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NYSUT Doesn’t Endorse Cuomo

New York State United Teachers decided not to endorse Andrew Cuomo for reelection as governor. This isn’t much of a surprise considering that most members despise him. NYSUT didn’t endorse him in 2010 either. NYSUT’s officers might think this is the only practical course to take, but as I mentioned last week, there is no […]

Roundup: Rhee Departure Leaves Movement Without Ravitch-Like Figure

The Huffington Post's Joy Resmovits broke the news on Tuesday. The Sacramento Bee followed up with a focus on Rhee's work on behalf of her husband, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, who may run for higher office in two years. Beaten badly...Show More Summary

Bruno: A Goodbye & Retrospective

I've been contributing posts to This Week in Education since January 2012, when Alexander kindly invited me to begin writing. This, however, will be my last post here. Last week I submitted my resignation at my teaching job which, for a variety of reasons, was not a good fit for me. Show More Summary

Morning Video: "Freedom Schools" Still Needed, 50 Years Later

From the PBS NewsHour: 50 Years On, Freedom Schools Still Teaching Most Vulnerable includes interview with founder of the program, who went on to start the Children's Defense Fund.

What Does Ferguson, MO Have to Do With 9-11?

Last night I watched the police in Ferguson, MO as they rolled out their armored vehicles with machine guns on top to confront peaceful protestors and the media. Even though no curfew had been declared by the mayor or any of the other...Show More Summary

Iowa Becomes Latest to Dump the Common Core

from the Blaze: Yet another state has kicked Common Core to the curb. Iowa had implemented much of the Common Core State Standards into its “Iowa Core” education standards, working with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium on a single testing program to measure students’ progress. Show More Summary

Follow-Up on Lee County, FL Board Consideration of Opting Out Entire County from State Tests

from News-Press.com:If the Lee County school board opts out of state-mandated testing, it will be the first district in Florida to do so. But the legality of that defiance remains unclear.Members almost brought it to a vote Tuesday evening...Show More Summary

AM News: Teachers Union Wins Another LA School Board Election

Teachers union-backed candidate George McKenna elected to Los Angeles Unified school board LA Daily News: The 35,000-member union threw its weight behind McKenna, who was outspent 3 to 1 by Alex Johnson and his supporters, which included a political action committee affiliated with charter schools. Show More Summary

Lee County, FL School Board Pledges to Research Opting Out Entire District

From News-Press.com: FCAT. Florida Standards. Common core.No matter what you call it, the school board wants it gone.Board members unanimously expressed their disdain for standardized testing at the school board meeting Tuesday, pledging...Show More Summary

Pre-K = Childhood's End?

??Comment posted following “As the first day of school approaches, the city trains thousands of universal pre-K teachers,” on ChalkbeatPosted on August 12.I wonder how many of those interested in teaching Pre-K in New York have readShow More Summary

Lunchtime Video: Paying Kids For Learning In Memphis

Here's the video that goes along with the story in Politico. Click here if the video doesn't load properly.

Karen Lewis Explains How to Become the Highest-Paid Teacher

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article about Karen Lewis’ worldly possessions. It isn’t particularly interesting except for those who didn’t know that she is reasonably well-off. But you have to admire Lewis’ use of this line of reasoning: When she first ran for CTU president four years ago, Lewis promised not to make more than […]

Thompson: How Common Core Could Double Dropout Rate

I received an enthusiastic response, especially from educators, regarding last week's TWIE post Common Core Will Double the Dropout Rate, Says Carnegie Corporation. The piece also produced some pushback from persons who question theShow More Summary

AM News: What Happens If/When Rhee Leaves StudentsFirst?

Michelle Rhee Prepares To Leave CEO Job At StudentsFirst, Group She Founded HuffPost: The change comes as the education reform movement that Rhee spearheaded has a new face: Former CNN news anchor Campbell Brown. Can You Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School? Politico: In Memphis, Mayor A.C. Show More Summary

20 Timeless Ways to Make Your Classroom Extraordinary #carpediem

    Inspired by my post from earlier today about Robin Williams, I started thinking about how I have and how, if I were still teaching in a brick-and-mortar classroom, I would make my own classroom extraordinary for my students.  The following is a simple list of 20 timeless ways to make your classroom extraordinary […]

Carpe Diem.

Of all of Robin Williams’ characters, the one that has had the most direct influence over my work is, of course, John Keating in Dead Poets Society. I saw the movie at the very impressionable age of 18 and years later when I began my teaching career I always tried to channel that character’s ability […]

Overdue Process

We are currently in an unprecedented debate about teacher evaluations, tenure and what it takes to dismiss a poor teacher. There is a case in Florida that is presented in the usual manner, but after a little digging I find the story misses the point because it is entirely focused on alleged misconduct, while the […]

Michael Mulgrew Wants His Common Core Back That He Never Had

Michael Mulgrew is fed up with those billionaires that have taken his Common Core away from him. Or so it would seem. According to Mulgrew's frothing revisionist rant to speak in support Weingarten's continued embrace of the rotted Core,...Show More Summary

?Rafranz Davis on the Classroom, Technology and Building a Community of Educators (EdSurge News)

As an instructional technology specialist with nine years of teaching math behind her, Rafranz Davis has experience with how technology can help in the classroom. She’s got valuable advice for educators and entrepreneurs, so when EdSurge got a chance to ask her a few questions about her experiences Source: www.edsurge.com "If edtech companies are not […]

Tenure: Public Divided On "Too Easy/Hard To Fire" Teachers

"Only 31 percent of respondents said they thought it is too difficult to fire public school teachers in their state. Conversely, 12 percent of respondents said it was is too easy to fire teachers, and 27 percent said the difficulty level was about right." (HuffPost). Image used with permission.

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