access-to-covid-19-vaccines

CDC Looks At Whether 3 Feet — Instead Of 6 — Is Safe For Schools' Social Distancing https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/03/15/977564878/cdc-looks-at-whether-3-feet-instead-of-6-is-safe-for-schools-social-distancing

How 2 Communities Have Approached Reopening Schools https://www.npr.org/2021/03/15/977548718/how-2-communities-have-approached-reopening-schools

NYC schools Chancellor Meisha Porter marks first day with Brooklyn elementary school visit https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-meisha-porter-first-day-schools-chancellor-20210315-cn5ijgl2avdtvesqr6ykhxmdvm-story.html#ed=rss_www.nydailynews.com/arcio/rss/category/new-york/education/

Progressives escalate fight over Education Department student loan office - POLITICO - https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/15/progressives-education-department-student-loan-fight-476154

Here's what parents should keep in mind when talking about puberty with their school-aged kids. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/things-schools-teach-puberty-parents-unteach_l_604852abc5b636ed3376e3a8?utm_campaign=share_twitter&ncid=engmodushpmg00000004 via @huffpostparents

The COVID relief package includes $2.75B for private schools. Orthodox Jewish groups thank Chuck Schumer. - Jewish Telegraphic Agency - https://www.jta.org/?p=1739512

Norfolk, Virginia teacher exposes unsafe conditions as schools reopen https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/16/norf-m16.html

She’s having a baby and wants her teacher husband there — but no substitute has yet been found to lead his classes https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/03/16/teacher-seeks-own-substitute-to-be-at-birth-of-his-child/?tid=ss_tw

Op-Ed: NJ education leaders seek a waiver | NJ Spotlight News - https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/03/op-ed-leaders-njea-njasa-njpsa-write-us-education-secretary-miguel-cardona-want-federal-waiver-standardized-testing/ via @njspotlight

The New Yorker: The Biden Plan Includes a Genuine Anti-Poverty Program | Diane Ravitch's blog - https://wp.me/p2odLa-tPs via @dianeravitch

Why Learning Pods Might Outlast the Pandemic | The New Yorker - https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-education/why-learning-pods-might-outlast-the-pandemic#new_tab

Oklahoma governor says all schools are open following teacher vaccinations https://washex.am/3bP6H4j

Washington schools ordered to offer students 30% of instruction in person by April - oregonlive.com - https://www.oregonlive.com/education/2021/03/washington-schools-ordered-to-offer-students-30-of-instruction-in-person-by-april.html#new_tab on @oregonlive

Baltimore-area school districts say they’re making progress vaccinating teachers, but don’t know how many educators still need shots https://news.yahoo.com/baltimore-area-school-districts-making-103300463.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw&tsrc=twtr via @YahooNews

Number Of Vaccinated Teachers Unclear As CTU Tells Members Not To Inform CPS When They Receive COVID-19 Vaccine – CBS Chicago - https://cbsloc.al/30DgDXY on /CBSchicago

Bridgeport parents ask state again to fix systemic problems with special education - https://wp.me/paQK0g-3TAV via @CTMirror

Judge rules in favor of North County San Diego parents suing over school reopening rules | cbs8.com - https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/judge-rules-in-favor-of-north-county-san-diego-parents-suing-over-school-reopening-rules/509-82009e75-49f4-4e38-a68e-d49fefde5552#new_tab on CBS8

N.J. high school cancels ‘South Pacific’ after students raise bias concerns, plans concert instead http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/BB1eDEoP?ocid=st

Senate Votes To Remove Student, Teacher Members From Ky. Board Of Ed https://wfpl.org/senate-votes-to-remove-student-teacher-members-from-ky-board-of-ed/ via @WFPLNews

$94 million tied to Detroit ‘right-to-read’ lawsuit starts its journey through legislature https://detroit.chalkbeat.org/2021/3/15/22332538/94-million-detroit-literacy-lawsuit via @ChalkbeatDET

Why an Influential Member of Congress Wants a National Investigation Into School Closures - https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/why-an-influential-member-of-congress-wants-a-national-investigation-into-school-closures/2021/03#new_tab by @andrewujifusa on @educationweek

NY Regents vote to ease backlog of special education complaints - Chalkbeat New York - https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2021/3/15/22332767/ny-regents-backlog-special-education-complaints#new_tab on chalkbeat

Lawmakers target schools struggling with low test scores in fight for in-person learning | The Wichita Eagle - https://www.kansas.com/news/coronavirus/article249954444.html#new_tab on kansasdotcom

Kentucky legislature: School choice bill advances as veto period looms - https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-general-assembly/2021/03/16/kentucky-legislature-school-choice-bill-advances-veto-period-looms/4701494001/#new_tab via @courierjournal

DOE Doesn't Expect Schools To Fully Reopen Until Next Year - Honolulu Civil Beat - https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/03/doe-doesnt-expect-schools-to-fully-reopen-until-next-year/# via @civilbeat

School reopening debate: Here's where people on different sides of the issue are coming from - CNN - https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/12/us/school-reopening-debate-opinions/index.html#new_tab

‘No one is sure what to expect’: Schools, colleges add more counseling services to address student mental health | EdSource - https://edsource.org/?p=651272 on @edsource

