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This week we want to consider the concept of “post-racial racism” as it applies to how parents are set up to choose schools for their children, how schools have been pitted against each other, and where teachers find themselves when they want to have a say in education policy. The goal is not to point fingers at individual choices, but rather to try to find a collective stance as parents, teachers, and community members in Baltimore on how to improve our school system and teachers’ union. It is difficult when talking about innovation to pick out those innovations that keep us within the public realm, and those that take us toward privatization. It also takes hard work to ensure that each community has the capacity to advocate effectively for its own schools. The articles this week start to explore these tensions.
“My neighbors and I don’t have to build a charter school for our children to experience diversity. But we do have to build a charter school in order for our kids to experience diversity on our terms. Really, if we are experiencing diversity on white terms, what good is that diversity anyway? I hear my … Continue reading Why White Parents Won’t Choose Black Schools
Here is an interesting take on unions and charter teachers. The percentage of charter teachers who are unionized in the US has gone down from 12% in 2009 to 7% in 2012. That makes charter teachers in Maryland some of the only unionized charter teachers left. And, as this article explains,charter teachers are starting to organize to win back their union rights. It is … Continue reading Do charter schools need teachers unions?
“If charter proponents want charters in Washington State, the best “fix” for this law is to start over entirely and write a law that is constitutionally sound. Not “strong” or “the best charter law in the country”but one that is constitutionally sound under the Washington State Constitution.”
Listen to Helen Atkinson, Director of Teachers’ Democracy Project; community activist, Kim Trueheart and others as they discuss the “future of charters and traditional schools in Baltimore. Preceding “The Future of Charters in Maryland” public event, Marc Steiner hosted a show to explore the exact topic. Listen here.
“Unfortunately, we are witnessing numerous attacks on our schools and our teachers, including significant budget cuts to education at the federal and state levels since 2008, that are having enormous consequences. Among other things, inequitable and inadequate funding of our schools are undermining the core missions of public education in a democratic society, particularly providing … Continue reading Opportunity and Hope in America’s Public Schools