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5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Even When #CCSS Critics Win, They Lose

CCSS critics out-debated advocates -- but [spoiler alert/trigger warning!] audience voted for CC anyway - EdWeek Common Core Advocates' Top 3 Mistakes - @yep-DC @BrainofMatter Mistake #1: Ignoring materials and training. Show More Summary

Video: Rhee, Kahlenberg, & Daniels Debate Common Core, Integration, & New iPhone Design

Watch this panel featuring Michelle Rhee, Mitch Daniels, and Richard D. Kahlenberg from yesterday's NYT Schools For Tomorrow. It's titled "Getting To College-Ready" and the Twitter hashtag was #NYTsft

Events: [Fashion] Notes From "Schools For Tomorrow"

Some highlights from yesterday's NYT education conference (aka #NYTsft): Watching and then chatting with Rick Kahlenberg and Halley Potter, who have a new book out about "smarter" charters (ie, diverse & teacher-led ones). Can't wait to read it. Show More Summary

Charts: NYT Ranks Top Colleges For Economic Diveristy

"Colleges with similar resources admit very different numbers of low-income undergraduates. Some wealthy colleges admit many such students, but others do not." David Leonhardt on the NYT's new ranking. Image used with permission.

Things Are Going South in Alabama

Paul Hubbert ran the Alabama Education Association for decades before retiring in 2011. Now it appears some of the AEA staff has enlisted his help in blowing the whistle on the mess the union has become. Hubbert sent a letter to members of the AEA board of directors informing them of the “immediate danger, in […]

Quotes: The Teachers Unions' Quandry

The developments [Vergara, etc.] have left the nation's two largest teachers unions in a quandary: How to alter the perception that they are obstacles to change while holding on to principles such as tenure that their members demand. - WSJ (Teachers Unions Under Fire)

Huffman and Barbic Targets of Lawsuit in Tennessee

Kevin Huffman took just one month after his appointment as Commissioner of Education in April 2011 to choose former CEO of YES Prep Charter Schools as Superintendent of Tennessee's new Achievement School District, the State office that would coordinate the charterizing of Memphis and Nashville schools. Show More Summary

AM News: Mid-Term Election Results With Edu-Implications

U.S. Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., Longtime Ed. Committee Member, Loses Primary PK12:The liberal congressman with a thick Boston accent was a longtime member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and known for his aggressive style of politics. Show More Summary

Outraged at the core

Sent to the Washington Post, September 9, 2014The Post says that progressives are "uncomfortable with the role of the Gates foundation and new tests associated with the (Common Core) standards" ("Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name," Sept. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: So That FL District Reversed Itself On Testing Opt-Out

FL district rescinds testing opt-out vote WBBH News Former EdTrust/Obama/Kennedy/Pell guy @M_Dannenberg1 is joining Ed Reform Now, "think tank to DFER and others." RT @hechingerreport: If there is a testing craze, @BarthRichard says his three NYC public school kids are getting tested more in soccer... Show More Summary

Georgia on My Mind

I’m on standby for jury duty this week (yippee) so I send you to the Atlanta Journal Constitution for your daily dose of teacher union investigations. The red ink of the Georgia Association of Educators, and one of its locals in particular, is getting some ink.

Teaching: Vergara Decision Spotlights Administrator Practices As Much As Teachers

The gist of my latest Scholastic Administrator column is that the Vergara decision in California -- and the slew of lawsuits that may follow -- put as much if not more pressure on school and district administrators as on teachers. "The...Show More Summary

Quotes: "I Did Not Have a Culture of Scholastic High Achievement Around Me"

There were very few adults around me who’d been great students and were subsequently rewarded for their studiousness... I mostly thought of school as a place one goes so as not to be eventually killed, drugged, or jailed. - Ta-Nehesi Coates (‘I Did Not Have a Culture of Scholastic High Achievement Around Me’ Atlantic Magazine via Longreads)

AM News: NYT Ranks Top Colleges That Actually Enroll Low-Income Students

Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor NYT: A new index measures which colleges [Grinnell, Wesleyan, etc.] have the most economically diverse student bodies — and charge the least to lower-income students. Education secretary...Show More Summary

John Oliver's Takedown of Online Diploma Mills

Must see!! from the Consumerist: What would it look like if you condensed all our hundreds of stories about student loans and for-profit colleges into a profanity-filled, hilarious rant that takes a brief detour to discuss Lyndon Johnson’s scrotum? John Oliver answered that question on Sunday night. Show More Summary

Florida Charters Corrupt as Jeb Bush

By Michael Mayo Sun Sentinel Columnist 12:23 p.m. EDT, September 8, 2014 OK class, time for a pop quiz. If you want to open a charter school — a privately run school that gets public money — which of the following will you need to get...Show More Summary

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