Hartford · In the State

A Parent Reflects On Fredrick Douglas’ Fourth of July Speech: Gwen Samuel Calls Out Status Quo For Their Silence

I wanted to share with my readers a recent blog post published by parent advocate Gwen Samuel. (If you haven’t already, you should check out her other blog posts too – she writes at RealTalkGwenSamuels.com) In her most recent post, she reflects on Fredrick Douglas’ famous July Fourth speech, “What To The Slave Is The… Continue reading A Parent Reflects On Fredrick Douglas’ Fourth of July Speech: Gwen Samuel Calls Out Status Quo For Their Silence

Hartford · In the State

Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”

Gwen Samuel, a Meriden mom and the founder of the Connecticut Parents Union, shares her story, explaining why she can’t be brought by either side of the education debate: Shirley Chisholm said  “There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must… Continue reading Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”

In the State

Connecticut Teachers Union Launches Extremely Misleading (And Transparent) Attack On Charter Schools

Thursday, the state’s largest teachers union, the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), published a report conducted by Rodriguez Data Solutions, LLC, an independent research firm — in layman’s terms: probably a paid consultant — that calls out charter schools for “diverting” funds meant for children to charter management organizations (CMOs). The document specifically targets Achievement First, one of… Continue reading Connecticut Teachers Union Launches Extremely Misleading (And Transparent) Attack On Charter Schools

Students

Washington Post Editorial: Why Are Local Unions Sabotaging the Common Core?

An editorial in the Sunday Washington Post defines the Common Core: “The Common Core is a set of objectives for student learning — not a mandated curriculum — that arose from governors, state education officials and others who understood that American children needed to raise their game to compete in the global economy. It is… Continue reading Washington Post Editorial: Why Are Local Unions Sabotaging the Common Core?

Standards

CEA’s Own Data: Teachers Support the Common Core

I want to make this very, very clear: The following statistics were taken directly from the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) own poll. [Greenberg Quinan Rosner Research, 2/20/2014] When the CEA dragged out the megaphone this week to rally the troops against the Common Core, they neglected to mention the following information from their own survey.… Continue reading CEA’s Own Data: Teachers Support the Common Core

Hartford · Reform

Common Core: What a Difference a Year Makes

It’s called “selective memory.” When the Connecticut Education Association gathered in Hartford Wednesday to share the results of a survey they said shows that educators are against Common Core, they forgot to mention a poll conducted by the National Education Association (NEA) showing the exact opposite results. At the time — way, way back in… Continue reading Common Core: What a Difference a Year Makes

Bridgeport · Hartford · Reform

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Vallas Case

“It ends here. We know there is nowhere else to go.” Norman Pattis, the attorney representing Carmen Lopez and Deborah Williams-Reyes said this during Monday’s arguments to the state Supreme Court. He’s right. Monday was the last stage in a long process, and now it is up to the Supreme Court to determine whether they… Continue reading Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Vallas Case

Bridgeport · Reform

2+2 Still Doesn’t Equal 5—Commentary On Wendy Lecker’s Latest Article

Friday, the Stamford Advocate published the second part to Wendy Lecker’s commentary on education entitled, ‘Our Orwellian Education Policy.’ Lecker’s latest attack piece targets the Common Core State Standards. In the article, she argues, “Our state and national leaders have brought double think to our schools, claiming that “Standardization breeds creativity” and “Compliance breeds’ independent… Continue reading 2+2 Still Doesn’t Equal 5—Commentary On Wendy Lecker’s Latest Article