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I'm at @yaleELC #backtowhy today, mostly on Twitter (Snapchatting an event is not so easy or fun as it sounds). You can check out all the updates here, or on Facebook (Alexander Russo), or directly on Twitter (@alexanderrusso). You won't miss a thing, plus you can see the fun things people Tweet at me all day. 

Anniversaries: Belated 8th Anniversary Congrats To Larry Ferlazzo

It's hard to find a more useful, far-ranging, and long-running blog than the one California teacher Larry Ferlazzo has been running the last eight years. And so its easy for me to wish him a hearty Eighth Anniversary (just a few weeks late!).  

What makes Larry's work so notable is that he shares and collects so prodigiously, and his work isn't anywhere near as narcissistic as most of us online tend to be.  Some example blog posts include: New Resources On Race & Racism. Or let Larry tell you: What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? His personal favorites are here, As you will see, Ferlazzo's work spans classrooms and courthouses.

Related posts: This ELL Teacher Has *Way* More Klout Than YouBlogger / ELL Teacher Makes The New York TimesPraise For This Site From A Very High High PlaceBloggers Write Books, Too

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: The Myth Of The All-Powerful Texas School Board

Total cost of big 5 education ideas would be $130B/yrx20 but would generate $225T/80y, says Forbes ow.ly/FymGt 

Why reporters are still writing as if TX school board is all-powerful - CJR ow.ly/FyZk6

Forbes ed roundtable features @arneduncan@HendersonKaya @rweingarten and ... Andrew Cuomo? ow.ly/FyldN

Why Progressives Have Ignored Deaths Like Eric Garner's For Years ow.ly/Fz4g2

Departing NYT labor scribe @greenhousenytdescribes potential impact of non-union worker advocacy groups ow.ly/Fzble 

As if NY doesn't already have enough education coverage, Politico adds morning ed email "Capital Education" ow.ly/FyxrT

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Mourning Former DC Mayor Marion Barry

Union helps Jeb Bush build cred by calling him out - Washington Wire - WSJ http://ow.ly/EOsH2 

Marion Barry’s Complicated Education Legacy | Ahead of the Heard http://ow.ly/EOqSY  @saramead

NEA’s $132M Influence Spree - @dropoutnation http://ow.ly/EP49n 

What It Takes to Fix American Education - The Daily Beast http://ow.ly/EOXHZ  Universal preschool, apparently

Five Graphics That Show Why a Post-White America Is Already Here | New Republic http://ow.ly/ENjl3 

"Goldstein’s conclusions are loosely aligned with what we might label the Finland wing of the school reform debate." http://ow.ly/ENBJ3 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Undocumented Kids & Parents, Plus: Bring Back School Funding Reform

How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants? - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/EGcVW 

School Funding Reform: Hard Work and Fraught with Potential | Ahead of the Heard http://ow.ly/EGKzC 

Not another test! Yes, but a valuable one - Chicago Tribune http://ow.ly/EGgAc 

Could Minnesota Be Next for a Vergara-Style Lawsuit? - @teacherbeat - Education Week http://ow.ly/EFC0U 

Uh, oh, reform types. Ravitch is mobile again - Ed Dive http://ow.ly/EGTHr 

A Complete Guide to the Shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson - The Intercept http://ow.ly/EGX3T 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: 30 States Scheduled To Use Common Core Assessments This Spring

30 states using Common Core assessments this spring, says @ecscommreport ow.ly/ECmFc

Accomplishments & post-game analysis from @MarshallTuck re CA Supe Race ow.ly/EChbn

Third Way: Creating a Consistent & Rigorous Licensure Process ow.ly/ECjYM @ThirdWayEDU 

Opt out advocates want to use COPPA to oppose testing - National Public Ed Network ow.ly/ECiVc 

Jeb Bush's Delicate Dance with Common Core - Bloomberg Politics ow.ly/ECm3h@MichaelCBender

Do we know who organized & paid for busload of Newark protesters to travel to DC? ow.ly/ECnWy  We don't - yet. 

