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Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

By Deb McCurdy, Special to K12NN On March 18, 2013, public education advocates, administrators, school board members, school administrators, non-profit organizations and philanthropists convened at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The event followed from a discussion a group of First District CA PTA delegates had with State Senator Carol Liu’s staff on state funding issues. ... »

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Teacher Evaluations)

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Teacher Evaluations)

There are so many reasons why California is poised to regain her leadership among states in public education. Most of them stem from the fact that policy-wise, we haven’t completely knuckled under to the damaging policies put forth by the Obama administration. We’ve been evasive on bending to the conditions required for a Race to the Top waiver. We have a large Democratic majority in b... »

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Budget/School Funding)

The California PTA Legislative Conference is an excellent gathering orchestrated by the state PTA and usually happens every spring after everyone’s had a chance to digest the governor’s January budget announcement and State of the State address. (KQED has provided 7, 15, and full 30 minute versions of the State of the State here.) We legislative chairs and “lege trackers” f... »

Public School Districts Fight Back Against Privatization With District-Based, All Public “Schools of Choice”

The myth is that charters “own” innovation. I don’t buy the myth. In the K12NN FAQ Wiki, I’ve gathered too many examples of 100% public schools that are truly public inside and out —  democratic governance mechanisms for the internal and operational affairs of the school and with outward public accountability to taxpayers in all things budgetary — I want to high... »

The Biggest Test Americans Could Fail Isn’t Multiple Choice

Since that fateful day on December 14, 2012, we’ve been grieving with the rest of the nation over the senseless deaths of children and their teachers at Newtown, Connecticut. While harder to summon, even pity and empathy must be extended to the obviously disturbed young man Adam Lanza and his mother, who inadvertently armed her son with the guns to kill her, Sandy Hook Elementary children an... »

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here’s the Recap

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here’s the Recap

In case you missed the #kidsnotcuts Twitter party with our expert Lily Eskelsen (@NEAToday) as the featured guest, I’ve collected some of the tweet highlights. http://twitter.com/K12NN/status/269138110795882497 A brief excerpt from Ms. Eskelsen’s bio: President Obama recently appointed Lily to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, whose goal is to expand e... »

Fiscal Showdown & Reduced Federal Spending on Education? We Say Kids, Not Cuts

My home state is California, and we just successfully survived our own state version of the “fiscal cliff” when it comes to education. Here, they were called the “trigger cuts.” If Proposition 30 — essentially part of the June 30, 2012 budget passed by the legislature that needed the people’s thumbs up at the ballot box — hadn’t gotten that thumbR... »

Guest Post: Tennessee Lawmakers Must Abolish School Corporal Punishment

April is "National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month" and the rally was to raise awareness of the harmful and abusive practice of "School Corporal Punishment" while calling on Tennessee lawmakers to take action to abolish school corporal punishment in the state of Tennessee (already prohibited in Nashville schools and schools in 31 U.S. states), to ensure EQUAL access to safe and healthy ... »

College Affordability and Why Your Vote Matters

College Affordability and Why Your Vote Matters

Preserving college affordability will require concerted effort by over-18 voters and their parents, using all available legislative and other political efforts. It's time to vote out representatives who don't support public education at any level. »

The Democratic Party Launches the Women's Institute — Will Progressive Women Fighting to Protect Public Education From Privatization Be Able to Engage The Party There?

Chairwoman of the DNC Debbie Wasserman-Schultz introduces a new effort by the Democratic Party to reach out, engage, and exhort women voters to get out the vote. Some key supporters of the Democrats' efforts to re-elect President Obama and regain seats in the House and Senate may have big differences on the Obama administration when it comes to education policy. Could the Women's Institute be a pl... »

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