Oakland Teachers Endorse Campaign to Dismantle NCLB
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The Educator Roundtable announced yesterday a new partnership with the Oakland Education Association [OEA]. The move marks a historic break from CTA and NEA leadership and may be the beginning of a much larger, national rift in the nationĂ˘€™s largest teacherĂ˘€™s union. Over 28,000 parents, teachers, students and community members nationwide have quickly signed on to the Roundtable.
NEA leadership seeks to modify NCLB, but in Oakland modifications are not enough. NCLB has forced 31 of OaklandĂ˘€™s public schools into restructuring as charter schools.
Oakland is not alone. In California 700 schools face restructuring this year. What OEA wants to know is Ă˘€śwhere is CTA and NEA leadership?Ă˘€ť
Ă˘€śPeople in Oakland see this as a takeoverĂ˘€Â¦.Schools that were anchors in their neighborhoods are shutting down, increasing the instability in those neighborhoods,Ă˘€ť explains OEA executive board member Jack Gerson.
There is no evidence supporting the claim that Ă˘€ścharter schoolsĂ˘€ť educate any better than public schools, nor is there any research supporting NCLBĂ˘€™s requirement that schools use supplemental educational services. There is plenty of evidence showing that NCLB has forced thousands of school districts across the country to outsource public education.
Oakland is the first local teacherĂ˘€™s union to reject NEA leadership and to publicly endorse the Educator RoundtableĂ˘€™s position. The Educator Roundtable seeks to replace NCLB with more democratic models of educational reform.
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