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Campaign 2016: Sanders, Trump, & McKesson (Yes, McKesson)

There are at least three big outsider campaigns going on right now, though most folks are only paying attention to Sanders and Trump. The third is BlackLivesMatter's Deray McKesson running for mayor of Baltimore, which like the others has implications (for BlackLivesMatter, most of all) regardless of whether he wins (seems unlikely) or loses.

Quotes: At Friday Event, Clinton Touts "Balanced" Approach To Testing

Quotes2I want every teacher, principal, parent and student to know you will have a partner in the White House... Recruiting and retaining effective teachers starts with something very basic, raising teacher pay... Let’s keep working to find a fair balanced approached to testing so our kids learn what they need to compete...

-- Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in New York on Friday via Newsday (Clinton touts economic agenda in Buffalo, Rochester) Last week, her husband raised some eyebrows with his suggestion that Clinton didn't support annual testing (see also NYT).  See full speech transcript here.

Morning Video: They're [Still] Using "The Wire" In Schools

 

This PBS NewsHour segment describes some of the different ways "The Wire" is [still] being used in classrooms and courses around the country. Apparently there was just a conference about it at Columbia. 

Or, watch the Leadership Conference roll out the poll results you've already seen in the LA Times and Huffington Post live from the National Press Club here.

Or, watch how some Denver schools are using viral videos as teaching tools.

AM News: Clinton Addresses NY Teachers, Philly Labor Leaders

Hillary Clinton touts economic agenda in Buffalo, Rochester | Newsday

Clinton Stumps for Friendly Union Faces in Pennsylvania - Courthouse News 

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - The New York Times

Black and Latino parents want better teachers and harder classes for their kids - LA Times

Some Parents Of Color Don't Think Schools Are Even Trying To Educate Their Children

Criminal hackers now target hospitals, police stations and schools - LA Times

How One School Under Pressure Resists 'Test Prep' - WNYC

Why Teachers on TV Have to Be Incompetent or Inspiring - The New York Times

 

AM News: It's Social Media Friday

It's Twitter Friday -- watch what I'm seeing and thinking below, or on Twitter, or via Facebook. Have a great day: 

Charts: Easy Entry But Low Salaries For Classroom Aides, Preschool Teachers

Mathematic has a chart for each state showing careers that don't require a ton of education and have predicted job growth. Unfortunately -- unsurprisingly -- many of them like aides and preschool teachers -- don't provide much by way of salary, either.

 

Events: See You At The Yale SOM Education Conference

Most Likely to Succeed Trailer from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

Along with many others, I'm going to be at the Yale SOM Education Conference (which actually starts tonight and goes through tomorrow).

The Friday morning keynotes are going to be Thrive Chicago's Sandra Abrevaya and Northside Achievement Zone's Sondra Samuels.

The closing keynote is DFER head Shavar Jeffries.

The panel on Common Core testing (which I'm moderating) features Chicago NBCT Sherisse A. Lucas, Dr. Ilene Tracey Director of Instruction and School Improvement, New Haven Public Schools, Ken Wagner Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner, Dianna Wentzell Commissioner, CT State Department of Education

You can find the full event schedule here.

There are also going to be screenings of the film, Most Likely To Succeed (see trailer above), which focuses among other things on the projects and presentations that are part of the model developed at High Tech High. 

For those of you who'll be following along online, the official hashtag is #DefiningSuccess2016  and you can find more on Instagram at @yalesomelc2016.

School Police: San Antonio Girl Slammed To Ground

The latest in a string of videos featuring school police acting in a deeply unsettling way, now trending on social media. 

Morning Video: Another Long Island Student Wins All-Ivy Acceptance

There should be a name for this feat, I guess -- an "All Ivy?"

AM News: Philly Turnarounds, Clinton Visit (Plus NYC Parent Lawsuit)

Politicians, union leaders, and teachers blast school turnaround plans Philly Inquirer: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Katie McGinty, candidate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, joined local union and political leaders Wednesday in opposing a turnaround plan for an elementary school in North Philadelphia.