All this and more at @alexanderrusso

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Chicago, LA Unions Both Run By Brown Alums

Any love for education at CAP's policy conference today? http://ow.ly/EyLWE  @EdProgress @ulrichboser

Meet The TFA Official Charged With Bringing Change To Ferguson And Beyond http://ow.ly/EyFBJ  #BrittanyPacknett

Report cites high suspension rates for charter schools - Metro - The Boston Globe http://ow.ly/ExnFd 

Karen Lewis' replacement in @ctulocal1 is a Brown grad, as is @UTLAnow's Alex Caputo Pearl http://ow.ly/EyF0G  Any other Brownies?

Report Offers 'Lessons Learned' From Teacher-Residency Programs - Teacher Beat - Education Week http://ow.ly/EyaDV 

Meet the activist who says “unions get way too much blame” - http://Salon.com  http://ow.ly/EyvnH 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Interruptions Drain 25 Days/Year From Poor CA High Schools

Poor CA high schools lose 25 days/year to various interruptions, notes @jillbarshay http://ow.ly/EuwcR  @FordFoundation @hechingerreport

The Case Against Universal Preschool - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/EsJsT  @aliaemily FYI @conorpwilliams @ffyf

In New Republican Congress, Charters a Focus – But Not Much Else | National Title I Association http://ow.ly/EtwNv  @titlei

How Strict Is Too Strict? - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/EtqKv  What does Carr miss or get wrong, if anything?

Tomorrow in Chicago: The Atlantic's @tanehisicoates ("The case for reparations") will be at North Lawndale College Prep and the IOP 

All this and more throughout the day at @alexanderrusso

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Inequitable Access To Effective Teachers Is A Thing, Right?

Lots of ideas for solving the teacher equity problem from @chadaldeman -- Education Next http://ow.ly/Eqimf  Are any of these viable?

Projected Results from Spring Common-Core Tests - Education Week http://ow.ly/Eq0OQ 

Why public-sector unions lost big in Illinois - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/EqnYS 

Common Core critic Carol Burris debates supporter Jayne Ellsperman on the latest Bloomberg EDU Podcast http://ow.ly/EoRgp  [Who won?]

Ex-Chancellor Klein on #edreform, karaoke, contradictions: http://bit.ly/1uIN9IJ  via #helenzelon

 

Meet @Sonali_Kohli, the Quartz reporter covering education http://ow.ly/EqskK 

The Problem With "Serial" And The Model Minority Myth - BuzzFeed http://ow.ly/EqhAl  Spoiler Alert!

Starting tomorrow! All the day's most interesting education news & commentary, delivered each afternoon  M-F via email http://eepurl.com/8Gwiv 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Minneapolis Making It Much Harder To Suspend Students

It's ideology not outside money that's ruining think tanks -- The National Interest http://ow.ly/Ee3gm

Boston Benefits from Mutual Consent Hiring | TNTP http://ow.ly/Ee01v 

Minneapolis Schools Now Need Permission to Suspend Black Students - Atlanta Blackstar http://ow.ly/EdmPt  Anyone else doing this?

Oh, no, TFA has expanded to San Diego! Check out 2 pieces in @voiceofsandiego http://ow.ly/EbnLw  and http://ow.ly/EbnNI 

How activists generate buzz to generate media coverage - Columbia Journalism Review http://ow.ly/EdZ3y  @jgordonwright @mikephillips1

Handy dandy writeup of yesterday's EdWeek midterms confab http://t.co/mDQg9eMY1O

Yikes: 43 Frantic 911 Calls Document The Horror Of The Marysville School Shooting http://ow.ly/Edij5 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Common Core Politics Not As Complicated As You May Think

This @cpre look at the midterms/CommonCore overlap seems notably clear, no? http://ow.ly/E8hDo 

3 reasons Common Core is especially controversial in New York - Vox http://ow.ly/E7lXk 

EdWeek bill tracker shows 2 Common Core rollback proposals have made it into law (so far) http://ow.ly/E7yIU  They're MO & NC

Obama's Fragile Education Legacy http://ow.ly/E7tMf  by @conorpwilliams

New report from Urban Teacher Residency United features Aspire & Denver Teacher Residency http://ow.ly/E8vjK  @utrunited

Head of Tulane-affiliated think tank (& former Chicago charter guru) John Ayers quits after release of flawed study http://ow.ly/E7EWc 

Salman Khan is changing the way kids learn - Portrait by Annie Leibovitz http://vnty.fr/11e1mfV 

All this and more at @alexanderrusso.

