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National Employee Freedom Week was a great success. Sixty-five groups in 37 states participated, with CTEN and the California
Public Policy Center representing CA. There were over 20 op-eds
published around the country, three appearances on national TV shows,
numerous interviews on state and national radio shows, and coverage from
The Wall Street Journal and many state and local media outlets.
spoken to many teachers, I know that I am not alone in my thoughts that
ed school was pretty much a waste of time. As a step toward addressing
the problem, the National Council on Teacher Quality has released the
results of a very ambitious undertaking. According to the NCTQ website,
first edition of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review is an unprecedented
evaluation of more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare
elementary and secondary teachers. As a consumer tool, it allows
aspiring teachers, parents and school districts to compare programs and
determine which are doing the best -- and worst -- job of training new
“Failing NYC school principals are rarely fired” read the headline in a recent New York Post story.
They dole out discipline to teachers and students, but city school principals rarely get a taste of their own medicine.
the past three years, just two of 14 principals formally accused of
misconduct have been fired — and not a single boss in the city’s 1,600
schools was charged with incompetence, officials told The Post.
disciplinary deficiency raises questions when 217 elementary and middle
schools received grades of F, D or consecutive C’s on the city’s latest
report cards, and 31 high schools rated D or F.
while we are talking about accountability, as a not-too-subtle protest
against Los Angeles Superintendent John Deasy’s new teacher
accountability plan, the United Teachers of Los Angeles conducted a poll
of its members in which the supe was evaluated. The Los Angeles Times’
Howard Blume wrote,
L.A. teachers union pressed its campaign of criticism against L.A.
schools Supt. John Deasy Thursday with the release of a survey in which
85% of those who responded rated him below average or poor.
superintendent scored poorly on every one of 25 questions, which, taken
together, were a read on the morale of teachers who participated. About
26% of union members returned the survey, according to United Teachers
Wonder about the value of high school sports? According to a new study, athletics can be quite valuable.
random-assignment study of a high school athletics program shows that
participating young men experienced a significant reduction in arrests
for violent crimes and a significant increase in grade point averages
and the probability of graduation. Athletics help young men channel
their aggression in acceptable ways, increases their grit, and moves
them toward a path of success.
to The Heartland Institute, “California Schools to Train Kids to Sell
ObamaCare.” Limited to Los Angeles for now, it could spread to the rest
of the state.
Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train
teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the
state's health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on
May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.
will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its
project, “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”
Covered California spokeswoman Sarah Soto-Taylor said staff have not questioned this goal.
have confidence that the model LA Unified brought to the table will be
successful in reaching our target population, which includes family
members of students,” she said.
will also use tax-paid staff to promote ObamaCare through phone calls
to students’ homes, in-class presentations, and meetings with employees
eligible for ObamaCare’s taxpayer-covered healthcare, the grant award
there was a brief televised debate between CTA President Dean Vogel and
former State Senator (and current California director of Democrats for
Education Reform) Gloria Romero. The discussion on SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff was civilized, but it’s obvious that there is no love lost between these two. To watch it, go to http://watch.thirteen.org/video/2365019621/
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