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Mythical Creatures

The Hydra, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and temporary tax increases in California.

NPE Panel to Include TURN Agenda Advocate, Greg Anrig

Before Greg Anrig started to work for the Century Foundation, he was a writer for Money Magazine. Somewhere along the line, he became an expert in education policy, at least the kind that requires "intense collaboration among administrators and teachers" (Anrig, 2013)--the same kind embraced by the Gates and Broad Foundations. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Weingarten, Finn, Darling-Hammond Debate School Progress

As you may already have seen via my Twitter feed, this week's @StanfordSOTU session featured the AFT president, Fordham guru Finn, and Stanford professor. Here's the video -- 90 minutes or so. Click here if the video doesn't work. Search for #StanfordSOTU to see what folks were saying in real time.

TURN's Critical Friends

With the number of local AFT and NEA affiliates dwindling from continued exposure of their corporate union agenda, Broad's TURNcoats proudly proclaim their Critical Friends. Some very prominent and familiar names, indeed: Critical Friends bring diverse perspectives, serve as resource persons, and inform the TURN dialogue. Show More Summary

AM News: Chicago Union Head Steps Down; Ed Trust Slams NCLB Waiver School Ratings

CTU President Karen Lewis 'not well,' but union mum on details Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is "not well" but under top-notch medical care, the union said Tuesday, refusing to detail the health crisis that has landed Lewis in the hospital. Show More Summary

Opt Out Letters from Albuquerque

From KOB: Created: 10/03/2014 5:56 PM By: Stephanie Claytor, KOB Eyewitness News 4 More and more parents of APS students are joining forces with teachers. They've had it with standardized testing, and many are not making their children take the tests. Show More Summary

East Nashville United to Jesse Register: Start Over!

from Andy Spears at TN Education Report: In response to MNPS Director of Schools Jesse Register’s proposal to redesign schools in East Nashville into an “All-Choice” zone with more charters and schools turned over to the struggling Achievement...Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Deputy Takes Over For Chicago Union Leader

Success Academy Network Has An Extremely Small Lobbying Operation in DC http://feedly.com/e/1n4yS9CN CTU's Lewis Recovering From Surgery, Sharkey To Assume Duties For Now http://tinyurl.com/kft7blj #Twill #IL #P2 In These Times reports on pro-reform contributions to Minnesota board race http://ow.ly/CvI6z No mention of union $. Show More Summary

Events: Reform Advocates Meet In Chicago

From deep inside a Chicago hotel, the day after StudentsFirst announced Jim Blew as Michelle Rhee's replacement and at roughly the same time as CTU is announcing that Karen Lewis has a serious illness and her duties are being taken over...Show More Summary

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Old Habits Die Hard

Gordon Haas, the former president of the Greenport Teachers Association in New York, was arrested and charged with grand larceny last Saturday afternoon after stealing $570 in cash from a wallet that someone had left in a restaurant men’s room.

AM News: NYC To Get 17 More Charters, Despite District Opposition

SUNY green-lights 17 more city charter schools, 14 for Success Academy ChalkbeatNY: A State University of New York committee unanimously approved 17 additional charter schools to open over the next two years, with 14 of the charters going to Success Academy, the city’s largest and most controversial network. Show More Summary

Clinton Duplicity Bolsters Corporate Colonialism

There was a time when American expansionism around the world was wrapped in the thin rhetorical veil of democratic empowerment, but that was back then, before the Soviets dispensed with their socialist facade to openly embrace the American model of unrestrained greed and corruption. Show More Summary

Tennessee SAT Scores Remain Flat with AP Test Gap Widening

Tennessee has been at the VAM scam since 1992, when the savvy tobacco-chewing adjunct professor, Bill Sanders, managed to sell his statistical algorithm to Tennessee legislators looking for a cheap miracle. After two+ decades, we can check the "cheap" column, but not the "miracle" one. Show More Summary

Are You Listening, Mitchell Chester?

by Tracy Novick in the Worcester Telegram: In his opening-of-school letter to school districts, Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester commented: "I'm committed to understanding the concerns about the amount of testing that is occurring in Massachusetts schools. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: StudentsFirst Succession, Success Academy Expansion

California School Voucher Backer [& Democratc] To Head U.S. Education Reform Group ow.ly/CskGl Major expansion for Success, growing dread in districts | Capital New York ow.ly/Csv18 @elizashapiro Common Core Copyright: What Does It Really...Show More Summary

Charts: Education Majors Enjoy Low Unemployment, High Satisfaction

Special education teachers are on the list of low-paying majors at mid-career ($47,000), and Elementary and Early education jobs pay even less (13 charts that explain why your college major matters). But on the other hand, unemployment rates for education majors are 5 just percent, second-lowest after health care and roughly the same as STEM. Show More Summary

Former Waltonite, Jim Blew, Named to Replace Rhee

At least they are no longer pretending to be run by educators: Jim has nearly 20 years of experience in education reform. For the past decade, he has served as advisor to the Walton family, which has invested more than a billion dollars...Show More Summary

I Love Carol Burris, But . . .

She's got it all wrong about what to do about the Common Core. At WaPo, she begins by pointing out how sanity is prevailing among parents and teachers and how much CorpEd in on the defensive to prop out the Common Core house of cards. Show More Summary

John Thompson: Restoring the "Clash of Ideas" in Public Schools

How is it possible that the New York Times food columnist turned education commentator who wrote The Trouble with Tenure could turn around and write nearly the opposite: The Wilds of Education? Now, Frank Bruni praises the students,Show More Summary

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