Deptford Mall Grade-In

A clever idea provided by the New Jersey Education Association: Frank McCulley and 106 of his colleagues converged on the Deptford Mall food court, took a seat and for two hours did in public something usually done in private. They graded papers, wrote lesson plans, and created instructional materials. McCulley, a physics teacher at Delsea Regional High School, cooked up the idea with chemistry teacher Tina Dare. Working for a solid two hours, no one got all the work done. “Tina and I were talking about how the public has this notion that teachers work short hours,” McCulley said. “They … Continue reading Deptford Mall Grade-In

Rally Today in Support of Teachers and Other Union Members

Today, Thursday, March 10th at 5:30 PM there will be a rally in support of teachers and other union workers in Wisconsin at Westlake Center. Per the press release by SEE: Stand in solidarity with unions and working people of Wisconsin. Wisconsin State Republicans just forced through a vote to end the right to collective bargaining for public sector workers. People around the country will be holding solidarity rallies in support of the protests in Madison, WI. Let’s turn out and show our support here in Seattle. Let’s show the country that Seattle is a union town. Bring your signs, … Continue reading Rally Today in Support of Teachers and Other Union Members

Party At My Place!

…this Friday, March 11th, starting at 5:00 PM in my studio which is located in the International District. It will be a special webinar event with Diane Ravitch sponsored by the Save Our Schools March and the National Call to Action and coordinated by Anthony Cody, teacher and writer on Education Week who is featured on the blog Living in Dialogue. There will be an opportunity to discuss how we can get involved on a national level in advocating for our schools. There will be time after the webinar for discussion and getting to know each other as parents, teachers and concerned … Continue reading Party At My Place!

Why I am not a defender of the ‘status quo’ in education — because the ‘status quo’ is failed ed reforms

The current crowd of ed reformers like to dismiss any of us who disagree with their agenda as “defenders of the status quo.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not a defender of the status quo in public education – because the status quo is currently “No Child Left Behind” and its insidious spin-off, “Race to the Top.” In fact, I decry the state of public education in this country right now, because a beleaguered, underfunded system has been disparaged and ravaged even further this last decade by damaging policies based on failed concepts pushed by those … Continue reading Why I am not a defender of the ‘status quo’ in education — because the ‘status quo’ is failed ed reforms

Parents Across America launches with inaugural education forum in NYC on Feb. 7 featuring Diane Ravitch

MEDIA ADVISORY New national organization, Parents Across America, launches with inaugural education forum in NYC featuring Diane Ravitch NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2011 ­­– Diane Ravitch, a national authority on education policy, will be the keynote speaker at the kick-off event for Parents Across America (PAA), a new national public education advocacy organization, on Monday Feb. 7 in NYC. Ravitch will address the topic: “Are our schools going in the right direction? What parents should do.” This public forum will be held at 6 p.m. at PS/IS 89 in Lower Manhattan, 201 Warren St. Sponsors include: Parents Across America, Class … Continue reading Parents Across America launches with inaugural education forum in NYC on Feb. 7 featuring Diane Ravitch

The Fate of McKinley Elementary School

This article is a follow-up to a previous post describing just how closely woven into the fabric of California’s public education system the privatizers have become. Dora Steve Barr is the CEO and founder of Greendot, Inc., a charter school franchise. It is his idea to have as many Greendot, Inc. charter schools as possible in the United States if not beyond in the coming years. To achieve this goal, he and Ben Austin who was hired as a consultant by Greendot, Inc.  have created what Ben Austin terms “The Parent Trigger”. In California it is now law, thanks to Mr. … Continue reading The Fate of McKinley Elementary School

Teach for America, Inc. is in Seattle

Our Broad-trained superintendent has spoken. There will be TFA, Inc. recruits in Seattle. But the battle for Seattle is not over. Why was it so important to bring TFA, Inc. to our state? Because there are well paid lobbyists and Broad/Gates backed organizations along with DFER, who just set up shop in our state, who are already lobbying for charter schools. Charter schools are populated with TFA, Inc. recruits. These TFA, Inc. folks, fresh out of college can be trained to feed the students pre-packaged curriculum that can be regurgitated back out on a standardized test. Low pay, long hours, … Continue reading Teach for America, Inc. is in Seattle

Educators Push Back Against Obama’s “Business Model” for School Reforms

Thanks to Democracy Now for providing this aspect of Race to the Top. Juan Gonzalez speaks to Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, and Lois Weiner, a professor of education at New Jersey City University, about ed reform in this country. Continue reading Educators Push Back Against Obama’s “Business Model” for School Reforms

An Action Item

The founders of the organization Parents Across America,  sent the letter below to our state representatives. We are asking that each parent, student, teacher and community member who is concerned about the direction that President Obama and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, are taking in terms of the education of our children, please contact your representatives and let them know what you think. You can use this letter as a starting point for your communication to your members of Congress. Dora Parents Across America August 26, 2010 Dear Members of Congress, Several weeks ago, we wrote to you about our … Continue reading An Action Item