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A Dangerous Political Game | The Crucial Voice of the PeopleThe Crucial Voice of the People
by Mike Simpson / 54min
A Dangerous Political Game In the midst of our Coronavirus Crisis , President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos are playing a dangerous political game. Gambling on parent’s desire for their children to go back to school, Trump and DeVos are pushing for in-person instruction this fall in all schools. But they have no authority over that decision. So why would they make the demand? The Obvious S
Introduction to My Next Book (Part 3) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
by Mike Simpson / 54min
Introduction to My Next Book (Part 3) And so, the last century of reform in America has been the story of these three political and social movements beginning with excited policy talk, then moving to downsized policy actions, and finally erratic implementation spilling over public schools. Beyond these reformers achieving a few of their intended goals in each era, what often goes unnoticed are s
UPDATE: Gina Bellafante: Schools Beat Plagues with Outdoor Education, Why Can’t We? | Diane Ravitch's blog
by Mike Simpson / 54min
Gina Bellafante: Schools Beat Plagues with Outdoor Education, Why Can’t We? | Diane Ravitch's blog Gina Bellafante: Schools Beat Plagues with Outdoor Education, Why Can’t We? This is a terrific article that appeared in the New York Times by the regular city columnist Gina Bellafante. It is about how schools beat plagues in the early 20th century by opening outdoor classes. The Times is making art
glen brown: We Have Lost "The Conscience of Congress": John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 - July 17, 2020)
by Mike Simpson / 54min
We Have Lost "The Conscience of Congress": John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 - July 17, 2020) “The life of the US congressman John Lewis, who has died aged 80 after suffering from pancreatic cancer, is a paradigm for the history of race relations in the US over those eight decades. Born into segregation, Lewis took a leadership role in civil rights protest as a young man, and was at the heart
Mr. G for District 3: Chris Guerrieri's Education Matters: Have the powers that be thought about what in-school teaching would look like in the age of COVID
by Mike Simpson / 54min
Have the powers that be thought about what in-school teaching would look like in the age of COVID The powers that be say, it will be fine, we'll have a mask policy, practice social distancing, clean in between classes and wash, wash, wash our hands and things will be fine, to which I say, they are %#&%ing nuts if they think that's going to be both easy or doable. Let's take those items one at a
SPI Issues Statement to Governor's School Guidance - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
by Mike Simpson / 54min
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Governor's Updated School Guidance SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond issued the following statement today in response to the Governor’s updated guidance for schools: “I want to commend the Governor for his leadership and for his focus on prioritizing public safety during what might be one of the
CURMUDGUCATION: Everything's Made Up (And Nobody Is Behind)
by Mike Simpson / 54min
Everything's Made Up (And Nobody Is Behind) This is the opportunity we're missing, but to grab it would require us to look at things that some of us would rather not look at. We can start with the notion that students are currently "falling behind." Well, now-- behind what, exactly? Is there some line scribed by the Hand of God in the intellectual sand that tells us, yes, a child who has been on
NYCDOE, where’s our masks? | JD2718
by Mike Simpson / 54min
NYCDOE, where’s our masks? Write your NYC Council Person / Tweet your NYC Council Person Write politicians? I usually don’t. Most days it’s just a great big time sink. But today? Safety in schools and COVID-19? Issues they all care about. So I’m writing. We don’t have answers from Carranza? Fuzziness from our union? Let’s ask the elected officials to get us some answers. I wrote an e-mail versio
ELECTION SEASON IS UPON US – Dad Gone Wild
by Mike Simpson / 54min
ELECTION SEASON IS UPON US “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” – J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye “The weak-minded ch
Are Parents, Teachers and School Boards Epidemiologists? State Ed Gives Districts Wide Discretion in Crafting Re-Opening Plans | Ed In The Apple
by Mike Simpson / 3h
Are Parents, Teachers and School Boards Epidemiologists? State Ed Gives Districts Wide Discretion in Crafting Reopening Plans The NYS Department of Education released re-opening guidance, all 145 pages of guidance. (Read here) The key sentence: “The guidance encourages community involvement and allows for flexibility so that districts and schools in every corner of the state can assess their uni
Wishing Doesn’t Make it So | Live Long and Prosper
by Mike Simpson / 3h
Wishing Doesn’t Make it So UPDATE: Link at the end of the post… America’s schools will start to open in a few weeks…some as early as the beginning of August…some after Labor Day. With this small window of time to plan, the unhinged President and his unqualified Secretary of Education demand that … …kids need to be back in school, and that school leaders across the country need to be making plans
This Week With Newblackman (In Exile)
by Mike Simpson / 3h
NewBlackMan (in Exile) A Photography Community for Black Women by Mark Anthony Neal / 18h ' Polly Irungu , digital editor at The Takeaway , joins us to discuss founding Black Women Photographers , a community and database of Black women photographers across the country and globally.' -- All Of It Fishko Files: Harlem Renaissance by Mark Anthony Neal / 19h 'A cultural movement of Black writers an
