I was waiting for my son’s transition IEP (Individual Education Program) meeting in the office of his new school (he will be leaving a pre-school special ed program next week and entering a general ed kindergarten class in August) when I saw hanging from the wall the Norman Rockwell illustration of a [...]
Students with disabilities and students without disabilities must be placed in the same setting, to the maximum extent appropriate to the education needs of the students with disabilities.
So states the Department of Education’s definition of FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education). With charters sucking up so much [...]
Please everyone go out and buy Diane Ravitch’s new book and read the chapter entitled “The Billionaire Boys’ Club” if you want to know who’s driving national education policy. Hint: it isn’t Obama or Duncan. Below comes from her piece in the Huffington Post. And watch for her blog
“States would measure school performance on the basis of progress in getting all students, including groups of students who are members of minority groups, low-income, English learners, and students with disabilities, on track to college- and career-readiness, as well as closing achievement gaps and improving graduation rates for high schools,” the secretary said.
What Secretary [...]
Photo: “Washington, D.C. Free morning lunch in the kindergarten of a Negro school” (Marjory Collins, 1942)
Please read this heartbreaking Judith Warner post about what we are doing for kids in crisis compared to what was done for them during the Great Depression:
The youth crisis of the 1930s terrified observers and led [...]
I read today that 54% of the schools in Massachusetts are now “failing” according to No Child Left Behind. That’s Massachusetts, as in The Cradle of Public Education.
I don’t believe it. Nope. No way.
I believe that the failure here is in high-stakes testing, NCLB and the Obama/Duncan agenda to privatize our [...]
Teacher 1: He can’t sit.
Teacher 2: Ever?
T 1: All he does is flap his hands. If he can’t stop flapping his hands and distracting the other children…
T 1: 35. If he can’t stop flapping and distracting the other children, he’s out of [...]
This excellent AP piece by Libby Quaid about classroom overcrowding points out that though states are getting stimulus money for education it’s “not enough to cover state and local budget shortfalls.”
The stimulus boosted federal spending and helped restore cuts in state budgets, sources that together provide about 56 percent of school [...]
I quote this from Edweek in full. It’s worth a read:
To the Editor:
With billions of dollars and millions of children’s lives at stake, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s claims about his record in Chicago merit special scrutiny, especially if federal education funds are tied to requirements that districts across the nation [...]
- Arne Duncan
- Barack Obama
- Bill Gates
- Boom Boxes
- Charter Schools
- Great Depression
- High Stakes Testing
- Michelle Obama
- No Child Left Behind
- Occupy LA
- Occupy Wall Street
- Public Schools
- Social Stories
- Special Education
- Teacher Firings
- The Press
- Virtual Special Ed