Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Too much corporate interest has pushed its way into public education, preventing our nation from creating true solutions to poverty and inequity. Badass Teachers
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Justice Breyer was perhaps the strongest ally on the court for the unions. He made some adamant points and arguments for collective bargaining, unionism, and upholding Abood.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: So is expensive, mandated, inappropriate testing really about helping children when you threaten to withhold money from our most neediest children?
Melissa Tomlinson: Fit, happy people had gained weight—heavy stress weight, not the kind from a few too many delicious meals—and the parking lot would empty the minute our contracted time hit the hour.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: When I first became a teacher, I went into shock when I realized that not all schools were like the school that I had grown up with, that not all children were given the same opportunities that I was.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: There is a clear rhetorical and legislative attack on the profession of teaching. The rhetoric we hear being driven by the corporate education agenda (which is the house of mostly white wealthy males) is a direct attack on a profession that is over 75% women.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: How do we stop the revolving door so that children will benefit from stability in their school and the support from adults that they have grown to trust?
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Not giving teachers results of students tests is like not allowing doctors to see results of tests they’ve run on their patients.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Teachers will demand the respect their profession deserves and will fight for the autonomy to run their classroom based on the needs of the children in the room, NOT on the corporate created Common Core.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: It is important to recognize the power of student actions and to create a platform in which we can support and raise up their voices.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: The self-proclaimed Progressives talk about “failing” schools, punishing children and teachers with testing, Common Core, school closures, the financing of the privatization agenda, and increased charters.
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Why is it that the USDOE hates children with disabilities so much that it would pursue a regulation taking all of that away?
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Alexander: As teachers we understand the importance of teacher tenure, which for the remainder of this article we will call due process. First of all, a teacher’s right to due process does NOT guarantee them a job for life.