THIS WEEK Education Research Report
by Mike Simpson / 3h
Education Research Report THIS WEEK Education Research Report Does "naming and shaming" of colleges with large tuition increases make a difference? by Jonathan Kantrowitz / 1d AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION SHARE PRINT E-MAIL WASHINGTON, July 16, 2020--Since 2011 the U.S. Department of Education has published two annual lists of higher education institutions with the highest percentage
THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007
by Mike Simpson / 3h
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 Critical Question For Us Teachers: What AREN’T We Going To Cover This Year by Larry Ferlazzo / 1h As you probably have heard, this past week most of us here in California finally got som
KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all
by Mike Simpson / 3h
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all KEEP UP/ CATCH UP WITH DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG A site to discuss better education for all Parent: Why Not Open Outdoor Classrooms in Tents and Other Temporary Structures? by dianeravitch / 11min Josh Bell is a New York City public schools parent. He wrote this article for the New York Daily News. The article reminded me that New York

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Steve Suitts: The Supreme Court is Reversing the Landmark Brown Decision | Diane Ravitch's blog
by Mike Simpson / 20h
Steve Suitts: The Supreme Court is Reversing the Landmark Brown Decision Steve Suitts is a civil rights lawyer who has worked for the Southern Education Foundation for many years. His recent book Overturning Brown documents the segregationist history of the school choice movement. He wrote recently that the Espinoza decision , which awards public money to religious schools, is another step in th
FaceBook: Fount of all Wisdom, Wellspring of Stupid | Teacher in a strange land
by Mike Simpson / 20h
FaceBook: Fount of all Wisdom, Wellspring of Stupid I know all the things that are wrong with Facebook , all the reasons why now might be the perfect time to Just. Step. Away. Several friends have virtue-signaled their unwillingness to play nice with a man who sells them (and their data) out and closed down their accounts. Many more have taken extended breaks, keeping a toe in (and, I suspect, c
Latino Families Not Equipped for Distance Learning - LA Progressive
by Mike Simpson / 20h
Latino Families Not Equipped for Distance Learning The spike in COVID-19 cases across the country is forcing many school districts to reconsider plans to return to in-person instruction. The announcement this week that Los Angeles and San Diego Unified School districts would continue with distance learning may trigger a wave of other large districts to do the same. As the realization that home-s
Congratulations to Desmon Redmond, Schott's Proud #PublicSchoolGrad Scholarship Winner | Schott Foundation for Public Education
by Mike Simpson / 20h
Congratulations to Desmon Redmond, Schott's Proud #PublicSchoolGrad Scholarship Winner Local public schools and their educators have produced America’s most brilliant artists, scientists, doctors, musicians, lawyers, presidents, and more — people from all walks of life, contributing to society in countless ways. Given the incredible challenges and obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we
'Reckless, callous, cruel': teachers' chief denounces Trump plan to reopen schools | US news | The Guardian
by Mike Simpson / 20h
'Reckless, callous, cruel': teachers' chief denounces Trump plan to reopen schools ‘Angry’ AFT president Randi Weingarten tells Guardian proposal from Trump and Betsy DeVos could result in teaching exodus Plans put forward by Donald Trump and his education secretary to reopen America’s schools in the fall are “reckless” and could result in many teachers leaving the profession, the president of o
Trump's Push to Reopen Schools Is Scaring Teachers, Says AFT Union President on Cheddar
by Mike Simpson / 20h
Trump's Push to Reopen Schools Is Scaring Teachers, Says AFT Union President President Donald Trump's insistence that all K-12 schools reopen in the fall has caused a backlash among parents and teachers, according to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teacher's union in the country. Between the middle and the end of June, the union polled its m
A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007
by Mike Simpson / 20h
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Is On July 30th – Here Are Teaching & Learning Resources 25 by Larry Ferlazzo / 12h sammisreachers / Pixabay The United Nations has declared July 30th to be The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. You might be interested in The Best Resources For Lear
NYC Educator: Teachers Fear for Their Lives
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Teachers Fear for Their Lives You can't really blame us. I saw my doctor the other day, and she told me if she didn't have to come in, she wouldn't. Of course there's not really a substitute for medical care. She does teletherapy too, but you can't give blood over Skype. Not many teachers ask their students to give blood at all, as far as I know. Of course, this feeling isn't limited to teachers
School Districts Need Budget Relief as School Starts Amid Pandemic: U.S. Senate Must Pass HEROES Act | janresseger
by Mike Simpson / 1d
