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AM News: Trump's Student Guest, Districts Address Immigration Worries, & More

Trump invited a student to his joint address. Her story says a lot about his views on education reform. washingtonpost.com/local/educatio A Twitter chat on #EduColor last week prompted educators to weigh in on immigration policy in their classrooms. Show More Summary

KY's Worst Charter Bill Ever

Last September when Trump's loss look assured, Kentucky's Tea Party governor, Matt Blevins, threatened violence if his angry white wingnut supporters did not get their way at the ballot box. “I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically. Show More Summary

Time to End Endorsements?

It might not seem so, but the national teacher unions are employing the scientific method when it comes to endorsing candidates for various positions in the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, the scientific method they use is trial-and-error. Show More Summary

AM News: LAUSD Race, Pearson Losses, DeVos Advisory Group

An inside, outside election season for L.A. teachers union latimes.com/local/educatio… Unreported UTLA spending comes under review as official outside money in LAUSD board race tops $4M - LASR ow.ly/b3zF309orCB One Chicago high school,...Show More Summary

Deconstructing Steve

It doesn’t take a weatherman to see which way the wind blows, and the winds blow off the high plains of this country, through the prairie and lights a fire that will burn all the way to Washington in November. --Steve Bannon, 2010 Christopher...Show More Summary

Trump Dodges Correspondents' Dinner

Oh well. It's probably for the best, anyway--someone with Trump's thin skin could go home afterwards and kill the world. Oh, I forgot--he's doing that already. All we have, then, are these tidbits from 2011, long before Trump's disaster fantasy became our disaster reality. First up, O gives it to the Birther-in-Chief at that time, Donald Trump. Followed by Seth Meyers.

GOP Voucher Plan Provides NPE Fundraising Opp

After Obama brought Arne Duncan to DC to replace the toxic Margaret Spellings as Secretary of Education, a howl went up from racist states rights advocates against any kind federal intervention in education.The whining and yipping continued,...Show More Summary

Marsha Blackburn Contracts Trump Lying Virus

Despite the fact that Marsha Blackburn comes across as a Southern version of Sarah Palin (without the charm or intellect), some very creative gerrymandering of the 7th Congressional District in Tennessee has made Blackburn's seat in Congress safe, at least for now. Show More Summary

AM News: DeVos Does CPAC, & Other Education News

Betsy DeVos is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter - The New York Times ow.ly/16nU309jM7I DeVos defiant at CPAC: ‘My job isn’t to win a popularity contest’ https://t.co/PwptBbeNYC DeVos slams Obama's transgender bathroom rule as...Show More Summary

Baltimore Teachers Union Condemns Sickout

Teachers at Tench Tilghman Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore staged a sickout on Wednesday, apparently as a protest against proposed budget cuts. Not all that unusual, but the Baltimore Teachers Union was surprisingly harsh in distancing...Show More Summary

AM News: Transgender Guidance, DC Charter Union, LAUSD Board Race

TRANSGENDER GUIDANCE Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/… Chicago educators say transgender policies won't change after Trump rollback - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/wNCZ309hBG3 Trump Administration...Show More Summary

Time For More Charter School Unionization Stories

I got out my sextant, Air Almanac and HO-249 Sight Reduction Tables and after several celestial observations discovered the stars were aligned for yet another round of charter school unionization stories. These appear in bunches every so often, usually with breathless remarks on both sides of the issue about this coming trend. Show More Summary

AM News: Immigrants In Schools, DeVos At CPAC, IPad Case Resolved, & More

IMMIGRATION ???? Schools Are Rallying Around Portland's Large Refugee Community huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/16/hec… ???? Schools Try to Thread the Needle Between Soothing Deportation Fears and Overpromising voiceofsandiego.org/topics/educati…...Show More Summary

Is Your Classroom Overdecorated?

I usually shy away from this type of thing because classrooms are as individual as the teachers and students who inhabit them, but over the years I’ve heard many long and sometimes heated debates among teachers over bulletin boards, displays of student work, and decorations. Since the kids spend much of their days in these … Continue reading "Is Your Classroom Overdecorated?"

AM News: Keeping ICE Out Of Schools, States Using PARCC, & More

TRUMP/DEVOS White House weighs federal tax credit - POLITICO http://ow.ly/RNDv309dmz5 7 Senators Who Opposed DeVos But Attended/Send Kids To Fancypants Schools | The Daily Caller ow.ly/hK4e309dcaz Former Obama staffer contradicts DeVos...Show More Summary

Yolie Flores Aguilar email colluding with charter school executives

“PLEASE don’t forward this email. simply state it in your own words.”—Yolie Flores Aguilar This email was addressed to some 60 individuals, including myself, on February 4, 2017. While its authenticity is not absolutely certain, I have researched the email addresses in the email body and they all seem legitimate. Show More Summary

Decaying Buildings and the Rise of Digital Education

by Wrench in the Gears “DeVos doesn’t think we should be funding school buildings as much as students.” The line caught my eye as I scrolled through social media this weekend. How could it not? I’ve been working hard over the past year...Show More Summary

Let's Slow Down the Faster Future

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab & Jeff Howe Grand Central Publishing 2016 Kirkus calls this book “exhilarating and authoritative,” two cybergurus offering a “user’s manual to the twenty-first century.” As a longtime teacher, I find the manual to be flawed. Show More Summary

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