Member since: 2002
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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,669
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 02:41 AM (10 replies)
I wonder if he and the other "reformers" think that if they demand that special education students perform on the same level as those who are not....I wonder if he thinks the issue of individual capabilities will go away like magic?
Mark Naison wrote about a meeting of a group of BATs (BadAss Teachers)...don't laugh there are tens of thousands of them already...with some of the people in the Education Department. Very angry BATs.
Arne Duncan Drops in Unexpectedly on Meeting With BATS at US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and Gets an Earful!
He says that the group of reps from the Ed Dept were surprised at their outspokenness. I said they had not been listening. They haven't a clue. Arne Duncan was not expected at the meeting.
Right in the middle of both of these conversations, Arne Duncan walked in and introduced himself! Needless to say, we were surprised because we were told he would NOT be at the meeting. Especially since he entered, along with one of his top aides, just as things were starting to get heated and real disagreements were emerging.
Interesting, since IB is another of the "non-profit" companies making a profit off public education.
At this point, Larry Proffitt interrupted the Secretary and said that in Tennessee, Special Needs students were being abused and humiliated by abusive and inappropriate testing and that their teachers knew this, and were afraid to speak out.
Arne Duncan then left the room.
Here's the sad part. At least it's the sad part for those of us teachers who have dealt with this issue many times over. Children are different. They learn differently, they have different capabilities. Many simply can NOT handle advanced courses. Some I have taught have enough heartache learning to read and handle life skills.
Arne has decided that money going to special education should now be tied to the scores of the special education students.
Federal special ed funding should not be based on student test scores
National Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants to tie test scores for special-education students to the amount of money a state receives from the federal government for reimbursement of special-education services. States that send back high test scores for special-education students will get more money; those with lower scores will get less or even no money.
Arne has magical thinking about students. Wouldn't it be nice if it were all so simple? He thinks he can declare that such students with special needs will take IB courses, pass a tough test....and they will all be fixed.
Some very true comments from the Tucson Weekly.
Schools, Society And Snake Oil Salesmen
Remember George Bush's line about "the soft bigotry of low expectations"? It's a beautiful phrase with at least a kernel of truth to it, but its main purpose was to bludgeon teachers and administrators who work with low income students, saying to them, "You're all a bunch of bigots who think your students are too stupid to do well in school because they're black or brown or poor! Their low test scores are your fault, because you're lousy educators who refuse to have high expectations for your students."
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Aug 26, 2014, 04:28 PM (35 replies)
Florida leads nation in turning down Medicaid money
TALLAHASSEE – Florida is No. 1 again.
Further in the article it points out that Ricky agreed in 2013 to accept the funds but only if the government paid the full amount. Legislators did not agree apparently, and the 2014 session showed nothing had been done about it.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Aug 24, 2014, 06:46 PM (3 replies)
The districts are not allowed to turn down a charter applicant based on its past history. They must look only at the present application.
Charter school applicants have troubled histories
These schools are publicly funded but run privately. Among those applying are:
• A group that managed three new charter schools in Broward and Palm Beach counties that opened this year — and then shut down on the first day of school.
More about the failed New Jersey educator who came to Florida.
School superintendent banned in NJ finds work in FL, brings banned colleagues with him.
Three charter schools in the South Florida counties of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade hired Steve Gallon III's company, Tri-Star Leadership, in June 2011, five months after Gallon was banned from working in New Jersey, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.
There's a war on teachers demanding accountability in every way. There is little accountability required of charter school operators.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Aug 23, 2014, 11:47 PM (10 replies)
after a due process hearing.
to DUer dsc for this link below.
Section 1 refers to how teachers can gain tenure which is simply due process. They have a probationary period of 3 years, just what Florida teachers had before tenure was abolished here in 2011.
Part 2 refers to how teachers who are tenured can lose their jobs.
N.Y. EDN. LAW § 3012 : NY Code - Section 3012: Tenure: certain school districts
Part 2 begins in the middle of a very long paragraph.
2. At the expiration of the probationary term of a person appointed
Removed "after a hearing" for:
Conduct unbecoming a teacher
Physical or mental disability
Neglect of duty
Failure to maintain certification
Campbell Brown recently went on the attack against teachers on tenure in New York by announcing an anti-tenure lawsuit
In one of her interviews she said that "Tenure is permanent lifetime employment."