School Districts Need Budget Relief as School Starts Amid Pademic: U.S. Senate Must Pass HEROES Act | janresseger School Districts Need Budget Relief as School Starts Amid Pandemic : U.S. Senate Must Pass HEROES Act Here we are in mid-July. Facing enormous challenges, school district leaders are trying to figure out how they can safely provide school this fall. Here are the two biggest questions:
Pasi Sahlberg: Shanker Blog: Five Things Not To Do When Schools Re-open | National Education Policy Center
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Shanker Blog: Five Things Not To Do When Schools Re-open | National Education Policy Center Shanker Blog: Five Things Not To Do When Schools Re-open This post is part of our series entitled Teaching and Learning During a Pandemic , in which we invite guest authors to reflect on the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic for teaching and learning. Our guest today is Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Edu
Mr. G for District 3: Chris Guerrieri's Education Matters: Lenny Curry's reckless behavior is going to cost lives (draft)
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Lenny Curry's reckless behavior is going to cost lives (draft) I said to the district official, well, several south Florida districts have ignored the state's order and said they are starting school on-line why couldn't we? They said the cities those districts are in have rolled back to phase 1, and we are in phase 2, which gives them the cover to do so. This is the thing mayor Curry would have
Safety First | JD2718
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Safety First That’s the message! We hear it a lot. I’ve written it. Mulgrew’s said it. It’s a sentiment many of us share. But me saying it or Mulgrew writing it or you thinking it – none of that makes it true. Me writing “Safety First!”, shouting “Safety First!”, repeating “Safety First! Safety First! Safety First!” doesn’t make it true. I have been saying it a lot. I started mid-June, when the
Yahoo/YouGov Poll: A Quick View of Results Related to Mask Wearing and to K12 Education | deutsch29
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Yahoo/YouGov Poll: A Quick View of Results Related to Mask Wearing and to K12 Education On July 16, 2020, Yahoo News and YouGov released results of this 159-page poll , conducted on a variety of issues of immediate public concern, including coronavirus, the economy, the direction of the country. Some backgroud on the survey, as reported by Yahoo News : The Yahoo News survey was conducted by YouG
CURMUDGUCATION: FL: The Broad Outlines of the PPP Cash-in
by Mike Simpson / 1d
FL: The Broad Outlines of the PPP Cash-in So it turns out that all you have to do to get some charter and voucher schools to admit they're businesses is just wave some sweet, sweet business-purposed money at them. We've heard the individual stories from here and there about this, but a friend of the Curmudgucation Institute sent along an astonishing piece of data crunching. I don't have a handy

JUL 16

Parents must have a say in districts’ distance learning plans under new California law | EdSource
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Parents must have a say in districts’ distance learning plans under new California law Districts must create new "learning continuity plan" in coming weeks issatisfied with the uneven quality of distance learning among school districts after they closed in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature established minimum requirements for the next school year in legislation accompanying the 2020-2
McKeesport Area School District’s Reopening Plan is Based on Dubious Facts, Bad Reasoning & Takes Unnecessary Risks: An Open Letter to the Superintendent | gadflyonthewallblog
by Mike Simpson / 1d
McKeesport Area School District’s Reopening Plan is Based on Dubious Facts, Bad Reasoning & Takes Unnecessary Risks: An Open Letter to the Superintendent Dr. Mark Holtzman: I am extremely concerned about the reopening plan for the McKeesport Area School District you offered on video Tuesday . As a parent of a child in the district and a teacher in a neighboring district , I find the plan you put
AFT Prez Weingarten Outlines Legal & Strike Strategy to Resist Unsafe School Re-Openings – Payday Report
by Mike Simpson / 1d
AFT Prez Weingarten Outlines Legal & Strike Strategy to Resist Unsafe School Re-Openings As the recession delivers severe budget cuts to education, many teachers are worried they won’t be able to re-open schools safely, which has left some considering the possibility of a strike. Given the physical distance needed, teachers are considering the “hybrid basis,” of teaching as the best model for re
Ethnic Studies Virtual Event with Dolores Huerta + SBE Adopts Arts Educ and World Languages Guidance - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Ethnic Studies Virtual Event with Dolores Huerta - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education) State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Hosts Virtual Classroom Session on Chicano Latino Studies with Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today hosted the second in a series of virtual classroom sessions about ethnic studies. Guests included students fro
Dilemmas Facing Policymakers in Re-opening Schools | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Dilemmas Facing Policymakers in Re-opening Schools Here is the best summary that I have found thus far on the policy dilemmas facing school boards and superintendents in deciding how and when to re-open schools. It comes from a blog called Electoral Vote . Curated and written by two academics, one (Andrew Tanenbaum) an expert on statistics and public opinion polls and the other (Christopher Bate
DID YOU MISS DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG TODAY? A site to discuss better education for all
