Category Archives: Teachers’ Voices

Education Talks at Socialism 2012

At the end of each school year, I start the summer off by attending the annual Socialism Conference, held in Chicago, usually the last weekend of June or first weekend of July.  If you are a progressive educator, I HIGHLY … Continue reading

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Hard Times, part 2

The following came from a friend of mine from high school, in response to my last post.  She is now a teacher in Indiana–a 15-hour drive from Rhode Island, and yet the same patterns apply!  Here is what she wrote: … Continue reading

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The bitter fruit of Race to the Top

My apologies for not writing in a while–and for continuing that trend.  Instead, here’s an excellent article by a friend of mine in the UFT in New York City.   http://socialistworker.org/2012/02/28/bitter-fruits-of-race-to-the-top The bitter fruits of Race to the Top New … Continue reading

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The PTU Contract, part 2

In today’s edition, I publish two more voices from the PTU rank and file: one a “yes” voter with reservations, the other a vehement “no” voter.  Let me restate: the purpose of this series is to formulate a well-rounded assessment … Continue reading

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The PTU Contract, part 1

Earlier this week, members of the Providence Teachers Union ratified a new agreement with the Providence Public School Department by a margin of 868 to 79.  In the next week, I’ll be publishing the views of PTU members and others … Continue reading

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A Match Made in Hell

First, apologies for the irregularity of posts—end of the school year and all… In today’s post, I want to give voice to the teachers who have been subjected to the matching system that the Providence Public School Department has implemented … Continue reading

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The View of Achievement First from New Haven

I received this description of Achievement First from a friend who teaches in the public schools in New Haven, CT.  She granted me permission to publish this snippet, anonymously: AF (achievement first) has planned on expanding to RI for at … Continue reading

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Open Letter of Apology to Diane Ravitch

Dear Dr. Ravitch: First, I want to thank you for coming to speak in Rhode Island on May 3rd.  I was in attendance at your speech at Rhode Island College, and I can say on behalf of the numerous teachers … Continue reading

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Teacher Depreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  So, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote an open letter of appreciation to America’s teachers.  Here’s my thank you note to him. ******* Dear Secretary Duncan, I want to thank you for your … Continue reading

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Interview with Central Falls teacher JoAnn Boss

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