Archive for October 2013

Video: Ravitch On "Daily Show"

Video: Ravitch On "Daily Show"
In an appearance that will seem like more trick than treat to reform supporters, Diane Ravitch appeared on The Daily Show last night...

Boo! ISAT Scores, Charter Warnings

Boo! ISAT Scores, Charter Warnings
Happy Halloween!? In today's education news roundup, the big news of the day is the release of the new ISAT test score results, reflecting the state's tougher new requirements, but the most media attention goes to the news that CPS has put 5 charters on warning and that Ames parents are out of luck over the military themed program being located in their building.  Plus network offices, state- and national- education news of the day...

#EduCostumes 2013

#EduCostumes 2013
A couple of years ago I asked Twitter for education-themed Halloween ideas, and this year a bunch of good ones finally appeared (many of them thanks to @chadadelman): Dress up as the letter “J.” You are Pre-K. Constantly hold a marshmallow out in front of you. Don’t eat it. You are Grit. Go to Halloween... Read more »
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Video: Ravitch Does MSNBC

Video: Ravitch Does MSNBC
From last week. She described this as her best media appearance in a long while, in terms of length of time and absence of “gotacha” questions.  (MSNBC has been positioning itself as the lefty version of Fox so you can imagine the treatment was softer than over there or on one of the mainstream broadcast... Read more »

Ames MS Going Military -- Or Not?

Ames MS Going Military -- Or Not?
Today's news includes an appeal from ISBE for more money to help with computerized testing, some back and forth about the militarization at Ames (is it happening or not?), a new $10M grant to the UofC for its school support intervention strategies.  There are jobs to be had -- in Cleveland. Plus: LAUSD votes to keep Deasy for another two years...

UNO Troubles, Safe Passage Staffing

UNO Troubles, Safe Passage Staffing
Today's news includes more rumblings on UNO, some rollback of the Safe Passage staffing from city departments, a new RYH survey, and a few other items. National news includes the possible departure of the LAUSD superintendent, and boundary changes in DC that are bound to make problems, right...
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Game Changer Chicago

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This Pacific Standard story about a Chicago high school program includes both an alternate reality story and a real-life adventure.  Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) are real life games featuring scavenger hunts and open-ended options.The Game Changer Chicago (GCC) Design Lab at UofC is focused on minority youth and was developed by an MD and a English professor... Read more »

Duncan Visit, Rahm Replacement

Duncan  Visit, Rahm Replacement
And we're back.  Today's news: Duncan's visit to Wheeling, anyone but Rahm, safety and violence, plus CTU spokesperson's move to Gov. Quinn's office (and CORE meeting today). Also, be sure to see weekend comments about charters, Common Core, and national news scroll to the bottom...

Watch: Duncan Debates Common Core

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Here’s the video from the event covered in the daily news roundup below, in which Arne Duncan, Tim Knowles (UofC), and Rick Hess (AEI) debate the Common Core State Standards. Or, click here and watch New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell tell Jimmy Kimmel that class sizes can actually be too small for struggling students to... Read more »
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Safe Passage Update, Duncan Visit

Safe Passage Update, Duncan Visit
Today's education news includes an update on Safe Passage incidents, a Duncan visit to Wheeling and the University of Chicago, and lower preschool enrollment in the aftermath of a centralization process. There's also a fascinating story about a teacher who scammed her kids into the selective enrollment school where she taught, and a new international study comparing different states to different countries (again). ...