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Article: New Level of Overreach: Government Report Recommends Schools Conduct “Home Visits”

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Lady Liberty 1885 by A. P. Dillon The theme of government overreach is a familiar one, but not one that the average person really thinks about when it comes to education. The levels of intrusion and overreach being exhibited by the US Dept. of Education have been increasing ever since ...
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Call Today. November 18, 2015. #ESEA Bill is Back.

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Details on why you should call and stop this disastrous bill. http://thepulse2016.com/emmett-mcgroarty/2015/11/16/dear-speaker-ryan-its-time-to-end-no-child-left-behind/ Excerpt: Although Republican proponents of the bills cite language prohibiting the Secretary of Education from imposing standards or assessments, the rest of the legislation contains so many mandates that the states will fall in line – regardless of what the Secretary “imposes.” Moreover, the prohibitions contain no enforcement mechanism for the states to challenge illegal federal action. Where Congress is serious about [...]

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#CivilDisobedience and Common Core

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stotsky civil disobedience tweet When you read Education Week’s article on tracking Common Core assessment results, keep Stotsky’s questions in the back of your mind. Check out your state results in Common Core’s Big Test: Tracking 2014-15 Results : screen shot of map Please use caution when interpreting these results. First, state-to-state comparisons can only be made among states that use the same test. In 2014-15, for instance, 18 states used Smarter Balanced and [...]

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The Results of Social Justice Teaching. How’s that Working Out? (Be Careful: Questions are Offensive)

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The Mizzou employee who ‘asked for muscle’ to push a journalist while he was attempting to film a public demonstration on university property. The display of social Justice, tolerance and freedom of speech exists for a select few…decided by those who are more equal than others. See the Social Justice Warriors: Rejoice! Your curriculum is seeing your desired effect in the general population. Student feelings are paramount over constitutional rights and anyone in a [...]

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Will Bill Gates (with the Help of World Governments) Save the World with His Vision of Energy & Education Reform?

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bill gates and climate change Recent headline from independent.co.uk article . We need the government to enact policies based on his plan. What could go wrong? (He’s done so well in education reform.) Gates’ conclusion on how to save the planet from The Atlantic: In his offices overlooking Lake Washington, just east of Seattle, Bill Gates grabbed a legal pad recently and began covering it in his left-handed scrawl. He scribbled arrows by each [...]

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MO State Board Hearing on HB1490 This Monday

HB1490 required the State Board of Education to hold three public hearings on the standards development process. Monday October 26, from 1-3:00 p.m. will be the last of these hearings. The Board is in receipt of the standards documents submitted by all eight work groups. They have also been sent two minority reports, one from ELA 6-12 and one from Science 6-12. From here on the review process takes place according to the language [...]

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Gates’ “High Impact” Teacher Evaluation Process The Most Detrimental

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As school districts contemplate implementing the state recommended teacher evaluation system (aka, Marzano or Hazelwood plan) and the State Board of Education considers a “Report on District Alignment to the Essential Principles of Effective Evaluation” on October 27th, it would behoove them to read Anthony Cody’s piece on this process. He says that embedding teacher growth into an evaluative framework can actually produce the opposite of the desired effect. The Gates Foundation has been [...]

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Long Island school administrator receives whopping $625,214 in pay, benefits in single year

Long Island school administrator receives whopping $625,214 in pay, benefits in single year

NEW YORK – More than half of New York State’s top 100 highest paid public school employees work on Long Island, and many rake in well over $300,000 a year. The highest paid public school employee in New York is Joyce Bisso, a 69-year-old superintendent at Hewlett-Woodmore schools, took home a total of $625,214 for the fiscal year ending June 30, which included salary, benefits and payouts for unused sick and vacation days, Newsday [...]

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