Wade Kyle: I find in my union a similar commitment to working for a more fair and just world. I can proudly say that UTLA has become one of the most socially progressive labor unions in the country.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Joe Mathews: Instead of a union, Clovis’ teachers and Buchanan formed a “faculty senate”—the goal was to have something worthy of a university—to give teachers more of a role in the governance of the district.
Frank Fear: I don’t know what football will look like in ten years. But I do know things can’t stay as they are today. Players are at risk, especially young players. We must move beyond hyperbole and do what’s right.
Enrique Ochoa: Faculty are drawing a line in the sand to demonstrate to administrators that we will no longer tolerate policies that prioritize administration over students, staff, and faculty.
Marla and Allan Kilfoyle: We made, and continue to make, a very conscious decision not to allow our son to participate in a testing system that does not give his teachers any constructive feedback on his progress in a timely fashion.
Andrea London: Education serves as a feeding tube for so many young people; it’s how you save them from starving to death.
Andrea London: The days of sending your child to school with a snack has been upgraded to sending your kid to school with a tape recorder or even a video recorder.
Laura Finley: While professing to love our children and to embrace an “it takes a village” mentality, the U.S. continues to enact policies that demonize our children and fail to address issues that are literally killing them. Childrens Rights
John M. Bachar, Jr.: Using elementary arithmetic, based on documented public domain data, we’ll not only prove that this is achievable, but far more benefits to all of society are possible
Yohuru Williams: In her bid to become UFT president, Jia Lee says she represents a large, but mostly silent body of teachers who remain frustrated with the union for not challenging damaging education polices.
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
Steve Hochstadt: How can the collective wisdom and work of the best educated people in American society be dismissed as unworthy of attention? The Republican answer: America’s professors advocate these ideas because we are both liberal and dishonest. Republicans Attack Higher Education
Rodolfo F. Acuña: The message was that Mexicans are dumb and we don’t give a damn what you think. At times, therefore, I acted like a rattler. CSUN Chicano Studies