Fergson teachers would rather be with their students in their classrooms. Instead, they spend the day picking up debris, including tear gas canisters, from local streets. SELMA, Alabama -- A sixth grade teacher at a Selma elementary was placed on administrative leave after having students reenact the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that took place Aug. […]
ISEA, RSEA, HEATON AND HARRISON PLAINTIFFS' JOINT MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS AS TO THE AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE, OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE, TO STRIKE THE AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE “The plaintiffs in the ISEA, RSEA, Heaton and Harrison actions respectfully move for judgment on the pleadings on the affirmative defense pleaded by the defendants pursuant to sect […]
Less than 90 Days: Another ReminderNear the checkout at a retail store the other day, I overheard the seller behind the counter remark to the buyer on the opposite side, “Anything will be better than Quinn, you know.” The prospective purchaser nodded seriously and replied, “Tell me about it.”With little more than that message as the salient reason to be gov […]
Julianna Mendelsohn is a teacher. She meets the needs of students; that’s what teachers do. She just made every teacher in America proud to be a teacher. We all need to honor her. “As a public school teacher, my first … Continue reading →
Public pension funds get share of BofA’s record $16.65 billion settlement pionline.com Several state pension funds are among the recipients of Bank of America Corp.’s $16.65 billion in fines and consumer relief to end federal and state probes into mortgage bond sales.
Becky Shlickerman is totally on the case when it comes to Concept. Today she reports in the Sun Times that CPS is apparently saying ixnay to the Concept Clay Evans facility, the one owned by David Vitale's bank.Evidently the Concept people were trying to make the argument that it was ready, although, according to CPS, the lease isn't even signed y […]
PEORIA, IL -- From a news release: Saturday, August 23 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m Peoria Public Library Main Library Computer Lab 24/7 Learning Workshop: Mango Languages Students of all ages and skill levels are invited to this interactive instruction...
It was inspiring to a lot of people when the Revive NYSUT ticket appeared last year. Naturally, there were frustrations with NYSUT, and a few people I respect explained some of them to me. In fact, when I first saw them, I thought it might be a good idea. Like most UFT members, I had little contact with NYSUT, but I knew UFT needed a revival, so why not try […]
Since the Great Depression Adolph Hitler, Margaret Thatcher, and assorted right wing South American despots have been the loudest voices fueling a backlash against the labor unions. Last week, the right-wing gained an unlikely new ally: Carmel Martin. Ms. Martin wrote an opinion piece for the Chicago Sun-Times calling the teachers unions foolish for opposing […]
In my last post, I questioned the idea of the senior, burned-out teacher being a major policy concern, simply on the basis of the fact that there really aren't that many senior teachers to begin with.But what does the literature say about relative teacher effectiveness late in a career? What do we know about teachers who enter the late stages of their p […]
This afternoon, I happened upon a situation that most New Yorkers don’t. I found myself walking into the ocean with maybe 50 people over a half-mile stretch of beach to my left and my right. The more I walked into the ocean, the less people I saw around me. I didn’t even notice that, after a few more feet of walking in, I had no one next to me, just me and t […]
My union and my caucus have called for participation in the march on Staten Island. Saturday, August 23, noon, Bay St and Victory Blvd, near the ferry terminal. There’s been a flurry of opposition, partly on social media, partly fueled by the New York Post and the like. Perhaps as a result, the UFT webpage […]
Peter Greene notes that the two polls released this week were preceded by a Rasmussen poll in June, which showed Common Core losing support. Parents of school children were polled. “Once again, we can see the result of a year’s worth of direct exposure. In November of 2013, the Core was supported by an unimpressive […]
David Kirp says that teaching isn’t a business—and that makes a lot of people really mad… EduShyster: Let me try to break this to you gently. Your recent New York Times piece, Teaching Is Not a Business, didn’t win you … Continue reading →
NY TimesU.C. Berkeley Prof. David Kirp, writes in the New York Times, Teaching is Not a Business, that corporate reform is not working.TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Bot […]