So, is the issue that TRUMP UNIVERSITY acted fraudulently?
'Kudos to George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley for asking why the media aren’t asking about the $16.5 million paid to Bill Clinton by Laureate International Universities'.
The Clinton era saw the dismantling and defunding of our public K-UNIVERSITY-----and sending of what was tens of billions of dollars that resourced and maintained our public schools ----to building global education corporations like KAPLAN-----AND LAUREATE. Without coincidence Baltimore is ground zero for these global corporate education systems-----and without coincidence Baltimore's public K-12 was allowed to collapse and decay during CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA---as with all US city public schools and universities----so yes, the Clintons are raking in fraudulent wealth from these global corporations they created.
Who was harmed most by the fleecing of our Federal public education funding? WE THE PEOPLE-----white, brown, black citizens-----WHO COMES OUT TO SUPPORT CLINTON NEO-LIBERAL CANDIDATES EVERY ELECTION? National labor unions, national women's organizations, national civil rights organizations, veteran's groups. Every group harmed by CLINTON/OBAMA policy----comes out every election primary to support these global 1%Wall Street players----
WE CAN BE SURE TRUMP WILL LOOT ALL FEDERAL REVENUE---CLINTON DID---BUSH DID -----OBAMA DID ----SO WHY WOULD WE ZERO IN ON TRUMP?
The Clinton university scandal
By Post Editorial Board
June 12, 2016 | 8:06pm
Bill and Hillary Clinton Photo: AP
Kudos to George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley for asking why the media aren’t asking about the $16.5 million paid to Bill Clinton by Laureate International Universities.
For all the hundreds of stories on Trump University, nothing’s been written about the huge payments over 2010-2014 to the potential future first gentleman to serve as “honorary chancellor” of the vast for-profit education firm.
Nor about the $55 million that Hillary Clinton’s State Department sent the way of groups run by Laureate founder Douglas Becker — who happens to be a major donor to Clinton campaigns and the Clinton Foundation.
One Laureate component, mostly-online Walden University, even faced its own class-action lawsuit. In that, as Turley notes, “Students alleged that they were repeatedly delayed and given added costs as they tried to secure degrees, leaving them deeply in debt.”
Perhaps it was all on the up and up — though “honorary” jobs rarely pay $4 million a year, and Bill did quit just before Hillary began her latest presidential run.
But you’d expect a genuinely nonpartisan press to at least ask about it.
During the thick of the 2016 elections----both local and Presidential came these cast of characters shouting against an NAACP moratorium on charter schools. Now, the NAACP has been 100% behind all that is privatization and global corporation so we are not too sold on the idea that this MORATORIUM will last.
Below we see the NEW YORK TIMES-----now no longer journalism but owned by global billionaire LATIN TELECOMM SLIM------and Washington Post----now no longer journalism but owned by global billionaire BEZOS of Amazon.com.
Mexico's Carlos Slim Is The Year's Biggest Billionaire Loser -...www.forbes.com/sites/doliaestevez/2015/12/09/mexicos-carlos-... Dec 9, 2015 ... Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helú is the biggest billionaire loser in dollar terms in 2015. The reason? Weakness at his telecom company and ...
Both of these once strong HOLDING POWER ACCOUNTABLE news journals in their heyday were great supporters of public education. They were the first to investigate misappropriated public school funds----today they fight for global corporate profit and hide real journalism as to goals and results of this US privatization of K-university.
So, was all this attention to a NAACP policy stance that on ONE OCCASION made a correct stand for black and brown citizens---as well as white citizens-----real? I think this was an attempt to garner some credibility and we will see these global corporate K-12 privatizations continue under Trump as we would have with a Hillary.
Times, Post oppose NAACP battle against charter schools
By Amelia Hamilton / October 13, 2016
The New York Times and Washington Post are both urging the NAACP to reconsider its support of a moratorium on charter schools.
The editorial board at the Times said that the NAACP has been seen as out of touch with black youth and that the “board will reinforce that impression if it ratifies an ill-advised resolution … that calls for a moratorium on expansion of public charter schools.” The paper concludes: “For many parents and students, a charter school is the only route to a superior education. In advocating a blanket moratorium on charters, the NAACP. would fail to acknowledge what’s happening to children who need and deserve a way out of the broken schools to which they have been relegated.”
