[ECP] K12 Newsletters Headlines and Resources 2/24

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You Can't Fix Corrupt Atlanta

2011 A state investigation found that 178 principals and teachers at nearly half the district’s schools — desperate to raise test scores — had cheated. Students from this poor, mostly African-American school district who could barely read were rated proficient on state tests, and they didn’t receive the remedial help they needed. Erroll B. Davis Jr., formerly chief executive of a Wisconsin-based utility company and then chancellor of the University System of Georgia, has taken the helm of the Atlanta Public Schools.

The achievement gap is about the same in most of the six cities as it is across the country, which suggests it is a national concern as much as an urban one, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools
Mike Casserly http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Linguistics/MikeCasserly.html

A $73 million spending spree Atlanta schools overpaid for a lavish computer network
Bonnie Bracey http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/bbracey14.html

With virtually no limit on spending, Atlanta since 1998 has built one of the country's most lavish computer networks for schoolchildren. Much computer equipment bought by the Atlanta school district languishes in storage. Some gear bought with federal 'E-rate' funds has been stored up to three years. Atlanta asked E-rate to subsidize an additional $81 million in 2002, in part for still more upgrades. E-rate officials denied nearly all of the request after finding that the district wasn't making price the primary factor when awarding contracts.
Bonnie Bracey http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/bbracey4.html

And just three weeks ago in San Francisco, a subsidiary of the computer giant NEC agreed to plead guilty to two federal felony counts related to the program. Across the nation in recent months - in El Paso and in New York and Pennsylvania, in Puerto Rico and Atlanta, in Milwaukee and Chicago - investigations or audits of the program have turned up not only waste but also bid-rigging and other fraud, according to lawmakers and investigators.
E-Rate http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/E-rate.html

8/11 What Do We Do With Teachers and Administrators who CHEAT?
The cheaters in Atlanta, D.C., Philadelphia, Houston, Baltimore and elsewhere took advantage of the neediest and most vulnerable children and changed their scores so it would appear they had mastered material, when they in fact had not. Standards Corruption http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/standards-corruption.html

TEST http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/test.html

Better than zero
This month, the Maryland board of education will propose to reduce suspensions for nonviolent behavior, make districts reduce the disproportionate suspensions of minorities and special education students, and require students to get educational services when they are out for a long period.

God forbid they have anything in common with Vermont
Opponents of national education standards have asked South Carolina state senators to block implementation of the math and reading curriculum in the state.

Kentucky Wants Kids In School
A much-debated bill that would raise Kentucky's high school dropout age to 18 has passed the state House of Representatives, with supporters saying it will improve student success and send a clear message about staying in school.

Retention - Who Will benefit? Retention And Social Promotion Criteria for who benefits from retention. U.S. STATES: DROP OUTS or PUSHED OUT

Trimming the NAEP
President Obama's proposed budget includes a cut for the NAEP.
$6 million from the National Assessment of Educational Progress
President Obama's new budget request that you might have missed is a proposed cut to the esteemed "nation's report card."

U.S. Department of Education, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a $160 billion budget and serves 56 million students.
This Appointed and Annointed King can spend $5 billion any way he pleases!!!

Whose Got Money To Pay for K12 Education
Buoyed by gradual increases in tax revenues, many states are looking to devote more money to schools in the coming year, after having held the line or made significant reductions the past few years. Education consumes a substantial portion of state budgets—typically at least one-third of general-fund spending—along with Medicaid, the state/federal health-care program for the poor, noted Scott D. Pattison, the executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, in Washington.

What does Rockefeller say about the taxpayer

HALF of Americans don't pay income tax despite crippling government debt
151.7m people - 49.5% of the U.S. population - paid no federal income tax in 2009, figures show

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