Tuesday, November 30, 2010

4 paid UAW staffers confronted at the polling table at UC Irvine « Occupy UCI!

4 paid UAW staffers confronted at the polling table at UC Irvine « Occupy UCI!

4 paid UAW staffers confronted at the polling table at UC Irvine

UCI grad students continue to hold it down…

From UC Grad Strike:

4 Paid and bias UAW Staffers were spotted on the Palo Verde (Graduate) Housing Bridge. Reports are that they were at the polling table and that one of them was “removed” and replaced by a less biased one.

Below, you may listen to the audio recording of the incident linked from the UC Rebel Radio Audio Archives. The louder voice at around 10:00 (and before) is the person operating the poll. He is a paid staffer, not a student. He talks at length to this graduate student about the contract, especially around 15:00, where he discusses what

Fighting UAW’s web of lies

By now, many of us are familiar with a particular blog, purportedly run by concerned rank and file members, but in reality the work of 3 Joint Council members, most likely with the input and direction of several members of the Executive Board.

It is hard to begin to attack any one of the many false and misleading statements on the website without getting tangled in the web of lies spun by our union’s statewide leadership and staff. But we wanted to address the issue which we feel is a personal attack on everyone involved in the NO VOTE campaign and even those of our friends, classmates, and coworkers who have joined us in voting no.

This issue primarily revolves around the motivations of the rank-and-file members and elected leaders spearheading this campaign.

Perhaps the most ridiculous argument made by this blog is the idea that we are disconnected from the membership. This could not be further from the truth, precisely because WE ARE THE MEMBERSHIP. We are

Washington Teachers' Union president George Parker loses run-off election

Washington Teachers' Union president George Parker loses run-off election

Washington Teachers' Union president George Parker loses run-off election


Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 8:02 PM

Washington Teachers' Union president George Parker, who negotiated a lucrative contract for his members earlier this year but was unable to prevent the launch of a controversial new evaluation system introduced by former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, lost his job Tuesday.

THIS STORY

Parker's run-off loss to general vice president Nathan Saunders, his most vociferous critic, could trigger a new period of labor unrest in the D.C. public school system.

It was just eight months ago that the District and the union reached agreement on a game-changing contract that took two-and-a-half years and the services of a mediator to finalize. The pact gave teachers a 21

Queens Teacher: Italians Know How to Do it

Queens Teacher: Italians Know How to Do it

Italians Know How to Do it

College students and faculty took to the streets to protest the devastating "reforms" which amounts to massive cuts to higher education by the Berlusconi Administration. The Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, is a billionaire who controls the Italian media and operates very similar to Bloombucks.

Protester are blocking roadways and train tracks in one of the biggest nationwide protests in decades.

Their slogan:
"You block our futures, we'll block your roads"


Popout

This is what we need to do.

Report: 'Dropout factories' on decline in US - Boston.com

Report: 'Dropout factories' on decline in US - Boston.com

Report: 'Dropout factories' on decline in US

A student works on a project that will earn high school and college credits at Richmond High School in Richmond, Ind., Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. Named a dropout factory in 2007, the school worked with parents and the county's leaders to create tutoring programs for struggling students and encourage alternative classes such as dual enrollment where students earn both high school and college credit.A student works on a project that will earn high school and college credits at Richmond High School in Richmond, Ind., Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. Named a dropout factory in 2007, the school worked with parents and the county's leaders to create tutoring programs for struggling students and encourage alternative classes such as dual enrollment where students earn both high school and college credit. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
By Dorie Turner
Associated Press / November 30, 2010
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ATLANTA—The number of so-called "dropout factory" high schools in the United States has declined since 2002, translating into at least 100,000 more students getting a diploma, a new report shows.

But the report from America's Promise Alliance to be released Tuesday also said that progress needs to increase fivefold for the country to graduate nine out of 10 students by 2020, a goal of the Obama administration.

States including Tennessee, Texas, New York and Georgia have already figured out tactics that work. But fixing the problem won't be easy, said report co-author John Bridgeland.

Joel Klein of New York to become an Executive for News Corp: Full spectrum dominance of education the goal | Dailycensored.com

Joel Klein of New York to become an Executive for News Corp: Full spectrum dominance of education the goal | Dailycensored.com

Joel Klein of New York to become an Executive for News Corp: Full spectrum dominance of education the goal

Joel Klein announced Nov. 9 that at year’s end he will resign as York City’s Schools chancellor to become executive vice president at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Yesterday, the company announced that it was buying a technology company with big financial ties to the New York City school system. How nice. The neo-liberal corporate state has provided Klein the training ground to put forth neo-liberal market reforms that are proving to do the job of dismantling public education in the interest of the new corporate EduCare that is being built by private corporate interests to take over the educational means of production. Klein has done his job well, both with his support of the onerous Race to the Top and his corporate bootlicking and policy and personnel changes that promise the private sector a lock on public education.

