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Michigan Education Association in Contract Dispute with Local Employees

The Michigan Education Association has hundreds of employees. These workers are themselves represented by five different staff unions. One of the smaller of these, the Michigan Executive Directors Association, represents labor consultants who work directly for MEA’s local affiliates. Show More Summary

AM News: Dems Fight Over Choice, DeVos Urged to Relent, Feds Investigate Richmond

Democrats link pro-charter party rivals to DeVos as 2018 fights emerge politi.co/2oe4yUA Lawmakers Urge DeVos to Reconsider Grant Application Rejected for Formatting Error | Maine Public ow.ly/Lpyr30aVJJM New York's College Tuition Plan...Show More Summary

Indianapolis (and a few other places), Meet John Arnold

By Doug Martin Withthe Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Foundation, and others, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is pumping millions of dollars into Indianapolis, and former Mind Trust executive vice president Ken Bubp now is the Arnold Foundation’s director of education. Show More Summary

Charter School War Extends All the Way to Guam

Guam might be 9,800 miles from Los Angeles, but its education politics are similar in one respect: the teachers union hates charter schools. So much so, that when a bill was introduced in the legislature to convert Simon A. Sanchez High...Show More Summary

AM News: Bennet Slams DeVos, CT Magnet Lottery Proceeds, & More #EdNews

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Betsy DeVos is an ideologue, not the face of education reform chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/… How $100 of Your Taxes Are Spent: 8 Cents on National Parks and $15 on Medicare - WSJ ow.ly/56JS30aT9ik CT:...Show More Summary

Indiana, Personalized Learning, Smart Drugs, and the KnowledgeWorks Foundation

By Doug Martin (for a background on what edtech is up to, please see Alison McDowell’s post here—and all of her posts. If you want to witness the frightening scenario many like the KnowledgeWorks Foundation have in mind for AmericanShow More Summary

Automated Education + Chasing Skills + Debt = Social Contorl

from Wrench in the GearsApril 15, 2017 I posted the scenario below in November of 2015 as a Facebook note. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across a number of items having to do with skills, automation, and human capital management, so I thought I would pull it back out to share. Show More Summary

DeVos to Protect Loan Predators, Not Students

From Bloomberg:Former Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin worked on student loan policy during the latter years of the Obama administration, in part over concern that borrowers’ struggles were affecting the management of U.S. Show More Summary

Sometimes I’m Wrong

Over the last 20 years I feel I’ve been pretty good about getting facts right, but I can still mess up when speculating. That was the case this week when I wondered why NYSUT hadn’t released its election results. I wrote: It could be a simple oversight or perhaps the results were embarrassing to the … Continue reading "Sometimes I’m Wrong"

AM News: Return Of TNReady, DC Parent Fundraising, LAUSD Replications, & More

The 8-year-old boy who was killed in the San Bernardino school shooting was overcoming Williams syndrome. lat.ms/2nKjcGA Study: Parent groups in Northwest D.C. raise thousands for schools wapo.st/2p7iweA?tid=ss… Sue Snyder meets with Betsy DeVos to discuss campus sexual assaults on.freep.com/2or8UIU via @freep Two L.A. Show More Summary

NEA Expects Membership Growth This Year

Not by much, less than 1 percent in fact, but it’s something. However, we’ll reserve judgment until July’s numbers are reported, because NEA has a bad tendency to adjust previous year’s numbers downwards, making this year’s gains appear larger.

AM News: CA Grad Rates Up, DeVos Staffs Up, Teachers Voice Opinions

L.A. Unified’s 2016 grad rate is 77%, even higher than the district thought. Racial disparities remain, though state,latimes.com/local/educatio… California and L.A. Unified graduation rates continue to increase latimes.com/local/educatio…...Show More Summary

AM News: CA Grad Rate Uptick, AZ's Universal Choice Effort, DC Schools' Easter Egg Crisis,

Arizona Lawmakers Implement Nation's First Universal Education Savings Account Program the74million.org/article/school… Testing materials delivered as Tennessee schools prepare to try TNReady again chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2017/… UW study...Show More Summary

Nevada State Education Association Has Bold New Proposal to Increase Membership

The last few years have not been kind to the Nevada State Education Association. It lost 11 percent of its members, is on the brink of losing several thousand more, and the executive director of its largest local predicted it would be out of business in two years. Show More Summary

AM News: Another School Shooting, DeVos Meets Charter Leaders, & More

San Bernardino shooting puts spotlight on school safety edsource.org/2017/san-berna… Terrified parents, students reunited after school shooting hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie… Betsy DeVos to meet with New York City charter leaders EvaShow More Summary

A Gig Economy Is A Rigged Economy

A hundred years ago U. S. corporate elites were embarked upon a new "scientific efficiency" movement that would use discriminatory tests and mass schooling to sift, sort, and deliver white workers into rote factory and office jobs that...Show More Summary

Pallotta Elected NYSUT President; By How Much? Who Knows?

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Andrew Pallotta was elected president of New York State United Teachers by delegates to the union’s representative assembly. What was his margin of victory? Well, we don’t know. The vote tallies were not announced to the public, nor to the delegates. Show More Summary

AM News: DeVos/Weingarten Agree To School Visit, & More #EdNews

DeVos Accepts Invitation From AFT President and District to Visit School in Ohio ow.ly/UBO730aH59J DeVos praises this voucher-like program. Here’s what it means for school reform. washingtonpost.com/local/educatio Has LAUSD's schoolShow More Summary

State Money Without State Tests for Memphis Private Schools?

The plan to culturally sterilize all of Memphis's poor black kids in lockdown, segregated corporate charter schools has run into stiff opposition from parents and some Memphis school board members in recent years.Most of the federal Race to the Top money for such a venture has dried up, along with the cash from the Gates Foundation. Show More Summary

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