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Big Education Ape: Acceleration Nation | Teacher in a strange land - http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2021/04/acceleration-nation-teacher-in-strange.html


West Virginia: The Great Charter School Swindle | Diane Ravitch's blog
West Virginia: The Great Charter School Swindle State Senator Mike Romano of West Virginia wrote an article about the hoax of charter schools, which will cost the state’s public schools hundreds of millions of dollars without improving education. He wrote: In the shadows of Covid, bills have passed during the 2021 Legislative session that will move West Virginia backwards. From the weakening or
Moving from Performing as a Student to Performing as a Scholar: More on Writing and Citation – radical eyes for equity
Moving from Performing as a Student to Performing as a Scholar: More on Writing and Citation The first time I recall being viewed as “good at writing” was in high school when I submitted a parody of my friends and teachers for a short story assignment; this was probably my junior year of high school during Mr. Harrill’s American literature class, and I am quite certain that I would be mortified
David C. Berliner: A Hug for Jennifer | Diane Ravitch's blog
David C. Berliner: A Hug for Jennifer David C. Berliner, one of our nation’s most honored researchers of education, shared this essay for readers of the blog. A Hug for Jennifer I met Jennifer for the first time at a party. She taught elementary school to mostly white, mostly middle-class kids in a suburb of San Francisco. We chatted about education for a while and she invited me to visit her cl
Bob Braun Explains the Opposition to Billionaire-Funded “Reform” | Diane Ravitch's blog
Bob Braun Explains the Opposition to Billionaire-Funded “Reform” Bob Braun was an education reporter for 50 years. After he retired from the New Jersey Star-Ledger, he began blogging and paid close and critical attention to the state takeover of Newark. This column , posted in 2014, is as timely now as it was when it first appeared. Let’s get this straight. Those of us opposed to the structural
School Finance Indicators Database - Home
School Finance Indicators Database 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/2020/02/the-adequacy-
No Pause in Indiana’s Push for Privatization | Live Long and Prosper
No Pause in Indiana’s Push for Privatization Should we give a cheer that the Indiana Senate eased up on the offensive expansion of vouchers that the Indiana House passed in its 2021 Budget bill? THE HOUSE VERSION The House version gave nearly 40% of all new education money to the less than 5% of the state’s students in the form of increased voucher spending, including money for unaccountable ESA
CURMUDGUCATION: NH: Another Lesson In Charter School Failure
NH: Another Lesson In Charter School Failure Stephanie Alicea has been around education for a while. She was the Community Service Coordinator at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, NH from 2003 to 2007. In 2010 she went back finished a BA in Psychology and went right into a MEd program at New England College . She taught health and phys ed at various high schools. In 2016, her son Samuel,
THE CONTINUAL REPACKAGING AND RESELLING OF EDUCATION POLICY – Dad Gone Wild
THE CONTINUAL REPACKAGING AND RESELLING OF EDUCATION POLICY “Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.” ― Primo Levi Legend has it that American’s once appreciated quality, and built things that last. When things broke down, we didn’t rush out and buy a new one b
DC OSSE Shenanigans deprive DC youngsters of an education | GFBrandenburg's Blog
DC OSSE Shenanigans deprive DC youngsters of an education This is amazingly damning stuff from Valerie Jablow. For example the charts at the very end of this post shows that in DC’s >>charter Bottom line: while the attendance and scholarship problems of DCPS have been widely publicized, the ones in the charter schools are not only worse but are actively hidden. From: educationdc comment-reply@wo
THIS WEEK FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
THIS WEEK FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Secretary Cardona Continues “Help is Here” School Reopening Tour with Visits to Schools in Philadelphia and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 4d On Tuesday, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will continue the “Help is Here” School Reopening Tour, visiting schools in Philadelphia and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The visits are part of the Biden Administrati
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. THE CONTINUAL REPACKAGING AND RESELLING OF EDUCATION POLICY by TC Weber / 19h “Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.” ― Primo Levi Legend has it that American’s once appreciated quality, and built things t
TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT
TENNESSEE EDUCATION REPORT EDUCATION POLITICS AND POLICY IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE Unity Group in Chattanooga Opposes ASD 2.0 26 by Andy Spears / 1d Amid reports that Gov. Bill Lee is pushing legislation to extend the life of the failed Achievement School District, the Unity Group of Chattanooga has announced opposition to the move. In an opinion piece , Sherman Matthews and Eric Atkins (Chair and
