Jeb for Prez in 2016? Florida parents say No Way!


Keep making noise!! Jeb for President? Florida moms and dads says ‘No Way’!!!

Quote: “Put simply, it’s hard to buy Bush’s version of education utopia when his state trails America in things such as SAT scores and graduation rates.

Sure, “reform” talk continues to excite the conservative think tanks and voucher supporters. But those folks don’t decide elections. Moms and dads do. And moms and dads, who have seen their kids’ science classes cut to make way for bureaucratic busy work, aren’t impressed.

I think Jeb knows this. In fact, during his recent speech at Rollins, he devoted as much passion to energy issues — his support for the Keystone pipeline and natural gas — as he did education. He’s trying to branch out.”

http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79792583/

Shame on Chicago Board of Ed Members for Mocking / Bullying a Parent: Caught. Picture. #SHAME


Say it isn’t so … ?

Say I didn’t just read that Chicago Board of Education Members, Henry Bienen and Mahalia Hines, were making fun of an impassioned parent who chose to speak up for her children and their teachers … ?

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Really ? Really ?

So, while Rousemary Vega, Chicago parent, is pleading for her children in the space of under two minutes, while she is fighting for the rights of students and teachers everywhere, the right to speak up and be heard … they mock her? They turn and ridicule her?

I am a teacher. When we see that kind of behavior in the classroom, we are obligated to address it. If it continues, prolonged, it is an indicator of bullying. And, even from way down here in Florida, this teacher can call their behavior exactly what it is … bullying.

Yes … bullying. And do you know what they teach us to do when we see bullying? Stand up to it … recognize it … report it.

So, Chicago Board of Ed Members Bienen and Hines … shame on you. Consider yourself REPORTED ! And for the rest, everywhere, remember : We are watching – we will speak up – we will not be silenced, shamed, or bullied.

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Here is the video from that meeting. Watch the amazing Rousemary Vega, BADASS MOM, as she speaks up for children and teachers:

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Chicago ‘Opt Out’ Mom Speaks up for Teachers and Kids at Chicago Board of Ed Meeting – Video


Chicago has got it going on …

By it – I mean a huge ‘Opt Out’ movement. Parents have figured out that their children are taking too many standardized tests. They have figured out that the high stakes attached to those tests are destroying their schools and robbing their kids of a true education. And, they have had enough.

Take a look at this video of Chicago parent, Rousemary Vega, at today’s Chicago Board of Education meeting. She opted her child out of testing and now she is speaking up for Chicago teachers who are being threatened with disciplinary action.

She questions the Board: “I opt my children out of ISAT testing and the teachers get in trouble for it?” Then she speaks up and tells the truth, to a crowd of applause: “You shouldn’t punish teachers for standing up for our children. They are the ones who know what is going on in the classrooms.”

Watch her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS6Q2WzFliA

It is no wonder that Rousemary is what we fondly call a BADASS MOM. She has had it with these so called reforms that led to the closing of her own children’s neighborhood schools. She has had it with the over testing of her children. She has had it with these for-profit charter schools and management companies that are pilfering off her neighborhood schools.

She tells the Board of Ed: “Private, charter, whatever it is … it all sounds the same – Ching Ching Ching Money Money”

Then one by one, in the space of her two minutes at the microphone, she asks the right questions:

“Can we be respected as parents?”
“How fair is that for my student?”
“How do I explain that to my kids?

“How do I explain that their school wasn’t good enough for them but it is good enough for outsiders?”
“Why do you break up communities and expect us to sit still?”

And as she is escorted away, with her voice choking back tears, she calls out the words that bring tears to every mother watching: “I need more than two minutes … as a mother I am asking for … “

End tape. Rousemary didn’t get another minute.

But she will be back. And, she will continue to inspire teachers and parents everywhere. And they will be back, too …

One by one. This will happen.

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Thank you, Rousemary Vega. You are my personal hero !

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For more on the situation in Chicago, check out this article:

ISAT Probe Prompts ‘Livid’ Parents, Teachers to Berate School Board

For more on opting out : UnitedOptOut.com

Photo Credit: http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/

 

Behind the Test – Kicking off my new blog series. #BehindTheTest


I have recently considered doing a regular pod cast on education. I debated a name for this new series. Tonight, I decided on a name. While listening to my favorite podcast, a 1930′s radio show entitled, ‘Behind the Mike’ I decided to call my show ‘Behind the Test’.

I hope to dive deep into this recent obsession with high stakes testing in schools. To start off this announcement, I will share a tweet by a friend today. She is opting her child out of testing.

Retweeted  (@MSGunderson): My son, who is in 8th grade and opted out, asked me to write this on his forearm in protest. http://t.co/HlkPnPfND5

This is the state of testing in education today.

Read the writing on the wall … on the arms … behind the test.

To repost friend and fellow education advocate, Dr. Mark Naison : “Interrogation of opting out children by lawyers for the Chicago Public Schools is one of the sickest examples of police state tactics I have heard of in some time- a new low at a time when the bar of decency and morality has already been lowered substantially. We all need to stand up against this as if it were our own children being interrogated, because it is only a matter of time before others in power duplicate this outrage.”

More on Chicago Schools here:

http://preaprez.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/as-cps-sends-investigators-into-schools-to-interrogate-opt-out-students/

First podcast tomorrow, March 22nd. #BehindTheTest

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Behind The Mike:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ43UC5tIOY