Coalition for Education Justice to Release Report on CRE
Eighty-five percent of public school students in New York City are Black, Latinx, or Asian and yet most go to schools where the curriculum they are taught does not reflect their cultures, histories, or experiences.
CEJ will reveal their findings on February 20th, and call on the Department of Education to do what is right by all NYC children implement a Culturally Responsive Curriculum.
#Red4Ed Wave Continues Across the Country
DENVER STRIKE ENDS
The teachers went out on strike on Monday, with nearly 100 schools and 3,800 educators participating. Hundreds of students chose to stand in solidarity with their teachers on the picket line during the week.
A couple hundred students from Oakland’s public schools staged a “sick-out” last Friday, and marched to school district headquarters to support their teachers, who are threatening to strike in order to get meaningful investment in their schools. See coverage of the student rallyHERE.
Then came news thatTeach for America had informed its Oakland “corps members” that they should cross picket lines in the event of a strike, or risk thousands of dollars in post-service reward funds that are available to TFA teachers at the end of their service. Over 300 TFA alumni slammed the threat in a public letter.
U.S. House Education Committee Holds Hearing on School Facilities and Under-funding
Panelists at thehearing included Sharon Contreras, superintendent of the Greensboro, North Carolina schools, Anna King of the National PTA, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Also on the panel was Dr. Ben Scafidi, an economics professor at Kennesaw State University, who pressed the panel to support market-based reforms like charter schools and voucher programs. Scafidi told the Committee that even teacher salaries would likely increase if public schools were subject to market competition (apparently he hasn’t seen the data showing charter school teachers are paid substantially less than public school teachers).
Democrats on the Committee, including new Congresswoman Alana Hayes--a former Teacher of the Year from Connecticut, blasted Scafidi’s remarks. Additional Committee hearings will be scheduled in the House.