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 Child Nutrition Program Resources Slides 18h Web page provides information on Team Nutrition Child Nutrition Program (CNP) resources slides. CNP Operators can use slides to learn about school meals resources, Child and Adult Care Food Program resources, and summer meals resources. Adv
THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER
NewBlackMan (in Exile) THIS WEEK WITH NEWBLACKMAN (IN EXILE) H.E.R. Is A 'Soul Baby' With A Social Conscience by Mark Anthony Neal / 12h "The morning after winning two Grammy awards, R&B singer H.E.R. received an Oscar nomination for the song "Fight For You" from the film Judas and the Black Messiah . "When I came out the womb, there were instruments in the living room," H.E.R. tells All Things C
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
Education Research Report New report lacks validity and reliability in promoting the benefits of micro-credentials. by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 2d New America recently published a report, Harnessing Micro-Credentials for Teacher Growth: A National Review of Early Best Practices , that champions ways that micro-credentials have been used to allow teachers to move up the career ladder, receive higher
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 Statistic Of The Day: Biden Budget Proposes Huge Increase To Support High-Poverty Schools by Larry Ferlazzo / 52min Biden seeks huge funding increases for education, health care and environmental protection in first budget request to Congress is a Washington Post article detailing the Biden Administra
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 David C. Berliner: A Hug for Jennifer by dianeravitch / 33min David C. Berliner, one of our nation’s most honored researchers of education, shared this essay for readers of the blog. A Hug for Jennifer I met Jennifer for the first time at a party

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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Friday, April 9, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Cardona’s Decision to Grant D.C. Testing Waiver Rankles Education Officials | Education News | US News - https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2021-04-08/cardonas-decision-to-grant-dc-testing-waiver-rankles-education-officials#new_tab on @USNews Children and Guns: One More American Tragedy | Diane Ravitch's blog - https://
Dana Goldstein: Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss? - The New York Times
Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss? - The New York Times Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss? Research shows many young children have fallen behind in reading and math. But some educators are worried about stigmatizing an entire generation . Over the past year, Deprece Bonilla, a mother of five in Oakland, Calif., has gotten creative about helping her chil
Unity Group in Chattanooga Opposes ASD 2.0 – Tennessee Education Report
UNITY GROUP IN CHATTANOOGA OPPOSES ASD 2.0 A mid reports that Gov. Bill Lee is pushing legislation to extend the life of the failed Achievement School District, the Unity Group of Chattanooga has announced opposition to the move. In an opinion piece , Sherman Matthews and Eric Atkins (Chair and Corresponding Secretary, respectively) expressed the group’s concerns. A new proposal being pushed thr
Social Justice: Dangers & Expectations | The Crucial Voice of the PeopleThe Crucial Voice of the People
Social Justice: Dangers & Expectations In the mid-1800’s, an Italian Jesuit gave rise to the phrase “social justice.” But today, its use as a political wedge leaves its meaning unclear to many. It’s meaning is based on Italian theologian “Thomas Aquinas’ idea that, in addition to doing the right thing, we should strive to do what is necessary for the betterment of others.” Five Principles of Soc
AFT, NEA protest new anti-virus school reopening guidelines – People's World
AFT, NEA protest new anti-virus school reopening guidelines WASHINGTON—The nation’s two big teachers unions are protesting Biden administration guidance which says students returning to reopened schools can sit only three feet from each other, not six, but only after schools take other measures to combat potential community spread of the coronavirus. One protest came in a formal letter from Teac
U.S. Department of Education Releases "COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs" | U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education Releases "COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs" Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs to provide additional strategies for safely reopening all of America's schools and to promote educational equity b
Dr. John H. Jackson: Billions for Public School Equity: Let’s Celebrate this Historic Win! | Schott Foundation for Public Education
Billions for Public School Equity: Let’s Celebrate this Historic Win! | Schott Foundation for Public Education Billions for Public School Equity: Let’s Celebrate this Historic Win! Change takes time. Change takes trust. It takes sticking with a grassroots organization, building their capacity over time, continuing to fund courageous organizers through the inevitable ups and downs. Schott was foun
Gary Rubinstein: Why I Left the “Reform” Movement | Diane Ravitch's blog
