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Payola Policy: NCTQ Prepares its Hit on Schools of Education

Payola Policy: NCTQ Prepares its Hit on Schools of Education | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high needs middle school. He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning.
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Foundation Cash Boosts Education Advocacy Groups

Grants to prominent K-12 groups often helps underwrite activities touching on sensitive areas of education policy.

 

Since 2005, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated or pledged some $5.2 million in grants to Stand for Children's Leadership Center, including a two-year, $3.5 million grant in 2010 focused primarily on its teacher-quality work. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation provided $500,000 in startup costs to StudentsFirst and has funded Education Reform

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NYC Public School Parents: My letter to Bloomberg re parents' right to know performance evaluations of top Tweed officials

NYC Public School Parents: My letter to Bloomberg re parents' right to know performance evaluations of top Tweed officials | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it

I asked for the performance evaluations of the Chancellor’s Leadership team, and I am still waiting. I have also put a clock on my website in order to mark the time I have waited for these performance evaluations, which by law, are the right of every citizen to obtain.

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Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center

Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it

List of insightful blog posts on the ether. 

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National Report Card - Introduction

National Report Card - Introduction | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
The purpose of this site is to present a report concerning school funding...

 

States Continue to Deny Fair Funding to Nation's Public Schools

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NCTQ Study of Assessment in Teacher Preparation Courses Flunks

NCTQ Study of Assessment in Teacher Preparation Courses Flunks | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
We review the National Council for Teacher Quality study on assessment methods used in teacher preparation programs. We find the research quality as poor, and reject the study outright.
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Darling-Hammond: U.S. vs highest-achieving nations in education

Darling-Hammond: U.S. vs highest-achieving nations in education | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Renowed education expert Linda Darling-Hammond writes about what the United States is really doing to its public school teachers and how much this contrasts with what other countries have done to improve their education systems.
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10 ways to oppose high-stakes standardized tests

10 ways to oppose high-stakes standardized tests | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Here’s a list of 10 things that people can do to counter the damaging effects of high-stakes standardized testing...

 

Must Reading!

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State Pension Legislation In Limbo For At Least Five More Weeks | Progress Illinois

State Pension Legislation In Limbo For At Least Five More Weeks | Progress Illinois | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Progress Illinois.com delivers the latest breaking news and information on the latest top stories on Illinois and Chicago politics and more. Advocate for fairness, equality and politics of social change.
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The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia | Politics News | Rolling Stone

The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
How America's biggest banks took part in a nationwide bid-rigging conspiracy - until they were caught on tape...

 

By conspiring to lower the interest rates that towns earn on these investments, the banks systematically stole from schools, hospitals, libraries and nursing homes – from "virtually every state, district and territory in the United States," according to one settlement.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-scam-wall-street-learned-from-the-mafia-20120620#ixzz1yeGNFqUk

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Charter schools report card

Charter schools report card | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it

The state law governing charter schools is seemingly transparent about the need for them to be transparent: "The governing body of a charter school shall be subject to the Freedom of Information Act." But most of the 37 charter school operators in Chicago—some of which run multiple campuses—do not yet have a clear grasp of the openness required of them.

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Weingarten On Rhee: 'I'd Be The First To Welcome Her If She Actually Changed'

Weingarten On Rhee: 'I'd Be The First To Welcome Her If She Actually Changed' | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it

The day after Michelle Rhee's education lobbying group, StudentsFirst, got dumped by progressive petition site Change.org because of intense pressure from teachers' unions, StudentsFirst waved a thorny olive branch of sorts at the nation's two...

 

The Deformers can STEP OFF! Rhee will not change! Just trying to  buy time. Unions should organize and fight back!

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The Perils of Privatization

The Perils of Privatization | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Nobel-Prize winning economist Paul Krugman has an important article in the New York Times. Krugman reflects on a major investigative series in the newspaper about privatized prisons in New Jersey...
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What is NCTQ?

What is NCTQ? | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Several  months ago, U.S. News & World Report announced that it planned to rank the nation’s schools of education and that it would do so with the assistance of the National Council on T...

 

NCTQ: seems to be the corporate tool to go after schools of education!

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NYC Public School Parents: Reactions to sample Common core questions; what do you think?

NYC Public School Parents: Reactions to sample Common core questions; what do you think? | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it

Parent response to questions. "Honestly, I thought the practice tests that came home all year as homework were bad, buy they were just mealy, unreadable trivial passages followed by absurd and confusing questions. This CC sample is worse: it's perverse, overtly hostile to young children."

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The trouble with ‘Groupthink’ in school reform

The trouble with ‘Groupthink’ in school reform | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
For the past decade, educators have been under intense pressure to join the “Groupthink” ideas of No Child Left Behind and the whole standards/accountability movement, veteran educator Anthony Cody writes.
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National Education Policy Center | School of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder

National Education Policy Center | School of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it

A must visit site or get their news via email, for public school advocates!

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On the Ethics of Selling Slingshots | National Education Policy Center

On the Ethics of Selling Slingshots | National Education Policy Center | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it

StudentsFirst and Stand For Children have consistently dedicated the lion’s share of their attention and vast resources to advertising, lobbying and electing public officials who will enact a very specific set of education policies, which can all be found right here among the ALEC archives. Virtually none of these policies are backed by credible research or past experience, and they are vigorously opposed by many public school stakeholders

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New York State Common Core Sample Questions : APDA : P-12 : NYSED

Assessment Policy, Development and Administration, New York State Common Core Sample Questions...
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The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests

The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Here are the 25 definitive reasons that many teachers oppose high-stakes standardized tests even as they gain more importance in modern school reform.
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Labor Beat: Chicago Campaign for an Elected School Board

Here is the launch of a city-wide campaign for a democratically elected representative school board. The current 17-year policy in Chicago is having a school...
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Urban Education Activists Take Complaints To Obama Administration (VIDEO) | Progress Illinois

Urban Education Activists Take Complaints To Obama Administration (VIDEO) | Progress Illinois | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Progress Illinois.com delivers the latest breaking news and information on the latest top stories on Illinois and Chicago politics and more. Advocate for fairness, equality and politics of social change.
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Rick Scott's School Plan for Scoundrels

Rick Scott's School Plan for Scoundrels | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
The Florida governor-elect's proposal to overhaul the state education system is a fraudster's dream.
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The Beachwood Reporter - Our Secret Government FOIA

llinois Freedom of Information Act: Why don't Charters want to give out their information? Hmmm

 

At the other extreme, charter schools, which were a new addition to our search this year, sent full replies only 23% of the time.

 

"Charter schools had the lowest response rate: only 16 of 108 responded within 10 working days. And six months later, 76.9 percent of charter schools surveyed have yet to respond at all (83 of 108)."

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Stop the Public Shaming and Unjust Firing of Teachers

Stop the Public Shaming and Unjust Firing of Teachers | Realschoolreform | Scoop.it
Teachers need to be evaluated, but not publicly shamed and unjustly fired.
The Teacher’s Union is about to agree to a provision that will allow data...
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