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Double or Nothing

What does an inveterate gambler do when he’s tapped out? He heads over to the ATM. The Alabama Education Association dropped $7 million on the Republican primaries in June for a marginal return, mainly because the union knew it would no longer be able to automatically deduct PAC money from teachers’ paychecks. With the general election […]

Economic Performance and Its Zero Correlation to Test Scores

The next time you hear one of the pencil-necked corporatists like Kevin Carey spew about our low test scores and competing economically, point him to this one chart and explain it to him.

Numbers: 27 State New Ed Reform Groups In 5 Years

Over the past five years, national K-12 advocacy organizations created 27 state affiliates, according to a May 2014 report quoted in EdWeek (Leadership, Political Winds Buffet Education Advocacy Groups). That's up from 8 such groups created in the decade 1997-2007. Show More Summary

Too much tech? An argument for keeping schools low-tech

It almost seems verbotin to suggest that high technology doesn’t belong in the classroom. But in this post, author  Annie Murphy Paul does just that. Paul is a contributing writer  for Time magazine, writes a weekly column about learning for Time.com, blogs about learning for a number of websites and contributes to various publications.  She […]

Quotes: No, Transparency Won't Fix Things All By Itself

When government seems to fail, Americans habitually resort to the same solutions: more process, more transparency, more appeals to courts. -- David Frum in The Atlantic (The Transparency Trap)

The High Cost of Resegregation: Charters Cost PA Taxpayers Billions for Worse Test Results

Erica Frankenberg has some fascinating research on charter enrollement costs and resegregation via charter schools in Pennsylvania. Below are a three charts worth spending a few minutes on letting the data soak in. Bottom line: 1) charter...Show More Summary

Morning Video: College Dispenses With Courses -- Should K12 Schools Follow?

"College for America, an online degree program, has no classes, professors or credit hours. It's been cited as an innovative way to make college more affordable. But how do its students qualify for a degree?" (Via PBS NewsHour). TheShow More Summary

School district bans classroom discussion on Michael Brown, Ferguson

The superintendent of a school district in Illinois has issued a directive banning any discussion in classrooms of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer, or the civil unrest that followed in Ferguson, Mo. KMOX-TV reports that Superintendent Ed Hightower of Edwardsville District 7 Schools made the decision […]

Klein Doing Damage Control for Deasy While Selling His Own Tablet Solution

Ole McChoakumchild, himself, Joel Klein, had his media mothballs removed long enough this morning to go on CBS to pretend to defend "Dr." John Deasy's slimeware that he provided for Apple hardware and Pearson software to complete the Los Angeles IPad fiasco deal. Show More Summary

Analytics for Social media – Summary

In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. Here’s what I covered: Introduction Activity Metrics Audience Metrics Engagement Metrics Referral Metrics ROI Metrics What’s missing? What do you track that we don’t? I’d love to know – please share in the comments! Pic by Scott Akerman […]

AM News: LAUSD Declares IPad Contract "Do-Over"

LA schools cancel iPad contracts after KPCC publishes internal emails KPCC: Three days after KPCC published internal emails showing top L.A. Unified officials and executives from Pearson and Apple met and discussed bringing tablet-driven...Show More Summary

Would You Like to Drink at the Bar?

Would you like to drink at the bar?Stay in the Hilton instead of your car,And be better off than you are,Or should I punch you in the face?A punch in the face will shut your festering craw,It might break your nose or bust your jaw,The...Show More Summary

The problem with the ‘problem with tenure’ for teachers

Attacking tenure and job protections has become the rage in school reform circles. In recent years some states have either eliminated tenure or cut back on teacher job protections by legislative means, and the courts have become a new battleground since a California judge last month declared unconstitutional state statutes that give job protections to […]

Teacher-Created Fluency App Saves Classroom Time

Lets teachers save time, track data while testing reading fluency

Welcome to College

Welcome to College is a great tool to help students plan their post-secondary journey.

Even Ed. "Reformers" Gotta Serve Somebody

Based on the song by Bob Dylan... You may be head of Kipps or Success AcademiesYou may counsel out kids and keep entry feesYou may have a padded cell to suspend kids with habitsYou may be Joel Klein with a stash of Amplify tablets But...Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Hey, Everybody -- Let's Put Cameras On Teachers, Too!

The case for cop AND teacher cams - Chicago Tribune ( Reihan Salam) ow.ly/AHgIY Reform advocacy groups like DFER & Stand evolving strategies, reports EdWeek's @AndrewUjifusa ow.ly/AHiHg Why DFER's staying out of Tuck/Torlakson (and Vergara,...Show More Summary

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