Education Reform

Videos: Why, How, Options | Ask a Tech Teacher – Education Article

When I started teaching, videos were used only for a few reasons: to teach historical events, as a prize for something students did well, or for the sub to fill the time while I was out. A lot has changed since then, most importantly, teachers now recognize that students learn in a variety of ways, only one of which is via text. Why use videos It turns out, videos are much more than the distraction from life Hollywood would have…

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Politico: Cost of Protecting Betsy DeVos Will Rise to Almost $8 Million – Education Article

  No previous U.S. Secretary of Education required the protection of U.S. Marshalls. Betsy DeVos is the first to feel so endangered that she requires a special unit for herself. Could it be the Grizzly bears? Her brother Erik Prince owns a mercenary army. Both of them are billionaires. Why doesn’t she ask Erik to pitch in? Politico Morning Education reports: DEVOS SECURITY DETAIL COST MORE THAN $6M LAST YEAR:Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ security detail cost more than $6 million…

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Betsy DeVos: U.S. is on “Verge of Making Education Great Again” – Education Article

All it took to make American education “great again” was two-and-a-half years of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. So saith Betsy DeVos to the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan.  DeVos vigorously defended charter schools, especially in Detroit, even though most Detroit charters underperform Detroit public schools and are run as profit-making businesses. DeVos opened Saturday’s program at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference by celebrating her mission to spread education freedom across the country. The Michigan native slammed teacher unions…

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Ex-Governor Rick Snyder Will Not Teach at Harvard, as Backlash Grows Against Him – Education Article

  Michigan Ex-Governor Rick Snyder will not teach at Harvard,The outcry over Snyder’s role in the Flint water crisis made his position at Harvard untenable. Former Gov. Rick Snyder has pulled out of a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University after the Ivy League school faced immense criticism for the governor’s track record in the Flint water crisis. Snyder announced midday Wednesday his decision to withdraw from a senior research fellow position at Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and…

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Congratulations to Two Outstanding Teachers! – Education Article

  Two teachers won recognition for excellence and a $20,000 stipend.  Lynn Shon, who teaches science at M.S. 88 on Seventh Avenue, was given the Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education by the Math for America organization. Gary Rubinstein, a math teacher at Stuyvesant High School also won the award. Gary is well known to every reader of this blog. He is a great teacher, a great blogger, a stickler for accuracy, and is dedicated to public education. I…

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8 Practical Ways to Use AI in Learning – Education Article

Every year, education finds new ways to make learning more inclusive and diversified. The latest change agent is Artificial Intelligence (AI), now being used in classes to focus learning, simplify redundant tasks, and infuse lesson plans.  Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Kamy Anderson has eight practical ways to use AI in learning: Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the education industry. Traditional classrooms may not go extinct anytime soon, but edtech will certainly change the way we learn and think about learning.…

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California Teachers Association on Thurmond’s Charter Task Force Report – Education Article

Contact: Claudia Briggs at 916-325-1550BURLINGAME – The California Charter School Task Force created by Governor Gavin Newsom and led by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released its recommendations today, which reiterate the need for accountability and changes to the laws authorizing and operating California’s charter schools. The report recommendations reflect the intent of bills currently being considered by California lawmakers. The majority of the body charged with considering the economic impact of charter schools on neighborhood public schools and…

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My New Book Was Just Announced! – Education Article

I am very excited! My new book was just announced! The title is: SLAYING GOLIATH: The Impassioned Fight to Defeat the Privatization Movement and to Save America’s Public Schools.  It will be published on January 14, 2020, by Knopf, the most prestigious publisher in America. The editor is the brilliant Victoria Wilson, who is also an author, having written the definitive biography of Barbara Stanwyck. In Slaying Goliath, you will read about the heroes of the Resistance, those who stood up to…

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San Diego School Board Endorses Charter School Reforms – Education Article

Last night, the elected Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District passed a strong resolution endorsing four bills in the State Legislature that would impose discipline on the Wild West unregulated charter industry. The bills are described in the resolution. They would impose a moratorium on charter school expansion, revive local control, and increase oversight of charters. This resolution demonstrates that the board is willing to stand up to the rapacious charter industry. Like this: Like Loading……

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Michigan: Time for Governor Whitmer to Keep Her Promises! – Education Article

Thomas Pedroni of Wayne State University sent the following urgent message for readersof this blog. Professor Pedroni writes: “In 2016, seven Detroit school children and their parents joined together as plaintiffs to sue the State of Michigan for depriving them of what they deemed to be their basic right— the right to access literacy in minimally sufficient learning conditions. The plaintiffs, along with the vast majority of Detroit school children, had endured years of worsening conditions in the district— exploding…

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Julian Vasquez Heilig: “Did You See the Numbers?” “Yes, I Did.” – Education Article

Julian Vasquez Heilig is a leading authority on the subjects of equity and social justice. His blog is one of the brightest spots on the Internet because of his scholarship and creative use of graphics. He has been a prominent member in the California chapter of the NAACP. In this post, he refutes the claim that charter schools in California produce results better than public schools. Despite their advantages, their academic results are about the same as public schools. The…

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Bernie Sanders’ Bold Plan for Education – Education Article

  Senator Bernie Sanders has produced an excellent plan for education . Thus far, he is the only candidate to address K-12. His first principle is crucial: Every human being has the fundamental right to a good education. Read the plan. Sanders’ commitment to funding education is breathtaking. He intends to triple the funding of Title 1 for the neediest children. He proposes a national floor for per-pupil spending. He wants to reduce class sizes. He promises that the federal…

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Ohio: State Board of Education Opposes HB 70, the Takeover Bill – Education Article

I will be in Columbus, Ohio, tomorrow, for a public discussion with Bill Phillis sponsored by Public Education Partners at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbus, Capitol Square, 6 pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-public-education-forward-tickets-59663258412 Bill Phillis reports:   State Board of Education adopted a resolution stating the Board does not support HB 70 of the 131st General Assembly The State Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution indicating the Board does not support HB 70. The resolution was adopted after hearing testimony from representatives…

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Arne Duncan’s Take on School Reform: Read It! – Top Performers – Education Article

How can you not like this man and admire him? He comes across on every page as smart, honest, decent, articulate, knowledgeable, humble and deeply caring.  Who could wish for a better advocate for the children many of our schools are failing every day or for a country whose schools are falling further and further behind those in other industrialized countries?  The contrast between this man and the callous, ignorant ideologue who is now the U.S. Secretary of Education could…

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SomeDAMPoet On Arne Duncan’s Education Ideas – Education Article

Our blog poet was recently inspired to write about Arne Duncan’s truly terrible ideas about education. Worst ideas all the way down Duncan’s worst ideaIs resting on anotherAnd what is very clearIs that one had a mother “Duncan’s Views on Testing” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) We’re only for the Good tests,And really hate the BadAnd certainly, the Ugly testsWere always just a fad “America ruins on Duncan” “America ruins on Duncan”The motto of reformWhere every school is…

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