PPS-SF Recommends: Jill Wynns, Betsy DeVos, and More

posted Jan 10, 2017, 9:55 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 10:29 AM ]
To ReadAfter more than two decades on the Board of Education, San Francisco’s longest serving school board member finally saw a potential end in sight for school segregation. But that vision came crashing down in the November election, when Jill Wynns lost a school board race for the first time since 1992. read more 

National teachers unions are mounting an aggressive campaign against Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, arguing that she is an ideological extremist with a record of undermining the public schools her department would oversee. The National Education Association, the largest labor union in the nation, is mobilizing teachers to call and email their senators, urging a vote against DeVos’s confirmation. read more

AFT’s Weingarten Delivers Major Address on the Future of Public Education
In a speech today at the National Press Club, AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America’s students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education. “It’s our obligation, as a society, to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools,” said Weingarten. “The Trump administration can follow the will of the people and walk the path laid out by Congress a year ago. Or they can follow the destructive dogmas of the past and reignite the education wars.”

To Listen
Teaching Moment (From KQED Perspectives)
The results of this year’s Presidential election left many in shock. The day after, it seemed everyone was searching for reasons, explanations, predictions of what’s to come. This was especially true in schools across America. At work, I was greeted by 30-something dazed faces each period. Kids were crying. Teachers were crying. It was tough. read/listen more

To Read/Watch
Clarke Community Schools in Osceola, Iowa is a pretty typical Iowa school district. Osceola is a town of about 5,000 people about 40 miles south of Des Moines. Like many schools around the country their student population is becoming increasingly diverse. Like schools throughout the country they are being asked to provide more services for all types of learners with finite resources. I have had the privilege of knowing several teachers from the Clarke Schools during my career. In the best possible way, they represent the kind of teachers whose feet are on the ground in our public schools every day. read/watch more