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Palestinians in Lebanon: ‘It’s like living in a prison’ (tags)
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are treated as second-class residents, restricted from working in most fields, banned from owning property, forced to live in run-down camps and barred from formal education.
Many Crises-One System: Counter Power in Catastrophe Capitalism (tags)
A revolution does not come out of nowhere, but emerges from the struggles in the here and now. The point is that we can only fight for social or ecological progress against capitalist principles.
We Can be Asian, if Necessary (tags)
Flood the system. Arab Americans are Asian Americans. We Demand Inclusion
CA Safe Schools Honors Earth Day Heroes (tags)
“In honoring these phenomenal individuals on Earth Day, we are acknowledging their hard work and commitment to protect current and future generations,” said Robina Suwol, founder and executive director of California Safe Schools.
California American Mothers Honors Mary Zakrasek Ph.D. (tags)
2019 Frances Elenore Smith “Distinguished Service Award”
Schools Training Grounds For Sexual Harassment (tags)
Schools are training grounds for girls' battering later in life.
Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values (tags)
Marshall Tuck failed students in many ways, but none greater than his shuttering of programs key to their cultural identities.
Celebrate California Safe Schools (tags)
Protecting Children's Health & the Environment for 20 years!
California Safe Schools Honors 11 Year Old Daniel Randall (tags)
5th Grade Student Named 2016 Environmental Health Hero
Police State Public Education in America (tags)
Steps To Less US Gun Violence (tags)
Countless numbers are discussing how Americans can reduce gun and other forms of violence.
Dubious Sponsor Launches Petition to End Gaza Blockade (tags)
Two Reports on Yemen Ignore Obama's Aggression (tags)
Secretive Glonvec weapons manufacturer in town (tags)
A high energy weapons development multinational corporation is visiting Southern California High Schools and Colleges, recruiting for mass murder and war crimes.
UN Report Accuses Israel of Crimes Against Children (tags)
How is CCSA's Ref Rodriguez hiding his billionaire and ideologue contributors? (tags)
How does California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) hide the billionaires, fringe right-wingers, and extreme ideologues contributing to charter profiteer Refugio "Ref" Rodriguez and neoliberal school privatizer Tamar Galatzan's Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) campaigns?
What drives charter profiteer Ref Rodriguez? (tags)
PROFITS! Why Ref Rodriguez and his CCSA covet the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Seat
On Getting Rid of Standardized Testing (tags)
A comment on a blog post about eliminating standardized testing.
Bomb Abroad Spank At Home (tags)
While 39 countries have banned corporal punishment, 19 US states allow teachers to paddle students.
Homeless in Gaza (tags)
Is AFT Pres Weingarten On The Take? (tags)
Is AFT President Randi Weingarten and other officials of the AFT/CFT and NEA/CTA taking millions of dollars from "non-profits" funded by union busters and privatizers such as the Gates Foundation, Broad Foundation and others is the question that attorney and education advocate Kathy Carroll answers
Geekouts Links Late May 2014 (tags)
Latest few months worth of links.
Video: Public Schools for Sale? (tags)
Preeminent education historian and public school advocate Diane Ravitch talks to Bill this week about the private sellout of public schools. The attack on public schools is an attack on democracy. Entrepreneurs see education as an industry, $500 billion yearly of taxpayer money.
California Safe Schools Celebrates Pearl August Humanitarian Award Recipients (tags)
California Safe Schools Environmental Health Summit & 15th Anniversary Honors Humanitarians & Environmental Victories
Protest Underscores Continuing Privatization of Oregon Schools (tags)
The Oregon Business Association (OBA) held its annual Statesman Dinner on October 17 to honor the Statesman of the Year. The event was fraught with anomalies, not least of which was the fact that the award went to Sue Levin, the Executive Director of Stand for Children Oregon.
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS 15TH ANNIVERSARY & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT (tags)
Honoring Humanitarians, Environmental Victories & Future Actions to Protect Mother Earth
Villaraigosa: The Myth of The Progressive Mayor (tags)
While Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa disappointed supporters and failed to deliver any progressive policies whatsoever, he was hardly a failure to those he really serves. Indeed, for developers, real estate tycoons, billionaires, and school privatization profiteers, Villaraigosa's eight year reign was a smashing success.
Monica Ratliff for School Board (tags)
A well qualified outsider candidate deserves a chance.
CA Safe Schools Honors LA Unified & Local Heroes! (tags)
Honorees: Los Angeles Unified School District, Dr. Cathie-Ann Lippman, Maryhelen Torres, Luisa Leschin and Legendary Bob Baker.
CA . ASSOC. OF AMERICAN MOTHERS, INC. HONOR LOCAL MOTHERS (tags)
Honorees include: Robina Suwol, Renee Evans Starr, Stephanie Lynn McKnight,and Janice Rutherford-Lim
A Curious New York Times Article on Teacher Evaluations (tags)
A recent New York Times article, “Curious Grade For Teachers: Nearly All Pass,” finds incredulous the idea that, “In Florida, 97 percent of teachers were deemed effective or highly effective in the most recent evaluations.” The author goes on to cite similar percentages in other states and concludes: “The teachers might be rated all above average, like students in Lake Wobegon, for the same reason that the older evaluation methods were considered lacking.” In other words, the teachers score well because the measuring standard is flawed. And this conclusion is reinforced by the observation that teachers’ high marks were achieved “even when students were falling behind.”
Destroying Public Education in Chicago (tags)
More Austerity Cuts Coming to the States (tags)
The Great Recession has quietly devastated public services on a state-by-state basis, with Republican and Democratic governors taking turns leading the charge. Public education has been decimated, as well as health care, welfare, and the wages and benefits of public sector workers. The public sector itself is being smashed. Since the recession began, states have made combined austerity cuts of at least $337 billion, according to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities
California Safe Schools Receives 2012 WebMD Hero Award (tags)
Children's Environmental Health & Environmental Justice Champion Honored for Overcoming a Medical Challenge, and then Giving Back.
September Surprise in Chicago (tags)
Chicago Teachers Union Sellout (tags)
Capitulation in Chicago? (tags)
Rahm Emanuel's Privatize Chicago Plan (tags)
Impossible Test Scores (tags)
If you have magnet schools, it's impossible for the remaining students to achieve average test scores.
Corporate Media's War on Public Education (tags)
Chicago: America's Epicenter of Resistance (tags)
Teacher X: Why I'm striking, JCB (tags)
I am willing to sacrifice an awful lot to protect the students I serve every day. I am not hurting our kids by striking, I’m striking to restore some semblance of reasonable care for students to this system.
Chicago Teachers v. Rahm Emanuel (tags)
Labor Radicalism Alive & Well in U.S., Smith Says (tags)
Author and activist Sharon Smith came to San Diego to speak to Occupy San Diego's Labor Solidarity Committee, the International Socialist Organization (ISO) and other community members September 1, but it was her unannounced co-speaker -- a teachers' union activist from Chicago identified only as Becca -- who galvanized the crowd. Smith used the Chicago teachers' union struggle as an example that radical labor activism in the U.S. is alive and well despite decades of repression from the ruling class.
All Eyes on Chicago's Teachers (tags)
It’s impossible to exaggerate the national importance of the teachers’ struggle in Chicago. If the Chicago teachers’ union — 26,000 members strong — goes on strike, many critical yet ignored political issues will go into the national spotlight, exposing nastiness that many politicians and labor leaders would like ignored until after the presidential elections.
Successfully Embracing the Precautionary Principle & Right to Know (tags)
Children spend nearly one-third of their lives at school—what should be a safe space for learning and growing. However, with the best intentions, many school districts use large amounts of chemicals with serious health concerns, instead of opting for lower-risk alternative methods.
Defend Santee High School Teacher Ron Gochez! (tags)
Ron Gochez is being targeted for termination due most likely to his political activity.
Recall Mónica García Press Conference (tags)
Activists Announce the Recall Campaign of LAUSD President Mónica García
Queer Democrats Endorse Teachers’ Union Leaders for School Boards (tags)
The predominantly Queer San Diego Democrats for Equality have become virtually an appendage of the local labor movements in making their 2012 election endorsements. In January they rejected progressive Congressional candidate Lori Saldaña and endorsed her moderate Democratic opponent, Scott Peters, largely on labor's say-so. In February they rated anti-marriage Catholic Juan Vargas and marriage equality defender Denise Moreno Ducheny equally "acceptable" for another Congressional seat. And in March they picked teachers' union leaders for their school board endorsements.
California Safe Schools Celebrates Fourteen Years of Protecting Schools & Communities! (tags)
Katherine Stewart Exposes the "Good News Clubs" (tags)
They bill themselves as "nondenominational Bible study" groups for grade-schoolers, but according to investigative reporter Katherine Stewart, the Good News Clubs are just part of a broad-based campaign by the radical religious Right to turn public schools into arenas of religious conversion. They've already won virtually complete permission from the U.S. Supreme Court to run roughshod over the separation of church and state, and religious organizations — especially anti-woman, anti-Queer Fundamentalist ones — have become a 900-pound gorilla able to push themselves into any public school they want to crash.
