Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why I Support Tom Torlakson for School Superintendent


I, and the Sacramento Progressive Alliance supports the re-election of Tom Torlakson for  California Superintendent of Public Instruction.
If you believe in public education, if you think preparing students to live and work in a democracy is an important role for state government- then this election is important.  The election will set the direction of school improvement for the next four years.
You and I have a choice.  It is not a perfect choice, but the options are stark. We can continue with the current improvements in k-12 education (Torlakson), or we can move the state down the road of test driven, corporate neoliberal model of schooling (Tuck).  Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, are following this route- and their schools are failing.
Current scores on achievement tests for California students are too low.  This is primarily a result of California’s underinvestment in children, its lack of support for children in poverty, and California’s low investment in  k-12 schools for the last thirty years.
We can not improve the schools without improving funding for schools and support for children living in poverty.  That argument being made by Marshall Tuck is a fraud.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We Need the Representative Democracies of Unions i...

Choosing Democracy: We Need the Representative Democracies of Unions i...:  October 16, 2014 Leo Casey of the Albert Shanker Institute replies to Deborah Meier again today. Deb:  To practice genuine democ...

Monday, October 13, 2014

]Corporate Titans throw Millions into Tuck Campaign...

Choosing Democracy: Corporate Titans throw Millions into Tuck Campaign...: Corporate school   “reformers” have raised over $4 million from the very rich during the last week to contribute to the campaign to elec...

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tuck raises more $ than Torlakson in School Chief'...

Choosing Democracy: Tuck raises more $ than Torlakson in School Chief'...:   Tom Torlakson  As of October 1, Charter School Business manager Marshall Tuck has outpaced incumbent Tom Torlakson in raising fund...

Friday, October 03, 2014

Choosing Democracy: Profits for Corporate School "Reformers"

Choosing Democracy: Profits for Corporate School "Reformers": ROCKETSHIP TO PROFITS Silicon Valley breeds corporate reformers with national reach By David Bacon Rethinking Schools, Fall 2014 http...

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Colorado Students Protest Censorship in Curriculum...

Choosing Democracy: Colorado Students Protest Censorship in Curriculum...: By CAITLIN MACNEAL Published SEPTEMBER 30, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT Talking Points Memo. Jefferson County, Colo., closed two high schools ...