Thursday, March 28, 2013

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: oil-slicked Juneau and racist Chicago?



School rally:

 no to vouchers, yes to BSA

Teachers, legislators, supporters rally for school funding increase

Posted: March 27, 2013 - 12:05am

More than 150 teachers, legislators and education supporters rallied behind calls to increase funds allocated to each Alaskan student outside Alaska’s capitol building Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, along with other legislators speak during a "Save Our Schools" rally attended by public education supporters on the steps of the Capitol on Tuesday.

Calls to put education before funding oil exploration were directed at the governor’s (Parnell) third-floor windows.
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, said the state (Alaska) should fund schools at least as generously as it does oil exploration.

“I would say a second-grader’s education is
 more important than a billion dollars for oil
 companies,” Kerttula said referencing Gov. Sean Parnell’s 
current oil tax proposal.

educators and decision-makers voiced opposition to state-issued school vouchers

Senator Johny Ellis: " The (Alaska) Senate has narrowly passed a massive transfer of Alaska’s oil revenue to multinational corporations....
Alaska’s $17 billion savings reserve will be depleted to give massive amounts of money to (multinationa)l corporations currently making billions per year in profit."

Why are corporate-private "vouchers" bad? 

February 15, 2013
NEA-Alaska Statement on Senate President Huggins Actions Today Regarding Vouchers
"SJR 9 significantly changes Alaska's State Constitution, by allowing state funds to be diverted to private and religious schools. When Alaskan Constitutional Delegates gathered in Fairbanks in 1955-56, they were concerned with the dual system of education at that time: one run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and one by the Territory of Alaska. The delegates wished to create a unified school system free from sectarianism and partisanship. SJR 9 would once again create a dual education system in Alaska: a public school system that is bound by state and federal laws and a private/religious school system that would receive public funds but would not be held accountable for results or use of funds.
With such a proposed dramatic change to Alaska's educational landscape, it is stunning that Senate President Huggins would decide that the Senate Education Committee would not even get to hear the bill. This action holds Alaskans in very low regard. If Alaskans are to consider rolling back 50 years of constitutional language, there should be ample opportunities for public comment and to vet the idea of vouchers thoroughly."
President Ron Fuhrer

Also in Chicago yesterday...thousands of teachers rallied on the streets...

More than 130 arrested during Chicago schools protest

Thousands Protest 54 Chicago School Closings

The planned closings, perhaps the largest number school closings in U.S. 
history, will affect more than 30,000 students, primarily in
 low-income black and Latino neighborhoods

Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks against Chicago school 


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