Letter to Silver Lake NC Opposing Colocation of Micheltorena (tags)
Open Letter to Silver Lake NC Regarding motion opposing Prop 39 Colocation of Micheltorena Street ES
The Truth about Proposition 39 Colocations (tags)
A look at the divisiveness caused by Prop 39 which allows corporate charters to occupy public schools.
Social Justice Schools Conference by CEJ and PEAC February 2012 (tags)
What does real school transformation look like? How will we win? Real transformation is rooted in the communities that schools serve, respect the rights of all school employees, and is fully funded.
United Way' Elise Buik's Myopic One Percent Policies (tags)
Elise Buik, CEO of United Way, uses her position to push mean-spirited 1% policies that harm our most vulnerable--from students to the homeless.
Life in East Jerusalem (tags)
Taking our schools back from the 1% is OccupyLAUSD's goal (tags)
Inspired by Occupy Movements for social and economic justice nationwide, educators and community members are planning to Occupy Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) starting Tuesday 10/18/2011.
Five Minutes of Geography ? (tags)
The late Lenny Bruce once joked that the radical Right's fears about ? shock! ? sex education in the public schools were unfounded because schoolkids weren't going to come home and tell their parents, "Today at school we learned five minutes of geography and ten minutes of cocksucking." The modern-day radical Right's campaign to get rid of SB 48, a bill recently passed by the California legislature to require middle and high schools to teach the role and contributions of Queer Americans (along with Pacific Islanders and people with disabilities), is driven by a similar paranoia and a disbelief that there even are such things as Queer people ? and so far the Queer community's response to the attack on SB 48 is all too faithfully copied from the losing campaign against Proposition 8: a "coalition" made up mostly of straight people and a whiny argument about how we supposedly need "role models" to keep from drinking, drugging or suiciding.
Robina Suwol of CA Safe Schools Nominated for 2011 Hero Award (tags)
The Jewish Community Heroes campaign organized by The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) celebrates the selflessness and courage of those who put others before themselves
Schools Matter: Is CNCA Charter Corporation Poaching Parents and Pillaging Privacy? (tags)
Parent poaching and possible privacy violations by corporate charter school operator Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. Plus, necessary information for filing formal complaints with the district.
LAUSD Creates Calamity for Crescendo Corporate Charters (tags)
A look at the events leading up to the closure of the Crescendo Corporate Charter Chain in Los Angeles. Aside from providing a cogent chronological narrative, the essay explores some very important social justice topics.
"Parent" Trigger co-author Austin knew he was breaking laws while he lobbied the SBE (tags)
Criminal mastermind Ben Austin, of the Walton, Broad, and Gates Foundation funded astroturf charter school proxy group Parent Revolution, illegally and unethically influenced the passage of the so-called Parent Empowerment Act (aka parent trigger) law. Although the State Board warned Austin that his actions were in violation, he and his group were able to circumvent democracy and get their charter school market share legislation pushed through the SBE. This letter vindicates my accusations of Austin's malfeasance.
Los Angeles privatization pushers take second biggest slice of reactionary Walton pie (tags)
A list of the usual local privatization suspects took the second biggest slice of Walton blood money.
Education of the Homo Oeconomicus (tags)
The school system should not only produce students with a narrowed economic view. Society consists of more than the sum of benefit-maximizing individuals.An economic system with fewer income differences, regulated financial markets and welfare state brings greater stability.
Millionaires, Mendaciousness, and Miserable English Scores, the false Locke success story (tags)
Orchestrators of the Locke hostile takeover, Green Dot has in Arne Duncan's words 'Cracked the Code.' Cracked the code to poverty pimping that is. Marco Petruzzi is stacking major paper while 'graduating' students with single digit proficiency.
LAUSD's Deasy Disrespects Echo Park Moms 4 Education, but the struggle continues (tags)
Please join Echo Park Moms 4 Education in the fight to keep the Advisory Vote, the only democratic portion of LAUSD's deceptively named Public School Choice motion which gives away public schools.
State of Emergency Declared for Public School Funding (tags)
California community members, parents, and students joined teachers statewide declaring a State of Emergency caused by years of merciless budget cuts gutting public schools and social services.
California Safe Schools & LA Unified Celebrate Twelve Years of Protecting Student Health (tags)
Reformed Pesticide Policy Becomes National & International Model for Schools & Communities
FIS recommends removing the last semblance of democracy from an already undemocratic proce (tags)
LAUSD's Public School Choice is already an anti-democratic measure to give public schools away to private charter corporations. Removing the advisory vote makes PSC all the more totalitarian and entirely removes community and parental voice. Either keep the advisory votes or repeal PSC altogether. This article discusses the document LAUSD is using to justify this move.
Echo Park Moms 4 Education: URGENT - Parent Wake-Up Call on Tuesday May 10th!!! (tags)
LAUSD's Public School Choice is already an anti-democratic measure to give public schools away to private charter corporations. Removing the advisory vote makes PSC all the more totalitarian and entirely removes community and parental voice. Either keep the advisory votes or repeal PSC altogether.
March on May 1 for Immigration Reform! (tags)
March with L.A. Labor for Immigration Reform on May 1! May Day Thousands of LA workers will march side-by-side with immigrant workers this Sunday in downtown Los Angeles to demand national immigration reform, to stop deportations and separations of families, and to support all workers’ rights.
Yellow Journalist Jim Newton Hails a Dubious Civil Rights Hero (tags)
In the Los Angeles Times' Jim Newton's topsy-turvy world view, oppressed and impoverished people of color just need to look to wealthy white male saviors from Beverly Hills to solve all their problems — Rudyard Kipling would have been proud.
Community activist priorities for LAUSD versus those of Food Revolution (tags)
Recently there has been a rash of people insisting that all of LAUSD's problems could be solved by letting celebrity chefs run the proverbial show. I beg to differ.
Join Robina Suwol, Founder of California Safe Schools at Earth Day Festival (tags)
Carson Eartth Day Festival Friday, April 15th 3:00-6:00pm Dolphin Park
Queer Democrats Oppose Initiative to Add Non-Elected Members to School Board (tags)
Two multimillionaires, Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and hedge-fund CEO Rod Dammeyer, are sponsoring an initiative called “San Diegans 4 Great Schools” to add four non-elected members to the board of the San Diego Unified School District. The predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club debated this initiative March 24 and passed a motion urging voters not to sign to put it on the ballot. Among their concerns were the potential dilution of voter input on the school board, the presence of the president of Roman Catholic Church-owned University of San Diego on the panel of nine people making the appointments, and the ways paid signature gatherers routinely lie about what initiatives will do in order to get people to sign them. The club heard from Scott Himmelmeyer, USD employee and spokesperson for the initiative, as well as current school board president Richard Barrera speaking for and against it, respectively.
Speaking truth to Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Revisionists (tags)
While the charter-voucher supporters dominate the narrative, public school supporters still have the facts on our side. Rather than allow corporate voices drown us out, we must choose to explain why communities want public schools.
Protest Chief School Privatizer Arne Duncan at Fremont HS Today! (tags)
March 22, 2011 at 4:00PM Protest Chief School Privatizer Arne Duncan at Fremont High School.
Are School Privatizers Employing Fabian Núñez and Mercury Plubic Affairs to Champion Charte (tags)
Have local charter-voucher schools brought in even more hired guns to assure more privatization during this round of PSC?
Gates' Yolie Flores lauded by LA Weekly's Yellow Journalists (tags)
Trashy masseuse and porn ad pennysaver (aka LA Weekly) has printed yet another homage to the princess of privatization.
Jed Wallace hates communities and democracy. He demands LAUSD privatize CRES #14 (tags)
The CCSA Capo wants LAUSD to ignore the community votes and the Superintendent's recommendations to allow CRES #14 become a public school run by the Local District 4/Echo Park Community Partners.
ICEF Crooks to get gobbled up by competing Corporate Charter Chain (tags)
The corporate model charter schools follow makes for some interesting aftermath. They are now beginning to monopolize by swallowing each other up. If charters were the first step towards privatization, this is the first step towards the Wall-Martization of education.
People's Poetry Benefit for Jeremy Marks (tags)
Saturday, February 26, 2011
NORTH HOLLYWOOD - For the sixth consecutive year, the Community Rights Campaign, an initiative of the Labor/Community Strategy Center, held a night of youth expression of poetic resistance at the NoHo Actor's Studio. A standing-room audience, predominantly made up of youth of color, took part in the evening's poetry recital and open mic, which doubled as a fundraiser for the legal defense of Jeremy Marks, an 18-year-old arrested by Los Angeles Schools Police Department and charged with attempting lynching for filming an act of brutality by a member of the department against a fellow student.
Waging War on Chicago Workers (tags)
Proposed California budget slashes education (tags)
Amid looming budget deficits, school districts across California are preparing to fire teachers, close schools, cut programs, and increase class sizes, to cover reduced state funding. Like Democratic and Republican governors across the country, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is trying to force workers to pay for the economic crisis, while corporations make record profits. Within the state the richest Californian, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, has a net worth of $27 billion, more than the entire state deficit.
