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"'It's confusing because we have accountability tied to current state assessment…

"'It's confusing because we have accountability tied to current state assessments, yet we are moving toward new standards, but the assessments won't be ready until 2014, & [teachers] have to teach to them now,' Mercado said. 'How do they impact evaluat... »

16 million plus children live in poverty, the most since 1962. Shameful. And the…

16 million plus children live in poverty, the most since 1962. Shameful. And these are kids we expect to achieve on standardized tests upon which teacher jobs will be decided. Is this completely upside down wrong, or what? How is anyone helped by exist... »

CA Dept of Ed's head of the Charter Division steps down from office, leaves $5.5…

CA Dept of Ed's head of the Charter Division steps down from office, leaves $5.5 million in unpaid loans (taxpayer money) unaccounted for from charters that failed or never launched. Report on missing money to come in January, 2012.Chief of state’s c... »

Even unpopular or downright offensive political speech is still covered by the F…

Even unpopular or downright offensive political speech is still covered by the First Amendment. (& jokes made by high schoolers.) Five other examples of courageous high school students who stand up for their rights despite principals and others who try... »

Free college courses taught by experts at elite Stanford University? More than 2…

Free college courses taught by experts at elite Stanford University? More than 200,000 people signed up from around the world. Could this be a paradigm shift in how higher ed functions? I'm tracking this experiment closely.Why Stanford’s Free Online ... »

Brownback apologized to the teen, referencing 1st Amendment/Free Speech (actuall…

Brownback apologized to the teen, referencing 1st Amendment/Free Speech (actually quite gracious of him in admitting error). But w/52% disapproval rating in KS, his trigger-happy PR person is going to be very busy stomping out negative social media men... »

Experienced principals in NY call out the scant research validity and dubious in…

Experienced principals in NY call out the scant research validity and dubious invent-as-you-go design of the teacher evaluation system the state signed onto as a winner of RTTT funds. Even more nerve-wracking when you consider 20-40% of teacher evaluat... »

The Advancement Project is backing a possible ballot initiative to raise state i…

The Advancement Project is backing a possible ballot initiative to raise state income tax on the wealthy in California to fund K-12 education.New initiative: $10B for K-12, preschools | Thoughts on Public Educationtoped.svefoundation.orgAn initiative t... »

Religious pluralism in public schools rests on the right of free speech & freedo…

Religious pluralism in public schools rests on the right of free speech & freedom of religion: choice, not coercion, marks the balancing point. In this Brownsville, TX case, schools asking students to hide away religious symbols goes too far, according... »

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