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5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: "In The Dust Of This Planet" Edition

NCEE 's Tucker responds to Ravitch and Cody http://ow.ly/3qZsNF 

Actually, public education is getting better, not worse - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/BGAx4  @crampell

Wendy Kopp: Criticism toward Teach for America is misplaced - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/BHyz3 

New MTA head Barbara Madeloni Thinks Tests Are Failing Our Schools http://ow.ly/BHmcU  Boston Magazine

Funders band together to invest in “Teacher Town, USA” [aka Memphis] http://ow.ly/BHmsZ  @bridgespangroup via @michaelpetrilli

Charter accountability "too important to be left to those working for their demise," notes EIA re @annenberginst rpt http://ow.ly/BHGDd 

"The LEAST Informative School Ranking Ever Developed!" http://ow.ly/BHBN9  Boston Magazine feat. XKCD's Randall Munroe

 

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: 50 States Allow Parents To Hit Kids; 20 Allow Teachers

Hitting your kids is legal in all 50 states TIME ti.me/1ASGwgt [Legal for teachers in 20.]

State appropriations to early care and education programs increased by 3.8% ($368.8 million) in FY 14 - modo.ly/1nNSGRS via @NCSLorg

Gates-funded news shows @npr_ed & @LearningCurveEd shld bolster disclosure, saysCurrent.org ow.ly/BEfNJ

"When in doubt, blame the teachers and their union." | Diane Ravitch's blog ow.ly/BEDPC

With nearly 30k applications, Indiana might be No. 1 in the U.S. for vouchers this year | ow.ly/BEfti @ChalkbeatIN

New Yorker Cartoon: “This is what I learned during my summer at TED camp." ow.ly/BFfC2 via @hotfored

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: LA Mayor's Slow Slide Away From Vergara

First, Garcetti softened on Vergara ow.ly/BCnZR Now he's endorsed Vergara opponent Torlakson ow.ly/BCnzi

Maybe reformers aren't going to leave Rahm hanging after all ow.ly/BByrx @DFER_IL  @libbyanelson @HeatherHJ

Louisiana CommonCore snafus are "A fiasco caused by one person," according to Chas Roemer ow.ly/BBZIl #blamecommoncore

Martin West says the public wants teachers evaluated using test scores #frizzle ow.ly/BBVQO [But PDK Gallup says otherwise]

‘A National Admissions Office’ for Low-Income Strivers -NYTimes.com ow.ly/BBVwo QuestBridge via @ScholasticAdms

Does Moving Poor People Work? - Not without other changes, apparently  NYTimes.com  ow.ly/BBLhd  Mentions @KIPP

Federal Program Supplies Surplus Military Gear to Schools - WSJ ow.ly/BBy2W [But LAUSD's giving back grenade launchers]

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Why Are There Still So Few Quality Voc-Ed Programs?

MA vocational schools unable to educate enough - The Boston Globe ow.ly/Bw9cL

In face of broad vendor claims, some districts rate#commoncore materials for quality ow.ly/Bx140

Eduwonk also questions @libbyanelson's Vox critique of HS ratings ow.ly/BwYbB My orig post here ow.ly/BwZab

NY union local upset with AFT head @rweingarten for making calls on behalf of Cuomo running mate ow.ly/BwXQg

More names from @Larryferlazzo for my ow.ly/BwBv1 list: @DrCamikaRoyal @Roxanna_Elden @WhiteRhinoRay@Lily_NEA @TeachMoore

#TheTeacherWars' @DanaGoldstein takes a narrow lead with a New Yorker mention/review ow.ly/Bwu3n

"This is not research but pamphlet. Unfortunate misinformation. Myths rather than facts." says Pasi Sahlberg

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: So, Should We Blame Weak US Education Effects On Flawed Reform Efforts Or Entrenched Interests (Or Both)?

Barely 30 percent of US adults exceed their parents' education level - worse than all but 3 OECD nations ow.ly/Bo9FD

ICYMI: @ChiPubSchools Show Real Graduation Rate Progress, @UChicagoUEI Tim Knowles US News ow.ly/Bo84n

Jose Vilson praises @elizwgreen book for listening to teachers ow.ly/Bo1EI

The nations "most-educated" towns are mostly affluent suburbs ow.ly/Bon3w #yayneighborhoodschools?

HS rankings may not tell us much, as @libbyanelsonnotes - but what about high-perf, high-pov HSs also listed? ow.ly/BofgC

On Dana Goldstein’s Piece Last Week in Vox @TeachForAmerica @DanaGoldstein ow.ly/Boe2x

NYT's Porter corrects attribution of income gap / grad rate research - UM's Bailey & Dynarski #edjourn ow.ly/Boaa2

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Even When #CCSS Critics Win, They Lose

CCSS critics out-debated advocates -- but [spoiler alert/trigger warning!] audience voted for CC anyway - EdWeek ow.ly/BlsUN

Common Core Advocates' Top 3 Mistakes - @yep-DC @BrainofMatter ow.ly/BkLHr Mistake #1: Ignoring materials and training.

Just 5 of 43 states with #CCSS are considering repeal of some kind, reports @ecs ow.ly/BkPt5 Though many have #renamed

Revamping tenure doesn't poll well in MO, reports @TeacherBeat ow.ly/BlMoO Then again, the state's already revamped tval.

Is It Time to Cash in on Charter Schools? I Don’t Think So - NJ Spotlight http://ow.ly/Bk3bU 

Newsweek: The Manhattan School That's Helping Immigrant Students Succeed ow.ly/Bl6dp

About 70 percent of America's elementary schools still rely on slow Internet connections. ow.ly/BkDTS

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: So That FL District Reversed Itself On Testing Opt-Out

FL district rescinds testing opt-out vote WBBH News http://ow.ly/BiI4n

Former EdTrust/Obama/Kennedy/Pell guy @M_Dannenberg1 is joining Ed Reform Now, "think tank to DFER and others."

