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Watch Out, Wisconsin: How to destroy a school system

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Here’s a heads-up from our friends at Defend Wisconsin on some of tea party Gov. Scott Walker’s plans for Wisconsin Public Schools

The Voices of Real Reform in NYC

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At the 5/19 premiere of The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, community members young and old spoke out about the struggle for real, grassroots education reform. Below are just a few of those speakers: Diane Ravitch – Education Historian Brian Jones – Educator, Actor and Activist Nijel Hill – Student, Paul Robeson HS, Brooklyn Brian DeVale – Principal, D14, Brooklyn, NY           Filmed at the premiere of ‘The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman’, 5/19/11 …

Why teachers, parents are planning ‘Save Our Schools’ march

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Originally posted by Valerie Strauss on The Answer Sheet Public school teachers, parents and activists are organizing a July march and conference in Washington to send a message to federal officials that they oppose the standardized-test driven school reforms supported by the Obama administration and want sensible education policy. The event is called Save Our Schools & National Call to Action and is being organized by teachers and parents across the country. I asked two of the leaders — veteran …

Class bias, class size and online learning: shame on them!

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It’s not enough that school districts across the country are laying off teachers right and left and increasing class size to intolerable levels.  It seems that the DC think tanks are absolutely dedicated towards further encouraging this trend and destroying any efforts to retain equitable class sizes in our public schools. Last week in the Daily News, Chester Finn of the conservative Fordham Institute attacked the whole notion of class size reduction, proposing that putting kids on computers instead would …

Myron Miner on the underlying motives of the corporate reform crowd hools

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Many have wondered why the corporate reformers in charge of school districts in NYC, Chicago, and elsewhere are so eager to undermine the quality of education in our public schools, in favor of charter operators that drain our public school system of resources and space.  Myron Miner of Last Stand for Children First gives us the inside scoop: This week the Illinois Chapter of Last Stand for Children First joined students across the state in celebrating historic legislation that is …

Testimony in Newark on Charter School Co-location

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Below is testimony from Julius Tajiddin, a NYC public school parent, on the issue of co-locating charter schools in Newark public school buildings, a practice that has led to bitterness and division among NYC parents.  An Independent Budget Office report, showing that in NYC,  co-located charter schools receive more public funds per student than district public schools is here. _____ I learned last night that Newark New Jersey’s School District is under the NJ Governor’s  Control.  Oh boy!  Anyway I …

Teachers, we honor and respect you!

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It’s teacher appreciation week; and in a  letter in EdWeek published today, Arne Duncan attempts to convince teachers  that his policies actually reflect respect towards their profession.   Sabrina Shupe Stevens provides the perfect rejoinder: Actions speak louder than words. Though you often have nice words to say about teachers, what you do is more important, and your actions thus far do not indicate that you respect, value, or support teachers and our profession as much as you claim. Please read …

Response from the Change.org "help desk" re deceptive Rhee petition

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Goldenberg’s earlier post on this matter is here. If you’d like to weigh in on whether change.org should continue diverting nearly ALL signers of progressive education petitions  to Michelle Rhee’s, promoting the elimination of  teacher seniority protections, deceptively entitled “Save Great Teachers,” send a message to ben@change.org and cc. nonprofits@change.org  Also check out Rheefirst.org on more on the Rhee record. from Michael Paul Goldenberg, PAA member to Change.org: You’ve likely received other messages informing you of the exchange I recently …

Ask Congress to reform NCLB now!

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The US Congress is considering how to revise No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the most important federal law that governs our public schools.  NCLB has been extremely damaging in the eyes of most parents, and needs fundamental reform.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration plans to make it worse in many respects. Parents Across America has developed our own blueprint, based upon less testing and privatization, more parent input, and a greater emphasis …

Regrets & clarification…after signing one of Michelle Rhee's petitions

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Michael Paul Goldenberg, a PAA member and mathematics coach in Michigan, responds to an email from State Senator Pavlov  (see Pavlov’s note at the bottom). He received this email from Pavlov after inadvertently signing one of Michelle Rhee’s Student First petitions on change.org, which are deceptively phrased to oppose the laying off of great teachers, but are really designed to eliminate seniority protections, destroy the union, and de-professionalize the teaching force. Change.org diverts signers of progressive education-related petitions to Michelle …