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
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
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
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
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)
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 […]
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.
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...
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
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
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
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)
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 […]
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
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?
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
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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
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
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