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New CA Law: Seniors Get Diploma Without Passing Finals

 

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Added by Harry Mathews on January 5, 2016 at 8:08am — No Comments

Want Kids to Learn? Unplug their Technology!

04 January 2016 The Report Card

(Editor: www.thereportcard.org There is increasing evidence that ubiquitous technology in the home and in the classroom is causing a failure of learning. The Kaiser Family Foundation says that kids now spend over 7 hours per day with…

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Added by Harry Mathews on January 5, 2016 at 7:22am — No Comments

AZ Charter Scores are Real and They’re Spectacular!

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner) 12-8-15…

AZ charter vs. district

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 26, 2015 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Fired for Refusing to Call a Biological Girl a Boy, This Teacher Is Claiming Religious Discrimination

The Daily Signal

Andrew Kloster /  / Micah Wallen / December 09, 2015

This fall a, teacher was fired in Texas for not referring to a 6-year-old girl as a boy.

Madeline Kirksey was, …

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 21, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Senate overwhelmingly passes new national education legislation

 December 9, 2015 The Washington Post

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved sweeping legislation that resets Washington’s relationship with the nation’s 100,000 public schools, ending the landmark No Child Left Behind Act and…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 15, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Tempe Union Land Lease Deal Email Update

Thanks to a reader who noted I wrote Moses Sanchez's email address incorrectly.

It is msanchez@tempeunion.org

Also if you're available, please attend the TUHSD Board meeting Wednesday night at 7PM, 500 W. Guadalupe, Tempe. 85283. You may fill out a card for public comment if you'd like. The district office is at the northwest corner of Guadalupe and Kyrene, right next to $1/ year Benedict Park.

Added by Peggy McClain on December 14, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Tempe Union High School District is Financially Supporting the City of Tempe

For those of you who live in or know somebody in the Tempe Union High School District, please contact the school board by 12-16-15 regarding the following issue.  (Tempe Union includes Tempe High, McClintock, Marcos de Niza, Corona del Sol, Mt. Pointe, Desert Vista, and Compadre High Schools).

Those of you who are in Tempe Union but live in Ahwatukee or Chandler, this may be of special interest to you. 

It appears Tempe Union, owners of  Benedict Park at the…

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Added by Peggy McClain on December 14, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

Silicon Valley Tech Execs Sending Kids to Tech-free Schools

10-25-2011

The New York Times article has revealed that some Silicon Valley parents are sending their kids to the area’s decidedly low-tech Waldorf school. Nothing wrong with that  – but these are the children of the chief technology officer of eBay and execs from Google and Apple.

You’d have thought executives at top tech firms would be…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 8, 2015 at 7:37am — No Comments

I gave my students iPads — then wished I could take them back

 December 2 at 12:23 PM
Launa Hall lives in Northern Virginia and is working on a book of essays about teaching.



I placed an iPad into the outstretched hands of each of my third-grade…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 2, 2015 at 11:08pm — No Comments

I gave my students iPads — then wished I could take them back

 December 2 at 12:23 PM
Launa Hall lives in Northern Virginia and is working on a book of essays about teaching.



I placed an iPad into the outstretched hands of each of my third-grade…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 2, 2015 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Fed Up University President “This is Not a Daycare”

The PC Graveyard


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It’s finally happened.  A college president, faced with whining students who are offended by….well…….everything, has written a letter to the entire student body.  (Some of which I presume will offend some students) He reminds them they are in college and…

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Added by Harry Mathews on December 1, 2015 at 4:20am — No Comments

The ESEA Reauthorization Process Stinks

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Added by Harry Mathews on November 22, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

SO MUCH GREED THAT IT HURTS! The Rape Of Arizona

11-20-15 EAN 

Before the Off Cycle Election of 2015, property tax rates increased to over 5.25% for Gilbert Public Schools (doubling in 4 years) 

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the November election (Off Cycle, mail in only ballot, funded largely by corporations who stand to get rich off the increased cash flow) alone cost the citizens nearly $300,000) gave Gilbert Public Schools another $18.6 million in a 10% Override

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the November election also…

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Added by Harry Mathews on November 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

A serious rant about education jargon and how it hurts efforts to improve schools

By Valerie Strauss November 11

f you have ever had children in school, or read a story about education policy, or participated in a school meeting, or attended school (which is pretty much everyone), you have been confronted with edu-speak. You know, words used to describe various education programs or initiatives or theories that often wind up sowing confusion or rendering important ideas incomprehensible.

The problem is so prevalent that there is…

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Added by Harry Mathews on November 12, 2015 at 7:52am — 1 Comment

Yellow Sheet highlights AzRA Education $$ Efforts

by  • SEPTEMBER 30, 2015



Arizona Capitol Times Yellow Sheet                                          September 29, 2015

Meanwhile, the Arizona Republican Assembly, a conservative group established in the 1990s that has been recently revived, will hold a private briefing for lawmakers tomorrow morning to tell them why spending more on…

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Added by Harry Mathews on November 10, 2015 at 9:48pm — No Comments

AZRA Take on “The $3.5 Billion Education Finance Deal”

11-10-15

While the Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) firmly believes that the K-12 District School System in Arizona was adequately funded with the $10.041 Billion (JLBC) in tax revenue – not counting non-tax revenues – it received in the last fiscal year (the highest in history), we also understand that sometimes it is time to stop the fighting and look to the future. Therefore, while we do not endorse that huge increase in taxpayer liability to a system that is dysfunctional, we…

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Added by Harry Mathews on November 10, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Damage Done by Fatherlessness

By: Durick Hayden  Posted: Friday, November 6, 2015 1:15 PM

Fatherlessness!  That’s a big word.  How would you define it, if asked?  One could use a lot of statistics to describe or explain one’s particular definition for the word.  My definition can be…

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Added by Harry Mathews on November 8, 2015 at 10:46am — No Comments

Feds Order High School To Allow Boys Who Dress As Girls To Use Girls’ Shower, Locker Room

Eric Owens 11-3-15 vThe Daily Caller

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has ordered a taxpayer-funded school district in the suburbs of Chicago to allow a male transgender student who dresses like a girl and otherwise identifies as female to use the girls locker room and shower on school premises.

The feds delivered the edict against Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill. on Monday, …

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Added by Harry Mathews on November 4, 2015 at 7:25am — No Comments

Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Why does Arizona Rank #48 in Per Pupil Spending?

Gilbert Watch 7-20-15

You've heard the mantra, especially from newspaper editorials around Arizona, accusing the Legislature of "disgraceful, seemingly willful abandonment of our public schools."   (See Payson Schools facing Tough Competition.)   Arizona's news editors don't want you to know the "rest of the…

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Added by Harry Mathews on October 31, 2015 at 1:29am — No Comments

David Greene: Teachers or Technology?

Diane Ravitch 10-29-15 

Teacher and teacher trainer David Greene tells a true story about a teacher in an unnamed district.

Read it and see what you think.

“Derrick’s Story”

The other night I had dinner with a couple I’ve known for a long time. Let’s just say that one of these people is not named “Derrick,” but that’s the name I will use. It will be easy to understand why as I tell this story. The facts are correct, but I will not identify him nor identify the…

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Added by Harry Mathews on October 30, 2015 at 9:59am — No Comments

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