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On transferring public money to investors…

This letter from Jay Rehak, CPS National Board Certified Teacher and elected President of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund was not published by the Trib or the Sun-Times… It was published by Substance News where you can read the whole … Continue reading

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In preparing for my AP Psychology class unit on intelligence and testing I came across this blog post by Nicholas Meier about Stephen Jay Gould’s “The Mismeasure of Man.” We’ll be reading the introduction to this critical book in class. Source: … Continue reading

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Why CTU still doesn’t have a contract.

Two days ago I posed the question, “Does CPS have a contract?” The answer is clearly a strong “NO.” The Chicago Teachers Union 40 person Big Bargaining Team unanimously rejected the tentative agreement that CPS had proposed. The CPS offer … Continue reading

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Does CTU have a contract?

The short answer is “no.” The slightly longer answer is “maybe… it depends on the details.” I’m seeing some teachers criticizing CPS’s contract offer as it’s being portrayed in the media. At this point we don’t know the details of … Continue reading

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A Call for the Next Phase in the Resistance

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
Teachers at every level of schooling have struggled against two powerful social claims: (i) education has always been labeled a failure by political leaders and the media (notably in the context of international…

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Video: Bill Gates “Explains” Common Core

Originally posted on deutsch29:
In the following six-minute video at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in March 2014, Bill Gates demonstrates his privileged view of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Gates has contributed over $4.3 million to AEI, with over $1…

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Day 2 – NYS/Pearson Common Core ELA Exam

Originally posted on Critical Classrooms, Critical Kids:
reading passage sample courtesy of @ The Chalk Face and  Today I administered DAY TWO of the 2014 NYS/Pearson Common Core ELA exam to 5th grade English-language learners (ELLs) and former ELLs…

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