This Blog Just Reached 15 Million Page Views! Thank You, Readers!

Kiersten Marek:

The best blog I know for following K-12 education and politics.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

I just noticed that the blog has had 15,000,050 page views since its inception on April 26, 2012.

I am amazed and gratified.

Thank you to the readers who are here everyday, commenting, sending articles from your town, city  or state.

Thank for for engaging in thoughtful dialogue in the comment section.

Some of the best-read blogs have been written not by me, but by you.

The blog has become a hub of the resistance to high-stakes testing and privatization. I will continue to highlight the hard work you do to strengthen your public schools, to stand up for children, and to defend real education, as opposed to the massive machinery of data collection that is now promoted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Gates Foundation. I will continue to honor those parents, students, and educators who speak out for real education and for treating students and teachers…

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Richard Brodsky: Wall Street and Rightwing Billionaires are Key Players in Education Policy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Richard Brodsky was one of New York’s most enlightened state legislators. He is currently a senior fellow at the Wagner School at New York Univetsity.

In this article, he describes the new politics of education: the policy debates are now dominated by hedge fund managers and rightwing billionaires.

When people like me say these things, the corporate reformers say derisively, “Conspiracy theory.”

Brodsky is a level-headed veteran of state politics. This is what he says:

“The usual participants [in legislative debates about education] have been school boards, parents, unions, the education establishment and the occasional adventurous elected official. Starting a few years ago, and more so now, there are new players in New York. The brawny and outspoken new kid is the hedge fund community.

“Say what? Well, there are millions in hedge fund dollars now floating around. Generalities are a little dangerous, but it’s fair to say that…

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Why Did the Weinberg Foundation Help Revamp the Imperial Hotel in Atlanta? – Housing – Inside Philanthropy

Weinberg is a major ally for groups that support low-income and vulnerable populations, including in the housing arena. We look at why the foundation backed a supportive housing project that opened earlier this year.

Why Did the Weinberg Foundation Help Revamp the Imperial Hotel in Atlanta? – Housing – Inside Philanthropy.

Here’s a Leader on Wall Street Giving Grants to Spark Growth and Jobs on Main Street  – Workforce | Labor | Grants – Inside Philanthropy

JP Morgan Chase may have done its part to blow up the U.S. economy a few years back, thanks to irresponsible lending practices, but lately the company and its foundation has been giving big to foster economic growth and improve jobs skills.

via Here’s a Leader on Wall Street Giving Grants to Spark Growth and Jobs on Main Street  – Workforce | Labor | Grants – Inside Philanthropy.


News from the Market and beyond:

October 11 is our annual Pumpkin and Pawpaw Festival; come taste this unusual native fruit grown at Rocky Point Blueberry Farm. Of course, we will have pumpkins and all kinds of autumnal produce: winter squash, kale, chard, onions, carrots, beets, potatoes , garlic, turnips and more. And thanks to the extended-harvest greenhouses many of our farmers now have, there are fresh greens galore: spinach, lettuce and herbs. Lots of apple varieties and cider are available from Barden Orchard, too. All our other vendors will be on hand as well, and Terry Yeaw will be giving out samples of her latest preserves from Terry’s Tasty Treasures.

Bring your electronic waste to the upper parking lot: Indie Cycle will collect and responsibly recycle “anything with a plug” (there is a $10 charge for air conditioners, dehumidifiers and mini fridges). Spare a pair of shoes: Wyman Elementary School is collecting pairs of used shoes to raise funds. Please tie or rubber-band pairs together.

The Pawtuxet Village Association is holding a Meet the Candidates Night on Thursday, October 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the William Hall Library. Featuring candidates for Warwick Mayor Warwick and Cranston City Councils State Representatives State Senators Moderators; John Howell (Warwick Beacon editor) and Barbara Polichetti (Providence Journal reporter)

Wednesday October 15, a community tree planting will be held at Hall Manor, 70 Warwick Avenue, Cranston from 4 PM to 6 PM. We will plant a tulip tree and a sweet gum tree in front of the now barren senior high rise building. Volunteers are needed. Kids are welcome. Bring a shovel, if you have one. Parking is in the rear. For more information contact Steve Stycos at

See you at the market.

Whitehouse and Manchin Touring Global Warming’s Impact on RI

From the Whitehouse press office:

 Sens. Whitehouse and Manchin to See Effects of Climate Change in RI

Providence, RI – In June, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined together for a colloquy on the Senate floor to discuss the effects of climate change and the importance of coal in America’s energy portfolio. During the course of their discussion, the Senators agreed to visit each other’s states to learn more about the effects of climate change in Rhode Island and the importance of coal in West Virginia.

Their first visit will be in Rhode Island tomorrow. The Senators will hold a media availability at 10:00 a.m. on Pier 3 in Galilee, Narragansett to discuss the purpose of the trip and take questions from reporters. Pier 3 is located next to the Block Island Ferry. Parking will be available across the street behind the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) coastal resources building, 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, RI.

A detailed itinerary for the rest of their day is below. Reporters interested in attending any of these stops should RSVP back to this email.

8:00 a.m. – Senators visit the NOAA Tide Gauge in Newport, where sea-level rise has been measured for decades. Location: Coasters Harbor Island, 1397 Perry Rd, Newport.
8:30 a.m. – Senators visit BioProcess Algae, a local business that is converting carbon pollution into products such as animal feed and biodiesel. Location: 45 Highpoint Ave, Portsmouth.
10:00 a.m. – Senators hold media availability near commercial fishing docks in Narragansett, RI. Location: On Pier 3, next to the Block Island Ferry and across from the DEM building at 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett.
10:30 a.m. – Senators depart Pier 3 for a fish trawl survey aboard the DEM’s research vessel. They will be accompanied by representatives from the commercial and recreational fishing community and will be briefed on how changes in ocean conditions affect fish populations.
1:30 p.m. – Senators meet with local experts from the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography and the RI Coastal Resources Management Council for a briefing on the effects of climate change in Rhode Island. Location: URI Bay Campus, Challenger Room, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett.
3:00 p.m. – Senators tour Roy Carpenter’s Beach, a working class community of small beach cottages that is being forced to retreat from the shoreline due to severe erosion. Location: Roy Carpenter Beach Road, South Kingstown.
3:45 p.m. – Senators visit the Ocean Mist and Tara’s Tipperary Tavern, two local bars that are in danger of washing out to sea due to erosion. Location: 895 & 907 Matunuck Beach Rd, Wakefield.

Senator Whitehouse will visit West Virginia on Wednesday, October 22. Details for the West Virginia visit will be available soon.

Behind the Fund for New Jersey’s Support of a Housing Rights Group – Housing – Inside Philanthropy

With its largest grant to date from the Fund for New Jersey, Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) is charging ahead with its mission to expand affordable housing and fight exclusionary zoning throughout New Jersey.

via Behind the Fund for New Jersey’s Support of a Housing Rights Group – Housing – Inside Philanthropy.