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Is Your School Board Signing Contracts Without Reading Them?

In April the Palatine Township Elementary District school board in Illinois approved an unprecedented 10-year collective bargaining agreement with the local teachers’ union. The union also approved the contract. But there were two more...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Houston-Area Teacher Sex Scandal

Yikes. Super gross. via MediaLite. You might be better off watching something else. Anything else.

AM News: School Finance Rulings, UCLA Shooting, Racial Disparities

Since 1950, judges in 23 states have ruled school finance formulas unconstitutional @Daarel… Anxious parents watch and worry over UCLA shooting - LA Times Report on racial disparities in gifted...Show More Summary

#EDgif Of The Day: "Hey, they're trying to learn for free. Stop them!"

"Hey, they're trying to learn for free. Stop them!" via @imgur #edgifs — alexanderrusso (@alexanderrusso) June 1, 2016 This clip from a Simpsons episode features a field trip gone awry, all due to budget cuts...

Virginia Education Association’s Finances

The Virginia Education Association has lost more than 18 percent of its membership since 2007-08, but was able to reduce staff costs by $1.2 million, resulting in a surplus. VEA does, however, hold $7.3 million in pension liabilities. Total membership – 50,501, down 2,243 members Total revenue – $12.8 million (84.1% came from member dues), down $320,000 […]

Magazines: The New Yorker's Bittersweet Graduation Cover

Here's this year's New Yorker graduation cover, showing a member of the class of 2016 at commencement and one of his predecessors in the same image. Or see the 1952 version.

US News: $2.6 Billion In Federal Poverty Funding Going To Wealthier Districts (US News)

At least $2.6B in fed funding goes to districts that are wealthier on average - US News New Orleans school unification committee to meet for first time Kansas Parents Worry Schools Are Slipping Amid...Show More Summary

Student Walkouts at "No Excuses" Achievement First Flagship

The New Haven flagship for the Achievement First fleet of paternalistic segregated charter schools is under attack by the same students that the school was meant to culturally and politically sterilize. This is good news for those who believe that all children deserve humane learning environments, even if they are poor. Show More Summary

NYC Union Election Provides Something New and More of the Same

If you want deep analysis of the voting results in the United Federation of Teachers election in New York City, I highly recommend heading over to Norm Scott’s Ed Notes Online. The upshot is that Michael Mulgrew and his Unity Caucus slate captured 76 percent of the vote, with the opposition MORE/New Action slate taking […]

#EDgif Of The Day: Harvard Commencement Goes Viral

Ed.M. candidate Donovan Livingston with spoken word poetry at the 2016 Harvard commencement ceremonies

Quotes: Why Teachers Support Clinton

She actually when she is talking about how to move this country forward given education a program. She's involving teachers in the discussion. She's not looking at it from a privatized position. She's actually collaborating with the people who actually work in the classroom. Show More Summary

Time for Sanders, or Diane Ravitch, to Pack It In? Part 2

Near the end of a recent commentary at Huffington Post, Diane Ravitch declared: If Trump is elected, I fear for the future of our nation and the world. And that is why I will not join in the vicious quarrels between partisans of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Ten Million Views (And Counting)

Inspiring, challenging speech from Harvard ed school speaker. Here's the transcript. Here's the fan page.

AM News: Big Spending In Local California Education Races

Spending by oil companies, education advocates, business groups and labor unions reaches record levels - LA Times ‘Don’t force us to give up our school’: A Mississippi town is being told to integrate - The Washington...Show More Summary

Before You Apply at KIPP or Another "No Excuses" School . . .

KIPP continues its job fairs this summer, trying to fill the many slots left by teachers too exhausted or too fed up to continue. Here is one example of a job fair in Houston: If you are thinking about applying to work at KIPP or any other "no excuses" school, I hope you will read what 25 former "no excuses" teachers had to say about working at these schools:

Time for Sanders, or Diane Ravitch, to Pack It In? Part 1

This post is about Diane Ravitch's recent smears against Bernie Sanders, which she posted first at her blog. I will speak specifically about her remarks in the next part of this piece, but first a few preliminaries.Many of the postsShow More Summary

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