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Morning Video: King Takes On Desegregation

 

Skip to the 32:00' mark to watch EdSec King talk at a recent Century Foundation event about encouraging districts to return to school desegregation. Seems like it might be too little too late to me, but it's certainly an interesting thing to have discussed.

Or, watch Chicago teachers union head in a public TV segment on her fiery speech yesterday.

AM News: NJ Glitches Mar Generally Uneventful Common Core Testing Season

Technical Glitch Foils Wednesday Testing in New Jersey - WSJ ow.ly/4mW8om

See also NJ.com & Pearson letter.

Newark 'Unity' slate sweeps city school board elections | NJ.com ow.ly/4mUZqa

Outspoken Chicago Principal Ousted for "Insubordination" & Told To Stay Home dnain.fo/1qEwWj2

Lewis: Rauner Owes CPS Back Tuition for 'Clouting' Child into Payton High dnain.fo/1NBT3M5

B2 could end up costing NC pubic schools nearly $900 million ow.ly/4mW8WK

College Board Attacks ACT's Live Teaching Prep Service - High School & Beyond - Education Week ow.ly/4mW6uW

Majority in statewide CA survey says public schools do ‘good’ job - SFGate ow.ly/4mW6jE

Chicago Ramps Up Campaign to Push State for More Funding - District Dossier - Education Week ow.ly/4mW6lr

Principal backs students who sought gender-neutral bathroom | Fresno Bee ow.ly/4mW8iX

 

Quotes: The Possibilities Of The Post-NCLB Era

Quotes2A dark cloud has just been lifted off the country. No Child Left Untested just blew away in smoke. We have not yet embraced those possibilities.

- NEA head Lily Eskelsen Garcia via NPR via Greg Toppo

People: Catching Up With Uber-Teacher Larry Ferlazzo

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If you haven't already gotten to know about Larry Ferlazzo, well, I don't know what to do with you at this point. The prolific Sacramento teacher/blogger is everywhere online, and has been so for several years now. I've written about him several times in the past here. 
 
And yet I have to admit I learned some new things talking to him for Scholastic Administrator (Catching Up With Larry Ferlazzo) including that he used to be a labor organizer and that he's still playing league basketball. He's also got interesting thoughts about ELL instruction, handling a large workload, and federal education policy. Favorite Ferlazzo response: "Sometimes the only thing worse than losing a power struggle is winning one."
 

Charts: Rise Of Special Ed Students

EdWeek charts uptick in kids with IEPs after long-running declines.

Morning Video: It's Not Just Flint Schools That Have Water Safety Concerns

"Over the past few decades, school districts in Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Washington and elsewhere have found higher than acceptable lead levels in their students’ drinking water due to old plumbing systems." via PBS NewsHour.

AM News: DC's Kaya Henderson Asked Chartwell For $100K Donation

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AP: DC schools chief asked contractor for $100K ow.ly/4mTAJs

[See also Washington Post http://ow.ly/4mTBRT]

Common Core ads becomes issue in race for Skelos seat | Newsday ow.ly/4mTzYo

Massive loss of preschool seats looms for LA County | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/4mTAHJ

A Union Firebrand Speaks Out On Politics, Testing And More : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/4mTA9I

This Colo. school district plans to arm its officers with semiautomatic rifles - The Washington Post ow.ly/4mTAht

Oh, and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won New York's Tuesday primary. 

Events: Conferencing In Arizona #ASUGSVsummit

I'm not there, but you may be -- the annual ASU-GSV confab is happening this week.

Read all about some of the proceedings above, or following along live via @asugsvsummit or .

Folks I know who are there or following from afar include @PrincipalEJT@joemanko, , and .

 

Morning Video: Funding Fight Over Federal Education Dollars

Watch the video above and read this story from The Seventy Four about the looming fight over Title I funding under ESSA.

AM News: Houston School Flooding, Another Chicago Strike Looms

Houston, Flooded: Twitter Captures Chaos as Some Schools Close, and Other Students Brave the Deluge | The 74 ow.ly/4mQSSy

Chicago Teachers Union says no firm plans on strike as talks continue - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/4mPPM4

Who should pay for teachers' retirement – charter school or district? LA Times

Texas, Arizona high schools dominate new U.S. News rankings - The Washington Post ow.ly/4mQRC0

Costs for building LA Unified's data system may top $200 million, but is an end in sight? | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/4mQRDC

Hillary Clinton's ties to for-profit education companies like Laureate ow.ly/4mQSqL

Teachers union rips educator pay study | Boston Herald ow.ly/4mQSQW

Tests show elevated lead in 6 suburban Detroit schools - AP Article ow.ly/4mQRGv

Morning News: Twitter Monday

I'm traveling again today so it's a highly unusual Twitter Monday. Watch what I'm seeing out there and some of what I'm thinking below, or on Twitter, or via Facebook. Have a great day: 

#edGIF Of The Day: White House Science Day Forever

Yesterday was the 6th and final Science day at the Obama White House. This is from the first. The demonstration already seems a little quaint, but the President's reaction is pretty timeless.

