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Read Sean Crowley

The following was posted at SM as a comment to the Attacking Diane Ravitch?... post. It is by teacher, Sean Crowley, who blogs at B-LoEdScene: I think to take on St. Diane one must truly be uninvested in the business of advancing one's...Show More Summary

Beware of Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) Right Wing Indoctrination System

If the Education Writers Association ever gives an award for REAL education reporting, this piece at Huffington Post by Christie Wilkie and Joy Resmovits has to be the winner! Wilkie and Resmovits do a terrific job exposing the Bircher-inspired...Show More Summary

Doug Martin Guest on the War Report on Public Education Radio Show

By Doug MartinI will be spending an hour with BATS member Dr. James Avington Miller Jr. this Sunday, July 20, on his radio show, the War Report on Public Education, speaking about my book Hoosier School Heist which focuses on the corporate-theocratic school movement in Indiana and across the country. Show More Summary

Merger Issues Never Go Away

Since the failed merger attempt in 1998 between the two national teachers’ unions, NEA has routinely had to revisit complications arising from the fact that some of its affiliates belong to two different organizations. Now-forgottenShow More Summary

Understanding Why the TURN Cancer Has to Be Cut Out of AFT and NEA

Posted at @theChalkace July 18, 2014 With a concerted effort among AFT and NEA misleadership shills to make TURN appear be a kinder and gentler form of corporate union takeover, it's important to "replay the tape" in order to understand the history that has been made and the history that is being made. Show More Summary

Twitter Friday: News & Commentary Here, On Facebook, & Via Twitter

Happy Friday! I'll be updating the site via Twitter today -- back to normal blogging on Monday. You can read it all here, or on Facebook (Alexander Russo), or directly on Twitter (@alexanderrusso). Have a great weekend! Tweets about "@alexanderrusso"

Attacking Diane Ravitch? Or Questions Too Uncomfortable for the Comfortable?

"When Horn read Carroll’s post and realized it provided an opening for him to attack Diane Ravitch, I wonder if he wet himself from glee." --Mercedes Schneider No, Ms. Schneider, I did not wet myself from glee when I read Kathleen Carroll's...Show More Summary

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Good Sweden Vs. Bad Sweden

Sweden's disastrous experiment with school choice -- Slate @RFisman @rhess99 @edreform For another take on Sweden's schools (arguing they're just fine), see here: via @NeeravKingsland Massachusetts Senate Votes Not to Lift Cap on Charter Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog Ravitch vs. Show More Summary

Journalism: Virginian-Pilot Wins Common Core Grant

Among several news outlets awarded a Knight Foundation "prototype" grant is the Viginian-Pilot: Pilot for School by The Virginian-Pilot (Project lead: Shawn Day): Building a targeted digital system that will allow Virginia teachers to...Show More Summary

Broadie McIntyre Demotes Top Ranked Principal to Make Room for Corporate Leadership Trainees

With an anonymous gift (is that a Broad smell or Gates?) and RttT money, UTK and Knox County Schools have been churning out corporate-trained school administrators since 2011. Jim McIntyre, KCS Broad-trained Superintendent, needs toShow More Summary

“Common Labor Practice” Under Examination

In the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, we are suddenly seeing a lot more scrutiny of processes that have been established by history, tradition and inertia. On the pages of the Los Angeles Times, law professors Catherine Fisk and Benjamin Sachs asked the question “Why should unions negotiate for workers who don’t pay their fair share?” […]

Hot Vs. Hot: Campbell Brown Vs. Matt Damon

"Here's somebody whose influence on ed policy is in no way related to their hotness, unlike that bimbo Campbell Brown," quipped NY Mag journo Jonathan Chait, linking to Matt Damon's appearances at various anti-reform events a few years back. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Frontline's "Separate & Unequal"

This week's PBS Frontline focuses on school de-integration, and it well worth a watch.

Quotes: Union "Cannot Go On Denying Responsibility For School Quality"

The fact is, that while NEA does not control curriculum, set funding levels, or hire and fire, we cannot go on denying responsibility for school quality. - Former NEA President Bob Chase (in 1997) via DFER's Charlie Barone

AM News: 7 Seattle Charter Schools Proposed

Seven groups file charter-school proposals, judges uphold affirmative-action ruling Seattle Times: Tuesday was the deadline for the second round of charter-school applications in Washington state, and seven groups filed proposals for new schools. Show More Summary

Charter Cap in Massachusetts Will Not Be Lifted

It is gratifying to know that the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where public schools were born, took a significant step this week to support Horace Mann's notion of quality public schools for all children. As Mann...Show More Summary

Ken Derstine Commentary

From Defending Public Education: Which Side Are You On? by Ken Derstine July 14, 2014 The union movement of today has been transformed from what the unions were when most started in the 1930’s, increasingly taking on the characteristics of company unions. Show More Summary

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Beyond "Subprime Learning"

4 House and Senate Campaigns with Strong Education Angles - @PoliticsK12 A Mantra for K-12 Philanthropy: First, Do No Harm… @rhess99 The Movement to Stop Test Mania Continues | Diane Ravitch's blog...Show More Summary

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