The LA Times is reporting that spending for school board races in LA almost $4.6M. LA is the second-largest district in the country. Guess who's pouring the most money? Charter school groups and then, the teachers union. (LA has the highest charter school enrollment in the nation.) And, there's a new PAC in the mix and who are its top three donors? A Wal-Mart heir, former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and LA rich guy Eli Broad.
I do not expect to see that kind of firepower here mainly because we have no real ed reformers running. (But I think the ed reformers and their elected officials proxies are going to continue to try to get what they want via the Legislature.)
Thinking testing is out of hand here in the U.S.? This was reported back in 2014 but worth mentioning here.
Chinese students are world-class test takers. It costs them all of their time.
All. Of. Their. Time… so much so that investing in amino acid IV
drips is considered money well spent at Hubei province’s largest high
school. The school pays 90 percent of the cost of the IV, and the
student, 10 percent. (In 2012, the cost of one amino acid IV drip was
100 Yuan, or approximately $16.)
As Mercedes Schneider points out in her blog thread, the Chinese and South Koreans may do well on tests but number of Nobel Prizes. Not so much.
No school today for the one-day SEA walk-out. I believe there are several rallies at high schools and then one big one downtown. SEA didn't send me any info so I'm not sure about the timing of these events. Let us know if you attend one of them.
The Times has yet other less-than-effective editorial decrying the teacher walk-out. Funny how they don't write editorials about the Legislature getting a raise and yet not getting their work done on time. We're halfway thru this "special session" and where's the budget that fulfills McCleary? Oh and where's that editorial decrying the latest Tim Eyman initiative?
From the PI:
It would slash the state sales tax by a full cent if the Legislature
fails to pass and send to the ballot a constitutional amendment
requiring a two-thirds vote in both houses for any measure that raises
revenue or closes tax loopholes.
Basically, it's a blackmail initiative.
Last of the Bell Times community discussions tonight at 7pm at Ballard High School.
Oh, and if you don't hear from me for awhile, I'll probably be in the SBAC police jail (or so I'm told).
What's on your mind?