Sunday, July 02, 2006

Some more quick hits from the June 21st Education Week

The Southern Baptists are urging school boards to pass resolutions that make it easier for kids to go to off-campus bible study during the school day. I’m all for bible study, but the day is so limited already—why can’t this be done at home, or on Sunday?

Mayor Bloomberg is going to empower 331 of the 1,400 schools in New York City. Actually, he’s empowering their principals to do more. This is good, because can you imagine what would happen if the teachers were allowed to make decisions? The end of civilization. It’s true. Eva told me.

This is the 40th anniversary of the Coleman Report, which changed how we view minority students. I salute Gary and the great work that he did.

In Oregon, the teachers union has agreed to stop pushing a Corporate Accountability initiative if the business community will oppose initiatives to cut state revenues. One of those, backed by poorly-named former US Representative Dick Armey, would take $835 million dollars out of the state budget during the next cycle. As if Oregon’s schools don’t have enough trouble already.

You know your state test is valid if the janitor says it’s OK. From Florida:

Some temporary workers hired to grade esay questions on Florida’s standardized tests apparently lack teaching experience or degrees related to the subjects they are grading, a preliminary examination of their job applications shows.

A review by aides to Democratic Senate leaders, who sued to get the records, shows people being paid $10 an hour to grade the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, are as likely to be janitors, homemakers, or store clerks as they are to have professional careers.


Nobody ever said anything about the assessors being highly qualified, just the teachers. After all, when your child being promoted or flunked depends on passing the test, what does it really matter?

Finally, the office of the Department of Education’s inspector general has spanked South Dakota for the way they calculate their graduation rate. The humor comes from the fact that Department of Education has already approved the states data collection method. Secretary Spellings may need to get this straightened out, if she ever gets back from her most recent junket to whereever the heck she is.

2 Comments:

Blogger NYC Educator said...

Can you believe Eva? She doesn't even know teachers are back in the lunchroom. She's clearly positioning herself as a GOP candidate for mayor in 09, on a union-bsting platform directed mostly against teachers.

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