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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