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Obama formally names Education secretary nominee 12.2.2016 The Hill
Key senators pledged to give John B. King, Jr. a fair hearing.
Is America's Most Controversial Education Group Changing Its Ways? 12.2.2016 Mother Jones
Audrey Pribnow, with Teach for America, leads her class at University Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Tammy Ljungblad/TNS/ZUMAPRESS.com Last weekend, Teach for America , the nonprofit that places freshly minted college graduates in schools to teach for two years, held a national summit in Washington, DC, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The event featured a number of the organization's most celebrated alumni who helped build today's education reform movement—known for its passion for testing , ranking of teachers, and deep support of charter schools. Michelle Rhee, the former DC schools chancellor was there; so was Eva Moskowitz , the head of the largest chain of charter schools in New York City, and Michael Johnson, the Colorado senator who helped pass one of the early laws mandating the use of test scores in teachers' evaluations. As soon as the summit began, Teach for America's zealous supporters and fierce critics took to Twitter. "Please tell me that somebody is protesting this awful, ...
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Education reform needed in Kerala 12.2.2016 Hindu: Columns
It is estimated that in the last 10 years the educational scene around the world has changed more than it did in the last hundred years
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The GOP’s Weird Obsession With An Impending ‘Federal Takeover’ Of Education 10.2.2016 Think Progres

Republicans are angry over a "federal takeover" of education, but this is a stark contrast with Republican education policy.

The post The GOP’s Weird Obsession With An Impending ‘Federal Takeover’ Of Education appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Patt Morrison asks: LASUD Superintendent Michelle King 10.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It bears repeating that the beleaguered Los Angeles Unified School District – the nation’s second largest, with two-thirds of a million school-kids – is on its ninth change of superintendent in 20 years [one man served three different times]. After some off-the-chart outsiders, like a Colorado...

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A look at Obama's final budget proposal 10.2.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:...
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Bad Ads Got You Down? High School Students Are Here To Break The Super Bowl 8.2.2016 NPR News
A New York City-based program aims to make students into critical media consumers.
More than 600 kindergarten and pre-K students were suspended in Massachusetts last year 4.2.2016 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
More than 600 kindergarten and pre-K students were suspended in Massachusetts last year
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Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School? 4.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) After the US military draft ended in the 1970s, the armed forces stepped up recruitment efforts on multiple fronts, including in schools. Today, young children are primed for military recruitment before they're old enough to ask questions. How can parents, educators and veterans push back? Military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) When he got home from Iraq, Hart Viges began sorting through his boyhood toys, looking for some he could pass on to his new baby nephew. He found a ...
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Here’s a New Way to Judge Your State’s Schools 4.2.2016 Mother Jones
Last time I called Diane Ravitch, our country's leading education historian and one of the most vocal voices in education reform, she was on another call with the producers of The Daily Show. It was 2011, and The Daily Show was about to air a segment about the low salaries that teachers earn and Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker's intentions to cut teachers pay and reduce workers' collective bargaining powers. The producers were calling to invite Ravitch to come on the show to talk to Jon Stewart about teachers and education reform. At the time, reducing the power of teachers' unions, promoting charter schools, and using standardized test scores to weed out "bad teachers" and close "failing schools" had become the most popular silver bullets of the education reform movement. Michelle Rhee, the former chief of DC schools, had become the most prominent public face of these kinds of education reforms—ones that Ravitch was critiquing on The Daily Show. Rhee had come out in support of Walker's ...
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A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Poor Students 3.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
It's 11:45 a.m. in East Harlem, and Samir Zaimi starts his lesson on life in Colonial America. A social-studies teacher at a public middle school called Renaissance School of the Arts, Zaimi urges the seventh-graders to imagine themselves as colonial settlers, and to complete the writing prompt on the board: "How can I convince people to come to my colony?" Then he notices a student who has been absent for weeks and crosses the room to welcome her. "Been out a while." "Yeah, 27 days," she says. "We'll catch you up." For the rest of the period, Zaimi barely takes a breath as he darts around the room, addressing questions. There's Nunova Williams, who is usually first to raise her hand and wonders what good can be said about 18th-century New Hampshire, which had slaves and high income-inequality. But there are also students who come to class late after meeting with social workers, and others struggling to take an interest in school. Last year, only 13 percent of Renaissance's students demonstrated ...
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Why We Need To Improve Standardized Testing 2.2.2016 Think Progres

The way school districts approach state tests could be greatly improved upon.