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Enough With Pooling Best Teachers In Wealthier Areas, Says Duncan

Ed. Dept. Directs States to Improve Teacher Distribution - Politics K-12 - Education Week http://ow.ly/E4SVt 

State-mandated testing takes 1 pct of FL class says @excelined - but district practices vary http://ow.ly/E513i  @ewaemily @LizetteNYT

Nice post from @MikeStryer on union rhetoric http://ow.ly/E4WzN  but hold on - @CivilRightsOrg opposes Vergara http://ow.ly/E4WIB 

Atlanta-area judge lifts order banning outlets from publishing cheating story | Poynter. http://ow.ly/E4T9O  @AJCGetSchooled

Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars is now in its 5th hardcover printing and the author will be in DC on 11/17 http://ow.ly/E4r56 

Hey, Vox, NPR, & WSJ: The Equity Project results aren't that different from other NYC charters, says @neeravkingsland http://ow.ly/E1JVc 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: StudentsFirst Claims 86 Pct Win Rate For Bipartisan Mix Of Candidates

Here's @StudentsFirst's self-rep 104-race $2.2M '14 tally http://ow.ly/DYSdi  [You're next, @FiftyCAN @DFER @Stand4Children @LEE_National!]

Teachers spent $100M says WSJ's @allysiafinley http://ow.ly/DZ02z  [but most of it wasn't on education races, right?]

Outside Money, Mixed Results in Austin school board race - The Austin Chronicle http://ow.ly/DVA17 

Cunningham's take on midterms2014 includes praise & concern for reformers http://ow.ly/DZbOk 

New Jersey Gets No Child Left Behind Waiver Extension - Politics K-12 - Education Week http://ow.ly/DZcPN 

High School Graduation Rates at an All-Time High - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/DZbFt 

NYT editorial board slams de Blasio school improvement plan for being weak, slow, complicated http://ow.ly/DYbKx 

All this and more at @alexanderrusso.

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: All Eyes On California (Until Tuck Loses)

Teachers' Union Bosses Barnstorm Across U.S., AFT Makes Final TV Ad Push - State EdWatch - Education Week http://ow.ly/DKPXt

Your Edu-Watching Guide to the 2014 Mid-Term Elections - Politics K-12 - Education Week http://ow.ly/DKOB5 

John Oliver takes on state legislators, the most important politicians you're ignoring - Vox http://ow.ly/DKSEl  @dylanmatt

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/DKJ3J 

Trying to make it in a Richmond neighborhood with a 70 percent poverty rate - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/DKRWm  @tinagriego

Palo Alto #teacher @EstherWojcicki on " #tenure as a problem, but also as a necessity." @haleybureau http://ow.ly/DKNj9  via @susansawyers

For all this and more, see @alexanderrusso.

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Here Comes #EduWeen14

Three decades after order, Denver schools struggle to teach English - Denver Post http://ow.ly/DzjJE  @yeseniarobles via @annenberginst

#5: Sean McComb - 2014 National Teacher Of The Year by Education on Tap http://ow.ly/DAE5O 

"A strange shift in overlapping allegiances" [& contributions] in this year's Austin school board race http://ow.ly/Dzss9 

Vilson: A few questions to ask yourself before you talk to me about bad teachers. http://ow.ly/DA2BU  @TheJLV

Not too long ago, @rweingarten & @marshalltuck were allies not mortal enemies, reminds EdWeek's @andrewujifusa http://ow.ly/DArOW 

States Are [Still] Prioritizing Prisons Over Education, Budgets Show http://ow.ly/DAqxO 

(What) Do Americans really think about education? | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute http://ow.ly/DAqbW  @mpolikoff