RT @hechingerreport: If there is a testing craze, @BarthRichard says his three NYC public school kids are getting tested more in soccer...

Key Players in the Future of Education - OZY http://ow.ly/Bi3pL  feat. Ruslyn Ali, John White, Roland Fryer, Mike Johnston, Poland.

Statement from Chancellor Henderson Regarding Washington Post Column http://ow.ly/3qqcDG 

Richard Kahlenberg of Century Foundation: “It’s not hard to be pro-union on this panel.” He’s with Michelle Rhee and Mitch Daniels. #nytsft via @scholasticadms

A Rare Virus Plagues Back-to-School Season - Atlantic Mobile http://ow.ly/3qqskJ 

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Choice, Cheating, Common Core Half-Truths

On the School-Choice Barricades with Kevin Chavous - WSJ http://ow.ly/Be47y 

Atlanta school cheating trial has 12 teachers facing prison - LA Times ow.ly/Bf244

Common Core’s five big half-truths - @rickhess99 via @DianeRavitch ow.ly/BfIea

Beyond standardized tests, we need a richer accountability model. Test scores alone aren't enough. msdf.co/1niIsdn

States Collaborate to Keep Track of Students http://ow.ly/Be1NN  - Stateline

Ravitch & Deasy scheduled to be on Tavis Smiley tonight (separately, I presume) http://ow.ly/Be3Hm 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Gates, Unions, Testing, Integration, & Teens

So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class - NYT Sunday Magazine - ow.ly/B9pPD ow.ly/3q4oSB

Teachers Unions Under Fire, Firing Back [at allies as well as sworn enemies] - WSJ  ow.ly/B9Bcw  @carolineporter

Why Do Teacher Unions Hate Eva Moskowitz? -- NYMag @jonathanchait ow.ly/B8YkP She focuses on results, not jobs

The Ivy League Is Broken -- and Only Standardized Tests Can Fix It http://ow.ly/B8VE5 

‘It Was Like A War Zone’: Busing In Boston | WBUR http://ow.ly/B8oIX  Looking back at 40 years ago - via @annenberginst

New @AJAMPresents doc showing what life's like for 15 HS seniors starts Sunday ow.ly/B9iWs

"Brave Teen Refuses to Attend Middle School, Chooses Jail Instead" http://feedly.com/e/qRPVk_g1 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Mother Jones On The Common Core Bogeyman

How the Common Core Became the Biggest Conservative Bogeyman Since Obamacare | Mother Jones @timothypmurphy ow.ly/B5eIW

Student demographics are rapidly changing but teacher demographics aren't keeping up: http://bddy.me/1AaDLH0 

Varied views on launch of @edu_post in EdWeek http://ow.ly/B6e0M  Seemed to stumble a bit the first day despite lovely WP writeup

Michele Cahill leaving Carnegie Corp of NY as of 9/12ow.ly/B6zER LaVerne Evans Srinivasan will be acting VP for ed

"Google Will Refund At Least $19 Million for Kids' In-App Purchases" feedly.com/e/kMGzBDW7

New criticism of The Wire raises provocative questions about journalism and race http://ow.ly/B4ans  #edjourn

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Bad Times For Democrats = Good For Progressives

Why a tough year for America’s Democrats could be a good opportunity for the party’s far left - Quartz ow.ly/B3ujx

Don't tell @davidsirota that the NEA is partnering with Walden ("Won't Back Down") Media ow.ly/B39yj

Ray Suarez interviews NEA head Lily Eskelsen Garcia re#vergara etc on AJAM ow.ly/B358X

Democrats, unions pour $25M into key Colo. races | Chalkbeat ow.ly/B3rYC via @RealClearEd

Zero (0) black/Hispanic students at 90 NYC schools passed state tests this year @NYDNBenChapman via @RedditEducation ow.ly/B3404

Teachers in Reno embrace the Common Core | American RadioWorks | ow.ly/B3caB

The Battle for NYC Schools: Moskowitz vs. de Blasio - NYT Sunday Magazine - http://ow.ly/B2FWF  Anything new or different here?

iPad is Running Into Trouble in the Education Market - Motley Fool via @RedditEducation http://ow.ly/B34CZ 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Hey, Let's All Publish School Stories On The Same Day!

So many school stories on the first day of a new year -- some of them good, many pro forma, very few breaking through #edjourn

Skipping School Correlates With Low Test Scores But Cracking Down on Truancy May Not Solve The Problem- @ewaemily http://ow.ly/AZOxL 

Lawsuits, snafus, delays, and unchanged outcomes snag early teacher rating efforts, reports @caitlinzemma http://ow.ly/B0ddD 

CPS outpaces charter schools in improvements, especially in reading - Chicago Sun-Times http://ow.ly/AZjOL 

Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers? - The Atlantic @hoodedu http://ow.ly/AZOqB 

NPR's Ominous "The End Of Neighborhood Schools" in NOLA http://ow.ly/B07wu  But isn't that what Cambridge, MA has?

Boston principals hire own teachers & leave 110 veterans out - "wasting" $10M - The Boston Globe http://ow.ly/AZi8p  via @annenberginst

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Don't Expect Much - It's The Thursday Before Labor Day Weekend

Governor Jindal is a [Legal] Troll | EdCentral ow.ly/APrXV@l tepe 

Teacher unions ought to ease up on the gas — @njleftbehind - NewsWorks ow.ly/AQ7YB

5 @greendot [unionized charter] schools make Daily Beast/Newsweek top HS in the nation list ow.ly/APxGU

Ferguson area teachers given directives on how to talk about Michael Brown | Al Jazeera America ow.ly/APrPg

A Simple Education App [Remind] May Reach The Top Of The App Store Charts ow.ly/APpkq

More Research On Precisely What Works for English Language Learners | EdCentral ow.ly/APrRY

Teenagers Favor Tech Over Clothes - NYT ow.ly/AQ8gn "The conversation always circles back to the iPhone 6"

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: US Little League Champs Mostly Attend Charters, Magnets

25 High Schools "Doing the Most With the Least" - includes Noble Street - The Daily Beast ow.ly/ANgzm

Jindal Sues Feds over Common Core ow.ly/ANyFw & Receives Renewed Support For Voucher Program ow.ly/ANyBe

Can @DrDeasyLAUSD survive the iPad fiasco? - LA Times ow.ly/ANy0M

Jay Matthews: Big charter change seen in 2 D.C. schools - The Washington Post ow.ly/3pfiSJ @HalleyTCF @RickKahlenberg

Theme park law keeps VA schools from opening until after labor day, reports Washingtonian http://ow.ly/AKEoP  @brfreed Other states?

