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Massachusetts Question 2: Down By 7 Or Up By 11?

Question 2 is the Massachusetts ballot initiative that will decide whether the state can add 12 charter schools a year. Anecdotal evidence suggests it will be close. Polling suggests there is something screwy with the polling. A poll conducted September 7-10 by WBUR in Boston has the No side ahead 48%-41%. It shows the measure losing […]

School Life: Desk From The Segregated South

One of the most directly school-related items at the newly-opened museum of African-American history in Washington DC: "This simple desk was used between 1925 and 1954 in one of the 5,000 so-called Rosenwald Schools, a network created by Booker T. Show More Summary

Quotes: Leave No Child Behind (In District Schools)

Education is about creating opportunity for all our children, not about leaving many behind... I hope that the Legislature, the teachers, and the parents can come together to find ways to make sure all kids in Massachusetts get a first-rate education without pitting groups against each other. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Getting Rid Of Middle School?

Is K-8 better than middle school or junior high? The whiz kids at TODAY show riff off a New York Magazine article and some recent research. Or watch this CAP event: How Can Public Schools Better Support Talented Students of Color?

AM News: Warren Opposes MA Charter Expansion, Chicago Teachers Vote To Strike, & More

Elizabeth Warren against charter school increase | Boston Herald MA Senator announces opposition to charter expansion ballot questions What's next in the wake of Chicago Teachers Union strikeShow More Summary

States of MegaGrit

by Susan Ohanian Gritable Gritacy Gritence Gritesque Gritful Gritify Gritish Gritism Gritismo Grititude Gritivity Gritize Gritledom Gritment Gritness Gritship Gritsome Gritter Grittery Grittier Grittle-dee-dee Griticide

Retired Teacher's Thoughts on Union Misleadership

Denis Ian served for 34 years as a high school teacher. by Denis Ian Teacher unions are being destroyed from within and without. And it’s been happening for a long while.The same “reform" forces that wormed their way into the the curriculum discussions and redesigns also used their wealth to purchase political influ ence. Show More Summary

School Life: Armed Teachers Warning Signs In Texas

Medina ISD is putting these signs at each entrance. What they hope to accomplish at 5 on @ksatnews — Garrett Brnger (@BrngerReports) September 16, 2016 In Illinois, they have the signs saying no guns in here. In Texas, it's just the opposite. Via Washington Post.

Afternoon Video: "The Home Stretch" Won An Emmy Last Week

"Roque, Kasey, and Anthony will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their educations while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age." Read more here. From Independent Lens.

CTA Employees Picket Union Conference

The California Teachers Association continues to be dogged by labor problems with its own staff. At CTA’s regional leadership conference in San Jose over the weekend, the staff union set up an informational picket line and interrupted the proceedings with a loud, but peaceful, protest in the ballroom. Here staffers confront CTA president Eric Heins. […]

Events: Here's Everybody's Future School Trip Destination

#BlackTwitter: This African American History Museum #AAHM preview made me breathe deeply: "Ancestors are smiling." — Donna Battle Pierce (@DonnaBPierce) September 16, 2016 Count yourself among the very lucky ones if you were at the opening of the African-American History Museum last weekend. Show More Summary

AM News: Looming Chicago Strike, Momentous Debate, & More

Chicago Teachers Make Moves Toward Strike… For Students In Tulsa, Pain Frames Conversation About Video Death of Parent Crutcher… Brown vetoes bill intended to place more emphasis on test...Show More Summary

From Neighborhood Schools to Learning Eco-Systems, A Dangerous Trade

If we hope to preserve neighborhood schools for future generations we must recognize how reformers are reframing the idea of public education in dangerous new ways. A coordinated campaign of ALEC legislation, philanthropic investments,...Show More Summary

How Unions Came to Support ESSA

We know that much of the rationale for the NEA/AFT/NPE support of ESSA comes from the need to support the Clinton agenda, which is, of course, the Gates agenda, the Broad agenda, etc. But long before Hillary became Wall Street's most...Show More Summary

Teacher Evaluation, the Prequel

Imagine being able to evaluate a teacher before she is even hired! Too good to be true, you say? Read on. Imagine the ability to hire a teacher that you know in advance will be able to produce those test scores necessary to 1) help your...Show More Summary

Another defeat in court for right-wing privatizer David F. Welch

“People need to understand that there’s tons of money in nonprofits.” — Brett Bymaster Gates Foundation rag EdSource and irrepressible education writer Peter Greene recently announced another resounding defeat in court for the anti-public education outfit Students Matter. Show More Summary

Dan Goldhaber for Secretary of Education… AND Labor

Dan Goldhaber is the director of the Center for Education Data & Research, a professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, the director of the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) and a vice-president at the American Institutes of Research (AIR). He has a PhD […]

Mis-Educative Technology and Human Capital Management: Part 2

Triumph Learning’s Waggle is a personalized learning system now in use by Clarke County Schools in Athens, Georgia, where Dr. Philip Lanoue is Superintendent. Dr. Lanoue was named Superintendent of the Year in 2015 by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA’s next conference is entitled “Personalized, Accountable, and Visionary). Show More Summary

Site News: Gone Fishing -- TGIF

Just so you know -- I'm away again today, this first Friday of Fall. That frees you up to get offline, get lots done, and start preparing for the weekend. Septembers are busy, frenetic even. You probably need some down time. See you Monday!

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