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Take action to support collaborative school reform!

November 15, 2010
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In all the talk about reforming schools, most people never stop to question the fact that they don’t actually know what’s going on in all those allegedly dreadful schools being considered for different turnarounds. Fed up with the slander against my friends and former colleagues, I teamed up with a few to create a short video about what’s going right in this so-called “failing” school. I think it’s a shame to let their hard work go to waste…especially when the people proposing to waste it have no idea about what’s really going on inside the schools they run! Please watch the video, and then show your support for real school reform here. The Board votes on Thursday, so please sign now!

ETA: Regarding out-of-state signers: You are more than welcome to sign! For one, solidarity is important, especially given the national character of the reform agenda we’re resisting at this particular moment. More importantly, though, the bulk of the public money being used to fund this turnaround process is federal. That’s your money, friends, that was awarded for transformation but may now be spent on turnaround and “replacement” (a local term; the federal government refers to that as “closure”). You have the right to speak up about how you’d like your money to be spent.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Frederika permalink
    November 15, 2010 7:37 pm

    Sabrina: You rock. What a cool way to show what you know to be true. How can you really know what is happening in our schools if all you do is hear about it and pass on rumor and misconception? Get into our schools to SEE for yourself, to HEAR for yourself,to EXPERIENCE our schools for real.

  2. November 16, 2010 8:20 am

    Very nice— there’s just something about the power of video. Since NCLB, I’ve only worked in one public school that wasn’t facing some obnoxious federal label. And all the schools I’ve worked at have been staffed by remarkably talented and dedicated people, working the daily miracles like the ones evident in your video. I wish you well out there; I’d sign the letter but I’m out of state.

  3. Acacia permalink
    November 16, 2010 10:46 am

    this is AMAZING! when the video first started i thought, “why does this music sound so familiar?” and then when the kids’ voices came in i teared up. absolutely beautiful. brava!

  4. November 16, 2010 10:53 am

    Thanks, all! By the way, if you feel strongly about this, go ahead and send the message, even if you are out of state. The agenda they are pushing is the same one being pushed around the country, and Denver just (inexplicably…) received a commendation for the rigged “community process” they used to lend an aura of legitimacy to (and make it more difficult to oppose) their shady plan. If we don’t stop it here, your city and your schools could be next.

  5. November 16, 2010 2:47 pm

    Excellent! It means so much when we stand up to the edu-bullies who’d lump all kids together and measure them by the most efficient means. Great work. I signed and re-tweeted! (By the way, are you working with the Coalition of Essential Schools? You should be!)

  6. George Glass permalink
    November 1, 2011 3:44 pm

    Poorly made video. You have no time to read the script. Also, not too sure how effective this really is.

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