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Act 10 at Five

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published a special report on Sunday about the state of labor unions in Wisconsin since the passage of Act 10 in 2011, the law that severely limited public-sector collective bargaining and ended agency fees. Here are a few choice quotes from the story: + “Dave Weiland, an Oconomowoc school district teacher and […]

Quotes: DeVos Appointment Could Press Educators To End Infighting

She’s criticized charter schools, publicly funded and government-regulated schools, as well as the Common Core standards, which aim to set a bar against which all students, schools, and teachers can be measured?—?leading to market-style consequences for poor performance. -- Elizabeth Green of Chalkbeat (Why Betsy DeVos could mean the end of the education wars as we know them)

Tourism of Our Ideas

  So I’ve been lucky enough to spend a few days in Oslo, Norway, and when I’m not at the SETT conference, I’ve been able to spend some time seeing Oslo. I was talking to one of the conference attendees, … Continue reading ?

AM News: TIMSS, Transition, LAUSD Grad Rate Audit

TIMSS U.S. students still lag many Asian peers on international math and science exam… US students lag peers in East Asia, Russia in math, science - AP International test shows slight...Show More Summary

Understanding KIPP Model Charter Schools: Part 14

Below is Part 14 from my book, Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys through "Excuses" Teaching. Earlier parts can be found at this blog by searching on the title of the blog entry, followed by the part number. Chapter 14 A Model Whose Time Has...Show More Summary

Quotes: Realistic Limits On Trump & Private School Choice

Ms. DeVos will probably be a boon to the relatively small, growing population of families that home-school their children. But most parents will still want their children in a school building during the day, taught by a teacher, not by a computer... Show More Summary

Greenhouse Shouldn’t Throw Stones

It’s understandable that we should be deluged with pundits trying to explain how the hell Donald Trump became President-elect. The latest in this series is from Steven Greenhouse, the former New York Times labor reporter, who penned an editorial for his former employers headlined “What Unions Got Wrong About Trump.” For my part, I don’t […]

Morning Video: Nine-Month Online Teacher Program For $6K

From PBS NewsHour: "Emily Feistritzer has come a long way from her first entrepreneurial endeavor: going door to door selling glow-in-the-dark statues of the Virgin Mary. After a long career in education, she founded Teach-Now, a global...Show More Summary

AM News: Almost-Secretary Falwell, Chicago Charter Crunch, Plus Teacher Adele

TRANSITION Obama's agencies push flurry of 'midnight' actions [including education] - POLITICO AP: Falwell Jr. says Trump offered him education secretary job Trump could open door to expanding D.C....Show More Summary

Ravitch's Pick, Betsy Devos, Is Also Trump's Pick

When Diane Ravitch came out with a statement of support (satirical, was it?) for Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, I had just finished reading Jay Mathews' column that celebrates the coalescing of his and Diane's views on charter schools. Show More Summary

Jeff Sessions, Alabama's Chief Segregationist

Before Jeff Sessions became a United States senator, he was Attorney General for the State of Alabama. His chief accomplishment was to lead a battle against equal funding between white and black school districts in the state. Good preparation,...Show More Summary

Guest Post: Some Thoughts on America

[This is an email from a former student of mine from my days as a teacher in New York City. She works as a lawyer in the non-profit world, working with court systems. She sent this to me as part … Continue reading ?

Charts: Trust In Schools On The Decline (Along With Other Institutions)

Americans Don’t Trust Their Institutions Anymore | FiveThirtyEight [Schools down 7 percentage points. ] — Alexander (@alexanderrusso) November 17, 2016

Trump Refuses to Condemn Nazi Salutes in His Honor

At the core of Trumpism is group of white, snot-nosed, pencil-necked losers who see in Trump the restoration of an unchallenged white privilege that was born from black slavery, nurtured by a white racist legal system, and fine-tuned in a uniquely-American brand of rapacious capitalist plutocracy. Show More Summary

AM News: Two EdSec Contenders, Tolerance, Bus Crash, & More

TRANSITION Education Secretary: Rhee vs. DeVos? What We Know About the Finalists (and 3 Other Wild Cards)… Trump’s Search For Education Secretary Narrows To Two Candidates…Show More Summary

Quotes: NEA Head Quoted Praising White Suburban Schools In Louisiana

When Katrina hit, it hit everybody's schools... They rebuilt and modernized all the white suburb public schools. They ended up better than before and they bulldozed the public schools in the black neighborhoods. - NEA head Lily Eskelsen Garcia quoted in Inlander

AM News: Transition News, Muslim-American Teachers, & More

TRUMP TRANSITION On Sat, Michelle Rhee met with Donald Trump. - LA Times Trump school voucher plan comes against backdrop of opposition in California… At Iowa High School, Election Results Kindle Tensions and Protests - The New York Times U.S. Show More Summary

How to Improve Graduation Rates

There is no shortage of ideas of how to increase the number of kids who successfully graduate from high school. But when NEA president Lily Eskelsen García visited Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington, she cited its improved graduation rate and called it “a model for the nation.” As Peter Cook points out today, Rogers […]

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