Leonie Haimson pointed out:
“Freeport had a $5.5 million reduction in school aid from the 2008-09 school year to the 2011-12 school year; Hempstead saw a $1.8 million funding drop from 2008-09 to 2011-12. Despite the cuts, both districts have implemented reforms that are yielding improved student achievement.”
Strange message; when school budgets are being cut to the bone, thousands of teachers are being laid off and excessed, and class sizes are increasing at unprecedented rates.
Does this mean that the AFT agrees w/ Klein and Gates that resources don’t matter?
yes, yes, yes, yes, yes- they practically scream it from the rooftops. They celebrated in NYC when test scores went up. They agreed to merit pay, and the premise that the classroom teacher is the most important element. They leave off class size from major policy statements. They partner with Bill Gates.
What else do they have to do to convince people they are enablers of ed deforms - wolves in sheep clothing?
As long as people view and woo them as "potential allies" the ability to fight back for public education in this war will be weak because they will make some move in what appears to be the right direction but will break your hearts every single time.
What is the alternative as they are the big dogs in town? Build a movement from the ground up that will put the leadership of battle for public education in the hands of people who will stay true to the cause and will not waiver from the commitment to fight for resources instead of continually compromising until there are few resources left to fight for.
For Immediate Release
September 6, 2011
Two Long Island Schools to Highlight Reforms in the Face of Cuts
WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will visit two schools in the Long Island, N.Y., school district tomorrow as part of the AFT’s coast-to-coast back-to-school tour highlighting schools that have persevered with reforms despite deep funding cuts and other challenges.
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