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A dangerous trend

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First, parents at Gatewood Elementary came up with enough money to pay to keep a teacher there. Yesterday, Garfield High School parents received a letter from their PTSA telling them that Garfield must “produce” $92,000 by this Friday to save a teaching position there. The letter said, “There will be no replacement – the cancelled classes will simply cease to exist and the affected students will finish the semester with a hole in their schedules.”


Booster clubs boost some

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A new study highlights the huge inequities at public schools across the country due to private groups raising more and more money to “make up” for inadequate funding. Couple that with the recent effort by parents at a Seattle school who raced to raise money to keep one of their teachers from being transferred and you begin to see the complexities of school funding and inequality of services provided to students.


Vermont teachers have TA

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Educators in South Burlington have reached a Tentative Agreement as of Saturday. Thanks to all who sent messages of support. See article directly below for more details.


Solidarity with Vermont

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Some 250 teachers and other educators are on strike in South Burlington, VT. The sticking issues? Salaries and health care. This is the fourth day of the strike and our union sisters and brothers could use some inspiration. Please send notes, letters and encouraging words to sbealetters@gmail.com


No better time than now

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College of the Holy Cross assistant professor Jack Schneider says “education reformers” have gotten good at “scaring the hell out of people” about the state of public education. Schneider’s work points out that there has never been a better time to be a student in America’s public schools.


The right thing to do

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You gotta’ love reading entertaining endorsements. Check "The Stranger" to see what they say about Initiative 1351.


Testing limits on the horizon

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As the burden of tests and testing weighs heavily on students, teachers, administrators and parents, states are pushing back saying students are taking too many exams and that the exams are being given too much weight, writes Education Week's Alyson Klein. The movement to stagger federally mandated tests is still in its early stages but definitely gaining momentum.


Schools held to outdated benchmark

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See what WEA President Kim Mead said in a "New York Times" article last week outlining the fact that our schools are, “caught in a political crossfire of a battle over education policy,” according to reporter Motoko Rich.


Money talks but doesn't always help

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Former New York Times journalist Bob Herbert questions why should America’s wealthiest individuals, foundations and families wield so much influence – often toxic – on the ways our students in public schools are taught? Read this thought-provoking article.


Opening Gates

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Read what Bill Gates has to say about the current Common Core controversy. More curious than what he regularly preaches about Common Core, are some of the comments he and others like Arne Duncan make about parents, teachers, unions and so on. Patronizing? Just a bit.


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