Thursday, August 23, 2012

Democrats (and Republicans) to Show Parent Trigger Movie at Convention

The Democratic Party has committed the gravest of insults by permitting Rhee's Astroturf group to air the parent trigger film "Won't Back Down" at the Democratic National Convention. SHAME!
Check out my post on StudentsFirst's September 3 screening of the film at the convention.

And: Rhee has also advised Republican Governor Rick Scott:

see how she has advised Republican governor Rick Scott.

No surprised that DFER's Joe Williams, the charter school promoter, is there for the DNC screening of "Won't Back Down."
From:  NY_I has left a comment on your post "Parent Trigger in Adelanto, CA":

Below I have links to Schmidt and Strauss.
In particular for Valerie: It’s really about the principals
Yes it is about principals and on the whole you can't get much worse than NYC.
 Three ed reforms parents should worry about most -- 
One of the great principals Carol Burris is at it again. What a voice for all of us ( and don't forget how Leo Casey attacked her.)

And Rita Solnet: ‘Won’t Back Down’: Realities the movie ignores
Substance and Strauss links below the break.

SUBSTANCE Reports on the latest from Chicago

Informational pickets continue with spirited line on Madison St. from Emmet school

It was a warm and sunny Chicago afternoon, and once school let out, the teachers were happy and showed it. Over 40 teachers, parents, community members and students rallied at Emmet Elementary School — located . . .

CORE to host two major forums on CTU history — Winning CTU Strikes

CORE, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators, is sponsoring two forums on the history of Chicago Teachers Union strikes featuring veteran Chicago teachers who will provide people with information about the history of Chicago . . .

UNO's Juan Rangal to be at City Club of Chicago August 29. Pickets planned?

The City Clubs of Chicago has announced that Juan Rangel, CEO of United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) will be at the City Club public policy luncheon on Wednesday August 29, 2012 for the noon luncheon. The . . .

North Side rally follows second day of informational pickets across Chicago

A rally of more than 150 people on Chicago's north side completed the second day of informational pickets across Chicago on August 21, 2012, the day before the Chicago Board of Education meeting is scheduled . . .

Huge meeting planned downtown next Wednesday in solidarity with CTU

The Chicago Teachers Solidarity Committee is inviting everyone to a major rally and meeting next Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at the Chicago Temple. It's called a "Town Hall Meeting" - ReuniĆ³n de la Comunidad, Wednesday, . . .

Brizard announces plans to open Scab Schools in August 20 letter to parents and teachers

No sooner had the Board of Education prepared the agenda for its August 22, 2012, meeting — including a secret agenda item that will reveal CPS plans to open between 100 and 150 schools under . . .


VALERIE STRAUSS posts awesome stuff -- I can't keep up.

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Mitt vs. George Romney on black-white achievement gap, school segregation

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Three ed reforms parents should worry about most

A New York educator gives her list of three reforms that parents should worry about most in their children’s public schools.
By Valerie Strauss  |  10:18 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 3)
Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Does it matter that an elite university lied to college rankers for years?

Since 2000, Emory University submitted false admissions data to college rankers and other organizations that showed higher test scores and class rankings than students actually had.
By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 1)
Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 08/22/2012

What new ACT college readiness scores really mean

The stagnant trend in ACT college readiness scores just released is yet another piece of evidence that test-driven K-12 education in the U.S. is a sweeping, expensive failure.
By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 7)
Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Analyzing the new PDK/Gallup poll on how Americans view public education

The 2012 PDK/Gallup poll on how Americans view public education shows some major divisions as well as agreements. Here is education historian Diane Ravitch’s analysis of what matters in the poll and what doesn’t.
By Valerie Strauss  |  11:32 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 12)
Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Poll: Americans’ views on public education

The annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll on American views about public education shows a big divide on issues including vouchers and evaluating teachers based on student standardized test scores. But Americans agree on issues including the need to make teacher preparation as strong as in other professions, such as medicine and law.
By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 2)
Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 08/21/2012

Eight problems with Common Core Standards

A veteran educator lists eight things about the Common Core State Standards that he thinks will damage public education.
By Valerie Strauss  |  11:37 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 5)
Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/21/2012

It’s really about the principals

Those seeking to improve schooling through efforts to increase teacher effectiveness and build teacher capacity are realizing that such efforts rely heavily on principal capacity and stability.
By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 08/21/2012

Broad Foundation’splan to expand influence in school reform

Here’s a memo from the Broad Foundation that lays out its plans to expand its already considerable influence in public education. It includes the creation of a “go to group” of Broad Academy graduates and others who can drive Broad-supported reform policies.
By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 19)
Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/21/2012

The Broad Foundation memo

Here you can read the entire memo from the Broad Foundation that spells out its strategy for expanding its influence in the world of school reform.
By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 2)
Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 08/20/2012

‘Won’t Back Down’: Realities the movie ignores

“Won’t Back Down,” writes one movie-goer, depicts a story that is more about good vs. evil than about the truth behind public schools today and the movement to privatize them.
By Valerie Strauss  |  02:53 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 28)
Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Ten things teachers, students should expect this year

What do most public teachers and students across the nation have to look forward to as they head back for the 2012-13 school year? Here’s a list — with suggestions on how to improve public education.
By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 10)
Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/18/2012

On Obama’s call to states to save teachers’ jobs

President notes that state and local budget cuts have helped kill 300,000 teaching and other jobs since 2009. But there’s an irony.
By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 72)
Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 08/17/2012

The big business of charter schools

If you are wondering why you should add charter schools to your investment portfolios, here’s David Brain, head of a major investment concern called Entertainment Properties Trust, to tell you.

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  1. What a whole lot to keep up with.

    The day before the August 29 event Substance cited, there is another mass rally / town hall meeting at Trinity All Nations Church, in conjunction with Chicago P.E.A.C.E., as I mused, what kind of tone are Emanuel and Brizard setting as these rallies approach?

  2. Norm, I guess you and the crew from GEM will need to make a movie exposing again the nonsensical gibberish that is in the move "Won't Back Down". The supporters/makers of the movie, "Waiting for Superman", were unable to convince the public to go "charter". Now they hope that using a teacher-mother team will pull on the heart-strings and create a nationwide demand for charter schools. It is pathetic and shameful that two movie stars who belong to a union would make this movie. Ahh, so many Faustian deals that are being made on a daily basis.

    I truly hope that you, Julie, and the others make another powerful documentary movie that will shame the "Won't Back Down" supporters again.

  3. Saw 'Won't Keel Over', about Bloomberg's vow to stay out of Ed politics for 30 days while tending a salad bar with Jamie Oliver. He only lasts two days, then starts dry heaving and convulsing.
    It shows that Walcott did not injure his finger at a gym but while testing a teacher-firing trigger law with the wrong finger.
    Bloomberg is hospitalized. Rhee visits him and fires a parade of teachers brought before his bed one at a time cheer him up. He is about to be released when he accidentally catches Ravitch on CNN and goes into cardiac arrest. During his near-death experience he sees
    John White as a pantomime horse and Klein as a pickpocket in Dickensian England.

  4. The bi-partisanship and the Rhee cementing of ties to ALEC continue:

    Rhee's StudentFirst has bestowed Education Reformer of the Year on anti-immigrant Georgia State Senate Majority Leader, ALEC board treasurer Chip Rogers.

    DREAMers Cite StudentsFirst for Endorsement of Anti-Immigrant ALEC Treas. Ga. Senator


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