Thursday, November 1, 2012
April 2011 Stanford/CREDO study: “whatever cyberschools are doing in PA is definitely not working and should not be replicated.” November 2012: State considering 8 more cyber charters
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It’s Raining – Money
Yinzercation Blog — OCTOBER 31, 2012
It’s still raining in
money, that it. As the elections have heated up, candidates pushing school privatization
efforts such as vouchers have received a windfall from some well-organized and
extremely wealthy out-of-state pockets. While we’re mopping up and rebuilding
after Hurricane Sandy, we better take a look at what else has blown into our
state, and the consequences we could be dealing with for years to come. Pennsylvania
April 2011 Stanford/CREDO study: “whatever cyberschools are doing in PA is definitely not working and should not be replicated.”
Diane Ravitch’s Blog
October 31, 2012 //
Diane Ravitch’s Blog
April 27, 2012 //
When I spoke at NCTM, I talked about the common thread that unites mathematicians and historians: We believe that evidence matters. No matter how much we speculate, or theorize, or predict, what matters most is: Show me your work, where is the evidence.
· Charter schools were intended to be laboratories for best practices that could in turn be shared and replicated. With the dismal performance of almost all PA cyber charters over the past several years, why are we considering authorizing more of them?
· Who will be on the panel that decides which of these new cyber charter applications will be granted?
· Are any members of that panel school board members, who are responsible for taxing their neighbors to pay the cyber charter tuitions that will fund these schools?
· If these programs were being run in a school district, the locally elected school board and administration, who are directly responsible to local taxpayers footing the bill, would have the option to discontinue them if they were not found to be effective.
· School districts seem to be able to provide cyber programs for about half of the cost that cyber charters are charging. How much of our tax dollars are going to advertising, corporate bonuses and corporate profits?
· What is Budget Secretary Zogby’s current relationship to K12, Inc.?
By Eleanor Chute /
Post-Gazette October 22, 2012 12:16 am Pittsburgh
With 16 full-time cyber charter schools,
already has one of the highest
concentrations of such schools in the nation, but now the state has received
applications for eight more for the 2013-14 school year. Pennsylvania
The state Department of Education has scheduled hearings in
on the proposals on Nov. 26, 28, 29 and 30. Harrisburg
Two of the organizations submitting proposals previously were rejected for this school year: Mercury Online Charter School of Pennsylvania and
. Akoben Cyber Charter School
The other six are
Insight PA Cyber Charter School, V3 Cyber Charter School, PA Career Path Cyber
Charter School, MB Resiliency Cyber Charter School of Pennsylvania and Phase 4 America Cyber Charter School. Urban Cyber Charter School
PA Budget Director Charles Zogby Statement of Financial Interests form SEC-1 for 2011
On his Statement of Financial Interests Form SEC-1 for 2011 filed with the PA State Ethics Commission on June 30, 2012, Budget Secretary Zogby listed “Senior Vice President of Education and Policy” at K12, Inc. as a source of direct or indirect income. In addition to managing
Agora cyber charter, K12, Inc. provides curriculum services to cyber charters. Pennsylvania
Library of Congress
24, 2012 by
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are on many teachers’ minds this school year, and the Library of Congress is ready to help. The Library’s teacher resources are a great fit for teachers trying to meet key CCSS goals, including critical thinking, analyzing informational texts, and working with primary sources. They’re all free, and finding them is as easy as going to www.loc.gov/teachers.
Hundreds of Library of Congress lesson plans, primary source sets, presentations and more—all based on authentic primary sources from the Library’s online collections—are now aligned to the CCSS, to state content standards, and to several national organizations’ standards.
In a, New York Times writer Thomas Friedman declared that the Race to the Top federal education competition is one of his two favorite initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration. After reading the column, Superintendent wrote the following post, which challenges Friedman’s depiction of the Race.
New York Times by MATT RICHTEL Published:
There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday.
The researchers note that their findings represent the subjective views of teachers and should not be seen as definitive proof that widespread use of computers, phones and video games affects students’ capability to focus. Even so, the researchers who performed the studies, as well as scholars who study technology’s impact on behavior and the brain, say the studies are significant because of the vantage points of teachers, who spend hours a day observing students.
By Molly Born /
Post-Gazette Pittsburgh November 1, 2012
For all the years educators have spent trying to curb the use of cell phones and other devices in school, these days they are finding meaningful ways for them to coexist with students in the classroom.
Starting this month,
will permit districtwide
student use of laptop computers, cell phones, tablets and other electronics in the
classroom. After a weeks-long pilot program and teacher training, Bethel Park High School Peters Township
School District will roll out a policy
for use this month at the high school, and is
celebrating a year with a similar initiative. Mt. Lebanon
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Agenda here: http://www.eplc.org/events-calendar/eplc-conference/