Charts: There Many Different Kinds Of Homeless Students In Schools

More than 1 million kids lack a home of their own -- many doubled up with other families. Via Ben Spielberg & the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Quotes: Public Charter Schools Claiming Private Status When Teachers Organize

Quotes2We've decided that when teachers really want a voice, to just organize under whatever law is operational... But then as soon as we start organizing, these same charter operators who in one breath say it's a public school, in the other breath say when it comes to school teachers, it's private, not public.

AFT head Randi Weingarten in Bloomberg BNA (Charter School Teachers Organizing Under Federal Labor Law)

Events: NYC High School Kids Rap History At "Hamilton"

WNYC's Beth Fertig was at the performance (as was NYC schools head Carmen Farina) and Fertig's piece about the student performances on Broadway is running on NPR this morning: "Broadway's 'Hamilton' Makes Its Way Into NYC's High School Curriculum" ow.ly/10EAor

Morning Video: Maryland Contemplates Testing Reductions

AM News: EdSec Touts Arts & Sciences, Minn. Tenure Law Challenged

Education Secretary John King: It's Time To Stop Ignoring The Arts And Sciences ow.ly/10EBxt

Suit accuses Minnesota of protecting bad teachers at students' expense -StarTribune.com ow.ly/10EBZ1

Teacher Tenure Is Challenged Again in a Minnesota Lawsuit - The New York Times ow.ly/10EAmN

In San Juan, San Jose and Poway, districts & unions innovate to evaluate teachers | EdSource ow.ly/10EBFr

New York considering using scores on AP exams and SAT subject tests in evaluations | Chalkbeat ow.ly/10EByM

These 3 California school districts allow staff to pack guns to work - LA Times ow.ly/10EBB9

The Trump Effect': Hatred, Fear And Bullying On The Rise In Schools ow.ly/10EBDC

Broadway's 'Hamilton' Makes Its Way Into NYC's High School Curriculum : NPR ow.ly/10EAor

Balloon ‘spacecraft,’ prosthetic limbs and subway vacuums thrill White House science fair wpo.st/ZCKU1

 

#edGIF Of The Day: "Why Is Being Educated Considered A 'White Thing'"?

One of BuzzFeed's latest videos, purportedly about questions black people want to ask other black people, has generated reactions ranging from 😬 to 😡.

One of the questions is a version of the age-old "acting white" issue, which Vox debunked not too long ago: The most insidious myth about black kids and achievement

Seriously, some people are really offended by the attempted humor. For example: 27 Answers To Buzzfeed’s Dumb Video. This is probably where I should provide a trigger warning. 

Related posts: Why Do Journalists Love Shaky Science on Race? Eduwonkette; How Barack Obama's Election Can Change the Myth of 'Acting White' NY Mag.

 

Today: NYC Kids Get To See Broadway "Hamilton"

"#EduHam What an experience these @NYCSchools HS juniors will have today!"

Charts: Riverside, San Antonio, Houston Top "Low College Grad Rate" List

Via The Atlantic via EWA

Events: NYU "Politics Of Privatization" Summit [#PoPNonCon16] Going On Now

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In case you haven't seen it, there's a "Non-Conference" on Privatization in Education at NYU going on this week.

According to the website, discussants will include education historian and NYU Steinhardt research professor Diane Ravitch; and union leaders Lily Eskelsen García of the National Education Association and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers.

The hashtag is #PoPNonCon16. The livestream is here.

Apparently, there's a Bernie Sanders rally going on across the street.

 

 

Morning Video: Meet DFER Head Shavar Jeffries

In case you didn't know, former Newark board member and mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries now heads DFER. He was the afternoon keynote at the Yale SOM education conference last week, and spoke to The Seventy Four.

Or, watch Steve Harvey interview a 5 year old math genius.

