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Pearson Error on NYS Gifted and Talented Education Screening Test

BREAKING NEWS: Pearson errors on gifted and talented screening tests for NYS students mean that too few qualified students were identified. @GothamSchools reports: From Pearson re @NYCSchools G&T exams: “We are very sorry to report that errors at Pearson occurred …" Feel like we've heard this before — GothamSchools (@gothamschools) April 19, 2013 Pearson on G&T score s... »

The Charter Circus Is Back In Town

By darciecima New Jersey’s last round of charter applications was a stealth affair. With no suburban applications, and no big controversies, nobody paid much attention. Well, That’s Pastor Michael McDuffie. Much like Pastor Amir Khan Source: Mother Crusader   »

Drop SB 132 and HB 261: Tennessee, Quit Using Grades to Punish Kids Living in Poverty

Unspeakably mean policies proposed for Tennessee school children: they get to eat only if they get good grades. The state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits are already threadbare, with no increase since 1996, and if benefits are conditioned upon children’s test scores, children who already struggle will receive less. Urge State Senator Stacey Campfield (@StaceyCampfield... »

Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

By Deb McCurdy, Special to K12NN On March 18, 2013, public education advocates, administrators, school board members, school administrators, non-profit organizations and philanthropists convened at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The event followed from a discussion a group of First District CA PTA delegates had with State Senator Carol Liu’s staff on state funding issues. ... »

Polarization & Charter/TFA Discussions

Here’s why I think “civility” is a poor frame for discussions about public policy: Michael Petrilli, of the conservative Hoover Institution, has a point that TFA discussions are now very polar. But he remains naive/turns a blind eye to how a flood of venture capital and hedge fund money, newly allied with religious right funders, has made it lucrative for former TFA alums (like R... »

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Summer Appearance at a School Sends GOP Partisans Over the Cliff

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Summer Appearance at a School Sends GOP Partisans Over the Cliff

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at a Get-Out-the-Vote and voter registration event that happens to take place at a Miami-area high school — and it’s sent some GOP partisans into high dudgeon. Mind you, it’s summer. The school facilities are empty. The campaign is paying for the use of the space, not the school distrct. And, as the Miami Herald and the International Busi... »

“So now we have schools being closed and people getting bonuses all around the s…

“So now we have schools being closed and people getting bonuses all around the student test scores,” said Ravitch. “It’s made testing, somehow, the central activity of American public schools today, which is just so wrong.CNN: Schools of Though... »

MUST READ: Florida's testing mania is out of control — 62 tests in a year? The…

MUST READ: Florida's testing mania is out of control -- 62 tests in a year? The state pays $250 million+ to Pearson, & incurs additional costs at the school level to proctor, grade, and safeguard the tests -- all money stolen from instruction ... »

Why are the so-called "Democrats For Education Reform" violating state law by mi…

Why are the so-called "Democrats For Education Reform" violating state law by misrepresenting themselves as chartered by the official state Democratic Party when DFER is not? Why the trickery? Is it because the Republican brand is too tarnish... »

What astroturf "ed reform" groups cannot achieve by dismantling teachers' unions…

What astroturf "ed reform" groups cannot achieve by dismantling teachers' unions using the ballot initiative system, they will instead attempt through a lawsuit. "The advisory committee of Students Matter includes Students First, a... »

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