Thanks to reader Dienne (see comment below) for pointing out the role played by KIPP guru Seligman in developing interrogation techniques used on the prisoners at Guantanamo. While Seligman denies working for the SERE Program or directly for the CIA (he was granted a $31-million no-bid Army contract to provide “resilience training” to US soldiers), his own e […]
Democrats' Double-Cross:“…Not paying your workers what they're owed is against the law. But Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, just signed Senate Bill 1 into law, which will slash the pensions of state workers by over $160 billion over 30 years. “Senate Bill 1 was a double-cross by the Democrats in charge of both legislative houses, a giant m […]
A Freshman and Ethical Representative: Robert Martwick of the 19th DistrictVarious legislators’ justifications and rationalizations for their positive vote on Madigan’s new version of SB1 have been piling up in my incoming mail like loose debris on a west-Texas fence line. Are you getting them too? Most of mine begin with “it was a tough choice” or “one of […]
The sheer arrogance of Illinois Sen.Biss (D) glares from his latest emailed newsletter. After he cut teacher pensions, he offers a workshop for finding “retirement security” – via his buddies. Biss (standing) and his cronies – Nekritz & Cross. Greetings, … Continue reading →
Just a little preview of things to come.Turns out that last night the FBI raided a charter school in East Baton Rouge. It's nothing new for the FBI to raid a charter school and carry out all the records, but I just want to make a point about it in a minute. Here's the report.Who knows what they're looking for? Test score manipulation? Visa rec […]
PEORIA, IL -- Below is an open letter from Peoria City Council member Beth Akeson, sent Dec. 10. She's 100 percent correct. City Manager Urich, Council Member Weaver, Council Member Spain and Mayor Ardis, Tomorrow morning you have either been...
Sure it's barbaric to keep young children in padded cells. It's clearly a cruel way to treat a child, and it's very tough to see how that is not an abject violation of Chancellor's Regulations against corporal punishment and abuse. Of course, rules are for the little people. Were a UFT teacher to toss a kid in a padded cell, you'd be […]
Harry S. Truman once said, “Given a choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, the public will choose the real Republican every time.” Those words have a lot of wisdom in them. If you can’t give people a reason to vote for you, giving them a reason to vote against the […]
Headed into the Thanksgiving weekend, CPS quietly announced additional school shuffling:Frazier Preparatory Academy, a charter school managed by Mosaica Education, will move into Herzl Elementary's building and share space. Herzl Elementary is a non-charter, neighborhood school staffed by AUSL. Both of these schools are on the West side, and both have b […]
No, gentle reader, this did not come from The Onion:User Actions FollowStudentsFirstNYVerified account@StudentsFirstNYBecause of #CommonCore, kids in Bed-Stuy will be able to compete in the same global economy as kids in wealthy suburban districts....7:15 PM - 10 Dec 13Silly me: I actually read stuff, so I was thinking maybe poverty and racism and inequity […]
Fred van Leeuwen, Secretary General, Education International I had the pleasure of talking to Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education International (EI), a 30-million member federation consisting of the world’s teachers unions and associations. [NB: NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and AFT President Randi Weingarten have seats on the executive boar […]
Dr. David Pook, starting at 6:40:I thought it would be just useful since again, I don't think we spend enough time just reading the standards themselves, to actually look at a former New Hampshire standard and one of the new ones. I could have done this with any one, I happen to be reading Julius Ceasar right now, so I'm thinking about character. S […]
- both continually change things without fixing them. – both continually change things without figuring out what the effects of the previous changes were. – and both might make things better one day, might make them worse another day, but are bad for everyone in the long run. I know math best. In my 17 […]
Charter opponents in Washington celebrated a court ruling that charter schools are not “common schools” and may not be funded as such. Charter advocates celebrated that the judge upheld the rest of the initiative. So the law may be implemented without public funding. Or something. Appeal on the way.
What if there was an easy peasy way to solve the skills gap, the STEM gap, the achievement gap, the expectations gap and the next, yet-to-be-named gap? Great news, reader! According to the New York Times a solution to our … Continue reading →
With an endowment larger than all but four of the world's largest hedge funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is easily one of the most powerful charities in the world. According to its website, the organization "works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives." For those who still believe that the world's largest foundat […]