AM News: Finding & Serving Gifted Black & Latino Kids

Paradise Valley AZ - The Rare District That Recognizes Gifted Latino Students : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/10C6Tz

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - The New York Times ow.ly/10uDsB

The $3B plan to get every California kid into preschool - LA Times ow.ly/10C7vw

Success Academy Charter School Network Receives $25 Million Gift - The New York Times ow.ly/10C78e

BC janitor to see fifth child graduate from the college - The Boston Globe ow.ly/10C6EE

#edGIF Of The Day: The Harsh Truth About Speed-Reading

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"For a long time, people have claimed to be able to read very quickly without any loss of comprehension — and many have claimed to teach this amazing skill."
From Kernel (The harsh truth about speed-reading).
 

Afternoon Video: Income-Based School Integration?

"Nearly 100 school districts and charter school networks are now consciously integrating their student bodies by socioeconomic status." via The Seventy Four.

Morning Video: Clinton Wouldn't Opt Her Granddaughter Out Of Testing

Via Newsday: Hillary Clinton wouldn't opt out her granddaughter on Common Core tests http://nwsdy.li/1NlLr04 via

AM News: DC Teacher Appeal, Overlooked ELLs, Canceling Obama Prep

First DCPS Teacher To Win Arbitration Over Evaluation System Discusses His Case | WAMU 88.5 

Gifted, But Still Learning English, Many Bright Students Get Overlooked : NPR Ed : NPRow.ly/10zfbq

LA Unified's internal investigator becomes flashpoint in charter school debate | 89.3 KPCCow.ly/10zeWP

Lusher teachers plan to form union, representative says – Uptown Messenger http://ow.ly/10zgnk

How a Denver elementary school is using pop music and viral videos to teach social skills | Chalkbeat

Immigrant students being blocked from enrolling in school - Associated Press

Ald. Brookins to head Ed committee, seeks to cancel Obama Prep HS | Chicago Sun-Times ow.ly/10zfvX

L.A., Detroit Try to Simplify Application Process for School Choice Options - K-12 Parents and the Public - Education Week http://ow.ly/10zgjb

Puerto Rico Church Strips Teachers of Pension Amid Crisis - ABC News http://ow.ly/10zgqd

Cartoon: If School Buses Boarded Like Airplanes

"Once again, we're boarding only our Elite Premium passengers at this time. Thank you." From The New Yorker. 

Campaign 2016: Sanders, Trump, & McKesson (Yes, McKesson)

There are at least three big outsider campaigns going on right now, though most folks are only paying attention to Sanders and Trump. The third is BlackLivesMatter's Deray McKesson running for mayor of Baltimore, which like the others has implications (for BlackLivesMatter, most of all) regardless of whether he wins (seems unlikely) or loses.

Quotes: At Friday Event, Clinton Touts "Balanced" Approach To Testing

Quotes2I want every teacher, principal, parent and student to know you will have a partner in the White House... Recruiting and retaining effective teachers starts with something very basic, raising teacher pay... Let’s keep working to find a fair balanced approached to testing so our kids learn what they need to compete...

-- Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in New York on Friday via Newsday (Clinton touts economic agenda in Buffalo, Rochester) Last week, her husband raised some eyebrows with his suggestion that Clinton didn't support annual testing (see also NYT).  See full speech transcript here.

Morning Video: They're [Still] Using "The Wire" In Schools

 

This PBS NewsHour segment describes some of the different ways "The Wire" is [still] being used in classrooms and courses around the country. Apparently there was just a conference about it at Columbia. 

Or, watch the Leadership Conference roll out the poll results you've already seen in the LA Times and Huffington Post live from the National Press Club here.

Or, watch how some Denver schools are using viral videos as teaching tools.

AM News: Clinton Addresses NY Teachers, Philly Labor Leaders

Hillary Clinton touts economic agenda in Buffalo, Rochester | Newsday

Clinton Stumps for Friendly Union Faces in Pennsylvania - Courthouse News 

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - The New York Times

Black and Latino parents want better teachers and harder classes for their kids - LA Times

Some Parents Of Color Don't Think Schools Are Even Trying To Educate Their Children

Criminal hackers now target hospitals, police stations and schools - LA Times

How One School Under Pressure Resists 'Test Prep' - WNYC

Why Teachers on TV Have to Be Incompetent or Inspiring - The New York Times

 

AM News: It's Social Media Friday

It's Twitter Friday -- watch what I'm seeing and thinking below, or on Twitter, or via Facebook. Have a great day: 

Charts: Easy Entry But Low Salaries For Classroom Aides, Preschool Teachers

Mathematic has a chart for each state showing careers that don't require a ton of education and have predicted job growth. Unfortunately -- unsurprisingly -- many of them like aides and preschool teachers -- don't provide much by way of salary, either.