Gary Rubinstein: Why I Left the “Reform” Movement Gary Rubinstein is well known to readers of this blog, as I have posted almost all of his blogs. He is a career high school math teacher in the New York City public schools. I met Gary about ten years ago, when I had made a complete turnaround in my views about testing and choice. I was working on an article about “miracle schools” that fudged th
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: Democracy Is A Pain
Democracy Is A Pain Kevin Williamson took to the National Review website earlier this week to argue against democracy. The proximate cause of Williamson's question-- Why not fewer voters? -- is much of the debate about voter suppression in Georgia which, he says, "begs the question and simply asserts that having more people vote is, ceteris paribus , a good thing." (Yeah, I had to look up ceteri
Nancy Bailey: Why I Write About Students and Public Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog
Nancy Bailey: Why I Write About Students and Public Schools Nancy Bailey is a retired teacher and a terrific blogger. She and I co-authored a book called EdSpeak and DoubleTalk: A Glossary to Decipher Hypocrisy and Save Public Schooling. We have never met in person but I asked her to help me revise a similar book that I published a decade earlier; it had become obsolete. Now it is the go-to book
Teacher Tom: We Too Often Rob Children of What Makes Anything Worth Pursuing
We Too Often Rob Children of What Makes Anything Worth Pursuing "Don't worry Leon, you can always make some more blood." I heard Luke say it in passing, consoling his friend, as I was on my way to somewhere else. Not having heard what came before or after, it struck me as both hilarious and intriguing. I couldn't help but try to bring it up again. When next Luke and I met on the playground, I sa
“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and must be willing to bear the expenses of it.” —John Adams | janresseger
“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and must be willing to bear the expenses of it.” —John Adams The late political theorist Benjamin Barber believed that the American system of public schools—schools located in every community, schools accessible to all, schools paid for by the public—are the heart of our U.S. democracy. And he worried that school priva
A Year Ago – remembering | JD2718
A Year Ago – remembering By April 6, 2020 my world was on its head. COVID was in NYC. I had decamped to near Lake Champlain. I was teaching, or trying to teach, via a computer. It was hard. And it was exhausting. And the news was relentless. Trump was horrible, but de Blasio and Cuomo were behaving like clowns – but clowns whose decisions affect millions of lives . It was too much. I’d lost a se
To Redesign Our Schools, Post-Pandemic, We Need to Remove Some Sacred Cows – Sam Chaltain
TO REDESIGN OUR SCHOOLS, POST-PANDEMIC, WE NEED TO REMOVE SOME SACRED COWS Watch this video. What do you see? Video Player 00:00 00:31 Literally, of course, it’s a sacred cow. And what strikes me is how everyone around it unconsciously adjusts what they do, to the point that the cow has become all but invisible to the chaos of a morning commute. We have sacred cows here, too — but whereas in Nep
ACSE Agenda April 21, 2021 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education)
ACSE Agenda April 21, 2021 Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda. Important Notice Please note, the April 2021 Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting will be held as a teleconference; Room 1101 (board room) will be closed to the public. See ACSE Meeting Logistics section below for options to view and participate in the meeting. Advisory Commission on Spe
Ties That Bind Teachers and Physicians | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
Ties That Bind Teachers and Physicians I posted this on my blog six years ago. At that time it grew out of a conversation with a friend* about two posts I published detailing my failures as a teacher with certain students I have had over the years. He has practiced Family Medicine for over a half-century in Pittsburgh and for years helped resident physicians in doing medical research and worked
Code Acts in Education: Edtech Sci-Fi | National Education Policy Center
Code Acts in Education: Edtech Sci-Fi Before making a career out of studying education technology, I was a student of literature. As an undergraduate student of English Lit at Cardiff University, we were taught it was possible to critique the canon, analyze cultural objects as mundane as cereal packets, and engage with ‘genre’ fiction such as crime, horror and sci-fi. Later, as a part-time PhD l
John Thompson: Oklahoma Takes The Economic Guardrails Off - Network For Public Education
John Thompson: Oklahoma Takes The Economic Guardrails Off John Thompson has been tracking Oklahoma shenanigans. This time, he’s watching the governor play games with poverty statistics while the legislature takes steps to further privatize the education system. Across the nation, too many corporate school reformers are using alt facts when attacking traditional public schools as they struggle wi

