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Our problem is not teacher quality: Our problem is poverty.

Sent to Time Ideas (Nov. 7). Re: How to ditch the common core and teach kids real skills (Time Ideas, Nov 5, 2014) Marty Nemko suggests that we need "dream-team" teachers because American students' performance on international tests is so bad. Show More Summary

Hey AFT and NEA! Stop Trying to Buy Useless Politicians

If the public numbers are right, the AFT and NEA spent $75 million on the election this year that got them nothing. There was the Corbett takedown in Pennsylvania, but the loss by Corbett was a foregone conclusion years ago. And Torlakson won in California, but that's not a whole lot of return on a $75 million investment. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: StudentsFirst Claims 86 Pct Win Rate For Bipartisan Mix Of Candidates

Here's @StudentsFirst's self-rep 104-race $2.2M '14 tally http://ow.ly/DYSdi [You're next, @FiftyCAN @DFER @Stand4Children @LEE_National!] Teachers spent $100M says WSJ's @allysiafinley http://ow.ly/DZ02z [but most of it wasn't on education...Show More Summary

The Most Appropriate Response to Time Magazine: "Bite Me"

From Teachers College Record: Bite Me: One Scholar’s Response to Time Magazine’s Attack on Teachers by Zoë Burkholder — November 06, 2014 Instead of blaming teachers for the systemic problems of American public schools, how about weShow More Summary

Quotes: Old Playbook Not Working Anymore, Says Defeated CA Candidate

The old playbook of...'Things are fine in our schools, we just need more money' — that’s not going to work for long... People want to be inspired, motivated and excited. -- Marshall Tuck on his close loss for California state superintendent of education (Politico)

Galvanized

November 2010: Scott Walker is elected governor of Wisconsin. He captures 37 percent of the union household vote. March 2011: Walker signs Act 10, severely restricting collective bargaining for public employees. March 10, 2011: Washington Post  – Unions and their allies say the showdown in Wisconsin has galvanized and energized a liberal base that had […]

Charts: Younger People Want To Spend On Jobs & Schools More Than Older

ICYMI from Vox: Young people [blue bars] want to spend money on jobs and schools. Of course, the young are likely to be in school and/or contemplating having kids in school.

Crosswords: NYT Puzzle Lists "NEA" As Answer To "Common Core Org."

Thanks to Martin West and Morgan Polikoff (among others) for noting that the correct answer to the NYT's 40D question "Common Core org." appears to be "NEA." No word yet on whether the union is demanding a correction. Image courtesy...

Philanthropy: Have Big Funders (Like Walton & Gates) Overtaken Think Tanks (Like Brookings)?

The Washington Post's latest big piece on the influence of philanthropic funding focuses on think tanks. Titled Who funds the new Brookings?, the piece suggests that the new funding has likey had an impact on think tanks' research agendas if not their conclusions. Show More Summary

Philadelphia to Hold Hearings on Costs of High Stakes Standardized Testing

Something is terribly wrong in the City of Brotherly Love and cities across this country that continue to spend billions on high stakes standardized tests that do absolutely nothing to educate and protect the next generation. High stakes testing is a toxic policy and like pollution, is ultimately unsustainable. Show More Summary

AM News: Dissecting California's $30 Million Showdown (Torlakson v. Tuck)

Torlakson talks Democratic divisions, teacher tenure, Inglewood Unified KPCC: “I think this election was more about getting someone who could continue the momentum forward, doing some exciting and historic changes to education in California,” he said. Show More Summary

Quotes: How Can Democratic Midterm Defeat = Reform Victory?

It’s hard to believe a huge outpouring to defeat Obama – arguably the most powerful force ever to push for “education reform” – is somehow a resounding call for more education reform. - Jeff Bryant (The Coalition For An Education Agenda Just Isn’t There, Yet)

Long, Long Wait for Washington Class Size Initiative Results

Washington is an all vote-by-mail state, but ballots can be postmarked on Election Day and still count, so we don’t have a decision on Initiative 1351, the Washington Education Association’s class size reduction measure. With about 59 percent of the vote counted, it couldn’t be much closer. Last updated on 11/06/2014 8:03 AM Measure Vote […]

Thompson: Klein Book Exposes Klein's Flaws & Failures In NYC

Anyone seeking to understand the failure of Joel Klein to improve New York City schools should carefully read Alexander Nazaryan's latest article in Newsweek, Joel Klein's Book on American Schools Tries to Find a Way Forward. Even though...Show More Summary

Events: Yale 2015 Conference Going "Back To Why"

Here's the promo card for the spring 2015 version of the annual Yale event, which is notable mostly for the headline: "Back To Why: Education At Its Core," and its subhead, which is about the need to "refocus on the purpose and outcomes of education reform." Interesting, right? Or am I making too much of it?

Do Democrats Have a Future?

In 1964 and 1965, it was a Democratic former school teacher from Texas who led the push that brought us the Civil Rights Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Soon thereafter, Southern Democrats scurried to become Republicans, following the race baiting of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Midterm's Big Winner? $6.5 Billion In Spending

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive From The Daily Show. Money wins! Warning NSFW language from Jason "Money" Jones.

AM News: Democrats -- Not Unions -- Lost In Midterms, Say Teachers Unions

Teachers Unions Say Midterm Losses Don't Reflect On Them HuffPost: Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, told The Huffington Post that she sees the election results differently -- and does not understand how Democratic reformers could possibly claim they were a success. Show More Summary

NY Voters Approve $2Billion Boondoggle

Posted as a comment on Bloomberg NewsStephen KrashenNovember 5, 2014"N.Y. Voters Approve $2 Billion Borrowing for School Technology," means voters have bought into the largest boondoggle in history. The computer companies make huge profits and take no risk. Show More Summary

Journalism: Sometimes Education Writer Steven Brill Launching A New Endeavor

Steve Brill, the cigar-chomping, Tab-drinking journalism enterpreneur who sometimes writes about education issues, is starting a new longform investigative journalism endeavor that isn't necessarily focused on education issues but could imaginably be a place for school stories to find a home. Show More Summary

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