July 3, 2015 – NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY – NATIONAL EAT YOUR BEANS DAY

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NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY

National Fried Clam Day is observed annually on July 3rd.  Fried clams are an iconic food in the New England states.  They tend to be served at seaside clam shacks or roadside restaurants. The clams are dipped in milk and coated with a combination of regular, corn, and/or pastry flour. Then the coated clams are fried in oil. They can be “clam strips” (sliced parts of hard-shell clams) or whole soft-shell clams. Whole softshell clams impart a fuller flavor, however, some restaurants remove the clam’s neck.

In 1914, Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman and his wife Bessie opened a small concession sand on Main Street in Essex, Massachusetts.  On week-ends they sold small grocery items, homemade potato chip and fresh clams that Chubby dug himself.  At first business was slow but on July 3, 1916, things began to change.

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Bob Braun: Chris Christie’s Insensitive, Self-Satisfied Version of the American Dream

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Bob Braun listened to Chris Christie’s announcement of his candidacy for the GOP nomination, and he was struck by Christie’s peculiar version of the “American Dream.”

While other candidates–past and present–spoke of fleeing religious persecution, tyranny, and privation to find refuge in America, Christie spoke of fleeing a racially-changing Newark for the comfort of an all-white suburb.

Braun writes:

“The Christie family did not escape from English monarchs who insisted on a state religion. Not from revolutions in southern Europe. Not from the potato famine. Not from the czar. Not from pogroms or the Holocaust. Not from grinding poverty. The Christie family escaped from black families moving into the neighborhood–new neighbors whose ancestors were brought to this country as slaves in chains. The Christies did not face the unknown wilderness or the known hostility of earlier settlers. They faced the grass, the open space, the all-white neighborhoods, of Livingston…

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Rafe Esquith’s “Shakespeareans” Respond to Misconduct Allegations

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Good read

Originally posted on Andrea Gabor:

Before he was removed from his classroom, Rafe Esquith began school each day playing baseball with his students, because its fun and builds teamwork Before he was removed from his classroom, Rafe Esquith began school each day playing baseball with his students, because its fun and builds teamwork

Last fall, during a visit to Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to sit in for the day at Room 56 at Hobart Elementary, where Rafe Esquith, a man who has been described as “the best teacher” in America, has presided over the fifth grade class and his so-called Hobart Shakespeareans for over three decades—until he was recently accused of misconduct and removed from the classroom. I must confess that as I watched Esquith in action, and learned more about the extent of his work with students—the Saturday classes; the pricey violins (two for each student, one to practice on at home, the other for school) paid for with the proceeds of a private foundation; the way he commandeered space at Hobart so that professional musicians…

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Andrea Gabor: What Rafe Esquith’s Former Students Say About Him

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Rafe Esquith, the acclaimed teacher who created the Hobart Shakespeareans, is in teacher jail, suspended from teaching his fifth graders, their production canceled.

Andrea Gabor interviewed one of his former students to get a sense of Esquith the teacher.

He is a teacher who changes lives.

When will LAUSD file charges , present evidence, and give him a chance to clear his name?

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NEW DAY PROCLAMATION: NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY – July 3rd

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NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY

Fried clams are an iconic food in the New England states.  They tend to be served at seaside clam shacks or roadside restaurants. The clams are dipped in milk and coated with a combination of regular, corn, and/or pastry flour. Then the coated clams are fried in oil. They can be “clam strips” (sliced parts of hard-shell clams) or whole soft-shell clams. Whole softshell clams impart a fuller flavor, however, some restaurants remove the clam’s neck.

In 1914, Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman and his wife Bessie opened a small concession sand on Main Street in Essex, Massachusetts.  On week-ends they sold small grocery items, homemade potato chip and fresh clams that Chubby dug himself.  At first business was slow but on July 3, 1916, things began to change.

It was on that day that a local fisherman named Tarr was visiting the stand…

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Mike Klonsky: Rahm and Rauner Make War on Working People of Chicago

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Mike Klonsky writes that Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner have brought the city and state to their knees with their austerity budgets.