The Washington Post suggests that the NAACP “should do its homework” on charter schools. “We would suggest a field trip to the District, where they would see how a thriving community of charter schools has reshaped education by providing a diverse array of educational programs. That the beneficiaries of this rich choice are, in large part, children of color hopefully is not lost on an organization that is supposed to be looking out for the interests of minority people.”
I read this article in the Baltimore Times----a free news paper aimed at black citizens-----the 5% to the 1% of black Wall Street players are the ones shouting down this NAACP stance. These are the Michael Jordons and the Barbara Jordans who are well into expanding their GLOBAL K-12 CHARTER BRANDS-----making profits again off the backs of the 99% of citizens----harming especially black and brown citizens needing strong, well-funded, well-resourced public schools----being closed to be taken by global corporate vocational tracking neo-liberal schools.
I had someone actually compare Barbara Jordan's hyper-naked capitalist profiteering from global corporate charter schools-----to SOCIALIST CHAVEZ. This is how crazy the dis-information is right now-----BARBARA JORDAN is preparing US city students for the global labor pool -----there is no winning for underserved children in being pushed into this global labor pool----only the global 1% and their 2% will attain wealth----the 99% will be enslaved. Jordan's only motivation is trying to become one of those global 2%-----
No doubt -------
'One of this country’s leading educators, Dr. Steve Perry, who has operated charter schools for years and recently took over the new charter school opened by Sean Combs, Capital Prep Harlem, in New York City, had this to say':
----PUFFY COMBS AND PERRY are raking in the bucks-----we already have data that outs Perry's charter chain as INEFFECTIVE TO LOWER QUALITY.
What you need to know about the NAACP’s war on charter schools
By James Clingman | 11/4/2016, 6 a.m.
James Clingman says that while most Black folks are concentrating on Hillary and Donald, the largest and oldest “Colored” organization approved an internal resolution calling for a halt to the “expansion of charter schools” until those schools meet criteria set forth by the NAACP. Courtesy Photo/NNPA
BALTIMORE (NNPA) — The call for a moratorium on charter schools by the NAACP is a case of “Throwing the baby out with the bath water.” While most black folks are concentrating on Hillary and Donald, the largest and oldest “Colored” organization approved an internal resolution calling for a halt to the “expansion of charter schools” until those schools meet criteria set forth by the NAACP.
The NAACP lacks the power to enforce its resolution, but its call for this draconian measure does come with the familiar stench of other positions they have taken— and not taken— because of political and, of course, economic reasons, the latter of which seems to be the driving force behind this latest move.
One of this country’s leading educators, Dr. Steve Perry, who has operated charter schools for years and recently took over the new charter school opened by Sean Combs, Capital Prep Harlem, in New York City, had this to say: “The NAACP national headquarters has received a significant amount of money from the teachers’ union. The only organizations to call for a moratorium on charter schools in particular, because they are non-union, are the teachers’ unions.”
Perry went on to call the resolution, “absurd.” He further stated, "They couldn't be more out of touch if they ran full speed in the other direction…the national [NAACP] is out of touch even with their own chapters.”
Shavar Jeffries, Democrats for Education Reform, said, “Indiscriminately targeting all charter schools…while ignoring underperforming district schools undermines the quality and integrity of our entire education system. We should be fixing what’s broken and expanding what works, not pre-empting the choices of [black] parents…”
Calling for a moratorium is indicative of the NAACP’s disregard for existing charter schools established, funded and operated by black people. The use of scare tactics, such as “privatization,” under the guise of concern for students, is either disingenuous or ignorant. Charter schools are about creating better options for education— they provide a choice.
I know and have spoken with several esteemed black educators and operators of charter schools. Amefika Geuka, who founded and ran the Joseph Littles Nguzo Saba School in West Palm Beach, Florida for 16 years, was the largest black employer of black people in the county. He used his own funds to sustain the school and fought resistance by the district to keep his school opened despite the success of his graduates in college. One former student is now in law school and is the President of the Student Bar Association.
Another long-time friend and charter school founder is Kwa David Whitaker, an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, who has managed as many as twelve schools. He shared with me the following: “It is the traditional system that has destroyed our children and nation. Putting this intense focus on charter schools is only an attempt to keep the focus off of the continuing ineptitude of our nation’s traditional public school system.”
Black parents spoke out against the NAACP’s decision by protesting during its convention. Roland Martin, News One Anchor, questioned NAACP Washington Bureau Chief Hillary Shelton on whether the NAACP had invited any of those parents to speak or if it had called upon black charter school leaders to give their input before the resolution was passed. After asking three times without getting an answer, Martin answered it himself: “NO.”
