[act-ma] 5/26 Hvd Sq: Teachers blast secretary Arne Duncan (Thu)

pf soto pfsoto at mynas.com
Mon May 23 20:53:28 PDT 2011


For Immediate Release, submitted on behalf of and edited by Freeman Z 
<mailto:jeff.manzelli at 492cafe.org>

SPEAK OUT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION: A PRESS CONFERENCE PROTESTING THE 
POLICIES OF ARNE DUNCAN
Educators speak out against the so-called 'Race To The Top'

THURSDAY, MAY 26TH   FROM 10 A.M. TO 12 NOON  AT THE  HARVARD SQUARE  T 
STATION

On May 26th, Federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will serve as 
'Chief Marshal' of his 25th Class Reunion at Harvard University. A group 
of prominent educators will gather outside Harvard's iron gates at that 
time to offer a public critique of Secretry Duncan's policies.

This Speak Out is a message to the Harvard alumni who would honor 
Secretary Arne Duncan today as Chief Marshal, and to Secretary Duncan 
himself, that his policies are corroding, instead of supporting, our 
public educations system.

We demand an end to harmful 'high stakes' testing. We demand what Arne 
Duncan would deny us: equitable school funding and teacher, family and 
community-based leadership in public education policies and curricula.

Info:  www.saveourschoolsmarch.org
Contact:  Jenny Kastner 617-945-2869


LIST OF SPEAKERS

- Deborah Meier, Founder of Boston's Mission Hill School, author, and 
Senior Scholar of Education at NYU

- Alfie Kohn, author of 'FEEL-BAD EDUCATION: and Other Contrarian Essays 
on Children and Schooling'

- Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor of early childhood education at 
Lesley University and author of 'Taking Back Childhood'

- Ruth Rodriguez-Fay of Citizens for Public Schools

- Lisa Guisbond of FairTest, a National Center for Fair and Open testing

- Cambridge School Committee member Marc McGovern,

- Public school teacher Whitney Elliot (Elliot also blogs as 'The 
ÔGreedy' Teacher.')

- Diane Levin, Professor of Education at Wheelock College

- Larry Aaronson, a retired Cambridge public school teacher, and founder 
of the 'Social Justice Works!' fund

- Merrie Najimy, President of the Concord, Massachusetts Teachers' 
Association

- Larry Ward, a former Cambridge City Councilor and FairTest organizer

-Betty Burkes, a peace educator and former President of (U.S.) WILPF, 
now working in the New Orleans public schools' restorative justice program

-Liza Womack, Harvard Alum (1984),15-year veteran elementary 
schoolteacher and an organizer of the Speak Out.



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