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Karin Klein and Los Angeles Times still supplying snake oil

"With the long-held popular notion that "private" schooling is better than "public" education, along with the conservative media assault on public education, parents were easily enticed to hitch their children onto the charter school...Show More Summary

Quotes: "Fix The System Rather Than Applying A Patch"

[TFA] was always going to have a half-life...It did wonderful things and attracted superb people to teaching and prepared a generation of leaders for the country... Eventually, we’re going to get to the point of trying to fix the system rather than applying a patch. -- Woodrow Wilson Institute's Arthur Levine in the NYT (Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America) via GT

Do the Teachers' Unions Deserve to Be Busted?

The late Dr. Gerald Bracey raised this question six years ago. Fast forward to today and ESEA, aka NCLB, RttT, is being batted around in the halls of Congress like a deflated football. Educators watch from the sidelines or not at all because they are too tired or demoralized. Show More Summary

Washington Education Association’s Finances

The Washington Education Association increased revenue by a half-million dollars, cut employee compensation spending by $2 million, and still ran a $1.6 million deficit. Total membership – 84,444, up 451 Total revenue – $34.2 million (86% came from member dues), up $488,000 Budget deficit – $1.6 million Net assets – negative $15.4 million Total staff – 177 […]

Corrections: NYT Front-Pager Mis-Identifies Ed Trust President

Gender is just a construct and the error has long since been corrected online, but last week's front-page story about TFA (Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America) apparently included a mis-identification of the Education Trust's Kati Haycock as male. Anything else wrong or missing from the piece? Let us know. NYT corrections are always so deliciously awkward.

K-12 Profiteers Don't Care about Data Security for Children

Clip from NYTimes:When Tony Porterfield’s two sons came home from elementary school with an assignment to use a reading assessment site called Raz-Kids.com, he was curious, as a parent, to see how it worked. As a software engineer, he...Show More Summary

AM News: Testing Critics Flood Congressional Inboxes, Annoy Staffers

Anti-Testing Advocates Flood Congressional Staff Inboxes PK12: Did it work? Actually, it seemed to have made at least one aide pretty cranky. If you think a flood of 800-plus emails are enough to stop a government-supplied Blackberry in its tracks, you're right. Show More Summary

Student leader Hannah Nguyen speaks truth to Teach for America power in the New York Times

"Teacher turnover really destabilizes a learning environment. So having a model that perpetuates that inequity in and of itself was also very confusing for me." — Hannah Nguyen Wendy Kopp's profitable neoliberal project has been having difficulty recruiting. Show More Summary

Virginia Education Association’s Finances

Though membership and revenue dropped significantly, the Virginia Education Association was able to run a surplus by cutting expenses across the board. Total membership – 52,744, down 2,436 Total revenue – $13.1 million (85% came from member dues), down $690,000 Budget surplus – $1.1 million Net assets – $1.7 million Total staff – 125 Staff salaries and benefits […]

Thompson: OK's Grassroots Revolt Against Testing Continues to Grow

Last week brought more evidence that the voices of students, parents, and teachers are being heard, in many or most places, and we are all fed up with bubble-in accountability. The Daily Oklahoman’s Tim Willert, in Oklahoma City School...Show More Summary

Timeline: Ten Years Helping Districts Revamp Their Spending

Mostly behind the scenes, ERS (Education Resource Strategies) has spent the past 10 years helping districts understand and revamp their spending priorities (usually focused on student-based budgeting). Click here for the interactive timeline of ERS activities. Show More Summary

Fairtest Declares Emergency to Save Corporate Union ESEA Position on HighStakesTesting Lite

If there is anything from Fairtest these days more prominent than appeals for more contributions, it is the incessant nagging to write your Congressman in support of a kinder, gentler form of education genocide. My reaction post to ARN...Show More Summary

United Way to market Scholastic's Reading Oasis (NASDAQ-SCHL)

"By what logic does United Way engage in an activity that is shunned by all the other charities?" — Professor Ralph E. Shaffer If anyone is interested, I can forward them the press release email for this. United Way is essentially marketing...Show More Summary

Morning Video: What You Missed At Yesterday's Edu-Philanthropy Event

Here's the video from yesterday's AEI event on education philanthropy, plus a link to the draft papers being prepared for an updated version of AEI's 2005 volume, "With the Best of Intentions.": I'll write separately about the chapter...Show More Summary

Update: "Humans Of New York" Comes To The White House

Post by Humans of New York. I guessed this was coming and am so glad it happened. That's President Obama with the Bronx middle school student and principal who have been part of this amazing viral good-news story about strangers giving over $1 million to a poor school to help pay for class trips to Harvard.

AM News: Schools, Parents Track Measles Outbreaks & Vaccination Levels

Five children at Chicago-area day care diagnosed with measles WBEZ: Public health officials say students, staff and faculty at the facility have been notified and anyone who hasn't been vaccinated for measles has been instructed to stay away from unvaccinated individuals for the next three weeks. Show More Summary

Condoleezza Rice: A leader in educational policy?

The recent appointment of Condoleezza Rice (Ph.D, Political Science, former US Secretary of State) as chair of the Foundation for Excellence in Education shows that necessary qualifications for positions in educational policy still include...Show More Summary

Tennessee Teachers File Federal Lawsuit Against Value-Added Evaluations

Best suggestion for systems like Shelby County Schools, with its new VAM-based teacher pay plan: Get ready to file your briefs.from Nashville Public Radio, WPLN:Tennessee’s largest teachers union is taking another swing at statistics being used to make pay and tenure decisions. Show More Summary

Events: Today's Education Philanthropy Event At AEI

Panel 3 for #NewEdPhil! @DanaGoldstein speaking 1st on MET Project. @AndrewPKelly @alexanderrusso J. Blew to follow. pic.twitter.com/KjGUNWLjNN — AEI Education (@AEIeducation) February 5, 2015 In case you hadn't figured it out by now, I've been at AEI all day today talking about the "new" education philanthropy. Show More Summary

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