Most of Chicago's Little League Champs attend magnet or charter schools, reports ABC News http://ow.ly/AMc2L 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Best/Worst Common Core Defense Ever?

"Gadflies' latest attacks on New York's Common Core exams are the most ignorant yet." Oped in the NYDN ow.ly/AK5PL 

Great story from Chicago Tribune's @lollybowean about what happened to some of @UrbanPrep's 2010 grads ow.ly/AK4dA

New Teachers College book on #diversecharters (among other things) coming out next week: A Smarter Charter http://ow.ly/3p7GPS 

The problem isn't tenure, writes David B. Cohen in @valeriestrauss' The Answer Sheet http://ow.ly/AJrGz  It's, er, something else.

 Four years ago, the case for teacher cams was already being made by @MichaelPetrilli   educationnext.org/lights-camera-…#teachercams

Today's college freshman were in kindergarten when 9/11 happened & other tdibts via @libbyanelson ow.ly/AKqmx [beneath Vox, but it's a late August week and I obviously have no standards].

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Hey, Everybody -- Let's Put Cameras On Teachers, Too!

The case for cop AND teacher cams - Chicago Tribune ( Reihan Salam) ow.ly/AHgIY

Reform advocacy groups like DFER & Stand evolving strategies, reports EdWeek's @AndrewUjifusa ow.ly/AHiHg

Why DFER's staying out of Tuck/Torlakson (and Vergara, too), via @AndrewUjifusa ow.ly/AHjk1

New Orleans' charter school system ill-prepared for jump in Central American immigrants | NOLA.comow.ly/AGFNs

Sometimes the school down the block makes you nervous - The Post reposts Jay Mathews' 2000 columnow.ly/AHxUv via @EducationNext

Two Spencer Fellow books reviewed in same edition of the NYT -- including one written by a 3rd Spencer 

Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early - The Atlantic ow.ly/AHff7

All this and more at @alexanderrusso.

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Google Wants Kids To Have GMail (Apparently Unaware That Kids Don't Use Email Anymore)

The Trouble With Tenure - Frank Bruni feat. Mike Johnston in the NYTimes.com ow.ly/AuAHO

Obama Waivers Add Fuel to Lawsuit Bid - @PoliticsK12 ow.ly/AuS0p

Common Core for Young Learners Educators tackle challenges in the early grades ow.ly/AuHJO

Google May Start Handing Out Gmail Accounts to Kids - The Wire ow.ly/AuQ9u But how to do so without violating COPPA?

Nonwhite student body is now the majority, but most white students won't know (because neighborhood assignment) - Vox ow.ly/AuSWz

Gates touts teacher tools ow.ly/AuKcr feat. BetterLesson, ThinkCERCA, LightSail, FineTune, Edmodo, BloomBoard

Longest trial in SC history focuses on education | @ajam @Warbelle ow.ly/AuSkK

The Los Angeles Unified School District ducks out of trigger law, cites federal waiver | Deseret News ow.ly/AuLAe

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Is NPR Pro-Reform Or Con?

Initially, critics claimed @npr_ed was pro-reform (b/c Gates $$). Here @petercook suggests it's anti (b/c NOLA story) ow.ly/As6Zs

‘Vergara’ decision signals the start of a 3rd wave of ed reform - Joshua Lewis in The Washington Postow.ly/As6Oi

Overdue process for Duval County FL special ed teacher teacher, or illustration why job protections needed?ow.ly/As5C3

Rotherham not sure Rhee "drew fire away from other groups," then in next graf describes how she did just thatow.ly/As2MG

The Common Core Will *Not* Double The Dropout Rate http://ow.ly/ArZOZ  No matter what Carnegie Corp or @drjohnthompson say - @mrpabruno

Reform critics at @NetworkPublicEd add new board members to address lack of diversity, but botch rollout with "Crayon" comment.

All this and more throughout the day at @alexanderrusso.

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: US Teachers Double OECD Classroom Average

US teachers' classroom hours (double OECD avg) prevent changes @elizwgreen book promotes, writes @smosle http://ow.ly/AjTnG 

Green's new book ultimately rejects reflects on @Doug_Lemov's methods touted in 2010, notes @smosle http://ow.ly/AjSq6 

45 pct of teachers think CC *tests* will improve achievement; nearly 70 pct believe CC = improved instruction http://ow.ly/AjVGk 

Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe will join board of pro-Vergara group @studentsmatter, reports @Morning_Edu 

Valerie Strauss's annual break from criticizing reform efforts is out today: #thankscommoncore ow.ly/Al2Ww

Wait, what? Kansas comes in #5 among states with best school systems http://ow.ly/Akgvx  @huffpostedu @rklein9

All this and much much more at @alexanderrusso.

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Endorse, Oppose, Or Stay Out Of The Race?

