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5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: The "Myth" Of Tenure

What a union will - and won't - do to protect a teacher, according to AEI's Antonucci via @eduwonk http://ow.ly/zZuXJ Accurate? SEE ALSO: Tenure never protected teachers as much as is thought, but ending it will deteriorate teachingShow More Summary

Afternoon Video: Whoopi Doubles Down On Rant Against Universal Tenure

Some celebrities shy away from taking a position that's going to bring them so much heat as well as some measure of admiration, and others simply don't agree that tenure is an issue, but Whoopi Goldberg seems to be up for the controversy. If only she'd been somewhat funny about it.... that always helps, right?

Thompson: Common Core Will Double Dropout Rate, Says Carnegie Foundation

How did I miss it? The single most important study on Common Core implementation was published by the Carnegie Foundation in 2013, but its key finding has been ignored. Hat tip to Tom Hoffman and Larry Ferlazzo for showcasing the evidence that is so unnerving. Show More Summary

Quotes: "No One Can Fire Parents"

Even better would be widespread parent boycotts. No one can fire parents. They have it in their power to pull the plug on this mess. I hope it comes to that. - Diane Ravitch (Pick Your Fights Carefully)

Morning Video: Campbell, Boies -- & Weingarten -- On MSNBC

Here's Campbell Brown and David Boies on MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday morning, with mention of a Weingarten appearance later in the week.

AM News: AFT Pressures Force Split In Dem. Consulting Firm

Former Obama Aides Broke With Democratic Firm Over Anti-Teachers Union Project HuffPost: Gibbs' liberal colleagues reacted angrily when news of the marriage surfaced, and the American Federation of Teachers made its displeasure known. Show More Summary

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: MA Charter Teachers Join Teamsters

MA teachers unionize via Teamsters not MTA or MFT - Worcester Telegram http://ow.ly/zVVAL First time ever? @SteveBarrLA @aftacts [seems unlikely] Sacto's St. Hope schools taps Michelle Rhee as board chair - The Sacramento Bee http://ow.ly/zVZ8c...Show More Summary

Pop Culture: Pro-Reform Colbert Leapfrogs Reform Critic Stewart With Broadcast Move

Riffing off last week's Campbell Brown appearance on Colbert, TIME's Haley Edwards has an interesting article about the differences between the Comedy Central comedians Stephen Colbert and Jon Stwart (The Celebrity Death Match Over School Reform). Show More Summary

Quotes: Only Thing Worse Than The Common Core Is The Alternative, Says Ravitch

This is a terrible idea. Legislators have no academic competence to write academic standards. This is a sure way to politicize American education. Politicians should do their work and let educators do their work. Educators are the experts on what students should know and be able to do. - Diane Ravitch (What’s Worse than Common Core? Legislators Writing State Standards)

Think Tank Watch: [Why] Are Washington Think Tanks So Powerful?

As you might have noticed on Twitter, I've been enjoying a blog called Think Tank Watch that covers the industry -- trends, dynamics, comings and goings. It's not specifically focused on education -- and that's part of what makes it so useful. Show More Summary

AM News: NYC Parent Organizing Group Expands To Boston

Out-of-state group touting charter schools expands to Boston Boston Globe: Families for Excellent Schools, a nonprofit that has been mobilizing parents in New York City to push for more charter schools is expanding to Boston, a potential boost for local charter school supporters seeking to rebound after a crushing defeat last month. Show More Summary

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Departing House Leader Rails Against Neighborhood-Based School Assignment

Cantor decries neighborhood/school quality linkage ow.ly/zQlsp USA Today via @RedditEducation Fact-Checking UFT’s Attack on NOLA Schools | PE + COow.ly/zQlp0 @petercook Snapshot of Teacher Union Spending on House, Senate Campaigns @PoliticsK12...Show More Summary

Campaigns: Those Union Spending Numbers Are Only Half The Story

Unions are important financial powerhouses in elections, but much of their spending is done in such a way that it doesn't show up on FEC reports — it involves getting out the vote or internal communication with their members rather than paid TV ads. - Vox

John Thompson: Jal Mehta's Ten Inconvenient Truths

Jal Mehta, in the Education Week blog Learning Deeply, discusses five inconvenient truths held by both reformers and education traditionalists. I'm not sure why he only mentions five minor blind spots held by reformers. Perhaps Mehta...Show More Summary

Books: The Unexpected Alliance Of Civil Rights & Women's Rights Groups

The best education-related article in the New Yorker of the past few weeks might not be Rachel Aviv's piece about the "burn-it-down-to-save-it" actions taken by some Atlanta teachers pressured to produce better results but rather Louis Menand's story about how women's rights and civil rights advocates came together uneasily. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Colbert Interviews Campbell Brown Over Tenure Lawsuit

The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on Facebook Here's the interview -- how'd she do? How'd Colbert do?

AM News: Friday Roundup Lacks Any Clear Theme Or Headline

This Will Make Some Special Education Advocates Really Happy HuffP{ost: The Education Department said Thursday that New York, as well as Minnesota, South Carolina, Delaware and Georgia, could hold onto waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act for another year. Show More Summary

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Generals Back Common Core [Is That A Good Thing?]

450 pro-Common Core Army generals say teacher preparedness tied to national security The Tennesean ow.ly/zNMZY #thankscommoncore? WI High Court Upholds Law Curbing Collective-Bargaining Rights for Public Employees - WSJ @carolineporter...Show More Summary

Choice: Chicago Teacher Rebuts Public Radio's "The Big Sort"

You may recall a big WBEZ Chicago Public Radio piece about student segregation at the high school level, which was passed around a lot last week. But not everybody thinks that students sorting themselves into different high schools is such a bad idea. Show More Summary

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