“Smart Meters are coming to my town, as they may be to yours. Smart Meters, which send WiFi signals back to mission control, will likely become more popular in future years since they save utility companies money and enable people to optimize energy savings if they so desire. “But there has been controversy over the non-ionizing RF-EMF radiation they give o […]
Diane Ravitch expresses more in two sentences than most people can state in two chapters. In the October issue of Harper’s Magazine a cover story, “PBS Self-Destructs: and what it means to viewers like you” by Eugenia Williamson, describes the … Continue reading →
When Chicago spent its pension money on the mayor’s pet projects www.chicagoreader.com As mayor, Richard M. Daley spent hundreds of millions of dollars on unnecessary pet projects—and Emanuel seems to have the same bad habit.
In case you missed it...There's pretty strong evidence of creaming in the Gulen-linked Concept charters in Ohio.Ucan also denied Britton-Laidman's other charge -- that Concept schools admit only students who look like they will score well. She had told The Plain Dealer that the schools review report cards of applicants and give them the schools […]
PEORIA, IL -- Peoria Journal Star education reporter Pam Adams wrote a good story on the facts of the first Change150 town hall meeting, on Sept. 13. Read it first. Here's my take. Optics: The meeting began with a panel...
I didn't start out criticizing our Union. I started out with a sincere concern for the current state of affairs in education and the loss of respect among "reformers" for my profession. This will always be my bottom line. I thought my Union would always be with me, but I soon learned this was not the case. I learned that my Union silences […]
It’s been a few years since Arvind Grover, ed-tech specialist in NYC, and I looked around boutique education conferences and said, “Wow, these spaces need a lot more diversity.” When a few of us sat there and said we’d create a clearinghouse to rate the diversity of any conference we came across, I didn’t think we’d have much impact. How many people of color […]
In the first UFT Executive Board of the year, New Action moved the endorsement of Zephyr Teachout for Governor. The motion was debated (2 speakers for, 3 against) and overwhelmingly defeated. Yet it was important that the issue came forward, and that opposition to Cuomo was acknowledged. I spoke about Robert Jackson during the question […]
A warning to the world: If you try to make the case for the Common Core Standards, and your evidence is flawed or non-existent, you will be called out by Mercedes Schneider.Here’s the thing: If you plan to go into the ring with Mercedes Schneider, you better be fully prepared. In this case, someone named […]
Recruiting more minority teachers is essential—after we drive out all of those who are already teaching… Today’s high-stakes question involves the demographics of our nation’s teaching force. When and where is it appropriate to discuss the urgent need to diversify … Continue reading →
Chicago principals don't think so.If you want schools that dominate the bottom quartile, privatize their management. And if you want dirty, filthy schools, privatize their custodial services. That seems to be what Chicago principals are saying.Ace Catalyst reporter Sara Karp writes:The $340 million privatization of the district’s custodial services has […]