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AM News: Unions Launch Big PR Campaign Today

News2Teachers unions face moment of truth Politico: Support for labor unions in general has fallen steadily, dipping below 50 percent for the first time in 2012 before rebounding slightly this year, Gallup polls find. 

AFT Makes $1 Million Ad Buy Against Testing, 'Privatization' Politics K12: The National Education Association is also involved but its spending is smaller, Politico reports. That might be because membership losses at the NEA have cut back the amount it can spend on messaging and communications, as I've reported.

AFT, Partners Push National Day of Action to Oppose 'Privatization' of Schooling TeacherBeat: The national union has reportedly spent more than $1 million on advertising buys to promote the campaign.

Fletcher Facing 8 in Bid for LA Teacher Union Presidency LA School Report: The size of the field, which includes one current UTLA officer, Secondary Vice President Greg Solkovits, and one who also ran for president in 2011, Leonard Segal, suggests an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with Fletcher’s policies, leadership style or both.

Lots more state and local news below.

Obama, Celebrities, Politicians Come Together To Launch Coding Education Push TechCrunch: President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both separately issued video statements today asking every student in the U.S. to learn to code.

New report: Majority of Conn. schools meet targets San Francisco Chronicle: It resulted from a waiver Connecticut received last year from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The waiver was tied to Connecticut legislation overhauling the state's education system; it gave the state more flexibility to spend federal money and ...

Tensions Rise as Indiana Schools Chief and Governor Clash Over New Agency NYT: A a public political fight, the top education official, an elected Democrat, has accused the Republican governor of undermining her office.

Editorial : Who Says Math Has to Be Boring? NYT (editorial page): It’s time to overhaul the way math and science are taught.

Focus turns to school leader search in de Blasio transition Chalkbeat NY:As the dust settles from Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s two-day spree of administrative appointments, all eyes have now turned to his next big decision: who he’ll pick for New York City schools chancellor.

How one school turned homework on its head PBS:  In 2010, with more than half of the school's ninth graders failing math, science and English, principal Greg Green decided to adopt the flipped approach, a blended learning model that also relies heavily on outside videos like the popular Khan Academy and Ted Talks.

Video: A second grader’s cure for playground loneliness Today: Christian Bucks felt bad for his lonely classmates on the playground, so he came up with the idea of a “buddy bench.” It’s a place where kids can feel welcome. TODAY’s Erica Hill interviews Bucks, his mother and his principal. 

The Debate Must Move On; Charter Schools Are Here to Stay WBEZ (oped): The public embrace of charter schools offers a tremendous opportunity to improve our education system. But first, let’s examine charter schools systematically. Instead of simply asking, “Are charters good or bad?” we should seek a more nuanced understanding of how charters really work, what impact they are having – good and bad – and why. Because, like it or not, charters are here to stay.

Discussing Nelson Mandela in room 215 at Whitney Young WBEZ: Last night, when she heard Nelson Mandela had died, she tossed out her lesson plans to discuss the former South African president, who brought an end to the country’s institutional racism known as apartheid.

Chicago schools transition _ smooth or rocky? AP:  Devion Allen peers wistfully through a door window at the school he used to attend. Those who live outside his gritty, violence-plagued neighborhood might dismiss this towering brick building as just another failing urban school. But to the eighth grader, the school across the street from his mom's subsidized apartment was a haven - "like a family," he says....

8 Teachers You'll Wish You Had When You Were in School NBC: These eight extraordinary public school teachers will make you want to be a student again.

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Dan Willingham's response to the Times editorial on math is a must read.

Andy Rosenthal and his team may know some things. Math education is not one of them.

http://www.danielwillingham.com/1/post/2013/12/what-the-ny-times-doesnt-know-about-math-instruction.html

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