Clinton courts union support in Philadelphia Newsworks: Seeming energized after losing to rival Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin's primary, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a friendly crowd of organized labor in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Hillary Clinton's union problem Politico: Teachers have yet to unite behind Clinton, the latest sign that she is struggling to lock down an important chunk of the Democratic base.

Parents Will Sue America's Largest School District Over Classroom Violence BuzzFeed: The suit will be filed late Wednesday night in the Eastern District Court of New York, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said. It is the first time a class-action lawsuit has been filed over school violence in New York.

Why school can be a rocky ride for some young Syrians in the US WNYC: The warm welcome many Syrian families receive in the US does not always apply to schools.

Grading Schools On Student Resilience And Self-Control WAMU: This spring a handful of school districts in California will begin testing students on resilience and self-control, among other so-called social emotional skills. Debate over new federal standards on school quality and testing for non-academic skills.

The cost of better school security: $10 million in cameras for Miami-Dade Miami Herald: The Miami-Dade County school district is planning on spending $10 million on additional security cameras. The district already has 12,000 of them, like this one at Miami Beach High, but would add 7,000 more so that every school is monitored by 2020.

Seattle’s IB schools are national outliers in lack of support from district Seattle Times: Across the country, thousands of schools offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. Seattle is the only large district in the Pacific Northwest that makes parents or individual schools pay for it.

Why Are So Few Kids Getting the HPV Vaccine? Stateline: Ten years after the federal government approved the first vaccines to combat the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, nine years after those vaccines were recommended for all adolescent girls, and five years after they were recommended for all adolescent boys, less than half of girls and only a fifth of boys are getting immunized.

Maryland rejects Montgomery County’s snow-day waiver request Washington Post:  State said the county did not do enough to modify its calendar in making up missed days.

Teacher arrested for carrying a gun at a middle school in Newtown, Conn. Washington Post: Small town where 26 children and teachers were killed in a notorious 2012 elementary school shooting has stepped up its law enforcement presence at schools.

Trial date set for Gary Solomon, co-defendant of Byrd-Bennett Sun-Times: Gary Solomon, 48, has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen criminal charges stemming from the alleged steering of contracts to The SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates by Byrd-Bennett in exchange for kickbacks.

Quotes: Black Superintendent Reacts To "Jim Crow" Accusation From White Protesters

Quotes2I’m not going to stand by while someone who doesn’t look like me accuses me of carrying out some form of Jim Crow... I teach my own kids that no one can take your dignity and only you can control your temper. I tell them that I know who I am. I know my history.

- Oakland superintendent Antwan Wilson quoted in this SF Chronicle column (Superintendent gets schooled in Oakland’s turbulent politics)

Morning Video: Digital Education, Promise and Perils

Here's last night's PBS NewsHour segment on personalized learning and data security questions, which opens in a Miami school that features education technology. 

Or, watch EdWeek's ESSA explainer and see how many staffers you can recognize in their cameos.

AM News: Opt-Outs, DCTU Victory, Teachers Vs. Police?

Opt-Outs Persist as Exams Begin Across New York - WSJ

Teachers union touts victory in evaluation fight - The Washington Post

FOP want Chicago Teachers Union to condemn rally comments to 'F--- the police' | Chicago Sun-Times

Besieged teachers unions reach out to their members | EdSource

Taking High School Courses In College Costs Students And Families Nearly $1.5 Billion : NPR Ed : NPR

Arne Duncan On Chicago: 'I Didn't Think It Could Get Worse, But It Has' - Chicago

New York Teen Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Colleges

CPS Tells Kids They Got Into Coveted School, Takes It Back - Old Town - Chicago

Update: The Teach For America Reboot (Goes Beyond Corps Member Diversity)

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Here's my latest Scholastic Administrator column, about the Teach for America Reboot: "The controversy surrounding TFA may have been helpful, in the end. As Villanueva Beard told Politico, “'I’m grateful for when people make our shortcomings clear, because it enables us to get better.'” 

