...Angie Scioli, founder of Red4EdNC and fierce public school advocate, penned not only an incredible piece on why we should also march this May 1st, but one tjhat could not have been more perfectly timed. She begins, I went on a “listening tour” this week and talked to some NC teachers. I sensed some ambivalence … Continue reading The Best Explanation on Why Teachers Should March This Year As Well Is From…
Month: March 2019
Apples, Raised Fists, and Communism. A Teachable Moment From a Single Tweet.
Imagine you as a teacher found out that a symbol associated with you and your profession was the actual antithesis of what you are supposed to stand for. Take for instance the apple. A shiny red apple. However, there is a sordid version of its history. There is that fruit closely associated to that original … Continue reading Apples, Raised Fists, and Communism. A Teachable Moment From a Single Tweet.
Betsy DeVos is Our Dolores Umbridge
This picture is rather brilliant, eerie, humorous, yet foreboding. And it's appropriate because Betsy DeVos is our Dolorous Umbridge. (Credit:?) And funny. I do not know who the credit should go to, but if you find out, then let me know. Here are two women who have no real experience with public education (or the … Continue reading Betsy DeVos is Our Dolores Umbridge
Three Things To Consider About Berger’s April Fools Day Announcement Concerning “Education Legislation”
The following was sent out today as a statement from Sen. Phil Berger's office. Since when does an announcement need to be announced? It seems reminiscent of the big announcements that Mark Johnson was building suspense for in February to be revealed at a privately held dinner. And it screams of three specific things. First, … Continue reading Three Things To Consider About Berger’s April Fools Day Announcement Concerning “Education Legislation”
“Everybody Hurts” – How R.E.M.’s Iconic Song Tells Us To March on May 1st for More Services in NC’s Public Schools
Simply put, North Carolina needs more counselors, nurses, social workers and psychologists in public schools. Why? Because "everybody hurts. Sometimes." Teach for twenty years in public high schools and you become entrenched in the lives of young people. Thousands of them. Literally thousands. If you take the avocation of being a teacher seriously, then that … Continue reading “Everybody Hurts” – How R.E.M.’s Iconic Song Tells Us To March on May 1st for More Services in NC’s Public Schools
About the Statement Issued Today From the State Superintendent Who Has Never Rallied For Public Schools
Does it not make sense that if Mark Johnson and his cronies were listening to teachers closely and acting upon what those teachers were concerned about in these last few years, that we as public education advocates would not even have to entertain the thought of another protest on May 1st? Below is Johnson's reply … Continue reading About the Statement Issued Today From the State Superintendent Who Has Never Rallied For Public Schools
The Most Insane Education Bill of the 2019 NCGA Yet Belongs to…
Rep. Craig Horn. For finding ways to use technology for technology's sake and for trying to use preschoolers as bait to fuel an already sketchy industry. It is HB 485. A Virtual Early Learning Program. In other words, it is virtual preschool for 3 to 4 -year olds. In the three page proposal, Horn and … Continue reading The Most Insane Education Bill of the 2019 NCGA Yet Belongs to…
Expanding Medicaid for Students: A Reason to Go All Out on May 1st
When 500,000+ people in the state of North Carolina could have health insurance if North Carolina simply expanded Medicaid as so many other states already have, then you are dealing with a legislative body that is not interested in helping many stay healthy. Medicaid expansion would be a great step in combating the forces of … Continue reading Expanding Medicaid for Students: A Reason to Go All Out on May 1st
DeVoid of the Need of Special Needs Students: The Absolute DeVastation of Betsy DeVos
If you do not remember the confirmation hearings of Betsy DeVos from a little over two years ago, here is a refresher: She did not know what IDEA was – the Individuals With Disablilties Edcuation Act – and that it was a federal mandate that covers all schools. She did not know the difference between … Continue reading DeVoid of the Need of Special Needs Students: The Absolute DeVastation of Betsy DeVos
It’s 2019 And Now The NCGA Is Interested In Helping Public Schools?
News today that HB377 (test reduction) passed through the house chamber of the NCGA is another indication of the the shift in power that has occurred in the General Assembly since the last election. Actually, that testing bill is not the only one to gain some traction. There are multiple bills with support concerning calendar … Continue reading It’s 2019 And Now The NCGA Is Interested In Helping Public Schools?