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WHAT TEACHERS WANT « Teachers Fight Back

WHAT TEACHERS WANT « Teachers Fight Back

WHAT TEACHERS WANT

The following is a list of items that teachers most frequently wish they had. The list is based on the responses I have received on this blog. I’m sure there are many others, but these are the top ten.

1. An end to the teacher blame game.

2. Administrators who have at least ten years of actual teaching experience.

3. Involved, competent parents.

4. Adequately funded schools.

5. Input regarding

Rally to Save Our Schools | Defend Wisconsin #SOSMarch

Rally to Save Our Schools | Defend Wisconsin

Rally to Save Our Schools

As hundreds of thousands of public school supporters gather in Washington DC the weekend of July 28 to 30, 2011, Wisconsin advocates will hold a rally in support of the Save Our Schools agenda at 3:00 PM on Saturday July 30, near the State St. entrance to the Capitol.

Public schools are under attack. There is a need for national, state, and local action in support of our schools. Wisconsin has been ground zero in this; the Save Our Schools demands from the Guiding Principles provide a great framework to build our state movement and work to expand opportunities to learn.

The Save Our Schools demands are:

Equitable funding for all public school communities

  • Equitable funding across all public schools and school systems
  • Full public funding of family and community support services
  • Full funding for 21st century school and neighborhood libraries
  • An end to economically and racially re-segregated schools

An end to high stakes testing used for the purpose of student, teacher, and school evaluation

  • The use of multiple and varied assessments to evaluate students, teachers, and schools
  • An end to pay per test performance for teachers and administrators
  • An end to public school closures based upon test performance

Teacher, family and community leadership in forming public education policies

  • Educator and civic community leadership in drafting new ESEA legislation
  • Federal support for local school programs free of punitive and competitive funding
  • An end to political and corporate control of curriculum, instruction and assessment decisions for teachers and administrators

Curriculum developed for and by local school communities

  • Support for teacher and student access to a wide-range of instructional programs and technologies
  • Well-rounded education that develops every student’s intellectual, creative, and physical potential
  • Opportunities for multicultural/multilingual curriculum for all students
  • Small class sizes that foster caring, democratic learning communities

The event will feature speeches from educators, students, parents and officials, as well as opportunities for school advocates from throughout Wisconsin to connect and organize around issues of importance in their communities.

For more information, visit save our school web page and save our schools Wisconsin.

You can also download the flyer here.

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