A busy mom and professional woman reflects on the impact of proposed budget cuts to education in Colorado as reflected in her own children’s lives and the children in public schools all around her state.
Archives for March 2011
Longtime education activist Leonie Haimson joins the MOMocrats MOMochat to talk about class size, budget cuts, NYC schools, and how parents can get organized to fight for public schools in the face of manufactured budget crises.
Release of “value-added” student achievement scores as a way to measure teachers in the Los Angeles Times (and an attempt to release them in the NY Times) has roiled the discussion on education policy as shaped by billionaire philanthropists and business-minded school superintendents. The Columbia Journalism Review exhaustively documents editorial debates over the release of the data.
The NYT’s editorial on determining fair standards for identifying effective and ineffective teachers: during times of budget crisis, layoffs shouldn’t pit new teacher effectiveness against costlier senior teachers as is the case under existing “last hired, first fired” rules. Most troubling: defining teacher effectiveness through student performance. (How about raising revenue and cutting elsewhere first?)
American teachers need to sacrifice, because millionaires need their tax cuts. NOT!!!
2010 candidate for Congress Krystal Ball of Virginia guest blogs about how her preschool-aged daughter Ella has deepened her commitment to using the democratic and electoral process to shape public policy and make a better world for her child and everyone else’s.
The GOP House majority delivered a bill with $11 billion in cuts to education which is now under review by the Senate. The current budget extension expires March 4, 2011. Needed immediately: your voices raised to stop these drastic cuts.