Camino Nuevo Staff Admonishing Echo Park Community to "Fact Check?" (tags)
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy's paid staff are the first to tout statistics, except when those statistics reflect poorly on them. Here's a rebuttal to their fact checking admonishments. Ultimately, the battle for CRES 14 comes down to who should control our schools -- public or private?
Federal and State Officials Hear Testimony Regarding Impact of Pollution at Schools (tags)
Black History Month Celebration: The Unfinished Battle for Quality Public Schools (tags)
Education proponents will highlight the role of freed slaves in winning free, integrated public schools for the first time in U.S. history during the post Civil War reconstruction era
The real question is, does the CCSA disseminate any information that isn't biased and inco (tags)
Looking at how the insatiably greedy executives and staffs of the California Charter School Association and Families That Can rigged the PSC 2.0 advisory votes to convert more public schools into privately run charters.
Genocide in US and Canadian Residential Schools (tags)
Los Angeles School District works with ACLU to deny teachers’ seniority rights (tags)
On January 21, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Highberger stripped teachers employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) of certain seniority rights, allegedly to stanch the loss of young, quality teachers at inner-city schools. If the order is upheld on appeal, the LAUSD can lay off higher paid veteran teachers without regard to their years of service, in violation of collective bargaining provisions that have been in effect for decades. At the same time, there are more than a dozen billionaires living in Los Angeles, and dozens more who measure their wealth by the hundreds of millions.
Schools & Environmental Health: At a Crossroads (tags)
Come speak to local,state,and federal public officials about school environmental health issues and their importance in your community.We want to hear your concerns and give you an opportunity to influence policy on this important issue.
Public Education Activists: Answers to very important PSC 2.0 questions (tags)
Very important information for defending public schools from outside takeovers during the PSC 2.0 advisory votes.
Education crisis in California (tags)
After several years of continuous budget cuts, California’s schools are in dire straits. The state superintendent of public instruction, Tom Torlakson, went so far as to call it a “state of financial emergency.” Newly re-elected Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, however, includes widespread cuts to higher education and social services in an attempt to close the $25.4 billion deficit. Inequality in California is so staggering that the wealth of the richest Californian, Lawrence Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, estimated at $27 billion, would eliminate the entire state deficit.
Big Finance and Big Business paying for corporate charter school advertisements (tags)
Most corporate charter-voucher schools have budgets for marketing advertising, but just in case, the well heeled bosses at the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce want to make sure you understand and act upon their corporate message.
Schools and Environmental Health: At a Crossroads (tags)
Come speak to local,state,and federal public officials about school environmental health issues and their importance in your community.We want to hear your concerns and give you an opportunity to influence policy on this important issue.
Crafty Camino Nuevo Charter Charlatans (tags)
A critical look at the nefarious corporate charter operator, Camino Nuevo, which is trying to pilfer yet another new public school site under LAUSD's corporate giveaway resolution
Vote for Barry Hess as Arizona's next Governor! (tags)
Vote for Barry Hess for Arizona's next governor. Even if Barry Hess isn't 100 percent Libertarian he is better then police state thugs Jan Brewer and Terry Goddard. And Barry is against the drug war and will pardon victimless drug war criminals.
Support the Student Privacy Protection Act - prevent release of student info to military (tags)
Petition urging passage of H.R. 1091, a bill to help prevent the automatic release of student information to military recruiters.
Katrina's Destructive Aftermath (tags)
willfully inflicted harm on many thousands
Drug-Free Marshals are Creating a New Future (tags)
How often parents tell their children not to play with matches, talk to strangers or stay out late? In most cases, a parent’s fear is that such warnings will go unheeded.
Teachers and Democrats Head for Divorce (tags)
It’s best to quickly recognize the red flags in any failing relationship. This way, ties can be severed instead of allowing things to linger forever in dysfunction. For Democrats and teachers’ unions, the writing is on the wall. The two are simply going in opposite directions. The Democrats continue on the road to corporate-inspired charter schools, using the tried and true method of “stronger teacher evaluations” to undermine “underperforming” schools and teachers — thus opening the door wide to private charter schools with their non-union workforce.
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS, GREEN SCHOOL CHAMPION NOMINATED FOR 2010 NAU AWARD (tags)
NAU supporting those who instigate lasting, positive change in their communities
The Rift between Teachers and Democrats Widens (tags)
The corporate media is brutally honest on rare occasions. Take for example a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, titled The Teachers’ Union’s Last Stand (05-23-10). The title itself is surprisingly sincere, since it admits that the nation’s teachers are being targeted for attack by the Obama Administration, through his “Race to the Top” education reform. And although the article has an inherently corporate bias, it contains many revelations that have been otherwise ignored in the mainstream media.
Education in Occupied Palestine (tags)
effects of occupation on education
5/13 CA State Superintendent Of Public Instruction Candidate Leonard Martin Backs LA Court (tags)
Leonard Martin, the only candidate for CA State Superinendent For Public Instruction opposing charter schools is backing a law suit against the illegal establishment by the LA Unified School District of Birmingham High School in Los Angeles and will attend the court hearing on May 13.
European MPs and Ministers Assess Gaza Today (tags)
Think Gaza and imagine an image of hell
Robina Suwol of CA. Safe Schools, Local Hero Nominee for Heart of Green Award (tags)
Heart of Green Award 26 Real People Making a Real Difference
Taking on a charter school closing (tags)
This is a repost of an article in SW about the closing of Animo Justice school in South Central. The school was operated by Green Dot charter schools.
Indoctrinating Israeli Youths to be Warriors (tags)
Israel is a modern day Sparta
Protect Detroit and protect the nation. (tags)
"Protect Detroit and protect the nation. The following articles show what we’re up against. Also see reports on DemocracyNow.org (04/02/10)." "While the Mayor’s urban renewal plan has high-level backing, many have condemned it as a form of land-grabbing. I’m joined now by a vocal critic of the proposed downsizing of Detroit. Sharon “Shea” Howell is an activist and a professor of communication and journalism at Oakland University. She writes a weekly column for the Michigan Citizen."
Why Teachers Unions Matter (tags)
Nowadays a newspaper cannot be opened — or a TV turned on — without one being subjected to anti-teacher misinformation. The anti-teacher hysteria looks diverse on the surface, but underneath, this public controversy seeks to dislodge teachers unions: the right-wing trashes teachers’ unions outright, while the “liberal” media takes a more subtle, sophisticated approach, blaming the state of public education on “bad teachers” who must be fired and replaced. Both styles are the same in essence.
Support the Protests says Ohio Socialist Senate Candidate (tags)
Dan La Botz, the Cincinnati school teacher who joined the Ohio race for U.S. Senate last month, issued a statement today supporting the national day of protests over the crisis in education. He also called for the creation of system of free, quality public education such as some states, such as California, had in the 1960s. “The Obama administration and the U.S. Congress provided trillions in grants, loans, and federal insurance to banks and corporations for the bailouts,” said La Botz. “The total military and war budget comes to almost $750 billion dollars. The President’s proposed education budget is just under $50 billion dollars. The Obama government provided hundreds of times more money to the bankers than it will to teachers and students, and it will spend 15 times more on arms and war than on our children’s education. Obama proposes more loans for college students, loans that will saddle more families and students with more debt. We don’t need loans—we need free education.”
Signatures Gathered for Human Rights Education (tags)
Youth for Human Rights Florida collected approximately 1,000 petition signatures over the weekend as part of a three-day human rights “Signathon”, with the purpose to get the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights taught in Florida classrooms of elementary, middle and senior high schools.
LA Students & UTLA Teachers Speak Out On Privatization-No More Give Aways, Save Our School (tags)
On February 9, hundreds of students and UTLA teachers rallied throughout Los Angeles to protest the privatization and destruction of public education in the school district
California Charter School under investigation (tags)
The founder of a public charter school in the East Bay is under attack in the wake of a state audit that uncovered questionable financial practices, including lavish payments to her.
Human Rights Abuses in Israel and Occupied Palestine (tags)
Jews are also affected
Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award Presented to Robina Suwol & CA Safe Schools (tags)
Award was established in memory of former Environmental Commissioner
Join Robina Suwol, Founder of CA Safe Schools (tags)
Children’s Environmental Health & Justice Champion Speaking at Green California Schools Summit & Exposition
Facts for Working People (tags)
Facts for Working People on Education * Capitalism Loves Education...to death! * Charter Schools- a move to privitize education * Teachers- Why you shouldn't work "off the clock" * Teaching " to the test" Poor Children Left Behind * Bailout vs Public Education * Detroit Education Strike
Join CA Safe Schools @ 2009 Western U.S. Pollution Prevention Conference (tags)
California Safe Schools (CSS) www.calisafe.org is nationally & internationally recognized for spearheading the most stringent pesticide policy in nation at Los Angeles Unified School District . Today it has become an international model.