“Mayor 1% finally made his long overdue payment to the teachers pension fund, but not without extracting his pound of flesh — 1,400 teachers being laid off and another $1B in borrowing, another windfall for his bankster patrons and another attack on the teachers union and teachers’ collective bargaining rights.

“Aside from the hardship the layoffs will bring to the teachers and their children and families, think about what the loss of so many union jobs means to the community and the continuing destruction of the city’s middle class.

“Think also about spiraling class sizes and program cuts in city schools and what that will mean, especially for the neediest of students who need personalization more than ever. It also makes another teachers strike that…

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July 2, 2015 – NATIONAL ANISETTE DAY

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NATIONAL ANISETTE DAY

On July 2nd we observe National Anisette Day.   Anisette is an anise-flavored liqueur that is made by distilling aniseed and sometimes adding a sugar syrup.  Anisette is popular in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France.

True Anisette should not be drunk straight as its alcoholic content is high enough to cause irritation to the throat. However, mixing it in with coffee, gin, bourbon or water will bring out a bit of a sweet flavor.  To enjoy this sweetness without drinking, you can make Anisette cookies!

If you are one to grab all of the black jelly beans at Easter, you will surely enjoy this day and the drink that makes it special, Anisette.  Although Anisette does not contain licorice, it does have that sort of distinct flavor.

NATIONAL ANISETTE DAY HISTORY

In our research, the creator of National Anisette Day, an “unofficial”…

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Fairtest: Testing Resistance Across the Nation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

When Congress returns from its Independence Day recess on July 7, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up bipartisan legislation to overhaul “No Child Left Behind.” The bill the Senate will consider significantly reduces federal test-based accountability requirements but continues the federal mandate to test every child every year in elementary and middle school. Grassroots pressure on your two U.S. Senators can make the federal government follow the lead of many states in reversing policies that encourage standardized exam overuse and misuse.

National Help Roll Back Federal Testing Overkill — Urge Your U.S. Senators to Support the Tester Amendment Now!
http://www.fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

Major Education Groups to Congress: Get Rid of “No Child” Law Already
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/education-groups-to-congress-please-get-rid-of-no-child-left-behind-already/2015/06/22/3c3b094e-18ff-11e5-93b7-5eddc056ad8a_story.html

California Principal Backs Down From Punishing Students Whose Families Opted Out of State Tests
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/24/california-school-backtracks-on-common-core-opt-out-punishment/

Delaware Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Approve Opt Out Bill, Forward to Governor for Signature
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/06/25/lawmakers-ok-letting-students-skip-standardized-testing/29287065/

District of Columbia How Standardized Tests Are…

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Arthur Camins Warns Democrats about Dangers of School Choice

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Arthur Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., has a warning for Democrats that school choice is a bad choice.

He omits Republicans because they have become the party of school choice and privatization.

School choice is an alluring term, but the reality is far different from the rhetoric.

He writes:

“In our culture the “the right to choose” suggests an almost inalienable individual right, making for powerfully resonant political rhetoric. However, behind the easy-to-swallow positive connotation of choice, there is underlying message in its use in the context of education. If stated explicitly, the message might cause a little indigestion: Be out for yourself and don’t worry so much about your neighbors or community…

“However, what is moral or sensible for an individual does not make for sound or just education policy for a society…

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Nevada Vouchers Violate the State Constitution

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The Nevada legislature recently passed one of the most sweeping voucher programs in the nation. Every child in the state is eligible for a grant of $5,000 so long as they previously attended a public school for at least 100 days.

Make no mistake, this is a voucher program. Most students will use these vouchers to attend religious schools, which has been the experience of other states.

And yet, the Constitution of the state of Nevada clearly states in Article 11:

Sec: 9.  Sectarian instruction prohibited in common schools and university.  No sectarian instruction shall be imparted or tolerated in any school or University that may be established under this Constitution.

Section Ten.  No public money to be used for sectarian purposes.  No public funds of any kind or character whatever, State, County or Municipal, shall be used for sectarian purpose.
[Added in 1880. Proposed and passed by the 1877 legislature; agreed to and passed by…

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