by Mike Simpson / 1d
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all DID YOU MISS DIANE RAVITCH'S BLOG TODAY? A site to discuss better education for all Candace Valenzuela Wins Her Race for Democratic Nomination for Congress in Texas! by dianeravitch / 22min Candace Valenzuela is one of the most inspiring candidates in the current election cycle. She won her primary in Texas on Tuesday. Please watch
glen brown: A Teacher's Opinion on School Reopening: "But What Do I Know? I'm Just a Teacher"
by Mike Simpson / 2d
A Teacher's Opinion on School Reopening: "But What Do I Know? I'm Just a Teacher" “Everyone has an opinion about how and if schools should reopen for this coming school year. We’ve heard from the governors, the pediatricians, the parents, the education secretary, and the president. Everyone has a ‘study’ and ‘research’ to back up their claims, but unfortunately (as always with decisions made in
CURMUDGUCATION: Report: Zuckerberg’s Favorite Digital Ed Program Is All Sizzle, No Steak
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Report: Zuckerberg’s Favorite Digital Ed Program Is All Sizzle, No Steak Last month, the National Education Policy Center released a new report: Big Claims, Little Evidence, Lots of Money: The Reality Behind the Summit Learning Program and the Push to Adopt Digital Personalized Learning Programs. It looks at one of the most prominent digital learning platforms, and how money and power are able t
My School District’s 2020-21 Planning, Including Surveying Employees and Parents | deutsch29
by Mike Simpson / 2d
My School District’s 2020-21 Planning, Including Surveying Employees and Parents In this post, I offer info on what my school district is doing in its efforts to plan for the 2020-21 school year, with the goals of informing individuals in my district as well as offering ideas to other schools and districts. A critical point is that my school district did what I see parents and teachers from othe
Teaching Rectangles How To Find An Area | The Jose Vilson
by Mike Simpson / 2d
TEACHING RECTANGLES HOW TO FIND AN AREA I didn’t write a close-out post. I feel like NYC public schools already closed back in March, back when I thought our country might have a chance to see kids again the last two weeks of June. Everyone who’s read this blog for some time knows that hope is my passenger , realism my backseat driver . As Rebecca Solnit says: “Hope locates itself in the premise
NYC Public School Parents: Talk out of School with Beth Ellor & Brad Lander: REC centers, safe reopening of schools, and need for child care & wraparound services next year
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Talk out of School with Beth Ellor & Brad Lander: REC centers, safe reopening of schools, and need for child care & wraparound services next year In today's podcast of Talk out of School , I spoke to Beth Ellor, a former Kindergarten teacher and preschool director, who described what it’s like working at the REC centers, which opened up to serve the NYC children of essential workers when schools
Mr. G for District 3: Chris Guerrieri's Education Matters: Is DCPS passing the buck with health decisions?
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Is DCPS passing the buck with health decisions? The answer is yes, and this lack of leadership is going to cost people their health or worse. At the last school board meeting, the superintendent spoke about how the health department will conduct "investigations" when somebody presents signs of the virus or tests positive. There was absolutely no description of what this would look like, but we c
Confederate Monuments and Southern Memory: The Case of One Confederate General - Living in Dialogue
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Confederate Monuments and Southern Memory: The Case of One Confederate General By Paul Horton. Part 1: Historians and the “Lost Cause” of the Confederacy Part 2: The Confederate “Lost Cause” and Southern Women As calls are made to remove monuments devoted to those who fought against the Union during the Civil War are being made, increasing attention is being focused on learning history from diff
Jersey Jazzman: A Response To Critics Of My Research On NJ Teachers
by Mike Simpson / 2d
A Response To Critics Of My Research On NJ Teachers Earlier this week, the Sunshine Policy Center put out a critique of my report , published by the New Jersey Policy Perspective, on the shrinking numbers of teacher candidates in preparation programs in New Jersey. That report references an earlier report I wrote for NJPP on the NJ teacher workforce; that report looked at, among many other thing
Health & Safety Priority for Reopening Schools - Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
by Mike Simpson / 2d
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Applauds Schools for Making Student and Educator Safety Center of Reopening Decisions SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Wednesday commended school districts across California for making student, teacher, and staff health and safety the foremost priority as they formalize plans for resuming learning this fall. During his late
An Unequal Starting Place
by Mike Simpson / 2d
An Unequal Starting Place Staying home due to the coronavirus has been tough. Days have morphed into weeks that blurred into months. Even as some schools and businesses reopen, stress and anxiety is mounting. And, unfortunately, the coronavirus revealed a glaring reality —that many people in our country lack the advantages that others enjoy and may even take for granted. “If there’s a silver lin

JUL 15

NANCY BAILEY: Seeking SOLUTIONS to Help With Schooling During Covid-19: Here’s 18!