CA Safe Schools Nominated for NAU Grant for Change Award (tags)
NAU supporting those who instigate lasting, positive change in their communities
Reinventing No Child Left Behind (tags)
Obama plans to privatize public education
Public School is Poison for our Children (tags)
School cuts are destroying projects that are an antidote to school, schools have been limiting our children's rights and school can't teach our children but force them to memorize which we won't remember later.
Secretary of Education Duncan: Pushing the Chicago Plan - video link (tags)
link info to video stream
The Democrats vs. Public Education (tags)
Public education in the United States is under heavy attack. And because a so-called “progressive” President is leading the charge, many education activists have been lulled to sleep while on lookout duty. Obama recently announced his “race to the top” program to “reform” education. Much like Bush’s No Child Left Behind, Obama’s plan represents progress for education in name only.
Embracing the Precautionary Principle by Robina Suwol (tags)
Comments by Founder & Executive Director of California Safe Schools
The Mahr Provision in Islamic Marriage Contracts (tags)
In recent years, many Islamic divorce cases were litigated in the United States family courts. The issue of mahr in the Islamic marriage contracts became subject of debate among lawyers and scholars. This article sheds lights on the Islamic mahr in USA.
Los Angeles Hunger Striking Teachers Stop Action. (tags)
Activists Resume Eating But Continue The Fight For 2500 Teaching Positions
Reflections after 22 days on hunger strike (tags)
Where are we now and where are we headed are two of the questions we are facing in this education crisis, one that if not addressed soon and courageously, will bring about devastation to our communities, especially those communities of color and in low-income neighborhoods.
Los Angeles Teacher Hunger Strike Carries On. Days 14,16 and 17 Photos (tags)
LAUSD Rescinds 505 Cuts But 2500 Jobs Still Headed For Termination Next Week. Overcrowding Chaos Looms Large on the 2010 - 2011 Horizon
Health Officials Not Recommending Cancelation Of Large Events (tags)
Five probable Swine Flu cases detected in Wisconsin
"Hizzhonor:" Chicago Politics Under Richard M. Daley (tags)
last of the big city bosses
College Students March on State Capitol to Protest Budget Cuts (tags)
Students and educators from public colleges all over the state converged on Sacramento on March 16, 2009 to demand that California fully fund higher education and not raise tuition. Many had meetings with legislators. While protests were entirely peaceful, one student was arrested by police for no apparent reason.
Join Robina Suwol & California Safe Schools at 27th National Beyond Pesticides Conference (tags)
Bridge to an Organic Future: Opportunities for health and the environment, the 27th National Pesticide Forum, will be held April 3-4, 2009 at the Century Center in Carrboro, North Carolina
California Safe Schools "Your Life is Now" 2008 Environmental Event of the Year (tags)
Declaration of Independence Displayed & World Leaders Gather to Celebrate California Safe Schools 10th Anniversary, Environmental Victories & Future Actions to Save Our Planet.
Obama's New Appointments (tags)
as bad as the others
Join California Safe Schools at the 2008 Environmental Youth Conference (tags)
Meet Robina Suwol, Founder & Executive Director of California Safe Schools & Test Toys for lead, courtesy of the California Department of Toxic Substances!
Katrina Redux (tags)
Militarizing New Orleans and making it whiter.
East Los Angeles Charter School Students Arrive from China Marking the First Cultural Exch (tags)
East Los Angeles Charter School Students Arrive from China Marking the First Cultural Exchange Delegation in History between Los Angeles and China Sister Schools, Anahuacalmecac Completes First Trip to China as Part of Unprecedented Sister School Alliance
L. A. Teachers Fight Cuts in Education Budget (tags)
A UTLA Member Reports from the Picket Line Over 40,000 teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles, (UTLA), sacrificed an hour of their pay to protest the proposed state budget cuts on Friday, June 6, 2008. LA, CA
Military Test is Mandatory in Hundreds of High Schools (tags)
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB provides the military easy access to more than a half million high school students nationwide. It is one of the military’s most successful recruiting devices. Although the military calls the ASVAB voluntary, many students are coerced into taking it and thousands of high school juniors are forced to do so.
Join Robina Suwol at Whole Children, Whole Planet Expo 2008 (tags)
Two-Day Event Features Exhibits, Special Events and Family Fun! Three Stages, Natural Foods, Celebrities, Experts and Interactive Performances
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: South LA School Resisting Charter Invasion (tags)
Wadsworth UTLA, The Association of Raza Educators, and Parents of Wadsworth will DEMAND that the Los Angeles Unified School District to remove Wadsworth from the Prop. 39 Schools with Available Classrooms List. Prop. 39 requires the LAUSD provide public classroom space, if there is open rooms, for charter schools. However, THERE IS NO ROOM on the Wadsworth campus which operates on 4-tracks due to OVERCROWDING.
Destroying Public Education in America (tags)
Privatizations schemes to destroy public education.
ASVAB is Military's Stealth Recruiting Tool (tags)
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the military's most valuable recruiting asset. You can stop this predatory practice.
ARNOLD SCREWS CALIFORNIA'S CHILDREN! (tags)
The very week the Education Week Quality Counts report gave California a D+ for school funding, the governor proposed budget cuts of $4.8 billion from public education over the next 18 months. Cuts of this size, which includes midyear and across-the-board cuts, can’t happen without suspending Proposition 98, the minimum school funding law.......................................... “The governor’s proposed budget is a giant step backwards for our students,” said CTA President David A. Sanchez. “It’s disappointing and ironic that in the proclaimed ‘year of education’ the governor is talking about cutting billions from our public schools and decimating our minimum funding law. Our students didn’t create this budget crisis and their education shouldn’t be ransomed to solve it.”................................. While it’s clear there are extraordinary budget challenges, it’s also clear that California voters believe our students and public schools should be a top priority. CTA will be closely monitoring the budget situation and will continue to provide updates and calls for action........................................ REJECT THE GOVERNOR'S STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL: http://capwiz.com/nea/ca/state/main/?state=CA ...................................TAKE ACTION: email your lawmaker! http://capwiz.com/nea/ca/state/main/?state=CA
UPDATE: LA Eco Village (tags)
LA Eco Village Update
Canadian Natives confront Queen of England over murders (tags)
Survivors of Canada's murderous Indian residential schools presented the Queen of England a letter this week demanding to know the fate and burial sites of thousands of children who died in these schools
ICE/Migra on High School campus in LA!! PROTEST!! (tags)
ICE is staking out SCHOOLS.
Career Exploration or Child Exploitation? (tags)
Deceptive "Career Exploration Program" provides military recruiters with leads on 600,000 high school students yearly. Act Now to Protect Privacy of High School Students in Your Community!
Join Robina Suwol of California Safe Schools (tags)
Green California Schools Summit December 4-6, 2007 Pasadena Conference Center Pasadena, CA
Focus The Nation: Global Warming Talk at CSULA (tags)
As part of the nationwide "Focus The Nation" effort, which will include over 800 high schools and colleges, Cal State L.A. will begin a series of events on Global Warming with a talk by plant biologist Dr. John Gamon.
Kozol Rips "No Child Left Behind" in San Diego (tags)
Educator and activist Jonathan Kozol spoke at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego October 8 and ripped the "No Child Left Behind" law, with its agenda of standardized high-stakes testing, militaristic regimentation of the classroom and veiled racism in its assumption of children of color learn "differently' from whites and therefore must be taught less imaginatively.
Join Robina Suwol at Western U.S. Pollution Prevention Conference (tags)
The Bahia Hotel, San Diego, California - October 23-25
Tranforming Capitalist Schooling (tags)
School is back. So are liberals and conservatives, bickering over how to preserve capitalist schooling. At issue is how to get beyond capital, its promises of perpetual war and meaningless jobs. How shall we keep our ideas, yet teach?
Britain: Recruiting Kids to Kill (tags)
In the UK children of sixteen can be recruited, an age too young to legally drive a car, drink a pint, or have a credit card. School Students Against the War http://www.ssaw.co.uk/ are a vibrant, informed organisation, growing across the U.K.. and have launched a campaign in response: 'Troops Out of Our Schools - Troops Out of Iraq'.
Candidate Alexander: Labor, War and Education Connects (tags)
Stewart A. Alexander, a presidential hopeful with the Peace and Freedom Party, applaud the actions of the ILWU Local 10 and Local 34 for lending their strong support to anti-war protesters at the SSA shipping terminals in Oakland, California. On May 19 the Port Action Committee, the Oakland Education Association, along with teacher, students and community activist demanded that the U.S. get out of Iraq and called on other unionists throughout the United States to mobilize in action to stop the war.
Schools Should Not Be Missions for the Empire's Wars (tags)
San Diego school workers are being pressed to participate in a massive pro-war campaign disguised as a "support the troops," campaign. Educators have nothing to gain from the empire's relentless demands for cheap labor, raw materials, and social control, and neither do our kids.
