Bill Gates is the Latest Billionaire Funder of Cunningham’s EdPost

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Peter Cunningham might be the highest paid ed reform blogger in America: Almost $1M in total compensation for 31 months (May 2014 to December 2016).

On September 01, 2014, Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post introduced Peter Cunningham’s ed-reform blog perch, Education Post, to the world. An excerpt:

Into the fray steps Education Post, a nonprofit group that plans to launch Tuesday with the aim of encouraging a more “respectful” and fact-based national discussion about the challenges of public education, and possible solutions.

Peter Cunningham, the former communications guru for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, is leading the organization, which is backed with initial grants totaling $12 million from the Broad Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Family Foundation and an anonymous donor.

As noted below, the first year, EdPost only garnered $5.5M in donations, not $12M. Either times were tough, or part of that $12M was money promised for the future…

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How’s that – Explicit instruction in math works best — Bluegrass Institute

In other words, Kentucky’s students need a sage on the stage, not a guide on the side If anything, Kentucky’s rather abysmal performance in math on the newly released NAEP math assessments shows the state needs to move in a different direction for math instruction. The Progressive Education fad ideas we’ve tried since KERA came…

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Weekly Digest #105: Summer Reading Programs — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

Image from Pixabay It may be hard to believe, but the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation is right around the corner. Summer break can be great for a lot of things (like relaxing!), but for kids being away from school can be problematic to learning (To read more about…

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Fred Smith: How Did the Pearson-Designed, Common Core-Aligned Tests Perform?

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Fred Smith is a testing expert who worked as an analyst for the New York City Board of Education for many years. In this study, he flips the question: Not, how did the students perform, but how did the tests perform?

He grades the tests and finds a remarkable increase in the number and percent of students who scored a zero, perhaps because they didn’t understand the question or provided a confused or incoherent response.

The increase in zeroes was particularly high for students with disabilities and English language learners. They were higher still for black and Hispanic students.

Smith writes:

”The data show that there has been an increase in the percentage of zero scores since the administration of exams aligned with the Common Core. We anticipate that officials will claim this outcome to be the consequence of tougher standards reflected by more rigorous exams.

“We argue…

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On Campbell Brown’s Evolution from Scourge of Public Schools and Teachers to Becoming the Face of Facebook

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Have you been missing Campbell Brown? There was a long period when she stepped forth to position herself as the symbol of the corporate reform movement, warning the world to be wary of public schools loaded with pedophile teachers who were protected by unions and tenure. As Michelle Rhee faded away, Campbell Brown’s star rose in the corporate reform firmament.

Her Partnership for Educational Justice launched lawsuits against tenure, none of which have been successful. She garnered millions from the usual billionaires to start a news site called The 74 Million, to sing the praises of charter schools and privatization.  She served on the board of Betsy DeVos’s American Federation for Children, which handed out millions of dollars to fund candidates who support charters and vouchers. Betsy, in turn, funded The 74 Million.

But now she has left us! She has joined the messaging team at Facebook, where she is…

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Teachers are born not made, Dept.

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I get fan mail from time to time and invitations to speak that most of the time never come to fruition.  One such invitation came from the treasurer of a Catholic school in the Los Angeles area.  He had read my book “Math Education in the US: Still Crazy After All These Years” and liked it so much that he ordered ten copies for various teachers in the school.

About two years ago he asked me if I would speak in late August at his school.  I was just starting my teaching job at my current school and had to report the week before school started–which coincided with when he wanted me to speak.  I said I could not given the circumstances, but maybe we could look at doing it in April since I got two weeks off, and surely one of those weeks his school would be in session. …

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PhD students supervised collectively rather than individually are quicker to complete their theses — Impact of Social Sciences

Given the choice, most PhD students would prefer to receive individual supervision rather than be supervised alongside their peers as part of a collective. This is understandable, given the undivided attention and precise, directly relevant advice one would receive. However, Hans Agné and Ulf Mörkenstam have compared the experiences of individually and collectively supervised students…

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Pennsylvania: Teacher Threatened with Termination for Making Pancakes During Testing — Diane Ravitch’s blog

A middle school social studies teacher in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was threatened with disciplinary action, either suspension or even firing, because he made pancakes for his students while they were taking the state tests. He was suspended without pay for his infraction, although he said he never heard of a rule against cooking pancakes during […]

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Kentucky Board of Education’s special meeting raises serious open meetings questions — Bluegrass Institute

The April 17, 2018 special meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education that culminated in the resignation of Commissioner Stephen Pruitt was marred by several open meetings violations. It was not an auspicious beginning for the board’s “different direction.” Some of the violations were indisputable, like the board’s failure to vote on the motion to…

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Is peer review bad for your mental health? — Impact of Social Sciences

Amidst fears of a mental health crisis in higher education, to what extent is the peer review process a contributing factor? It’s a process fraught with uncertainty, as authors try to forge something constructive from often mixed feedback or occasionally downright unhelpful comments. Helen Kara stresses the importance of being aware of the effects of…

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