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THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Thursday, April 8, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Stop Federal Funding of Charter Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog - https://wp.me/p2odLa-u2r via @dianeravitch Congress allocated $19 billion in federal stimulus money to Texas public education, but schools have yet to see an extra dime https://www.texastribune.org/2021/04/07/texas-schools-stimulus-funding/ Education Research Report: New r
Cato Indoctrination for Educators | tultican
Cato Indoctrination for Educators By Thomas Ultican 4/8/2021 The Education Week Advertiser just notified me about an opportunity to be indoctrinated into the Cato Institute’s culture and education views. The ad proclaims, “The Cato Institute and the Sphere Education Initiative are excited to announce the return of Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together for the Summer of 2021!” They gener
Shawgi Tell: New York State: 50 Charter Schools Closed in 20 Years | Dissident Voice
New York State: 50 Charter Schools Closed in 20 Years | Dissident Voice New York State: 50 Charter Schools Closed in 20 Years According to New York Charter School Fact Sheet (January 2021) from the New York State Education Department, the number of charter schools issued in New York State since the passage of the state’s charter school law in 1998 is 397. The total number of privately-operated ch
Diane’s Practical Tips for Everyday Life | Diane Ravitch's blog
Diane’s Practical Tips for Everyday Life I know this is an education blog, but I sometimes take excursions into other areas of life that interest me. So from time to time, I will share a few things that I have learned that I want to share. Today I am going to tell you about the best treatment for leg cramps that I have ever discovered. After I had a total knee replacement in 2014, I started gett
Why Parents and Students in Los Angeles Won't Go Back + What You Need to Know about Distance Learning in 2021 - LA Progressive
Why Parents and Students in Los Angeles Won't Go Back - LA Progressive Why Parents and Students in Los Angeles Won’t Go Back The exact figures may change slightly over the next few weeks, but for the most part, parents and students in the massive Los Angeles Unified School District have had their say. In overwhelming numbers, it appears, they’re not going back to the classroom this school year. I
Legislation to Diversify the Teaching Workforce + U.S. DOE Approves California’s Assessments Plan - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
Legislation to Diversify the Teaching Workforce - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education) First-of-its-Kind Legislation to Diversify the Teaching Workforce Advances with Unanimous Assembly Education Committee Support SACRAMENTO—New legislation designed to help support male educators of color and diversify the teaching workforce—sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and au
A 30-year Fight for School Funding Equity Ends in a Resounding Victory | Schott Foundation for Public Education
A 30-year Fight for School Funding Equity Ends in a Resounding Victory The 2021-22 New York State budget meets a thirty-year-old demand and thirteen-year-old broken promise: equitably fund New York State's public schools so that no matter what zip code a child resides in, there is a baseline of quality their public schools can afford to meet. The massive, downright Dickensian difference in fundi
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
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.html Left of Black S11 · E22 | Black Success and White Mobs with Koritha Mitchell by Mark Anthony Neal / 3h Picture this: an angry mob of white citizens roaming the streets of their city to execute "justi
Teacher Tom: Are Uncluttered Classrooms Really Best for Young Leaners?
Are Uncluttered Classrooms Really Best for Young Leaners? The conventional wisdom is that an uncluttered classroom is best for young learners. I regularly see photos labeled as "classroom don'ts" with scads of posters and other art on the walls, things dangling from the ceilings, and materials stuffed willy-nilly on shelves. These busy, messy spaces, we're told, are full of distractions, making
Jack Schneider: What is “Public” about Public Education? | Diane Ravitch's blog
Jack Schneider: What is “Public” about Public Education? Jack Schneider is a historian of education at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. He and Jennifer Berkshire recently published a superb book, A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door, which I recommend to you. The “Public” in Public Schools There are two stories that we tell over and over these days about our schools. The first is that school
Failure to Disrupt. Again – Have You Heard
Failure to Disrupt. Again The pandemic gave the education technology industry the opportunity to FINALLY deliver on the bold promises it has been making for decades. What happened instead was just another failure to disrupt, says MIT’s Justin Reich. Transcript is here . And a description of the Imagining September project with links to participate is here . Have You Heard Failure to Disrupt. Aga
Big New Report On Growth Mindset Benefits | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
BIG NEW REPORT ON GROWTH MINDSET BENEFITS The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) this morning released a huge report titled Sky’s the limit: Growth mindset, students, and schools in PISA The report has a ton of great information about Carol Dweck’s “growth mindset” concept. I have to say, though, I’m not entirely convinced that a ton of conclusions about who has and do