Below we see Dr Perry and his motivation -----building a global for-profit K-12 corporation to expand into Foreign Economic Zones. As this commenter says------all over the nation investigations by watchdogs and academics are proving the data pushed forward by all of these corporate K-university showing them SUCCESSFUL for students IS ALMOST ALWAYS BOGUS.
This 2016 election was heavily focused on this continued K-12 privatization especially in local elections. This is to where the 5% to the 1% where aiming these comments---whether against a NAACP charter moratorium----or whether parents, students, teachers locally fighting these corporate structures----and with ELECTION FRAUD AT DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY LEVEL----all candidates supporting these privatizations WON CITY HALL, STATE ASSEMBLY, CONGRESS.
'Kelly Horan rigs all the data collected about student achievement to make the Capital Prep model appear viable. Making all claims about the schools success is an ‘in-house’ miracle for Perry to tout about the country. If any independent party examined this information, measured or calculated it for themselves they would have completely different findings'.
'Equally troubling is his statement that,
“CPS will launch operations with a core management team representing a mix of deep education experience, business expertise, and political savvy. This ‘hybrid’ team will be crucial to CPS’ success as a high-growth organization in a rapidly changing industry.”'
So, we have Wall Street Baltimore Development 'labor and justice' organizations bringing out protests against a Trump while pushing a Hillary-----not a word for the Democratic primary frauds against a social Democrat wanting to save our strong public K-university. This is why there were no protests against the Democratic primary election fraud killing a Bernie Sanders campaign WIN!
'How it all works at Capital Predatory Schools…
Richard Beganski put together a formula for standards based grading. Since there was a challenge in communicating a student’s progress through a 0-4 rating it needed to be translated into an A-F 0-100% manor. When using his process students went up an entire grade where a C became a B. Richard Beganski acts on behalf of Steve Perry regularly in Steve’s absence. In this vein administrative duties are not only abandoned by those who are allegedly responsible for them but pushed onto to teachers who are not administrators. There are some teachers that are eager to become powerful players in the future franchises of Capital Prep and will do anything for it, even administrative work. Scott Wojnarowicz is a high school math teacher who acts on Richard Beganski's part in managing instructors. He oversees the advisory class period each day and then reports back to Richard Beganski essentially doing his job for him.
Kelly Horan rigs all the data collected about student achievement to make the Capital Prep model appear viable. Making all claims about the schools success is an ‘in-house’ miracle for Perry to tout about the country. If any independent party examined this information, measured or calculated it for themselves they would have completely different findings.
Scott Kapralos and Lauren Davern have conspired with the Capital Prep administration to place a chokehold on senior students attempting to grasp the brass ring of graduation. The ‘crowning achievement’ in a failure to teach, is their Social Justice Project.
Consisting of an entire year stressing students out over one final project that makes and definitely breaks them. Seniors essentially model themselves after Perry’s poorly done, if not unfinished, moctorate. They take on the role of a teacher, making and collecting data, during the advisory time set aside for every instructor of each extended school day. I say instructor since the number of uncertified instructors is a third or so of the staff. The responsibility for grading all of the seniors work with a weekly check-in is done by the advising instructors, not the actual teachers of the course Scott Kapralos and Lauren Davern. Some how that responsibility is passed onto the staff in an administrative style of ‘do my work for me.’
Kitsia Ferguson manages the lower school with the policy of ‘boys will be boys’ when issues of discipline are addressed. She thinks she’s an authority since she has boys of her own that attend Capital Prep. That way when a child acts out and harms another student it is their gender that is responsible and condoned.
Monique Ethier hands out work sheets for students to do while she spends most of her time in class working on administrative bologna instead of teaching. This is the way of any wanna-be-Perry teacher in the school attempting to get into his good graces to line their future pockets.
KHAN Academy was built and sold last decade as a FREE DEMOCRATIZING global online education ------NON-PROFIT. What is always was ----a global online education corporation----and the use of this NON-PROFIT status is only to bring global government funding and sovereign access to build the infrastructure for online global education businesses. This is why we were told we needed to wire all our public schools----all our after-school centers ----free all these free online global education courses that were written by EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE.
