Virtual School Meanderings

November 13, 2016

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

Pence, Trump, and the Ed Reform Agenda

Posted: 09 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Paul Peterson writes about the education reform agenda under the Trump/Pence administration. “The Obama Administration’s propensity to legislate “by pen and phone” will give Trump many opportunities to change direction quickly. Letters from the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights to school district officials, warning them that the prosecutorial weight of the federal government will be employed if they do not justify disparities in discipline rates and resources across racial and ethnic lines, will be withdrawn or simply ignored.”

What Crazy Will Trump and the Republicans Deliver?

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Julian Vasquez Heilig reacts to the election of Donal Trump: “I really need to hear from my elders… How did they feel when Nixon was elected? How did they prepare their community for what was coming? When I finish this post I am going to call my grandmother immediately. I’d also like to hear from Gary Orfield, Mike Kirst, Diane Ravitch, Linda Darling-Hammond, Angela Valenzuela and other elders whose wisdom we need at such a time as this. We really should set up a series of lectures and convenings to prepare our heart and minds for the next four years. I suspect the Trump presidency will challenge our notions of a civil and just nation and test the strength of our democracy.”

‘I’m Going to Reassure Them That They Are Safe’: Talking to Students After the Election

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Cindy Long discusses the election results and how educators can talk to students about the election of Donald Trump. “Stories are flooding social media from parents whose children are afraid of what the 2016 presidential election results might mean. One boy with Autism was crying because he saw Trump mocking a disabled person. A teenager who is gay is afraid of what he will do to the LGBT community. Muslim students are asking if they’re going to be safe; Latino students are asking if they will be deported.”

Massachusetts Voters Say No to Raising State Cap on Charter Schools

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Arianna Prothero writes about the election results in Massachusetts, where voters rejected a bid to raise the cap on the number of charter schools allowed to open in the state. “The ballot question to expand the presence of charters in the state had drawn national attention: political heavy-weights such as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on the initiative, and millions have poured in from out-of-state organizations and donors to sway voters on the issue.”

How one school created a ‘safe, comfortable place’ for students and teachers

Posted: 06 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Kevin Welner and Carol Burris profile Hillsdale High School (San Mateo, CA) as part of the 2015-16 Schools of Opportunity Project. “A strong, student-centered culture that is fostered by a strong system of teacher learning is just one of the reasons that Hillsdale was selected as a gold School of Opportunity.”

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