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AM News: Handicapping The 2015 Common Core Debate

Will Common Core Survive Past 2016? RealClear Education: While most of those efforts have failed, some states are making changes, and about half have renamed the standards – to reflect state independence and to appease political critics. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: The Myth Of The All-Powerful Texas School Board

Total cost of big 5 education ideas would be $130B/yrx20 but would generate $225T/80y, says Forbes ow.ly/FymGt Why reporters are still writing as if TX school board is all-powerful - CJR ow.ly/FyZk6 Forbes ed roundtable features @arneduncan@HendersonKaya @rweingarten and... Show More Summary

Schools Matter Welcomes Kuhio Kane

I began my college education at the University of Hawaii. I had a rather unique view of education. That is, I never considered a need for any diplomas or any special recognition for what I did in college. Actually, I chose UH over several other choices because I was and continue to be an avid surfer. Show More Summary

Arkansas Education Association’s Finances

Here are the figures for the Arkansas Education Association. Total membership – 13,567, down 805 Total revenue – $3.8 million (91% came from member dues), down $190,000 Budget surplus – $410,000 Net assets – $1.3 million Total staff – 32 Staff salaries and benefits – $2.2 million Highest paid employee – Rich Nagel, executive director, $105,605 base salary […]

Charts: Common Core Implementation By The Numbers

If you read the news too much or live in New York or Chicago you might be excused for thinking that Common Core was universally controversial and that the pushback was widespread. Here's a somewhat different way to look at Common Core,...Show More Summary

Quotes: Common Core Critics Lack Viable Alternatives

My challenge to [Common Core critics] is, if you have a better idea, come forward. Don't talk about scrapping the whole effort...The debate has been hijacked by issues that are, at best, peripheral. - Former US Rep. Harold Ford in National Journal (Did Obama Screw Up Common Core?)

AM News: Mississippi Educators Question Common Core U-Turn

Educators question future progress if Mississippi backs away from Common Core Hechinger Report: Educators across Mississippi say the already-lagging state will “move backwards” if Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves throw out the Common Core academic standards and create new ones. Show More Summary

Gurnee District 56 buys lots of Apple stuff. Apple gives Gurnee an award. US DOE is pround of Gurnee.

For more details, see See "Home Room: The official blog of the US Department of Education": https://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/12/future-ready-why-action-today-is-required-to-meet-the-challenges-of-tomorrow/comment-page-1/#comment-545916 PS: The DOE blog claims Gurnee 56 had excellent test score gains. I was unable to confirm this from the Gurnee 56 district website.

Schools Matter Welcomes David Greene

David Greene has spent 57 of his 65 years in Public Schools. He taught high school social studies and coached football for 38 years. He was an adjunct and field supervisor for Fordham University mentoring new teachers in the Bronx. He...Show More Summary

WHAT ARISTOTLE KNEW?

Don't we need more Galileos? What Aristotle Knew “It Is the Mark of an Educated Mind To Be Able To Entertain a Thought Without Accepting It.” Ok, Aristotle wasn’t always right, but if it wasn’t for his quote, Galileo would never have proven him wrong about objects falling at rates according to their weight. Show More Summary

Was Orwell Clairvoyant about the Garner incident?

http://dcgmentor.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/was-orwell-clairvoyant-in-his-1936-essay-shooting-an-elephant/

New York Charter School Audit Finds $28,000,000 Wasted

a clip from the Daily News:... The state controller’s office and state Education Department have audited 62 of New York’s 248 charter schools, according to Serrette’s report. All told, Serrette’s group estimates wasteful spending atShow More Summary

Arizona Education Association’s Finances

We have paid a lot of attention to faltering union affiliates in the Midwest, but not much to Arizona, where AEA has lost almost half its membership in the last four years. Total membership – 18,376, down 1,855 Total revenue – $5.8 million (83% came from member dues), down $1 million Budget surplus – $6,000 Net assets […]

Profiting from Preschool

Comment posted in response to "Poll: Californians strongly in favor of preschool" Education Week December 4, 2014 and in response to "Poll shows support for high-quality preschool," EdSource, Dec, 2, 2014. Preschool would be great if it were really preschool. Show More Summary

Rudd Angry That U of Memphis Faculty Are Not Eagerly Embracing His Privatization Plans

Two days ago the University of Memphis Faculty Senate gave a big thumbs down to President Rudd's private sweetheart deal with the bogus teacher prep outfit, Relay School of Education. Not only did Rudd act as if he could disregard the...Show More Summary

NEA Alaska’s Finances

NEA Alaska’s membership numbers are stable, and its financial status appears solid. Here are the particulars: Total membership – 12,999, down 5 Total revenue – $7.5 million (85% came from member dues), up $100,000 Budget surplus – $870,000 Net assets – $8.5 million Total staff – 31 Staff salaries and benefits – $4.2 million Highest paid employee – […]

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