- “I believe in the possibility of school transformation and the role that community and parent voices play in concert with schools and districts. I believe in the value of the public sphere and the responsibilities it owes to the most marginalized of communities -- our immigrant students, special needs populations, and young people struggling with disciplinary issues.
- I believe in choice options that co-exist to supplement, not destroy, a public school system. I believe in real, creative innovation in our classrooms, not the "drill-and-kill" test prep replicated in too many of these “high-performing” charters you tout. I believe in a vision of schools that is aspirationally led rather than deficit-based. Your focus on the bottom brings everyone down.
- I believe our communities have always been there to pick up the pieces after administrations of hubris pass on. And I believe our public schools are worth fighting for.”
Thursday, April 26, 2012
"Books Will Soon Be Obsolete in the Public Schools" Thomas Edison July 1913
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PA Senate Education Committee
Public hearing on non-partisan school board elections
May 4, 2012 at
Boards? Non-Partisan School
April 12, 2012
School board elections are non-partisan in 47 states.
In its October 2010 Legislative Platform, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association “supports legislation calling for the nonpartisan election of school directors” (Section G, #3).
PA Senate Bill ( SB 327 ) is a bill that would take the office of school board director off the primary election ballot in
thus abolishing the need for party endorsement of that position. Pennsylvania
Apr. 26, 2012,
Inquirer Opinion By Christopher Moraff
Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the nation’s most expansive school voucher program into law. Since the GOP sweep of statehouses in 2010, similar measures have been introduced by the legislatures of more than 30 states — including
, where a
bipartisan school voucher bill was defeated in the House in December. Pennsylvania
Few doubt that there is a crisis in
public schools. But focusing so much attention on where money is spent —
instead of how — oversimplifies a complex problem. America
PA Primary Results Mixed for Education
Yinzercation Blog — APRIL 25, 2012
The primary results are in and it’s a mixed bag for public education.
The plan: Travesty or opportunity?
The notebook by Dale Mezzacappa on
Apr 24 2012
It is a new day, a bold experiment, an opportunity for innovation.
Or, it is a travesty, the end of public education as we know it, a cynical right-wing ploy. Not to mention a new twist on the decision a decade ago, for which the District has little to show, to turn over schools to education management organizations.
Sixty-four closed school buildings. A skeletal central office. “Achievement networks” of affiliated schools, at least some led by current District educators, perhaps by universities, that operate on performance contracts. More charter schools and charter networks. Renegotiated, or abrogated, labor contracts.
Apr. 25, 2012,
BLOWING UP THE
BY KRISTEN A. GRAHAM Inquirer Staff Writer
THE REALITIES are ugly, leaders said Tuesday - the
insolvent, lags most other urban districts in academics and loses students to
charters because parents believe it doesn't keep their children safe. Philadelphia
"What we do know through lots of history and evidence and practice is that the current structure doesn't work," School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos said. "It's not fiscally sustainable and it doesn't produce high-quality schools for all kids."
So, at the SRC's direction, Chief Recovery Officer Thomas Knudsen announced a plan that would essentially blow the district up and start with a new structure.
APRIL 24, 2012
The day that Helen Gym socked it to...the
No I wouldn't put you on because it really did, it happened just this way/The day Helen Gym socked it to the Philadelphia S.R.C:
A national resolution protesting high-stakes standardized testing was released Tuesday by a coalition of national education, civil rights and parents groups, as well as educators who are trying to build a broad-based movement against the Obama administration’s test-centric school reform program.
This is the latest in a series of recent initiatives taken around the country by academics, educators, parents and others to protest the use of student standardized test scores for high-stakes decisions, including teacher and principal evaluation, student grade promotion and high school graduation.
Education Coalition has endorsed
this resolution Keystone State
Organizations and individuals are encouraged to publicly endorse it (see link below). Organizations should modify it as needed for their local circumstances while also endorsing this national version.
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Some Comments on Paul Farhi's "Flunking the Test"
Guest post by Stephen Krashen.
…….Poverty is, in fact, the issue. While American students' scores on international tests are not as bad as critics say they are, they are even better when we control for the effects of poverty: Middle-class students in well-funded schools, in fact, score at or near the top of world. Our average scores are respectable but unspectacular because, as Farhi notes, we have such a high percentage of children living in poverty, the highest of all industrialized countries. Only four percent of children in high-scoring
for example, live in poverty. Our rate of poverty is over 21%. Finland
The implications of this fact are enormous: It means that the "problem" of American education is not ineffective teaching, not teachers' unions, not lack of national standards and tests, and not schools of education: It is poverty.
Thomas Edison published in The New York Dramatic Mirror in July 1913
Yoctometers and yettameters!!! Is this going to be on the test?
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PA Partnerships for Children – Take action on the Governor’s Budget
The governor’s budget plan cuts funding for proven programs like Child Care Works, Keystone STARS and the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program. These are among the most cost-effective investments we can make in education. Gov. Corbett’s budget plan also runs counter to a pledge he made when he ran for governor in 2010. He acknowledged the benefits of early childhood education and promised to increase funding to double the number of children who would benefit from early learning opportunities.
We need your help to tell lawmakers: if you cut these programs – you close the door to early learning! Click here to tell your state legislators to fund early childhood education programs at the same level they approved for this year’s budget.
Education Voters PA – Take action on the Governor’s Budget
The Governor’s proposal starts the process, but it isn’t all decided: our legislators can play an important role in standing up for our priorities. Last year, public outcry helped prevent nearly $300 million in additional cuts. We heard from the Governor, and we know where he stands. Now, we need to ask our legislators: what is your position on supporting our schools?