The Nightmare in Chicago Continues

Today, in Chicago, thousands of people came out to protest the school closings and massive layoffs that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education have imposed. I found out that the people of Chicago do not get to elect their Board of Education. They are appointed by the mayor. Hmmm…

Here’s a link with information.

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/3313-stand-with-chicago-teachers?locale=en

Nightmare in Chicago

I just need to reiterate that the opinions on this page are my own. With that said, I am deeply saddened and disgusted with what Rahm Emanuel has done to Chicago Public Schools. The article I am posting is the type of information all public school stakeholders need to know. The backdoor deals and millions of dollars poured into charter/private schools as an attempt to dismantle public education is revolting. If I learned anything from this mess, it’s the next time I vote for President, I am doing a thorough research on where they stand on public education. This mess in Chicago didn’t happen overnight. And, yes, President Obama was a part it during his time as Senator in Illinois.

Chicago School Closings And The Joyce Foundation: The Obama Connection

PAA DEMANDS End to High Stakes Testing and Privatization

Parents Across America is a wonderful organization that supports students and teachers. ESEA is up for reauthorization this week. I have attached the recommendations from Parents Across America. Please read and contact Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and your House Rep and ask them to make changes to ESEA that will benefit all children.

Shared responsibility: a concept school reformers choose to ignore

Excellent food for thought!

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The best orthopedic surgeon in the country performs a knee replacement, but the patient fails to complete his prescribed physical therapy and the knee doesn’t heal properly.  Is the bum knee the surgeon’s fault?

A master violinist gives a pupil violin lessons, but the pupil refuses to practice and does not care to learn how to play the violin. Is the pupil’s failure to excel at the instrument the master violinist’s fault?

An expert carpenter builds a beautiful deck, but its owners neglect to seal it regularly and take care of it. Is the run-down deck that results the expert carpenter’s fault?

A skilled dentist cleans a person’s teeth, but the person refuses to brush and floss. Are the person’s dirty teeth the dentist’s fault?

A top-rated cleaning company cleans a person’s house from top to bottom, but the homeowner continues to leave trash everywhere. Is the dirty house the…

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Grading Schools Isn’t the Answer

Wonderful op-ed from the New York Times. Here’s one of my favorite quotes:

“And yet now, policy makers in both parties propose ratcheting it up further — this time, by “grading” teachers as well.

It’s a mistake. In the year I spent reporting on John H. Reagan High School in Austin, I came to understand the dangers of judging teachers primarily on standardized test scores. Raw numbers don’t begin to capture what happens in the classroom. And when we reward and punish teachers based on such artificial measures, there is too often an unintended consequence for our kids.”