Vision 2015 recaps milestones: not ONE of them mentions children or students. #netDE #truth

Powerful imagery here: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=7a257abbdc5ffa7c7d9bf9b5f&id=179b3e4f07

 

To help recap the milestones, here are some of the top education stories:

Looking ahead to 2013, we are excited about Delaware’s progress. More than two-thirds of the Vision 2015 recommendations are in motion, a tribute to our state’s collective willingness to provide every child with a world-class education – no matter his or her zip code. While this work is not flashy or fast, it’s moving forward with great momentum and purpose.  We are indebted to the dedicated educators, parents and community leaders who have come together to consistently put children first.

We have a unique opportunity to make a difference for the next generation and those that will follow. It’s up to all of us to keep pushing forward – celebrating our successes and learning from our challenges. We thank you for your contributions to this effort.
 

Have a wonderful holiday season!

I just don’t know what we would ever do without Vision 2015 looking out for the next Arne Duncan spotting, the closing of a legislative session (hint: it happens every other June 30th), communicating new Vision 2015 Leadership announcements, regaling us with a survey, or that the News Journal covered their own sad UD forum (Imagine!) puppet show with YES! Prep leadership from Houston, TX in a half full Clayton Hall sprinkled with DOE staffers snickering in the audience. Thank goodness Vision 2015 is on patrol. Oh, by the way, 730 days until they will have fixed education in Delaware, right? Vision 2015 dissolves then, right again?

Originally posted on Seattle Education:

This goes into the OMG category because that is what I kept saying to myself as I read this article.

From FireDogLake:

ACLU Wins Lawsuit Against Cory Booker, Forcing Release Of Emails with Facebook Executives

By: DSWright, posted on Wednesday December 26, 2012

Cory Booker (left) and Mark Zuckerberg

Cory Booker (left) and Mark Zuckerberg

It started on Oprah.

Facebook founder and Winklevii nemesis Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million donation to Newark schools to blunt PR damage from the release of The Social Network help school children. The money would not be going into the struggling city’s budget but would be privately controlled with Newark Mayor Cory Booker providing guidance.

Yes, money used to transform Newark public schools would be administered privately and, until recently, in secret from the people of Newark.

Privatizing schools in Newark was already a tough task this year after the crown jewel of charter schools in the city was…

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Ed-Reformers often rely on tired and weak catch phrases like “No Excuses”. Check out the latest on the Community Education Building.

Seems they are having trouble embracing their own mantra (read the whole article here): http://www.wdde.org/36255-community-education-building-open-delayed 

The Community Education Building, Bank of America’s gift to Delaware’s charter school movement, will not open until the 2014-15 school year, 12 months later than planned.

The delay will allow the building’s operators to “get it done right,” said Riccardo Stoeckicht, Community Education Building president.

But the delay was a major reason for two new charter schools, which had hoped to lease space in the building, to defer their planned openings from 2013 to 2014.”

Last February, Bank of America announced that it was donating the building at 1100 N. French Street, known as Bracebridge IV when it was built in 1997 by the MBNA Corp., to the Longwood Foundation, which would transform it into a home for high-performing charter schools that would primarily serve lower-income Wilmington residents.  The foundation created the Community Education Building as a separate entity to oversee the facility

“The focus for this project is to facilitate delivery of a world-class education,” Stoeckicht said. “And we’re not going to deliver world-class education, it’s the schools” which are chosen to lease space in the building.

Several schools filed applications last summer to lease space in the building, which covers 281,000 square feet on nine floors. It is expected to host three or four schools and a total of about 2,400 students. Kuumba Academy, a charter elementary school now located at 519 N. Market St. in Wilmington, was the only applicant  to conform it had been selected.

Building Plans Affect Opening of Charter Schools

He would not discuss the status of other applications, saying that making any statements could impact others’ perceptions of the schools’ plans, but organizers of the First State Montessori Academy and Academia Antonia Alonso indicated that finding a home in the Community Education Building was part of their plans.

In a posting on the school’s website, Oliver Yeh, board chairman at First State Montessori, wrote that the school had applied for space at the Community Education Building but the review process determined that it was “not a perfect match.” Yeh’s message indicated that the school will seek other sites in the Wilmington area and may reapply at the Community Education Building.

Kathy Laskowski, a board member at Academia Antonia Alonso, a dual-language immersion elementary school program developed with the support of the Latin American Community Center, said site selection and the delay in the Community Education Building’s opening were factors in the decision to defer the school’s opening for a year.

Just look at the mad scramble and the leaderless building flailing to get it right. What will they ever say if the test scores don’t go up? Scratch “we opened on time” as a reason. I wonder how the schools vying for the space will do this year with their attentions divided on this obviously confused effort.

so much for the fierce urgency of now on the urban achievement gap, huh?

Originally posted on Seattle Education:

From the Guardian, posted on 12/29/2012:

Revealed: How the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy

By Naomi Wolf

There is a new twist: the merger of the private sector, DHS and the FBI means that any of us can become WikiLeaks, a point that Julian Assange was trying to make in explaining the argument behind his recent book. The fusion of the tracking of money and the suppression of dissent means that a huge area of vulnerability in civil society – people’s income streams and financial records – is now firmly in the hands of the banks, which are, in turn, now in the business of tracking your dissent.

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Police used teargas to drive back protesters following an attempt by the Occupy supporters to shut down the city of Oakland.

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall –…

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Students Evaluating Teachers

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

Should K-12 student surveys of their teachers be used to determine whether they get a boost in salary or be judged effective or ineffective?

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The emerging answer, according to Amanda Ripley’s recent article, is yes. Based on surveys given to students about their teachers over the past decade, student judgments about their teachers are highly correlated with test scores. In particular, researchers have found these questions on a 36-item survey to bear the highest association with test scores. (see preliminary-findings-research-paper-1, pp. 11-16)

1. Students in this class treat the teacher with respect.

2. My classmates behave the way my teacher wants them to.

3. Our class stays busy and doesn’t waste time.

4. In this class, we learn a lot almost every day.

5. In this class, we learn to correct our mistakes.

These questions measure classroom control and the degree to which teachers challenge students to work harder…

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