Education Matters: Another failure in leadership
Another failure in leadership The renaming of our schools is another failure of district leadership. For ten months, the process to change six of our schools named after confederate era figures has been going on. TEN MONTHS. Last June, after the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury, and Breonna Taylor, the nation had a reawakening of interests in civil rights, and protests erupted all over th
Great news; with more federal AND state funding, no excuse left for NYC Mayor to deny kids the smaller classes they need! | Class Size Matters
| A clearinghouse for information on class size & the proven benefits of smaller classes Great news; with more federal AND state funding, no excuse left for NYC Mayor to deny kids the smaller classes they need! 1.Tremendous news! The state finally came through with the additional foundation aid that our schools were promised years ago as a result of the CFE lawsuit, which will mean more than $60
A CONTINUATION OF A DISHONEST CONVERSATION – Dad Gone Wild
A CONTINUATION OF A DISHONEST CONVERSATION “What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious .” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero “Dada”, says my 11-year old daughter grabbing a snack between classes, “I was talking with M
CURMUDGUCATION: Charters vs. Vouchers
Charters vs. Vouchers While charter schools and vouchers are both members of the school choice family, they are cousins who only occasionally get along. And as a public school fan, I have a definite preferred cousin. It may seem like a thousand years ago, but when Betsy DeVos first turned up as an education secretary candidate, some charter fans actually expressed concerns . DeVos felt the need
NYC Public School Parents: Our new report finds DOE overspent by millions on charter school rent; and denied co-located public schools millions in matching funds for facility upgrades
Our new report finds DOE overspent by millions on charter school rent; and denied co-located public schools millions in matching funds for facility upgrades A new Class Size Matters report, DoE Overspending On Charter School Facility Costs and Underspending On Matching Funds To Public Schools revealed that the NYC Department of Education has overspent by many millions on rent for charter schools
The 10 Most Important Slides from the State Auditor and Inspector’s Epic Presentation | okeducationtruths
The 10 Most Important Slides from the State Auditor and Inspector’s Epic Presentation Yesterday, State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd’s gave a virtual presentation over her office’s findings in the investigation of Epic Charter Schools. The 45 minute video is now all over the World Wide Web Web and continues to be shared. It should also be required viewing for all educators parents, and … well

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SAVE SACRAMENTO CITY'S AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: 4TH R AFTER SCHOOL CHILDCARE - Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education #Save4thR @RSave4th
Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Sacramento-Coalition-to-Save-Public-Education-195811913765187 Students and parents can't get back to "normal" without reliable childcare. 4th R is threatened with closure. Below are ways you can lobby decision makers to restore 4th R. Hello Save 4th R Families! Congrat
THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Wednesday, April 7, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES In Philadelphia, education secretary says schools can open safely https://philadelphia.chalkbeat.org/2021/4/6/22370730/in-philadelphia-education-secretary-says-schools-can-open-safely via @ChalkbeatPHL An Early Retirement Incentive Exists! But, what does it say? | JD2718 - https://wp.me/pOjh-291 on @wordpressdotcom Wisconsin Superintend
Texas: Public Schools Are Better Than Charter Schools: Stop Funding Failure! | Diane Ravitch's blog
Texas: Public Schools Are Better Than Charter Schools: Stop Funding Failure! I recently had the pleasure of speaking to the North Texas School Boards Association by Zoom. Right now, Texas is ground zero for the charter industry. This is astonishing because the public schools in Texas far outperform the charter schools. The charter school lobby markets themselves as “saviors” of children, but the
New York Allows Opt IN for State Tests This Year | Diane Ravitch's blog
New York Allows Opt IN for State Tests This Year In New York, several school districts announced an “opt in” policy for state testing, led by the Ossining School District. The deal: If parents want their children to take the tests, they must write a letter asking for them to “opt in.” Other districts followed. Now the entire state of New York will allow districts to have an “opt in” policy. If p
Betsy DeVos’ hand-picked candidate for Wisconsin state school superintendent loses | Salon.com
Betsy DeVos’ hand-picked candidate for Wisconsin state school superintendent loses The race became somewhat nationalized with the charter school industry fighting Underly, who was backed by unions Jill Underly has officially been elected as the new Wisconsin state school superintendent, local news stations reported Tuesday evening. "State superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr solicited clients a
