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N.M. teachers to spend more time in classrooms 23.5.2015 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s top public school official said Friday that teachers will have more time to spend with children in the classroom rather than on bureaucratic processes because of a decision to reduce the time students spend taking tests based on the Common Core standards.Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera...
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Prairie Crossing Charter School, state face new lawsuit over funding 23.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Two Lake County school districts have filed suit against a controversial local charter school and the state education board over a funding error that will draw more money away from the public school ...
Give Illinois governments a court of last resort 22.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
When a business gets hopelessly behind on paying its bills, it can call creditors and negotiate better terms. Or, in extreme cases, it can file for ...
Why Chicago schools need a turnaround expert at the top 22.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
The Chicago Public Schools system faces a $1.1 billion budget deficit, and talk grows louder that the district could be forced into bankruptcy. The deficit is largely driven by a nearly $700 million teachers pension payment that comes ...
Peggy Flanagan to seek Ryan Winkler's seat in House District 46A 22.5.2015 MinnPost
Peggy Flanagan has moved quickly following State Rep. Ryan Winkler's surprise announcement Thursday that he will resign from the Legislature because his family is moving to Europe. Flanagan, a well-connected DFLer who is now executive director of the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, said she'll run for the seat. She's previously worked at Wellstone Action and Minnesotans United for All Families. Flanagan, 35, lives in St. Louis Park, and says she's a U of M grad and a citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe. She and her husband have a 2-year-old daughter. Flanagan said in the statement announcing her run: “My mom and I moved to St. Louis Park when I was a baby. As a single mother, she chose this community because of the opportunities that it provided for good public education, stable neighborhoods, and economic security, and she was right. My family and I settled in my hometown for the same reasons, and now I want to give back." Winkler announced Thursday that his wife has accepted a job in ...
Flanagan announces bid for Winkler’s MN House seat 22.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Peggy Flanagan is a long-time liberal political activist who will run for Rep. Ryan Winkler's vacated seat in a special election.
School levies: Legislators need to get serious about education 22.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
I appreciated Jim Brunner’s article on the debate in Olympia about funding for K-12 education [“State in ‘weird place’ on school levies,” Local News, May 11]. It illustrated to me just how absurd it is that state legislators do not have a real solution to fully fund public education. The idea of shifting around property-tax […]
The Tea Party is not happy with Minnesota House Republicans 21.5.2015 MinnPost
“Give it back,” exhorted the state Republican Party during the legislative debate about how to deal with the state’s $2 billion surplus. But legislators didn’t give it back. They used about $1 billion of the surplus to increase the state budget by 5 percent. Now House Republicans are taking a flogging from the right, even as they try to claim the high ground.   “My heart is heavy with grief from the actions taken by the MN House Majority and some of the MN GOP Senators,” wrote Minnesota Tea Party Alliance president Jack Rogers on his Facebook page. “Unfortunately, every house rep let us down in the final 48 hours,” commented Jake Duesenberg, the Tea Party’s executive director. “No tax cuts at all. Huge spending increases in public education and socialized health care.” Not that the left is happy with GOP legislators, either. “House Republicans failed to finish the job,” DFL Minority Leader Paul Thissen said Wednesday. “They refused to compromise with Gov. Dayton. They wanted to keep this money so they ...
CPS principal training deal got green light despite red flags 21.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's formula for fixing Chicago Public Schools has always put a priority on building better leaders, so it could have been a setback for the mayor's agenda when a prominent education nonprofit balked at funding a training program for principals in ...
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L.A. school board seat is a pivotal win for charter school movement 21.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Supporters of charter schools won a groundbreaking election victory in Los Angeles this week, putting one of their leaders, for the first time, on the governing board of the nation's second-largest school system.
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A refreshing new president for U. of I. 21.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Barely three years ago, the University of Illinois was home to the hottest seat in American higher education. The school had bid farewell to two failed presidents after years of embarrassing scandals and ethics debacles — those notorious admissions of marginal but politically clouted students ...
