Friday Open Thread
Good news - a Seattle trash collector found about $12K in checks that turned out to be part of money raised at Lawton Elementary by the PTA. Micah Speir said he found them scattered among other trash. He called around and let the Lawton principal, Dorian Manza, know and returned the checks. (A PTA member had accidentally thrown them out in the trash.) Principal Manza tried to give Speir a tip but Speir said no. He said, "I'm just happy I was able to come across it and it didn't blow away,"
Big tip of the hat to Micah Speir!
|Bellamy Pailthorp, KPLU|
A wag of the finger to Republican Ben Carson. Apparently, there is nothing he won't say and in this clip, where he is asked about Common Core, he decides that public education is at the bottom of educational services in this country. (Also, his personal belief is that the Egyptians didn't build the pyramids.)
But another tip of the hat to kids who came to King County court this week to fight climate change. This from KPLU:
Eight young teenagers are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state Department of Ecology. They want to force action on climate change.
Their arguments are part of the lawsuit filed in Washington, one of dozens of suits filed and actions taken in every state and against the federal government, by a non-profit called Our Children’s Trust.
Here's a fun game - caption what those kids are thinking. Those faces are priceless especially the girl in the blue shirt who looks very mad.
Did you hear?
It Was a Bad Week for Education Reform at the End of an Awful Era of Corporate School Reform
This from the Huffington Post Education:
The title of Jeff Bryant's Education Opportunity Network piece says it best: Education Reform's Very Bad, God-Awful Week. Bryant reviews the resignation of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, President Obama's apology for contributing to over-testing, and the stagnation and even the decline of the reliable NAEP scores after decades of growth.
Bryant also surveys the national news on charters. A series of new stories in several states document how the lack of oversight opened the doors for financial irregularities by charter school operators, and the number of other reports documenting underperformance by charters continues to grow. Of course, the documentation of how Success Academy pushes out more-difficult-to-educate kids and Eva Moskowitz's arrogant response was a huge blow to reformers.
Not to leave out that the ed reformers on the school board in Jefferson County, Colorado all got recalled.
"It sends a large message that you need to be responsive to your constituents, your teachers and your community," Harmon said.
Bryant concludes his impressive catalogue of recent reform failures with the words of teacher/activist Jesse Hagopian:
It should be clear that this national uprising, this Education Spring, has forced the testocracy to retreat and is the reason that the Obama administration has come to its current understanding on testing in schools. However, the testocracy, having amassed so much power and wealth, won't just slink quietly into the night.
There is a Friday Work Session on the District Scorecard/Data Dashboard which I will talk about in a separate thread.
There are no Saturday Community meetings (and I note that Director Blanford scheduled his next one for November 21st, right before Thanksgiving - why?) I''m hoping that the new Board will make a pledge to have at least one director community meeting each weekend so that parents/public have access to one director a week. With seven of them, I think it possible.
What's on your mind?