Month: November 2013

Make Merryl Tisch Hear You Tonight

The Albany Times Union published a comprehensive report about how wealthy “donors” in New York State use their money and influence to essentially run the New York State Education Department.  The major donors include the Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, and many of the other plutocrats who we typically see funding education reform in the …

Hold Your Applause

We are entering an important period of time in the push back against the education reforms in New York State.  Fearing for their jobs next November, we are beginning to see some movement from state legislators on the school reform agenda.  This is to be expected, as they have been hearing more about this agenda …

Dimino’s Response to Bruni

The New York Times, like much of the mainstream media, has continuously shilled for the corporate driven Common Core State Standards.  This weekend they posted this op-ed from food critic Frank Bruni.  Mr. Bruni quotes Beth Dimino in it and then suggests that the anxiety Mrs. Dimino spoke about may becoming more from their parents …

Who is it Gonna Be?

Via Newsday… Diane Ravitch, the outspoken education historian, policy analyst and author, called on educators across Long Island Tuesday to boycott Common Core-related curricula and refuse to administer state tests as an act of defiance against the state and federal governments. “Your community is your boss, and you do what’s best for children,” said Ravitch, …

Test Refusal… Dimino

Via Port Jefferson Patch… When asked about why teachers didn’t speak up about how awful the reform agenda is earlier. “I sat in that man’s office, Joe Rella, and he knew right away. However no one would have believed me until they actually saw it…now you see how insane the testing is. So now what …

The Student Lobbyist Abandons His Public Education Agenda

Andrew Cuomo, who once proclaimed himself to be the “lobbyist for students” is trying to escape his education reform agenda as quickly as possible. Via capitalnewyork.com… “I’ve heard quite a bit from the parents who are very concerned about Common Core,” Cuomo told reporters after an event on Staten Island. “It’s part of a national …

Ken LaValle, Bodyguard to John King

Next Tuesday evening will be the final Common Core Forum on Long Island that features John King.  Earlier in the fall King cancelled his PTA Town Hall Meetings because he didn’t like to be called out on his abusive agenda.  So they created new forums for him to come around and discuss the Common Core …

A Few Things to Read

A few good links to check out… Reality-Based Educator wonders “Where Is Cuomo On His Education Reform Agenda Now?” Dr. Rella’s letter to puppet Arne Duncan. Presidents from two of our parent unions, Randi Weingarten of the AFT, and Dennis Van Roekel of the NEA, sit on a board with noted ed deformers Michelle Rhee, …

Puppets

It is well known in these parts that John King is merely a puppet for Merryl Tisch and Andy Cuomo.  A mouthpiece to spout off their talking points and take the heat coming their direction.  He is nothing more than their marionette as they pull the strings.  The same can be said for Arne Duncan, …

They are Listening, Keep the Pressure On

For years it seemed as though our frustrations and concerns were falling upon deaf ears in Albany.  State Ed would impose new and harmful reforms and our protests would disappear into a black hole somewhere.  But they aren’t anymore.  As Beth Dimino likes to say, “They have awoken the mommies” now and our voice has …