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This Could Catch On

New York State United Teachers is upset that the state has a testing contract with Education Axis of Evil charter member Pearson Education. Tonight union activists will stage a protest in Albany during which they will “feed the symbolic Pearson contract into paper shredders.” They are late to the party, but I am glad to […]

Charter School Education in the U. S.: It's All About the Real Estate

When ignorant or purchased Ohio politicians jumped on the charter school bandwagon almost 20 years ago to "provide more choices for poor families" and to "cut bureaucratic oversight to allow educational innovation," they opened the floodgates for corruption, larceny, and educational fraud promoted under the guise of helping poor kids. Show More Summary

Site News: On Deadline -- Taking The Day Off

I'm on deadline for a couple of freelance projects today, so there will be little or no blogging from me unless I can't bear it or really need to procrastinate. For morning news headlines, try Real Clear Education or Politico or AISR's Morning News. Show More Summary

Vile opportunist Alex Johnson's shameless accusations of paid Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsements

I would say Marguerite is turning in her grave, but her family hasn't even had time to bury her before the very forces she fought against on the Board and political opportunists are seeking to harm the schools and children she fought so passionately to protect. Show More Summary

Australia to require "the phonics method"

Sent to the Sydney Daily Telegraph (Australia) Re the new "phonics requirement": (" Education minister orders universities to teach phonics or face losing accreditation," August 10) "Phonics" could mean "systematic, intensive phonics,": teaching all phonics rules to all children in a strict sequence. Show More Summary

Susan O's Letter to the NYTimes

Posted August 8: To the Editor: I witnessed the educational abuse of South Korean children documented in “How South Korea Enslaves Its Students,” by Se-Woong Koo (Sunday Review, Aug. 3), when I was asked by the Korean teachers’ union in 2007 to speak about the dangers the No Child Left Behind law brought to American schools. Show More Summary

What's Troubling about Nel Noddings' Interview at Chalkface

I listened to Shaun Johnson's interview with Nel Noddings, and it was obvious that both interviewer and interviewee were prepared for different interviews. After spending a good chunk of time before the interview making a case for his...Show More Summary

Common Core Inspires New Tests to Further Segregate Children Based on Class

In Tennessee, they call it "personalized learning time" made possible by a "skills-based universal screener" administered three times a year (on top of all the other testing).In Dickson County, all the "screened" children are dumped into a Power Learning Block (PLB) once a day based on their scores screening results. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Endorse, Oppose, Or Stay Out Of The Race?

Unions vary political strategies in places where they are at odds with Dem governors, notes @eia's Antonucci ow.ly/A7Xex Fordham's @MichaelPetrilli interviews @elizwgreenabout her book-length followup to her 2010 NYT article ow.ly/A7bVn...Show More Summary

Quotes: In Violent Neighborhoods, Kids Become "Immune" To Death

I remember being so immune to death, so immune to shootings, killings. I just remember wanting them to rush, like get the body out the way so we can get back to playing hopscotch or dodgeball. -- Monica Jaundoo Of Parkville, Md. (NPR Race Blog)

Indy Corporate School Complex Gearing Up for IPS School Board Buyout

by Doug Martin Even though the filing deadline is not until the end of the month, the Indy Chamber has already handpicked candidates to elect to the IPS school board to completely turn the city’s schools over to the greedy. Readers who...Show More Summary

AFT Front Group Fined $30K

Last November a last-minute ad supporting Marty Walsh for mayor of Boston appeared on the city’s TV screens. The ad was financed by the previously unknown super PAC called One Boston, created two weeks before the election, headed by the previously unknown Jocelyn Hutt. Walsh won the election and One Boston dissolved two months later, […]

Campaigns: Parent Revolution & The AFT Walk Into The Same Organizing Event

What happens when Democratic education advocates on opposite sides of many policy issues attend the same campaign training events? Things get awkward. That's apparently what happend at a recent New Organizing Institute event when members...Show More Summary

Ed Delaney’s Son's 2012 Senate Race Funded by Corporate Ed

by Doug Martin Although state representative Ed Delaney has been a friend to public education so far, we better keep a close eye on his son, Edward Timothy Delaney—or simply Tim, if he decides to run for the Indiana state Senate in the future. Show More Summary

Ed Delaney's Corporate ED Funders: SERIOUS ALERT

by Doug Martin When Indiana Senate Democrat Ed Delaney and his daughter never returned emails I sent to them when I was shopping for a lawyer for Hoosier School Heist, I figured Delaney didn’t need my business or my money, but now I know there is more to the story. Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Another Day, Another Campbell Brown Segment

"Campbell Brown, founder of the Partnership for Educational Justice, and Keoni Wright, a NY Parent who is a plaintiff in the Wright v NY lawsuit against the state, joined Inside City Hall with Errol Louis to discuss their call to change New York’s teacher tenure rules."

AM News: Everybody's Looking At NY's Common Core Questions

Take a peek at some of the newly released NY state reading questions Chalkbeat: Below are two reading sections, one from grade 3 and another from grade 8, along with handwritten student responses to questions. We took all of the them from the State Education Department’s set. Show More Summary

Rating Schools: Use Library Quality

Response to LA Times editoral: Grading California's Schools, August 7 More relevant than using outcomes (test scores, graduation rates) in rating schools is an "input" factor: the quality of the library. Study after study shows that that students living in states with better school libraries do better on tests of reading achievement. Show More Summary

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