 

Events: See You At The Yale SOM Education Conference

Most Likely to Succeed Trailer from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

Along with many others, I'm going to be at the Yale SOM Education Conference (which actually starts tonight and goes through tomorrow).

The Friday morning keynotes are going to be Thrive Chicago's Sandra Abrevaya and Northside Achievement Zone's Sondra Samuels.

The closing keynote is DFER head Shavar Jeffries.

The panel on Common Core testing (which I'm moderating) features Chicago NBCT Sherisse A. Lucas, Dr. Ilene Tracey Director of Instruction and School Improvement, New Haven Public Schools, Ken Wagner Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner, Dianna Wentzell Commissioner, CT State Department of Education

You can find the full event schedule here.

There are also going to be screenings of the film, Most Likely To Succeed (see trailer above), which focuses among other things on the projects and presentations that are part of the model developed at High Tech High. 

For those of you who'll be following along online, the official hashtag is #DefiningSuccess2016  and you can find more on Instagram at @yalesomelc2016.

School Police: San Antonio Girl Slammed To Ground

The latest in a string of videos featuring school police acting in a deeply unsettling way, now trending on social media. 

Morning Video: Another Long Island Student Wins All-Ivy Acceptance

There should be a name for this feat, I guess -- an "All Ivy?"

AM News: Philly Turnarounds, Clinton Visit (Plus NYC Parent Lawsuit)

Politicians, union leaders, and teachers blast school turnaround plans Philly Inquirer: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Katie McGinty, candidate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, joined local union and political leaders Wednesday in opposing a turnaround plan for an elementary school in North Philadelphia.

Clinton courts union support in Philadelphia Newsworks: Seeming energized after losing to rival Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin's primary, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a friendly crowd of organized labor in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Hillary Clinton's union problem Politico: Teachers have yet to unite behind Clinton, the latest sign that she is struggling to lock down an important chunk of the Democratic base.

Parents Will Sue America's Largest School District Over Classroom Violence BuzzFeed: The suit will be filed late Wednesday night in the Eastern District Court of New York, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said. It is the first time a class-action lawsuit has been filed over school violence in New York.

Why school can be a rocky ride for some young Syrians in the US WNYC: The warm welcome many Syrian families receive in the US does not always apply to schools.

Grading Schools On Student Resilience And Self-Control WAMU: This spring a handful of school districts in California will begin testing students on resilience and self-control, among other so-called social emotional skills. Debate over new federal standards on school quality and testing for non-academic skills.

The cost of better school security: $10 million in cameras for Miami-Dade Miami Herald: The Miami-Dade County school district is planning on spending $10 million on additional security cameras. The district already has 12,000 of them, like this one at Miami Beach High, but would add 7,000 more so that every school is monitored by 2020.

Seattle’s IB schools are national outliers in lack of support from district Seattle Times: Across the country, thousands of schools offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. Seattle is the only large district in the Pacific Northwest that makes parents or individual schools pay for it.

Why Are So Few Kids Getting the HPV Vaccine? Stateline: Ten years after the federal government approved the first vaccines to combat the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, nine years after those vaccines were recommended for all adolescent girls, and five years after they were recommended for all adolescent boys, less than half of girls and only a fifth of boys are getting immunized.

Maryland rejects Montgomery County’s snow-day waiver request Washington Post:  State said the county did not do enough to modify its calendar in making up missed days.

Teacher arrested for carrying a gun at a middle school in Newtown, Conn. Washington Post: Small town where 26 children and teachers were killed in a notorious 2012 elementary school shooting has stepped up its law enforcement presence at schools.

Trial date set for Gary Solomon, co-defendant of Byrd-Bennett Sun-Times: Gary Solomon, 48, has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen criminal charges stemming from the alleged steering of contracts to The SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates by Byrd-Bennett in exchange for kickbacks.

Quotes: Black Superintendent Reacts To "Jim Crow" Accusation From White Protesters

Quotes2I’m not going to stand by while someone who doesn’t look like me accuses me of carrying out some form of Jim Crow... I teach my own kids that no one can take your dignity and only you can control your temper. I tell them that I know who I am. I know my history.