Teacher Tom: Let's Turn The World Around: Teacher Tom's Play Summit
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 around. Turn, turn, turn, Turn this world around For the children Turn this worl
OKLAHOMA ELECTION UPDATE - Paula Lewis re-elected chairperson of OKCPS Board of Education - NonDoc
NonDoc - Home - NonDoc OKLAHOMA ELECTION UPDATE T.W. Shannon concerned ‘political pressure’ may be delaying tribal highway projects by Tres Savage / 25min In consultation with Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is creating “new processes and procedures” for highway projects undertaken in partnership with tribal nations, a stark shift in policy that caused Transpo
JEFF BRYANT: Yes, Biden Promised to End Standardized Testing in Schools - LA Progressive
Yes, Biden Promised to End Standardized Testing in Schools - LA Progressive Yes, Biden Promised to End Standardized Testing in Schools But It Was Never Going to Be Easy Barely a month after President Biden was inaugurated, educators and public school advocates reeled in dismay when his administration announced it would enforce the federal government’s mandate for annual standardized testing in pu
Carol Corbett Burris: Why Do Charter Schools Get Away with Massive Fraud? | Diane Ravitch's blog
Carol Corbett Burris: Why Do Charter Schools Get Away with Massive Fraud? Carol Corbett Burris was a teacher and principal on Long Island, in New York state for many years. After retiring, she became executive director of the Network for Public Education. She writes: Last spring, HBO released Bad Education , which tells the story of how a Roslyn, New York Superintendent named Frank Tassone consp
On Numerators and Denominators and the Reckless Redistribution of School Funding | okeducationtruths
On Numerators and Denominators and the Reckless Redistribution of School Funding Last week, during debate over HB 2078 , Sen. Greg Treat (R – OKC) waxed nostalgic over his younger days when he was a mathlete in school. In discussing the way he feels school funding should be distributed, he made sure we all understood numerators and denominators. I felt like I was watching a scene from Real Geniu
The Hubris of Billionaire Philanthropy and the Damage Wrought by the Common Core Standards | janresseger
The Hubris of Billionaire Philanthropy and the Damage Wrought by the Common Core Standards Hubris is definitely the tragic flaw in the modern, technocratic tragedy of educational experimentation by mega philanthropy. But there will likely be no tragic fall for a noble hero. The plot doesn’t operate like a classical tragedy. Bill and Melinda pose as our humble hero and heroine, sitting in front o
SSPI Issues Statement Regarding Reopening CA + SFSP Mandatory Training is Now Available - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
SSPI Issues Statement Regarding Reopening CA - Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education) State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Governor’s Goal to Fully Reopen California as Early as June 15 SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today issued the following statement in response to plans announced by Governor Gavin Newsom to fully reopen California’s
NYC Educator: The DOE Office of Equal Opportunity at Work
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CURMUDGUCATION: Can You Fool An AI Emotion Reader
Can You Fool An AI Emotion Reader As we have seen numerous times, there are software packages out there that claim the ability to read our emotions . Folks are lined up around the block to use this stuff, but of course one of the applications is supposed to be reading student emotions and therefor better at "personalizing" a lesson. Does this sound as if the ed tech world is overpromising stuff
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 #tBATs
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APR 06

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Tuesday, April 6, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Biden’s school reopening drive fuels fourth surge of pandemic in the US https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/06/schl-a06.html Los Angeles teachers will get child care stipend for young kids https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2021/04/05/los-angeles-teachers-will-get-child-care-stipend-for-young-kids-1371732 NYC Educator
Teacher Tom: Only Compassion Makes Hope Worth Something
Only Compassion Makes Hope Worth Something Seattle's public schools have re-opened for in-person instruction this week, a sign that many are taking as the beginning of our return to "normal." Vaccinations in our state are going to be available for everyone over 16 starting next week, another signal that "normal" is just around the corner. But let's remember some things. Nearly 40,000 American ch
Ending the year with hope | Laura Bradley
ENDING THE YEAR WITH HOPE Usually I’m a planner. I like to-do lists and calendars and vision boards and check boxes. But I’m also fond of those lightbulb moments when an idea pops into my head and I can see an entire project unfold that my students could start tomorrow. And that’s what happened when I read this article from Edutopia: In Schools, Finding Hope in a Hopeless Time , by Nora Fleming.
Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Launches Comprehensive Review of Title IX Regulations + Secretary Cardona Continues “Help is Here” School Reopening Tour | U.S. Department of Education
Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Launches Comprehensive Review of Title IX Regulations to Fulfill President Biden’s Executive Order Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Sex Discrimination | U.S. Department of Education Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Launches Comprehensive Review of Title IX Regulations to Fulfill President Biden’s Executive Order G
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 NewBlackMan (in Exile) TODAY #BLM #BLACKLIVESMATTER
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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
How Do Students Catch Up After a Lost Year? - The Atlantic
Reopening Schools Is the Easy Part Helping students catch up will be a much more difficult task . None of this will be cheap, and after a year of unexpected expenses—laptops for students, facilities upgrades—many districts have exhausted their reserve funds. School-finance experts estimate that districts have lost north of $200 billion during the pandemic. The recently enacted COVID-19 relief bi
Saving the Commons: This I Believe | Diane Ravitch's blog
Saving the Commons: This I Believe Privatization of important parts of the public sector is a great scourge of our times. No institution is more fundamental to the American Dream than public education, and it is under assault by powerful and well funded forces. By billionaires who have dreams of lower taxes and libertarians who want to destroy whatever government provides. We must fight privatiz
South Carolina Republicans Seek to Politicize History – radical eyes for equity
South Carolina Republicans Seek to Politicize History For over 40 years, George Graham Vest served first as a Missouri state Representative, next as a state Senator in the Confederacy, and finally as a U.S. Senator for Missouri from 1879 to 1903. In a speech from August 21, 1891, Vest included a claim about history that has been echoed by many : “In all revolutions the vanquished are the ones wh
A Few Thoughts about Classroom Technology Then and Now | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
A Few Thoughts about Classroom Technology Then and Now Two decades ago, research I had done on schools and classrooms in Silicon Valley during the 1990s was published as Oversold and Underused: Computers in Classrooms. In 2018, The Flight of a Butterfly or Path of a Bullet , another book researching 41 exemplary Silicon Valley teachers who had integrated technology appeared. Since then, I have v
Nationwide Waiver for CEP Deadlines - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)
Nationwide Waiver for CEP Deadlines Based on the public health emergency due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) established a nationwide waiver to support the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) while schools are responding to COVID-19. This waiver makes the following adjustments to annual CEP deadlines: CEP Requirement: Data Used to Calcula
West Virginia Passes Sweeping Voucher Bill | Diane Ravitch's blog
West Virginia Passes Sweeping Voucher Bill Republicans in West Virginia passed a dramatic voucher bill that allows people to spend public education funds on almost anything. Governor Jim Justice, a billionaire, signed the bill into law. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Saturday signed into law the bill that school-choice advocates say will implement the nation’s broadest nonpublic school vouche
Memo in opposition to raising the cap on charters or allowing “zombie” charters | Class Size Matters
Memo in opposition to raising the cap on charters or allowing “zombie” charters Just heard from a connected source that raising the charter cap and/or reviving the “zombie” charters is still on the table in Albany, so CSM and NYC Kids PAC sent in the following memo in opposition. Hope it’s not true but there have been too many unpleasant surprises in state budgets over the years, and the charter
CURMUDGUCATION: The Book Love Foundation
The Book Love Foundation Penny Kittle teaches freshman composition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and has logged a few decades in public school as a reading teacher and literacy coach. She's picked up some NCTE awards, written some books, and generally done pretty well professionally. But for my money, one of the coolest things she has done starts with this story: I stood in a mos
2021 Medley #5 – Vouchers, Testing, and Reading | Live Long and Prosper
2021 Medley #5 – Vouchers, Testing, and Reading Vouchers, Testing, and Reading VOUCHERS Scholars show how to challenge voucher discrimination How many ways can we say it? School choice is not about parents choosing the school for their child. It’s about schools choosing which students to allow through their doors. Private schools get to choose their clients. The law may state that private and re
MORE CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON – Dad Gone Wild
MORE CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON “A leader is best When people barely know he exists Of a good leader, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say, “We did this ourselves.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ch Hope y’all had a great Easter weekend. For us it was much needed opportunity to reconnect with family that we had spent significant time with since the onslaught of the pandemic. B
Russ on Reading: April Is Poetry Month! Here Are Some Poems to Eat
April Is Poetry Month! Here Are Some Poems to Eat April is Poetry Month. April is the perfect time for celebrating poetry through read alouds. Actually, any time is the perfect time for reading poetry aloud. Poetry is meant to be read aloud and children love poetry. But April, with its symbols of rebirth, with the daffodils and cherry blossoms blooming and with dormant grass and barren trees com
My Broken Heart | Diane Ravitch's blog
My Broken Heart I was born in 1938. I’m in pretty good health, considering my age. But one of the valves in my heart has a leak. It must be repaired. On April 8, I am having open heart surgery. The surgeon will break open my breastbone to reach my heart, then wire it back together. He assures me I will be fine, but fatigued, when it’s over. I have tried to take it in stride, but it’s hard not to

