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It is with great joy and optimism that I share that I have won election to the position of Board Secretary in my local, Sacramento City Teachers Association, and re-election as representative to the State Council of the California Teachers Association. I look forward to continuing to serve my fellow education professionals. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoiding a repeat of Pineapple-gate


A letter from a New Jersey Superintendent started making the rounds on Friday. The letter included the following:

  • An alert by the state department of education, late at night, that there had been a “test security” breach.
  • An inaccurate allegation by the state official that a picture of a test question had been posted on Twitter by the student.
  • A request that that the student be disciplined (suspended).
  • This involved input from the test publisher, Pearson.

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Threat escalation and whitewashing as silencers


Being a little older (and wiser) I sometimes think back to those days after 9-11, and before we invaded Iraq, and the stories that were told about the threat that was posed by Saddam, the axis of evil, etc., etc. With hindsight it’s easy to say, “What the heck!?!”

I’ve been having my own WTH moments lately on social media, so I thought I’d glue it all together in a single post. Hope it turns out better than this:

No More Sake

Please beware that the language at some of these links is not family or work friendly…

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State Council January 2015


I haven’t had a chance to post about State Council, which took place a few weekends back. It was a hectic, but business-filled weekend, and I’m proud of my work there. Read the rest of this entry »

Now is the time


Update: The policy recommendations passed.

The times, they are a changing in education. Some of this is not good. We have new standards and curriculum that have numerous problems. We’ll either agree or disagree, as to whether this just poor implementation, or inherent in the standards. But there is some¬†good change. People starting to ask some hard questions about our so-called system of accountability. Changes in congress offer both sweet (less testing!) and sour (more “choice”). This questioning of testing and using testing for so many crucial decisions is now coming into question in the state as well. The new testing scheme under Common Core (SBAC in California) means that the old state system of rating schools, API (Academic Performance Index) needs a rewrite.

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