Unions vary political strategies in places where they are at odds with Dem governors, notes @eia's Antonucci ow.ly/A7Xex

Fordham's @MichaelPetrilli interviews @elizwgreenabout her book-length followup to her 2010 NYT article ow.ly/A7bVn

Chicago releases improved test score results -- too bad they're not on the annual state tests - District299 ow.ly/A6wsS

Map: Handful of states (CA, TX, FL, NY, VA) getting biggest numbers of unaccompanied minorsow.ly/A7Nba @l_maxwell

New series on Dems & choice features opeds from @parentrev @dfer @rwhitmire Doug Tthill Myles Mendoza Gloria Romero ow.ly/A7pF4

30 Ed Applications of Google Glass include teacher eval, teacher's view, ow.ly/A7ftu

NYT Schools for Tomorrow Conf 9/9 includes @RickKahlenberg @paultough @MichelleRhee ow.ly/A6Ta9

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: "Half-Day" Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Lets retire the full day and half day#ECE labels. bit.ly/1vg4q7U @NewAmerica

Six Myths in the NYT Math Article | Brookings Institution http://ow.ly/A45td 

Common Core Is Boring - @conorpwilliams in TPM http://ow.ly/A4vsu 

Tests That Look Like Video Games : NPR Ed : NPR http://ow.ly/A4qVO 

15 Strategies for Placing Excellent Teachers in High-Need Schools - EdWeek ow.ly/A4w3b 

Is the Duolingo language app good enough to prep students for the TOEFL? ow.ly/A4SKO  

Writeup of @dfer CA re-launch in Long Beach last weekow.ly/A4WAe @SteveBarrLA

Who does @campbell_brown think she is, asks @citizenstewartow.ly/A4RYX +41 comment

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Bad Teacher Math From Weingarten

Teachers avg 14 years of experience not 2, says @StudentsFirst's @jacobwaters about @rweingarten @AFTunion claims ow.ly/A1IhY

"Who The Fck Is Campbell Brown?" writes Esquire's angry political blogger, Charles P. Pierce ow.ly/A2dqO@ESQPolitics

‘The View' Hosts Apparently Love Teachers, Hate Tenure http://ow.ly/A1FnA 

Half-day and full-day labels mislead early education debate, notes @NewAmericaEd via @RedditEducation http://ow.ly/A1GaI 

20 states with new student-data laws | Marketplace.orgow.ly/A1GIU @adrienehill 

Jindal lawyer: Common Core a ‘scheme’ that breaks federal law - @caitlinzemma POLITICO.com ow.ly/A2dhF

Cool new learning space for LA's Locke HS @EdSurge@MJMadda ow.ly/A1J2Z @greendot 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: The "Myth" Of Tenure

What a union will - and won't - do to protect a teacher, according to AEI's Antonucci via @eduwonk http://ow.ly/zZuXJ  Accurate?

SEE ALSO: Tenure never protected teachers as much as is thought, but ending it will deteriorate teaching TCRecord:  http://ow.ly/zZfnR 

CA's new school funding system stumbles into its first year, says @hechingerreport http://ow.ly/zZrxh

Ed advocates of all kinds might do well to (re-) read this New Yorker article: Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral http://ow.ly/zYVlE 

Meet the left's new campaign think tank - WPost http://ow.ly/zZvJJ 

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads - @TheAtlanticEDU Meghan Murphy http://ow.ly/zYOA4 

Are You A “Student Voice” Kind Of Educator?... http://ow.ly/zZrOy 

 

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: MA Charter Teachers Join Teamsters

MA teachers unionize via Teamsters not MTA or MFT - Worcester Telegram http://ow.ly/zVVAL  First time ever? @SteveBarrLA @aftacts [seems unlikely]

Sacto's St. Hope schools taps Michelle Rhee as board chair - The Sacramento Bee http://ow.ly/zVZ8c  via @RealClearEd

How Chicago & Philly Are Short-Changing Low-Income Students http://ow.ly/zVY7f  @rklein90

Check out this PD personalization webinar feat. ASCD & Scholastic experts next week 8/14 http://ow.ly/zWlzG  @ScholasticAdms

What happened when writer @elizwgreen stepped in and tried to teach a class herself? insidehighered http://ow.ly/zVe6V 

Media over-focusing on edtech failures vs. successes like McCallen, says proponent @EdSurge News http://ow.ly/zVblM 

Get news and commentary all day at @alexanderrusso.

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Departing House Leader Rails Against Neighborhood-Based School Assignment

Cantor decries neighborhood/school quality linkage  ow.ly/zQlsp USA Today via @RedditEducation  

Fact-Checking UFT’s Attack on NOLA Schools | PE + COow.ly/zQlp0 @petercook

Snapshot of Teacher Union Spending on House, Senate Campaigns  @PoliticsK12  ow.ly/zQ8ez  @laurenonthehill

Vox points out big but little-known hole in union spending figures ow.ly/zR1Ob

2014's top lobbying spenders so far - Washington Postow.ly/zQmeg Labor unions/teachers *not* among them

Why poor kids fail to show up for college - and lie to college counselors about it - Jay Mathews ow.ly/zQmBG

Knowledge Isn’t Power - NYT ow.ly/zPUAI Krugman on politicians and the public ignoring expertise

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Generals Back Common Core [Is That A Good Thing?]

450 pro-Common Core Army generals say teacher preparedness tied to national security The Tennesean ow.ly/zNMZY #thankscommoncore?

WI High Court Upholds Law Curbing Collective-Bargaining Rights for Public Employees - WSJ @carolineporter ow.ly/zNOf2

The End of Paper-and-Pencil Exams? [Yes.] @TheAtlanticEDU @EWAEmily ow.ly/zOmVQ

Arnold Foundation helping CPI track funding in 6,300 state level races this year : CJR ow.ly/zNPvM

Things are better, and they're worse, says Fordham's Finn in a farewell message ow.ly/zOmlo No, you're not invited to the party.

Forget the surge of unaccompanied minors hitting some districts -- how about the big surge in suburban poverty? TIME ow.ly/zNOH3

Don’t Teach Math, Coach It - NYT oped by Jordan Ellenberg ow.ly/zOnjS

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Hoboken Laptop Experience Unusual / Misleading

Lots of districts avoid Hoboken's unusually disastrous 1:1 deployment  saga  ow.ly/zKKxD @hechingerreport @pwillens

Chart: Top Liberal Campaign Spenders 2012 - via Voxow.ly/zKHsh includes Bloomberg, Soros, Fred Eychaner, etc.

