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Jun 20 2013

Find the positive in our schools

On this blog I speak highly of my home district, Grosse Pointe. So I was happy to see Grosse Pointe North’s Gary Abud named Michigan Teacher of the Year earlier this month. Since the announcement, I’ve been following him on twitter¬†and I’ve also been following the controversy surrounding StudentsFirst’s exploitation of his award. But I…

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Jun 18 2013

Does residency matter? Look at Detroit.

Today the Wisconsin Legislature will begin debate of the state’s budget. Yet, one of the most controversial components isn’t an expenditure, it’s the proposed elimination of local residency requirements. As written, the bill would ban local governments from requiring public employees from living within their borders. So, what does this have to do with education?…

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Jun 17 2013

How our students fail to make the grade

Time and time again I will say that my Grosse Pointe education is what makes me an eloquent individual. During my four years at Grosse Pointe South High School I had four rigorous English courses that emphasized the importance of grammar (thanks Veronica Ajavon and Brian McDonald), word choice (thanks Rose Ann Roarty), and analysis…

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Jun 13 2013

Public School Plus

You know that service Hulu? Right, the one where you can watch TV shows online for free. Yeah, sometimes, if you want current TV shows with limited advertisements, you can sign up for a premium service called Hulu Plus. So, in Ann Arbor, they’re planning on doing this thing a lot like Hulu Plus. You…

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Jun 12 2013

Michigan must look past consolidation of schools, fund programs

When I managed the editorial page for my high school newspaper, I spent a lot of my time looking at our school district’s budget situation. Somewhere in my mother’s house I still have tapes from interviews with my principal where he told me that year after year our school and district had been facing the…

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It wouldn’t be a normal day in the heartland without disheartening education headlines. On Friday, The School District of Philadelphia issued 3,783 pink slips to nearly 20 percent of its employees. Today, the Michigan Legislature will take up two bills aimed at dissolving school districts.¬† There’s no getting past the pure politics of these situations.…

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Jun 10 2013

Charters in Tosa? No way!

When I came to Milwaukee two years ago I had to adjust to the school landscape of public, charter, private, and all of the subgroups of the three. Of course, coming from a suburban background, I only had concrete knowledge of public and private schools. Generally, in the suburbs, those are your two options. I…

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Jun 09 2013

What’s next?

If I had the pleasure of seeing you any time between Christmas and my birthday, then I know I told you about my strong desire to leave the City of Milwaukee and return home to Michigan. I was ready for anything to take me away from this place and take me back home. In fact,…

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Jun 05 2013

Vouchers, vouchers everywhere!

Early this morning the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved a budget bill that would expand the state’s school voucher program from Milwaukee and Racine to all communities starting this fall. The program would be limited to 500 students this school year, 1,000 new students during each subsequent school year, and no more than 1…

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Jun 04 2013

Testing is not the be all end all

My post yesterday about Common Core State Standards led to a discussion of testing and whether or not it is appropriate for students. Even though I only had eleven students my first year and twelve this past year, I believe testing is an incredibly important part of our job as educators. If we don’t test…

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