Join California Safe Schools - K-12 Education Day (tags)
The Maintenance Planning Group (MPG) and Clark County School District have developed a one day workshop series based on the Fundamentals of Predictive Maintenance in Education Facilities
Uncle Sam Wants You Bad: Preventing The Militarization of our Schools (tags)
Article on Military Activities Scheduled at Cal State Fullerton University - and Community Resistance
May Day 07 – 11:30 AM – Student Walkout Growing, But Many Schools Now on Lockdown (tags)
11:30 AM - Reports of student walkouts coming in from throughout the region.
10:00 am - High school walkouts have begun (tags)
10:00 AM - High school walkouts have begun
France : "Let these kids grow up here!" (tags)
"Laissez-les grandir ici!" (Let these kids grow up here!) Here is a short film that has been seen over 80,000 times on the internet and thousands more in cinemas in France, where, through the eyes and voices of children, it questions again the politics of deportation of so-called "illegal" immigrants – this is the midst of the election campaigns. A national petition is gaining momentum and may well gather more signatures than last year's civil disobedience campaign "Nous les prenons sous notre protection" (We will protect them)
Feds Plan to Step Up Education Funding in South Central (tags)
The U.S. government is devising a plan to infuse much-needed additional funding into education and training programs for disadvantaged youth, a program that purportedly is designed to address the root causes behind the exclusion of some youth from these programs.
Genocide in Canada: The Untold Story (tags)
An overview of the history and continued practice of genocide in Canada.
March on Washington (tags)
Gather 9am at US Supreme Court - across from Capitol *See www.bamn.com for more information*
Liberation News Voter Recommendations (tags)
While the system is stacked against working people and the poor through rampant electoral fraud and the corrupt corporate buying and selling of candidates to the American people, Liberation News suggests people vote as one part of a broader struggle for change.
Big Brother and Uncle Sam are fingerprinting kids in grade school cafeterias! (tags)
A plan to fingerprint elementary school students when they buy lunch has some parents worrying that Big Brother has come to the cafeteria.
Government schools flush the 1st and supress student blogging (tags)
I don't have a problem with this when private schools censor and supress the free speach of their students. But I do have a big problem with this when the government PUBLIC schools do it!
3,000 Teaches go to Oaxaca in Support of APPO (tags)
Today, the Popular Assembly of the People of Michoacán (APPM) has sent 3,000 Teachers to support APPO in Oaxaca!
Every School as a Small Business (tags)
The Bertelsmann foundation reorganizes German schools according to market criteria. A privatization of the political is occurring worldwide today.. Bertelsmann keeps a tight reign on public libraries, schools and universities through performance standards and control instruments.
Join California Safe Schools & Tell EPA Pesticide Labels Should Identify ALL Ingredients (tags)
Our national pesticide law only requires that certain ingredients in a pesticide (called the active ingredients) be identified on the label. All the others are misleadingly called inert ingredients, and are not identified. These same ingredients escape from most of the testing and evaluation required for active ingredients. They're not really inert, just untested. The public is being kept in the dark It's time for a change!!
Humboldt State Budget Cuts, Suspicion other schools affected, call to action / for allies (tags)
Humboldt State Budget Cuts, Suspicion other schools affected, call to action / for allies
Appeal to petition Israeli government to respect the right to education (tags)
The racist Israeli policies deprive and violate Palestinians' right to education and are used by the hegemonic power holders as a means of discrimination. Such discriminatory practices are apparent in not providing safe access to schools and institutions of higher education in unrecognized villages in the Galilee and the Negev, or by the militarization of educational spaces, the imposition of checkpoints or other militarized barriers (such as the separation wall) in the occupied Palestinian territories. The cumulative effect of these practices is a blatant violation of the right of students (especially females who are the most vulnerable segment of society) to study in an educational context that is safe and free from violence.
Aspartame Awareness Weekend (tags)
This weekend everyone's participation is asked to send out the Report to Schools to all schools, pediatricians and OB-GYN to save the children from this excitoneuerotoxic carcinogenic drug.
California Safe Schools Honors Sheinbaum & Farrell (tags)
Students Dialogue With Legendary Activists
On Jonathan Kozol's "Manifiesto" (tags)
The struggle for social justice can begin in schools, with a mass movement to take direct action in order to overcome racist high-stakes tests, and imperialist wars.
The time doesn't stop - of the need of a commitment with the education. (tags)
about the need to understand that the education is the only exit to the countries if they develop
How the State of Education Has Changed Over Time in (tags)
I think, when the school opens this June, it’s high time to send our officials back to school so that they would learn first hand the real sad state of our educational system. #
Even better eliminate all the stupid unneeded offices like state mine inspector! (tags)
Nonpartisan Office: Sarah Knopp for School Superintendent (tags)
The California Superintendent of Schools is technically a nonpartisan position. Sarah Knopp, a socialist and member of the Green Party, is running for this position
New Orleans: Who Stole Fortier High School? (tags)
How does a historically black high school get turned into predominantly white elite charter school? Alcee Fortier High School in New Orleans is a symbol of everything wrong in New Orleans today.
Advocacy Workshop for Special Needs Children (tags)
Recognizing the need for further parent training and education, parents and community groups, including Learning Disabilities Association of Orange County and California Safe Schools, are organizing the free Parent Workshop at the Goldy S. Lewis Community Center in the city of Rancho Cucamonga.
Hundred of Thousand at LA noon time March (tags)
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MARCH FOR MIGRANTS RIGHTS Downtown Los Angeles was completely closed down as marchers demand for legalization
4/10/06 and 5/1/06 National Student Demonstrations (tags)
April 15th Mass Student March Against Racist Legislation ! (tags)
Mass Student March Against Racist Legislation - For Full Immigrant Rights Saturday April 15th 2006 @ 10 AM Olympic & Broadway to City Hall
3/27-31: Nationwide Week of Massive Student Walkouts for Immigrant Rights! (tags)
Student walkouts reports from across the country
Thousands of students walk out of schools in Southern California (tags)
Thousands of students walk out of schools in Southern California to protest anti-immigration legislation
Join California Safe Schools - Growing the Pesticide Movement (tags)
An interactive training on pesticide policy and advocacy.
Walkouts at Westchester High 3-29-06 (tags)
LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2006 – The LA School district and police are enforcing a crack down on student walk outs today. All high schools are on lock down and police car are patrolling the perimeter of those high schools that have seen the largest walk out in the past three days.
Student Protest for immigrant Rights Mounts (tags)
For two straight days, tens of thousands of high school students from California and Texas walked out of their classes in support of immigrant rights and protest the oppressive and racist HR 4437.
my experience substitute teaching during the walk outs (tags)
my experience substitute teaching during the student walk outs protesting anti-immigrant laws.
LA school district is reporting 24,680 students have walked out (tags)
In a called placed to the LAUSD an official for the district stated that 24,680 students walked out of classes today to protest Anti-immigrant law H.R. 4437.
Join California Safe Schools at Los Angeles Arboretum (tags)
Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair
If Teachers Were Congressmen (tags)
Download Recall Arnold Petitions Online Now! (tags)
Recall Arnold Petitions
Whoops! ..Ah Islam!, Hidden again (tags)
Whoops! Another honest mistake I guess. Funny how that keeps happening when the stories' perpetrators are muslim. Hmmm? Just as any peice of news about oh, say, an Israeli attack on a hamas enclave, would be kept up as long as it wasn't racist or defamatory, as this simple bit of reporting CLEARLY isn't, I'm sure it's fair to say that an honest mistake was made. So here it is again, presented as a fascinating sociological insight into the peace-loving and wholly humanistic fundamentalist muslim culture.
REFLECTION. RESISTANCE. RESPONSE. CONCERT AGAINST MILITARISM IN OUR SCHOOLS (tags)
Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools & Axis of Justice present: REFLECTION. RESISTANE. RESPONSE. Hosted by Jerry Quickley of Beneath the Surface
Thousands Walk out of L.A. highschools (tags)
High school students in L.A. were part of the marches in the 1990s against the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 and the East L.A. protests against the Vietnam War in the '60s. But Nov. 2 was on a whole different level. In response to the call from The World Can't Wait, thousands of youth--many from proletarian neighborhoods--left school to take political action and make their voices heard. At Los Angeles High School alone, more than 1,000 students--the majority of the school -- walked out, and more than 500 marched to Wilshire Blvd.
THURS. 11/17: Counter-Recruitment Bake Sale at the US Army Career Center (tags)
Peace activists dressed as Bush administration officials will hold a fake bake sale for the war in Iraq, bringing to life the bumper sticker saying, "It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.”
Youth say no to war, no to military: The movement to ‘opt out’ (tags)
CHICAGO — Youth and students here and across the country are refusing in ever greater numbers to believe the promises of U.S. military recruiters, promises like, “You can get any job you want,” and “You can try the military out for a few months and if you don’t like it you can quit.” Other favorites include, “You are guaranteed to get $50,000 for college,” and “You will never see a day of combat.”
Join California Safe Schools & Promote Health & Safety (tags)
Volunteer to Recall Schwarzenegger! (tags)
Schwarzenegger Signs AB 405: Bill Protects Kids from Exposure to Experimental Pesticides (tags)
Kids & Teachers Are NOT Lab Rats!
