A Spirited Debate about Common Core at AFT Convention

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Stephen Sawchuck did a good job reporting the heated debate about the Common Core standards at the AFT convention. The Chicago Teachers Union wanted to dump them. The head of the New York City United Federation of Teachers mocked the critics of the standards. One union official said that the critics represented the Tea Party. That’s pretty insulting to the Chicago Teachers Union and one-third of the AFT delegates, as well as people like Anthony Cody, Carol Burris, and me.

As far as I can tell, no one explained how states and districts will find the hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for hardware and software required for “the promise of Common Core.” Early estimates indicate that Pearson will have a contract of $1 billion to develop the PARCC tests. Who will pay Pearson? Who will be laid off? How large will class sizes go?

There were no Martians…

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Clay Pell: A Fresh Face for Rhode Island Governor

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Clay Pell, a grandson of Rhode Island’s legendary Senator Claiborne Pell, announced that he is running for governor. Since the other two candidates are allied with corporate reformers, Pell offers hope that he might take a different tack and actually help public education (despite his own elite schooling).

Clay has two distinctions. First, he is 32, which would make him the nation’s youngest governor if elected. Second, he is married to ice skating star Michelle Kwan.

What he should do right now: meet with the Providence Student Union, whose members know more about education than the state board of education.

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American Federation of Teachers: “Remediating” Duncan and Retaining the “Corrupted” Common Core

Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:

I’m wondering what of substance was accomplished thus far at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) national convention in Los Angeles July 11-14, 2014.

On July 13, 2014, AFT was supposed to consider asking for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s resignation. The National Education Association (NEA) passed a resolution on July 4, 2014, asking Duncan to resign. However, as education historian Diane Ravitch points out, Duncan is only following the orders of President Obama:

I can personally vouch for the fact that Duncan is doing exactly what Obama wants. In the fall of 2009, I had a private meeting with Secretary Duncan, just the two of us, no staff. It was very pleasant. He was charming, pleasant, and took notes. I asked him, “Why are you traveling the country to sell Race to the Top accompanied by Reverend Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich? Why Gingrich?” His answer:…

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@ChrisCoons links up with ed reformers Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) looking for $$ based on being in a competitive match for election???? #netDE #eduDE

http://www.dfer.org/blog/author/joe-williams-1/

DFER’s Blog – Joe Williams

I believe that we will win…

     

I know we’ve all been glued to the TV since the USA beat Ghana, so you’re forgiven if you missed the launch of The DFER List last week. (The press took notice.) But, please take a second now to peel your eyes from the TV to check it out. This is a big step for our movement. And this month The DFER List is featuring our own Team USA – Team DFER, nine ed champions who are also our June Reformers of the Month.

These nine play vital roles in advancing progressive education reforms across the country and are true advocates for our kids. But many of these champions are heading into highly competitive matches.

- See more at: http://www.dfer.org/blog/author/joe-williams-1/#sthash.dfGc5bhx.dp

DFER’s Blog – Joe Williams

I believe that we will win…

     

I know we’ve all been glued to the TV since the USA beat Ghana, so you’re forgiven if you missed the launch of The DFER List last week. (The press took notice.) But, please take a second now to peel your eyes from the TV to check it out. This is a big step for our movement. And this month The DFER List is featuring our own Team USA – Team DFER, nine ed champions who are also our June Reformers of the Month.

These nine play vital roles in advancing progressive education reforms across the country and are true advocates for our kids. But many of these champions are heading into highly competitive matches.

- See more at: http://www.dfer.org/blog/author/joe-williams-1/#sthash.dfGc5bhx.dpuf

https://dferlist.org/page/candidates

DFER’s Blog – Joe Williams

I believe that we will win…

     

I know we’ve all been glued to the TV since the USA beat Ghana, so you’re forgiven if you missed the launch of The DFER List last week. (The press took notice.) But, please take a second now to peel your eyes from the TV to check it out. This is a big step for our movement. And this month The DFER List is featuring our own Team USA – Team DFER, nine ed champions who are also our June Reformers of the Month.

These nine play vital roles in advancing progressive education reforms across the country and are true advocates for our kids. But many of these champions are heading into highly competitive matches.

- See more at: http://www.dfer.org/blog/author/joe-williams-1/#sthash.dfGc5bhx.dpuf

DFER’s Blog – Joe Williams

I believe that we will win…

     

I know we’ve all been glued to the TV since the USA beat Ghana, so you’re forgiven if you missed the launch of The DFER List last week. (The press took notice.) But, please take a second now to peel your eyes from the TV to check it out. This is a big step for our movement. And this month The DFER List is featuring our own Team USA – Team DFER, nine ed champions who are also our June Reformers of the Month.

These nine play vital roles in advancing progressive education reforms across the country and are true advocates for our kids. But many of these champions are heading into highly competitive matches.

- See more at: http://www.dfer.org/blog/author/joe-williams-1/#sthash.dfGc5bhx.dpuf

DFER’s Blog – Joe Williams

I believe that we will win…

     

I know we’ve all been glued to the TV since the USA beat Ghana, so you’re forgiven if you missed the launch of The DFER List last week. (The press took notice.) But, please take a second now to peel your eyes from the TV to check it out. This is a big step for our movement. And this month The DFER List is featuring our own Team USA – Team DFER, nine ed champions who are also our June Reformers of the Month.

These nine play vital roles in advancing progressive education reforms across the country and are true advocates for our kids. But many of these champions are heading into highly competitive matches.

- See more at: http://www.dfer.org/blog/author/joe-williams-1/#sthash.dfGc5bhx.dpuf

More proof Delaware Sec of Education lacks capacity to lead! Ships Spec Needs students out of state!

Originally posted on Kilroy's delaware:

DE’s Institutionalized Discrimination against our Beyond-Complex Students Continues… There is no room in at the Inn. by Children and Educators First 

In 2013, the cases of 120 children were brought before ICT – 15 more than in 2012. This committee evaluated 43 new cases, while privately placing 117 children and providing three with other unique alternatives, namely deeming these children eligible for 1:1 services in their existing public school setting. Sixty-six of the 117 privately placed children were served in private day programs while the remaining 51 were moved to residential programs.

Of the 51 students who moved into residential programs, 19 were served in-state at AdvoServ, located in Bear, DE.  The remaining children, all 32 of them, were moved away from their families, their homes, and their support systems, and sent out of state by ICT. Ten of these 32 were fortunate enough to be accepted at one of…

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