***UPDATE*** Did @DEStateBoardEd have a quorum at this meeting? It was not posted if so. #netDE

1/30/13 UPDATE: @DEStateBoardEd responded via PM on twitter defending this meeting as private and not required posting. To be clear, the board member below called it a meeting, but the SBE respondent on twitter called it a “social lunch”. Methinks they are blurring the lines and just trying to defend a private meeting of public officials. Ultimately,the defense of not posting (public or executive) a meeting in which a quorum of SBE members attended was simply the SBE’s way of telling me, and all of us, that the Title 29, Section 100 laws on open meetings are for us, but not them. In other words, nothing new.

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January 17, 2013

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January 08, 2013

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Originally posted on Seattle Education:

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“In just one week, the results of this year’s NECAP test will be released,” said Kelvis Hernandez. “It’s our hope that everyone in Rhode Island passes. But it’s more likely that thousands of students will not score high enough to pass this graduation requirement, particularly among the state’s most vulnerable populations—English Language Learners, students with disabilities, students of color, and low-income students. Will you support this policy that takes away so many of our futures? Or will you join us in calling on the Board of Education—whose members you nominate—to end this discriminatory and misguided graduation requirement? We hope you’ll make the right decision.”

Providence, Rhode Island – January 30, 2013 – Public high school students, teachers, and other community members staged a press conference today to protest Rhode Island’s new high-stakes testing graduation requirement, calling on Governor Chafee to end a policy they described as unjust and ineffective.

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We are exactly 1/3rd of the way throught the TELL Delaware Survey period of 1/22/13 to 2/15/13. #netDE #eduDE

The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Delaware survey is an anonymous statewide survey of licensed school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. 

The TELL Delaware survey will be administered January 22-February 15, 2013.  School-based licensed educators may complete the survey anytime during the four-week window, 24 hours a day, from any Internet location using the anonymous access code provided.

24 days of surveying, 8 are done. Here’s the response rate:

School     District Educators   # cmplt         % cmplt

DE            10277                                 1605                15.62

Looks like the response rate is a bit soft, not terrible, but a bit soft. I wonder if the DSEA and DOE and Governor will start a “BIG PUSH” to “drive” the numbers. If so, it’s another red flag. Trust me, if teachers trust the survey, then the above parties should not have to ask for you participation. We’ll soon see.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The U.S. Department of Education is not supposed to control U.S. education.

It was created to serve schools, protect the rights of the neediest children, and coordinate funding programs, not to tell schools what to do.

One prong of the corporate reform movement seeks to strip local school boards of their responsibility, because they don’t like privatization.

The National School Boards Association listened to Secretary Duncan and a leading Republican member of Congress yesterday, then released this statement:

NSBA contact: Linda Embrey, Communications Office
703-838-6737; lembrey@nsba.org

School Board Leaders Advocate for Less Intrusive Role of the U.S. Department of Education

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 29, 2013) – More than 700 school board members and state school boards association leaders will be meeting with their members of Congress and urging them to co-sponsor legislation, developed by the National School Boards Association (NSBA), to protect local school district governance from unnecessary and counter-productive…

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