1. John King’s Appointment as Acting U.S. Secretary of Education
John King, the former Commissioner of Education in NY lead the way to the devastating and destructive education policies we are fighting against each day in our schools. Now, he is going to be the Acting US Secretary of Education, replacing the equally as awful (sorry, it’s difficult for me to keep my feelings in check) Arne Duncan.
Please call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 — as well as a special White House telephone line dedicated to public comments at 202-456-1111— to express your displeasure in John King’s appointment.
This is what I said, “. I am outraged by the appointment of John King to Education Secretary. John King has devastated the public schools in NY with his failed policies, his irresponsible implementation of the common core and his disastrous utilization of standardized testing. He does not have the experience to run the Department of Education. He has little to no public education experience. He is a divisive leader and should NOT be the Education Secretary.
2. Common Core and Testing
Below are three links where you can comment on the Common Core to help guide the changes that we hope will be appropriate and in our best interest and the interest of our schools and our students. You do not need to provide feedback at each site but please take the time to have your voice heard. Please be aware that any information you provide is in the public domain and could be published.
This link takes you to the SED common core “aim High” link where you can comment on the appropriateness of each standard.
This link takes you to SED where you can provide input to the common Core Task Force.
Finally, this link is where you can share you stories, your personal experiences with the implementation of the Common Core in your classrooms or at home with your children.
Meryl Fordin, writes to keep you informed of the happenings in the EWTA as well as in public education; the mundane to the insane.