Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Choosing Democracy: Another Opportunity Missed - Civic Education Polic...

Choosing Democracy: Another Opportunity Missed - Civic Education Polic...: California education policy makers have once again written and published a nice looking report on school curriculum – this one on the need ...

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Choosing Democracy: "Better than the Republicans", Not Good Enough

Choosing Democracy: "Better than the Republicans", Not Good Enough: by Jeff Bryant, A common admonition progressives have gotten used to hearing over the years is to support more conservative Democratic c...

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Choosing Democracy: Breton repeats deeply flawed Vergara claims

Choosing Democracy: Breton repeats deeply flawed Vergara claims: Sacramento Bee opinion columnist Marco Breton published a piece on Sunday,   July 6, noting that Progress ( on race relations) has been ...

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Choosing Democracy: Let Teachers Teach, Stop Toxic Testing

Choosing Democracy: Let Teachers Teach, Stop Toxic Testing: by Félix Pérez By one estimate, nearly one-third of school time is now spent preparing students to take standardized tests, administerin...

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Choosing Democracy: When Teachers are left out of Common Core

Choosing Democracy: When Teachers are left out of Common Core: by Jeff Bryant This act is wearing thin. As  implementations of Common Core State Standards falter  around the country, supporters of t...

Monday, June 16, 2014

We Won't Give Up- Attacks on Teachers

Choosing Democracy: We Won't Give Up- Attacks on Teachers: National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel is angry at people who would treat our children as commodities in order to yie...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Vergara v. State of California Decision



Vergara v. State of California is a meritless lawsuit brought by Students Matter, an organization created by Silicon Valley multimillionaire David Welch and a private public relations firm for the sole purpose of filing this suit. Students Matter is supported by Michelle Rhee and Students First, Parent Revolution Executive Director Ben Austin, Billionaire and school privatizer Eli Broad, former lawmaker Gloria Romero, and other corporate education reformers with an interest in privatizing public education and attacking teachers’ unions. The suit challenges California statutes governing due process in teacher dismissals, using experience as a criteria during school layoffs, and the two-year probationary period for teachers. The suit wrongly alleges those laws are unconstitutional and hurt students. The defendant in the suit is the State of California. CTA and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) intervened in the case to ensure all stakeholders have input in educational policy decisions and to protect the rights of educators. 
Simply put, this lawsuit highlights the wrong problems, proposes the wrong solutions, and follows the wrong process. This is yet another attempt by the usual corporate special interests to undermine the teaching profession and push their agenda on California public schools and students. Circumventing the legislative process to strip teachers of their due process rights will not improve student learning, will make it harder to attract and retain quality teachers in our classrooms, and ignores all the research that shows experience is a key factor in effective teaching. This is a blatant effort to legislate from the bench, keeping parents and educators out of education policy decisions.  

Choosing Democracy: What the media avoids about the Vergara decision

Choosing Democracy: What the media avoids about the Vergara decision: Diane Ravitch. http://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/11/were-the-vergara-trial-teachers-grossly-ineffective-no/