Member since: 2002
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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,325
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
So please explain to me why he is the leading candidate? Do the people of Illinois really want that to happen? I find that hard to believe. Hopefully polls are wrong this early on.
From David Sirota:
Bruce Rauner, GOP Candidate for Illinois Governor, Promises Government Shutdown and Mass Firing of Public Workers
The video is from last year, but it has just surfaced.
In a newly surfaced video, Illinois' Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner suggested that, if elected governor, he will fire public employees and potentially shut the government down in order to address his state's fiscal challenges.
Here's what Reagan did in 1981. The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization went on strike. Reagan fired 11,000 of their workers, and he decertified their union.
Someone needs to tell the supporters of Bruce Rauner just what Reagan did. Maybe they have forgotten their history lessons.
Rauner is considered a top pickup opportunity for Republicans, as he has been consistently leading in polls in his election matchup against incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. His rhetoric against public employees stands in contrast to his business experience as a billionaire private equity executive who made his fortune managing government workers' public pension money.
About the polls, from July 29.
Rauner ahead in polls as Quinn counterpunches
In a ‘We Ask America’ poll conducted yesterday, Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner is leading incumbent Pat Quinn in the Illinois gubernatorial race by 14 points. To use a boxing analogy, Rauner is winning the early rounds by being more active, but now, Quinn has apparently stopped ‘feeling out’ Rauner and is ready to throw some punches himself.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Aug 4, 2014, 04:13 PM (13 replies)
From David Sirota:
In Push Against Teachers Unions, Campbell Brown Refuses to Release Names Of Funders
The founder of a high-profile group seeking to weaken teacher tenure laws refuses to reveal who is funding her efforts, despite her organization's stated aim to "bring transparency" to education policymaking. Campbell Brown, a former CNN news anchor who founded the Parents Transparency Project and the Partnership for Educational Justice, rejected the request for details about her funders during her appearance on "The Colbert Report" Thursday night to discuss a new lawsuit.
Sirota points out that unions could not get away with such tactics. They must reveal sources of funding.
As Brown keeps the identity of her financial backers under wraps, her organization describes itself as a group "whose mission is to bring transparency" to education policymaking.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Aug 2, 2014, 03:59 PM (1 replies)
From AFSCME on Twitter
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Aug 2, 2014, 03:49 PM (52 replies)
Someone above mentioned it. They don't refer to it as that very often anymore, but the fact still remains that it was not really a grassroots movement at all.....it was funded and founded by billionaire reformers. Sort of like the "grassroots" group called Freedom Works...remember that?
It's faux astroturf, fake grassroots.
"Parent Revolution"? Not really. Not grassroots. Started by charter school companies.
Parent Revolution claims to call for increasing parental authority over public education. But as a longtime advocate of parents taking active roles in education both at home and at school, I find this organization’s message to be a fraudulent promissory note, asking parents to believe that — when their note is cashed with the parents’ signature — Julio and Jamal will learn to read.
There's a good find at Schools Matter by a blogger there. In effect the Broad Foundation admits its donation to Parents Revolution is to form more charter schools.
However, the most important discovery made during this investigation was a sizable $50,000 contribution from the Eli and Edyth Broad Foundation to Parent Revolution on their 2009 990 Form. Corporate charter charlatan Ben Austin constantly states that his organization supports "parent empowerment" and is leading a "dynamic social movement" "committed to a kids-first agenda where parents have a real voice in their kids’ futures." Sounds very noble no? Well, in a rare lapse of candor, the Broad donation defines both the purpose of their contributions and Parent Revolution's raison d'être:
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Aug 1, 2014, 01:35 PM (1 replies)
I just watched her interview with Stephen Colbert. She is so annoying and superior and condescending to teachers.
Colbert at the end says he "respects.." her....because there is no one else sitting "at the table" with him. He admits it's unusual to have protestors outside his show.
It's amazing to me that she would admit to not naming her funders, her sponsors...because they would be harassed. Oh, my..okay for her to harass teachers by trying to get rid of their due process, but we certainly don't want her rich funders annoyed.
The video is at Crooks and Liars
Mrs. Dan Senor has a new project to keep her busy this summer and fall. As the new school year looms on the horizon, Campbell Brown 'tearfully' announced that she has no option but to file a lawsuit in New York that looks just like the recently-decided Vergara v. California.