Quotes: Opt-Out Advocates Work To Win Over Minority Parents

Quotes2We already have so much work to do to try to close the achievement gap that this is a distraction... It's not Latino parents, it's not African-American parents. We don't have the time to be wasting trying to opt out. We need to know exactly how the kids are doing because when they go to college, if they are not prepared it's going to cost people more money.

-- Luis Torres, director of policy and legislation for the League of United Latin American Citizens, quoted in Politico (Opt-out movement aims to lure more African-American, Latino parents)

Chart: Nearly Half Of HS Grads Taking "No Cohesive Curriculum"

Only 8 Percent of Students Complete College- and Career-Ready Curriculum, according to EdWeek story on new EdTrust report.

 

Morning Video: April Begins Mass Shooting Season

"Two years ago, Alex Hribal, a student at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, wanted to honor the Columbine killers, but school wasn’t in session April 20. He struck on Eric Harris’ birthday — April 9 — and stabbed 20 people." via Washington Post (The strange seasonality of violence: Why April is ‘the beginning of the killing season’)

AM News: Let's Get This Testing [Opting Out] Started

Opt-out movement aims to lure more African-American, Latino parents Politico: Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan drew attention to the racial disparity in 2013 when he remarked to state superintendents that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against new academic standards because their kids had done poorly on the tough...

Chancellor on State Tests: 'I Don't Believe in Opting Out' WNYC: "I don't believe in opting out," she told reporters at a Brooklyn high school where she announced an expansion of dual-language programs for the fall.

For teachers unions, budget is more proof of a pendulum shift in New York education policy ChalkbeatNY: The charter sector is excited about a funding boost, while the unions are relishing an ideological shift that got its start months ago and is borne out in the state’s newfound support for “community schools.” The satisfaction of both groups points to a larger theme: In a shift, the budget had much more to do with haggling over funding than arguing over education policy.

General Electric Pledges to Spend $50M on Boston Initiatives AP: General Electric pledges to spend $50 million on initiatives in Boston, including $25 million in public schools

High school dean, responsible for discipline, charged with having heroin in her office Washington Post: Dean was handcuffed and led out a back door of her New Hampshire public school, but students and parents weren't told what happened for six weeks, when parent saw her name on a police arrest log.

Health Scare at Malibu School Sets Off Media War NYT: A debate over window caulking with the toxic chemical compounds has divided a California school district and parents like Cindy Crawford.

Bill, Chelsea Clinton spend day volunteering at Oakland schools SF Gate: Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, joined hundreds of volunteers at an Oakland school Sunday for a day of service that included a coat of paint and freshly potted plants.

Morning Video: Watch Global Prize Winning Palestinian Teacher In Class

NYT: A Palestinian Teacher’s Methods Earn the Attention of More Than Her Class

Site News: Rainy, Tweety Monday

Happy Monday. I'm working on a big project today but will be Tweeting and Facebooking here and there nonetheless:

 

RIP: Jimmy Carter On Hufstedler

April Fool's: That Time I Quit Blogging To Join TFA

#EDgif Of The Day: Weingarten Rallies In Chicago

Morning Listen: A Drunk History Of Education, Or A Year At Seattle's Beach HS

A drunk history of the federal role in education, via the folks at Fordham, featuring Rick Hess and some cocktails and pop culture clips and that song from the last episode of "Billions."

Or, if you missed this deep dive into a year at a struggling Seattle high school when it originally aired in December (like I did), take a listen. It's from Kyle Stokes, who was at the time still at KPLU. 

He's now at KPCC. See also pictures and charts about the school here.

AM News: One-Day Chicago Teachers Strike Is No April Fool's Joke

Chicago Schools to Close as Teachers Launch One-Day Strike AP: Teachers in Chicago are launching an unprecedented one-day strike. See also Sun-Times, Tribune, WBEZ

Chicago Teachers Union pushes broad message for fiscal reform with walkout Tribune: The union's repeated threats to strike over pay and pension issues in recent weeks have evolved into a labor-led fight against Rauner's anti-union agenda, and a call for new revenue amid a state budget impasse that has jeopardized social service programs and public universities.