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Even The President Has to Go To Parent-Teacher Conferences

White House pool reports President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama are at Sidwell Friends School 4 parent-teacher confs. 'Tis the season. via @juliehdavis 

Oklahoma Teacher Will Have To Quarantine Herself After Trip To Ebola-Free Rwanda http://ow.ly/Du6Qw 

Why Marshall Tuck Should Not Be Elected State Superintendent | Diane Ravitch's blog http://ow.ly/DtQla 

7 in 10 Young Americans Too Fat, Uneducated, or Criminal to Join Army - Newsweek http://ow.ly/DtPSW 

Arne Duncan Talks K-12 Policy in Tennessee, Where It's Somewhat Stalled - Politics K-12 - Education Week http://ow.ly/DtOUU 

Civil Rights Groups Want Resources for Students to Factor in Accountability - @politicsk12 Education Week http://ow.ly/DtOMa 

Here's The Average SAT Score For Every College Major - Business Insider http://ow.ly/DtOfo  Education Majors = 1438 combined

 

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Big Education Debates In Illinois, Georgia, & California

An Icy Attack on the Georgia Governor’s Education Policies - NYT http://ow.ly/Dqmjx  @AJCGetSchooled

Election 2014 Caravan of Delights: Illinois Gubernatorial Race - State EdWatch - Education Week http://ow.ly/DqljU 

State schools chief race may reverberate beyond California - LA Times http://ow.ly/DoIgo

White House telling Duncan what to do.? not sure what's new about that @politicsk12 http://feedly.com/k/1w9rfsJ 

Roundup of responses to TIME’s controversial teacher tenure cover story - TIME http://ow.ly/DpUXt 

87th school shooting since New Town, reports ThinkProgress http://ow.ly/DoktP 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Klein Vs. Ravitch, Part 157

New @JoelIKlein book reiterates his claim that @DianeRavitch reform reversal was personally motivated, says Newsweek's @alexnazaryan

@DianeRavitch: @JoelIKlein @alexnazaryan Silly. My "reversal" occurred five years after my partner retired from NYC DOE.

The internecine conflict within NJ teachers union (& across the nation) - NJ Spotlight http://ow.ly/DigSL  @NJLeftbehind

Your local schools probably aren't nearly as good as you think they are - @BrookingsEd http://ow.ly/Dik3O 

Public Schools... for the rich — Joanne Jacobs http://ow.ly/Dip4x 

Rethinking vocational high school as a path to college | http://Marketplace.org  @ehanford http://ow.ly/Dijhi 

Just 8 states - AL, KY, NE, MT, ND, SD, VT, WV - still don't allow charters, and AL could be next to fall http://ow.ly/DijMU 

NPR's 50 great teachers premiers on Tuesday WFSU http://ow.ly/Di9l7  @npr_ed

 

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Another Comedian Weighs In On Teachers (& Guidance Counselors)

Lewis Black Slams Guidance Counselors, Praises Teachers ow.ly/D3Auk

Karen Lewis Returns to Twitter After Brain Tumor Diagnosis | CSN Chicago ow.ly/D3ivF

It nearly all boils down to money/funding inequities, says @NewAmericaEd's @ConorPWilliams ow.ly/D3pfc

To Siri, with love - NYT ow.ly/D3Q7R Mother of autistic child writes about how the voice recognition program has helped

AFT & NEA weigh in on all-Dem CA supe race ow.ly/D3GUv

The role of the private sector in education: A convo w/ Chicago Community Trust's Terry Mazany — Chicago Business ow.ly/D3zt5

UMD's Journalism Center on Children and Families (home of Casey Medals) will shut down | Poynter. ow.ly/D3rnm

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Deasy Resigns From LA - Cortines Named Interim

Reaction to Deasy resignation as polarizing as his tenure #LAUSD http://wp.me/p2fzpD-7Rn 

LAUSD kids under @DrDeasyLAUSD outpaced other urban kids in gains on NAEP in reading & math, but raw scores still well behind big-city avg

State Education Funding Lags Behind Pre-Recession Levels - US News http://ow.ly/CRqlh  @alliebidwell

Jindal's teacher tenure law ruled constitutional by LA Supreme Court | http://NOLA.com  http://ow.ly/CSixi  @jwilliamsNOLA

De Blasio: Congratulations, @RahmEmanuel for taking steps toward bringing universal pre-k to Chicago’s kids next year.

