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A Teacher's Take on Common Core

From Labor Notes:....There’s debate among teachers about the idea of replacing the status quo, state standards, with national ones. But the implementation has been roundly unpopular. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the national standards, which cover English and math. Show More Summary

The input that matters most

Sent to the Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2014Joshua Lipshutz ("The legal road map to better schools," July 8) points out that "...the easiest inputs to measure are not necessarily those that matter most to student learning." Vergara judge used one that doesn't matter: Teacher quality as measured by gains on standardized tests. Show More Summary

The Gild Is Already Off the Lily, But She is Golden for Gates

No sooner was the NEA president's office cleared of the sickly sweet stench of corrupt corporate lackey, Dennis Van Roekel, than a new CorpEd chief enabler was enthroned as head of the nation's largest dress-up-and-go-to-lunch teachers'...Show More Summary

Doug Martin's Letter to the Indiana State Board of Education, July 8, 2014

Dear State Board of Education: As you seek to dismantle public education and democracy, I want to remind you of my book, HoosierSchool Heist, which is becoming quite popular. Although it's hard to determine (since I don't have billionaires...Show More Summary

Florida State Union Takes Over Palm Beach Local

After months of disputes over election results, the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association found itself without a president after the term of incumbent Debra Wilhelm expired. With a lawsuit by one challenger pending, and a runoff not scheduled until school is back in session, the Florida Education Association (FEA) stepped in and assumed control of […]

Media: Errant Diversity Tweet Creates NPR Mini-Controversy

In case you missed it last week, NPR education blogger Anya Kamenetz sent out a frustrated tweet last week about the struggle to get diverse voices into a story that generated a bit of a controversy. The errant tweet -- "I reach out to diverse sources on deadline. Show More Summary

Morning Video: "Breakaway" Efforts In Baton Rouge (& Elsewhere?)

Check out the trailer for next week's Frontline (Separate and Unequal), which takes us to "one of several breakaway efforts" around the nation.

Duncan's Latest Party Balloon Just Got Popped in Tennessee

When NAEP reported in May that Tennessee high school seniors finish next to last in NAEP proficieny in the latest testing derby (just behind West Virginia), it took from some of the glory from the earlier report on NAEP scores for grades...Show More Summary

The Meaningless Moratorium Has Ended Before Anyone Knew It Began

The union misleadership stooges of the NYSUT have signed on to a Gates-approved moratorium that just ended. Under a plan that Cuomo will sign into law, teachers, as the headline goes, get a "break" from teacher evaluations based on test scores. Show More Summary

AM News: Changes Afoot In California & New York City

School funding reforms spur decisions at local level EdSource Today: California’s new school funding system is driving districts in diverse regions of the state to shift their resources to achieve one of the key goals laid out in the sweeping financial reform effort – graduating students so they are ready for college or careers. Show More Summary

Email the Indiana State Board of Ed: Another Power Grab in the Works

by Doug MartinOnce again, former conservative radio show host/free-market Christian/current Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his corporate theocrats on the State Board of Education (made up of Koch Brothers-connected Indiana Policy Review...Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Military Mom Critiques Jindal's Common Core Reversal

In case you missed it during last week's shortened workweek. Click here if the video doesn't load properly.

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: White House Presses For Equitable Teacher Distribution

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy - @PoliticsK12 ow.ly/ySqPl When Beliefs and Facts Collide - NYTimes.com ow.ly/yRZsZ Guest Post: In Defense of “Last-In, First-Out” | ON LABOR ow.ly/ySpVH From SEIU #Vergara Percentage of U.S. Show More Summary

Thompson: The AFT Needs to Support the NEA's New Positions

The National Education Association annual conference approved a national campaign for equity and against "Toxic Testing." It seeks to end the "test, blame and punish" system that began under President Bush and which has grown worse under the Obama administration. Show More Summary

Quotes: Duncan's NEA Resignation Response

I always try to stay out of local union politics. I think most teachers do, too. - EdSec Arne Duncan in response to NEA resolution in favor of his resignation. (AP via Intercepts)

Media: NOLA's The Lens Pares Down Charter Coverage, Loses Star Reporter

A recent CJR article tells the story of how New Orleans' nonprofit outlet is going to have to cut its near-comprehensive coverage of charter school board meetings and is going to lose its star reporter Jessica Williams (In New Orleans, a comprehensive schools coverage hiatus). Show More Summary

Arne’s Riposte

Back home and glad for it. I’m posting this item for those who might believe that NEA’s call for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan “sends a message.” Kimberly Hefling of the Associated Press asked Duncan about NEA’s action, and he refused to comment, other than to say: I always try to stay out […]

AM News: Lawsuit Against Teacher Job Protections Filed In New York

Lawsuit Challenges New York’s Teacher Tenure Laws NYT: In the wake of a landmark court decision in California, an education advocacy group says the laws violate the State Constitution’s guarantee of a “sound basic education.” Teacher tenure under fire Marketplace: The lawsuit comes on the heels of another challenge to tenure laws, in California. Show More Summary

Kindergarten Achievement Tests Before Kindergarten

Riverdale and Horace Mann are now using a new test to make sure that only kids who can afford IPads and tutoring get in. Could you pass the test? Which flag completes the pattern?

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