Parents and Students of District 7 in the Bronx Are About to be Screwed, Again

Parents and Students of District 7 in the Bronx Are About to be Screwed, Again

More from the pages of South Bronx School; Oh the fun does not stop in District 7 in the Bronx. The New York Post reported today that District 7, as the behest of Community Education Council (one wonders whose behest they are working for), that 17 elementary schools in District 7 sill no longer be […]

Lessons from Katrina

The Shock Doctrine Comes to New Jersey Schools Just waiting for Arne Duncan to say Hurricane Sandy was the “best thing that happened to the education system” in New Jersey. While the power is out, entire school districts have literally crumbled the poorest are again being left behind, many homeless now and in already underfunded […]

Interesting connections re #pearson #studentsfirst et al.


Venn graphic by teacher-blogger Kris Nielsen. FYI.

School Closings and Public Policy- The Anatomy of A Social Catastrophe. Mark Naison

School closings, the threat of which hang over Chicago public schools, and which have been a central feature of Bloomberg educational policies in New York, are perhaps the most controversial features of the Obama Administration’s “Race to the Top” initiative. The idea of closing low performing schools, designated as such entirely on the basis of […]

Guest Post: What was DiCarlo thinking?

By John Thompson As conservative school “reformers” bemoan their defeat in the 2012 election, and as some seem to admit the failure of their “reforms,” some accountability hawks are doing some self-criticism. For instance, Fordham’s Kathleen Porter-Magee says that the reform movement suffers from “group think,” and it could be heading for its educational Bay […]

New science standards: the rip-off continues

Next Generation Science Standards“The second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards, developed by Achieve, is due for release before the new year.” I posted this comment: To enforce the standards, there must be tests. And as is the case with other common core tests, they will be administered online. And they will be […]

Oh, and one other thing about #PARCC samples, and it’s kind of funny

I’m looking at a 10th grade reading prototype here. You have links to the articles or sample readings. So, you click the links and they take you to a couple of random websites. One is some guy’s blog on poetry. The other for Ovid links randomly to the Sogang University in Korea website that, for […]

Briefly examining sample #PARCC items

I can’t remember, but some have been trying their hardest to convince me that Pearson has nothing to do with anything related to the CCSS and PARCC, as if to somehow placate critique. But when I look at the sample items provided by the PARCC’s own website, I see Pearson’s hands all over everything. You […]

The $10000 degree begs the $60000 question: why?

We hear now that some public colleges in Florida are taking Gov. Scott’s challenge of the $10,000 Bachelors seriously.  How could this cost so little? Valencia’s Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering wouldn’t be less expensive to operate, Shugart indicated, but would simply rely less on student tuition and draw more from the college’s […]

In memory of Harvey Milk: teacher witch-hunts are nothing new

First published on Robert D. Skeels for School Board on November 27, 2012. “Gay people have been slandered nationwide. We’ve been tarred and we’ve been brushed with the picture of pornography.” — Harvey Milk The current crop of teacher-bashing political opportunists including Michelle Rhee, Ben Austin, Peter C. Cook, Gloria Romero, and Andy Smarick, are […]

School to Prison Pipeline in Mississippi

From Alternet, originally published by by  Julianne Hing  The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline Wearing the wrong color socks, talking back and being late landed young Cedrico Green in jail. The Justice Department says there are many more students like him November 27, 2012  |     In Meridian, when schools want to […]

Private Prison Corporation Participates in Public School Drug Raid

Vista Grande High School in Case Grande has this at the bottom of its lengthy list of violations and procedures on its Discipline Page:The administration retains the right and privilege to issue consequences for acts of behavior not specifically stated herein and to alter any consequences, as they consider necessary. Furthermore, the administration reserves the […]

Hey, ExxonMobil: Let’s Solve This!

ExxonMobil is spending millions in PR lying to us about how committed they are to solving the world’s biggest problem: bad teachers.  Meanwhile, their CEO continues as one of the world’s richest global warming deniers, even as the grip of climate change begins to cut off our air supply.  It provides me no consolation that […]

Why Schools Are Tools of Indoctrination

Wisdom, be attentive. *** Excerpted from Jonathan Schwartz at A Tiny Revolution. Oliver Stone’s Untold, Unboring History of the United States American history! Whose heart doesn’t race when you remember being initiated into its excitement and mystery in high school? There’s the Logan Act of 1799! And the presidency of Benjamin Harrison! And the Open […]


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