Ravitch blog reaches 15M pageviews in just over 2 years blog http://ow.ly/CSjd7  Anyone else anywhere near her, including mainstream?

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Outside Money Pours Into CA Supe Race (From Both Sides)

Millions pour into CA supe’s race | @EdSource http://ow.ly/COarD  @calteachers still outspending Broad et al 

NC charter CEO funnels money to his own for-profit companies, reports ProPublic @mariancw @hvogell Reminds me of UNO. http://ow.ly/CNALO 

MOOCs go to high school | http://Marketplace.org  http://ow.ly/COERm  @adrienehill on EdX's launch of two dozen free HS classes

Ailing Lewis’ condition remains under wraps - Chicago Sun-Times http://ow.ly/COLjt  @bylaurenfitz @ctulocal1

Conservative think-tank paying protestors at Philly teachers union event | Billy Penn http://ow.ly/COKDi 

Reform types / PACs donate to D.C. school board candidate http://ow.ly/COcb3  What about NEA & AFT, @valeriestrauss?

Michelle Obama Recalls Stressful Time In Elementary & High School - DNA Info http://ow.ly/CNqd5 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: "Implementation Matters More Than Design"

4 Things We've Learned Since The Widget Effect | http://ow.ly/CKAR9  @TNTP

TCRecord: article describes USA's "systematically brutal, flagrantly discriminatory system of education." http://ow.ly/CKP4c 

The challenges of a US teaching force that is 81 percent white and overwhelmingly female - TCRecord: Article http://ow.ly/CKPBG 

Dropout Nation » A Prayer for Karen Lewis http://ow.ly/CL7vw 

Longtime @AnnenbergInst head Warren Simmons stepping down in June, according to press release.

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Reform Critics Gather In NYC

Reactions to @edtrust school rating report rounded up at @morning_edu http://ow.ly/3szUrN 

“The Educator and the Oligarch" - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/CAznt  @valeriestrauss interviews @anthonycody

How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw, In 3 Graphs http://ow.ly/Cxka3 

Improve education by having teachers recite from e-readers? Hmm. http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/10/is-it-okay-to-make-teachers-read-scripted-lessons/381265/ …

Can We Find A Truce in the Teacher Wars? | EdCentral http://ow.ly/CzIA2 

Philissa's Weekend Reads: http://feedly.com/e/K05pQg4V  @chalkbeatny

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Deputy Takes Over For Chicago Union Leader

Success Academy Network Has An Extremely Small Lobbying Operation in DC http://feedly.com/e/1n4yS9CN 

CTU's Lewis Recovering From Surgery, Sharkey To Assume Duties For Now http://tinyurl.com/kft7blj  #Twill #IL #P2

In These Times reports on pro-reform contributions to Minnesota board race http://ow.ly/CvI6z  No mention of union $. Funded by Puffin.

How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read | Clive Thompson in WIRED http://ow.ly/CwU8U  @gtoppo

Twitterfight of the day: @dropoutnation & @DmitriMehlhorn vs. @tragerUFT & others re whether Philly kid protest was paid advocacy

Is your state one of the 36 states to introduce privacy legislation this year? @paigekowalski http://ow.ly/CvmWE 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Common Core > Teachers' Low Expectations?

Common Core could help limit impact of teachers' low expectations of minority students, notes CAP report http://ow.ly/CnCin 

When it comes to teacher testing rebellions, it's hard to beat @CTULocal1's George Schmidt http://ow.ly/CoCYy  @teacherbeat @joravben

Former @massteacher president Paul Toner will be the head of Teacher Voice Strategies, which runs @VIVAVoices... via TeacherBeat

Did @AFTunion's $13k contrib to Demos fund @bobherbert's critique of @gatesed? http://ow.ly/CokVp ? @mbmarklein @PoliticsK12 @teacherbeat

Who's *Missing* From New Student Privacy Pledge? Google, Apple, Pearson http://ow.ly/CofWK  BuzzFeed @Molly_HC

A year inside the Netherlands' 22 "Steve Jobs" schools http://ow.ly/CnBoN

All this and more at @alexanderrusso.

