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Campaign 2016: Jeb Bush Jumps On Clinton Charter Comments

Distorting the role charter schools play in transforming lives in order to placate the teachers unions is beyond the pale, @HillaryClinton. — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 10, 2015 "Distorting the role charter schools play in transforming...Show More Summary

Lists: Top Local Education Funds Include Pinellas (Yes, Pinellas)

Here's a list of the top 200 local education foundations in the US, which is somewhat ironically led by Pinellas County (where there's been some pretty dramatic resegregation of schools lately). I can't vouch for the data, the methodology, or anything else. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Another Disturbing School Police Video

Link from Florida TV station is here. Or, watch a Washington Post story (and video) about the high school science experiment that seems to lead to a number of classroom injuries.

Quotes: Clinton Spokesperson Clarifies Candidate's Views On Charters

For decades, Hillary Clinton has been a strong supporter of both public charter schools and an unflinching advocate for traditional public schools, their teachers and their students,... [She] wants to be sure that public charter schools,...Show More Summary

ASD Profiteers in Memphis Rebuffed at Raleigh Egypt Middle

The corporate predators of Scholars Academy have their work cut out for them in the Raleigh Egypt community of Memphis. This is a clear example of how parents organized and united can say no to this exploitative privatizers.Call this number and let Scholars Academy know how you feel about another community school being sacrificed to benefit big business: 901-305-9983.

AM News: LAUSD Eyes Charter Expansion, New Leadership (Plus Chicago Strike?)

LAUSD Board of Education eyes growth of charter schools LA Daily News: The focus of the board's deliberations will be a controversial $490 million plan to more than double the number of charter schools in Los Angeles. See also KPCC LA. Show More Summary

Veterans Day: How to Throw People and Things Out of Airplanes

In what has become my Veterans Day tradition, I go through my box of old Military Airlift Command stuff and revisit my days as a C-130 navigator. The day-to-day work involved hauling cargo from one Pacific destination to another, but the primary mission of the aircraft is to drop people and equipment far above the […]

Response to Ed Week puff piece on competency-based instruction

I have posted two responses/comments to the Education Week article, “Personalized Learning, Competency Education Need Policy Support, Group Says” ( quote from the article, then give my comments. Show More Summary

Maps: Most Grade 3-8 Students To Be Assessed Online in 2016

"For the first time, most state-required summative assessments in U.S. elementary and middle schools will be administered via technology rather than by paper and pencil in the 2015-16 school year, according to a report released Thursday by EdTech Strategies, LLC, a research and consulting firm." Edweek (Paperless Testing: Most Grade 3-8 Students To Be Assessed Online in 2016).

Chicago Teachers Union Poll Shows 97% of Members Support Something They Weren’t Asked About

Here’s the ballot for the Chicago Teachers Union “practice strike vote.” CTU needs to be congratulated because it has united a divided city by baffling everyone equally. The Chicago Tribune reported, “CTU officials said an analysis of responses from the Nov. 5 vote led them to conclude that ’97 percent of CTU’s members say they […]

Charts: Districts Like LA Reducing Disciplinary Gap

MT @ccamp67: Teens r challenging. But @LASchools dropped "willful defiance" and it shows: — CRPE (@CRPE_UW) November 10, 2015 For better or worse.

Quotes: Zuckerberg's Philanthropy "Not That Much Different"

Whatever you may think of Zuckerberg’s philanthropy, in most ways it’s not that much different than that of a great many other funders who gone before him. The same can also be said of most tech leaders. A notable exception to this point...Show More Summary

Hillary Wants More Kids in Charter Schools

Hillary supporters who, at least, are not explicitly hostile to public schools have coughed and groaned for a long time when confronted with evidence the Clintons' unyielding support for Common Core, TFA, standardized tests, continued school resegregation, and corporate reform "no excuses" schools for the poor. Show More Summary

Update: Where's Michelle Rhee (& What's StudentsFirst Up To Now)?

This Sacramento Bee story (What’s next for Michelle Rhee, once the national face of education activism?) tells you what you already know: that Rhee has pretty much dropped off the face of the earth when it comes to education advocacy. Show More Summary

Morning Video: "TeachStrong" Campaign Launch (Plus Roundup)

As outlined yesterday, CAP and other groups have launched TeachStrong, an effort to revamp the teaching profession. See also TeacherBeat (Can a New Political Campaign to 'Modernize' Teaching Succeed?) and Washington Post (How to build a better teacher: Groups push a 9-point plan called TeachStrong).

AM News: Democratic Front-Runner Criticizes Charters

Hillary Clinton Rebukes Charter Schools Politico: Her comments in South Carolina came straight from charter school critics’ playbook and distanced her from the legacies of her husband, former President Bill Clinton — credited with creating...Show More Summary

Guest Post: Who Is Behind the Philadelphia School Partnership?

by Deborah GrillResearch from a retired Philadelphia public school librarian who is part of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public School November 9, 2015The move to privatize public education has many players. Some attempt to move in giant steps. Show More Summary

My Reaction to Interview with Relay's Dean

by Jim Horn A puffball questioner at Hechinger Report gave Relay dean, Mayme Hostetter, all the space she needed for a prime infomercial. This is my reaction, posted at Hechinger as the first comment: Just as charter schools are businesses...Show More Summary

U of Missouri Students and Faculty Force President's Resignation

Students at UNC should learn from the faculty and students experiences of U of Missouri:

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