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How Much Homework Is Enough?

The short answer is: It depends? The Council of Ministers of Education Canada started publishing Assessment Matters! in 2013. These are a series of short summaries of specific educational issues that emerge from four different national...Show More Summary

MyNotes: 5 Social Media Tips for School District Communications

"Social media gives us tremendous power, but not everyone chooses to use that power for good." Source: via @deannamascleA few years ago, I wrote an article, Reaching for the Heart: 5 Tips for School District Communications, which focused on the use social media. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Chicago, LA Unions Both Run By Brown Alums

Any love for education at CAP's policy conference today? @EdProgress @ulrichboser Meet The TFA Official Charged With Bringing Change To Ferguson And Beyond #BrittanyPacknett Report cites high suspension...Show More Summary

Quotes: Trapped In Failing Schools

I’ll tell you what I think is the biggest problem of race today, it’s poor black children trapped in failing neighborhood schools. - Condoleezza Rice on Fox via Brietbart

Pearson Foundation closing (after paying big fines for helping corporate parent)

Last year the Pearson Charitable Foundation — the nonprofit arm of the largest education publishing company in the world — paid $7.7 million in fines to the state of New York after authorities found that it had broken state law by helping its for-profit parent. How? By helping it develop Common Core educational products and by […]

Thompson: A Teacher's Review of Kristof and WuDunn's A Path Appears

I loved A Path Appears, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It deals with global issues and a variety of philanthropic and grassroots paths to tackling poverty, ignorance, and violence. I doubt that readers are very interested inShow More Summary

Let’s Review

Here are three things we previously learned that were reinforced for us this week: 1) Most people know nothing, or very little, about Common Core. (February 2014 and last Monday, about a poll of California voters) 2) Compiling teacher union campaign spending is tricky, since “member communications” is a gray area. (October 2010, last Friday, […]

Have a Coke and a Smile

Thanks to this press release from Corporate Campaign, Inc. and the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, I learned that the American Federation of Teachers banned all Coca-Cola products from its facilities and events because of Coke’s “dismal human rights record and long-standing allegations of violence against union leaders in Colombia and Guatemala.” “AFT’s actions to […]


Mike Gipson, local politician and former organizer for United Teachers Los Angeles, just won a seat in the state Assembly. Here’s one of his mailers: A couple of problems with the photos: Gipson PhotoShopped his face onto the body of a police officer, and his opponent’s face onto the body of an armed, hooded thug. […]

Good News! NEA Says It Wasted Only $40 Million

Politico reports: The National Education Association is still tallying its campaign spending but it’s safe to say the union didn’t come close to the $60 million figure that officials floated as an upper limit. The union estimates its expenditures on the midterms at $34 million to $40 million. About a third of that went to […]

CorpEd Reeling in Memphis as ASD's Barbic Threatens the Impossible

The corporate school takeover model in New Orleans that has failed everyone except for corporate socialists is not going down so well in the attempted replication in Memphis. The lawyer/superintendent, Dorsey Hopson, who was put in charge...Show More Summary

Watch: "Schools Suck," Says Reporter (Voicing The Feelings Of Many Journalists)

Earlier this month, Milwaukee-based investigative reporter Meghan Dwyer was onstage receiving a Regional Emmy for a school bullying segment “Scared at School" when things went a bit awry. It's not the worst thing in the world, this gaffe,...Show More Summary

Polls: CA Public Views Of Common Core Show Wide Variations

East Coast types might think that how things are playing out in New York is how they're playing out nationally, but these new poll results from California (USC via EdSource) show widespread (though declining) unfamiliarity among the public about the Common Core and a wide range of views on the standards. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Interruptions Drain 25 Days/Year From Poor CA High Schools

Poor CA high schools lose 25 days/year to various interruptions, notes @jillbarshay @FordFoundation @hechingerreport The Case Against Universal Preschool - The Atlantic @aliaemily FYI @conorpwilliams...Show More Summary

Quotes: Unions Can't Organize Themselves Into Relevancy

Unions must recreate themselves to be relevant not only to the leaders who thrive on internal and external political drama, but to the average member who is a school secretary in Washington, first grade teacher in Minnesota, or higher education faculty in Florida. Show More Summary

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