Saturday, April 5, 2014

4-5-14 Wait What? All Week

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In her latest CT News Junkie column, Sarah Darer Littman confronts those that are celebrating their latest efforts to buy up the public policy making process at the federal and state level. In Washington it was the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case that removes the limit on the amount of […] The post Sarah Darer Littman’s MUST READ – “A Discouraging Day for Democracy and E
State Board of Education is tone-deaf to needs of the children
Wendy Lecker, fellow public school advocates and columnist has done it again! In here latest MUST READ column published in this weekend’s Stamford Advocate and other Hearst media outlets, Wendy shines the light of truth on the Malloy administration’s unrelenting effort to undermine and privatize Connecticut public education system. Day after day, week after week, […] The post State Board of Educat

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A picture IS worth a thousand words…
LOL…. This Friday afternoon political cartoon/picture comes courtesy of Sarah Darer Littman and is entitled, THE WIZARD OF OZ, CT Edreform edition:   The post A picture IS worth a thousand words… appeared first on Wait What?.
Opt out movement grows amid Common Core testing disasters
Commissioner Stefan Pryor’s PR operation says the implementation of the Common Core Smarter Balanced Testing Assessment Test of a Test is going well. When Governor Malloy’s State Board of Education met this week they had time to adopt a resolution re-committing Connecticut to “immediately implementing” the Common Core but didn’t even both to discuss the […] The post Opt out movement grows amid Com
“Corporate tables available” — a sign of the times
Today’s CTMirror.org features an article entitled, “Corporate tables available for “Small State, Big Debate.” As CT Mirror advertises it upcoming conference – “Small State, Big Debate:  Inequality” – the headline isn’t “Tables available” or “Packages available” but “Corporate” tables are available. According to the story, Corporate tables are available for The Connecticut Mirror’s first signature

APR 03

Malloy’s new charter schools – 1st up the Booker T. Washington Charter School in New Haven
Time to review the facts surrounding Malloy’s new charter schools… Number #1: The Booker T. Washington Charter School. The Booker T. Washington School may very well be Connecticut’s first foray into using public funds to pay for what appears to be a religiously connected school.  (We’ll pretend for a moment that such a move is […] The post Malloy’s new charter schools – 1st up the Booker T. Washin
A very bad day for public education in Connecticut
Yesterday was a dark day for public education in Connecticut. Before voting to give away $80 to $100 million in taxpayer funds over the next five years to private companies that want to open four new charter schools in Connecticut, Governor Malloy’s State Board of Education voted unanimously to re-commit our state, our public schools […] The post A very bad day for public education in Connecticut

APR 02

Malloy goes all in with charters!
Today will go down in history as the day Dannel “Dan” Malloy decided to fully align himself with the corporate education reform industry and sell out Connecticut’s public schools once and for all. Moments ago, Malloy’s State Board of Education approved four new charter schools at a time when Malloy has left Connecticut’s public schools […] The post Malloy goes all in with charters! appeared first
Malloy sells out Public Education
Led by Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, in a stunning commitment to Malloy’s privatization agenda, the State Board of Education just approved two new charter schools. Jumoke Academy’s Booker T. Washington Academy (New Haven), And Newark’s Great Oaks Charter School (Bridgeport). The Board is now considering a motion to approve two more charter schools, Steve […] The post Malloy sells ou
Merging Church and State – The Booker T. Washington Charter School
Governor Malloy’s State Board of Education is expected to approve the New Haven charter school application proposed by Jumoke/FUSE Inc. at its meeting today. The cost to Connecticut taxpayers over the first five years of the school exceeds $27 million. In addition, the taxpayers of New Haven will continue to pay for the transportation costs […] The post Merging Church and State – The Booker T. Was
Malloy’s plan to privatize public education charges forward today
(aka) Is Newark’s Great Oaks Charter School coming to Bridgeport? At today’s State Board of Education meeting, Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy’s appointees will vote to re-commit Connecticut to the Common Core and then vote to divert scarce public funds to new charter schools in Connecticut. As previously reported, new charter school applications up for a […] The post Malloy’s plan to privatize publi

APR 01

Malloy administration lines up votes to re-endorse the Common Core
Sometimes it is hard to know what to say… Maybe Dannel “Dan” Malloy is simply on a mission to alienate as many parents, teachers and public school advocates as possible before he faces the electorate this coming November. Or maybe the pay-off in campaign contributions is so great that it is worth selling ones soul […] The post Malloy administration lines up votes to re-endorse the Common Core appe
Friends in high places = lots of money!
Listen carefully and you may hear that sound of charter school management company executives rubbing their hands together in anticipation of tomorrow’s Connecticut State Board of Education meeting. With this year’s gubernatorial election six months away, some might think Governor Malloy would back off  his corporate education reform industry agenda in an effort to convince […] The post Friends in
Bronx charter school company sees goldmine in Connecticut
When the State Board of Education meets tomorrow to approve Commissioner Stefan Pryor’s plan to open new charter schools in Connecticut one of the most incredible proposals is the one submitted by the Bronx Charter School for Excellence. About a week ago, fellow pro-public education advocate columnist Wendy Lecker laid out the facts about Bronx Charter School […] The post Bronx charter school comp

MAR 31

Key Bridgeport activist in battle to stop education reform industry leaves Working Families Party
Maria Pereira, the former Bridgeport Board of Education member who fought Paul Vallas and his corporate education reform initiatives, helped lead the effort to strike down the Malloy administration’s illegal takeover of the Bridgeport Schools System, played a pivotal role in defeating Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch’s failed initiative to do away with an elected board […] The post Key Bridgeport activ
Will State Board of Education over look conflicts of interest to approve more charter schools
While Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy’s budget fails to properly fund public schools in Connecticut it does provide for an increase in the number of privately run charter schools. This Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the Connecticut State Board of Education will meet to consider applications for new charter schools in Connecticut. The list of applicants include, […] The post Will State Board of Education o

MAR 30

A MUST WATCH Video of public school students, teacher and administrators fighting back
“No Mo Cuomo Music Video – New York Middletown High School” In response to Coumo’s decision to fund charter schools while failing to provide money to public schools. Swap Malloy for Coumo and you have the same thing in here in Connecticut! Watch these amazing students, teachers and administrators fight back! CLICK Here: http://youtu.be/7CKOJ6PzgCII  or here: No Mo […] The post A MUST WATCH Video o

MAR 29

Malloy’s proposed budget underfunds public magnet schools while increasing money for charter schools
Although many parents, teachers and public school advocates already know that Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy is the most anti-teacher, anti-public education Democratic Governor in the nation, Malloy’s proposed budget drives the message home in a very big way. Last month Malloy proposed a new budget plan for the fiscal year that starts on July 1, […] The post Malloy’s proposed budget underfunds publi
Diane Ravitch on Bill Moyers Show
As Diane Ravitch explains on her blog, “Bill Moyers is one of my heroes. He is one of the few people in the media who is as concerned about the privatization and monetization of the public sector as I am. He has a long memory, and he has not forgotten that a good society needs […] The post Diane Ravitch on Bill Moyers Show appeared first on Wait What?.
An Open Letter to Parents from a Connecticut Parent
An open letter to parents, Over the next few weeks, children will spend countless hours taking new tests that have no meaning.  As a parent, I’ve decided that my sixth grade daughter will not be one of them. The new test, called the SBAC in some states and PARCC in others, goes hand-in-hand with the […] The post An Open Letter to Parents from a Connecticut Parent appeared first on Wait What?.

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