Blowback question of the day: Are teachers also ceding control of their profession to parents?

I may get blowback for this one, so here goes: is the relative apathy of teachers, and the myopic ignorance of the larger political realities affecting education, forcing them to cede control of the activist narrative to parents? I am part of many activist groups, passively and otherwise. Many of these groups are led by […]

Recent #optout episodes of @thechalkface

As testing season is upon us, we’ve got a couple of recent, special episodes on the subject of opting out or refusing state testing. In the few years we’ve been covering this issue, this is the first time, at least to my knowledge that, one, massive opt outs are occurring, two, they’re being covered extensively, […]

A parent “release” form for testing #optout from #DougCo Colorado


I think this is pretty hastily written and there are legal implications to it. No alternative activities? If your child is in attendance they WILL be tested? And, the punishments to teachers and schools for low test participation are hardly clear, or as clear as they indicate. Case in point, there are no quotes of […]

Should a parent go to jail for This?

Hamlet and Olesia Garcia

Today, I learned about two “education theft” cases where a parent, Kelley Williams Bollar, served nine days in jail, and a set of parents, Hamlet and Olesia Garcia are facing up to seven years in prison. I’m ashamed I wasn’t aware of this problem before today – January 25th. However, now that I’m aware this practice exists, I’m […]

Returning from a successful trip to Douglas County, CO, UPDATED

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Tim and I, along with the Edushyster, visited Douglas County, CO as they gear up for a contentious school board election. All politics are indeed local. From the kitchen of one of our hosts, we have a live broadcast with a panel of guests engaged in this fight. Listen here. UPDATE I want to include […]

A new Hart sponsored AFT survey, this time with parents #teach13

The AFT released a new HART survey of parental attitudes towards prevailing education policies. Here’s your sample: This national survey consisted of interviews with 1,003 public school parents (parents with children who attend a regular public school and/or a charter public school), with a margin of error on survey results at ±3.1 percentage points. The […]

The impact of #commoncore in Kindergarten

A good friend and parent posted a video, which is embedded below, about her son’s experience in Kindergarten. It’s important to remember that accountability in public education is for now one single definition. Not all accountability is created equal. We can be held accountable in numerous ways and to very different things. In addition to […]

A new letter to go viral: Is this parody or not, you decide? #commoncore


Based on a previous post on the food edition of common core, I happened upon another letter dictating what is best for common core implementation. If only we had well-behaved, clean, happy, stable, plastic children, then CCSS would go off without a hitch. Let’s keep piling on those cosmetic changes, people. We’ll get there.

Highlights from At the Chalk Face, 6PM EST every Sunday, #blogtalkradio

To the reader and listener out there. When we bring you the radio show every Sunday at 6PM EST, know that we work hard to bring you the stories and people in education that mainstream sources ignore. We call all of the people with whom we speak friends. They fight with all of us to […]

Join us this Sunday 6PM EST as we interview public school activists from Nashville

There’s a lot of resistance groups and public school advocates propping up nationwide. We’re moving from the West Coast to, well, to the East when we talk to founding member of Standing Together 4 Strong Community Schools.  Listen to the show here, Sunday at 6PM EST on Blog Talk Radio.

Distractions Are Us, Progress Tells Us So!

A friend posted this article from the Nov. 1, NYT to his Facebook page the other day: “Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say.” I’ll note that “a version” of this was published as “For Better and for Worse, Technology Use Alters Learning Styles, Teachers Say” in the print edition.  You decide if the […]

Is Maverick Education Partnership (CFN 407) Complicit in PS 154’s Failing??


More from my blog; South Bronx School Is it funny, the ironic kind of funny, how Uncle Mike and his henchmen want to publicly out teachers TDR’s and shame teachers? Yet, where is the voracious callings to show what those who are running the schools actually do, where they are, and what their assessments are? […]

Man, this whole #edreform debate can die in a pit of snakes!

Here’s the deal. I was at one of the whitest places on Earth yesterday: an urban farmer’s market in a gentrifying neighborhood. These spaces tend to be dominated by white, middle to upper middle class folks, and especially new parents. At a table eating a veggie quesadilla, I overheard a conversation between two couples in […]

Where are we on the so-called #parent #trigger laws?

This is my opinion. What I might say here could be controversial. Here it goes. As I’ve stated before in another forum, parents are NOT experts in education, as they are not experts in medicine (unless you’re an actual physician, or an educator). You take your child to a doctor to receive treatment. You send […]

A new study states: parents support teachers and vice versa. Thanks #captainobvious

Education Week reports on a MetLife survey highlighting a 15% drop in teacher satisfaction in the last two years. Higher satisfaction seems to be correlated with more parent involvement. Well, they see a connection, but I think a whole host of other factors are going to come with that increase in parent involvement, so it’s […]


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