Readers respond angrily to "practice" school-shooting story ow.ly/zKFno via @romenesko

Race to the Top, Wasn't : Frederick M. Hess ow.ly/zKJcZ@rhess99 via @DianeRavitch

Remembering Gene Maeroff - Education Next : Education Next ow.ly/zL69g (features audio interview)

Some Wisconsin schools oppose Common Core repeal ow.ly/zKF4h AP via @RealClearEd

I'm really enjoying the anonymous fun of #thankscommoncore @thnkscommoncore -- but I also want to know who started it??

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: #ThanksCommonCore

How textbooks describe war has changed dramatically says @PacificStand ow.ly/zIE5z @bechang8.

Are 1:1 computer deployments not all that helpful, as this @WNYC story suggests - or did Hoboken just do it wrong? ow.ly/zIn9R

Mead: 5 Totally Doable Things to Improve Head Start @saramead ow.ly/zIn2Y

Diane Ravitch has met with 46k more teachers than Arne Duncan in the past year, she says ow.ly/zIK7d

Aldeman chides (get it?) Green for ignoring improved math results in her NYT story ow.ly/zIoAI 

To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades : NPR ow.ly/zIrkY 

Cory Booker, Rand Paul, & Rachel Racusen (again) make The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful" list for 2014ow.ly/zIu2p Any other edtypes?

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: You're Fired -- I Mean, Fined

NYC Teachers in Disciplinary Cases More Often Fined Than Fired - WSJ ow.ly/zEQ1a @lesliebrody

Salon: The plot to destroy education: Why techn could ruin US classrooms — by trying to fix them" ow.ly/zFflP

Not All Discipline Disparities May Be The Result Of Implicit Bias - @shankerblog ow.ly/zFVN1

Democrats are more liberal now than 20 years ago -- and most active Dems are liberal, too, says Politicoow.ly/zFfc3

Abq Journal: Panelists provide transparency in New York Education Department's setting of "cut scores"ow.ly/zFiVC via RCE

Don't like these? Lots more to pick from (esp. from over the weekend) at @alexanderrusso.

 

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Clinton Launches #BabyTalking Campaign

Clinton Launches Baby-talking Campaign In Oakland ow.ly/zxPJy #babytalking 

Unions put teachers on streets — for votes - http://POLITICO.com  Print View http://ow.ly/zxq4G 

Self-proclaimed "naive" NYC Teaching Fellow Florina Rodov aims to open her own school next yearow.ly/zxDgA @TheAtlanticEDU

Do the CAP teacher salary report & coverage seem misleading to you like it does to me? ow.ly/zyp7n@MrPABruno @SchlFinance101

New think tank started by CAP economist will fund Berkely's Jesse Rothstein on ed ineq, reports @TheStoryline ow.ly/zycgT

Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn | The Hechinger Report ow.ly/zxWbN

Washington Post's @TheStoryline is latest entry in wonky explainer sites like @vox. RSS ow.ly/zycMu You're welcome

 

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Philanthropy Is Everywhere

The Expanding Role of Philanthropy in Education Politics http://ow.ly/zvgb6  @sreckhow and Jeff Snyder via @dianeravitch

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? - http://NYTimes.com  http://ow.ly/zuZMK  @elizabeth_green @elizwgreen

Apple Claims 85% of U.S. Education Market for Tablets http://ow.ly/zuqy8  [Even as iPad consumer sales flatline]

Setting the record straight on tenure  - NY Daily News http://ow.ly/zvMHG  #vergara @campbell_brown

Both @anniegilbertson & @mrpabruno think @libbyanelson's map http://bit.ly/1tBboQk  should be adjusted for COL etc 

This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen : Goats and Soda : NPR http://ow.ly/zvGZe 

Cato's Andrew Coulson slams Slate's Sweden School Choice article in @EducationNext http://ow.ly/zvn37 

High schools worse than colleges handling rape, reports Al Jazeera America http://ow.ly/zviOv  Harrowing story re Seatle's Garfield HS

 

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: What If Colleges Don't Agree About "College-Ready"?

"The awkward truth is that *colleges* determine what “college-ready” means." http://ow.ly/zsA5D  @ChadAldeman

Liberal oppo to Common Core isn't as new as Slate's @daveweigel seems to think - but the NY polls *are* a problem http://ow.ly/zrMGu 

5 [Good] Reasons Education Reformers Should Care About Head Start - @saramead http://ow.ly/zsAc9 

The Hill's profile of Third Way's national security guru makes me wonder whatever happened to their education work? http://ow.ly/zsAt6 

The child migrant crisis is not just a border issue: Blue states need to step up. http://ow.ly/zrM0Y  says Slate's @emilybazelon

Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. | New Republic http://ow.ly/zsysB

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Elizabeth Warren Isn't Taking Up Charters, Testing (Yet)

Warren's "11 commandments for progressives" avoid mention of charters, testing, and teacher pay, notes @mattyglesias ow.ly/zpE9b

Should Progressives Support Public Sector Unions? ow.ly/zoZBG @DmitriMehlhorn vs. Jake Rosenfeld @OnLaborBlog

Antonio Villaraigosa: Why Are Teachers Unions So Opposed to Change? - WSJ ow.ly/zoYSW  @villaraigosavia On Labor

A Year Watching Schools Prepare For FL's New Standards | WLRN ow.ly/zpYlR  @hechingerreport@StateImpactFL

NEA & AFT Give More Than $2.2 Million to Democratic Governors | Intercepts ow.ly/zpHLn

RapGenius goes to School = Education Genius ow.ly/zpEFB Anyone trying or using it out there?

