A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday October 18, 2011 4:01 pm|
Los Angeles educators, parents and students are united to Occupy LAUSD to protest and highlight the state of Los Angeles schools, the second largest school district in the United States. Despite a $55 million surplus, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Directors have laid off 1,200 teachers, plus hundreds of custodial and clerical staff, school nurses, psychologists, and librarians.
|By: Ruth Calvo Saturday September 24, 2011 5:00 am|
Do you have a fond memory of something a teacher did for you? I will never find a better teacher than my first grade one, Ms. Scott, who reassured me in a clannish atmosphere that I was new to. Yes, I may have had more gifted or harder working or more impressive ones. But the nice way she tried to help me wedge into an already bonded society is among my best memories of teachers.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 10, 2011 9:04 am|
On the eve of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, my thoughts turn to peace. It’s hard to keep them there, though, because of the chorus of voices that scream for violence and war.
I grieve for those who died ten years ago in New York, DC, and Pennsylvania, as well as all who have died — and continue to die — in the wars spawned out of that attack. I long for the day when military fly-overs at football games become a thing of the past, and our cities have more statues to teachers than generals.
But the cheers for executions, and the willingness to spend billions of dollars on weapons to dole out death but mere pennies on social services that preserve life in one way or another for the most needy among us tell me that the day I long for is quite a ways off.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday September 10, 2011 7:52 am|
This weekend, the public will mourn a site of loss, recasting the painful memories and haunting fears that still hover over the aftermath at Ground Zero. But the people who worked and breathed that tragedy in the days and months following September 11 won’t be at the primary commemoration ceremony for the families of victims. The Mayor’s decision to limit the attendees by excluding the 9/11 first responders is an unnerving metaphor for an unhealed scar of 9/11. Many of the rescue and recovery workers who labored at Ground Zero have been plagued by a metastasizing medical crisis, aggravated by chronic political failure.
|By: Peterr Friday September 2, 2011 4:14 pm|
The Markets and the Financial Media were stunned by the August Jobs report, which said there were no net jobs created in August. Whatever gains there have been in certain sectors of private industry, every parent in the country with school-age kids can tell you how a sizable chunk of those gains were erased.
Cuts to school budgets.
Serious business leaders know that poor schools today means less qualified workers tomorrow. Local chambers of commerce get it, but if you expect the US Chamber of Commerce to come out in favor of more actual spending for school districts . . . well, I’ve got an abandoned school building to sell you.
|By: Scarecrow Friday August 5, 2011 12:30 pm|
Let us consider who else might be looking for jobs today. Today’s jobs report, the President reminded us, showed the private sector added over 150,000 new jobs, but that was offset by state and local governments laying off another 30,000 government employees. Those public sector layoffs have been occurring for months, and it looks like that layoff average will continue for another year or two.
|By: Blue Texan Sunday May 1, 2011 11:50 am|
It’s important to remember that Republican governors like Scott Walker (R-WI) aren’t just targeting unions when they go after teachers — they’re targeting public schools. Why? Because conservatives hate them.
|By: Jim White Monday March 7, 2011 6:30 pm|
On the heels of massive public demonstrations in Wisconsin and Ohio after Republican governors over-played their hands in seeking to destroy collective bargaining for public employees and make punitive cuts to education, Florida may be next in line. Tuesday, March 8 has been designated the day to “Awake The State“, with over thirty demonstrations planned across the state, spanning from Key West to Pensacola. There will even be multiple demonstrations in Tallahassee and Miami.
|By: Peterr Saturday February 26, 2011 9:00 am|
In one of the local Kansas City area school districts, a proposed levy increase that would have put an end to three years of major budget cuts failed, and so the cuts continue even as enrollment rises. In Wisconsin and elsewhere, cuts are driven not so much by the economy but by union-busting politicians. Elsewhere in the US, teacher layoffs are being announced. ‘Tis the season . . .
And yet, despite all this, the teachers still teach.
I am so grateful for those who taught me, and even today I am still realizing just how much of a gift they gave me.