Because of the Labor Day Holiday next week, the “Ed News” will probably publish one day later than usual (Wednesday, Sept. 5) and on its regularly scheduled Friday, Sept. 7. Happy Labor Day.
And now to the news. The cheating scandal that brought the closure of the Crescendo Charter Schools led Sandy Banks to write in her Saturday column for the L.A. Times about the lessons of the scandal and its impact on all involved:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-banks-cheating-scandal-20120825,0,2055809.column This letter from Wednesday’s Times reacted to Banks’ comments: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0829-wednesday-cheating-charter-20120829,0,2521162.story
Most of California’s community colleges opened for the new school year on Monday. Because of severe budget cuts system-wide the outlook is grim for students trying to get classes they need according to a survey to be released next week and highlighted in this item from Wednesday’s Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0829-college-survey-20120829,0,1087682.story The Friday UCLA IDEA “Themes in the News” looks at the first week of classes at California’s community colleges and the many challenges faced by the students: http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=40770a674de4ce8427a9a621b&id=92ae9b4bb8&e=f7d7cb8d5d
The Sacramento Bee reports on the fierce lobbying battle going on behind the scene in the state capital between groups of teachers and school boards and administrators over the creation of new teacher evaluations as the legislative year comes to an end today: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/30/4770521/teacher-evaluations.html#mi_rss=Top%20Stories Assembly Bill 5 died last night after its author withdrew it from consideration claiming time was too short to review all the last minute amendments that were proposed. Ed Source explains what happened and why and discusses all the ramifications of this action: http://www.edsource.org/today/2012/fuentes-withdraws-teacher-eval-bill-says-he-ran-out-of-time/19612
The “Ed News” has been reporting on the upcoming pro parent-trigger, anti-teachers’ union film “Won’t Back Down” scheduled for release Sept. 28. It was screened at the GOP National Convention this week in Tampa and will get similar treatment at the Democratic get-together next week in Charlotte. Valerie Strauss reprints a blot by Randi Weingarten, president of the AFT, with her VERY critical comments about the movie: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/weingarten-wont-back-down-union-stereotypes-worse-than-waiting-for-superman/2012/08/28/c88857f2-f0c2-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_blog.html?wprss=rss_answer-sheet
Diane Ravitch decries the “double standards” of so-called education “reformers” in her latest blog: http://dianeravitch.net/2012/08/29/talk-about-double-standards/
The L.A. Times describes why the parents at Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto out in the Mojave Desert are back in court continuing their yearlong fight to take over the low-performing school: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/mojave-desert-parents-go-to-court-over-charter-school.html
Ed Source highlights a newly released report that focuses on the toll truancy takes on student achievement: http://www.edsource.org/today/2012/report-truancy-is-taking-its-toll/19495?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EdsourceToday+%28EdSource+Today%29 You can read the full report (14 pages) titled “Skipping to Nowhere” here: https://getschooled.com/system/assets/assets/203/original/Hart_Research_report_final.pdf?1346177637 If you’d prefer a simple info graphic check this out: https://getschooled.com/attendance-research
A 17-year-old graduate of Crenshaw High (LAUSD) will be attending the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte. He describes how he was selected and what he expects to experience in this first person blog: http://www.intersectionssouthla.org/index.php/site/story/crenshaw_graduate_to_be_a_delegate_at_the_dnc/
The New York Times has a feature on its Opinion Pages called “Room for Debate.” The latest topic: “Is Teach for America Working?” 6 “debaters” check in with their answers to the question including a voice from Los Angeles: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/30/is-teach-for-america-working/teach-for-america-is-a-glorified-temp-agency
And finally, the California Department of Education today released the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) test results. You can read the official “News Release” here. It’s accompanied by 18 tables of information with detailed explanations: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr12/yr12rel79.asp You can find results for specific schools, counties and districts here: http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2012/index.aspx Radio station KPCC commented on the statewide and LAUSD results: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2012/08/31/9650/california-test-scores-lausd/ The L.A. Times focused on results for LAUSD: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/california-students-continue-gains-on-test-scores-.html
Enjoy the Labor Day Holiday!