Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hundreds of EGEA members attend education activist’s speech Elk Grove Citizen : News

Elk Grove Citizen : News:

Hundreds of EGEA members attend education activist’s speech

By Cameron Macdonald - Citizen News Editor
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:45 PM PST
A few Elk Grove school district officials and more than 650 members of the Elk Grove Education Association (EGEA) attended a gathering of teachers at the Sacramento Convention Center last month where they heard a call to arms.

Dr. Diane Ravitch, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, declared that American public schools are being ravaged by federal policies, education spending cuts, and powerful corporate interests.

She’s best known for dropping her support of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and then speaking out against the federal policy that requires K-12 public schools to have all of its students become proficient in reading and math by 2014.

Ravitch said the goal is impossible and she argued the requirement is meant to fail public

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