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Anthropocene Boosters and the Attack on Wilderness Conservation 20.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A growing debate has serious consequences for our collective relationship to Nature. Beginning perhaps twenty years ago, a number of academics in disciplines such as history, anthropology, and geography, began to question whether there was any tangible wilderness or wild lands left on Earth. These academics, and others, have argued that humans have so completely modified the Earth, we should give up on the notion that there is any place wild and instead recognize that we have already domesticated, in one fashion or another, the entire planet for human benefit. These individuals and groups are identified under an umbrella of different labels, including "Neo Greens" Pragmatic Environmentalists" "New Conservationists" "Green Postmodernism" and Neo-environmentalists" but the most inclusive label to date is "Anthropocene Boosters" so that is the term I will use in this essay. The basic premise of their argument is that humans have lived everywhere except Antarctica and that it is absurd to suggest that Nature ...
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Dayton's education funding fight is a lot like one fought by Arne Carlson, with one big difference 18.5.2015 MinnPost
MinnPost file photo by James Nord Former Gov. Arne Carlson A governor designates a significant change in education policy as his priority of his second term in office.  His passion for the issue comes from personal experience in the public school system. He stakes his political reputation on passing the change because he has nothing to lose. He will not be running for office again. He promises that if the legislature fails to include his marquee issue in the K-12 education bill, the bill will be vetoed. Over the last days and weeks, Gov. Mark Dayton has taken all of these steps as part of his efforts to get the Legislature to pass funding for pre-K education for 4-year-olds. But he is not the first governor to go down that road. Gov. Arne Carlson did all of the above in 1997 to win his battle over offering tax credits for education expenses, including private school tuition, a modification of a school voucher proposal that was dead on arrival when he proposed it in 1996.    Carlson ended up vetoing the ...
Charter School "Flexibility" Linked to Major Failures; More Than $3.3 Billion in Taxes Spent 18.5.2015
The fact that authorizers enjoy almost complete autonomy - not only from state regulations but also from public control through elected school boards - is a feature of the anti-regulatory environment in which charters have grown, rather than a bug. (Photo: Empty Classroom via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) Also see Part II: Lack of Oversight of Charter Schools Designed as a Plus; More Than $3.3 Billion Spent Arne Duncan is calling for a 48% increase in the US Department of Education's (ED) quarter-billion-dollar-a-year ($253.2 million) program designed to create, expand, and replicate charter schools - an initiative repeatedly criticized by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for suspected waste and inadequate financial controls. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has issued a series of Freedom of Information Act requests for information about charter spending from ED as well as from states, and the findings shed new light on the deep flaws in the design, implementation and oversight of the ...
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The Value of Effective Government 18.5.2015
The Framers of the U.S. Constitution envisioned an activist federal government that would help build the new country, including transportation infrastructure, but that history has been lost amid Tea Party revisionism that treats all constructive government actions as bad, a dilemma addressed by ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar The fatal crash…
Stop using DNR public timber sales for school funding 15.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The McCleary decision highlights the need to better fund public education without reliance on timber sales.
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How big government kills the American dream 14.5.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Wise government policies nurture an environment where the American dream can grow.
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Chicago Public Schools debt also is downgraded to junk status 14.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Chicago's beleaguered public school system will likely see certain borrowing costs jump and could also face tougher bank negotiations after a major rating agency on Wednesday downgraded the school district's debt to junk ...
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Denver marijuana tax retention ballot measure passes first step 14.5.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver voters in November may decide whether the city can keep its first-year haul from a 3.5 percent special recreational marijuana sales ...
Improving urban public education: 8 ideas from a veteran teacher 11.5.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Daniel Y. Go To succeed in any academic subject (and to become knowledgeable citizens), students must learn to read. It’s hardly news that less than half of the kids in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools are proficient in reading and math. Education “experts” have weighed in on this topic, but we haven’t often heard the perspective of classroom teachers. What follows are eight ideas for improving urban education; they’re based on what I learned from 34 years of teaching in public and private schools: Bill Leslie 1) Provide one year of free preschool for all children from low-income families. Critics of urban public schools rarely acknowledge that many kids come to kindergarten already a year or more behind. “How is that possible?” you might ask. If prospective kindergarteners have not been read to at home, they’re behind. If they do not know that letters represent sounds and that numbers represent numerical values, they’re behind. If they have little experience with drawing and coloring, ...
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