UPDATE: Common Core Unrest in 22 States

Marriage Isn’t For You

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each…

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Tony Bennett and the Privatization Money Trail

A Chief for Change tale of woe.

Fascinating account of where the money comes from and where it’s going to. Follow the money to determine who is working for whose agenda. Tony Bennett and the Privatization Money Trail.

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Indiana school grades align with poverty

The Weekly Update: The corporate empire of public education and where that leaves the rest of us, ALEC, Gates and charter schools

Seattle Education

So much news, so little time.

From Real News:

U.S. Student Homelessness Up 10% Since Last Year

 Highest increases of homeless children seen in states like North Carolina where austerity policies predominate.

All those people we come in contact with daily, the sales clerk, that friendly person at the bank, the barista…they’ll all hurting, quietly, and I never knew they were in such pain, not until the strikes began to happen. Then I realized that these workers get paid so little that we are subsidizing the overhead of the 1% by providing workers with food assistance and healthcare, ensuring that the wealthy few can maintain their standard of living while the rest of us stoically suffer:

From the Real News, 1 out of 3 Bank Tellers in NY on Public Assistance

New report finds bank executives receive big bonuses, while 39% of frontline bank employees must rely on welfare because…

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Judge in Douglas County, Colorado, Rules Against School Board for Buying Favorable “Studies”

anyone think DE isn’t doing this?

Diane Ravitch's blog

A judge in Douglas County, Colorado, ruled that the school board had violated the state fair campaign practices law by hiring two conservative commentators to write papers praising the district’s privatization agenda.

One paper was produced by Frederick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and the other by conservative activist William Bennett. Hess was paid $30,000 (half from district coffers) and Bennett was paid $50,000 ( by a private foundation).

Although there was no fine, the district plans to appeal.

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Teachers: How to Survive in a Hostile Environment

Diane Ravitch's blog

Peg Robertson, one of the leading figures in the Opt Out movement, here writes movingly about her own experiences as a teacher, struggling to do her best for her students in an atmosphere dominated by corporate reform ideas.

She writes about the family that shaped her views about education.

She offers practical and wise suggestions for every teacher in the same predicament.

This is an action guide that every teacher will enjoy reading.

Read what she says, share it, and listen to her words of wisdom.

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