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Leadership mess in L.A. schools could be a movie — but you wouldn’t believe the plot

Los Angeles is all about movie-making, so how ridiculous would you find a flick with the following plot? It opens with the hard-charging superintendent of the Los Angeles school system, the nation’s second largest, abruptly resigning after 3½ years. (That is longer than he spent as superintendent in Prince George’s County, Md., years earlier before […]

‘E’ stands for Ebola. What does ‘S’ stand for? Scaring students.

This isn’t part of the standard school curriculum, but some schools in the United States are teaching kids how to be scared. How? Let’s review: From SOLON, Ohio — Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School are closed Thursday as a precaution. An e-mail sent to parents by the school district said they learned […]

What the Common Core standards can’t do

A lot has been written about the Common Core State Standards, but here’s a different way of looking at the standards and what they can and can’t do. It was written by veteran educator Marion Brady, who has written history and world culture textbooks,  professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses […]

Media: TIME Cover/Story Generates Angry (Symbolic) Union Response

It lacks some of the visceral feel of the 2008 Michelle Rhee holding a broom in her hands cover (left). Perhaps Campbell Brown was unavailable to wield the hammer. But the new TIME Magazine cover (right, and story) is proving controversial...Show More Summary

Resistance to CorpEd Takeover of Memphis Schools Alive and Energized

I met with a group of parents and teachers in South Memphis last evening to discuss ideas and actions to resist the corporate takeover of Memphis's poorest schools. The group represented teachers/parents from four of the 12 schools on the ASD hit list for 2015: South Side Middle, Wooddale Middle, Raleigh-Egypt High, and Florida-Kansas Elementary. Show More Summary

Quotes: "They [Locals] Know What The Kids Need."

I want local parents, teachers, and school boards to make the decisions about curriculum and assessment. They know what the kids need. They’re the ones that care the most about those kids. - Green Party candidate for NY governor Howie Hawkins in In These Times (Nervous, Cuomo?)

MTA Responds to Corporate Teacher Licensure Plan by DESE

MTA Position Statement on DESE’s Performance-based Licensure Plan The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is floating a series of dangerous proposals that would link your license to your evaluation and/or student performance measures. Show More Summary

What if You Have to Skip Town Before You're Observed?

You never know. Maybe Cathie Black finally read those awful things you said about her and the DOE has put out a hit on you. Maybe your rich uncle in Tasmania is sick and needs you by his bedside. Perhaps you've finally found a killer deal on that chateau in the Ozarks you've always dreamed about. Show More Summary

A Response to Gates/Duncan

from Peg Robertson at her blog: Please comment on this article Arne Duncan: A test for school tests. Even if you have time for just one line of comment - we must not allow these lies to stand as truth. Thank you everyone.Here is my comment...Show More Summary

Isenberg Offers Antidote to the Ravitch Sedative

When Diane Ravitch published Death and Life of the Great American School System, it broke down a bunch of barriers and gained mainstream attention for long-neglected insights and observations that formed the core of her book. Since then,...Show More Summary

Smoking Gun! Wall Street Banker Marshall Tuck violated student and parent civil rights!

"...raises significant concerns that [Marshall Tuck run] PLAS continues to disregard state law, regulation, and LAUSD policy and is failing to implement transparent and uniform procedures to ensure parent and student rights are protected."...Show More Summary

Let Coakley Lose

Some of us are done with "Democrats" who support corporate education agendas. I say let Coakley's incompetence take her where it will. By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Posted Oct. 20, 2014 @ 5:49 am MALDEN BOSTON, OCT. 19, 2014.....Democratic...Show More Summary

Wall Street and Marshall Tuck -

Our public schools should be places where kids want to learn and teachers want to teach. Marshall Tuck has the wrong vision for California schools. He’s spent years working on Wall Street. Tuck's education is in bringing in profits on Wall Street — and so he wants to increase high-stakes testing and expand corporate charter schools. Show More Summary

East Nashville United Parents Shut Out of Board Meeting by Astroturf Charter Group

From East Nashville United: At last Tuesday’s school board meeting, our members showed up in force to signal their opposition of Dr. Register’s Third-Way Proposal because it was not created with genuine and earnest community input. There,...Show More Summary

Get "Building the Machine" for Every Parent, Educator, and Student Group in America

Building the Machine brings to light new understanding of Common Core that I have not encountered before. New degrees of deception are laid bare, and a range of implications are explored in a finely-edited and dark-toned piece of documentary filmmaking. Show More Summary

Deasy Gone: Good Riddance

When you have go so low in the barrel as to pull up the scumbag, Steve Barr, to say something good about John Deasy, you know things could not get much worse for the oligarchs' agenda. And so another Broad alum meets a fitting end.

Haslam Gives Corporate Reform Schools 9 More in Memphis

Although the all-important state tests show TN's Achievement School District has the lowest and the lowest scores of any schools in Memphis or elsewhere in the state, the corporate swindlers are lined up to receive 9 more schools next fall from skinhead ASD superintendent, Chris Barbic. Show More Summary

When will the age of open bigots like Marshall Tuck holding education positions end?

"You give those brown kids some books about brown folks and what happens? Those brown kids change the world." — Sherman Alexie California might be poised to take Arizona's crown for having an unabashed white supremacist in the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI). Show More Summary

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