Through phone calls, text messages, emails, faxes, word of mouth, and any other way people can find to spread the news, we will get the message out about what teachers truly do each day, about some of the negative impacts surrounding the current ESEA (NCLB), and about the severe lack of funding that has put the education of our nation's children at great risk. On top of this, we will also let people know that there is an outlet for them to help share their voices, the SOS Million Teacher March.
Communication will occur between friends, colleagues, and neighbors but will also occur via the airwaves. This means that we will call every radio and television program that accepts listener/viewer phone calls. We will send emails to websites. We will call and email those who are part of the decision-making process when it comes to public education including politicians and Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education.
More details to follow, but please start spreading the word and thinking about national and local programs that accept phone calls from listeners/viewers. I would like to begin compiling a list so that people know who to call in their area. Thank you for your support.
***WHILE SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION, IT IS
SUGGESTED THAT YOU STICK TO THEFOLLOWING TOPICS. THE MORE WE
CAN GET THE SAME MESSAGE OUTAGAIN AND AGAIN, THE MORE
EFFECTIVE IT BECOMES.
RESPECTFUL REFORM THAT MAKES SENSE
While we agree that our nation’s schools are in need of reform, we disagree with the current methods of reform that are being promoted. Instead, we call for reform that respects the people who are most involved in the public school system: teachers, parents, and students.
FAIR FUNDING FOR ALL SCHOOLS
The current system sets schools up for failure depending upon their locations. It also has created a race between state school systems that deems some schools winners and others losers when it comes to receiving funding. We call for fair and equitable funding for all schools, no matter where they are located.
QUALITY CLASSROOMS WITH SAFE ENVIRONMENTS
Right now, some schools have all they need and more while others are struggling with the bare minimum--or less. Curricula are designed to meet the needs of a test instead of the needs of the students. Some students are fearful walking to school, walking home from school, and while actually inside the school itself. We call for quality education for every student. This means providing the resources, curricula, and teachers necessary for students to receive the type of education they deserve and creating a safe environment conducive to learning.