Analysis James Meredith: This is what Martin Luther King Jr. would tell school ‘reformers’ – The Answer Sheet

 

There cannot be a more qualified person to speak about Civil Rights than James Meredith.  Valerie Strauss describes the 83 year old’s history with Martin Luther King and subsequent life-long fight for civil rights.  His and William Doyle’s statement about education reform and choice is well worth reading.

By James Meredith with William Doyle

President Trump calls education the “civil rights issue of our time.”  But he is pursuing education policies that will increase segregation and inequality, dismantle public education in America, and imperil the future of our democracy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/04/28/james-meredith-this-is-what-martin-luther-king-jr-would-tell-school-reformers/?utm_term=.8feab63056b6&wpisrc=nl_answer&wpmm=1

Massachusetts: Commissioner Seeks Power to Remove Teachers Unilaterally

Read the rest of this article on Diane Ravitch’s blog

Trump’s Education Budget Will Undermine Teaching and Schools

By Leonie Haimson / Network for Public Education – In Altnet

Class size reduction is not only extremely popular among parents and teachers – it is one of the very few reforms proven to work through rigorous evidence, and to provide especially large benefits for children from low-income families and students of color, who see twice the academic gains from small classes. Indeed, it is only one of a handful of educational policies that has been shown to significantly narrow the achievement gap between economic and racial groups.

Research has also linked smaller classes to improvements in many other ways, boosting non-cognitive skills and parent involvement. Class size reduction lessens disciplinary problems because students are more engaged in classroom discussion and debate and less likely to be disruptive.

Small classes also ease teacher attrition rates – particularly in high-needs districts, because teachers are more successful they are less likely to quit the profession or transfer to schools with more advantaged students. See the Class Size Matters research summary, showing these and other benefits.

http://www.alternet.org/education/trumps-proposed-education-budget-cuts-will-increase-class-size-nationwide

 

13 Questions That Scare Charter School Advocates Communities need to know what they’re being sold.

By Alan Singer / The Huffington Post April 18, 2017

The Network for Public Education is challenging the Trump/DeVos anti-public school agenda. According to NPE, “DeVos and her allies have worked for decades pushing charters, vouchers and neo-vouchers such as education tax credits. DeVos even supports virtual charter schools that have a horrific track record when it comes to student success.”

This campaign picks up urgency as Arizona just passed legislation providing its entire student population with vouchers to attend private, for-profit, and religious schools. The law is modeled on Trump/DeVos proposals.

The public is often confused by the Trump/DeVos assault on public schools because they frame it as promoting “choice.” In response, The Network for Public Education prepared a thirteen-point question/answer toolkit to expose the lies and distortions of charter school, voucher, and tax credit advocates. The full toolkit is available online. This report excerpts key items from the toolkit.

Read the entire article at http://www.alternet.org/education/13-hard-questions-charter-schools-promoters-dont-want-taxpayers-ask?akid=15435.2623233.l7fEOh&rd=1&src=newsletter1075740&t=12

A Note to Senator Lindsey Graham About Hypocrisy By Diane Ravitch

What happened to the expectation that each generation would give the next a lift?

 

Dear Senator Graham,

I hope someone on your staff sees this. If not, I hope that readers in South Carolina send it to you. This is an important message from one of your constituents.

She writes:

I had an opportunity to listen to Senator Lindsey Graham talk about how he lifted himself up and became the Senator from SC he is today. He said both his parents died before he began college.

But he failed to say his social security benefits (based on the death of his parents), at that time, continued through age 21 and that full-time tuition at a flagship state college in SC was roughly $287.00 per semester and $596.00 per semester, if you lived in a dorm (no food plan). This included University provide healthcare.

Back then it was easy to self-fund college on social security benefits and summer and part-time jobs. I know I did it, too. I earned $20.00- 30.00 per day waiting tables during the breakfast shift at Howard Johnson. My University even held my check for several weeks at that time. (My father was killed in Vietnam so I also had $330.00 per month VA but they paid really late during the semester). My husband also self-funded working a work study job and obtaining student loans. He left college as a chemical engineer with a $55.00 per month student loan.

He could not have done it today. Nor could I. Nor could my husband. It amazes me the disconnect of our politicians with the plight of our young people today. Comparing his experience of “lifting himself up by his bootstraps” with what our kids face today is ludicrous.

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/04/18/a-note-to-senator-lindsey-graham-about-hypocrisy/

 

 

Newly Energized Liberals Pour Record Effort Into Local Races

By Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal

Much of the grass-roots energy is being channeled not by Democratic leaders but by virtual political organizers who have proliferated online in the wake of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s loss to Mr. Trump last year. Liberal advocacy sites like The Daily Kos and Moveon.org are breaking political fundraising and participation records.

ActBlue, an online fundraising conduit for Democratic campaigns, handled 4 million donations totaling $111 million in the first quarter of 2017—more than four times as much

via Newly Energized Liberals Pour Record Effort Into Local Races – WSJ

Organizing Against The Trump/DeVos Mis-Education Agenda

Alan Singer, Contributor   Huffington Post

Posted in Diane Ravitch’s Blog

“The Network for Public Education is leading the campaign challenging the Trump/DeVos anti-public school agenda. According to NPE “DeVos and her allies have worked for decades pushing charters, vouchers and neo-vouchers such as education tax credits. DeVos even supports virtual charter schools that have a horrific track record when it comes to student success.

This campaign picks up urgency as Arizona just passed legislation providing its entire student population with vouchers to attend private, for-profit, and religious schools. The law is modeled on Trump/DeVos proposals.

 

 

via Organizing Against The Trump/DeVos Mis-Education Agenda | The Huffington Post