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Rrrowr! Parent trigger front group “outraged” by PURE/PAA position

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Choppers and charters by Julie Woestehoff, cross posted at http://pureparents.org Even though the story was not even carried in the Tribune print edition, the World’s Greatest Newspaper ran a letter today tearing into a recent Trib blog post about the PURE/Parents Across America position against the parent trigger. Here’s how they put it: “As parents, we are outraged by statements in a story you ran about PURE’s fight against parent engagement in schools.” Right. That’s PURE – always fighting against …

The Shocking Doctrine of Ed Reform Laid Bare by NBC

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(This is a slightly revised version of a post that originally appeared on Naomi Klein’s site on Oct. 2, 2010) By Sue Peters When I saw the roster of invited guests for NBC’s week-long “Education Nation summit” that began Sept. 26, I sensed that viewers would not be getting a fair cross-section of perspectives. The “top leaders in education” that NBC rounded up primarily included CEOs (from AOL, State Farm, Netflix, Teach for America, Inc.), politicians, charter school operators, and …

The Legacy of Seattle’s Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

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By Sue Peters; cross-posted on March 23, 2011 at seattleducation2010| For the Record… It looks like the Broad Foundation is actively trying to whitewash the history of their Superintendent Academy graduate, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, who was fired by the Seattle School Board earlier this month along with her handpicked CFO, Don Kennedy, for her failure to address a rampant case of fraud happening within the district’s central office. The District Administration magazine web site has just published a defense of Goodloe-Johnson …

Teach for America, STEM Washington and Bill Gates

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Posted on March 22, 2011 by seattleducation2010| by Dora Taylor When our former Broad superintendent hurriedly pushed through the proposal, her edict, to bring Teach for America to Seattle with the assistance of our interim superintendent and then school board president Michael DeBell, many of us asked where the money would come from to pay the $4,000 per TFA, Inc. recruit each year. We were told that there would be a “private funder” who would pay that expense. I rolled …

Really, Jeb? Florida teacher evaluation plan “forging a seismic path”?

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Seismic path in Japan Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush writes in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune about the new teacher evaluation system enacted last week by the Florida legislature. The law will link teacher jobs to student standardized test scores. He praises the move as “forging a seismic path for modernizing the teaching profession nationwide.” Wow. Sure, Jeb’s kinda right. The new law is likely to have a catastrophic effect on communities, families, the economy, employment, and other basic infrastructures of life. …

Parent trigger misfires by disrupting and dismantling local schools

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This was published originally in Silicon Valley’s Education Foundation blog,  “Thoughts on Education.” The PAA position paper on the Parent Trigger is here. By Caroline Grannan and Sharon Higgins Simplistic ideas may look appealing at first glance, but they rarely solve complex problems. Too often they have the potential to make things worse. That’s true of California’s so-called Parent Empowerment Act. It created the “parent trigger,” which allows a majority of parents in a low-performing school to petition for drastic changes, …

PAA press release on "Parent Trigger" legislation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2011 Contact: Leonie Haimson (NYC): 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff (Chicago):  773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org Bill Ring (LA): 310-600-2015; billr@parentsacrossamerica.org Andrea Mérida (Denver): 303-550-0677; andream@parentsacrossamerica.org Caroline Grannan (SF): 415-412-5758; carolineg@parentsacrossamerica.org Julia Sass Rubin (NJ): 609-683-0046; jlsrubin@verizon.net Parents Across America: We oppose Parent Trigger laws Reform should rely on proven solutions that involve parents from the ground up and improve rather than privatize schools With California’s so-called Parent Empowerment Act drawing national media attention as a school reform panacea, …

Chris Cerf, there you go again!

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This morning featured an extended story in the Star Ledger examining Chris Cerf, and his record as Deputy chancellor of NYC schools. Cerf has been appointed to be acting New Jersey Commissioner of Education by Gov. Christie, and is intent on implementing many of the same divisive policies that have been tried and failed in New York City, including charter school co-locations and expansion, and teacher merit pay linked to unreliable test scores. He is also now embroiled in the …

Leonie Haimson debating class size on MSNBC

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Bloomberg booed and excoriated for attacks on teachers and kids

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Mayor Bloomberg was roundly booed at the annual Queens St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, for threatening to lay off of over 4,000 teachers and his attack on their seniority rights. Check out the video below and excerpts from the Daily News, NY Post and NY1: Chants of “Save our Teachers” rang out from pockets of the green-clad crowd that lined Newport Ave. and Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Belle Harbor…. Anthony Hannon, 80:….“What he’s doing to our teachers and our …