Khan is likely that same global rich Khan family------creating structures for that ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE ONE COMMON CORE EDUCATION CURRICULA----
Today, these once FREE online global courses are now positioning to become FOR-PROFIT now that funding has built all those infrastructure. Meanwhile, parents, students, communities, teachers, are all shouting WE DO NOT WANT STANDARDIZED GLOBAL CURRICULA IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
Khan Academy’s 100&Change proposal: World-class diplomas for anyone, anywhere
Khan Academy is a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. We’re entering a MacArthur Foundation competition, called 100&Change, for a $100 million grant to help solve a critical problem of our time. Millions of people lack the skills and credentials to participate in the global economy. To address this, our long-term goal is to develop internationally-recognized diplomas that provide direct access to economic and educational opportunities. We also plan to create free content and tools to help people earn the diplomas. If we win the grant, we’ll be able to accelerate the development of the diplomas, content, and tools. We want to connect people to real economic opportunity and unlock human potential for generations to come. If you believe in our vision, please share our video and comment below.
Too many people lack the skills and credentials to participate meaningfully in the global economy. This is caused by problems at every stage of our education pipeline, from inadequate school access to low graduation rates. The United Nations estimates that 263 million children, including half of all refugee children, are not in school. In the United States alone, 55% of college students never earn a diploma. These challenges will be exacerbated in the near term by the global refugee crisis and in the long term by automation as new industries are created and old jobs made obsolete.
For many of the millions shut out of the modern economy, like girls in oppressive societies, laid-off workers, refugees, and prisoners, traditional routes to employment are out of reach. Cost, time constraints, and social barriers limit access. Even those with degrees are often underemployed, as curricula are disconnected from employers’ needs. Online learning materials are becoming widely accessible, but they are not yet connected directly to economic empowerment.
There have been many attempts to address aspects of this problem, but the solutions are often piecemeal, hard to scale, expensive, or locale-specific.
Solving this problem is imperative for millions who want a better life for themselves and their families; for employers, who need an increasingly skilled entry-level workforce; for educational institutions, who want to help more people achieve their potential; and for society at large, as disenfranchisement and underemployment breed discontent, instability, and extremism.
We plan to develop internationally-recognized diplomas that provide direct access to economic and educational opportunities. To support this, we will create free content and tools to help people earn our diplomas at their own pace, regardless of their incoming skills.
An Afghan girl forbidden by the Taliban from attending school will now be able to study on her mobile phone, gain admission to a top university, and become a physicist. A father in Detroit who dropped out of high school will demonstrate his skills and work ethic to earn an entry-level job that supports his family. A school leader in Kenya will use these resources to ensure her students receive a rigorous education with international relevance.
Khan Academy is already used by more than 100 million people around the world every year. These diplomas will connect current and future Khan Academy learners, including those in underserved communities and war-torn regions, to real economic opportunities.
We will develop the diplomas in close partnership with educational institutions and employers to ensure relevance. In addition to academic skills, we will recognize metacognitive skills, like perseverance, not measured by traditional degrees. Unlike other offerings, we will track job placement and performance to measure the efficacy of the diplomas and continuously improve them. Tools will enable teachers and mentors to track learners’ progress and provide support. The initial release will be available in several major languages.
Together, we can unlock the potential of hundreds of millions of people for generations to come.
All across Maryland counties are fighting these global corporate neo-liberal education policies----those counties having an elected school board sending a message of wanting parent, student, teacher, community control of our public schools. Here we see the degree of education activism in a state that is captured by global Wall Street pols and the global 1% and their 2%.
Baltimore City has been used as the platform for all global Wall Street policies since Baltimore's election process is rigged and fraudulent. It was a Mayor of Baltimore SCHMOKE that handed our Baltimore Public School system to the State of Maryland-----and from there all these global for-profit education corporations and platforms were built with much of the Federal and state funding for K-12 and public university education in Baltimore. So, try as Baltimore citizens may----we have no control of our Baltimore School Board----the incumbent pols PRETEND to be doing HYBRID SCHOOL BOARDS-----keeping the majority with the same global corporate education appointees-----and it is this Baltimore City global K-12 corporate charter and career college structure that will be expanded into this HOWARD COUNTY----THE BALTIMORE COUNTY----THE CALVERT AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY----
Baltimore had one of the most election irregularities during Democratic primary as an US city in the nation-----NOTHING WAS DONE -----and the ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE US CITY AS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE MOVING FORWARD mayor was installed.
Election could shake up Howard's school board
Pamela WoodContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
In Howard County, some are pushing for a school board shake up this election.Unhappy parents, teachers and education activists are pushing to put new faces on the Howard County school board in Tuesday's election.