Report Finds U.S. Schools Rank Below Average in Innovation - WSJ ow.ly/zpIub  @carolineporter@OECD_Edu @BenjaminBHerold

NatJournal's @fawnjohnson on the bright political prospects for early ed in Republican races ow.ly/zpUgM

How come there aren't any great twitter bots for education/edreform? ow.ly/zpJr8

Help Marketplace's Amy Scott finish her stunning documentary about Cincinatti's Oyler school @OylerDoc ow.ly/zpITd

 

Twitter Friday: News & Commentary Here, On Facebook, & Via Twitter

Happy Friday! I'll be updating the site via Twitter today -- back to normal blogging on Monday. You can read it all here, or on Facebook (Alexander Russo), or directly on Twitter (@alexanderrusso). Have a great weekend!

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Good Sweden Vs. Bad Sweden

Sweden's disastrous experiment with school choice -- Slate ow.ly/zgFFP @RFisman @rhess99 @edreform

For another take on Sweden's schools (arguing they're just fine), see here: themoneyillusion.com/?p=25145 
via @NeeravKingsland

Massachusetts Senate Votes Not to Lift Cap on Charter Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog ow.ly/zhcFp

Ravitch vs. Campbell: Why do we let women get away with making sexist comments? - The Washington Post @keligoff ow.ly/zgFsM

The case for shutting down Stuyvesant High School, the best public school in New York. ow.ly/zeQzs

Former IN State Chief Tony Bennett and the Politics of Personal Destruction -  @EducationNext  @rhess99 ow.ly/zheyn

Does Reliance on Specific Textbooks Stack the Deck Against Poor Districts? ow.ly/zheXw @merbroussard @MindShiftKQED

Principal comes close to breaking down talking about losing kids due to boundary changes ow.ly/zhhbE 18 min mark

Yes, Gaza militants hide rockets in schools, but Israel doesn't have to bomb them - Vox ow.ly/zheHp

 

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Beyond "Subprime Learning"

4 House and Senate Campaigns with Strong Education Angles - @PoliticsK12 ow.ly/zeyrV

A Mantra for K-12 Philanthropy: First, Do No Harm edweek.org/ew/articles/20… @rhess99

The Movement to Stop Test Mania Continues | Diane Ravitch's blog ow.ly/zeCzq @fairtest

Beyond Subprime Learning | @NewAmericaow.ly/zeCwR

"Diane Ravitch, public education sexist" | New York Post ow.ly/zeXkc Tabloid calls DR sexist. I think they look cute together.

The Splintering School Reform Movement - @MichaelPetrilli in Education Next ow.ly/zeIpK

How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students ow.ly/zeHo7

In 'Underwater Dreams,' Phoenix HS Robotics Team Puts Lens On Immigration Debate : NPR ow.ly/zeEO5

 

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Bastille Day Edition

Teachers Unions Use Pension Fund Clout To Make Up For Lost Political Power ow.ly/z9icS  @Molly_HC@AFTunion

A middle ground on tenure? Some teachers in California say yes. | Deseret News National ow.ly/z8qhS

When Teachers Romanticize Their Students' Poverty - April Bo Wang - @TheAtlanticEDU ow.ly/z9i8Y

The Struggle Over Bad Teachers - NationalJournal.comow.ly/z874O

A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In : NPR ow.ly/z9iP9 #KizON

OMG! Texting doesn't actually hurt kids' grammar or spelling skills - Vox ow.ly/z9jqx

​WestEd Gets $3M from USDE to Study Khan Academy Impact | EdSurge News ow.ly/z9lp6

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: White House Presses For Equitable Teacher Distribution

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy - @PoliticsK12 ow.ly/ySqPl

When Beliefs and Facts Collide - NYTimes.com ow.ly/yRZsZ

Guest Post: In Defense of “Last-In, First-Out” | ON LABOR ow.ly/ySpVH From SEIU #Vergara

Percentage of U.S. public-school students/teachers who are racial or ethnic minorities : 42 percent /18 percent ow.ly/ySCj2

Next NEA leader's first task: Win back public -POLITICO.com ow.ly/yRqZ8 @caitlinzemma Is she on Twitter?

Why the anti-tenure lawsuit will fail  - NY Daily News via @ChalkbeatNY ow.ly/yRfj0  @campbell_brown

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: Two Of Three Superintendents Support Common Core

Common Core Will Improve Education Most District Chiefs Say - Education Week http://ow.ly/yF4pl 

Aspen Ideas Festival panel with David Coleman scheduled for this afternoon / live video feed, FYI http://ow.ly/yF2iJ

Legislative Efforts to Slow Down PARCC Parked -- at Least for Now - @NJSpotlight http://ow.ly/yEEoU 

How Michigan spends $1 billion but fails to hold @publiccharters accountable | Detroit Free Press http://ow.ly/yEZQd 

Waiverless WA Wants Out of Key NCLB Requirement - @politicsk12 http://ow.ly/yFhCM 

Limiting Rights: A Hit to Collective Bargaining - http://NYTimes.com  http://ow.ly/yFsq5 

Getting ready for #USAvsBEL? On #FIFAvsPISA, it's no competition http://gadf.ly/1q4ZltB  #worldcupED

Paul Bruno: What if There is No Crisis in U.S. Education? | Diane Ravitch's blog http://ow.ly/yFiDM  @mrpabruno

Green Dot Public Schools goes national, revamps Board @greendot http://ow.ly/yF5ei  @brucewmsmith @LAcharters

How to Trick Your Kids Into Reading All Summer Long - - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/yEZuh 

Five Best Blogs [& Tweets]: Teaching Is The New Equity

Access to Effective Teaching is the New Measure of Equity | Center for American Progress http://ht.ly/yBryT  @amprog

A 'Death Knell' For Public Sector Unions? Not Yet : NPR Ed http://ht.ly/yCkwG 

Narrow Supreme Court Ruling Has Public Unions' Nonmember Fees on Thin Ice - http://ht.ly/yC69X 