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Seeking SOLUTIONS to Help With Schooling During Covid-19: Here’s 18! Seeking SOLUTIONS to Help With Schooling During Covid-19: Here’s 18! How can we help students learn at home during this school crisis? Many parents and teachers are still uncomfortable with plans to reopen schools. Some school districts are postponing school re-openings. Remote learning and Internet connection should be availabl
Mike Pence: We Don’t Want CDC Guidelines Determining When We Open Schools
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Mike Pence: We Don’t Want CDC Guidelines Determining When We Open Schools. (This Is Not an Onion Headline) There are times when the news is so outrageous it almost seems satirical and then there is the Trump administration, which has skirted the line between truth and fiction so much that there is no line anymore. On Tuesday, the vice president, who may or may not be a sexless robot or a piece o
'I'm scared': In Detroit, a city hit hard by COVID-19, reopening classrooms sparks protests
by Mike Simpson / 2d
'I'm scared': In Detroit, a city hit hard by COVID-19, reopening classrooms sparks protests As school leaders agonize over whether and how to reopen, fights like the one in Detroit this week could soon play out across the country. DETROIT — The fury surrounding the start of summer school in Detroit this week offers a preview of the emotional battles that could hit many more communities this fall
Most Big School Districts Aren’t Ready to Reopen. Here’s Why. - The New York Times
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Most Big School Districts Aren’t Ready to Reopen. Here’s Why. All but two of the nation’s 10 largest districts exceed a key public health threshold, according to a New York Times analysis. As education leaders decide whether to reopen classrooms in the fall amid a raging pandemic, many are looking to a standard generally agreed upon among epidemiologists: To control community spread of the coron
Addressing Disparities in America's Education System Amid Push to Reopen Schools | Schott Foundation for Public Education
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Addressing Disparities in America's Education System Amid Push to Reopen Schools Schott President Dr. John H. Jackson appeared on Fox News this past weekend, arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequities in America's cities far beyond the schoolhouse, and that educators, districts and states will need billions of dollars in support from the Federal government in order to re-ope
To All the White Allies Seeking to Become Co-Conspirators, Here Are Things to Think About - Philly's 7th Ward
by Mike Simpson / 2d
TO ALL THE WHITE ALLIES SEEKING TO BECOME CO-CONSPIRATORS, HERE ARE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT George Floyd, gasping for air, uttered a desperate final plea that was heard around the world: “I can’t breathe.” The image of a black man dying under the knee of a white cop is horrific — and symbolic of the racism embedded in every institution in America. Pre-K-12 education is no exception. The white-domi
Schools Should Prioritize Reopening, But They Need A Lot More Money: New Report | HuffPost
by Mike Simpson / 2d
Schools Should Prioritize Reopening, But They Need A Lot More Money: New Report Communities most impacted by COVID-19 could see even worse outcomes if they reopen schools too quickly, according to education and medical experts. Schools should try to reopen if they think they can do so safely, prioritizing students with disabilities and children in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to a
The next Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 2 p.mr - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)
by Mike Simpson / 2d
June 30, 2020 Tuesday @ 2 Webinar - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education) The next Tuesday @ 2 : School Nutrition Town Hall webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 2 p.m Coronavirus (COVID-19) Main Web Page The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) hosted the fourth Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall webinar on June 30, 2020, for School Nutrition Pr
Pittsburgh Charter Schools Take Federal Bailout Money Meant for Small Businesses | gadflyonthewallblog
by Mike Simpson / 3d
Pittsburgh Charter Schools Take Federal Bailout Money Meant for Small Businesses Are charter schools small businesses or public schools? They can’t be both. Several Pittsburgh area charter schools took a bailout meant for small businesses after already getting monetary relief meant for public schools. Environmental Charter School at Frick Park , Hill House Passport Academy Charter School , Manch
Report On Reopening Schools: In-Person Class For Young Kids A Priority : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR
by Mike Simpson / 3d
'We Failed Children,' Says Co-Author Of New National Back-To-School Report This fall, public school districts should prioritize full-time, in-person classes for grades K-5 and for students with special needs. That's the top line recommendation of a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report includes an updated review of the evidence from around the wor
Mom: Virtual education was ‘a disaster’ for my son with Down syndrome - The Washington Post
by Mike Simpson / 3d
Virtual education was ‘a disaster’ for my son with Down syndrome. Here’s what students with disabilities really need When covid-19 began to spread in the United States this past spring, schools closed around the country and most of them stayed that way through the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Districts had hoped that remote learning could replace in some measure the learning that students w
