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Morning Video: Taking A Look At The Latest Charter School Waiting Lists

It's both Charter Schools and Teacher Appreciate week at the same time, and yet the sky seems not to have fallen (yet). So maybe that means something good. However, the charter schools folks are pushing the waiting list numbers thing hard again, and that has me nervous. Show More Summary

AM News: Testing, Opt-Outs, & What Happens Next

More Perspectives on Testing Opt-Outs From New York and Beyond State EdWatch: The campaign has made the biggest waves so far in New York state, but more broadly, it has also intensified discussions about the role of testing in schools. Show More Summary

LA Progressive: Ref Rodriguez—What the PUC Is Going on Here?

“The L.A. County district attorney’s office indicated Monday that it expected another, separate probe to be conducted by L.A. Unified’s inspector general.” — LA Times Ref Rodriguez: What the PUC Is Going on Here? In the LA Progressive...Show More Summary

Charts: Nearly 20,000 High Schools Now Offering AP

The number of schools offering AP has nearly doubled since the mid-1990s when my old boss Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and others were touting it as a great way to raise expectations and accelerate learning for low-income and minority kids. Show More Summary

Thompson: Reformers to Teachers - Please Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Teachers have to think ahead. What questions do I ask, in what order? How do I pace instruction for seniors with 5th grade skills so they can master college readiness concepts? What classroom disruption should I ignore? What will happen...Show More Summary

Morning Listen: Former Balto Supe Andres Alonso Reflects On Recent Unrest

There were lots of people -- too many -- using last week's unrest in Baltimore as an excuse to advance an agenda or generate attention - but former superintendent Andres Alonso is in a pretty unique spot to talk about what's going on...Show More Summary

AM News: Common Core Testing Resumes, & Scoring Begins

Ga. Schools Chief: Testing Snafu With Unknown Impact Is 'Unacceptable' State EdWatch: Problems with common-core-aligned exams mirror those in Montana and Nevada, but the Associated Press reports that the glitches are not as severe as in other states. Show More Summary

Testing: Addition Of MA and RI Creates Big Week For PARCC EOY Testing

Speaking of standardized testing: With addition of MA and RI, all 11 @PARCCPlace states enter EOY testing window this week. I don't know if things have been especially lively in those states, in terms of glitches or opt-outs, or if the state and district agencies have done a particular good or bad job preparing for this round, but we shall see. Show More Summary

Divide and Conquer: The Philadelphia Story

Leading Philadelphia mayoral candidates Anthony Williams and James Kenney Everyone concerned about corporate education reform and the influence of various venture “philanthropists” in their drive to privatize public schools should be following the Democratic primary on May 19 th for the next mayor of Philadelphia. Show More Summary

Maps: Upward Mobility Varies Among Similar-Seeming Cities & Suburbs

The NYT takes a look a new research showing that poor kids do better or worse depending on where they come from. The most challenging places tend to be bit cities like Atlanta; Chicago; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; Orlando, West Palm Beach and Tampa in Florida. Show More Summary

Comedy: HBO's John Oliver Swings (& Misses) Against Standardized Testing

It's no easy job being smart and funny at the same time, and especially so when the topic is something as boring and controversial as standardized testing. But last night's John Oliver segment didn't seem to succeed at either task, and...Show More Summary

AM News: Districts Welcome Expanded Obama Support Program

Big-City Districts Buoyed by Obama's Extension of 'My Brother's Keeper' District Dossier: Michael Casserly, the executive director of the Council of the Great City School, said the proposed new foundation will help sustain the council's efforts on equity and access in its districts after Mr. Show More Summary

California Parent Shares Excellent Opt Out Information

Link Liberty is the freedom to exercise our constitutional rights and not be bullied. State assessments are voluntary. In California, the right to opt out of standardized testing is a parental right guaranteed by Ed. Code 60615 which...Show More Summary

High School Charter Expansion Memphis Assisted by Green Dot Exec on School Board

Yesterday the Commercial Appeal reported that the next corporate assault on Memphis public schools will be directed toward the hostile takeover of high schools. Although the upper grades corporate charter chain, Green Dot, was not mentioned...Show More Summary

Charts: District Schools Outperform Charters In Chicago, Notes Foundation Officer

Did u know? CPS schools outperform charters (% of kids in hi rated schools - via Chi unified acctabilty sys). #EWA15 — Joe Siedlecki (@JoeatMSDF) April 17, 2015 Last week during #EWA15, MSDF's Joe Siedlecki...Show More Summary

Media: Publishing On Instagram

Given how much kids and teachers like Instagram (and the coming death of Twitter), I'm wondering whether anyone out there is publishing school-related content on the image-based social media platform. The New York Times recently described...Show More Summary

Perdido Street School: Education Reformer Jeanne Allen Says Baltimore Rio...

Perdido Street School: Education Reformer Jeanne Allen Says Baltimore Rio...: A picture of a deleted tweet by Jeanne Allen, founder of the Center for Education Reform: So public schools are one of the causes of...

Morning Video: Maryland 6th Grader Didn't Mean To Be Rude To Obama

"I didn’t mean to cut him off,” said Bennett Middle School student Osman Yahya, 12, in a telephone interview with POLITICO. "I was just nudging him to get on." (POLITICO)

AM News: All Eyes On Baltimore, Atlanta, & Detroit

Judge Reduces 3 Educators' Sentences In Atlanta Cheating Scandal NPR: In a highly unusual move, the judge in the Atlanta test-cheating case said he had a change of heart. He reduced three people's sentences from seven years in prison to three. Show More Summary

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