Good morning everyone. It’s expected to reach high 70s to low 80s today in Central Texas, so I’ll be joining you all in shorts and a tee-shirt. Jealous?
Caving to steady pressure from parents and school administrators, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams granted a one-year “pause” on a rule that would count STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) test scores as 15% of 9th and 10th graders overall grade. Lawmakers are expected to water down or eliminate the rule when they meet in January of next year. Any blow to standardized testing = win.
Esquire’s Charles P Pierce opines that education reform, and not immigration or social issues, is the next target of the GOP.
Ontario teachers’ unions are poised to walk out next week in protest of Bill 115, which gives the government the power to “impose wage agreements, cut the number of teachers’ sick days and block strikes or lockouts”. This has prompted Laurel Broten, a liberal politician and Education Minister for the Province, to blame union leadership. The Canadian Rahm Emanuel, anybody?
Peter Dreier at Huffington Post – 50 Young Progressive Activists Who Are Changing America. I didn’t make the list. He must not be familiar with my work.
There is mounting pressure on Universities, from their own students, to divest from fossil fuel companies. 350.org is organizing the campaign. 72% of Harvard students recently voted for their school to divest. The University essentially told them to shut up.
Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist, spent 3 years living with hackers. Cool interview with her from Wired. (Yes, I believe that most hackers are activists. Hacktivists.)
Former Microsoft Exec to Launch High-End Pot Business. Capitalism and legal pot! Let’s see how this works out.
For anyone who cares (or cares to troll him… *winky face*), the Pope is now on Twitter.
Everyone should listen to this, just because Muddy Waters was so damn cool.
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