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Quotes of the Day — Texas Social Studies Standards

They can just pretend this is a white America and Hispanics don’t exist…They are going overboard, they are not experts, they are not historians, They are rewriting history, not only of Texas but of the United States and the world. … Continue reading

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What’s at stake with the standards movement?: “[T]he kind of individuals we are developing and the kind of nation we wish to be”

The titular quote is from a new book by William A. Proefriedt, High Expectations: The Cultural Roots of Standards Reform in American Education; the video is from a review of that book in the Teachers College Record. Proefriedt reminds us … Continue reading

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Foot(note) Stompin’ — The IMA Proposal + Related Update

Update, 8/14/17, 1:14 PM: The Board just received an email that the IMA vote meeting will be rescheduled to 8/21/17. Note:  I began this post in January 2017, and then set it aside.  As a result, some of the introductory … Continue reading

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IMACS Contract(s) — Sorting Through the Mess(es)

Junior Wells — “Messin’ with the Kid”(click to listen/watch). This is an almost everything, including the kitchen sink, post on updates for the Monday, July 31, 2017 Madison Metropolitan School District vote (agenda and materials here) on the Isthmus Montessori … Continue reading

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[Update] — Still a Sow’s Ear — Isthmus Montessori Academy Contract

This will be the third time the Board has voted on a version of this proposal. The previous two times the Board and the Administration agreed that the proposal did not meet the requirements of the MMSD Charter School policy (related concerns about state statutes were also expressed by some Board Members). Each time, a majority of the Board voted to advance the proposal in order to provide opportunities to address the shortcomings (I voted no each time). Among the questions before the Board on July 31 is whether this has been accomplished; whether sow’s ear has been transformed into a silk purse. I think it is still a sow’s ear. Continue reading

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Class Size Budget Amendment (Annotated)

If you think I did more right than wrong, please let the Board (and the world) know about your support for the amendment. As usual, you can email us [board@madison.k12.wi.us], or testify at the June 26th meeting where we will be voting on this and the entire preliminary budget. Talk to your neighbors, co-workers, and friends, write a letter to the editor, post on Facebook. Instagram, or tweet something, draw something, dance…be creative.

Thanks in advance for the feedback and support. Continue reading

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Notes for Final Class Size Amendment

This involves prioritizing among the many issues and actions that have been discussed, and finding mechanisms to budget according to those priorities. In an effort to be transparent, and as a plea for one more round of feedback and ideas from our community, I am presenting what I see as the choices involved, and much of my current thinking. Continue reading

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How Many Strikes? or Whither Accountability? #2

The Isotopes – “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” (click to listen or download) A recent post  —  Who cuts the barber’s hair? or Whither “accountability”?  — centered on some of the failings of the new Wisconsin “Accountability” system designed … Continue reading

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Opt Out — Just Say No to the WKCE

The Zombies – “Tell Her No” (click to listen or download) The WKCE testing and related assessments are scheduled for next week in the Madison Metropolitan School District schools (full schedule of MMSD assessments, here), but your child doesn’t have … Continue reading

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Who cuts the barber’s hair? or Whither “accountability”?

Professor Longhair, “Bald Head” (click to listen or download). Educational “accountability” is in the news and on the agenda again this week.  It seems it is always in the news and on the agenda these days.  I have many problems … Continue reading

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