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Dear Madame Secretary DeVosIn response to the recent surge of teacher walkouts, you stated that teachers should “serve the students that are there to be served.”  I couldn’t agree more. I also understand why, as the highest-ranking Education official in the nation, you must discourage teacher protests.  However, as a veteran public-school educator

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Welcome to 2018, where schools are permitted to hold pep rallies for students to “get them excited” about standardized tests (like that ever worked!?), but if a teacher makes his students – 95% of whom are free and reduced lunch – pancakes before the tests, that leads to him being fired. Seriously. Read more here.

 On March 14th, students from across the country are planning a national school walkout. For seventeen minutes, participants intend on displaying a show of solidarity to honor the seventeen victims who were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one month earlier. To read more, click here. 

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has ....Read more.

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April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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April 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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Dear Madame Secretary DeVos: We Will Not Be Ignored

April 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Madame Secretary DeVos: In response to the recent surge of teacher walkouts, you stated that teachers should “serve the students that are there to be served.”  I couldn’t agree more. I also understand why, [...]

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And We Will Rise: Day 3 of the Oklahoma Walkout

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