White teachers and black teachers have different expectations for black students Washington Post: New study provides more evidence that race plays a role in expectations of academic success. See also HuffPost.

Teacher-Pay Equity: An Unforeseen ESSA Wrinkle EdWeek: Teacher-salary comparability isn't one of the allowable topics in ESSA rulemaking, but that's not stopping the topic from cropping up in the negotiations.

Mayor de Blasio Meets With Parents Opposed to State Testing NYT: An Education Department official said that although the mayor continued to believe the tests were important, he wanted to hear the parents’ views.

Shirley Hufstedler, Pioneering Judge and First Cabinet-Level Education Secretary, Is Dead at 90 NYT: Shirley Hufstedler set as her goal at the new Education Department to bolster programs that gave assistance to the disadvantaged and the disabled.

One application for many L.A. Unified school options? That's the district's plan KPCC: Currently, each of these programs has its own application process and its own deadline; families must submit magnet applications by November, for instance, but paperwork for Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) comes due in late April. What's more, parents can't apply for every program online.

High Lead Levels Found at More Newark Schools NYT: Nearly a quarter of samples collected in school buildings in the district last week had concentrations above the federal threshold.

Fewer Suspensions in City Schools After Discipline Changes WNYC: The New York Civil Liberties Union called the new numbers a strong indicator that schools are getting better at resolving minor behavioral issues — especially with the drop in suspensions due to insubordination. See also Chalkbeat.

Trailers: "All The Difference" Scheduled For POV In September

The new season of PBS's POV series "Seek Redemption, Justice, Peace" starts in May and features at least one segment "All The Difference" focused on the struggles of two South Side Chicago teens named Robert and Krishaun who are trying to graduate high school and go on to college. The piece "follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty." Watch the trailer above. Look for it in September. 

 

Quotes: Public Systems (Including Education) Feed Off, Fail Too Many Kids

Quotes2By the time someone is coming to us job-ready, they've been failed by the healthcare system, the education system; by housing, by law enforcement... Maybe the foster care system, maybe the prison-industrial complex. And also, those systems have fed off of them, and they have a complete lack of trust in any sort of system operating for them.

--  Crown Heights Mediation Center's Amy Ellenbogen in VICE (How 'Violence Interrupters' Are Trying to Stop Gang Shootings in Brooklyn)

 

Update: Furlough Days & Teacher Walk-Outs In Chicago

Last week, the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools told teachers to stay home on a pre-Easter Weekend furlough day. On Friday, the Chicago Teachers Union is calling on teachers to picket schools rather than teach in them to protect the district and state's lack of funding.

Morning Video: Sen. Warren On Clinton/Sanders (Plus Chelsea at AFT)

 

Watch Colbert interview Senator Warren (above via Medialite), or watch Chelsea Clinton address AFT members here (via AFTHQ).

AM News: Opt-Out/Testing Season Begins Soon In States Like NY, IL

To Opt Out or Not? Dueling Messages Before Next Week's Tests WNYC: Leaders of the opt out movement accuse the city’s Department of Education of withholding information from families about their right to boycott the state tests, in what appears to be an attempt to reach a broader audience before next week’s tests.

Will Parents Opt Their Kids Out Of PARCC Test Like Last Year? WBEZ: The PARCC is aligned with Common Core standards, which are national standards. Some parents think the PARCC and other Common Core tests ...

Friedrichs ends with a whimper Politico: SEIU's Mary Kay Henry, NEA's Lily Eskelsen Garcia, AFT's Randi Weingarten, and AFSCME's Lee Saunders all held a joint press call after Tuesday's decision, and “all four of us understand the importance of working together and combining our resources, ...

Chicago Teachers Union pushes broad message for fiscal reform with walkout Tribune: The union's repeated threats to strike over pay and pension issues in recent weeks have evolved into a labor-led fight against Rauner's anti-union agenda, and a call for new revenue amid a state budget impasse that has jeopardized social service programs and public universities. See also Crain's: April 1 teacher strike 'all but' assured, CTU says.

