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Taking time to think

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A year after the tragic shootings in Connecticut, Spokane EA President Jenny Rose talks about bargaining issues related to resource officers carrying guns in Spokane schools.


McCleary about money

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With the Washington State Legislature convening for its Regular Session beginning next week, Seattle Schools Community Forum blogger Melissa Westbrook is very clear in her statement, “The McCleary decision was about money, not reform. If anyone tries to tell you different, then you get in their face and call them a liar. Right now, that’s Rodney Tom and the Seattle Times.”


Teacher salaries

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Happy 2014. As we reflect upon the future, pay attention to wise words about teacher salaries from author and founder of 826 National, Dave Eggers.


Reflections from peers

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If you are looking for pithy, practical and measured reading that asks you to think while on break, check out what Tom says about building a waiver loophole. Visit the Stories from Washington Schools website to see why Kristin is excited about Common Core even though she has concerns. See why guest blogger Jeffrey is asking people to consider dyslexia as a cognitive type rather than seeing it as a disability.


Holiday thoughts and tips

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Here is some sane advice from a parent about gifts teachers and other educators might and might not want during the holidays or at the end of the year. And while we're at it, here are a few holiday tips to consider while trying to stay sane yourselves.


It's all about the money

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Blogger Charlie Mas clearly backs what he says this week on the Seattle Schools blog: The real focus for so called education reformers is money, not education.


Public schools outperform private and charter

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Two University of Illinois professors have released a study with unexpected results: When controlled for demographics, public schools are producing better test scores than private schools and charter schools. Check out the article which appeared in the Boston Globe's Boston Magazine.


Not enough movement

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Many parents are concerned about the lack of physical education in our schools. A new survey released by National Public Radio, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says one in four parents said their child’s school puts too little emphasis on PE.


Tide turning?

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Educators around the country plan a Day of Action Dec. 9 which aims to push back against K-12 reforms focused on high-stakes testing and corporate takeover of public schools.


Highest scores come with a price

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Read Diane Ravitch’s blog for her response to this week’s PISA test score release (and see below for more information). She adds context that is missing in much of the coverage.


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