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Rocketship Pushes Expansion Despite Denials and Strong Community Opposition

[3/10/16  Update]: Despite strong community opposition and unanimous denials by district and county level school boards, the State Board of Education voted to allow Rocketship to expand their corporate charter school chain to the Monument Corridor in Concord, California.  For more background on how decisions like these can be set in motion, see here. ## Why is there so much controversy surrounding the proliferation of…

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Scientists Raise Concerns about Health Risks with EdTech. How Will The U.S. Department of Education Respond?

Will the U.S. Department of Education take action on recommendations made by scientists and medical doctors who document the need for safety precautions regarding the use of wireless devices in schools?  The answer remains to be seen.  On Tuesday, January 19th, the U.S. Department of Education held a Public Hearing at UCLA to gather comments for transition…

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Carta abierta a la Junta de Educación del Estado de California respecto a la publicación de calificaciones [Falsas] #SBAC

[Spanish translation of Open Letter to California State Board of Education on Release of [False] SBAC Scores]  Estimados miembros de la Junta de Educación del Estado de California: La primavera pasada, 3.2 millones de estudiantes de California (de grados 3-8 y 11) tomaron los nuevos exámenes computarizados de Matemáticas y Desarrollo del idioma inglés/Lectura/Escritura CAASPP (California Assessment…

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Open Letter to the CA State Board of Education on Release of [False] SBAC Scores

Dear Members of the California State Board of Education, Last Spring, 3.2 million students in California (grades 3-8 and 11) took the new, computerized Math and English Language Arts/Literacy CAASPP tests (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress). The tests were developed by the SmarterBalanced Assessment Consortium, and administered and scored by ETS (Educational Testing Service). Costs are estimated at $360…

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Resources to #RethinkDiscipline and Strengthen School Climate

Please find below new updates, research, and resources for strengthening school climate, eliminating discipline disparities, and supporting social and emotional learning in schools. The full collections are available at http://bit.ly/safe_schools_resources and http://bit.ly/SEL_Resources. The following posts may also be accessed by clicking the corresponding image. Picture above is from the Restorative Schools Vision Project. “In this new documentary from Coleman Advocates (http://colemanadvocates.org), director…