Chicago Teachers Union walkout raises legal questions Tribune: Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool insists it would be illegal, and Gov. Bruce Rauner calls it an "abuse of power." Even union members have sought reassurances...

Educator misconduct cases continue to choke the system SI&A Cabinet Report: The number of teacher misconduct cases awaiting an appeal hearing has actually increased since the governor and state lawmakers agreed last year to provide additional funding to help clear a backlog of some 265 open investigations.

Lower East Side families get first look at a sweeping plan to integrate schools ChalkbeatNY: The proposal would re-introduce families’ demographic information into the admissions system, under a model known as “controlled choice.” Now, families applying to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten would first submit information about their income level and whether they earned a high school or college degree, along with whether their child lives in temporary housing, is not a native English speaker, or has a disability.

School board backs away from rezoning proposal tagged by critics as segregation Washington Post: Loudoun County board drew criticism for a plan that would have created high-poverty schools.

A Diverse Teaching Force? This Search Firm Can Help, But It'll Cost You NPR: Meet Stratégenius Consulting — a company that helps schools find candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.

Detroit Schools to Get Stopgap Aid, More Corruption Alleged ABC News: The state's largest school district was in danger of starting to run out of money in April. The stopgap spending legislation shows the district's challenges "aren't just Detroit's problem, they are concerns for all of Michigan," Snyder said. 

Morning Video: Chicago Teachers Prepare To Go On "Wildcat" Strike

 

The head of Chicago schools says that the Friday walkout is an illegal strike and that teachers won't get paid if they don't show up.

Or, watch PBS discuss Friedrichs ruling, or its weekly segment (this one featuring a successful foster student).

Or, watch folks debate expanding charter schools in Malden, Massachusetts.

 

Quotes: Time "Running Out" For Common Core Advocates

Quotes2CCSS advocates say it is too early to tell, and we’ll just have to wait to see the benefits.  That defense won’t work much longer.  Time is running out.  The political challenges that Common Core faces the remainder of this year may determine whether it survives.

- Brookings' Tom Loveless (Common Core’s major political challenges for the remainder of 2016)

AM News: Union Fee Win, StudentsFirst Merger, NY Primary Showdown

With Supreme Court Tie, Teachers Unions Dodge A Bullet NPR: The 4-4 ruling by the high court means the failure of an effort to overturn requirements that nonunion members contribute to the cost of bargaining. See also AP, EdSourceTeacherBeat, NYT.

Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst will merge with education advocacy group 50Can LA Times: Just several years after its glitzy launch, StudentsFirst, the Sacramento-based education group started by former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, is merging with another education advocacy organization, 50Can. See also The Seventy FourTeacherBeat.

Bernie and Hillary prep for New York clash Politico: American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, a former president of New York's local teachers union branch, spent the past week talking to her own members and leaders in Albany and the Hudson Valley about the stakes of the election. See also PK12.

National PTA's New Stand on Opt-Outs Could Prove Timely This Testing Season EdWeek: The group's January update of its position statement on assessments, its first in 35 years, includes its opposition to policies letting parents remove children from standardized testing.

The overwhelming whiteness of U.S. private schools, in six maps and charts Washington Post: Should there be more civil rights scrutiny of private schools that accept taxpayer funding via vouchers?

Detroit Schools to Get Stopgap Aid, More Corruption Alleged AP: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep the Detroit Public Schools open through the end of the school year. See also District Dossier, Daily Caller.

In African-American Communities, Growing Interest In Home-Schooling NPR: When it comes to teaching their children at home, African-Americans often cite different reasons than white families.

Loudoun County school board votes down controversial rezoning plan Washington Post: The school board declined to push forward a plan to create two majority-poverty schools. See also WAMU.

D.C. now has more children. Here's where they're living. Washington Post: Neighborhoods just east of Rock Creek Park, like Columbia Heights and Petworth, saw the biggest jump in the population under 18.