Making Black Lives Matter in School | Diane Ravitch's blog
by Mike Simpson / 3d
Making Black Lives Matter in School The following article appeared in the Grio and was co-authored by Dr. Andre Perry, Jitu Brown, Keron Blair, Richard Fowler, Stacy Davis Gates and Tiffany Dena Loftin. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and now Rayshard Brooks — all Black people whose lives and purposes were snuffed out by White Supremacy. These four slain Americans were fathers, brothers, mothers,
Teacher Tom: What Mrs. Jennings Understood: Why Standardization is Always the Enemy of Learning
by Mike Simpson / 3d
What Mrs. Jennings Understood: Why Standardization is Always the Enemy of Learning I went to kindergarten back in the 1960's. We played outdoors, built with blocks, pretended, and made some art. I don't think there was any particular curriculum or ideology behind the program offered by Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Ruiz. We mostly played, much like the kids do at Woodland Park, although I remember one
Mr. G for District 3: Chris Guerrieri's Education Matters: As Pence says to ignore the CDC, the CDC says America is in for some super dark times
by Mike Simpson / 3d
As Pence says to ignore the CDC, the CDC says America is in for some super dark times Oh my gosh, this is surreal. You couldn't sell this as a screenplay because Holywood would say it was too unbelievable. Vice president Pence yesterday said CDC recommendations should not stop anyone from opening schools. From WWLTV.com, Pence was blunt Tuesday in dismissing those guidelines in favor of a quick
School Opening Optimism Collapses: In Midst of COVID-19 Surge, Many Districts Will Open Online Only | janresseger
by Mike Simpson / 3d
School Opening Optimism Collapses: In Midst of COVID-19 Surge, Many Districts Will Open Online Only Until last week it seemed that nobody—apart from the school administrators and teachers considering staggered schedules this fall to ensure social distancing as smaller groups of children share classroom space and buses—seemed to be thinking about the feasibility of opening school this fall. Then
SB 98: State Meal Mandate Update - Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)
by Mike Simpson / 3d
SB 98: State Meal Mandate Update Senate Bill (SB) 98, Education Finance: Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill (Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) was amended and signed into law on June 29, 2020. You can view this law on the California Legislative Information web page California Education Code ( EC ) Section 49550 requires school districts and county offices of education (COE) to provide nutritional
NYC Educator: Do We Need to Open for Student Emotional and Social Well-being?
by Mike Simpson / 3d
Do We Need to Open for Student Emotional and Social Well-being? I hear we need to open the buildings from a lot of people. Some of them, in fact, are people I respect . Alas, most are not . But the argument, that kids are missing something really important, is not even debatable. The flaw with that argument is this--even if we open the buildings, kids aren't going to get what they were missing.

JUL 14

Teachers Are Worried About Schools Reopening & Here Are 15 Of Their Biggest Concerns
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Teachers Are Worried About Schools Reopening & Here Are 15 Of Their Biggest Concerns While some states have made progress in reducing new coronavirus cases, many others are battling new surges in infections after moving to reopen businesses. Despite these recent spikes, President Donald Trump has been pushing states to reopen schools for full-time, in-person instruction. As debate over reopening
Do #BlackLivesMatter in schools? Why the answer is ‘no.’ - The Washington Post
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Do #BlackLivesMatter in schools? Why the answer is ‘no.’ We’ve seen a movement arise in recent months, led by Black Lives Matter, demanding racial and social justice following the police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis in May. Protesters have filled the streets of hundreds of cities and towns, calling for an end to America’s institutional racism and the defunding of
The Reopening Question: Is It Safe? | Diane Ravitch's blog
by Mike Simpson / 4d
The Reopening Question: Is It Safe? There is one basic principle that must be honored in deciding whether and when to reopen schools: SAFETY FIRST. No child or teacher or staff member should die because of a rush to reopen. NBC News reported : WASHINGTON — As the calls from the White House to fully reopen schools grow louder, evidence continues to pile up to show that scenario is unlikely to hap
Shawgi Tell: Starve It, Demonize It, Discredit It, Privatize it - Miserable Bankruptcy of Neoliberal "Takeover" Reports | Dissident Voice
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Miserable Bankruptcy of Neoliberal "Takeover" Reports | Dissident Voice Miserable Bankruptcy of Neoliberal “Takeover” Reports For decades, one of the main strategies used by neoliberals to destroy public enterprises and eliminate the public interest has been: Starve It, Demonize It, Discredit It, Privatize it. Since the late 1970s, neoliberals and their state have made greater use of the “Takeove
Jeff Bryant: After Years of Underfunding, Now Public School Teachers Are Supposed to Save the Nation’s Economy? | Ed Politics