APR 05

THE TOP BANANA: TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Monday, April 5, 2021 #REDFORED #tbats #openonlywhensafe #edchat #K12 #learning #edleadership #edtech #engchat #literacy #edreform
Big Education Ape THE TOP BANANA TODAY'S EDUCATION HEADLINES Idaho should not support private schools - https://idahoednews.org/67h2Q via @idahoednews Scholars show how to challenge voucher discrimination – School Matters - https://inschoolmatters.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/scholars-show-how-to-challenge-voucher-discrimination/amp/?__twitter_impression=true via @SteveHinnefeld My student was shot d
Teacher Tom: Teaching Young Children, the Interplay of Minds, and (Of Course) Fighting Imperialism
Teaching Young Children, the Interplay of Minds, and (Of Course) Fighting Imperialism In Marshall McLuhan's book The Gutenberg Galaxy , he is concerned with the affects of media on humans, taking a deep look, in part, at how the adoption of the phonetic alphabet dramatically changed our relationship to the world. "When words are written, they become, of course, a part of the visual world. Like m
Cameron Vickrey: What’s the End Game with School Choice in Texas? | Diane Ravitch's blog
Cameron Vickrey: What’s the End Game with School Choice in Texas? Cameron Vickrey is associate director of Pastors for Texas Children. In this opinion article published in the San Antonio Express-News , she asks the important question: What’s the end game with the privatization push? Texas has 5 million children in public schools, and about 356,000 in charter schools. The drive for vouchers has
Is This Who We Want on the Textbook Commission? – Tennessee Education Report
IS THIS WHO WE WANT ON THE TEXTBOOK COMMISSION? A national civil rights group is calling on the Tennessee Senate to reject the appointment of Laurie Cardoza-Moore to state’s Textbook Commission in light of her anti-Muslim views and her propensity to peddle conspiracy theories. Here’s more from a press release: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil ri
Maurice Cunningham: The Rise of an Astroturf Rightwing “Parents” Group | Diane Ravitch's blog
Maurice Cunningham: The Rise of an Astroturf Rightwing “Parents” Group Maurice Cunningham is professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts. He specializes in unmasking Dark Money groups. He writes: Radical Right Ramps Up War on School Boards, Superintendents, Principals, and Teachers A new professedly “grassroots” group called Parents Defending Education has joined the right
Why the Common Core standards failed — and what it means for school reform - The Washington Post
Why the Common Core standards failed — and what it means for school reform A new book tells the story The Common Core State Standards was one of the biggest initiatives in decades aimed at changing public education — and like many school “reforms” in the era of high-stakes standardized testing, it did not accomplish what its promoters said it would. (Harvard Education Press) How and why that hap
Washington Teachers' Union president Liz Davis dies in car crash - The Washington Post
Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, killed in car crash on Easter Sunday Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, was killed in a two-car crash in Prince George’s County Sunday night, the union confirmed Monday. She was 70. Davis was driving south in the Bowie area near Route 301 and Harbor Way when her car and another car driven by John Starr, 68,
Secretary of Education Joins Senator Warren and Senator Schumer for Discussion With Student Loan Borrowers and Advocates + HBCU Capital Finance Debt | U.S. Department of Education
Secretary of Education Joins Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer for a Roundtable Discussion With Student Loan Borrowers and Advocates | U.S. Department of Education Secretary of Education Joins Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer for a Roundtable Discussion With Student Loan Borrowers and Advocates Today, Secretary Cardona joined a roundtable discussion alongside Se
The most effective civil rights protest that you probably never heard of | Eclectablog
The most effective civil rights protest that you probably never heard of In 1977, the longest occupation of a federal building in the history of the United States of America took place and, when it ended, the protesters had achieved what nobody thought possible: regulations covering the enforcement of a four-year old law — Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The protest is now called
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
Idaho: Vouchers Violate the State Constitution | Diane Ravitch's blog
Idaho: Vouchers Violate the State Constitution Two prominent Idaho citizens, Jim Jones and Rod Gramer, warned that proposed voucher legislation violates the clear language of the Idaho state constitution and threatens the future of public schools. Jim Jones is the former Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court and former Idaho Attorney General and Rod Gramer is president of Idaho Business for E
A Year Ago, Today | JD2718
A Year Ago, Today A Year Ago Today – COVID hit close | JD2718 - https://wp.me/pOjh-28H on @wordpressdotcom I didn’t learn about Tom Waters’ death until almost a week after the date, April 4, 2020. Tom’s son was my student. He was more of a humanities kid, but did fine in two courses. His final project for an elective, Combinatorics, was a nicely presented bijection between parenthesization and D
It Really Does Matter | okeducationtruths
It Really Does Matter Sometimes when I follow the happenings of the Oklahoma Legislature, I just shake my head and repeat the mantra I learned from that 1979 Bill Murray classic, Meatballs . So far, the First Session of the 58th Oklahoma Legislature is shaping up to be as bad – if not worse – than the First Session of the 53rd. Let’s review. The 2010 election brought us Gov. Fallin and State Sup
Education Matters: Parents opt your students out of Florida's high stakes tests
Parents opt your students out of Florida's high stakes tests I am finishing my 21st year teaching in Duval County Public schools. I have seen a lot, but without a doubt, the worst and what must go is the state's reliance on high-stakes testing, This is especially relevant as DCPS starts testing season. I call it a season because it will last for weeks. Students at private schools that accept vou