Quotes: Oakland Supe's Actions "Unilateral...Not Collaborative"

Quotes2There are disruptive policies causing some chaos in schools, mass movements of principals and calls for quality schools that are not being supported in a bottom-up way... These are unilateral decisions. It’s not collaborative, and while he may feel a rush to get things done, we think things should be done in a more thoughtful way.

-- Oakland Education Association head Trish Gorham in this SF Chronicle column (Superintendent gets schooled in Oakland’s turbulent politics)

#edGIF Of The Day: SAT Security Hole Plus Foreign Student Spike

The reason you care is that Reuters is reporting a "major security hole with the SAT" in which the College Board gave SAT tests that "it knew had been compromised in Asia."

Morning Video: That Group Michelle Rhee Started Is Merging With 50CAN

In honor of the announcement from The Seventy Four that 50CAN and StudentsFirst were merging, which is either a totally understandable move or a strange and early April Fool's, here's the video of the original Michelle Rhee announcement.

AM News: Syrian Refugee Students, Chicago Teachers Walkout, Teachers Using Snapchat

For Syrian Refugees in New Jersey, a Bumpy Adjustment to School WNYC: In March, WNYC visited Aisha during science class at the Islamic school, where she copied words in English while her classmates answered questions with enthusiasm. She wore a blue and yellow uniform, which includes a yellow hijab for the girls.

Chicago Teachers Union sets plans for Friday walkout Chicago Tribune: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and an ally of CTU President Karen Lewis, is scheduled to appear at a teach-in on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University on Friday morning, according to a tentative schedule. See also: CTU: Teachers who cross picket line April 1 could lose union membership.

Say goodbye to eighth grade Algebra 1 and hello to the rise of Common Core math LA Times: Eighth grade math is changing: instead of emphasizing Algebra I where only some students thrive, many schools are placing all students in the same general class that covers several concepts. Common Core standards for the eighth grade call for all students to learn the same general math concepts,...

With ESSA on the Books, Here's an Early Look at Trends in State K-12 Legislation PK12: In many respects, officials in statehouses and state education departments are still figuring out how they'll proceed under ESSA.

How Teachers Are Using Snapchat NPR: Teachers explain how they're applying the social media app to lessons and homework.

Quotes: Ravitch Claims Victory

Quotes2Everything the corporate reformers do has failed. Their day has come and gone. ... They remain in power by deception and the power of money, not the efficacy of their ideas. They will go out with the tide. 

- Diane Ravitch on her blog (26 Million Page Views! Thank You!)

Charts: More Cops Than Counselors In NYC, Chicago, & Miami-Dade (But Not LA)

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Interesting to note that LAUSD has more counselors than cops, and many fewer of both than NYC, Chicago, or Miami-Dade. From The Seventy Four. See more detail here and here.

Morning Video: Detroit Schools Going Bankrupt

Watch the NYT's Kate Zernike describe the problem on this PBS NewsHour weekend segment. Or, watch this 2015 PSA about kids and violence featuring a kid who was hit by a stray bullet last weekend.

AM News: Testing Changes, Bad Water, Plus Trio Of Edu-Profiles (King, O'Connor, Gordon)

PARCC testing begins again but still no opt-out policy Chicago Sun-Times: For its second year, PARCC has been shortened. It has a simpler format, and results have been promised much sooner than last year — by the summer, rather than late autumn, so that teachers and parents can actually use the results. Those improvements still won’t stop a number of families in Chicago from skipping it.

Smarter Balanced test changes affect California special ed students KPCC: This year the Smarter Balanced test will allow students to control the volume and pitch on the computer program that reads a question to a student and that reads glossary words related to questions on the test. The test will also now provide Spanish language glossaries to help students who have a disability and who are classified as English Learners.

Schools Nationwide Still Grapple With Lead in Water NYT: The Flint, Mich., crisis has cast attention on the issue, but in schools from Jersey City, N.J., to Los Angeles, problems have dragged on for years. See also: Digging Further Into a Water Problem.