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After Years of Underfunding, Now Public School Teachers Are Supposed to Save the Nation’s Economy? | Ed Politics AFTER YEARS OF UNDERFUNDING, NOW PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE SUPPOSED TO SAVE THE NATION’S ECONOMY? “After 9/11, New York City police and firefighters were hailed as heroes,” said Mary Parr-Sanchez, president of the New Mexico affiliate of the National Education Association, when I spok
New York City: How Does a District with More than One Million Students Plan to Reopen? | Diane Ravitch's blog
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New York City: How Does a District with More than One Million Students Plan to Reopen? Leonie Haimson writes here how New York City hopes to reopen its public schools, which enroll more than one million students. Haimson has chided the city for years about its failure to reduce class sizes, and that long history of neglect is making it even more difficult to find space to reopen with small class
YOUR DAILY DOSE OF Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007
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Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... | The latest news and resources in education since 2007 A VERY BUSY DAY Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The latest news and resources in education since 2007 “Q&A Collections: Student Voices” by Larry Ferlazzo / 4h Q&A Collections: Student Voices is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column. All Classroom Q&A posts featuring commentari
The Administration's Favorite Word: Privatize - Will the pandemic kill public schools? – BillMoyers.com
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The Administration's Favorite Word: Privatize – BillMoyers.com The Administration’s Favorite Word: Privatize Will the pandemic kill public schools? The big news today was the administration’s escalating insistence that our public schools must reopen on schedule for the fall. Today, on “Fox News Sunday,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told Chris Wallace (who is one of the Fox News Channel’s ac
CURMUDGUCATION: The Test Many School Districts Failed Before The Pandemic Even Started
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The Test Many School Districts Failed Before The Pandemic Even Started You’ve heard about an emotional bank account , a metaphor for the investments in personal relationships that keep them healthy and able to deal with the bumps and bruises that come along in any relationship. Build trust and deposit in the account in good times, make withdrawals in the lean times, and maintain a healthy balanc
Intro to Next Book (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Intro to Next Book (Part 2) Here is another segment of the Introduction to my next book, “Confessions of a School Reformer.” Part 1 was published July 9, 2020 Since the early 1900s, three overlapping social and political movements have churned across the U.S. and left marks on government, business, and community institutions, including public schools: The Progressive movement (1900s-1950s), the
Let’s End this Debate and Talk about Best Practices for Remote Teaching | JD2718
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Let’s End this Debate and Talk about Best Practices for Remote Teaching One way or other, the debate will end.Last week the Chancellor announced that NYC schools would engage in some sort of blended learning – a hybrid model – for September. Sometimes kids would be in school, sometimes kids would be out getting remote instruction, but they would have five days, and some would be in school. Teach
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Reopening Schools: A Decision to Die For!
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Reopening Schools: A Decision to Die For! Would I die for my students? Probably. Teachers have placed themselves in harm's way for their students countless times. But, not like this. Not in a situation where decisions could be made that would keep our students and educators safe. A 61 year old educator in Arizonza was infected with COVID19, along with two other educators who were working in the
New York State Tip-Toes Toward a Measured School Opening with Significant Local Input and a Long List of Unanswered Questions. | Ed In The Apple
by Mike Simpson / 4d
New York State Tip-Toes Toward a Measured School Opening with Significant Local Input and a Long List of Unanswered Questions. As the President and the Secretary of Education call for a full school reopening, with threats aimed at states that are more cautious, the fifty states and 14,000 school districts consider the options. John Hopkins University posted a reopening policy tracker , a user-fr
Now is not the time. | Opine I will
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Now is not the time Now is not the time to open schools! Yes, I know we need to get the economy open. I know parents need to get back to work. I know children are losing important time in school. I know all the reasons why we need to open schools. Unfortunately, now is not the time. We keep hearing that we need more testing, more contact tracing, social distancing, and masks. Even if we had 100%
Mr. G for District 3: Chris Guerrieri's Education Matters: Superintendent Greene's less than inspiring Meninak Meeting
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Superintendent Greene's less than inspiring Meninak Meeting After I read the Times Union's summary of the meeting, I didn't feel much confidence that teachers and their concerns are being addressed. https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200713/duval-schools-superintendent-greene-gives-hints-for-back-to-school-plan-ahead-of-tuesdayrsquos-meeting You know papers have deadlines and space limits, so I
