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Maps: How A Wealthy Dallas District Keeps Itself Segregated

@lcmoser @slate Wealthy Highland Park is completely segregated from poorer Dallas in our school district borders map — EdBuild (@EdBuild) November 4, 2015 This Slate article describes how Highland Park keeps itself separate from the surrounding Dallas schools. Plus map from EdBuild.

AM News: Obama On Mascots, De Blasio On Real Estate, Zuckerberg On Community Responsiveness

Obama: Schools 'Really Don’t Have An Excuse' To Keep Native American Mascots HuffPost: With Adidas' recent announcement that the company will help schools transition away from Native American mascots, "schools now really don’t have an excuse" for keeping them, President Barack Obama said Thursday at the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Show More Summary

Spellings Leader in NC Taliban War on Public Ed

Valerie Strauss has posted a report by James Hogan on the effects of tje Tea Party Taliban that seized control of North Carolina politics and its public education system in 2012. Besides draconian cuts to everything from teacher positions...Show More Summary

Waltons Pump Another $50 Million into TFA Mission

Over the past three years, over a thousand teachers in Memphis have lost their jobs as public schools have been closed, charters opened, and TFA know-nothing temps hired to replace experienced faculty.The Walton Foundation has been an...Show More Summary

Maps: How Many States Have "Repealed" Common Core, Again?

There's some energetic back and forth going on behind the scenes about the accuracy of this WSJ piece and how it codes the states (Financial Woes Plague Common-Core Rollout), but that doesn't mean you can't read it and check out the map of states.

Balloting Underway to Choose NEA or Teamsters in Vegas

Judging by the scope of activity, the relative enthusiasm of the two competing unions, the demonstrated level of support from the national union hierarchy, and the margin of the last vote, it looks like the end is near for the NEA-affiliated Education Support Employees Association in Clark County, Nevada. Mail-in balloting began this week and the […]

Quotes: Why Turnaround Worked In Miami But Not In Chicago

In Miami, school district officials had prepared for the grants. They had the support of teachers, unions and parents. In Chicago, where teachers fought the program and officials changed almost yearly, schools churned through millions of dollars but didn’t budge the needle. -- Reporter Caitlin Emma in Politico

Parent Corroborates Abusive and Illegal Conditions at "No Excuses" Charters

Thanks to Norm Scott, some amazing video has been posted that details the zero tolerance penal regimen used at the "no excuses" Achievement First charter schools in New York. This clip below, which runs 28 minutes, features a parentShow More Summary

Morning Video: Kids Debate Whether Hillary Clinton Could Be President

Watch kids talk about whether a woman could be President -- and then meet Hillary Clinton. Or (it's Friday!), watch this amazing video of two "jetmen" flying alongside a massive jetliner:

Detailing Eli Broad's Efforts to Take Over Los Angles Times

Anyone who has read the LA Times on education knows that they are just as cozy with CorpEd as WaPo, the NYTimes, or even the Nashville Tennessean. For Eli Broad, however, coziness is not enough. He wants total control. The Columbia Journalism...Show More Summary

AM News: Washington State Wants Its NCLB Waiver Back (& More)

With White House rethinking tests, Washington wants its ‘No Child Left Behind’ waiver back Seattle Times: With federal waivers — which Washington had for awhile — school districts didn’t have to set aside some of their federal funds to pay for private tutoring for students attending schools where test scores fell under certain levels. Show More Summary

Imponderable Question of the Day

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Chicago Teachers Union “continued to encourage members to save at least 25 percent of their pay in preparation for a possible strike.” If you were able to save at least 25 percent of your pay, why would you need to go out on strike?

Maps: Handful Of States Still Omit Student Growth Measures For Teachers

"At least three states, Alabama, Texas, and New Hampshire again, told the federal Education Department that they use state test scores in teacher evaluations, but those policies only exist in their waivers." EdWeek writeup of NCTQ report ("Will Teacher Evaluations Through Test Scores Outlast Obama?)

Quotes: Privatization "Such An Easy Way To Avoid Issues"

I worry about the folks who link every challenge public school districts face to "privatization." It's such an easy way to avoid issues.— deray mckesson (@deray) November 5, 2015 "I worry about the folks who link every challenge public school districts face to "privatization." It's such an easy way to avoid issues." - Deray McKesson

SHAME ON ED WEEK'S TAKE ON DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION We shouldn’t be framing instruction around a pair of words. We frame instruction based on both the population of our classes and the subject matter we teach. Show More Summary

Morning Video: "I Thought I Knew How To Listen To People"

Watch this UC Memphis panel on #BlackLivesMatter and education, featuring among others Brittany Packnett. (Skip to 14:00 to hear her "I thought I knew how to listen people... I thought that I was not being paternalistic in my practice...")

AM News: Feds Tap Brakes On Ohio Charters

Federal government puts the brakes on $32 million to Ohio for charters Washington Post: More than a month after the Obama administration gave $32.5 million to Ohio to expand charter schools despite Ohio's history of multiple scandals involving charters, the U.S. Show More Summary

Charts: The Great Convergence (Of NAEP Scores, Demographically Adjusted)

"Once you control for demographics, nearly every state performs about the same," notes a recent post from Neerav Kingsland (NAEP and the Great Convergence). "only 4-5 states are outside of the +/- six month band... This feels like a great convergence of some sort."

Declassified: Hillary’s NEA Town Hall Answers

Three weeks ago I ran an exclusive containing most of the questions the National Education Association board of directors asked Hillary Clinton before its endorsement vote, and her replies. Nine days later, I reported the results of an August phone survey of NEA members regarding their support of the various Presidential candidates. The items picked up […]

Charts: How One Miami SIG School Made Significant Progress

"Under the three-year SIG grant, test scores [at Miami Edison Senior High School] went up and students made significant learning gains." (from Politico's Here’s why $7 billion didn’t help America’s worst schools). Used with permissi...

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