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Governor Brown, Add SB69’s Revisions To Your Local Control Funding Formula

Governor Brown, Add SB69’s Revisions To Your Local Control Funding Formula

UPDATE: as of 1:13 pm, PDT, Monday, June 10: Good news, keep signing! It’s a constantly changing picture, but so far the main points of agreement seem to be these (as of the past weekend’s negotiations): Put more money into the base grants (raise all districts equally) Supplemental grant percentages would be 20% of the higher base (not 35% as the Governor proposed) Increase the Concent... »

The November 2012 Save California Public Schools Toolkit

The November 2012 Save California Public Schools Toolkit

Step 1: Get informed. We’re on the verge of either saving our public schools from an annual cycle of disinvestment caused by budget cuts ($20 billion in the past 5 years) — or setting off harmful triggers if the November 2012 ballot initiatives to fund K-12 (or K-14) don’t pass. Proposition 30 and Proposition 38 are the two main solutions we can choose to revitalize our chronical... »

What Backers of the “Parent Trigger”/Parent Tricker Law Don’t Want You to Know: Real Democratic Involvement in Public Schools Works

Around the country, REAL parent heroes are putting the lie to the version of the story told in the movie Won’t Back Down. The “parent trigger”, or “parent tricker” law is in the news again, this time with a glossy film starring popular actors Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The heart-string-tugging movie is called Won’t Back Down, and at the most simplistic l... »

Why the Biggest Investigative News Journalism Story In Years Won’t Get Covered — Sinking News Ships Look to Profiteering From Education To Lift Them Into New Markets

The biggest investigative news journalism story in years — the wholesale attempt by the Gates, Broad, DeVos, and Walton Foundations and others to privatize K-12 public schools — won’t be reported as widely as it should. Why? Consider this: what has the Washington Post’s coverage of Kaplan U.’s for-profit college Pell Grant scam been like? Anemic? In 2010, the PostR... »

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... »

Vouchers Create a Split Between “Ed Reform” Conservatives: Accountability Bean-Counters and the Religious Right

Vouchers Create a Split Between “Ed Reform” Conservatives: Accountability Bean-Counters and the Religious Right

The New Republic has an interesting analysis of Louisiana’s experiment in privatization of public schools: Ed Kilgore argues in “How the GOP’s New Education Policy Embraces the Market and Abandons Objective Standards” that vouchers pander to parents as the ultimate source of “accountability.” But this emphasis on parents’ subjective evaluation of a school&... »

Parent Trigger = Parent Tricker

This is a must-read EdWeek article by Diane Ravitch with regard to the trickery behind the “parent trigger” law, and the recent decision by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to endorse a boilerplate bill pushed in four states by a hard-line right-wing group (ALEC). She notes that not one of the charter laws in CA, CT, MS, and TX has resulted in the success conversion of a public school int... »

Change.org’s Support for Stand For Children Should (And Did) Not Stand: When Liberals Push An ALEC Education Agenda

Disclosure: I was sought out by and interviewed with Change.org back when they were seeking an education organizer; I like and respect many talented organizers there, and from speaking with him, I believe that Ben Rattray is a reasonable, thoughtful, person committed to social change. I’ve also written for Care2.com and similarly like and respect the many excellent bloggers and campaign staf... »

Education Voter Guide, CA State Senate & Assembly Races, June 5, 2012: Who Are the Bullies of 2011? (UPDATE: Now With Assembly Races)

Education Voter Guide, CA State Senate & Assembly Races, June 5, 2012: Who Are the Bullies of 2011? (UPDATE: Now With Assembly Races)

Coming up on June 5, 2012: California’s first open primary election in which anyone can vote for any candidate for state legislative offices, so long as you live in the district. Among other things, you’ll be choosing new State Senators in odd-numbered districts, and new Assembly members in all districts this year. Wondered who’s up for election in the newly redistricted state of... »