New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done NPR: John B. King Jr. talks about his priorities for a tenure that may be short-lived: implementing the new education law, high-quality preschool and college access, to name a few.

A Supreme Court Pioneer, Now Making Her Mark on Video Games NYT: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said she had never played video games until a few years ago. But now she is using them to teach students valuable civics lessons.

 Should Schools Ask Students About Their Sexual Orientation To Protect LGBT Rights? Washington Post: Researchers are calling on the federal government to begin collecting information about LGBT students’ experiences at the nation’s schools. Embedded in that argument, though, is a call to begin asking students to declare their gender identity and sexual orientation at school — a move that the Equity Project acknowledges is fraught with privacy concerns.

Education's Mr. Fix-it Christian Science Monitor/Hechinger Report: While he may be relatively invisible to the students, Mr. Gordon is hardly unknown outside the school. As the overseer of 21 charter schools in Philadelphia, he has carved out a reputation as a turnaround artist – someone willing to try to fix high schools that are failing, a task that many other reformers have shied away from in their quest to transform urban education. 

When School-Installed Software Stops A Suicide NPR: School administrators increasingly have the power to track students' Web browsing even when they're at home. The implications are complicated.

Brooklyn Private School Looks to Expand to ManhattanWSJ: Basis Independent, an ambitious, for-profit, private school that opened in Brooklyn last year, says it will expand to the Upper West Side in the fall of 2017.

How Chicago Will Keep Classes Going When Teachers Strike Tribune: Chicago Public Schools will provide about 250 "contingency sites" for students locked out of the classroom by a one-day teachers strike April 1, while also asking teachers who disagree with the walkout to report for work.

See additional news and commentary from over the weekend here.

Twitter Friday: News, Opinion & Analysis Via Social Media

Happy Friday. I'm working on a couple of longform pieces today. But that doesn't mean I won't be sharing out news, commentary, and all the rest. You can check out all my updates here, or on Facebook (Alexander Russo), or directly on Twitter (@alexanderrusso). You won't miss a thing, plus you can see the fun things people Tweet at me all day. 

Pictures: Obama & King In The Oval Office

In case you missed it (like I did), here's a picture of President Obama greeting newly-official EdSec John King in the Oval Office last week.

Charts: Two Similar States - MA & WA - With Very Different Outcomes

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"Both states are about 80 percent white, with similar rates of home-ownership and non-English speakers. Both boast household incomes well above the national average, yet see their schools filled with increasing numbers of low-income kids. The Bay State, however, soars in national comparisons, as well as international ones," according to the Seattle Times (Why are Massachusetts schools so much better?)

Image used with permission. Credit Garland Potts Seattle Times. To see a larger high-resolution version click Edlab

 

 

 

Morning Video: #TBT "What Teachers Make" (2005)

Yesterday at the local grocery store, I met a guy named Taylor and realized after a minor delay that he was none other than the famous-for-education teacher/poet Taylor Mali. 

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I accosted him, made him take a selfie with me, and got a quick update on his news. This past Fall, Mali raffled off the original version of his poem to raise funds for a favorite charity.  What poem, you ask?  You must be new here. 

Way back in 2005, Mali's slam performance, riffing off of "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach," was an early viral hit -- and could be considered part of an early wave of teacher voices angry at longtime denigration by the public and policymakers.

See one of many versions of the performance here. See a critic's takedown of his work here.

Related posts: The Return Of "What Teachers Make" (2011); "You Want To Know What I Make?" A Teacher Responds (2008).

AM News: Chicago Teachers Approve One-Day Walkout

CTU delegates give go-ahead for April 1 walkout Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union's governing body approved a plan Wednesday to shut down the city's schools with a one-day walkout April 1. Union leaders called the walkout to bring attention to its differences with the district in contract talks and to push. See also Catalyst: Teachers split over CTU vote on one-day strike.

