Monthly Archives: September 2012

SEAs Open the Doorway to Learning

My sixth grade students leaned forward as I read to them, almost as though they would better be able to capture the words in the book. We were reading “Out of My Mind,” by Sharon Draper. This book is about … Continue reading

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Write the BOE and Ask Them to Collectively Bargain

TJ Mertz did a wonderful write-up in AMPS, so there is no reason for me to redo his work. Please read his post and write the Madison Board of Education at board@madison.k12.wi.us to ask them to engage in fair contract … Continue reading

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What I Learned from Today’s Loss (or Win?)

As I made my way north to the Big Eau Pleine Park Trail Run, I had a lot on my mind. I had just come from delivering a speech at the CTU rally and the news that Act 10 was … Continue reading

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The People United for CTU

On September 14th, 2012, I gave the following speech at a rally for the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The Chicago teachers boldly went on strike to fight for a fair contract and to improve the … Continue reading

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Merit Pay Undermines Public Education

The first week of school has just concluded, and my new principal has held true to his word by spending time out in the classrooms. After school on Friday, a coworker came up to me to let me know that … Continue reading

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Uncharted Territory for MMSD

“The kids are delighted to be back at school,” James Howard said as he addressed the Board and numerous spectators at tonight’s Board of Education Workshop. Everyone nodded their heads in agreement, while they anxiously awaited the real topic of … Continue reading

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MTI Stands with CTU

The ride to Chicago, Illinois on August 29th was filled with anticipation; we were on the road to attend the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) Solidarity Campaign Town Hall. Rush hour traffic made for many great conversations with my MTI sisters … Continue reading

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