I like it when Colbert asked her how they are "helping" the students and parents...he asks if she is giving them cash or what.
Once career teachers can easily be replaced by cheaper less experienced teachers, the situation is ripe for the "reformers" to move in. Changing teaching from a career to a temp job...it's the public school teachers with few resources versus the billionaire boys' club moving in to profit from our students.
She sounds so much like Arne Duncan. They both talk in glittering generalities and use public relations speak. Trying to get them to give a real answer to a real question is impossible.
Getting deeper by the minute.
Editing post to give a new link to the video...since the other was taken down.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Aug 1, 2014, 12:00 PM (121 replies)
They absolutely look radiant, so happy. They are filing a suit against teachers who have due process rights. They are well-funded, ready to begin their fight against public schools teachers.
Campbell's husband, Dan Senor, is not pictured. However he is joining his wife in her fight against public education.
He was a major architect of the Iraq invasion, but since he is on the board of Michelle Rhee's group Students First he is in a position to help in the anti-union anti-teacher fight.
Teacher Tenure Fight Comes to New York City
Plaintiffs backed by Campbell Brown file suit to overturn teacher tenure laws. (WNYC)
I doubt that cheering little girl has understanding of this situation.
Seven parents filed a lawsuit with New York State Supreme Court on Monday seeking to overturn teacher tenure laws that they said prevent their children from receiving a "sound basic education" that is guaranteed by New York State’s constitution.
Notice no blame is assigned to the student, no blame to the parent. Only the teacher.
This is very similar to the overturning of teacher due process rights in California recently. The parents and students stand publicly blaming only the teacher.
I find myself wondering to myself, but never out loud of course....were rewards given to these parents for their efforts? And the students who were paraded in public...did they really understand the implications of what they were doing?
Just like the California ruling, the plaintiffs are pictured publicly. Mainly students. Do they really understand?
Michelle Rhee is smiling.
Attorneys Theodore Boutrous, far right, and Marcellus McRae, second from right , are joined by nine California public school students who sued the state to abolish its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections, during a news conference in January.
The union said:
This is basically a sad time in America's history of public education. It is sort of like the beginning of the end for a proud tradition.
Instead of giving schools needed resources, the policy of this administration is taking those resources, and lot of money....from public schools. They are giving it to private companies who want to form charter schools that are not regulated financially or educationally.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jul 28, 2014, 11:16 PM (95 replies)
Published on Jul 26, 2014
Thousands March In Free Palestine Protest, London 26th July 2014
PHOTOS HERE: http://www.demotix.com/news/5372515/t...
Footage taken on Whitehall outside Downing Street.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jul 27, 2014, 02:25 AM (12 replies)
Watch those eyes. He thinks he's so clever.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 05:14 PM (14 replies)
This is a perfect example of why education "reformers" have so much influence, though they know little about education. There is money and power behind them, and the media loves them. Teachers have little money and influence, and there are only a few bloggers telling their side of it.
How in the world did a former CNN anchor and an Iraq war architect get the credibility to move into New York public education? Who gave them the authority to try and force teachers to lose due process and collective bargaining rights?
There's a important graph at Muckety. Also an article about them.
Brown and Senor take on New York teachers
TV journalist Campbell Brown and Republican strategist Dan Senor are becoming the first couple of school reform.
Don't miss Salon's article today by very capable education writer, Jeff Bryant. Love its digs at Michelle Rhee.
A reeling Michelle Rhee passes the lead to Campbell Brown
For years, Michelle Rhee, the former District of Columbia schools chancellor, has been upheld in the media as someone with the formula and fight required to “fix” public schools.
I wonder how New York teachers feel right now while waiting the same shenanigans that led up to the teachers of California losing their due process rights in court?
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 12:19 AM (40 replies)
Found at Twitter
I looked up more about Reuven Moskovitz and found this article from 2010. He is quite an activist. From BBC
Jewish activists sail to Gaza in defiance of blockade
Richard Kuper, a member of the UK-based organising group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said it was a symbolic act of protest and also a message of solidarity to "Palestinians and Israelis who seek peace and justice".
Well said, Mr. Moskovitz.
Crossposted at Twitter
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jul 22, 2014, 05:44 PM (56 replies)