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: SchoolBook Relaunches NYC Media Collaborative

Schoolbook relaunches today with new media partners - Nieman via Current http://ow.ly/Cl0sB  @bethfertig @pwillens @ceodonovan

See also:  Ki Sung taking over editing @mindshiftKQED from Tina Bargesghian http://ow.ly/Cj3aA 

Educators increasingly optimistic on the Common Core, despite general public uncertainty. http://ow.ly/CkZtU  @ewaemily @AtlanticEDU

No Constructive Solutions for Educational Change Offered in The Nation - Education Post http://ow.ly/Cl48q 

Why can't the grown-ups get it right on education? - LA Times http://ow.ly/Ckfdu 

"Marshall Tuck Will Destroy Public Education in California" via @dianeravitch http://ow.ly/Clgnh

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: KY's Third-Year Common Core Scores Are In!

Mixed results from KY's 3rd year Common Core test results - @AndrewUjifusa http://ow.ly/CfXp7  @ccsso @minnichc @AchieveInc

Due process gives bad teachers -not poor kids- the benefit of the doubt in NYC, says new @AEIeducation report http://ow.ly/CfKMi 

Writers @amandaripley & @elizwgreen discuss overlaps between their books, vitriol directed at them by readers http://ow.ly/CfNLn 

Missed Opportunities at Congressional Black Caucus conference http://ow.ly/CfWED  @citizenstewart

A high-poverty public school tries charter-type reforms | Al Jazeera America http://ow.ly/CfW8in  @etammykim @solutionsjournalism

Vouchers on the horizon for IL, wonders @catalystchicago? http://ow.ly/CfVaQ 

“The Feds just keep pushing the one button they have—which is accountability. ” —@amandaripley http://ow.ly/CfO02 

Inaugural @NetworkPublicEd event 10/11 replaces NBC's now-defunct @educationnation conference, says @dianeravitch http://ow.ly/CfN3a 

ICYMI: The Roots' @questlove tweeted in support of yesterday's Families / @jeremiahkitt event. via @edu_post

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Sure, Why Not Compare Schools To Yellow Cabs?

The inevitable comparison between Uber and school choice - James Courtovich in the WSJ http://ow.ly/C6T4y 

Putting The Trust Back In Education ow.ly/C7S14 @ConorPWilliams riffs off of @ulrichboser's new book

Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces : NPR ow.ly/C7OJ9 @NPRCoryTurner

End the charter school wars - NY Daily News ow.ly/C7APr@RickKahlenberg @HalleyTCF

Wave of undocumented students challenges schools, costs extra $2K per kid | PBS NewsHour Extra ow.ly/C7oOb

Investigations into teacher misconduct can often take more than a year  http://ow.ly/C6ZhC  @lizbowie

Nearly 5 years in, NYC is "nowhere close to delivering" on Race to the Top promises, writes Steve Brill ow.ly/C82tI

Confessions Of A Six-Figure Father: Why I'd Never Send My Kids To Private School ow.ly/C7oxf

Weekend Reading: 10 Stories You (Might Have) Missed

Education key topic in PA, KS, AR, TX campaign debates | MSNBC ow.ly/C3Sgn

The states versus Secretary Duncan — Mediumow.ly/C1h5r Why Mary Fallin has a case but Bobby Jindal doesn’t

Atlanta cheating scandal has changed the way educators approach exam security - WSJ @carolineporterow.ly/C2UUg

Colleges are doing diversity all wrong - Vox ow.ly/C2U6E

With the Right Technology, Can Children Teach Themselves? | MindShift ow.ly/C2WG0

Montana teacher who raped student & initially got one (1) month sentence gets new, longer sentence - Vox ow.ly/C2U86 @DLind

Congrats to WSJ ed reporter @carolineporter on the occasion of her marriage (and on making the NYT) ow.ly/C2Tqv #edjourn

 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Happy New Year, Everyone (Right?)

