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Nebraska State Education Association’s Finances

The Nebraska State Education Association received $460,000 from NEA’s “special projects” fund. Total membership – 27,938, up 4 Total revenue – $9.7 million (79% came from member dues), up $550,000 Budget surplus – $610,000 Net assets – $5.2 million Total staff – 48 Staff salaries and benefits – $5.9 million Highest paid employee – Craig R. Christiansen, executive […]

Money: Districts Projected To Save $2B Thanks To Lower Gas Prices

Wells Fargo's Trace Urdan projects $2 billion in savings for school districts across the country, thanks to lower gas prices and fuel costs. "[Urdan] cited data from two counties, Fairfax, VA and Montgomery, MD, reporting that school buses use an average of 37 gallons per student per school year. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Golden Globe Winner "Boyhood" Full Of School-Related Moments

"Boyhood" was a big winner at last night's Golden Globes awards, which reminded me of the great scene in the movie when the protagonist's high school photo teacher gives him a pep talk/calling out. ("Who do you want to be Mason, what do you want to do?") I wrote about this last summer when the movie came out. Show More Summary

AM News: Schools Reducing Suspensions, Groups Endorse Annual Testing, Obama Supports Data Privacy

Policy shifts yield decline in school suspensions AP: Five years ago, LAUSD students were scolded with 74,765 days of suspension; last year, they received 8,351, an 89 percent decrease. The decline comes on the heels of a nationwideShow More Summary

NJ Charter Schools Association Attacks 1st Amendment Rights in the Garden State

When the facts aren't on your side... When you're up against the wall... When you've been caught with your hand in the cookie jar... You take the cheap shot. That's what the New Jersey Charter Schools Association did last week when they filed ethics charges against Rutgers Professor Julia Sass Rubin who, along with doctoral student Mark Weber (aka. Show More Summary

Duncan to Double Down on NCLB High Stakes Testing

For those prone to fits of fanciful thinking about the imminent demise of the CorpEd testing regime, tune in to hear Arne Duncan's speech tomorrow:By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post News Service Posted Jan. 9, 2015 @ 5:38 pm WASHINGTON...Show More Summary

Remember who the real enemy is,

"Remember who the real enemy is." (Heymitch to Katniss, in Catching Fire) There is a good reason why some educators are reluctant to let young people read The Hunger Games (" If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again," Jan. Show More Summary

Beware of multiple measures

I predict there will be lots of discussion about testing in connection with "rewriting" the federal education law. And some of this will be a call for multiple measures, which seems to be a step in the right direction, especially when proponents mention seemingly reasonable assessments, eg student feedback, classroom observations. Show More Summary

Reactions Strong to MS-PBS KIPP-vertisment

Apparently Jon Alter has been sent by Bill Gates to use discredited information to promote the newest paternalistic schooling solution to the "Negro Problem." Here are the comments at the transcript page:Jim Horn • 3 minutes agoThe myth of the 80+ percent of KIPPsters going to college has been discredited for years. Show More Summary

Cuckold, Jonathan Pelto, Soldiers on for Diane and Randi

I received a letter from Jon Pelto last evening expressing his, um, anger I guess, at my recent post on the Ravitch and Cody April NPE talkathon coming up in Chicago, this year featuring both corporate misleaders of AFT and NEA. Here...Show More Summary

Disrespecting professional judgment

Sent to the Washington Post, Jan 9Several experts claim that without annual standardized testing, we don't know if students are progressing ("Education Secretary Arne Duncan to outline education priorities and defend testing," January...Show More Summary

Protect children from the impact of poverty

Sent to The Hill, Jan 9 "America is secretly number one internationally in education," (Jan. 9) announced a study showing that American students score at the top of the world on international tests when researchers control for the effects of poverty. Show More Summary

TV: Apparently Not Everyone's Cut Out To Be A Teaching Fellow

Let's close out the week with a recommendation to watch at least one segment from the Vimeo series "High Maintenance," which focuses on a character's ill-fated decision to join a Teaching Fellows-like program (and is adult fare probably not best suited to the workplace). Show More Summary

Obama Visit to TN Calls New Attention to Haslam's Affluence-Assistance College Plan

Most of the kids who are applying for Haslam's "free" college tuition plan do not know they will get nothing if they are receiving Pell Grants already. This clip from the NYTimes yesterday: Tennessee Promise has been criticized by some...Show More Summary

Charts: Suburban Poverty Is A Thing, ICYMI

"Since 2000, poverty has grown twice as fast in America's suburbs as in America's cities. That is one of the findings from research on suburban poverty in America conducted by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube. (Top Brookings Infographics of 2014)

(Montana) MEA-MFT’s Finances

Here are the figures for MEA-MFT, the state affiliate of both NEA and AFT in Montana. Total membership – 17,822, down 78 Total revenue – $6.2 million (82% came from member dues), down $60,000 Budget deficit – $20,000 Net assets – $2.1 million Total staff – 44 Staff salaries and benefits – $4.4 million Highest paid employee – Steve […]

Lunchtime Video: Why No One Wants To Talk About Ending Neighborhood School Segregation

Here's a short video and writeup via The Atlantic about the 1974 Boston public school integration effort, and recent efforts to revisit segregation in public schools. Click here if the video doesn't load.

Journalism: No, Georgia Doesn't Really Lead The Nation In School Shootings

Given the pace of work being produced and the complexity of the issues, it's pretty easy for mis-statements and errors of fact to creep into education stories -- and very hard to correct them once they're out in the wild. That's why it's helpful that Politifact covers Education statements. Show More Summary

#QOTD: NJ BOE President drops bombshell!

Note: This was originally posted at my site after Wednesday's NJ State BOE meeting. What could top an unprecedented number of people testifying at today's NJ State Board of Ed meeting? What could top the number of parents who, on a brutally...Show More Summary

AM News: Duncan To Join "Repeal NCLB" Chorus -- But Favors Annual Testing

Arne Duncan to call for No Child Left Behind revamp Politico: In a speech Monday, Duncan will lay out his principles for rewriting the education law, sources familiar with the event confirmed. But he is not expected to back down from...Show More Summary

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