LAUSD Abandons One-Device-Fits-All iPad Strategy, Offers Laptops, Convertibles http://ht.ly/yCkUR 

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play - Tim Walker - The Atlantic ht.ly/yCzcV

The inevitable attack on character/motives that follows a difference of views with Ravitch et al ht.ly/yCzqO

In a country where we expect free WiFi with our coffee, shouldn't we demand it in our schools? buff.ly/1wGILTC... @newamerica

Four ed conferences in the same week - anyone speaking at (or going to all of them)? @iste @qualitycharters @ECS [Plus NEA]

Yes it's true -- you can *still* get This Week In Education via free daily email - just sign up here: ht.ly/yCrj9

Five Best Tweets: Charter Financial Ratings & EdTech Investments Decline

Standard & Poor’s rates outlook for charter school sector as ‘negative’ - @valeriestrauss @napcs Post http://ht.ly/yurpi 

Investments Decline As Education Technology Grows Up | TechCrunch http://ht.ly/yuaDq 

Did Pando fire @davidsirota over investor complaints? Poynter. http://ht.ly/yuoHR 

Reuters: California Just Made It Easier To Fire Bad Teachers http://ht.ly/yumRx 

Tying Federal Aid to College Ratings - http://NYTimes.com  http://ht.ly/yumxL 

Here's How Not to Teach First-Grade Math - @bechang8 Pacific Standard http://ht.ly/yulYz 

You say you want your kids to be good people, but they know you care more about grades http://ht.ly/yrm5K  @jesslahey

Rick Hess considers the mixed #CommonCore signals coming from state chiefs, foundations, and the USDE? http://ht.ly/ytYX8  @rhess99

Five Best Tweets [Of The Day]: Teachers Report High Job Satisfaction, Low Societal Value

OECD: Teachers love their jobs / feel undervalued ht.ly/yrJFH - US stats via @Morning_Edu 90 pct / 34 pct

Republicans -- & school boards -- block nat'l limits on#restrainingstudents, notes @ProPublica's @hvogell ht.ly/yrXzK

Several high-performing Shelby County tenured teachers face unemployment as deadline nears | @ChalkbeatTN ht.ly/yrxUB

White school district sends black kids back to failed schools | MSNBC's @trymainelee ht.ly/yra3c

#CommonCore for Young Learners: Educators tackle challenges in the early grades ht.ly/yrXSM @Harvard_Ed_Pub @KelleherMaureen

Converting Catholic Schools to Charters Draws Scrutiny - Education Week ht.ly/yrSac

Vergara supporters "cleverly positioned themselves as part of a campaign for civil rights," notes Ravitch blog post ht.ly/ys5uv

Former Village Voice writer Wayne Barrett describes de Blasio/UFT as "an unholy alliance" - NY Daily News ht.ly/yr9oo

Ban reading tests (replace them with subject specific exams), says @robertpondiscio because: background knowledge

 

Five Best Blogs: New Advocacy Organization Aims To Bring Vergara To New York

Obama alumni Robert Gibbs joins @campbell_brown's#Vergara-inspired campaign, reports @StephanieSimon_ ht.ly/yp0gE

32 States Are Failing To Follow Disability Law, U.S. Says - HuffPost ht.ly/yoEuy @Joy_Resmovits

CommonCore opposition isn't widespread but that doesn't mean it's not in trouble, says @ConorPWilliamsin TPM ht.ly/yoFvE

Showdown for state chief in Oklahoma, South Carolina - @Morning_Edu ht.ly/yoLpF

Parent-trigger efforts: At a crossroads? A standstill? A dead end? | Hechinger Report ht.ly/ypb3i @parentrev #parenttrigger

The best and worst education news of 2014 — so far - @Larryferlazzo in the Washington Post

New Approaches To Discipline Strive to Keep Kids Out of Jail : @npr_ed : NPR ht.ly/ypdxr

5 Thoughts on @rweingarten's AEI Remarks by @rhess99 ht.ly/ypePz #vergara

The Twitter handle for @Marketplace's newish edtech site is @LearningCurveEd 

Five Best Blogs: CTA Pushes For Tenure Expansion As Gov. Brown Ponders Vergara Appeal

As Gov Brown ponders Vergara appeal, California teachers union pushing for expansion of tenure - Reuters ht.ly/yeMTy

Why Do Other Parents Care Where I Send My Kid to School? - City Desk ht.ly/yeLLN @ConorPWilliams

Doomsday Scenario: A Court Order to Increase Taxes for K-12 - State EdWatch - Education Week ht.ly/yeMOO

Arizona Schools Chief Under Fire for Anonymous Blog Comments - State EdWatch - Education Week ht.ly/yeMKW

How the District’s education politics remain fundamentally driven by privilege, class, and race. ht.ly/yeLQV @ConorPWilliams

What happens to test scores & other teachers when you cluster TFA teachers at high-need schools? AIR ht.ly/yeKSz

Get to know @mikehtrujillo, one of the best/worst campaign guys who's ever worked on an ed campaign ht.ly/yegFP @hillelaron

Politico rounds up education issues playing out in governors' races ht.ly/ydXC7

Five Best Blogs: Teacher Prep, Vergara, & Everything Else

TEACHER PREP

Possible Silver Lining in Grim Teacher Prep Review | EdCentral ht.ly/yc2Bo @mdjtooley @NCTQ

Top-ranked teacher ed program - Western Governors -- doesn't have classes - Vox ht.ly/yc23f @libbyanelson

VERGARA

SoCal public radio roundtable on #Vergara feat. @StephanieSimon_ @BroadFoundation Bruce Reed, @RickKahlenberg ht.ly/ycm0X

About Those Vergara Naysayers... | @ericlerumht.ly/ybXca

How California under-performs on NAEP and overpays, too -- Profit of Education ht.ly/yc2gG #Vergara

MISC

Jay Mathews: How not to blow $100 million on schools wapo.st/1qdKDAx

Vox: US Educational gains have been steady and long-standing via @voxdotcom ht.ly/yciW0

