Curriculum

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... »

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Apartheid Still Exists in Some U.S. Schools

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Apartheid Still Exists in Some U.S. Schools

This is part of a series of letters written by practicing teaching professionals in classrooms around America. These teachers have daily direct contact with schoolchildren. K12NN is proud to present Letters to President Obama. Letters were delivered to President Obama as part of an overall conviction by many teachers that federal education policies, as currently implemented, are not benefiting pub... »

LAUSD iPads and the Will of the Voters: Just the Facts, Please

LAUSD iPads and the Will of the Voters: Just the Facts, Please

Commentary by Public Policy Educator, Ellen Lubic, Director, Joining Forces for Education Today, Diane Ravitch posted on her website an article on the LA Times editorial which once again lambasted the Board of Education for micro managing the ‘poor beleaguered’ Superintendent of LAUSD, John Deasy. The title of Diane’s writing is Putting Bureaucrats First.  Evidently the LA Times ... »

Open Letter to President Obama — The One Book You Should Read on Public Education: Reign of Error, By Diane Ravitch

Open Letter to President Obama — The One Book You Should Read on Public Education: Reign of Error, By Diane Ravitch

by Cynthia Liu Dear President Obama, You must read Professor Diane Ravitch’s latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. You won’t like it. No one likes reading about their failures. And that’s exactly WHY you should read it. Your legacy is at stake. You risk having Race to the Top known as Race to the Bank... »

Michelle Rhee Comes to Los Angeles; The City Shrugs

UPDATED: A student in attendance at the “Town Hall” wasn’t buying what Rhee was selling either. Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst group is holding a “Teacher Town Hall” meeting in Los Angeles on September 5, 2013, as part of a multi-city tour. I can’t fathom why anyone would be excited. As a Californian (since 1990), as an Angeleno (since roughly 2001), and as... »

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year – by John Fensterwald

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald In order to avoid serving two masters – the old state academic standards and the new multi-state Common Core standards – state leaders are now proposing to discontinue nearly all state standardized tests next spring, including English language arts and math. Instead, districts with technical capacity will be required to … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsou... »

CCSS Tests: Kids Need a Three Year Moratorium From Penalties For Many Good Reasons #TEACH13

CCSS Tests: Kids Need a Three Year Moratorium From Penalties For Many Good Reasons #TEACH13

On Monday, July 22, I appeared as a guest of AFT TEACH 2013’s town hall on Common Core State Standards. To give you an idea of the ambivalence with which CCSS is met by both teacher and parents, the title of the town hall was “Common Core: The Good, The Bad, The Promise, and the Politics.” I mostly discussed the politics, jumping off from the points I made in my San Jose Mercury ... »

California looks to Ontario schools’ reformer for guidance – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald Michael Fullan may be coming soon to a school district near you. The man credited with transforming the Canadian province of Ontario into one of the world’s most effective school systems is ready to help California do the same. Fullan, though, would lead the state in a sharply different direction from the forced march that federal officials in Washington, D.C., have led over th... »

Common Core Critics Want Republicans To Oppose Standards

By John O’Connor Jonathan Ernst / Reuters/Landov Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. The Republican National Committee is meeting in Hollywood this week, and could take up a resolution opposing new education standards fully adopted by Florida, 44 other states and the District of Columbia. The Source: State Impact Florida            »

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Teacher Evaluations)

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Teacher Evaluations)

There are so many reasons why California is poised to regain her leadership among states in public education. Most of them stem from the fact that policy-wise, we haven’t completely knuckled under to the damaging policies put forth by the Obama administration. We’ve been evasive on bending to the conditions required for a Race to the Top waiver. We have a large Democratic majority in b... »

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