More Than A Number: Concerned educators gather to examine standardized testing and teacher evaluations

At LIU Post, educators and community members gathered to discuss the negative impacts of the new scheme in New York to use students’ test scores directly in teacher evaluations. Previously in New York, there was a law forbidding this from happening. Though, political energy from Governor Cuomo and NY State Board of Regents Chancellor Tisch […]

LI School in national spotlight: Should students be suspended for “Tebowing”?

What happened? Two students (down from four at first) were suspended from Riverhead High School, because they kneeled in a hallway, in a stunt and/or tribute related to Tim Tebow, who kneels on the football field. Is suspension appropriate?

Timely: School bus concerns in NY

*Update with some perspective: This threat was made on April 1st – several days ago, with no incidents in the meantime. In addition, a story at Long Island Press notes that state officials are considering the possibility it was just a really irresponsible April Fool’s joke. Story at Long Island Press: here. KW writes: If […]

Save teaching jobs: Forget hike for consultants

KW writes: While politicians whine about school budgets: The proposal to stop hikes for consultants (or, maybe even let go some consultants) is a great idea, proposed in NYC, that could apply elsewhere. Some folks might also remember the school attorney scandal in NY. Some of the largess of school systems goes to overpaid consultants, […]

NYC: City panel votes to close 10 schools

A video with many good insights at an NYC local FOX News: here ______ (excerpt from) NY Daily News City panel votes to close 10 schools after five-and-a-half hours of testimony by Rachel Monahan / Wednesday, February 2nd 2011 After more than five-and-a-half hours of testimony from hundreds of speakers, a city panel voted early […]

Action Alert: Help mother jailed for trying to send her children to a better school (that grandfather payed taxes in)

Update: If I understand the latest news reports, I believe that this woman is presently out of jail. I think she served nine days now, and one day was forgiven for time served related to this case previously. That story (with apologies from and for the judge, which I am not clear are justified): here. […]

Warning! Big danger for public education (NY State universities)

KW: Wow! This is a huge problem. A rich person – a hedge fund manager of all things – wants use a donation as a kind of political bribe, to change the NY State University system to his liking. Egads! More comments after story. This is a huge problem which progressives, leftists, and people who […]

SFBay View: Malik Rahim for Congress Dec. 6!

Malik Rahim for Congress Dec. 6! | San Francisco Bay View After a century of politicians, it’s time to elect a community organizer Message from Malik “Four days after Hurricane Katrina and two days before founding Common Ground, I made this decision to run for Congress,” Malik writes in a recent email to friends and […]

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