2010 Posts


JANUARY
  • Waldorf Charter for OUSD?: Despite steady improvements underway at the nearby local traditional elementary schools, a group wants to start a K-8 charter school in Oakland which will be based on the controversial, and testing-detached, Waldorf model.
  • OUSD Gap Info: Despite OUSD’s API growth for all groups since 2002, the achievement gap has actually increased between some subgroups.
  • Grannan: Critic blasts Obama administration education policy; official spokesman agrees: The Ed Dept’s secretary of concurred with Richard Rothstein that overreliance on standardized testing is detrimental to students.
  • Steve Miller: "Democracy Privatized!": Miller sounds the alarm about privatization and explains this nation’s march towards the disenfranchisement of the public in all forms and the extermination of public rights and public power.

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  • Teacher effectiveness: the student perspective: Teacher Manny Lopez shares the answers he received when he asked his students “What makes an effective teacher?”
  • The public education theater of war: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders recognizes that a war is being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country against the working families of the United States of America.
  • Observations on local control: A look at leadership and who is allowed to have power over their schools, and who is not.
  • The “Ignorance Hypothesis”: As far as the increasing income disparity goes, it is speculated that people aren’t marching in the streets because they don’t realize things are as bad as they are.