On the heels of Seattle public school parents pushback of a new transportation plan (pushed without input or announcement from/to parents), we have some other winning strategies.
The Alabama Legislature, fighting back against a far-reaching charter school bill, defeated it today with just one day left in their regular session. Alabama is one of the mighty nine states to say no to charters.
Dr. Henry Mabry, executive secretary of the Alabama Education
Association, consistently told lawmakers during the session that the
state didn’t need a dual system of schools when it couldn’t afford to
adequately fund the single system it has.
“We don’t need to dilute even further the precious little funding for
our elementary and secondary students to gamble on the unproven model of
Well, that sounds familiar.
Interestingly, the only education group supporting the bill was their state association of school boards. (Washington State's came out against our charter bill.)
StudentsFirst, a group formed by Rhee after she resigned in disgrace as
Washington, D.C. school chancellor, amassed a team of six lobbyists to
push the charter schools bill in the Alabama Legislature.
was brought to Alabama earlier this year by state GOP leaders to work on
charter schools, although there’s been no public disclosure of who is
paying her California-based group.
Bentley’s office did not notify the State Board of Education or the state
school superintendent in advance of a meeting earlier this year between
legislators, state officials, and StudentsFirst that Rhee’s group would
be working in Alabama.
Someone trying to be sneaky?
Also telling is that their charter bill would only allow charters in the state's four largest cities. Hmm, if it's good for the big cities, why not the suburbs?
Next up, from the Herald Tribune:
More than 550 Snohomish School District students did not take state
exams in the past two weeks, a revolt staged by parents who question whether
the tests are worth the money. The parents also hoped to get the
attention of state lawmakers.
Good for them. I wish more Seattle parents had the courage to say no. THAT would get people's attention like nothing else.
So far, the students who didn't take the Measurement of Student
Progress represent about 12 percent of the 4,501 students between third
and eighth grade required to take the test in Snohomish.
year only 12 students missed the standardized tests.
One parent's explanation:
"We are not against testing. We want student assessment, but we want
smarter, more effective and more cost-efficient testing," member
Michelle Purcell said.
Students who did not take the test were assigned separate classrooms
during testing, district spokeswoman Kristin Foley said.
Never forget, there IS strength in numbers. The Washington State PTSA is using membership numbers to help bolster their claims. Maybe parents in real numbers who really do support certain issues should consider how to join together. Parents Across America might be a good start.