Thursday, December 8, 2011

To SOS Supporters From Don Bartalo

To SOS Supporters From Don Bartalo:



To SOS Supporters From Don Bartalo

December 6th, 2011. The recent action taken by New York State principals is a great example of what can happen when the collective action of educators is focused on a single issue. The principals in New York State are setting a great example. Please take a few minutes to see what they have been doing.

~Don Bartalo, SOS Steering Committee

Dear Friends:

You are receiving this message because you have indicated your support for the New York State Principals’ Open Letter Regarding the NYS APPR Legislation (www.newyorkprincipals.org). We thank you for your support and would like to provide you with an update on all that has happened since the New York Times published its article last Monday.

Some numbers to report:

· Over 745 New York State principals have

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Is it time for OUSD’s unusual budgeting system to become policy?

By Katy Murphy
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 9:49 am in budget.

To those who don’t work at schools or compulsively follow education policy, the finer points of school budgeting and resource allocation might sound like painfully dry reading material. But the issue evokes passionate debate in Oakland Unified, which does things differently than most districts.

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After Wake County voters re-established sanity last month by voting out the resegregationist school board majority, the Gang of 5 met one last time behind closed doors to rescind a previous offer to mediate trespassing cases against citizens who publicly resisted the end to the socioeconomic diversity program earlier this year.

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