From our friends over at the Seattle Education blog, comes news from a column in the Huffington Post by Leonie Hamison, "Will Our Federal Government Renounce Their Proposal to Increase Class Size".
The Obama administration has proposed that in next year’s education
budget, 25 percent of the funds to
reduce class size or keep teachers on staff be diverted to a
competitive grant program to create and expand “new pathways” to
teaching — e.g. to help fund organizations like Teach For America.
That would mean a cut of more than $600 million that, if approved,
would lead to even larger classes in schools throughout the country next
year. Senate Appropriations Committee will have its say on this issue
next week when it considers the FY13 Labor, Health and Education funding
bill. Recently, a group of corporate education reform groups, let by
50-CAN and joined by other organizations including Michelle Rhee’s
StudentsFirst and Teach for America, sent
a letter to Senate leaders, urging them to adopt the president’s
Here is contact info for Senator Murray.
You can also contact Senator Murray’s aide, Moire Duggan,
firstname.lastname@example.org, and send her a message that will get to
Let them hear from you. Money for the classroom should be in the classroom and not in the hands of Wendy Kopp (TFA) and Michelle Rhee (Students First).