SCHWARZENEGGER'S DILEMMA: (tags)
Sign A Bill Banning The Use Of Experimental Pesticides In Schools Or Cave In To Chemical Industry Lobbyists
Don't Poison Kids-- Who Couldn't Sign On To That?; (tags)
AB 405 - Stops Experiments on K-12 Kids
California Safe Schools Sponsors AB 405 (tags)
Montañez School Pesticide Safety Bill Closer To Governor’s Signature!
Moms tell recruiters: ‘Leave My Child Alone!’ (tags)
WASHINGTON — Megan Watson, leader of Mainstream Moms, is so angry at military recruiters for invading schools to sign up unwary youth for combat in Iraq that she and her group launched an online movement, “LeaveMyChildAlone.org.”
Sacramento Gets It - Kids Aren't Lab Rats! (tags)
AB 405 (Montanez) , a long overdue clarification of school health laws, passed its first hurdle.
Black High School Student slain in Corona (tags)
Racial Tensions STILL on the Rise; School Districts STILL Covering Up; Parents Furious at school's Lack of Response.
California Safe Schools Presents: "United for Safety" (tags)
Celebrating programs and policies that protect health & the environment
Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools, Unitarian Church, Anaheim, April 15th (tags)
Arlene Inouye, Coordinator of the Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) and Robert Acosta, an Iraq War Veteran (2003) with Operation Truth, will deliver a presentation about the ongoing efforts to raise awareness and mobilize the public against the aggressive and deceptive tactics military recruiters use in our public school system to get working-class youth to join the U.S. armed forces.
ABOUT California Safe Schools Receives $25,000. in Volvo for Life Awards (tags)
California Safe Schools Executive Director Named Finalist in Volvo for Life Awards
MEChA Protests JROTC, War (tags)
Saturday, March 26, in the San Fernando Valley, about 80 to 100 members of MECha protested against the militarization of our schools and the war in Iraq.
Anti-Militarization Rally Now! (tags)
As part of a national Mecha conference, students and community members, are marching and rallying in San Fernando in an action against Militiarization in the schools.
RIVERSIDE YOUTH: "RACE RIOTS", DISTRICT COVER UP, CRIMIANLIZATION OF YOUTH OF CO (tags)
In RIVERSIDE: school district is covering up, telling lies to parents; their response to increase alleged racial tension is to SUPRESS ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE ISSUES, and INCREASE POLICE, GANG UNITS, AND GANG PROFILING ON CAMPUS AND OF STUDENTS.
Guatemalan ex-dictator Rios Montts' Gospel Outreach church based in Eureka Ca. (tags)
Rios Montt is under house arrest thes days
California Safe Schools Executive Director Named One of Nation's Top Hometown Heroes (tags)
Volvo for Life Awards
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS GOES KOO KOO ROO (tags)
STUDIO CITY KOO KOO ROO FUNDRAISER JANUARY 23, 2005 11:00AM -9:00PM
A failing grade: Charter schools and education reform (tags)
Charter schools are a major aspect of the political right.......
military salute in USA became Nazi salute (tags)
The infamous straight-armed salute came from the military salute and the pledge of allegiance to the flag in the USA
Trashing Christmas (tags)
The last of the Halloween candy has been eaten. The harvest moon is a radiant memory. The family festival of Thanksgiving has drawn us closer together. All of these warm seasonal memories can mean only one thing: It’s time for the Christmas haters to shift into high gear.
song One Love One World (tags)
World peace and tolerance song changing lives in a positive way!
Land of the Paranoid, Bunker of the Skittish (tags)
December 21, 2004 Bunker of the Skittish Losing It in America By DAVE LINDORFF In this post-Columbine, post 9-11 era, America has simply lost it. Just this past week, a 10-year old girl who brought a pair of scissors from home to school in her school bag to continue work on a magazine clipping class project, was summarily turned over to police in Philadelphia by a bureaucratically blinded principal, who allowed her to be shipped off to jail, handcuffed, in a police wagon. The principal didn't even bother to notify the frightened child's mother, who learned of her daughter's ordeal when police detectives called her and said they had her daughter in a holding cell. The school district is justifying its over-the-top handling of this incident by citing the several hundred cases of weapons and sharp objects being brought into Philadelphia schools this year, as well as some serious incidents of attacks on students by other students. Earlier, a young boy's parents in Ohio were interrogated by detectives from the local sheriff's office because their junior high school son, in a classroom discussion on the war in Iraq, had opined that he hoped American soldiers would all be killed in that military adventure. The boy had not engaged in violence, nor threatened it; he had merely expressed a perhaps unpopular and unpatriotic political wish. The list of these over-zealous persecutions of children resembles nothing so much as the mentality of the Puritans during the Salem witch trials. I experienced a little of this madness myself when my son's second-grade teacher called his mother and me in for a meeting. We had no idea what the problem was but the woman sounded dead serious. When we arrived, she sat us down in the classroom and handed us a sheet of drawing paper, saying in a voice that sounded like someone had just died, "I found your son drawing this in class." We looked at the page, on which were neatly arrayed a set of artfully drawn swords of all types-daggers, scimitars, cutlasses, epees, broadswords, dirks and the like. We both broke out in laughter, to the teacher's dismay. Our son, we explained, was fascinated with medieval weaponry, and this was a graphic cataloging of his knowledge. What did she think? That our second-grade, 48-lb son was going to come to school with a Roman broadsword and decapitate a few classmates someday? The teacher looked skeptical, but the matter was quietly dropped. What made this visit so annoying was that our son has never shown the least sign of violent or aggressive behavior, and in fact is known for his openness and willingness to be friends with everyone he meets. What is going on here? Universities report that they are losing foreign students, who used to flock to this country to study, because the immigration service now makes it so difficult for anyone from overseas to get a student visa. Many potential students have just given up the idea of going to the U.S. because it's not worth the hassle or the unpredictability of the visa process. Even in Taiwan, where I taught last spring, which has yet to send a terrorist to American shores and which probably ranks among the most pro-American societies in the world, frustrated students say they are given the third degree when they apply for a visa to study in the U.S. Every foreign student these days is viewed as a potential terrorist! The Home of the Brave has become the Bunker of the Skittish. It's not that the nation has become less safe, either. Schools always had bullies, kids with knives, and in fact, by most measures, the crime rate has been falling (though you wouldn't know this if you get your news watching local television). And don't get me wrong. I don't want kids coming to school with guns either. But probably the best way to guard against that would be to make it harder for them to get guns-something our perverse society and political leadership seem averse to doing. What seems to have gone wrong is this notion that bureaucratic rules and draconian punishments will cure the problem. Principals and teachers, like those involved in the above incidents are checking their common sense at home and turning into slavish automatons on the job. Administrators are handing down so-called "zero tolerance" guidelines on behavior and even speech that belong in China, the former Soviet Union or Iran, not in an American school. The answer to student alienation is not more draconian school rules, any more than the answer to anti-American terrorism is banning foreign exchange students. What we need are more humane and engaged schools. If the welfare and development of all students is the goal, students who misbehave or exhibit anti-social behavior will be treated with kindness and sensitivity, and offered appropriate treatment or therapy, not shipped off in cuffs in a police van.
CALIFORNIA PARENTS GAIN RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT PESTICIDES USED IN K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOLS (tags)
EMBRACING THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE & RIGHT TO KNOW
CALIFORNIA PARENTS GAIN RIGHT TO KNOW - 1-888-NO-POISON (tags)
Learn about the problems with pesticides and safer options from the School Pesticide Reform Coalition at http://www.nopoison.org or at 1-888-NO-POISON.
School Pesticide Reform Coalition at www.nopoison.org or at 1-888-NO-POISON (tags)
Find out more about the hazards of pesticides and about safer solutions from the School Pesticide Reform Coalition
Government schools suck balls (tags)
ALDAMA ELEMENTARY & CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS HONORED WITH GREEN FLAG AWARDS (tags)
GREEN FLAG SCHOOLS http://www.greenflagschools.org
10/28 UNRWA Gaza Field Assessment of IOF Operation 'Days of Penitence' (tags)
"This report summarizes the preliminary findings of UNRWA's field assessment of 16 October 2004, in the form of general data and a sector-by-sector review .."
Join California Safe Schools (Non-Profit) & City Of Los Angeles Commission for Children (tags)
Health & Safety Fair
The “chosen ones” like to like to murder Elementary school children (tags)
and show this fact by murdering another 9 yo Girl Sitting in Class today.
Nazi Group Targeting School Children? (tags)
Speaking of terrorists -the Anti-Defamation League reports that a neo-Nazi music group plans to sell racist CD's to shool children:
The Web: New views on the 'digital divide' (tags)
This is a great story on the problems of the digital divide.
FIVE LA UNIFIED SCHOOLS HONORED WITH GREEN FLAG AWARDS (tags)
FIVE LA UNIFIED SCHOOLS RECEIVE NATIONAL HONOR FROM CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS (NON-PROFIT)
PARENTS GAIN RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT CHEMICALS USED AT SCHOOL (tags)
Parents Gain Right to Know about pesticides used in or around school campuses.
