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Igniting Revolution with United Opt Out on the January BUS

“Transcending Resistance, Igniting Revolution” is only a few weeks away. Join the Education Town Hall on Thursday, January 28, to hear Dr. Yohuru Williams, Dean College of Arts and Sciences Fairfield University and Denisha Jones, Professor at Howard University, bring the latest on the national United Opt Out Conference, scheduled for February 26 – 28…

V. Spatz, T. Byrd, and Seema Sadanandan of the ACLU-NCA, March 28, 2013 (photo: R. Pinchback)

2015 to 2016: No Rest for…

…Education Advocates, However Weary 2015 saw passage of the federal ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act, “No Child Left Behind”), so 2016 will be the year of state-level work for educational equity as the new ESSA (“Every Student Succeeds”) legislation is implemented. Be sure to review the Education Town Hall BUS ride of 2015 (December…

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Taking ESSA to the States on the Ed Town Hall BUS

With the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds), many education-related issues — particularly teacher evaluation and student assessment — are re-focused at the state, rather than federal, level of oversight. With that shift, advocacy and reform efforts must now shift to local decision-making. In addition, advocacy for true (not “fast-track) teacher preparation must shift, at…

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Financial Experts Tell Pearson: Watch Out…Maybe Exit

Pearson better watch out It better not cry Don’t even pout I’m telling you why Santa ain’t coming to your town. — Alan Singer, “Even Santa Can’t Save Pearson (Mis)Education” Huffington Post Story here at 3:00 —   Our last feature report on Pearson, the giant education corporation based in England, was in August. At…

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Local Responses to Federal ESSA on Final BUS Ride of 2015

The Education Town Hall closes out its 2015 programming with a BUS Ride focusing on the new federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds) legislation and how local communities can respond to it. Guests will be Lisa Rudley, of NYSAPE (New York State Allies for Public Education), and Marla Kilfoyle, BadAss Teachers’ General Manager, as well as…

Brookland Middle School overflowing (credit: P. MacPherson)

For a week in desperate need of good news…

Feature report, Track 2 — First, in national news Federal Support for School Libraries The U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), yesterday. The bill has shortcomings, and we’ll look to our BUS partners – Badass Teachers, United Opt Out, and Save Our Schools March – for analysis soon.…

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District-wide Anti-Bullying Approach

The District of Columbia’s citywide approach to bullying is a groundbreaking one which “discourages an over-reliance on discipline and instead adopts a public health approach focused on prevention, supporting at-risk youth and addressing incidents to change behavior.” In addition to focusing on schools, DC’s approach encompasses after-school programs, city rec centers, and other venues. And…

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Ward 8 Education Review with Councilmember May

DC Councilmember LaRuby May has just completed her first six months in office. She joined the Education Town Hall on December 3 to discuss the state of education in Ward 8 and the District. Track 4 below — The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC, Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on…

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District-wide Anti-Bullying Program

The District of Columbia’s citywide approach to bullying is a groundbreaking one which “discourages an overreliance on discipline and instead adopts a public health approach focused on prevention, supporting at-risk youth and addressing incidents to change behavior.” Learn more when Suzanne Greenfield, Director of the Citywide Youth Bullying Prevention Program, joins the Education Town Hall…

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ESEA update, coalition building, and the “Ed Reform Death Knell”?

Test Resistance and ESEA The Test Resistance Network succeeded in separating annual standardized testing from teacher evaluation in the new ESEA legislation, now in House-Senate conference, reports Rosalie Friend, of Save Our Schools. However, the coalition did not succeed in replacing annual testing with grade-span testing. Friend also outlined several other concerning aspects of the…