Friday, April 18, 2014

Why is Public Television Against Public schools?

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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“You’d think that that public television would support public education, but you’d be wrong,” writes Peter Dreier in The Huffington Post. “The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools. PBS has nary a word to say about the big money — from [...]

State Report Card on Digital Learning Shows Improvement

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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States are passing legislation to improve technology use in K12 classrooms, having debated more than 450 digital learning bills and having signed 132 into law last year, according to the Digital Learning Report Card 2013. But the grades for some states are still failing or near failing. Only two states, Utah and Florida, received As for boosting [...]

Linda Darling-Hammond: New Visions for Assessment and Accountability Key to Common Core Implementation

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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The American Prospect recently interviewed Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University to discuss the role of standardized testing in the adoption of Common Core and what the tests miss in evaluating student performance. “In California, where the Common Core is being implemented without any high-stakes tests, there’s much less anxiety and debate about the value of the [...]

College Board Provides A Glimpse Of New SAT

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years. Sample questions for the new version of the college-entrance test were released on Wednesday by the College Board, which announced last month that the new test will include real-world applications and require [...]

Slowing the Expansion of Virtual Charter Schools

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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Another attempt to slow down virtual public charter schools in Maine took a step toward enactment on Monday. The House of Representatives voted 91-56 in favor of LD 995, An Act to Establish a Moratorium on the Approval and Operation of Virtual Public Charter Schools, which heads to the Senate for further votes. House Democrats said virtual [...]

Report: Black, Latino, and American Indian Students Facing Huge Barriers to Success

April 15, 2014 by twalker  
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By Kelsey Nelson Children of color in every state in the country continue to lag significantly behind their Asian and White counterparts in access to quality education and economic opportunities, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Consequently, these kids are more likely to “fall out of the middle class and [...]

Parents Lean in Favor of Common Core, but Many Unaware

April 15, 2014 by twalker  
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Nearly a year into the widespread implementation of the Common Core State Standards, 35% of public school parents have a positive impression of the new education framework and 28% have a negative impression. Thirty-seven percent haven’t heard of it or don’t know enough to say, according to a new Gallup poll. Among those who say they [...]

NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women, June 29-30

April 15, 2014 by twalker  
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Empower your inner social justice activist and leader! Register now for the 2014 NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women. Learn more on NEA.org

NEA Master Teacher Says Building Blocks Are Not Only for Kindergarteners

April 13, 2014 by twalker  
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By Janet Mednik When kindergarten teacher Dawn Gunn’s students’ small, nimble hands manipulate wooden blocks to construct towers and staircases, she recognizes that they are grasping more than toys. Rather the Phoenix, Ariz. educator—who is also a National Board Certified Teacher and a National Education Association (NEA) Master Teacher—knows that these young students are actually [...]

Torturing Children at School

April 13, 2014 by twalker  
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Federal investigators have opened an inquiry into the tragic case of a high school student in Bastrop County, Tex., who suffered severe brain damage and nearly died last fall after a deputy sheriff shocked him with a Taser, a high voltage electronic weapon. Complaints about dangerous disciplinary practices involving shock weapons are cropping up all over [...]

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