Education News

The Achievement Gap: Now Closed by the Alternate Executive Order

Amidst all the furor (Did I spell that right?), the derisive snickering, and those silly pink cat hats that surrounded the water coolers during these first few days of the new administration, it went virtually unnoticed that the Trump administration’s greatest triumph thus far is the end of the Achievement Gap. It’s sooooo over. Over…. Read more »

Trump, DeVos, Eugenics. Oh Yeah It’s that bad says @slekar.

What’s in store for public education come January?  Here’s my take. Is RESISTANCE FUTILE?  

Chicago Teachers’ Union Michelle Gunderson speaks TRUTH and BUSTS PENCILS!

Once again all eyes are Chicago as our brothers and sisters in CTU are being forced to stand up for the right of children to learn.  And at this moment that possibly means collective action—STRIKE! Why?  Listen to Michelle.  And just so you know.  Michelle Busts some serious Pencils!

Milwaukee wins major Victory over Edreform.

In the state budget passed this year in Wisconsin was a provision that essentially legalized the theft of public schools from their local communities.  The Kooyenga-Darling heist proposal stated that, select MPS schools with failing grades would become independent charter schools that do not employ unionized teachers or answer to the Milwaukee School Board. Instead,… Read more »

Is it Civics when a Law is passed in the middle of the night via the Budget Process?

Tim Slekar and Percy Brown discuss the undemocratic imposition of a mandatory high stakes graduation test with Neil Heinen on For the Record.

Wisconsin State Rep. Bob Gannon said what? Part II. Or I see violent thugs that want to do me harm.

  In response to the Orlando mass shooting, one Wisconsin elected official (probably hasn’t passed the civics test yet) proposed legislation for private businesses that restrict or ban people from “concealing and carrying.” This legislation would allow victims of gun violence to sue private property owners that enforce a “gun free zone.” Representative Bob Gannon explained, “There are… Read more »

ESSA Regulations: Disappointment or Denial? Guest post by Peggy Robertson

Back in Denver after 29 days MIA and finally back in the saddle. So it appears during my hiatus they finally released the 192 pages of ESSA regulations. Damn that ESSA opportunity that just keeps on giving. And the same old players are quoted saying the same old crap while ESSA takes the lead in… Read more »

Colorado and Relay: Continued Blank Space. Guest Post by Peggy Robertson

In case you didn’t know it, Colorado tax payer dollars are being spent this weekend for educational leaders in Colorado to fly to New York for another session with non-educators at Relay fake graduate school. They will learn more scripted material to bring back to Colorado to inflict upon teachers and children – further diminishing… Read more »

Wisconsin’s BIG GOVERNMENT Republicans get a free pass from the media.

  Hey! Guess what? Wisconsin Republicans like big government! Who cares? Not the media! Yes it’s that simple.  Last week, in another embrace of big government and disdain for local control, the Wisconsin Republican Party pushed legislation that would outlaw the simple practice of democracy all the way down to the local level. Wisconsin republicans want to… Read more »

BustED Pencils Trending News: Life Limits; Attacked; Futile

  The same, with the same at the same.  SAY WHAT?! Diploma Options for Students with Developmental Disabilities https://theoptoutfloridanetwork.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/options-for-students-with-developmental-disabilities/ Harsh is an understatement! CSCU asks faculty for ‘unprecedented’ givebacks http://ctmirror.org/2015/10/07/cscu-asks-faculty-for-unprecedented-givebacks/   Chanel M. Quintero (New York) puts the word “special” to a whole new level!  Her commitment to her “other babies” is to be applauded.  Way to bust… Read more »