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Bullying Teachers

A recent staff meeting was interesting. We had been asked by our principal to take a PARCC practice test (at least part of one) ahead of time so that we, as a staff, could have a discussion about it at this staff meeting. My principal is someone who I would not consider to be a drinker of corporate reform Kool-Aid, but who also seems to be, in my opinion, only somewhat aware of the larger issues involved in corporate education reform. He is the kind of person who doesn’t like to dwell on what he has “no control over.” That is an amiable quality in most cases and has helped us focus more on what we can and should do much of the time, rather than get overly frustrated with the nonsense that has been flooding into our daily existence as teachers. But this time, it was hard to focus…

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Will @GovernorMarkell permit DE Chief for Change of @DEDeptofED to straight up bust a union CBA?

Hmmm, I wonder what this all means.

7.6.1.3 For schools at which a collective bargaining agreement governs its employees, a further agreement between and among the district or charter school, the collective bargaining unit, and the Department addressing those subjects, if any, that may inhibit the schools’ successful implementation of its model, including but not limited to:
7.6.1.3.1 Limitations on hiring, reassigning and transferring covered employees into and out of the Partnership Zone school, such as seniority limitations;
7.6.1.3.2 The methodology for determining which teachers will be transferred or reassigned as part of the model;
7.6.1.3.3 Work rules relating to the educational calendar and scheduling of instructional time and non-instructional time,
7.6.1.3.4 Instructional reform;
7.6.1.3.5 Professional development requirements and other specialized training;
7.6.1.3.6 Retention and employment incentives, including performance incentives for effective teachers and principals; and
7.6.1.3.7 Any other subject required by these regulations to be addressed in the Partnership Zone school’s selected model.
7.6.1.4 In the event the parties are not able to reach the agreement required by 7.6.1.3 within seventy-five (75) days of notice as a Partnership Zone school, each party shall present its last best offer on the areas of disagreement along with a draft agreement, to the Secretary of the Department, who shall accept one of the last best offers, or reject all of them. Should the Secretary reject all offers, the parties shall have thirty (30) days to confer and present the Secretary revised offers for re-consideration pursuant to this section.
Could be quite a few weeks coming up.

The MOU passes, cartoon edition.

Hint, LUCY is the DOE

800 × 713 – peanutsnuts.com

The Principal: The Most Misunderstood Person in All of Education (Kate Rousmaniere)

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Kate Rousmaniere is Professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University (Ohio). Her most recent book is: The Principals’ Office: A Social History of the American School Principal, (Albany: SUNY Press,2013). The following article appeared in Atlantic Online, November 8, 2013.

A few years ago when I walked the hallways of a high school with my five-year-old niece Evie, she remarked, without prompting: “There’s the principal’s office: you only go there if you are in trouble.” As an educator and an aunt, I wondered how the office of an educational professional had come to be symbolized in such a decisive way in the mind of a child, particularly a child who had yet to enter formal schooling. As I scanned popular representations of the school principal, I found that Evie’s impression was hardly unusual. Across popular and professional cultures, the figure of the school…

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Comparing Transformation and Turnaround… better know as “hemlock or cyanide” #eduDE #Prioritizethat

 

The Governor Markell FOIA Release: Rodel, Herdman, RTTT, Common Core, and guess who’s coming to town…

KIPP IS COMING KIPP IS COMING!

Exceptional Delaware 2017

For those who may not be aware, I requested a Freedom of Information Act request from Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s office on December 3rd, 2014.  I received it today, January 12th, 2015.  My request was for all emails between Markell and the following individuals: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein (of Amplify) and Paul Herdman of The Rodel Foundation of Delaware.

Some things are obvious from this FOIA release.  Governor Jack Markell does not communicate big education matters via email.  At least not his official state email.  For a Governor that pushes education so much, you would think there would be more communication with his partner on the Education Blueprint.  Some questions that are answered in this:

1) How did Paul Herdman get into Rodel?

2) What charter chain may be filing a charter application this month and how could this possibly have something to do…

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Delaware Chapter of the ADA backs Rep. John Kowalko 100%. #KeepKowalko #netDE #eduDE