Howard's schools have long enjoyed a reputation as among Maryland's best, but critics say board members and the superintendent too often act without public input and don't listen to community concerns.
Six candidates are running for three open seats on the seven-member board. With just one incumbent still in the running — two others were knocked out in the primary — the school board is guaranteed at least two new faces.
"It's been a very contentious race because it's a referendum, of course, on the current superintendent and board majority. There's a huge voter, parent, community and educator dissatisfaction with that group," said Paul Lemle, president of the Howard County Education Association, the county's teacher union.
The school board race has drawn more interest than usual, with social media campaigns, signs dotting roadsides and candidates making a last-minute push at early voting sites. Lemle said he has 400 teachers volunteering to campaign for the union's favored candidates — all challengers — which is quadruple the number of volunteers he normally gets.
In contested Howard school board race, five challengers, one incumbent vie for November victory "That doesn't happen," Lemle said. "Teachers don't want to fight their board of education. They want to teach kids, and the board of education has been in the way of that."
Critics of the system cite a number of complaints. They say officials were slow to acknowledge and fix a mold problem at Glenwood Middle School and that public information requests go unfulfilled. They also note that there was no public discussion before the board voted in February to give Superintendent Renee A. Foose a new four-year, $273,000-a-year contract and that positions for classroom assistants were cut and class sizes increased.
Foose declined to comment for this article. Her spokesman, John White, said Foose "looks forward to working together with the board in the best interests of all students now and in the future."
Janet Siddiqui, a pediatrician from Clarksville and the lone incumbent seeking to remain on the board, disagrees with critics who argue the board has not been independent enough from Foose. But she said she agrees there is room to improve communication between the system and its parents and teachers.
"We have a great school system and it didn't get there by accident," she said. "It got there by working with a great community, a great county government, great parents, great teachers and students. We need to continue to hear the voices of all those people."
Lisa Markovitz, a local activist who became involved in the school board election through her civic group and political action committee, the People's Voice, is backing four of the challengers in the general election.
"They are all about transparency," Markovitz said of the challengers. "They're all about responsiveness. They're all about putting money in the classroom."
The concerns expressed by critics have drawn the attention of other elected officials.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers got a bill passed requiring the state's public information ombudsman to investigate the Howard school system's handling of information requests. The report is due by the end of the year.
County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, a Republican, and the County Council declined to fund the school system's full budget request, and the council is conducting its own financial audit of the school system. Council members are considering asking the Maryland State Department of Education to conduct a performance audit of county schools.
"There have just been numerous concerns, and it is our duty to continue to advocate and fight for our children and our families," said Council Chairman Calvin Ball, a Columbia Democrat.
A state audit released in October found Howard school officials awarded salaries for administrators without school board approval, awarded no-bid contracts without proper justification and made mileage payments to employees without documentation of the travel. The school system's internal auditor defended the practices and criticized the expertise of the state auditors.
Even Gov. Larry Hogan has weighed in, grilling Foose over the Glenwood mold issue at a Board of Public Works meeting and saying, "There's a palpable loss of trust between many parents and the county school system, and in particular with the superintendent."
Challengers are staking their campaigns on themes of openness and the need to rebuild trust.
Kirsten Coombs, a Columbia parent and the top vote-getter in the primary, said the current board too often approves contracts and makes financial decisions without having information they need from the superintendent's office,
"People are very worried about the reputation of our system," she said. "It's an embarrassment for us."
Vicky Cutroneo, a parent of three who is also a challenger, said she got involved with the mold issue and became frustrated with a lack of communication from officials.
"It turned into much more than mold for me," she said. She believes the current board has affected "the culture of the way we do business in the school system."
Christina Delmont-Small, a challenger and a former president of the countywide PTA, said she became frustrated when she served on a budget oversight committee. The school system wouldn't provide basic information on past spending, she said.
"Here in Howard County we love education and we love our schools and that's well and great, but not if the Board of Education doesn't do its fiduciary responsibility with taxpayer dollars," said Delmont-Small, an Ellicott City parent of a fifth-grader and a ninth-grader.
Candidate Mavis Ellis of Columbia, who works as a pupil personnel worker in Montgomery County, also says the board needs better information from the superintendent's office. "That information should also be shared with our community," she said.
The fifth challenger, retired band teacher Robert Wayne Miller of Columbia, said regardless of who is elected, board members need to direct the superintendent instead of "being directed by her."
