"Black Turnout in '64 and Beyond." -- 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration project. (NY Times)Newark Mayor Ras BarakaGov. Chris Christie likes to say that he is “the decider” of what happens in Newark’s public schools. What that means is that he and his appointees now own the failure of the state’s policies. -- New York TimesKristen Crowell […]
"Earlier this morning the Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case Gary R. Justus v. PERA and the State of Colorado, filed in February 2010 soon after Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 10-001 into law. You may view the court’s 32 page decision here. "Rich Allen, President of Save PERA COLA, a Colorado non-profit corporation, has […]
Andrew BroyAndrew Broy: Just Say NO (to any study questioning Charter School claims)Andrew Broy is the head of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Broy, who runs an “education blog” on the electronic Huffington Post, was ecstatic with the election of Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago, and he quickly offered suggestions to the new Mayor for selections o […]
From Anthony Cody and the Network for Public Education: ALL, NBC has decided NOT to do their own Education Nation. PUBLIC Education Nation has taken over that space — But we need your help! Tomorrow is an experiment — an … Continue reading →
Emanuel puts off tough stuff in 2015 pre-election budget politics.suntimes.com Taxes on parking, car leasing and cable television will be going up, under a 2015 budget unveiled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday that punts a painful solution to Chicago’s $20 billion pension crisis until after the election.
Two excellent things to do this coming week.First of all, on Wednesday, October 22, there's a forum at Depaul about principal leadership and voice. Many familiar faces will be present, including some of CPS's outspoken school leaders.Then on Thursday, October 23, there's the Park The Park webinar, hosted by Raise Your Hand and More Than A Scor […]
“I have reconciled this over the past years, within myself- I can’t be a teacher without being an activist. And I can’t be an activist without being a teacher.” That’s something I repeat to myself most days to remind myself … Continue reading →
PEORIA, IL -- The Nov. 4 election is only days away now, and early voting throughout Illinois has begun. It will continue through Nov. 4, and allows people to both register and vote, a first for election day. It will...
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with MORE since its inception. Though I ran a few times with ICE in ill-fated union elections, I was never completely sold on MORE. As they were the only non-Unity endorsed option, as I knew and respected some of their candidates, I supported them in the last election, and asked members at my school to vote for them too. But […]
I didn't think Chris Christie's hypocrisy and self-righteousness could get any worse. I was wrong:"I think it's interesting that there's this perception of disrespect toward public employees. I find it fascinating. I really do. And here's why: "You see, I come out and say what I believe needs to be a policy for the state. W […]
“Dear Self (& other writers)–If you’re not writing with the urgency of exile, what’s the point? Which is to say, your writing should convey so much immediacy, fire and risk that you chance being kicked out of something with each line. Your writing should make you fucking quake.” – Airea D. Matthews Kelly Wickham shared this quote with her friends recentl […]
Six weeks in, and I’m back in the swing. I could write “it feels like I never left” but that wouldn’t be true. I’m calmer, feel better. Leave aside that I’ve studied a lot and seen a lot, been to a lot of cool places, made new friends… And I have continued life without an […]
Rick Bobrick is a veteran teacher in New York. He is sick of the punitive high-stakes testing that he is compelled to administer. This regime is child abuse. He is a conscientious objector. He thinks that teachers should have the same right to opt out that parents and children have. He knows if he refuses […]
The 49er says that there’s a democracy gap in the education reform movement. By *The 49er* Recently I was told by the organizer of a project I’m involved in to incubate independent charter schools that we are *creating choices for parents who don’t even know they want the option yet.* Huh? Doesn’t that seem backwards? Shouldn’t […]
His model for success embraces decreased government regulation, increased privatization and, if all goes well, healthy corporate profits.ProPublica reporter Marian Wang, lays it all out there on Moyers' blog ("Charter School Power Broker Turns Public Education Into Private Profits"). She turns over a rock in N.C. and finds another big charter […]