Joey! Since I’m being a grandfather this week, the coffee is Connecticut Muffin in Brooklyn, not Peet’s on Chicago’s Northside. Thursday night a foot of snow fell on Chicago. At 6:30 AM on Friday morning the cell rang and there was the superintendent’s voice on a computer call telling me it was a snow day. […]Read More Three over coffee.
When it comes to education research, some ask question and others claim they know. This is particularly true when it comes to research on teacher effectiveness and student performance. Check at these two sites. At the Quick and the Ed, Thomas Toch asserts: As we argue in our report, evaluations should be based on clear, […]Read More Some ask questions. Others claim to know.
According to SFGate.com, the 300,000 member California Teachers Association, which was ready to make a Clinton endorsement, pulled back. The big UTLA local is big on Obama. Clinton’s big endorsement from the powerful California Teachers Association got upended over the weekend. It all began Thursday when the dozen-member executive board of the teachers union – […]Read More California teachers balk at Clinton endorsement.
A report by ABC’s Brian Ross once again tells the story of Hillary Clinton’s role as a Wal-Mart board member during the 90s. In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world’s largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions […]Read More Hillary remained silent.
In recent blog postings and comments to them about the presidential election and the candidates, I was offered the “right” to be for Obama. Of course, I have never said who I was for although I have commented on what I consider the strengths and weaknesses of many of the candidates and their campaigns. Following […]Read More Full disclosure.
Here’s the plot line for this conspiracy tale. Andy of the Democratic Party, is a proponent of charter schools. His loyal side-kick (let’s call him Joe) even argues that there are no such things as “good charters” or “bad charters.” Joe says that this distinction is an invention of the evil Union Bosses. But everyone […]Read More Rotherham, charters and Rosemary’s Baby.
Leo Casey posts in today’s EdWize, the UFT’s blog, that the Ted Kennedy endorsement of Barack Obama has an NCLB subtext. Casey speculates that both Kennedy and California Congressman George Miller are endorsing Obama because Obama is not as critical of NCLB as Hillary has been. There is a growing consensus among NCLB hawks like […]Read More Kennedy endorses Obama. An NCLB subtext?
The percentage of workers who belong to unions increased last year, according to the annual union membership report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Some 311,000 new members joined unions in 2007, the largest single-year increase since 1979. Overall, the rate of union membership increased slightly to 12.1 percent last year, from […]Read More Sunday links.