"A lot of the public, and also other government officials, do not trust the board," Miller said.
Siddiqui, whose three children graduated from Atholton High School in Columbia, said she's focused on priorities such as eliminating the achievement gap, expanding wellness programs, updating anti-bullying policies and implementing later start times for middle and high school students.
"I try to work collaboratively with board members and I try to make reasonable decisions, and do the very best for our students," she said.
When we have global Wall Street players appointed as university leaders-----as in Baltimore from University of Maryland---University of Baltimore----Baltimore City Community College----Morgan and Coppin State----and when we have a national teachers union WEINGARTEN leader coming out REALLY early for a Hillary over a Bernie----we see why the protests came out when HILLARY lost and not when the Democratic primary systemically fraudulent against Bernie. No protests from public schools marching against Trump----no protests from our universities marching against Trump----when the strongest candidate for our public K-university was a social Democrat Bernie Sanders. We marched for the Clintons who spent decades defunding and dismantling our public education system.
WEINGARTEN has been partnered with the Clinton Initiative and global neo-liberal education policies for decades---our public K-12 teachers -----NOT SO MUCH. K-12 teachers being busted to part time education tech business employees is not to where we want our teaching professionals to go.
Diane Ravitch's blog
AFT Endorses Hillary
July 11, 2015 //
The AFT announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President
American Federation of Teachers Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
Saturday, July 11, 2015
WASHINGTON—On Saturday, the executive council of the American Federation of Teachers voted overwhelmingly to endorse Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for president of the United States. The AFT is the first national union to endorse a candidate in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
“In vision, in experience and in leadership, Hillary Clinton is the champion working families need in the White House,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Hillary Clinton is a tested leader who shares our values, is supported by our members, and is prepared for a tough fight on behalf of students, families and communities. That fight defines her campaign and her career. In Arkansas, Hillary fought to expand access to early childhood education and care. As first lady, she fought for the right to affordable, high-quality healthcare and helped win that right for our youngest citizens. As senator, she fought for education funding and workers’ rights, and she defended public service workers who came to our nation’s defense on Sept. 11. And as secretary of state, she promoted democracy throughout the world, lifting up the worth and dignity of all people—men and women, gay and straight.”
Weingarten continued, “Hillary Clinton, a product of public schools herself, believes in the promise of public education. From early childhood learning through higher education, she sees how that promise can create real opportunity for kids, building a much-needed bridge to the middle class. Hillary understands that to reclaim the promise of public education, policymakers need to work with educators and their unions. She’s ready to work with us to confront the issues facing children and their families today, including poverty, wage stagnation, income inequality and lack of opportunity. Hillary is the leader we need to help us reclaim the promise of public education and, indeed, of America.”
Upon learning of the union’s endorsement, Clinton said, “For nearly a century, the American Federation of Teachers has worked to expand opportunity for the people and communities they serve. I’m honored to have the support of AFT’s members and leaders, and proud to stand with them to unleash the potential of every American.”
Clinton continued, “I know from my own family that teachers have the power to change lives. We need to make sure every child has access to a quality public education and teachers with the tools to help them succeed. Our country’s future depends on the education we give all our children — and giving them the best means working with the teachers and school personnel who help shape their futures each day.”
As in past elections, the AFT’s 1.6 million members will be a powerful organizing force behind our endorsed candidate. Leading up to November 2016, AFT members are expected to make more than 1 million phone calls and knock on more than 500,000 doors.
The AFT’s endorsement comes a month after Clinton attended an executive council meeting in Washington, D.C. At that meeting, she said, “It is just dead wrong to make teachers the scapegoats for all of society’s problems. Where I come from, teachers are the solution. And I strongly believe that unions are part of the solution, too.”
Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley also spoke with the executive council at that meeting. All potential and announced candidates were invited to complete a questionnaire, and those who returned the questionnaire were invited to meet with the council. No Republican candidates responded to the invitation.
The AFT has conducted a long, deliberative process to assess which candidate would best champion the issues of importance to our members, their families and communities. Members have been engaged online, through the “You Decide” website, through several telephone town halls, and through multiple surveys—reaching more than 1 million members.
Additionally, over the past few weeks, the AFT has conducted a scientific poll of our membership on the candidates and key issues. The top issues members raised were jobs and the economy and public education. Seventy-nine percent of our members who vote in Democratic primaries said we should endorse a candidate. And by more than a 3-to-1 margin, these members said the AFT should endorse Clinton.
