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AM News: NYC's Diversity Problem, Districts' Teacher Assignment Problem

Lack of Diversity Persists in Admissions to New York City’s Elite High Schools NYT: Five percent of the students offered placement in eight specialized high schools were black and 7 percent were Hispanic, according to statistics released on Thursday. Show More Summary

Urge Your School Board to Support the End of Unethical Funding for Schools

I sent the following letter this morning to members of the Nashville Metro School Board. Feel free to post excerpt from TMoE where you feel the need. Dear Honorable School Board Members:If you have not already decided, I am sure that...Show More Summary

Principal to parents: ‘We don’t need to get used to this. We need to stop it.’

Troy LaRaviere is the principal of Chicago’s Blaine Elementary School and a leader of the Administrators Alliance for Proven Policy and Legislation in Education. He has been outspoken about school reform policies that he thinks are harmful to children or a waste of Chicago Public Schools money. Here’s an example, from  this interview with him: […]

Weingarten Supports Hochul, Hochul Thanks Her by Supporting Moskowitz

Pictured at left is our good buddy Kathy Hochul. You see, while NYSUT and UFT made a big show of not supporting Cuomo, and of course failing utterly to oppose him, AFT President Randi Weingarten quietly made robocalls for his lieutenant...Show More Summary

‘The Other PARCC’ — a short video about the test refusal movement

Here is a five-minute video about the growing test refusal movement, called “The Other PARCC — The Other PARCC – Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing.” PARCC is a reference to the Common Core test created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 […]

Ravitch and Weingarten Sign on to Charter "Improvement Agenda"

AFT, as the lead corporate union where teachers send their hard earned money to be wasted, is busy preparing for the expected return to Washington of the neoliberal poster couple, Hillary and Bill Clinton. Part of that massive task is...Show More Summary

10 Ways to Use Google Maps in the Classroom

Google Maps has been out for 10 years now. Digital maps…starting with Mapquest has been out since 1996 (technically 1993 but mapquest was the first main stream map most people remember). For those of you keeping track that puts us almost 20 years into the digital mapping word. 20 …

Anniversaries: Belated 8th Anniversary Congrats To Larry Ferlazzo

It's hard to find a more useful, far-ranging, and long-running blog than the one California teacher Larry Ferlazzo has been running the last eight years. And so its easy for me to wish him a hearty Eighth Anniversary (just a few weeks late!). Show More Summary

quick parent safety lectures

The principals of all the local schools got together and did a parent safety evening at the school. I was one of the presenters. I think they were expecting a big turnout, but it was a small (but interested) crowd. … Continue readin...

How one teacher changed the life of one child

Andres Rodriguez Jr., now 63 years old, moved to New York City from Puerto Rico when he was a child, in 1960. He didn’t speak a word of English. The kindness of a single teacher at the first school in which he was enrolled changed his life, and all these years later he remains grateful. […]

Southern New Hampshire President to Advise Education Dept. on Competency-Based Learning

Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, will take a three-month leave of absence to join the Department of Education as a senior adviser to the under secretary of education, Ted Mitchell. Mr. LeBlanc will be involved...Show More Summary

Massachusetts Teachers Association Moves to the ‘Burbs

Having unloaded its headquarters building in Boston for a cool $9.85 million last year, the Massachusetts Teachers Association will be moving its operations to the nearby city of Quincy. The union signed a long-term lease for 46,000 square feet at Heritage Landing. “The MTA is very excited about our new headquarters in Quincy,” said Ann Clarke, […]

Quotes: Two Problems With Ed Journalism These Days, Says Charter Advocate

First, education reporters too often do not have a firm enough grasp on the data for the issues which they are covering. Second, too much of education reporting is about raising or lowering the status of specific individuals, rather than examining the root causes of school system dysfunction. Show More Summary

Put the iPhone Down

I just saw this article (via Beth Kanter’s Twitter feed) about the evils of smartphones. In this particular article, Sheldon Yellen talks about being a more effective CEO by continuing to use his old flip phone. He says this: “… keeping my flip phone and saying “no” to constant interruptions was one of my most profitable […]

Morning Video: Realizing That Your Childhood School Experiences Are Different

"Here I was, right outside my elementary school, [and] somebody’s pulling out a gun. And it was very clear that that was different." In this Bill Moyers interview from last Spring, the Atlantic writer Ta-Nehesi Coates describes an after-school experience that raised his awareness and shaped his interest in journalism. Show More Summary

AM News: Big Action In New York, LA, & Boston (Yes, Boston)

A Charter School Rally Duels With Teachers’ Unions in Albany NYT: Charter schools and teachers’ unions from New York City gathered for competing events and to press their causes in Albany. See also ChalkbeatNY, WNYC, Albany Times Union. Show More Summary

Are colleges gaming their applicants?

As anybody who has been through it knows, the college application process is tough. In the following post, Liz Willen of the Hechinger Report looks at how colleges make it even harder for many students and asks whether applicants are actually being gamed by schools looking to boost their admissions numbers and lower their selectivity […]

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