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  •  Spot on. As a fellow NEA member, FWIW, I sent (4+ / 0-)
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    an email with a "No Support," at this time.  

    Duncan's assinine rules for getting funds (eg must accept charters) put our state out of the running for money, entirely.  As a result, our special ed children will be losing their aides and our general ed classes will be going up to 36-38 students ... since teachers will need to be laid off.

    He can congratulate himself all he wants (which is what he seems to do in every speech I've ever heard him make), but how in the world are we even going to FIT 8-10 more desks in rooms that were made for 25 kids?  Our school was built in 1965; the kids were smaller back then.  They already have to move down the aisles sideways, now.  

    And, I have a class set of 28 books that will now be shared in classes of 36-38 and across the day among 158.  They've already moved us from a 5 to a 7 year text adoption cycle.  It's only been 4 years and those 28 text books I have are already being held together with duct tape.

    Yes, Sec. Duncan and President Obama ... be proud that American children are sharing and can't take home books being held together with duct tape.

    As for our dear, special ed children ... we saved the aides who help them eat and go to the restroom and helped them all day long in a thousand other ways by our union voting to give up our negotiated raise over the last 2 years.  There is no raise to give up in the new contract ... so we will not be able to save our para-educators.  

    Yes, Sec. Duncan and President Obama ... our union gave a damn about these children and gave money out of our pockets to care for them while you used corporatist claptrap rules to simply reject them and public education in our state out-of-hand.

    Sorry.  I'm with you, and in no rush to see my union dues donated early like this.

    Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

    by bkamr on Sun May 08, 2011 at 11:18:42 AM PDT

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    •  Just ran to the window to see if pigs were flying (0+ / 0-)

      given it seems Uberbah and I agree on something LOL.  Well, almost, I'm "still in," but I'm just NOT "in at all" on this policy point.

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Sun May 08, 2011 at 11:53:24 AM PDT

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