Monthly Archives: September 2015

Privatization vs. Community-Based Reform Keynote at Minnesota

My parents are visiting this week. We have had several vigorous discussions— you can probably imagine the cloth that I am cut from. I was talking to my father about social change, he is less optimistic that our society will do better on many issues. My mother took the tact that you can create social change in the space you

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This School is Lovely: A Collage of Photos from Historic Campus

I hope you enjoy this photographic journey through one of America’s fine public schools. This week I visited Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Being out the field with our nation’s children and spending time with their educators is always informative and inspirational. For context, from Wikipedia: Green B. Trimble Technical High School started in 1882 as Fort

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From Freddie Gray to closing schools, structural racism is revealed in city policies

Originally posted on Just Cities:
Freddie Gray is now a household name. Gray died on April 19, 2015 at the hands of the police, which set off a firestorm of protests in Baltimore. Protests were focused on ensuring that the police officers involved in his case were brought to justice, but were also a direct response to the conditions under…

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Teachers advocates for poor in Seattle fight with politicians

The Seattle teachers are on strike. Before you get all huffy puffy about unions because it’s the popular thing to do. Don’t forget the 36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union. Weekends All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks Paid Vacation FMLA Sick Leave Social Security Minimum Wage Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination) 8-Hour Work Day Overtime

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California’s Smarter Balanced Results Capture Poverty

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On September 09, 2015, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released California’s Smarter Balanced results, which comprise the largest component of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP). As San Jose University professor Roxana Mariachi notes, a major issue with California’s Smarter Balanced results involves the apparent inability of the California Department of Education…

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Parents risk dying for Dyett and neighborhood public schools #FightforDyett #WeSupportDyett12

Parents and community members are entering the 4th week of a hunger strike in Chicago. While the issues may seem at first glance specific to Dyett High School, the protest is really about the top-down, private control school reform regime in Chicago and elsewhere. In essence the parents are demanding An open-enrollment neighborhood public school. A school that is properly

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