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Quotes: Students Don't Want/Believe In Your Integration Schemes

My students in the South Bronx do not want to take a bus to Staten Island. They do not want their school to become a magnet school, because they said, 'what about everyone else?' And they don't necessarily have an interest in changing the entire composition of their neighborhood for integration to happen. Show More Summary

NEA Promotes Chief Lobbyist

The National Education Association named Mary Kusler as senior director for its Center for Advocacy, which oversees its departments of Government Relations, Campaigns and Elections, and Collective Bargaining. Kusler has been NEA’s director of government relations since 2011. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Neighborhood School Struggling To Preserve Diversity

This video features PS 705, a Brooklyn school that's gone from 90 percent free and reduced lunch to just over 60 percent in just five years. It's applied to join a program that will let it prioritize low-income students, but will still likely lose its Title I funding soon.

AM News: Bush Summit, Transition Tremors, Seattle Layoffs, & More

SUMMIT Education Summit Lifts Up State's Role in Education - Politics K-12 - Education Week Jeb Bush Calls for ‘Earthquake’ in Federal Education Funding and Policy Under GOP Control…Show More Summary

Morning Video: Sacramento Charter Wins $100K John Oliver Response Contest

"Natomas Charter School of Sacramento, Calif., has won the $100,000 prize offered by the Center for Education Reform to tell comedian John Oliver to back off the abusive rhetoric about charter schools," according to Hey, John Oliver: Here's The Winner Of The Charter School Contest. Show More Summary

AM News: CA Teacher Shortage, DeVos Funds Confirmation Senators, & More

SHORTAGES IN CA California teacher shortage worsens, especially in cities - SFGate Most California schools report trouble finding qualified teachers | 89.3 KPCC State’s teacher shortage hitting ‘alarming rates’ for 2016-17, new survey says | EdSource UNCERTIFIEDS VS. Show More Summary

A New Mobile-Friendly Look For Intercepts

Didn’t mean to jar you, but as I slowly creep into the 21st century it has become increasingly clear that I have to adjust my output to coincide with the inputs many of you use. Hence the change. Previous mobile users were redirected to a second site hosted by DudaMobile, but this responsive template works … Continue reading "A New Mobile-Friendly Look For Intercepts"

Reporting Jim Horn to the Professor Watchlist

Turning Point USA is small group of white young asshats who can't wait for the second coming of Adolf Hitler. One of their "projects" is to create a McCarthyistic list of professors who have the audacity to exercise their Constitutional rights in and out of the classroom. I hope that every professor in the U. S. will self-report her guilt as I did today. Click below to enlarge.

Ravitch Charter Position Gets the Jay Mathews Seal of Approval

Yesterday on "Giving Tuesday" both FairTest and NPE were beating the bushes for donations to prop up their unacknowledged corporate union support of privatization via charter schools and depersonalized learning via computer screens.Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Black Community Divided Over Charter Schools

The latest PBS NewsHour segment features Memphis schools and the debate among black community leaders over charter schools.

AM News: State Delays ESSA Plan, For-Profits Rebound, & More

Washington State to delay submission of plan for Every Student Succeeds Act… Indiana Considers Pausing School Accountability Penalties—Again… After nearing collapse under...Show More Summary

Act 10 at Five

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published a special report on Sunday about the state of labor unions in Wisconsin since the passage of Act 10 in 2011, the law that severely limited public-sector collective bargaining and ended agency fees. Here are a few choice quotes from the story: + “Dave Weiland, an Oconomowoc school district teacher and […]

Quotes: DeVos Appointment Could Press Educators To End Infighting

She’s criticized charter schools, publicly funded and government-regulated schools, as well as the Common Core standards, which aim to set a bar against which all students, schools, and teachers can be measured?—?leading to market-style consequences for poor performance. -- Elizabeth Green of Chalkbeat (Why Betsy DeVos could mean the end of the education wars as we know them)

Tourism of Our Ideas

  So I’ve been lucky enough to spend a few days in Oslo, Norway, and when I’m not at the SETT conference, I’ve been able to spend some time seeing Oslo. I was talking to one of the conference attendees, … Continue reading ?

AM News: TIMSS, Transition, LAUSD Grad Rate Audit

TIMSS U.S. students still lag many Asian peers on international math and science exam… US students lag peers in East Asia, Russia in math, science - AP International test shows slight...Show More Summary

Understanding KIPP Model Charter Schools: Part 14

Below is Part 14 from my book, Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys through "Excuses" Teaching. Earlier parts can be found at this blog by searching on the title of the blog entry, followed by the part number. Chapter 14 A Model Whose Time Has...Show More Summary

Quotes: Realistic Limits On Trump & Private School Choice

Ms. DeVos will probably be a boon to the relatively small, growing population of families that home-school their children. But most parents will still want their children in a school building during the day, taught by a teacher, not by a computer... Show More Summary

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