If I am reading the education code above correctly, that is simply not true.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Aug 23, 2014, 01:05 AM (84 replies)
a failed Iraq war architect and member of Michelle Rhee's Students First. He is also tied to Campbell Brown's lawsuit against NY teachers.
That is in no way "sexist". This is a power play against teachers and their rights of due process earned through their unions through the years.
Who is doing the accusing? Fox Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers, the same one who said that just because the DLC was shutting down it did not mean that liberals were winning. More on that below.
Here is her attack on teachers' unions.
Teachers union launches sexist attack against Campbell Brown
The “war on women” isn’t just for Republicans. Left-wing organizations in New York City have launched their own misogynist crusade against former CNN anchor turned education advocate Campbell Brown.
That to put it nicely is a bunch of BS. Yes, teachers' union are not feeling friendly toward Campbell Brown...but there is nothing "sexist" about it. It's the fact that she is going after their rights of due process by a lawsuit with much power and money behind it.
Her husband's position on the board of a group which has one of its members as the lead plaintiff in Campbell's lawsuit is not "sexist"....it is accurate. They did not even disclose that Keoni Wright was the lead plaintiff. So in my mind the two groups are working together.
So who is Kirsten Powers and what did she write in 2011 when the DLC shut it doors? She attacked liberals and pointed out that the DLC was being replaced by The Third Way.
The Democratic Leadership Council may be shutting down, but the progressives haven't won. Centrism is alive and well in the think tank Third Way, whose advice on health care and the economy has swayed the White House.
Teachers' unions have every right to be upset at the influx of celebrities with financial backing trying to take over public schools and get rid of career teachers.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Aug 21, 2014, 01:00 AM (33 replies)
I noticed in kpete's post about a sign being held by France Francois that she had been among the protestors when Martin Lee Anderson was killed on his first day at boot camp in Florida.
He was killed by the guards who were to protect him with a trained nurse standing by.
Through the years he has been forgotten mostly, so good for Ms Francois for protesting his death.
Francois said the sentiment behind the sign is rooted to her days as a student at Florida State University when she protested the death of Martin Lee Anderson, a 14-year-old boy who died after being beaten by boot camp personnel. After months of silence from authorities over his death, Francois, along with other students from Tallahassee Community College, Florida A&M University and Florida State University staged a 34-hour sit-in at then- governor Jeb Bush's office, in Tallahassee, Fla.
More about his death at the hands of guards while a nurse watched.
The boot camp guards and nurse who killed Martin Lee Anderson will have to live with their actions.
.."A state court jury acquitted the guards and nurse of manslaughter on Oct. 12, 2007. Federal authorities then began investigating whether the boy’s civil rights were violated.
The sequence of events was quick.
At 6:30 in the morning on June 5, 2006, Martin Lee Anderson is admitted to boot camp.
When he was buried the St. Pete Times noted that both sides wore crosses around their necks.
Anderson trial tells two tales of a town
The jurors, the accused, the courtroom so divided you could label one side "guilty" and the other "not guilty" like guests at a wedding - all went still when the video played.
A few blocks over is the cemetery, the grass too high, fence sagging. He is there, flanked by stone angels, not a hero, not a monster, just gone.
What will the jury call what happened to Martin Lee Anderson? Sad comes to mind. And sorry. And wrong.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 06:12 PM (11 replies)
Read how Robin Williams saved his debut on 'Happy Days'
Before Robin Williams took the world by storm in Mork & Mindy, he dipped a toe in the fame pool during what should have been a one-time stint on Happy Days.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 11:33 PM (3 replies)
Such a moving piece from Russell Brand at The Guardian UK. Not that familiar with Brand, but very impressed by his moving words.
Russell Brand: Robin Williams’ divine madness will no longer disrupt the sadness of the world
I'd been thinking about Robin Williams a bit recently. His manager Larry Bresner told me that when Robin was asked by a German journalist on a press junket why the Germans had a reputation for humourlessness that Williams replied, “Because you killed all the funny people.”
It's been a year of much loss and sadness. It's hard for me to write when things feel so personal. I think Russell Brand is right....he must have known all the love and appreciation was out there. It had to matter greatly, though it wasn't enough in the end.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 11:09 PM (28 replies)
From You Tube today. This is the most chilling kind of intimidation, and it's legal.
Published on Aug 12, 2014
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 03:10 PM (10 replies)