"The Walton family, founder of Wal-mart, the worldwide retail giant, has donated millions of dollars to schools considered to be associated with the Gülen community." — Charter School Scandals The largest chain of privately managed charter schools in the United States is that of those affiliated with the cultish Gülenist Movement. Show More Summary
What you’re looking at here is NEA’s solution to what its cognitive linguistic analysis identified as the problem: corporate education reform language. You may recall that the union determined “education reform” was too negative a term for public usage, and that “education improvement” or “education excellence” was preferred. Show More Summary
Until recently, Katie Howard-Mullins was an employee of the California Teachers Association. The union fired her, for reasons unclear to outsiders such as myself. What makes the action noteworthy is that Howard-Mullins was also the president of one of CTA’s staff unions, representing CTA’s employees against union management. This has her colleagues up in arms. […]
The SCS School Board is now weighing more cuts for school children of Shelby County in order to pay for the billionaires' plan to replace public schools for the poor with corporate reform schools designed to deliver a more passive and compliant work force for the dead end job markets of Memphis. Show More Summary
Two closed charter schools’ records unauditable SC charter school head guilty of embezzlement Visalia charter school janitor arrested in drugs for sale Hedge fund executives give 'til it hurts to politicians, especially Cuomo, to get...Show More Summary
"By what logic does United Way engage in an activity that is shunned by all the other charities?" — Professor Ralph E. Shaffer United Way Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA)'s role as a tax deductible lobbying and public relations firm for plutocrats like Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Carrie Walton Penner, and Casey Wasserman is expanding. Show More Summary
When Angela Duckworth was shopping around for a graduate program in 2002, she read about Martin Seligman's positive psychology program at UPenn. Knowing no boundaries, she emailed him late one night, and Marty happened to be up, playing bridge online. Show More Summary
OK, technically it's a Vine (with sound!) not a GIF, but who cares? The Chicago Tribune's Juan Perez saw fit to highlight a few seconds of Duncan's forced walk through anti-testing protesters in Chicago the other day. The moment took...Show More Summary
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The numbers are grim among some of the nation’s largest producers of new teachers: In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years….Why have the numbers fallen so far, so fast? – National Public Radio, “Where Have All The Teachers Gone?” March 3, 2015 Kelsey Baxter knew she might get laid off […]
WellDeserved is a a new app that allows folks to offer surplus privileges -- free food at work, extra dental appointments, a soon-to-expire SoulCycle coupon -- to fellow citizens who might want to purchase them. Their motto: "Privilege...Show More Summary
In Chicago today to visit one of his favorite corporate reform schools. He saw protestors waiting for him to arrive at a school and had his Suburban driver blast down an alley to take a shortcut to avoid them. Whoops, dead end. So what happens? He has to walk out with teachers and parents screaming about PARCC. What does he do? Ignore them. Is this pure poetry, or what?
"For education majors [pink rectangle], a new graduate degree is even better than experience, propelling earnings to $49,000 after completing the grad program and $62,000 by midcareer." (WSJ: A New Degree Is Worth More Than Decades of Job Experience)
Sent to US News and World Report, March 12, 2015"Opt-Out Movement About More Than Tests, Advocates Say," (March 10) notes that "for many, the jury is still out" on the common core standards and tests, citing both arguments against the...Show More Summary
This is a fascinating time for Oklahoma schools. As school funding was cut by more than 20% over the last five years, and in the face of a $610 million state budget shortfall, out-of-state corporate reformers, ranging from the American...Show More Summary
The second big reason for enrollment declines [at education schools] is the end of the credentialed pay raises that marked the old teacher salary formulas. For many decades a master’s degree offered a pay boost no matter its content....Show More Summary
…before someone brought back the teacher shortage! NPR does the honors (?) by reviving all the usual tropes without a single statistic about teacher hiring rates – either today or over the past decade or so. Need to kill some time day? Check out all the previous iterations of teacher shortage alarmism.
This week's announcement that Success Academy charters won't give an absolute priority to ELL kids in its charter lotteries because of opposition seems like an unfortunate turn of events (see ChalkbeatNY's Success Academy drops lottery preference for English learners). Show More Summary