Stopping the Military in our Schools (tags)
The military actively preys upon our students. Operation Opt Out is a two-month campaign by the Coalition Against Militarism In Our Schools to draw attention to this pressure and recruitment. Operation Opt Out is a way students can protect themselves from military recruitment.. If you want to help out give us a call or end us an email firstname.lastname@example.org Our culminating event in late October will be a musical/poetic/creative event. Join with us!
FEDERAL FUNDING NEEDED FOR SCHOOLS (tags)
2004 School Environmental Checklist Helps Parents & Schools
NICHOLAS BAKER RECIPIENT OF LOS ANGELES TIMES "ABOVE & BEYOND " AWARD (tags)
TWELVE YEAR OLD STUDENT RECEIVES LOS ANGELES TIMES AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS HONORS SUN VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL! (tags)
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS HONORS SUN VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Blood Money: The Human-Capital Equation of the U.S. Occupation of Iraq (tags)
When a state is determined to pursue war, and all forms of indirect symbolic protest actions have failed to sway politicians to halt their imperialist aggression, the only remaining option is direct action by the working class. One option is a general strike by workers that can effect the production and transpiration of military capital, that is the materials essential for the war machine. The other is to deprive the military of the labor it needs to fight the war.
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS -BREAKING NEWS! (tags)
CHILDRENS ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH GROUP INSPIRED BY CHILDS ASTHMA ATTACK.
Protest the DNC on July 25 (tags)
Sunday, July 25 National Rally/March through the streets of Boston to Protest the DNC 12 noon - Boston Common
Millions Lost in Cyberspace (tags)
Yet another example of where your hard-earned tax dollars in the clutches of Big Government end up: in the shitter. Liberals, remind us again why taxes should be even higher. It would be easier just to set the money on fire in the backyard.
JOIN CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS IN CARSON! (tags)
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FORUM
Secondary Illiterates: The Crisis of Education in Western Industrial Countries (tags)
"Euroepan literacy and the schooling of society were not generous civilizing gifts to people but part of that process described as `inner colonialization'..Infrastructural institu-tions are not market enterprises but overall social conditions for the market economy.."
Zero-tolerance --- zero-thought (tags)
Bush’s hidden attack on public education (tags)
PHILADELPHIA – This year marks the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education – a historic civil rights legal case that declared Jim Crow segregated schools for African American children were a violation of the Constitution.
why does Palestine MURDER women and children in schools, shopping centers and churches. (tags)
why does Palestine MURDER women and children in schools, shopping centers and churches.
CLEAN ENVIRONMENT, SAFE SCHOOLS, HEALTHY CHILDREN VISIT WWW.CALISAFE.ORG (tags)
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS NON-PROFIT WWW.CALISAFE.ORG
Teachers and their union fight for public education (tags)
CHICAGO – Children’s paintings hang on the walls in the lobby of the Chicago Teachers Union office. It’s comforting for parents to see schoolkids’ artwork framed and on display.
Brand LAX (tags)
Take My City, Please
ABOUT-CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS (NON-PROFIT) WWW.NOPOISON.ORG (tags)
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS (NON-PROFIT) & SCHOOL PESTICIDE REFORM COALITION!
JOIN CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS AT THE ARBORETUM (tags)
JOIN THE FUN! CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS AT THE ARBORETUM!
HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL? (tags)
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS EFFORTS HIGHLIGHTED BY NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL WWW.CALISAFE.ORG
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS SUPPORTS BEYOND PESTICIDES - SAFER ALTERNATIVES! (tags)
LAWN CARE: PESTICIDES AND ALTERNATIVES POSTED BY: CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS WWW.CALISAFE.ORG
Military Free Schools website (tags)
A website devoted to stopping military recruitmenbt in LAUSD.
Join California Safe Schools - Cesar Chavez Day March! (tags)
CESAR CHAVEZ DAY MARCH MARCH 27, 2004
Part 2 - JROTC - GATEWAY TO MILITARISM (tags)
Manual Arts High February 7th 2004 United Teacher Los Angeles Human Rights Committee presented its inaugural forum on militarism in our schools. Student organizers, activists and long time counter militarism groups took part in a panel discussion and workshops.
Ron Kovic at Stopping Militarism In Our Schools Workshops (tags)
Stopping Militarism In Our Schools workshops held this Saturday at Manual Arts High School included Ron Kovic, Veteran and Peace Activist
ABOUT : CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS WWW.CALISAFE.ORG (tags)
CALIFORNIA NON-PROFIT & FAMED ARTIST PARTNER TO PROTECT KIDS
Stopping Militarism in our Schools Take Action Workshops (tags)
Stopping Militarism in our Schools Conference February 7
Twisted History (tags)
Europeans didn't invent slavery, but their ideas and beliefs brought it to an end in the West. Sadly, it continues in much of the world, with not a peep from the Left.
WAs The CIA Running A Terrorist Flight School? (tags)
One of three ver well-written articles I'm forwarding that announce Jeb Bush and CIA's involvement with 911 terrorist flight schools, Heorin smuggling, mobsters. Give credit to the authors they are tremendous investigators.V. Smith ( I don't "play" and I'm no "actress". I am however, a citizen concerned and very persecuted, "targeted", Christian.))
Bahrain Protests France's Ban on Muslim Scarves (tags)
Women gathered in protest outside of the French embassy in the Gulf Arab state of Bahrain Thursday, urging an end to Chirac's plans to remove the Hijab from France's state schools.
Law School as Revenge (tags)
I went to law school as revenge. Why do you think they had riots when the first black man tried to enter Univ. of Miss.? Why did they not let women into Notre Dame law school until 1968? Access to education is kept from the masses, so go to school as revenge.
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION & LAUSD PROMOTE SCHOOL SAFETY (tags)
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION & LAUSD PROMOTE student safety
Cities and states face brutal cutbacks (tags)
BALTIMORE – In what could be called a “Thanksgiving massacre,” public school officials here handed out pink slips to 710 Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) employees. At least 1,000 are expected to have lost their jobs by January.
Gun Control gives power to mobs, criminals and governments gone bad. (tags)
From Gran'pa Jack series.
The Jury has the right to determine both the law and the facts (tags)
Lawyers and Judges won't tell you this - because they work for the same boss now - the State. They have been intimidated to be bullies for the State.
A History of Racism in California (tags)
This is a repost from a listserv. It's about the fuzziness of laws that deal with Latinos. An IMC volunteer is putting it here as a semi-permanent public information resource.
CAIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS PARTNERS WITH CELEBRATED ARTIST MICHAEL BRUZA (tags)
California Safe Schools Partners with Celebrated Artist Mihael Bruza - Preventing Pests Without Pesticides
HOW SAFE IS YOUR CHILDS SCHOOL (tags)
Children's environmental health
Cannon Fodder (tags)
The Bush administration has cut veteran's benefits and forced wounded soldiers to pay for hospital meals. They have kept returning sick and wounded soldiers in horrible conditions on US military bases and made them wait months for doctor's appointments. Now, they plan to close schools and commissaries on military bases and privatize the remaining commissaries. Oh well, that is more money for Halliburton, Bechtel and all other corporations which profit immensely from war.
The Intelligent Student's Guide to the New World Order (tags)
The essence of the New World Order (NWO) or world management system is that it is management by social engineers, rather than government based on a written constitution. How you are affected by this management system depends on what the social engineers decide the system should do for you and require of you.
Racist Rhetoric of the Right Wing (tags)
''[Black] parents scream and yell about the racial achievement gap, and how the schools aren't fair, and society is racist and blah, blah-blah, blah-blahhh, because they don't want to get off the sofa, and put some effort into it themselves'' - Jerry Agar, Conservative talk radio host
Education not Incarceration Teach-ins and Statewide Day of Action (tags)
The Education not Incarceration Coalition (www.may8.org) is kicking off the 2003-2004 school year with EDUCATION NOT INCARCERATION TEACH INS in schools statewide, building toward a STATEWIDE DAY OF ACTION to demand funding for our schools not more prisons which will tentatively occur on Wednesday, November 12, 2003
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION PRESENTS ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS (tags)
Four Los Angeles Unified School District schools won national recognition for their outstanding environmental work. Aldama and Fernangeles Elementary, Millikan, and Sun Valley Middle Schools, are among the first schools to participate in the national Green Flag Program, which works with schools to teach kids a hands-on approach to solving environmental health problems before they start.
A Texas Hoax May Be the President's Waterloo (tags)
Over the past year or so, getting headlines in Texas but only modest coverage elsewhere, the "Texas Miracle" has been disrobed. It was a scam, a hoax.
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS WWW.CALISAFE.ORG PRESENTS STDENTS WITH GREEN FLAGS (tags)
California Safe Schools Coalition awards four Los Angeles schools for outstanding environmental work.
Libertarians prepare to haul ass for a guv'ment-free clime (tags)
"(Libertarians) don't have the competence needed to run a political organization. The party attracts people who are anarchists at heart. They cannot follow orders or work as a team."