Behind the recent TFA/CPS renewal/contract extension @PassTheChalk ht.ly/yc9cK

 

Five Best Blogs: Duncan Moonwalks Vergara Comments Back (Sort Of)

Despite @arneduncan's NEA- and AFT-inspired#Vergara "moonwalk," unions still on defensive, says EIA ht.ly/y8PCE

Former @insidehighered reporter @alliegrasgreen is covering higher ed for Politico @Morning_Edu now ht.ly/y8LH7

THE DISRUPTION MACHINE: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong -The New Yorker ht.ly/y8KcC#edtech

Schoolyard brawls are declining -- is lead abatement the cause? @KevinDrum Mother Jones ht.ly/y8GN8

How desperate Michigan Universities and Businesses teamed up to try and save the state - NatJournal's @fawnjohnson ht.ly/y8ZJh

Just 11 of 86 Denver teachers placed on unpaid leave were rehired once mutual consent was implemented, reports EIA ht.ly/y8Qcx

 

Five Best Blogs: Commentary & Prognostication From Monday June 16

That "74 school shootings since New Town" story last week was wrong by a lot, says BI ht.ly/y5Pyf Was it Vox, WP, or NYT?

Connecticut could be next in teacher tenure wars - NewsTimes ht.ly/y5X6N

Weaker Teachers Leaving Schools Under N.Y.C.'s Tenure Changes - @TeacherBeat ht.ly/y5Wqh

Is @johnmerrow hypocritical to condemn high stakes testing but support #vergara? Cody wants to knowht.ly/y5X9e

A French Teen Leaked Sections Of The Country's SAT To Twitter - Business Insider ht.ly/y5PbU @rjwile

How many bad teachers are there? | Hechinger Reportht.ly/y6E2w

How the U.S. Stacks Up: FIFA versus PISA gadf.ly/1q4ZltB #worldcupED via @educationgadfly:

Common Core worth fighting for - Chicago Sun-Timesht.ly/y5j6B

ICYMI: States That Already Spent Less on Education Have Made Bigger School Cuts | FiveThirtyEightht.ly/y6qZb

In defense of laptops in the classroom. ht.ly/y5P6k Slate via @Wonkbook

 

Weekend Reading: A Silver Lining In The #Vergara Decision?

Longreads and tidbits from while you were away from your desk:

NEPC's Kevin Welner: A silver lining in the #Vergara decision? http://ht.ly/xZ6aG 

AirBnB / Uber meets tutoring = @WyzAnt? That's the elevator pitch, anyway http://ht.ly/xZm3K  Anybody toured/tried?

Forbes contrib @AdamOzimek adresses tenure reform concerns of @danagoldstein @dianeravitch http://ht.ly/xZxLD  #Vergara

In the absence of a plausible path to resurgence, the Democratic union divide is merely hypothetical, says @mattyglesias http://ht.ly/y3D41 

Jay Mathews: Four gifted writers share doubts about gifted education: Unscientific survey of great writer... http://wapo.st/TWNqmz 

Two boys sentenced to years in a detention facility after claiming they were going to murder kids at their school http://ht.ly/y3foB  [for reals]

#Vergara will "do nothing" to change key education factors, writes Ravitch in TNYROB http://ht.ly/y3gaN 

Slate: The guesstimate that struck down California’s teacher tenure laws. #vergara http://ht.ly/y3g5F

The Camden poverty story that a NYT reporter apparently lifted from the Phila Inquirer http://ht.ly/y3gZx 

Wait, what? The 33 yo creator of internet meme #SlenderMan wants to become a schoolteacher!

 

Five Best Blogs: Of World Cup Countries, Ghana Spends Most On Education

"Brazilians await the Cup's arrival the way HS students might await a test they haven't studied for." ht.ly/xWxe1 #WorldCupED

Ghana wins #worldcupEd, spending 8.1 percent of GDP on education ht.ly/xWzkU via WSJ

NYT Editorial page declares #Vergara decision the start of a "New Battle for Equal Education" ht.ly/xVBh6

Is Teacher Tenure Really The New Brown V. Board Of Ed? ht.ly/xWpNQ @TeacherBeat's @Stephen_Sawchuk on NPR

John Bailey is now VP of Policy at Foundation for Excellence in Education, says LinkedIn

"The often stated notion that more than half of black males drop out, or do not graduate, is not true," says Toldson ht.ly/xWcal

Without Jobs, School Is a Waste of Time - Young Education Professionals ht.ly/xWbws

School food lobby flip-flops on healthy school lunches | Al Jazeera America @MicheleRSimon ht.ly/xW76t@PoliticsK12

Stop complaining about Common Core, parents! - The Washington Post via RCE ht.ly/xMIC0

 

Five Best Blogs: First Daughter Violates COPPA, Plus Lotsa #Vergara

Sasha's use of Tumblr violated federal law, Obama realizes http://ht.ly/xTzdH 

10 things to know about the #Vergara decision | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute http://ht.ly/xSZG0  by @smarick

Chuck K's and my first take on Vergara http://bit.ly/1obFYS3  @BrianSutter2 @jackiepomeroy

Will #Vergara Change Schools? - @DanaGoldstein - @TheAtlanticEDU http://ht.ly/xT058 

New research finds that, contrary to fears, NLCB had little impact on enrollment in music courses. http://ht.ly/xK8Au 

Study: White People Think One Black Person's Success Proves Racism Is Over http://ht.ly/xRqGz 

The Case For Dedicated Dads - @TheAtlanticEDU http://ht.ly/xTiNR  by @jesslahey

Boosting student achievement with video games | http://Marketplace.org  http://ht.ly/xTCFL  Dan Abendschein

Do You Want The Truth, Or Do You Just Like Your Story Better? : NPR's Michel Martin http://ht.ly/xTI4k 

Wait, what happened at ISTE? I thought that only happened at other (non-ed) tech conferences.

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