The throat-slash sign? Really? It's a 15-yard penalty in the NFL.“It’s one more desperate attempt at trying to be relevant in places where he’s not relevant. You can’t look at a list of insults to certain parts of town — closing police stations, closing mental health clinics, closing schools — and make it seem like this one act is gonna change somethin […]
“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 […]
Pension Vocabulary: “Looming Retirement Crisis?”On the heels of the latest WTTW Chicago Tonight debate – a contretemps which found Illinois Policy Institute spokesperson John Tillman promoting the need for public workers' being forced into 410 k programs to (1) save the Illinois pension system, (2) give Illinois public workers the opportunity to control […]
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.
I saw Carol Burris on Twitter referring to this very thoughtful writer, Daniel Katz of Seton Hall University, who has written a terribly devastating critique of the the Common Core ELA standards.Mr. Katz has probably already learned that writing in depth about the standards all but guarantees a low rate of readership, but I think it's an excellent, impo […]
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...
Mayor de Blasio, to his credit, has stated he'd get rid of the trailers. I envision getting a bunch of lawn chairs, a barbecue, a large party, and blowing them up. But, you know, we'd do it the safe way, like they do with outdated casinos in Vegas. They sort of implode. That's kind of anti-climactic, but there's nothing that says you can […]
America, as you come to know our governor, please remember this one, immutable rule about Chris Christie:It's never his fault.It was Gov. Chris Christie who unilaterally instituted New Jersey’s salary limits on school superintendents, and it will likely be governor who either ends or extends them when the caps expire in 2016.Christie yesterday wasn’t mu […]
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 new group called Voices for Public Education has organized in Douglas County, Colorado. This is a district whose elected board favors market reforms and hired Bill Bennett to speak before the last election ($50,000), as well as paying Rick Hess to write a laudatory paper about its policies. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Innovation Schools Do […]
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 the nation’s teaching force whilst failing to acknowledge what’s happening to the ranks of mino […]
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 […]