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Weighing In ...
Where are the teachers going?
03/09/2015

Why are numbers in college teacher programs falling so quickly? The University of North Carolina School of Education dean says he thinks it’s because people considering the field no longer see it as a stable career. He says the “headache list” is long for teachers with high-stakes testing and efforts to link developmentally inappropriate tests to teacher evaluation.


Brave steps forward?
03/06/2015

A New York elementary school has taken the first step in applying lessons learned from Finland. For many, this is a beacon of hope. If you've seen the film, "Race to Nowhere," you'll know that many agree that homework has gotten out of control.  Some say educators are being asked to teach far more than what is possible to teach in a school year. What do you think?


The time is now
02/19/2015

New York’s 2013 Principal of the Year, Carol Burris, is shedding light on the way high stakes testing is hurting students. She says there comes a time to break rules if it means protecting students from unneccessary high stakes testing and that time is now.


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Opening Gates

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Read what Bill Gates has to say about the current Common Core controversy. More curious than what he regularly preaches about Common Core, are some of the comments he and others like Arne Duncan make about parents, teachers, unions and so on. Patronizing? Just a bit.


Misleading mail targets retired educators

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A company named Teachers Pension Advisory Services (TPAS) recently mailed Washington State School Districts letters claiming to offer a “free estimate of your Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) benefits.” This company has no affiliation with the Department of Retirement Systems and if you receive one of these letters, the DRS strongly encourages you to file a consumer complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s office.


A "Gallon" of research to raise awareness

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Test scores are not going up in York City schools in York, PA. And, because we all know that test scores are the one and only measurement of student success, it should come as no surprise that the district’s appointed (not elected) chief recovery officer says the district is talking with two for-profit charter school corporations – Mosaica Education Inc., and Charter School USA. Meanwhile, a York City teacher/organizer, Clovis Gallon, has been doing homework.


Flipped classrooms

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Those who believe in the flipped classroom – the kind where educators videotape their lectures and assign them for homework while using class time to help students with solving problems and traditional homework -- say it is making a significant difference for student learning.


What's the real agenda?

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Seattle School Board Director Marty McLaren wrote an op-ed for the “Seattle Times,” which they encouraged her to edit and submit again . . . which she did. It talks about the wonderful things going in in Seattle Schools. Instead, the newspaper published an editorial inviting the city to take over.


Addicted to Koch

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Seven years ago, while the Charles Koch Foundation considered whether or not to give Florida State University’s economics department a big donation, they let officials there know that the donation came with some strings attached.


Washington has a 3.0 GPA

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently published an updated report called "Leaders and Laggards". It is specifically oriented to the needs and values of the business community. Knowing how much credence we give to any list or rankings, we are still bringing it to your attention that Washington received 9 A or B grades, one C and one D. Washington ranked much higher than a majority of the states across the board. Check the specific 11 categories and see if you agree with their findings.


WE Are WEA

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Fourth grade teacher Tom White blogs with a few other educators in "Stories from School." We saved this Fourth of July post to share this month as we raise awareness about educators and WEA. In his post, White, talks about why he is a proud WEA member.


New PR for Common Core

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Check out this two-minute video (put together by Common Core proponents) that you’ll be seeing soon on social media sites. It mocks Bill Gates as a “rich computer guy in nerdy glasses,” who doesn’t make the best computers anymore. The tagline is, “Common Core. It’s Better than You’ve Heard.”


Debate on opting out of testing continues

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Veteran journalist Joseph Williams shares a story he wrote about a school district in Florida that rejected state and national education assessment tests. This vote, which occurred last month, is part of a national movement to pull back on standardized testing.


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