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Doug Noble Speaks Out Against Proposed Military Academy in RCSD

Doug Noble’s Speech to the RCSD School Board April 28, 2016 As someone with a Ph.D. in education who’s written extensively about the military in public education, when I first heard of the proposed military academy, I went and reviewed a century of research on the merits, costs, and overall educational value of such schools. After all, if someone were proposing a new school based on, say, expeditionary learning … Continue reading »

Governor Cuomo’s Task Force Charade on Common Core

New task force, familiar faces: Cuomo wants Common Core ‘total reboot’ “This is unlikely to make a difference, other than to provide the governor and other leaders with cover for a pre-set agenda,” David Bloomfield, an education leadership professor at Brooklyn College and at the City University of New York Graduate Center, told POLITICO New … Continue reading »

BAD SOLUTION TO NONEXISTENT PROBLEMS

BAD SOLUTION TO NONEXISTENT PROBLEMS Sent to Education Week, June 24, 2015 I list here Christopher Cross’ claims in his column,”How to Confront America’s International Skills Gap,” (June 24, 2015) and my responses to each. 1. Claim: American students score lower than many other countries on tests of literacy. Response: Study after study has shown … Continue reading »

Message from AQE about the NY State budget negotiations

Hello – There’s a lot going on today on the education front as budget negotiations intensify and April 1 draws near. Below are sample social media messages and attached are graphics to promote: AQE’s Tried and Failed legislative memo, highlighting how Washington, D.C. already implemented, and abandoned, the same high-stakes testing evaluation system that Gov. … Continue reading »

Teachout/Wu Email March 15, 2015

The fight for public schools in New York gets more tense every day. Here’s where we are: Andrew Cuomo proposed a budget that is bad for our children and our future. He proposed some money for education funding, but only if it comes with more testing, and more diversion of public money to privately-run schools. … Continue reading »

MAKING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON-PIPELINE VISIBLE

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US ON MARCH 14TH @ 1:00 PM. COMMUNITY FORUM: MAKING THE SCHOOL-TO PRISON-PIPELINE VISIBLE FREDERICK DOUGLASS RESOURCE CENTER, 36 KING STREET, ROCHESTER, NY PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR CONTACT LISTS. Facing Race Embracing Equity (FR=EE)

NYSUT to Host Education Forums

The New York State United Teachers Union (NYSUT) and their community partners are sponsoring a series of Education Forums in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region between mid-February and April 1st. They wanted to provide notice so that members of the community could attend one or more of these important conversations. Each forum will feature parents, students, … Continue reading »

The Myth Behind Public School Failure

Read the original In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students. Until about 1980, America’s public schoolteachers were iconic everyday heroes painted with a kind of Norman Rockwell patina—generally respected because they helped most kids … Continue reading »

Moral Monday in Albany January 12, 2015

Fight for Fairness in Education Billionaires bought Albany, taking control of our state government — and they continue to spend millions to corrupt and undermine our democracy. Their first goal: privatize public schools across the state and move billions of dollars from taxpayers into private corporations. We’re not going to let that happen! For our … Continue reading »

Dewey, Testing Companies, and the Origin of the Common Core

The purported benefit of the Common Core State Standards over previous sets of standards is the development of critical thinking skills across all subjects, seen as a key lever for increasing American students’ international competitiveness and ameliorating the country’s lethargic economy and persistently high unemployment rates. This perception is clear in statements made by U.S. … Continue reading »

Who wrote the Common Core standards?

A Tale of Two NGA Press Releases, and Then Some April 25, 2014 The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are at the stormy center of unprecedented controversy regarding a supposed set of K-12 “standards.” The closest “standards storm” that I can think of as being somewhat similar to the current CCSS uproar occurred in 1994, twenty … Continue reading »

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

What: Press Conference/Report Release on School Suspensions Where: School 17 Enrico Fermi, 158 Orchard St, Rochester, NY 14611 When: Tuesday November 18th, 4 pm On Tuesday November 18th: students, parents, administrators, teachers, and community members will come together to choose a new path. In the 2012-2013 school year, 54,620 days of instruction were lost due … Continue reading »

AQE/MJ recognize Senator Ted O’Brien and Assemblyman Harry Bronson as Champions of Public Schools

For Immediate Release: Contact:  Rosemary Rivera, Organizing Director Cell- (585)-520-6542 rrivera@citizenactionny.org PRESS RELEASE The Alliance for Quality Education and Metro Justice recognized Senator Ted O’Brien and Assemblyman Harry Bronson as Champions of Public Schools Release of Data Shows that Senator O’Brien Delivered $10.3 Million More in School Aid ROCHESTER (October 14, 2014) – The Alliance … Continue reading »

#WeCan’tWait

Save the date and come support education in Rochester. 11 a.m. October 14 Sully Public Library Thomas P. Ryan Community Center 530 Webster Avenue, Rochester Parents & Community Members to Speak Education Champions to Speak Assembly Member Harry B. Bronson (District 138) Senator Ted O’Brien (District 55)