IF ONLY IT WAS SO SIMPLE – Dad Gone Wild
by Mike Simpson / 4d
IF ONLY IT WAS SO SIMPLE “Though we are politically enemies, yet with regard to Science it is presumable we shall not dissent from the practice of civilized people in promoting it” ― John Hancock “Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. School districts across the country have begun releasing the

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Educators, This is Our Call To Arms! by Dr. Michael Flanagan — Badass Teachers #tBATS
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Educators, This is Our Call To Arms! by Dr. Michael Flanagan — Badass Teachers Educators, This is Our Call To Arms! by Dr. Michael Flanagan * Refuse To Return to schools until districts show fourteen days of no coronavirus cases, and until schools are funded adequately in order to open safely. In a campaign of hate, you have to constantly throw red meat to the dogs. Guess who’s the red meat? As a
Russ on Reading: Independent Reading in a Pandemic
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Independent Reading in a Pandemic We need to get books into our student's homes and hands. This tweet from the estimable Jennifer Serravallo appeared on my feed this morning. I believe she is right. Schools should not be forced to re-open and the likelihood that a forced re-opening will lead quickly to a renewed shutdown is high. Districts, school leaders and teachers should be preparing for mor
Weingarten: 'No way' schools open this fall without funding
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Randi Weingarten: ‘No way’ schools can return this fall without more funding Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, said there’s “no way” schools across the country could reopen this fall because of a lack of federal funding. “There’s no way that you’re going to have full-time schools for all the kids and all the teachers the way we used to have it,” Weingarten t
Parent Letter Template—We Demand Safe Schools! + SFUSD Fall Learning Plan Presentation - SF PUBLIC SCHOOL MOM
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Parent Letter Template—We Demand Safe Schools! - SF PUBLIC SCHOOL MOM Parent Letter Template—We Demand Safe Schools! This weekend, I had the opportunity to work with teachers across the country, Stacey Shubitz , Julie Jee , and Sarah Gross , to create a letter that parents and caregivers can customize to contact their local school districts about reopening plans. (Click links to follow them on Tw
The Parent Trap
by Mike Simpson / 4d
The Parent Trap Covid-19 has exacerbated capitalism's impossible demands on mothers. Having children is one of the great mysteries of life. Like having sex, or falling in love, or developing faith in a higher power, it’s an experience that falls short of any description. Also like sex, love and religion, having children sucks about half the time, and it particularly sucks now, thanks to the coro
What pediatricians’ group really said about opening schools - The Washington Post
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Trump administration cites the American Academy of Pediatrics to make its case for school reopening. Here’s what the AAP really said. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued guidance saying that school districts should try to get students back to campuses this fall for their health — and the Trump administration has used it to bolster its new push to force public schools to open
No, Trump can’t unilaterally withhold funds from schools - The Washington Post
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No, Trump and DeVos can’t withhold funding from schools whenever they want. Here’s what they can do. President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have told public school districts that they must open fully for the 2020-2021 school year during the coronavirus pandemic, and they threatened to withhold federal funding from school districts that don’t. The threats, however, are largely just t
Canceled?: The Day Comedy Died – radical eyes for equity
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Canceled?: The Day Comedy Died Lenny Bruce is not afraid “Its the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” R.E.M. Recently, when I watch standup specials through online services, I think about Don McLean’s “American Pie.” As I have explained before , a foundational part of my critical Self was established during my teen years through listening to the comedy of George Carlin and Richard
Which Charter Schools Got Federal PPP $$ in Your State or Zipcode? | Diane Ravitch's blog
by Mike Simpson / 4d
Which Charter Schools Got Federal PPP $$ in Your State or Zipcode? Do you wonder which businesses, schools, and nonprofits in your neighborhood or state got a piece of the hundreds of billions of dollars handed out by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the Paycheck Protection Program? He tried to keep the names of the recipients secret but eventually released the list. Now you can easily revie
NYC Educator: De Blasio to UFT, CSA, DC37, and 1.1 Million Schoolchildren: Drop Dead
by Mike Simpson / 4d
De Blasio to UFT, CSA, DC37, and 1.1 Million Schoolchildren: Drop Dead It's really hard to outdo the outrageous lack of planning that went into the DOE's hybrid instruction plan. Nonetheless, Bill de Blasio and Richard Carranza have once again outdone themselves. I was interviewed for this piece in NY 1 , suggesting that equity and excellence is yet another carefully orchestrated DOE mirage. I'm