Public School Districts Fight Back Against Privatization With District-Based, All Public “Schools of Choice”

The myth is that charters “own” innovation. I don’t buy the myth. In the K12NN FAQ Wiki, I’ve gathered too many examples of 100% public schools that are truly public inside and out —  democratic governance mechanisms for the internal and operational affairs of the school and with outward public accountability to taxpayers in all things budgetary — I want to high... »

What My Students Wrote in a Free Write About the Strike

The Friday before the strike was anticipated to possibly start here in Chicago. I asked my students the simple question at the end of a quiz, “Should your teachers go on strike?” Here is a sampling of their responses. This was a free write so I just typed what they had written. “I Support my teachers cause they need more pay so they can help us get ready for the future” — Hakeem ... »

AFT’s Share My Lesson: Thumbs Up!

The American Federation of Teacher’s free/open-source archive of lesson plans and other teacher resources wisely uses the web to disintermediate textbook publishers and keep teachers at the forefront of designing and shaping classes tailored to their students’ needs. Share My Lesson was unveiled just recently, and is already available to teachers as they prepare for the 2012-2013 schoo... »

Alabama State Senator: Pay Increases for Teachers are Against 'Biblical Principle'

Cross-posted with permission from Talk2Action. By K12NN contributor Rachel Tabachnick. This is a new twist on “biblical economics” that I’ve not heard before.  According to Alabama State Sen. Shadrack McGill, a 62% pay increase for the state’s legislators in 2007 was  necessary, but large increases in teachers’ pay would violate “a biblical principle.” McG... »

Gutting the Arts: Here's How NCLB Undermines Schools and How a Vigilant and Caring Community Fought to Save a Beloved Program

NCLB's narrowed curriculum almost cost our students wonderful opportunities. I refused to allow this school to ditch a fantastic program because they would rather hire a teacher who might have less experience and be able to come in for less money than to hire one to carry on this incredibly valuable art program. So did my daughter. We spoke up. You can too. »

K12NN on the MOMocrats Podcast: The Battle in Seattle — Four Women Run for School Board

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills joined me for a lively Blog Talk Radio podcast with four women running for school board in Bill Gates' backyard up in Seattle. Sharon Peaslee, Michelle Buetow, Kate Martin and Marty McLaren have a vision for education in their district, and we'll hear why it doesn't completely mesh with that of the Gates and the Broad Foundations' p... »

Dear Governor Brown, Please Sign AB250 For High Quality Education Into Law!

This is the high quality K-12 curriculum reform we've been waiting for that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking for 21st century learning. It's what we need to keep California a leader in the worlds of art, science, technology and culture. Please join over 18 parent, educator, and community grassroots groups to urge Governor Brown to sign AB250 into law! »

Finland's Excellent Public Schools: A Smithsonian's-Eye View and A Former Citizen's Perspective

The Smithsonian Magazine featured Finnish schools in its September, 2011, magazine as written by an observant journalist visiting that country. K12NN highlights for you a prominent women's lifestyle blogger's perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the Finnish education system as experienced throughout her childhood, and her own children's experiences in American schools. »

Joseph K. Reports From the Save Our Schools March and Conference

A summary of the speakers and events featured in the Save Our Schools March and Conference, as witnessed firsthand by K12NN correspondent Joseph K. Among the speakers were Jonathan Kozol, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, and Jon Stewart. »

Educator and Activist Marion Brady: "Education Reform: Wrong Diagnosis, So Wrong Cure"

Why education activist Marion Brady's marching in the Save Our Schools national event: "Non-educators have now been in near-total control of US education policy for more than a full kindergarten-through-12th grade cycle, and things aren't going well." 10 false assumptions driving education reform, and what experienced teachers and motivated parents can do to challenge and re-direct education polic... »

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