Ideals like those of Michelle Rhee, around education, are the core of a pivotal battle taking hold in the Democratic Party

How Michelle Rhee Is Taking Over the Democratic Party

Molly Ball | Sep 8, 2012
In a major shift, education reformers are now influential at the highest levels of the party once dominated by the teachers unions. Click here to read the story

Students vs. Status Quo: California lawsuits target teachers’ union work rules

Larry Sand writes about the approach reformers are taking to combat the impenetrable block the CA Teacher’s Unions practices to prevent any kind of reform to policies such as seniority and tenure rules for teachers.

When politics fails, reformers turn to the courts. California’s Democrat-controlled state legislature has resisted reforms that threaten teacher-union power. Now two class-action lawsuits could undo the state’s longstanding seniority and tenure rules. On Tuesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge heard arguments from attorneys representing six families who say the nation’s second-largest school district has ignored the 40-year-old Stull Act, which requires the use of student performance in teacher evaluations. If successful, the lawsuit, filed last November, would require every school district in the Golden State to establish its own method of evaluating teachers—but all would need to use evidence of student learning based on standardized tests, just as 23 other states currently do.

A second lawsuit, filed last month on behalf of eight students from around the state, claims provisions of California’s education code—rigid tenure rules, a seniority-based firing system that ignores teacher quality, and a “due-process” system that makes it all but impossible to remove incompetent or criminal teachers—violate student rights.

Click here to go to City Journal and read the full article.

What is Jerry Brown saying to Ed reformers in the Democratic Party base? He wants their support for the tax increases first. Keep talking, he says “we” hear you.

How bold are the reformers?  How firm do they stand? Or are they waiting, hoping, and prodding, but do not want to upset the establishment? Do they support the tax increases as necessary for real education reform?

I love what Michelle Rhee stands for. I thank her for her leadership, inspiration, and courage.

Bob Bowdon asks Michell Rhee a pointed question and she responds with a resoundingly clear and powerful statement.   I love her for it!   She is a brave warrior woman!

http://choicemedia.tv/2012/03/02/bob-bowdon-with-michelle-rhee-on-teacher-evaluations/

 

On Bob’s FB Group page for Choice TV I posted my response to Michelle’s answer to Bob’s question.   I hope I can stomach it in the morning when I’m not exhausted and in much discomfort from this flu I’ve suffered since Sunday.

 

“That was perfect! As a mother of two boys, and a person with the spirit to teach and cause children and people of all ages to learn, in my heart, I loved her answer…”

“Thank you Michelle Rhee. You speak for mothers who care about their children and need to count on the integrity of the school administration and program, that excellent teachers are supported, and ineffective teachers are identified and supported to transform in the areas they are lacking, or supported in choosing a new carreer if it’s not the right path fo them. But her priorities are the correct priorities. The chlidren and their learning and well being is the primary objective and must never be sujugated to the interests of adults over the children. She calls it like it is. They hate her for it. They seeth about her and invect smears and slander, but they also carry out dispicable actions against poor defenseless minority parents, initmidating them, and telling them lies to scare them into recinding their signatures for a Parent Trigger Law drive at Desert Trails, and Compton before that…”

“So many examples across the country… women being locked up, or mothers I should say. Mothers being locked up because they find themselves with the choice between lying to get their child into a performing school, or they have to be doscile obedient ones and allow the system to demand their child goes to one of those miserable failing schools where they are left behind and and future cemented in bleakness or a lot of struggle to survive. I love Michelle Rhee. I’ve yet to hear her udder words that don’t move me in a way that inspires, comforts, and compels me…”