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Another Education is Possible at the US Social Forum!

June 18, 2010 0 comments

Join TSJ at the US Social Forum in Detroit-- June 22nd to June 26th (http://ussf2010.org for info). We've partnered with progressive education groups around the country to put on a workshop and People's Movement Assembly and we'd love to see you all there!

Another Education is Possible:
WEDNESDAY JUNE 23rd 3:30-5:30 Cobo Hall: W2-58

Across the country, we are facing a critical moment of national 'reform' that will ultimately define the future of education in the US. Many of the initiatives garnering national attention, while supposedly created and implemented with intentions to “close the achievement gap,” often carry negative side effects that both harm low-income students of color and reinforce a profit-driven and capitalist system.

As teachers and community-based educators for liberation, we tend to spend a significant amount of time analyzing and tearing these programs to pieces, fighting both locally and nationally against privatization. While we have become increasingly adept to identifying the enemy and knowing what we are against, it can sometimes be difficult to articulate what alternative visions can be presented and advocated for.

We invite USSF participants to join teacher activists from across the country in this workshop where we will explore the current moment in education by connecting the dots between seemingly disparate educational reforms such as school closings and takeovers, exponential growth of charter schools, budget cuts, teacher lay-offs, merit pay, attacks on teacher unions, and high-stakes standardized testing to paint a complete picture of the impact of such ‘solutions’ on low-income students and students of color.

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CORE Wins Leadership of Chicago Teachers Union!

June 13, 2010 0 comments

In a decisive victory, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators won leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union!

Check out these three videos of CTU Delegates after this historic win, including President-Elect Karen Lewis' acceptance speech. Nathan Goldbaum CTU delegate Jackson Potter CTU delegate Karen Lewis CTU acceptance speech  

On June 11, 2010, 20,406 members of the Chicago Teachers Union voted in a run-off election for the leadership of the CTU. Headed by Karen Lewis, a chemistry teacher at King College Prep, the Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators was declared the winner by the American Arbitration Association on June 12, 2010. The results were CORE at 12,080 votes and UPC, headed by Marilyn Stewart at 8,326. CORE swept all elected offices in the run-off. 

"Today marks the beginning of the end of scapegoating educators for all the social ills that our children, families and schools struggle against every day. Today marks the beginning of a fight for true transparency in our educational policy -- how to accurately measure learning and teaching, how to truly improve our schools, and how to evaluate the wisdom behind our spending priorities." Read the Full Story

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TSJ and Jitu Brown, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, challenge Duncan's education agenda on Democracy Now!

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University Students in Puerto Rico strike and occupy campus to defend public education

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Liberation ItAG invites you to the Freire Forum

June 4, 2010 0 comments

Teachers for Social Justice and the Education for Liberation Inquiry to Action Group (ItAG) invite you to the Freire Forum:

  • Learn about Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy
  • Build a movement of education for liberation 
  • Meet fellow educators from across the city 
  • Develop curriculum for your classroom and education practices
Saturday, July 31st: 10am- 3pm
1040 W. Harrison 3RD FLOOR
Register by clicking here.

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All teachers, educators, activists, community members welcome! This space is wheelchair accessible and there will be a potluck lunch. Questions? Drop us a line at teachersforjustice(at)hotmail.com Read the Full Story