This week, the AFT will begin its biennial TEACH conference, a gathering of thousands of educators. Weingarten will address the conference at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, with a press availability to follow. Her remarks will include information about the endorsement.
Global corporate charter K-12 is killing democratic liberal arts and humanities citizenship education for STEM only.
Social Democrats understand the fear stemming from far-right rhetoric -----against black and brown citizens. Trump is indeed a bad guy. Hillary and Bill REALLY REALLY bad guys for the global black and brown citizens. What brought these students out after a general election Presidential RIGGING TO INSTALL TRUMP-----and not that fighting for real left strong public schools and education? We can assume our public school administrators---as in Baltimore are tied to Clinton/Obama and Race to the Top global neo-liberal corporate education policies. We can assume WALL STREET DEVELOPMENT 'labor and justice' organization leadership spur these protest actions supporting a Hillary and not that Bernie Sanders----so it is the lack of on-campus activism for strong public schools being trumped so to speak by this presence of Clinton Race to the Top neo-liberal education. THIS IS WHAT WE THE PEOPLE MUST CHANGE---
WE CANNOT REVERSE THIS WITHOUT FIXING OUR ELECTIONS----PLEASE FIGHT ELECTION FRAUD AS THE SOLUTION TO BEING RID OF A TRUMP.
'Darren Woodruff, a chairman on the D.C. Public Charter School Board, said he was proud of the students for walking out'.
For those not knowing-----the global corporate K-12 are installing separate school boards for public schools and charters as a step to ending public school boards-----they will only have corporate charter school boards---this is MICHELLE RHEE TERRITORY---WASHINGTON DC. These 'public charter' leaders would not of course come out to teach their students the DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP around fighting widespread Democratic primary fraud----because Bernie represented protecting public schools from privatization.
Hundreds of students walk out of D.C. area schools to protest Trump
DC students protest president-elect Trump
WUSA 6:41 PM. CST November 15, 2016
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Students from several DC area public schools walked out Tuesday only a day after Montgomery County students protested president-elect Donald Trump.
In D.C., the student-organized protest started around noon. All of the students gathered outside of the Trump International Hotel in Northwest, D.C. and could be heard chanting "not our president."
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By 2:30 p.m., hundreds of students had marched to the Lincoln Memorial.
“I know it won’t make a difference in the election, but it’ll make a difference in the world. We’re spreading the love,” one student said.
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The students, some as young as 13 years old, were heard chanting various phrases, including "Black lives matter" and "No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here."
We really need to stand up for ourselves in this situation," said Lauren, one of the students marching in D.C. "Eventually we’re going to be adults, and we need to think about our futures and the futures of the children who come after us. We need to make this country safer and more stable."
It is unclear how many students are taking part. The majority of students appeared to be from D.C. Public Schools, however some said they were from Montgomery County Public Schools.
DCPS officials emailed a statement that said today's walkout was not sponsored by the school district.
"DC Public Schools (DCPS) respects and defends all students’ right to self-expression and peaceful protest, and we are committed to our students being informed and engaged in their community in constructive ways.
"Today’s event was not school- or DCPS-sponsored, and neither schools nor district administrators were involved in or consulted with during the planning of this event. All students are expected to be in school throughout the day, and any student who leaves will receive an unexcused absence for periods they miss. The safest place for students to be during school hours is in their school building.
"As educators, we empower students to be inquisitive, informed, and engaged citizens who use critical thinking, inquiry, and literacy to prepare for college, careers, and civic life. We highly value and are committed to fostering a learning environment where students feel safe and secure, and we encourage teachers and students to discuss the issues surrounding the walk-out so that students can explore their questions and express their opinions in safe environments."
Darren Woodruff, a chairman on the D.C. Public Charter School Board, said he was proud of the students for walking out.
One student from private D.C. school Edmund Burke School said half of the student population left class to protest. She said the head of the administration allowed students to leave and was going to waive the typical punishment for an unexcused absence. Normally students would be docked 1% on their overall grade for skipping school.
At about 1:30 p.m. in Beltsville, Md., students walked out of High Point High School. Within minutes, they formed a line blocking Powder Mill Road. Sky9 showed students sitting in the road and blocking traffic. Several police cruisers were in the road in front of the students. Within a half hour, the students were moved out of the road.
A concerned parent told WUSA9 that she is worried but at the same time very proud of her daughter.