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Fabulous TED Talk about Choice…

In creativity, democracy, families, films for teacher education, freedom on April 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm
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Save Our Schools March July 30th – Pack Your Bags!

In communities, democracy, discourse, Education Policy, high-stakes tests on April 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Plan your trip to D.C. now! The SOS (Save Our Schools) Movement is gaining strength and powerful educators from across the country will converge in D.C. July 28 – 31 in the summer of 2011, with the march actually happening on July 30th. Be part of this historic event when teachers stand up and demand that schools be saved from the damaging policies and practices from NCLB and Race to the Top.

A group of students from here at the University of Georgia are organizing a trip – so if you work on a college campus somewhere, encourage preservice and inservice teachers alike to experience the amazing power of collective action and organizing.

And if you’re in a school, organize a bus trip or car pool or cross-country flight to demonstrate your commitment to education and these demands from SOS (pasted from their website):

For the future of our children, we demand:

Equitable funding for all public school communities

  • Equitable funding across all public schools and school systems
  • Full public funding of family and community support services
  • Full funding for 21st century school and neighborhood libraries
  • End to economically and racially re-segregated schools

End high stakes testing used for the purpose of student, teacher, and school evaluation

  • Use multiple and varied assessments to  evaluate students, teachers, and schools
  • End pay per test performance for teachers and administrators
  • End to public school closures based upon test performance

Teacher, family and community leadership in forming public education policies

  • Educator and civic community leadership in drafting new ESEA legislation
  • Federal support for local school programs free of punitive and competitive funding
  • End political and corporate control of curriculum, instruction and assessment decisions for teachers and administrators

Curriculum developed for and by local school communities

  • Support teacher and student access to a wide-range of instructional programs and technologies
  • Well-rounded education that develops every student’s intellectual, creative, and physical potential
  • Opportunities for multicultural/multilingual curriculum for all students
  • Small class sizes that foster caring, democratic learning communities

 

Here’s the SOS website again – check it out!

 

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