There is a website that I discovered recently and return to consistently now: Reggio Inspired. I return to it because it is one of the most thoughtful, intellectual, and pragmatic early childhood places I have heretofore found. This is a place where teachers of young children are free to brainstorm with other early childhood professionals regarding "out of the box" concepts...which is basically the whole premise of Reggio. (Parents will enjoy a peek into the Reggio Emilia world from the teaching professional's point of view as well, I'm sure.)On my latest trip to Reggio Inspired, I came upon this video gem, posted by one of the members. As I watched the soul warming essence of Mr. Fred Rogers I was simultaneously bombarded with grief and with joy. Grief that our world no longer contains this individuated soul, and joy that in such a short lifetime...so many were touched so deeply, and profoundly changed at a root level.
It was part of Mr. Roger's genetic makeup to be an advocate for the very young child. I do not believe that anyone has ever been able to see through the eyes of a child as throughly as he. In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon. I trust you will share in my appreciation of his intelligence, thoughtfulness,empathy and strength, as he attempts to retain funding for PBS which was in jeopardy. Click on this link to view the video.
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11 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
It is, of course, the new Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who is shutting down a number of highly successful public charter schools. Charters currently educate about 20 percent of the students in Harlem and the Bronx, boroughs known for a) poverty, b) unemployment and c) abysmal public schools. Students are chosen for charter schools by lottery, and if you've seen "Waiting for 'Superman'" or "The Cartel," you've seen the excruciating drama. The Success Academy in Harlem is typical.
SAT Changes May Not Level Playing Field for Low-Income Students
10 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
Major changes are coming to the SAT. Officials from the College Board, the organization behind the test, announced this week that the new SAT will have an optional essay, questions more in line with what high school students learn and will return to a 1600-point scale, among other changes. The changes are an attempt to more fairly assess students and make the test less susceptible to expensive coaching services that give wealthier students an advantage, David Coleman, the president of the College Board, said while announcing the changes in a speech at the South By Southwest Education conference in Austin, Texas. In addition, students from low-income families will receive fee waivers to apply to four colleges for free.
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8 Mar 2014 | 8:43 am
First, all of Tracy Lally’s sixth-graders stand up. Then she tells the boys to sit. The girls count off in threes, and she tells all the “ones” to sit. “Sorry,” she says to the girls left standing, “You don’t get an education.”
Now is the perfect time for college students to buy a Moto X
7 Mar 2014 | 10:15 pm
Motorola on Friday announced new customization options for its Moto X flagship handset, including the College Collection that will offer students the option of purchasing a handset that comes in their beloved school colors. “Starting today you can visit our College Collection design gallery and select from pre-configured school color combinations and clear cases with school logos and team names for up to 40 schools and counting,” Motorola wrote. In addition to the preset designs the company also added nine new back colors and three new accents to the Moto Maker palette, so users can create the “ultimate fan phone.” A College Collection Moto X option will cost the same $399 “everyday price,” or $49 with a new two-year contract, although college students
Obama visits Florida ahead of bellwether special election
7 Mar 2014 | 5:47 pm
By Roberta Rampton MIAMI (Reuters) - President Barack Obama gave a feel-good campaign-style speech at a gymnasium packed with screaming high school students on Friday, sketching out the main points of his populist agenda ahead of a special election in Florida on Tuesday. Obama did not mention the race for the House of Representatives seat that had been held by the late Republican Bill Young in a congressional district that includes St. Petersburg, a city north of Miami. The White House said it was a coincidence that his speech came just before the election. Obama and his family plan to spend the rest of his weekend in Florida, at a lush Key Largo private resort.
Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutional
7 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must spend more money on its public schools, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that could jeopardize Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desire to make his state a tax-cutting template for the nation.
Kansas High Court Says the State's Public School Funding Is Unconstitutional
7 Mar 2014 | 3:05 pm
Kansas's public school funding is unconstitutionally disparate between districts, according to a Friday ruling from the state Supreme Court that will require the state to increase public school funding. Although the court didn't tell the state exactly how much more it had to spend to meet the basic education needs of every student in the state, a Department of Education official estimated to the AP that Kansas needs to add at least $129 million in funding to poorer districts to its statewide $3 billion school budget for next year. If the state legislature doesn't fix the gap by July 1st, a lower court will intervene. The ruling pertains to cuts in school funding from 2010 to 2012.
Obama urges students to file financial aid form
7 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
Kansas violating state constitution in school funding, court says
7 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
Kansas is violating the state constitution in its funding of public schools, a duty that is mandatory and not to be left to the whims of state legislators, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The court has given the Kansas legislature until July 1 to fully fund its obligations for state school funding for the next year. "This is a great win for Kansas kids," said attorney John Robb, who represents the school districts, parents and students who brought the case. "It means that the constitution actually has meaning for kids in Kansas." But while the court upheld part of a lower court finding in favor of a group of public school districts claiming the state should provide more money for education, the court also reversed part of that lower court ruling.
5 things to know about Kansas school funding fight
7 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state is not spending enough money on its public schools, ordering an increase in two types of aid by July 1 and more lower-court hearings on how much the ...
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