Protests erupt at St. Paul Public Schools board meeting; teacher contract OK'd MinnPost: Things hit a tipping point when Jim Endres, a substitute teacher, moved the focus away from students, asking the board to better support teachers in the classroom, including Olson. He started to elaborate on what he considers to be the impossible standards placed on teachers today because we have “something called political correctness,” when booing audience members began to drown him out.

Pennsylvania Governor Relents After 9-Month Budget Impasse AP: Pennsylvania's Democratic governor says he won't block Republicans' $6.6 billion no-new-taxes spending package after nearly nine months of budget gridlock.

Calif. Teachers, Administrators Disagree About How Well Common Core Is Going Teacher Beat: On common-core implementation, 70 percent of district leaders said their district had made good or excellent progress toward Common Core implementation. But teachers say there's room for improvement.

How one Minnesota school district handles a rising immigrant population WNYC: The United States is now home to the largest number of foreign-born black people in its history—and many are K-12 students enrolled in public schools. The English-learners among them are overwhelmingly native Spanish, French, or Haitian Creole speakers, but districts have had to adjust on the fly to meet the needs of students who arrive communicating in less frequently spoken languages such as Amharic, Haitian Creole and Somali.

Why This Teacher Says More Classrooms Should Be Modeled After Gangs Huffington Post: Gangs give their members true responsibility, says Emdin, a professor at Columbia University's Teachers College. They make their members feel like they're part of a family -- a unit that will protect them. They give members a sense of "cosmopolitanism," or make them feel they're valued citizens of a larger community.   

Alabama lawmaker apologizes for bill requiring teachers be trained not to have sex with students Washington Post: And then there's the legislation in Kansas that would allow anyone who saw a transgender person in a school bathroom to sue the school for $2,500.... The state bills just keep on coming.

More Teachers Can't Afford To Live Where They Teach NPR: Rising rents, housing prices and living costs in the top real estate markets from Boston to San Francisco are putting the squeeze on teachers.

CPS Sues State Commission Over Charter School Closures WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool filed a lawsuit against the Illinois State Charter School Commission, challenging the commission’s ruling that three Chicago charter schools can stay open.

New York Public Schools Posts Lead Test Results Online WNYC: In response to reports of elevated lead levels in drinking water from Flint, Mich., to Newark, the New York City public school system is taking the extraordinary step of posting results from nearly 90,000 samples taken over the last 14 years.

One Monica in, one Monica out: How the LAUSD school board will change LA School Report: Meanwhile, fellow board member Monica Ratliff surprised many education and City Hall watchers last week when she quietly took out papers with the... 

Campaign 2016: 3 Sample Questions From Trump University Final Exam

The questions are simple: 1. Two plus two equals what?   2. Describe a major theme of “The Old Man and the Sea.” 3. H2O is the chemical symbol for what compound? It's the answers that are brilliant (The New Yorker).

Quotes: Understanding When Parents Make "Sub-Optimal" School Choices

Quotes2Choice programs may give parents the ability to choose schools that are better (or simply better for their child). Nevertheless, this new study out of Louisiana suggests that there may also be a risk that students will sort into new schools in sub-optimal –- or even harmful –- ways. By better understanding how parents are choosing schools for their children, we can maximize the benefits of school choice while mitigating the risks.  

- Paul Bruno (Overregulation Theory isn’t enough to explain negative voucher effects

 

Quotes: "Even If Charter Numbers Were Better... They Would Still Be Terrible"

Quotes2I don’t think charter proponents are well served by attacking the numbers or slicing and dicing them for the best cut.  Neither are they served by attacking the authors for being “anti-charter” as I have heard. Even if the charter numbers were better than the district numbers they would still be terrible, and screaming for action.

 - Oakland's Dirk Tillotson in Great School Voices (What Did We Learn from the UCLA Charter School Discipline Study?)

Morning Video: "Knock, Knock."

 
Daniel Beaty - Knock, Knock

Daniel Beaty performing "Knock, Knock." We're speechless. Just watch!

Posted by Films For Action on Sunday, February 14, 2016

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