The post Why We Need To Improve Standardized Testing appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Let Down at the Ford Foundation: Reflections on the Shortcomings of Philanthropy 2.2.2016 Truthout.com
The charitable sector is a multi-billion dollar industry, and business is booming. In No Such Thing as a Free Gift, sociologist Linsey McGoey exposes how "philanthrocapitalism" enables a small group of wealthy individuals to play an outsized role in global policy-making, and how government social services are being usurped by foundations with corporate interests. To order your copy of this book, make a donation to Truthout today! Against the backdrop of Ford Foundation President Darren Walker's announced efforts to address inequalities on the global stage , HistPhil hosted a conversation this past August on the ability of philanthropy to address societal-wide inequities. At the Ford Foundation offices in NYC earlier this month, Walker discussed further his vision for the organization with Stanford political scientist Rob Reich (The event also was live streamed , which we very much appreciated and watched).  Below, fellow attendee Joanne Barkan ponders how exactly the foundation will address ...
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The Seventy Four, founded by controversial advocate, takes over LA School Report 2.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The Seventy Four, an organization whose co-founder is a controversial education advocate, has taken over LA School Report, a website that has focused on covering the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The name is a reference to 74 million students attending public schools in the United States....

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Morning Digest: Wealthy Democrat channels Trump: 'I sign my checks to buy access' 1.2.2016 Daily Kos
Leading Off: ● MD-08: Wealthy businessman David Trone only kicked off his bid for this safely blue Washington-area seat a few days ago, and his many primary rivals already have something to attack him with. While Trone is a prominent Democratic donor who even hosted President Obama at his home for a fundraiser, the Washington Post reports that since 2000, Trone has given a hefty $150,000 to Republicans . Trone wasn't exactly apologetic about his decision to contribute to Republicans like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory when he was asked. While he said he disagrees with the GOP candidates he sent money to "on everything social and economic," "I sign my checks to buy access." That's nothing if not honest in a very Trump-like way. Former hotel executive and primary rival Kathleen Matthews has also earned some scorn for donating to GOP Sen. Roy Blunt for business reasons, though her $2,600 looks positively tiny compared to what Trone has shelled out. Trone is also already airing ...
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Mystery surrounds Muslim cleric living in Poconos compound 1.2.2016 AP National
SAYLORSBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The influential Muslim cleric lives quietly on a gated 26-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains, where he prays, works, meets admirers and watches from afar as terrorism accusations that have landed him on Turkey's most-wanted list unfold in court....
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This millennial illustrates why Iowa is a swing state 1.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary
As a teenager before he was even allowed to vote, Charlie Comfort organized for then-Sen. Barack Obama in his hometown of Oskaloosa, Iowa. Now he's a Republican. Meet Charlie. He lives in Waterloo. He's 23 and this will be his third presidential caucus. Charlie's first foray into politics was during...
In Poconos, mysterious Turkish cleric shrouded in mystery 1.2.2016 AP Top News
SAYLORSBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The influential Muslim cleric lives quietly on a gated 26-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains, where he prays, works, meets admirers and watches from afar as terrorism accusations that have landed him on Turkey's most-wanted list unfold in court....
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What about Martin O'Malley? 29.1.2016 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Well, somebody has to do it. Somebody has to write about Martin O’Malley. He’s a serious person, with serious things to say, and it’s a travesty that he hasn’t gotten more coverage. In this election, two big issues are colliding: broadly diminished economic opportunity and concerns about ...
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Few U.S. neighborhoods affordable, near schools 28.1.2016 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. – a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market.Residents of Adams Morgan enjoy a bevy of bars, restaurants, exercise studios and shopping, just steps from their row houses and condo buildings. Home values are...
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