Published September 5, 2013
DC , grassroots , public education
Tags: DCPS, Empower DC
The latest from Empower DC:
Education “reform” by the Mayor and Chancellor causes deliberate confusion and instability for DC families. These government officials who are rarely present in the communities they make decisions about don’t really know how these decisions affect families. They never talk directly with them; they never listen and engage in true dialog. The decisions they make such as closing 15 DCPS schools force families out of the Public School system towards the privately operated charter sector, which by no means is providing families with a better educational experience for their children. Check out this story from a grandparent we recently spoke to about how her grandchild’s school closure has affected her family this year:
“My grandson first went to a new charter school. He went one day and they put him in detention for not having on a belt. He’s only 10 years old. I talked with the principal and asked if he thought that was appropriate, to put a child in detention on the first day, when I didn’t know he needed the belt. He said “Unfortunately, that’s what we do.” He didn’t act right. So I put my grandson back in DCPS, even though I didn’t want to. Hopefully I can find another school soon.”
It is unjust that DC families have to bounce around from school to school, sector to sector without finding anywhere they feel they really belong. The time for community driven education reform is NOW. The time for solidarity is NOW. We, DC Residents, have to strengthen our resolve and say “These are our schools and we know what is best”
Join us on Saturday, September 14th for the State of the Schools Community Summit, where we will be planning next steps in true community driven improvement of Education in our city!
Saturday, September 14
1-3 PM at First Rock Baptist Church
4630 Alabama Ave. SE
Child care provided and shuttle to 1st Rock church will be
provided from the Benning Road Metro (Please RSVP)
Childcare provided, there will also be a shuttle from the Benning Road Metro taking folks to the meeting location (pick-ups at 12:30, 12:45 and 1:00pm)
Published July 10, 2013
DC , public education
Tags: David Catania, DCPS
D.C. parents, activists offer mixed reaction to Catania’s bills
Turnout may increase Tuesday for a hearing on some of Catania’s most controversial proposals, including a new local accountability system that would require DCPS schools to be closed or turned into charter-like “innovation schools” if they fail to meet performance targets.
This isn’t about improving education. This is about smashing the public school system, turning schools over to hedge funds, and driving black people out of DC. It isn’t about anything else.
Published July 2, 2013
DC , labor , public education
Tags: DCPS, WTU
Published June 16, 2013
2013 , DC , labor , public education
Tags: DCPS, WTU
Why are DCPS & WTU President Saunders Downplaying the Excessing of 500-600 Teachers?
Under the current Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) Collective Bargaining Agreement, there is a great likelihood that excessing eventually leads to one’s termination as there is no longer a requirement for teachers to be placed by DCPS. With fewer positions available due to school closings, it is reasonable to conclude more teachers will be forced out. What the general pubic doesn’t understand is that Highly Effective and Effective teachers are among the pool of excessed candidates. Add to this list the number of reconstituted schools (Cardozo High School and Patterson Elementary School) and the number of yearly excessed teachers increases.
We are led to believe by WTU’s President Saunders that the majority of teachers will get re-hired without any evidence to support these claims. Erich Martel, a retired DC Public Schools high school teacher ponders- “Why Chancellor Henderson and WTU President Saunders are downplaying the number of teachers getting excess notices this year?”
I am going to write a post about this, but in the meantime, At The Chalk Face has a great take down:
Saving DC Schools with Catastrophe Innovation!
Published June 15, 2011
DC , labor , public education
Tags: DCPS, WTU
The Washington Teacher
Please Join the Washington Teachers’ Union for a Special Event!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Premiere Screening & Panel Discussion
Benning Public Library
3935 Benning Road, NE
Washington, DC 20019
Please join WTU President Nathan Saunders, General Vice President Candi Peterson, community and education leaders for a premiere screening and panel discussion about the documentary, “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman.” This documentary was written and directed by New York City public school teachers and parents in response to the misleading film, “Waiting for Superman.” It depicts the real-life experiences of public school parents and educators to show how these so-called reforms are actually hurting education. It also highlights the kinds of real reform – inside schools and in our society as a whole – that are urgently needed to genuinely transform education in this country.
**WTU members are encouraged to attend this free event and participate in an engaging discussion about the challenges facing education reform in general and in the District of Columbia Public school system.**
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The continuing story of Hardy Middle School
Whatever the reasons for Pope’s removal, Hardy is still searching for a permanent replacement, Pope is currently serving as the principal at Savoy Elementary and Chancellor Kaya Henderson continues to resist calls for his return to Hardy.
It appears that Kaya Henderson is continuing Rhee’s trainwreck policies.
So, is Vincent Gray OK with this, or is he going to defend the school system?
WHY IS WAL-MART MONEY TELLING DC HOW TO RUN ITS SCHOOLS?
As we have pointed out, if an individual used the promise of money to force public officials to take certain actions it would be a serious criminal offense. No one has explained to us why this is not also true when foundations do it. What is happening in DC is that the legal role of the mayor, school superintendent and city council is being supplanted and undermined by individuals and groups that have no legal standing in the government.