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION - WWW.CALISAFE.ORG (tags)
Created most stringent pesticide policy in nation for schools. Policy has become model for school districts and communities throughout the United States.
The Ulterior Motive Behind School Vouchers (tags)
A network of Religious Right groups, Free-Market economists, ultra-Conservative columnists and others "are using vouchers as a vehicle to achieve an ultimate goal of privatizing" the education system.
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION JOINS PATAGONIA TO HONOR RELL SUNN (tags)
RELL SUNN WAS A PIONEER IN WOMEN'S SURFING. SHE PASSED AWAY AFTER A BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER. "HEART OF THE SEA" A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HER LIFE WILL BE SCREENED AT 7:00PM, THURSDAY JULY 31ST, 2003.
The Painful Truth Comes Out (tags)
California Democrats caught plotting against the little guy via hidden microphone. Admissions of involvement in harming the educational system, and instigating a budget crisis.
The Enron of School Systems: (tags)
... or We Didn't Leave the Child Behind. We Just Lost the Paper Work.
A Continuous Procession of Clones for the State (tags)
I would never contemplate teaching kids to think that government should be about "doing something." That is the absolute worst thing you can do as a teacher if you want your students to have a respect for the freedom of the individual, the Constitution, limited government, free markets, and the founding of our once great republic. Inculcating kids with the crazy notion that government is constituted to "do something" every time life gets difficult or just inconvenient, only serves to roll out the red carpet for totalitarian government.
ACLU: School Vouchers Will Hurt Poor Kids (tags)
The voucher program encourage the violation of students' civil rights because private and religious schools would not have to comply with federal, state or local civil rights laws in order to recieve tax dollars.
CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS - MODEL FOR THE NATION! (tags)
California Safe Schools created most stringent pesticide policy in nation for schools. Policy has become national model.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Racial Preference? (tags)
Ask a fish what water is and you'll get no answer. Even if fish were capable of speech, they would likely have no explanation for the element they swim in every minute of every day of their lives. Water simply is. Fish take it for granted. So too with this thing we hear so much about, "racial preference."
Ten things i hate about this administration (tags)
You all may add to the list if you wish.
all my thoughts (by:mkj) plz come here daveman and all (tags)
ill just type myself to sleep lol hahahahahahhaahhahahahahahahah
help i need someone to help me proof read this please english teachers whatever come help! (tags)
please help me proof read this please help me proof read this essay/report i need help plz
SINGLE MOM SPEARHEADS SPRAY FIGHT (tags)
LA Unified creates model pesticide policy for the nation with help from California Safe Schools.
Hawaii to Dump "No Child Left Behind" (tags)
From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the State of Hawaii says that Bush's No Child Left Behind is hurting education! (This article was posted at Chicago Indymedia in the interest of local views concerning the law.)
Colorado to implement School Vouchers (tags)
DENVER – Colorado will soon become the first state to initiate public-school vouchers since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling declared such programs constitutional.
Everywhere is war (tags)
shooting in Venice
The Origin of Social Dysfunction (tags)
From the book "The Origin of Social Dysfunction" by E. Allie.
Unity call from antiwar movement (tags)
Statement from Youth Bloc/Campus Antiwar Network (CAN)
Militarism in our schools - today on Radio IMC-LA (tags)
If you're not in the streets from 4-6pm today, listen in to find out how the military undermines education in our public schools.
CAN Day X plan (tags)
On Day X: wak out...speak out...march...take action against Bush's bloody war!
March 5: Coast to Coast Walkout Against the War (tags)
There were walkouts and other antiwar actions at over 70 L.A.-area high schools, middle schools, colleges and universities. The actions were wild and beautiful, cool, determined and defiant.
Hitler Said It Best (tags)
If we hold any hopes for a return to the America of our Founding Fathers, and to accurate interpretations of the US Constitution, we must act now, each of us teaching and leading as Elders, as in The Giver, and take back our educational decision-making roles
MARCH 5: BOOKS NOT BOMBS! - National Student Strike (tags)
The National Student Strike for Books Not Bombs, will take place March 5th on campuses across the US and the world. The strike is building a wave of campus sentiment against the Bush Administration’s war plans in Iraq. The event was originally called for and is being coordinated by the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition (NYSPC), a collection of 15 student and youth organizations whose members organizations represent large and diverse constituencies stretching across the US.
Local Peace Actions (tags)
Note from contributor: Please photo document your local peace vigil here at LAIMC. It would be great to see what is going on all over our community....
Osama Mama (tags)
Why is Osama Moma, Patty Murray, getting the kid glove treatment from the press? Only FOX is speaking out. Is the rest of the press just the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party?
Stop funding Israeli war crimes: Divest NOW! (by Latuff) (tags)
Support Virginia Commonwealth University Divestment Campaign.
Muslim Public Affairs Council's Profiles of California Candidates (tags)
MPAC cannot endorse candidates, but it will provide a profile of the candidates running for constitutional offices in the state of California. The profiles include races for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and Superintendent for Public Instruction. MPAC analysts took a close look on the candidates' stands on civil liberties, education, homelessness, and labor:
PARENTS GAIN "RIGHT TO KNOW" (tags)
PARENTS GAIN RIGHT TO KNOW OF TOXIC EXPOSURE
PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE (tags)
Created most stringent pesticide policy at LA UNIFIED School District (2nd largest school district in nation) Policy has become model for the nation.
CHICANO MORATORIUM PHOTO #1 (tags)
During the August 24th, 2002 march commemorating the Chicano Moratorium of 1970, some 300 Chicano/Mexicanos took to the streets to call for Health Care, Schools, Jobs, and an end to interventionist wars and Police Brutality.
School Revolutionary Party (tags)
the creation of the school revolutionary party, a struggle for student rights and revolution of our school system
Los Angeles Unified School District vs the Community of 52nd Place and 53rd Street (tags)
The Los Angeles School District has threatened long time residence and business owners with the law of eminent domain in their desire to remove elderly and poor citizens from their homes in order to build schools and income producing apartments.
Demonstration tomorrow at 4 pm (tags)
Protest poor school conditions and racially-discriminatory standardized tests! Demonstration - Coalition for Educational Justice Thursday, April 18, 4:00pm Washington High School, 108th and Denker
Progressive/Radical Youth Against War FIRST MEETING!! (tags)
Come to our first meeting and help us build our new group. You are all invited.
ACTA List Breakdown By College or University--7 Schools Have Over Half The Items (tags)
ACTA's report, "Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America, and What Can Be Done About It," pretends to present an objective picture of what is happening on America's campuses. Its evidence, which is barely mentioned, much less analyzed in the body of the report, is presented in an 117 item list in the appendix. But a single school accounted for 15 items, 3 accounted for 40 items and just 7 schools accounted for 59 items, more than half the items on the list. This hardly represents American colleges and universities as a whole. It represents extremely sloppy "research."
Bush’s Secretary of Education Gets An “F” (tags)
Bush’s Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, is a poster-boy for everything Bush—he’s a black (like Bush, non-native) Texan whose claim to fame is whipping the locals into shape as a Houston education administrator. But a new report from a conservative think tank shows Houston's schools failing badly under his leadership—worse the LA's schools, in fact.
Student anti-war rally in downtown LA (tags)
Nearly 200 students and others demonstrated yesterday in downtown LA against the war.
Falwell blames gays, abortion rights, etc. for terrorism (tags)
An example of some of the ugly rhetoric we might expect from J. Falwell. How come the mainstream press can't find space for some of the reasonable voices I find here on the IMC?
New Harvard Study, "Schools More Separate" Finds Increased Segregation in 1990s (tags)
America's schools grew increasingly more segregated in the 1990s. This was the lead finding in a new report from the Civil Rights Project of Harvard University, "Schools More Separate: Consequences of a Decade of Resegregation," by Gary Orfield with Nora Gordon. "Much of the progress for black students since the 1960s was eliminated during a decade which brought three Supreme Court decisions limiting desegregation remedies," while Latinos have become even more segregated than blacks. The increased minority suburban population "minorities has not produced integrated schools."
URGENT ACTION -- Tell Congresswoman Davis to Vote YES on the Biggert Amendment (tags)
ACTION NEEDED: U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis is on the House Education Committee and is currently in opposition to the Biggert amendment because of unfounded fears that schools in San Diego will lose funding.
Edison-Fisher v. Public Schools (tags)
The Democrat-Republicans together have declared war on education in California. The latest episode is the strong possibility of an appeal to the State Board of Education of the San Francisco School Board's decision not to renew its contract with Edison Project, the privatization of public schools racket in which the Republican, Donald Fisher, better known as founder of The Gap, has stock.
Students Storm Office, Deliver vote of no confidence to School Adminstration (tags)
Students Press for Adminastrative Reform and demand Alternative Models.
Demands of Tuesday Justice for Youth March (tags)
The Justice for Youth March on Tuesday morning was part of continuing statewide efforts to fight for more Schools and less Jails in the State of California. The following were the 10 demands presented at the Ronald Reagan State Building where California Gov. Gray Davis' office is located: