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SBAC Field Tests: An Experiment With Chromebooks

SBAC Field Tests: An Experiment With Chromebooks

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. These stories, while anonymous, are from actual classroom... »

March 14, 2014: Remarks at the Association of Children’s Librarians Annual Institute

Cynthia Liu is CEO/Founder of K-12 News Network. On March 14, 2014, I was invited to speak to the Association of Childen’s Librarians of Northern California at their annual Institute in the beautiful San Francisco Main Public Library. Here’s the substance of the talk I gave. In re-arranging my address to the ACL for publication here, I decided to flip the order and put the call to acti... »

The Vergera v. California Trial: More Double Standards From the 1%

We know that two epicenters of the funding for profiteering from public schools are Silicon Valley and Wall Street. And in looking at some of the major players pushing privatization of public schools, such as the ones based in Northern California detailed in this Crooks and Liars report, I can see a pattern that emerges again and again among the entitled 1%. They have one standard of expectations ... »

Is LAUSD Superintendent Deasy the Defendant or the Plaintiff in Vergara v. California?

Is LAUSD Superintendent Deasy the Defendant or the Plaintiff in Vergara v. California?

Do laws protecting teachers from politically motivated or personal vendetta firings by principals (or prompted by disgruntled parents) hurt students somehow? Edsource has been following the lawsuit against California and its teacher workplace laws closely and has a good summary of what’s at stake in Vergara v. California: In the lawsuit, nine students from Los Angeles Unified, Oakland Unifie... »

For many families choosing high schools, it’s either magnet or charter

By thenotebook by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks Chrislie Dor, a budding poet at age 14, stands like Frost’s narrator at a fork in the road. The paths diverge not in a yellow wood, but instead the concrete jungle that is Philadelphia public education. Looking down one bend as far as she can, Chrislie sees the School District’s selective-admission magnet high schools. Looking down the othe... »

State Funds to Cover Title I Gaps Need A Watchdog in CORE Districts

State Funds to Cover Title I Gaps Need A Watchdog in CORE Districts

SoCal Parent is an LAUSD budget wonk and past parent of a K-12 child educated in Los Angeles. Summary: California needs to watchdog state EIA/EDY funds used by CORE Districts who obtained the RTTT federal waiver to supplant legitimate Title I funds programs. In fact, LAUSD has not made its in-lieu-of-SES/PD plan for 2013-14 public and there is reason to be concerned that these crucial funds could ... »

A Closer Look at Common Core’s ‘Close Reading’ Strategy Reveals Deep Flaws

A Closer Look at Common Core’s ‘Close Reading’ Strategy Reveals Deep Flaws

Special to K-12 News Network, from Coleen Bondy. She is in her eighth year teaching English and journalism at an LAUSD Title One high school in Reseda, Calif.   I went to an LAUSD training on the Common Core State Standards in November, and after the training I had many more concerns about the intent of the standards, the educational appropriateness of the implementation of the standards, and... »

Local Control Funding Formula Accountability Councils — Did You Get the Memo?

Local Control Funding Formula Accountability Councils — Did You Get the Memo?

K-12 News Network has obtained an email that the United Way sent to its partner groups advertising an informational session held by Superintendent John Deasy that will provide details on the rollout of Local Control Funding Formula councils. These councils, part of Local Control Accountability Plans, must by law include community members, parents, teachers, and others who will participate in deter... »

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

  Newsflash from the December 18, 2013 Sacramento Bee: A ballot measure submitted by a political consultant for education advocate Michelle Rhee seeks to remove seniority as a factor when California school districts lay off teachers, requiring that they instead base decisions on performance ratings. Performance, under the proposal, would be determined in part based on student test scores. Why... »

December 9, 2013: It’s Time to Reclaim the Promise of Public Schools

December 9, 2013: It’s Time to Reclaim the Promise of Public Schools

Public schools – an engine for the greater spread of lifelong learning throughout an ever inclusive American society, a lab for democratic action in practice through school governance, and the best investment in the future the present generation can make…or, an institution that consolidates power and privilege among those who already have it and sorts “winners” from “losers”? Back in October of 20... »

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