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Blog retired September 2010

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September 16, 2010 at 9:05 am

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Teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions

Toward the end of his speech in front of organized labor this past Monday in Land Park , Jerry Brown related his story as a young teacher of catechism.

In 1958, he entered Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary, intending to become a Catholic priest. Part of his education involved teaching in Oakland. (Paraphrasing) he said that he never had control of his class (it was uncontrollable) and he realized he wasn’t up to the task.

Brown ended his appearance by affirming a belief that teachers do the job that not many of us are able to do, and that right now teachers desperately need our support.

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September 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

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I better stop now before I get in trouble*

Stories that developed while on hiatus:

  • Proposed Senate Bill 1317 (Mark Leno, D-San Francisco) will legislate the incarceration of parents of truant California children.
  • The Sacramento Bee reports that SCUSD is eligible for federal funding to help 1,801 refugee children in grades K-12 who have arrived in the county in the last three years.
  • West Campus’s test scores continue to put that local high school in the state spotlight for excellence.
  • Still more education reporting from the Bee (Phillip Reese and Melody Gutierrez) reveals that the number of students who aren’t proficient in English dropped to its lowest level in about a decade.

Also, California lost out on Race To The Top funding, the California legislature passed SB-1381 (Kindergarten Age,) and the Los Angeles Times invented the Teacher’s Box Score.

And as a bizarre side note, Sacramento was deprived of a celebrity wedding this weekend when Kevin Johnson and Michelle Rhee sent out e-mails to uninvite guests to their Labor Day nuptials, calling the big plansĀ  “a mistake.”

*The Mayor’s words, as quoted by Kitty O’Neal.

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September 4, 2010 at 9:11 am