HITTING LEFT #21 with Pidgeon Pagonis

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Brother Fred sums it all up

As for the Obama vote. Many activists I spoke with were dismayed. The 72% of the delegates that voted support are well short of the 80% that Obama received in 2008. But it is too many. The difference is that in 2008, the vote of support was given with optimism and enthusiasm. Today’s vote was given with noses held. I’m not proud of the vote. But it is what it is. As always, it shows we have work to do. -- "Holding your nose and closing your eyes"
Also, be sure and read Carol Corbett Burris' great Open Letter to Ed Secretary Arne Duncan in Valerie Strauss' column in today's Washington Post. Burris is the principal of South Side High School in New York. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.
This is the legacy of the policies that were rushed into place by states to get the federal Race to the Top money. We now have testing systems based on the mistrust of schools and the professionals who work in them. It will severely damage the relationship between students and teachers even as it is destroying the relationship between the state Education Department and educators across New York state.

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