Education lessons from the pandemic https://thehill.com/opinion/education/543051-education-lessons-from-the-pandemic#.YFD3BgETgNc.twitter

Jersey Jazzman: January, 2021 Update on NJ COVID School Opening Plans: Still Racially Biased, Still Inadequately Funded for Many | National Education Policy Center - https://nepc.colorado.edu/node/10810 on @NEPCtweet

NOLA Public Schools: Two charter networks violated state law on background checks | The Lens
NOLA Public Schools: Two charter networks violated state law on background checks James M. Singleton Charter School failed to conduct criminal background checks for some of its employees and employed someone ineligible to work at the school because of a criminal conviction, according to a Wednesday letter to the school from the NOLA Public Schools district warning that the school’s practices on
Wayne Au: The futility of standardized testing in a crazy pandemic year - The Washington Post
The futility of standardized testing in a crazy pandemic year - The Washington Post The futility of standardized testing in a crazy pandemic year Critics of federally mandated K-12 standardized tests were upset when the Biden administration recently said it would require states to administer them this year. They raised pre-pandemic questions about reliability and validity of test scores — as well
We Need a Bigger Pie – Tennessee Education Report
WE NEED A BIGGER PIE T he League of Women Voters (LWV) is calling on Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly to take bold action on school funding. The group notes that the state historically underfunds schools and suggests that now is the time to change that reality. In fact, the push from the LWV comes as the state is experiencing an unprecedented revenue surplus . Here’s more from LW
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #REOPENSCHOOLSSAFELY #openonlywhensafe
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/2021/03/this-week-in-education-larry-f
Teacher Tom: We Can't Teach Mindfulness to the Experts
We Can't Teach Mindfulness to the Experts I was recently asked in a public forum if I've ever taught mindfulness to children. The question threw me. Yes, no, maybe, I don't know, can you repeat the question? Mindfulness is a radical Buddhist practice in which one focuses one's full attention on the present moment. This is something toward which I strive, even as I find it exceedingly difficult t
Chicago Charter Chain Apologizes for “Racist, No-Excuses” Regime | Diane Ravitch's blog
Chicago Charter Chain Apologizes for “Racist, No-Excuses” Regime The Noble Network is the leading charter chain in Chicago. It boasts of high test scores. It is the darling of the Chicago white elite, including such luminaries as former Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and billionaire Penny Pritzker, who served as Obama’s Secretary of Commerce. White apologists and admirers of the strict no-excu
Photos on Schooling during the Pandemic | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Photos on Schooling during the Pandemic Meghan Gallagher at The 74 Million gathered photos that capture some of the effects of the pandemic year when schools were shuttered and then slowly reopened. I have selected a few of them for this post. All 52 can be seen here . Children play in front of a school in Orlando, Florida on March 20, 2020 that was closed due to the coronavirus but will begin d
A School System Adrift: New York City Schools Search for Direction as the Political Landscape Evolves | Ed In The Apple
A School System Adrift: New York City Schools Search for Direction as the Political Landscape Evolves The theory of action that describes the Board and the successor Department of Education are known as Newton’s First Laws of Motion … sometimes referred to as the law of inertia. An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction.
RE-IMAGINATION, OR JUST REBRANDING “Once I called Miami City Hall a “bribe factory,” and another time described Tallahassee as a “festival of whores.” Too subtle? Possibly.” – Carl Hiaasen An interesting event occurred Last Friday, MNPS announced its new literacy initiative, Literacy Re-imagined . A more appropriate title would have been, Literacy Rebranded. Rest assured there was nothing here t
Evidence In Education: Is Supply Meeting Teachers' Demand | Shanker Institute
Evidence In Education: Is Supply Meeting Teachers' Demand In today’s public schools, teachers and administrators are constantly pressured to implement new reforms and initiatives, most of which claim to be research- or science-based. Schools are often viewed as the recipients of new policies and new knowledge generated by research. In So Much Reform, So Little Change , Charles Payne states “Best
Maurice Cunningham - Massachusetts Parents United, National Parents Union, and the Christian Right - MassPoliticsProfs
Massachusetts Parents United, National Parents Union, and the Christian Right Massachusetts Parents United, National Parents Union, and the Christian Right Two of the important props of the far right in America are Christian conservatives and economic royalists like the Waltons and Charles Koch. Those ties are becoming evident in school privatization including in financial support the Massachuset
CURMUDGUCATION: Donors Chose Monday: Books and Understanding
Donors Chose Monday: Books and Understanding Donors Choose lets you set up filters, so that you can focus on what you choose. The most obvious is a geographic one that allows you to find classrooms in your area looking for help. But you can also set for the types of classrooms and the types of resources, as well as setting (as I usually do) for rural schools. So one of the classrooms chosen for


Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES How the stimulus will affect schools, explained https://www.chalkbeat.org/2021/3/12/22328181/schools-stimulus-money-questions via @Chalkbeat Many LAUSD parents don't plan to send kids back to campus, early survey results find http://feeds.latimes.com/~r/lanowblog/~3/m0sGvSHZbBk/parents-worry-kids-in-school-bad-la-covid-areas Reopening c

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