- Oakland superintendent Antwan Wilson quoted in this SF Chronicle column (Superintendent gets schooled in Oakland’s turbulent politics)

Morning Video: Digital Education, Promise and Perils

Here's last night's PBS NewsHour segment on personalized learning and data security questions, which opens in a Miami school that features education technology. 

Or, watch EdWeek's ESSA explainer and see how many staffers you can recognize in their cameos.

AM News: Opt-Outs, DCTU Victory, Teachers Vs. Police?

Opt-Outs Persist as Exams Begin Across New York - WSJ

Teachers union touts victory in evaluation fight - The Washington Post

FOP want Chicago Teachers Union to condemn rally comments to 'F--- the police' | Chicago Sun-Times

Besieged teachers unions reach out to their members | EdSource

Taking High School Courses In College Costs Students And Families Nearly $1.5 Billion : NPR Ed : NPR

Arne Duncan On Chicago: 'I Didn't Think It Could Get Worse, But It Has' - Chicago

New York Teen Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Colleges

CPS Tells Kids They Got Into Coveted School, Takes It Back - Old Town - Chicago

Update: The Teach For America Reboot (Goes Beyond Corps Member Diversity)

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Here's my latest Scholastic Administrator column, about the Teach for America Reboot: "The controversy surrounding TFA may have been helpful, in the end. As Villanueva Beard told Politico, “'I’m grateful for when people make our shortcomings clear, because it enables us to get better.'” 

Quotes: Opt-Out Advocates Work To Win Over Minority Parents

Quotes2We already have so much work to do to try to close the achievement gap that this is a distraction... It's not Latino parents, it's not African-American parents. We don't have the time to be wasting trying to opt out. We need to know exactly how the kids are doing because when they go to college, if they are not prepared it's going to cost people more money.

-- Luis Torres, director of policy and legislation for the League of United Latin American Citizens, quoted in Politico (Opt-out movement aims to lure more African-American, Latino parents)

Chart: Nearly Half Of HS Grads Taking "No Cohesive Curriculum"

Only 8 Percent of Students Complete College- and Career-Ready Curriculum, according to EdWeek story on new EdTrust report.

 

Morning Video: April Begins Mass Shooting Season

"Two years ago, Alex Hribal, a student at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, wanted to honor the Columbine killers, but school wasn’t in session April 20. He struck on Eric Harris’ birthday — April 9 — and stabbed 20 people." via Washington Post (The strange seasonality of violence: Why April is ‘the beginning of the killing season’)

AM News: Let's Get This Testing [Opting Out] Started

Opt-out movement aims to lure more African-American, Latino parents Politico: Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan drew attention to the racial disparity in 2013 when he remarked to state superintendents that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against new academic standards because their kids had done poorly on the tough...

Chancellor on State Tests: 'I Don't Believe in Opting Out' WNYC: "I don't believe in opting out," she told reporters at a Brooklyn high school where she announced an expansion of dual-language programs for the fall.

For teachers unions, budget is more proof of a pendulum shift in New York education policy ChalkbeatNY: The charter sector is excited about a funding boost, while the unions are relishing an ideological shift that got its start months ago and is borne out in the state’s newfound support for “community schools.” The satisfaction of both groups points to a larger theme: In a shift, the budget had much more to do with haggling over funding than arguing over education policy.

General Electric Pledges to Spend $50M on Boston Initiatives AP: General Electric pledges to spend $50 million on initiatives in Boston, including $25 million in public schools

High school dean, responsible for discipline, charged with having heroin in her office Washington Post: Dean was handcuffed and led out a back door of her New Hampshire public school, but students and parents weren't told what happened for six weeks, when parent saw her name on a police arrest log.

Health Scare at Malibu School Sets Off Media War NYT: A debate over window caulking with the toxic chemical compounds has divided a California school district and parents like Cindy Crawford.

Bill, Chelsea Clinton spend day volunteering at Oakland schools SF Gate: Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, joined hundreds of volunteers at an Oakland school Sunday for a day of service that included a coat of paint and freshly potted plants.

Morning Video: Watch Global Prize Winning Palestinian Teacher In Class

NYT: A Palestinian Teacher’s Methods Earn the Attention of More Than Her Class

Site News: Rainy, Tweety Monday

Happy Monday. I'm working on a big project today but will be Tweeting and Facebooking here and there nonetheless:

 

RIP: Jimmy Carter On Hufstedler

April Fool's: That Time I Quit Blogging To Join TFA

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