Students before teachers, writes Harvard's Laurence Tribe http://ow.ly/BWAdB  #Vergara @studentsmatter

How to Make Teachers More Like Doctors - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/BV4da  @DmitriMehlhorn

Where Girls Get Kidnapped on Their Way to School - Atlantic Mobile @jesslahey http://ow.ly/BWtgE 

Oh No! It's @EduShyster! by Education on Tap http://ow.ly/BWjvI  @TeachForAmerica @AaronMoFoFrench

Why @nctqKate is suing the University of Missouri http://ow.ly/BWgkp  @nctq

The Mis-Education Of African-American Girls : NPR Ed : NPR http://ow.ly/BV0xL  @Ericnpr Interview with LDF's Janel George

Bill Clinton, like @AFTunion, favors grade span testing http://goo.gl/1W9v53  via @knowledgealliance 

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Just A Wednesday Afternoon

KS Teacher of the Year: The Common Core Is Working in My Classroom - Education Week http://ow.ly/BS0Ei 

Most-banned books include The Bluest Eye http://ow.ly/BPZ9o  But here are 19 others with disturbing elements http://ow.ly/BPZim 

Three R's For The Digital Age: Rockets, Robots and Remote Control : NPR Ed : NPR http://ow.ly/BSspX 

Map of school paddling percentages by state - @igotcharts via @libbyanelson http://ow.ly/BSdMT 

Is the Providence mayoral campaign behind the teachers union contract rejection? | Rhode Island Public Radio http://ow.ly/BRKgR 

Beating Walker a top priority, says @neamedia @Lily_NEA http://ow.ly/BRK9q 

NB: I'm looking for (unpaid) interns and contributors for Fall 2014 -- pass it along or ping me directly at alexanderrusso at gmail if you're interested in helping out.

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: RI Teachers Fight To Retain "No Layoffs" Guarantee

Providence RI Teachers Want Contract To Retain "No Layoff" Provision | Rhode Island Public Radio http://ow.ly/BOEXQ 

Parent group allied with @ctulocal1 asks questions about group allied with charters and choice http://ow.ly/BOAFV  @ILRaiseYourHand

23 states still allow teachers to hit students - & it's still common in Mississippi and Arkansas - @libbyanelson Vox http://ow.ly/BPTom 

Lessons from Guilford County’s @amplify Tablet Rollout | EdSurge News http://ow.ly/BPT6T  @EdSurge

More parents join suit to overturn tenure laws | New York Post http://ow.ly/BPJrs  via @Dyrnwyn

Debate aside, Core a reality in classrooms | News | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana http://ow.ly/BPDqQ  @WillSentell

State Auditor has a very different take on #CommonCore than Bobby Jindal | http://NOLA.com  http://ow.ly/BPCKh 

Broad panel frustrated at incremental progress, notes @benweider at @FiveThirtyEight http://ow.ly/BPsJw 

Being pro-reform -- and pro-labor -- in the Vergara era, by Ama Nyamekye http://ow.ly/BPoG9  @ed4excellence

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Diverse Charter Dominates Denver Top Spots

Diverse charter has 5 of top 6 public schools in Denver - @DSSTPubSchools ow.ly/BM6yT  @RickKahlenberg@HalleyTCF

What is the value of understanding public opinion about teaching? - NJ ow.ly/BM9xy  @fawnjohnson namechecks @WhiteRhinoRay

Weingarten: The True Story of Public Education in America http://ow.ly/3rEMMO  @rweingarten

NYC schools list test score cutoffs for admission despite prohibition - New York Post http://ow.ly/BLAqw  #checkyourself

Just 19 years ago today, Bill Clinton proposed getting all American schools online | Poynter. ow.ly/BMCEv

Before you file those SIG comments, check out @theOunce 's new report on turnound metrics being proposed ow.ly/BML20

All-Girls Schools Don't Make Girls More Competitive - Pacific Standard ow.ly/BMCwA

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

 

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