News Corp. officials told the New York Times that Klein would advise Murdoch on a number of initiatives, including “developing business strategies for the emerging educational marketplace.” Capitalizing on Klein’s inside information as to how government works, his ‘networking and cronyism’ will be important for Murdoch and his companies to receive tax payer subsidized contracts, the only way to do business. Klein is much like a stock insider, he holds the information needed to put together the deals; he understands how to package the

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Bloomberg News Reports: MAYOR BLOOMBERG WINS WAIVER FOR ESQUIRE+COSMO PUBLISHER TO BECOME CHANCELLOR OF NYC SCHOOLS. The requirement waived was that the chancellor have a background in education – publishing career is ‘substantially equivalent’

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Bloomberg News Reports: MAYOR BLOOMBERG WINS WAIVER FOR ESQUIRE+COSMO PUBLISHER TO BECOME CHANCELLOR OF NYC SCHOOLS. The requirement waived was that the chancellor have a background in education – publishing career is ‘substantially equivalent’

Remainders: Caps for Sale | GothamSchools

Remainders: Caps for Sale | GothamSchools

NYC Public School Parents: Educators go and apply for Cathie Black's old job

NYC Public School Parents: Educators go and apply for Cathie Black's old job

Queens Teacher: Deny Waiver Coalition Rally Thursday - Wear Red

Queens Teacher: Deny Waiver Coalition Rally Thursday - Wear Red

Deny Waiver Coalition Rally Thursday - Wear Red


DENY WAIVER COALITION

SAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION

“RED” THURSDAY PROTEST & RALLY

LET’S SHOW COMMISSIONER STEINER OUR OUTRAGE!

PARENTS DEMAND A RIGOROUS AND TRANSPARENT SEARCH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE PUBLIC EDUCATION LEADERS FOR THE JOB. WE SEEK AN EXPERIENCED AND ENLIGHTENED EDUCATOR WHO SEES OUR KIDS AS MORE THAN TEST-TAKING WIDGETS, OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS IMPORTANT COMMUNITY CENTERS IN NEED OF INVESTMENT RATHER THAN ASSETS TO BE OPENED AND CLOSED AT WILL, AND OUR PARENTS AND TEACHERS AS VITAL PARTNERS IN OUR KIDS' EDUCATION RATHER THAN AS COMPETITORS TO THE CORPORATE LEADERS WHO RUN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

WHEN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
TIME: 4:00PM
WHERE: TWEED, DOE HEADQUARTERS
Trains – 4,5,6,N,R,J to City Hall
2,3 to Park Place
A,C,E to Chambers Street

MAYOR BLOOMBERG SAYS HE WANTS CATHIE BLACK BECAUSE SHE KNOWS HOW TO CUT BUDGETS AND IS A “CLOSER”. A CLOSER TO:
1. CLOSE YOUR SCHOOL, TERMINATE TEACHERS & SUPPORT STAFF
2. CLOSE YOUR ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS

PARENTS, STUDENTS & TEACHERS WEAR RED ON THURSDAY IN PROTEST AND JOIN US AT OUR RALLY TO DEMAND AN:
1. ACCOMPLISHED AND SUCCESSFUL EDUCATOR
2. EDUCATOR WHO BELIEVES IN PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PARENTAL
INVOLVEMENT



FOR MORE INFO:
GO TO WWW.DENYWAIVER.COM
Email: info@denywaiver.com
Call: 917-822-9203

Italian Students Occupy Cities « occupy california

Italian Students Occupy Cities « occupy california

Photoblog - Chicago teacher wins prestigious education prize

Photoblog - Chicago teacher wins prestigious education prize

Chicago teacher wins prestigious education prize

Dexter Chaney, a 29-year-old Chicago area teacher, had no idea what was about to happen when he and his students attended an assembly at Ryerson Elementary on Monday.

Rich Hein / Chicago Sun-Times via AP

Third-grade teacher Dexter Chaney from Martin A. Ryerson Elementary School in Chicago reacts after being named recipient of the Milken National Educator Award, a prestigious national teaching award. Chaney was one of 55 nationwide to receive the honor, and the only one from Illinois.

Rich Hein / Chicago Sun-Times via AP

Dexter Chaney is congratulated by his students.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Chaney learned he'd won the Milken Educator Award during the school gathering. The school’s principal describes Chaney as a role model to every child in the school. The award carries a $25,000 prize.

Watch NBCChicago.com's coverage of the assembly.

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