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Teachers: Hey, That Older Dude Doesn't Look Very TFA

Tucked in at the end of Motoko Rich's recent NYT story about career-switching teachers (Teaching as a Second Act, or Maybe Even a Third) was mention of military veteran Scott Graham, 49, who initially "laughed when his daughter, then...Show More Summary

Charts: Of 12 Graphs Illustrating The Life Cycle Of America's Class System, #9 Is The Most Disturbing

Over at the American Prospect, there's a series of charts showing the life cycle of America's class system that's pretty intense to scroll through (America's Class System Across The Life Cycle). The visutals are intense, the chart headings...Show More Summary

Thompson: LA School Report Misstates On Vergara Lawsuit

LA School Report's Michael Janofsky, in Analysis: Vergara Approaching Time for Tru Judgment, fundamentally misstates the issues in Vergara v. California, which seeks to overturn the state's tenure, seniority, and due process laws. Janofsky...Show More Summary

Media: Education Journalists In Fellowship Limbo Until May?

The Spencer education journalism advisory board met on Monday to pick the next year's three fellows but the applicants --I know who got in but am holding off on saying for some reason-- are most of them still in the dark about whether they got the nod or not and the Columbia journalism school can't announce winners for another few weeks. Show More Summary

People: Young Joins GreatSchools [Plus Unsolicited Advice]

Meet Caprice Young, though you probably knew her already. She's a former LAUSD school board member who helped right the ship at LA's troubled ICEF charter network then went to work for the Arnold Foundation. She also worked as a Deputy Mayor and for a distance learning company along the way, and was a Coro Fellow. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Most Homeless Students Live Outside Big Cities

"Homelessness is often treated as an urban problem, even though less than half of all homeless people live in big cities. As a result, teens like Gilpatrick are less likely to be counted, and noticed." (America Tonight Al Jazeera America) Watch Part 2 here.

Media: March Madness Pits 16 Sites Against Each Other

Who do you think wins the tournament this year? Fill out a bracket and let us know who makes it to the red square (or who was unfairly omitted or seeded wrong).

AM News: Decision Looms In CA Teacher Job Protection Case

Teacher job protections attacked, defended in landmark trial’s closing arguments KPCC: The roughly 80 people in the audience included former California Governor Pete Wilson and LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy, who’d testified for the plaintiffs that the teacher firing process is ineffective. Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: MSNBC Covers Suspended Preschoolers Study (Sort Of)

It wasn't Rachel Maddow (who rarely books education segments) or even Chris Hayes (somewhat more frequent) but rather newbie Ronan Farrow (son of Mia) who got the job of covering last week's big disparate discipline & teaching experience study.

Charts: Education Majors Make Top 20 Money-Losing Schools List

Yikes! Getting an education degree from a place like Virginia Commonwealth or Bowling Green State University isn't a good idea, earnings-wise, according to this chart from The Atlantic based on self-reported earnings published yesterday by an outfit called PayScale. Show More Summary

Quotes: "A Chance Of Repercussions" [But, Really, Not Much Of One]

Anytime you break a law, there is a chance of repercussions. -- Illinois State Board of Education spokesperson Matt Vanover, playing it coy about the possible loss of funding due to parents opting out of state tests (in Catalyst)

AM News: Common Core "Field Tests" Going Well In CA (So Far)

Early response to Smarter Balanced field tests encouraging LA School Report: As the Smarter Balanced field tests got underway yesterday in California and 21 other states, officials are receiving positive feedback from the schools that are participating. Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Can Home Visits & Portable Gadgets Help Close The Word Gap?

This video from Motoko Rich's NYT home visits story today shows a cloud-based device that tracks word use at home.

Quotes: IL Union Spends $3M to Praise Republican Candidate [Still Loses]

Senator Dillard has been a tireless advocate for public schools and our communities and a strong voice for teachers and retirees -- Illinois Federation of Teachers president Dan Montgomery on behalf of losing Republican candidate (via Politico)

People: Meet Conor Williams, New America's New(ish) Education Guy

I had the chance to meet New America's Conor Williams the other day, during a reporting trip he took to Brooklyn. (For the record, the Tea Lounge on Union Street is still there and doesn't smell as bad as it used to.) He's got the tweed...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Too Much Focus On Testing, Agrees Michelle Rhee

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy On the TODAY show, a Boston teacher tearfully resigns from her job (a story too good to check), and Michelle Rhee complains that teachers stopped teaching her kids after testing is over each spring.

AM News: White House Takes "Race To The Top" Victory Lap

Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed ‘enormous positive change’ Washington Post: In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House’s Domestic...Show More Summary

Maps: Scared, Or Not So Scared By This Creationism Map?

This map showing where Creationism might be taught using public voucher funds at private schools should scare you, because it's so dark and scary-looking. Or, perhaps it will remind you of the worst cell phone coverage map ever, and you will resist being scared by the people who are (and want you to be ) scared. Show More Summary

Thompson: Musings on This Year's Spring Break Grand Canyon Trip

I just returned from another Spring Break trip to the Grand Canyon, although my travel companions are now thirty-somethings. It was a reminder of the wonders of teaching in the inner city. Whether it is playing basketball with students,...Show More Summary

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