Wednesday, November 28, 2012
One of the things the right wing does is keep organizing. While we rest and recover from an election, they are off on their next campaign. They do this by having hundreds of advocates. So, while some recover, others launch their next campaign.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Democracy and Education Institute has again submitted a proposal for support of efforts to update the California History Social Science Framework so that California students would study Chicano/Latino history as a part of their k-12 education.
Explanation of why new legislation is needed.
African American history and Women’s History ( White women) has been included since 1986.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
How Teachers Unions Lead the Way to Better Schools . Diane Ravitch upends the "bad teachers" narrative.
By Amy Dean
I have a concern: Teachers are getting pummeled. Too often,
they are being demonized in the media and blamed by
politicians for being the cause of bad schools. Right-wing
governors, power-hungry mayors and corporate "reformers" -
all ignoring root issues such as poverty and inequality -
have scapegoated the people who have devoted their lives to
educating our children. Moreover, these forces are seeking
to destroy the collective organizations formed by educators:
The stakes for our country could not be more profound. The
labor movement and the public education system are two
critical institutions of American democracy. And they are
two that go hand in hand. Teachers unions have played a
critical role in advocating for public education, but you'd
never know it from mainstream media coverage. Therefore,
there is a great need to lift up this tradition and
highlight the efforts of teachers to collectively push for
top-notch public schools.
To figure out how we can push forward on this issue, I
talked with Diane Ravitch, one of the country's leading
education historians and public school advocates. A
professor at New York University, Ravitch is a former
Assistant Secretary of Education and the author of several
books, including 2010's The Death and Life of the Great
American School System: How Testing and Choice Are
Saturday, November 10, 2012
From, Sacramento News and Review.
In this case the News and Review covers what the Sacramento Bee ignores.
Speaking of that whole Waiting for ‘Superman’ cult: What was Sacramento’s first couple doing this election season while hundreds of millions of dollars were on the line for Sacramento schools? Roving the country, trying to screw up other people’s school systems, of course.
Michelle Rhee, patron saint of the teacher-bashing movement, has been using her Sacramento-based StudentsFirst organization—a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization, of course—to funnel money into ballot measures in several states.
In Michigan, StudentsFirst funded anti-union groups trying to defeat a ballot measure that would put the right to organize unions for private and public employees into the state’s constitution. It’s a right that is recognized in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but apparently not one that Rhee thinks Michigan teachers (or any other workers) should have.
“I love teachers. Effective teachers,” she told members of the Michigan state Legislature while lobbying against the measure. By “effective” Rhee means teachers with high test scores: exactly the kind of evaluation system she instituted as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., schools before her boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty, was unelected and Rhee had to follow. The same kind of system that Raymond was warning about in his critique of Race to the Top.
StudentsFirst also poured money during this election into a Georgia ballot measure that, if passed, would make it possible for charter-school companies to get approval from state officials, even if local school boards turn them down. Rhee’s group is one of the biggest contributors—at $250,000—along with Alice Walton, heiress of the Walmart fortune.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Thank You. Great victories in California.
We defeated the billionaires efforts to crush organized labor and to continue the anti tax radicalism.
We defeated the anti labor proposition 32.
We passed Prop. 30, to fund schools, universities and social services. The schools will be funded this year and next. This is a floor under austerity. It raises taxes on the rich to pay for services. It does raise income tax by ¼ of percent – but 90% of the tax increases are on the rich . A tax of 1-3 % on those who make over $250,000 per year.
My own Congressional district is so close that it can not be called yet.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
The Nov. 1 Field Poll says that if the election were held today 48 % would vote Yes on Prop. 30 to fund schools, colleges and public services, 38 % would vote no, and 14 % are undecided. That is too close. We need your effort this weekend to get the 14 % to become a Yes vote. This vote is our best opportunity to reverse the austerity cycle of budgeting used in California for the last 4 years since the economic crisis.
Please act on this email. There is a list of 30 actions you can take this weekend.
From the Governor,
The California Dream was built on a system of public schools and colleges that gave every Californian access to the education needed to get ahead.
Today, I’m asking you to join me in supporting Proposition 30 because we can’t keep cutting our schools and still keep the economy strong for the next generation.
With your YES vote on Prop. 30, we can:
▪ Stop another $6 billion in cuts to our schools this year.
▪ Prevent steep tuition hikes for college students and their families.
▪ Invest in our schools and colleges so we can prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future.
Let’s work together to invest in our children and a strong economy for California’s future.
Join me in voting YES on Prop. 30.
Here is what we need you to do:
Pick at least 4.
▪ Write a Letter to the Editor
▪ Call 30 people in the state to vote for Prop 30
▪ Before school, place Prop 30 signs at the corners of the school ground- public property
▪ Write everyone on your email list