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Weingarten Gets Teacher Union on the Tech Bandwagon

Data mining is big business and your children will be fueling profits for your use of "free ware." Lesson number 1: nothing is free about freeware. This email just arrived in my inbox: Leonie Haimson warns us that a new business that...Show More Summary

We Live in a Beautiful World

This week I will be showing my 7th graders this video. They are working on a climate change project and it will be up to them to clean up this mess. I have faith in them.

Kristen Buras on the Troubling Charter Plans for Nashville Metro

from the Tennessean: The proposal to create an all-choice zone in East Nashville is concerning. For the past decade, I have studied New Orleans, the nation's first all-charter school district. The attempt to turn around neighborhood schools by closing them and opening charters caused greater harm than Hurricane Katrina. Show More Summary

Ravitch and Cody Host Another Talkfest As Wall Street Charter Organizers Put Thousands in the Streets

In the wake of the hedge funders' loud pro-charter demonstration last week in New York, the unending talkathon that is the Network for Public Education will host another, what else, information session in Brooklyn on October 11. Will...Show More Summary

Florida Preparing Thousands of New Tests

Will students, parents, school boards, and teachers finally say ENOUGH?Florida school district officials are writing thousands of new exams to administer to students this school year. The effort to create end-of-course tests in subjects...Show More Summary

LA Times will support John Deasy so long as their customers are corporate advertisers, rather than LAUSD schoolchildren

"From the "it never ends" department, the LA Times presses the Mayor to intervene to get the board and Deasy to just get along." — Karen Wolfe Reaching dizzying heights of comedic apologetics for beleaguered Broad Superintendent Academy...Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: KY's Third-Year Common Core Scores Are In!

Mixed results from KY's 3rd year Common Core test results - @AndrewUjifusa @ccsso @minnichc @AchieveInc Due process gives bad teachers -not poor kids- the benefit of the doubt in NYC, says new @AEIeducation reportShow More Summary

Win, Lose or Draw for Nevada Margin Tax?

The Nevada State Education Association managed to put a two-percent margin tax on the November ballot, with the help more than $1 million of dues money. Its ultimate fate is uncertain, and the polling isn’t providing much help in that regard. A July poll showed 40% in favor and 49% opposed. A September poll showed […]

Weingarten Pumps Common Core--Cites Gates Phony Research

As a dues-paying member, I get AFT Online. This from today:Common Core can work if teachers get supportsA new poll from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic reinforces what educators say all the time: The Common Core State...Show More Summary

Thompson: Once Again, Mass Insight Explains What It takes to Turn Around Schools

When I first read Mass Insight's The Turnaround Challenge, I was thrilled by its holistic explanation of what it takes to turnaround the most challenging schools. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the document was his Bible, but then he violated most of its principles when establishing School Improvement Grants, dooming his SIG to failure. Show More Summary

Quotes: Schools Can't Be Graded, Says NYC Chancellor

Schools have unique qualities that cannot be captured in a letter grade... They are not restaurants. - NYC Chancellor Carmen Farina explaining end of school report card grades

Charts: Hispanic Dropout Rate Plummets Despite Growing Student Population

"In 2000, three Hispanic students had recently completed high school for every one who dropped out, according to Pew. Now nine times as many finish high school as drop out." (Vox: Latinos are driving a huge decline in the high school dropout rate) Image used with permission.

AM News: NYC Charter Rally, Dallas Ebola Scare, Denver Walkout, & Deasy Departure?

Charter School Backers Rally, Hoping to Influence de Blasio’s Policies NYT: Demonstrators filled Foley Square to highlight what they said was a crisis of quality in New York City public schools. See also WNYC. Rally organized by charter...Show More Summary

Hoosier School Heist Carrying Indiana

by Doug Martin Since I'm still extremely busy travelling Indiana, speaking at universities, libraries, UAW meetings, and Rise Above the Mark movie events, to name a few places, I wanted to give everyone an update on my book Hoosier School Heist. Show More Summary

Jim Shelton, One of Duncan's Remaining Rats, Jumps Ship

From WaPo: Jim Shelton, the deputy secretary and second in command at the U.S. Department of Education, will resign his government job by the end of the year, department officials said Wednesday. Shelton, 47, has held several posts at the department since joining the agency in 2009 and has had a significant influence over the agency’s policies. Show More Summary

Innovation Excellence | A World of Knowledge: 50 Different Views of Education

Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value of it and our experience with it. What if a class consisted of words that led to information that whirled into blended realms of creativity set […]

All Aboard the Connected Classroom! (EdSurge Guides)

All aboard! Learning–for both students and teachers–is increasingly connected. We share learning practices, lessons and insights both to support one another and sometimes just for the sheer joy of it. Throughout this October’s ” Connected Educators” month, we’ll share articles, to Source: See on – Connected Learning by


Updates to two stories we ran in the last few days: Some readers noticed that the link to the Hawaii State Teachers Association web page opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to expand access to pre-school was no longer working. Not only that, but the campaign ad that had been running on Hawaii TV stations […]

Paul Toner's Future as Gates Waterboy

TURNcoat Paul Toner has moved on the greener pastures, you might say, to become the President of New Voices Strategies, a corporate outfit funded by Gates and NEA to create positive PR spin for CorpEd initiatives in a community near you. Show More Summary

Twitter Thursday: It's All Here -- Just In A Different Format

Still traveling, so I'll be updating the site via Twitter again today -- back to normal blogging tomorrow. You can read it all here, or on Facebook (Alexander Russo), or directly on Twitter (@alexanderrusso). Tweets about "@alexanderrusso"

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