*EDUCATION NOW! In this Edition of Education Now I welcome Phillip Cantor CPS teacher & CTU member, And, Peggy Robertson; teacher and OPT-OUT blogger, with UP-DATES on crucial issues in Public Education today. Listen: http://educationnowhermes.com/
Phillip Studied Education policy at University of Illinois at Chicago He is one of the new teacher reps on the North - Grand LSC. He has experience in neuroscience research, media production, and public education. He teaches Honors Biology, Biology, Environmental Science and AP Psychology, He has been a teacher for 13 years.
Cantor believes in community-oriented solutions that turn schools into community centers that can provide resources for parents in economic distress. He says that if schools can't help distressed parents provide a stable home environment for children, then that limits students' ability to learn in the classroom.
We spoke with Peggy in August last year, and in December of 2011, and since then, this revolution, which is National, has really taken off AND sparked outrageous retaliation from many districts.
Peggy Robertson has taught for 19 years. She earned her master ‘s degree in English as a Second Language at Southeast Missouri State University. She currently is a literacy interventionist at an elementary school in Aurora, CO and devotes the rest of her time to her work at United Opt Out National,
Phillip Cantor M.Ed. < email@example.com>
Science Department Chairman
North Grand High School
Chicago, IL 60639
United Opt Out National serves as a focused point of unyielding resistance to corporate ed. reform. We demand an equitably funded, democratically based, anti-racist, desegregated public school system for all Americans that prepares students to exercise compassionate and critical decision making with civic virtue.
LINKS REFERRED TO IN OUR INTERVIEW:
CTU, CPS agrees to begin final stage of labor talks in Februaryhttp://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-teacher-contract-negotiations-met-0115-20160114-story.html
CTU authorized a strike again... over 90% of our total membership voted resulting in 88% of membership saying YES to a strike authorization. CPS has learned from the past and has stalled negotiations to force any strike to the end of the school year... the earliest we could strike would be May.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-teacher-contract-negotiations-met-0115-20160114-story.html
Rahm Emanuel has been under intense pressure and scrutiny since Novermber when the courts forced him to release the video of a white police officer shooting African American 17 year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times though he was posing no threat.
There have been massive protests against Rahm which continue today. The initial protests shut down Black Friday shopping on the "Magnificent Mile" of luxury shops in downtown Chicago. Protests have continued since. Black youth movements such as the Black Youth Project (BYP100) have gained power, and had multiple victorieshttp://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-trauma-center-community-activism-20150912-story.html
Rahm fired his police chief, and has lost many allies including some of his wealthy campaign backers and the Chicago Tribune newspaper which has always been a Rahm booster.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-rahm-emanuel-laquan-mcdonald-chicago-edit-0113-bd-20160112-story.html
These protests have sparked national attention and justice department investigations of Rahm's police force and Legal Department.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/12/06/justice-department-will-launch-investigation-into-practices-of-chicago-police/http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/rahm-emanuel-chicago-police-violence/424197/
ESSA or Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1177/text
2016 United Opt Out Conference: Philadelphia, PA Feb 26-28, 2016
Transcending Resistance, Igniting Revolutionhttp://unitedoptout.com/2015/06/29/uoo-conference-february-26-28-2016-transcending-resistance-igniting-revolution/
TO THE BILLIONAIRES DESTROYING PUBLIC EDUCATION
Between Netflix, Facebook, the Koch brothers and all the other
billionaires , public education is being systematically destroyed. Why do all these people care?https://pedagogyofthereformed.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/to-the-billionaires-destroying-public-ed/
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