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Coleman AdvocatesFriday, January 18th, 2019 at 8:58am
"Gillian, an Oakland teacher and parent, said: 'We can’t do the job that kids deserve without increasing education funding. That’s what we’re out here for, that’s what we’re supporting.'”

"OEA President Keith Brown captured this sentiment from the front of the rally, saying: 'We are also here to pressure the state to fully fund federally mandated services for our students with special needs...'"

"Stephanie Schwartz, a Berkeley Federation of Teachers member and special educator, explained: 'Almost 90 percent of Oakland Unified School District students are students of color. So when the district is trying to close 24 schools in the flatlands to be replaced by unaccountable charter schools while all the schools in the wealthier, whiter hills neighborhoods remain open, that’s a racial justice question.'"

https://socialistworker.org/2019/01/18/oakland-teachers-wont-wait-for-a-strike-deadline
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Coleman AdvocatesThursday, January 17th, 2019 at 9:15am
The Oakland teachers walkout scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8am is being organized by teachers independently -- it's not sanctioned by the union.

This article explains: "Because the walkout is not sanctioned by the Oakland Education Association, the school district could discipline teachers who participate by docking their pay."

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-teachers-wildcat-walkout-protest-unions-la-13539231.php
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Coleman AdvocatesThursday, January 17th, 2019 at 8:03am
The Washington Post talks about how the LA teachers strike emphasizes that Democrats are divided about supporting public schools. Saying Arne Duncan's rejection of the union-led strike is reflective of the trend of mainstream democrats supporting privatization of public schools.

"The union has used the charter issue as a rallying cry: The support of charters and the failure to properly fund the district, striking teachers say, is nothing more than a move toward the privatization of public education.

Democrats were long regarded as big supporters of public education, including powerful teachers unions. Democrats viewed public education as a way to provide equal opportunity to marginalized communities and to produce well-rounded young people who could become active members of America’s civil society. Many Republicans saw public schools as a way to train students for the workforce.

That changed in recent decades. As Democrats saw labor’s traditionally strong support weaken with changes in the economy, the party increasingly embraced market solutions to public problems. That was evident in its approach to overhauling public education: Among Democrats, support grew for operating schools as though they were businesses rather than civic institutions."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/01/17/why-la-teachers-strike-is-so-uncomfortable-so-many-democrats/?utm_term=.b677a500f1e3
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Coleman AdvocatesWednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 3:49pm
Here's what SF 91.7 FM KALW public radio reported this week (26 min audio piece) on Black youth in SFUSD special education. Thoughts?

Includes some history back to 1968 and follow-up with Darryl Lester, now 60, who was the plaintiff in a 1971 lawsuit that "successfully challenged the use of culturally-biased IQ tests to improperly channel California Black students into special ed."

https://www.kalw.org/post/legacy-mistreatment-san-francisco-s-black-special-ed-students
Coleman Advocates
Coleman AdvocatesWednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 9:01am
"Many of the striking teachers see the battle in Los Angeles as a front-line action to put an end to starvation of public school funding on one end, and corporate-fueled privatization on the other. And while that debate has been playing out in Los Angeles and across the country for years, union leaders and teachers believe this could be a last stand."

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21684/los-angeles-teachers-strike-education-charter-privatization-la
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Coleman AdvocatesWednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 7:00am
Here's a video on what actions two LA parents are choosing to take to support the teachers' strike this week & their opinions on the strike.

https://nowthisnews.com/videos/news/la-teachers-strike-finds-support-in-school-parents
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LA Teachers' Strike Finds Support in School Parents
Parents are supporting Los Angeles teachers who are on strike for the first time in 30 years to demand better school conditions and higher pay.
nowthisnews.com

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Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 5:55am
Gillian, an Oakland teacher and parent, said: “We can’t do the job that kids deserve without increasing education funding. That’s what we’re out here for, that’s what we’re supporting.” https://t.co/EOjhJnVLa6
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 6:17am
The Oakland teachers walkout scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8am is being organized by teachers independently -- it's not sanctioned by the union. https://t.co/vgrP3zXAAx via @SFGate
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 4:51am
Shoutout to Jose-Luis Mejia, our Special Projects Director, speaking out with International HS staff at the Board of Ed meeting Tuesday, expressing the importance of the school maintaining its physical space and not giving it up to the charter school. https://t.co/oJLd6xScdo
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PPS-San Francisco @ppssf
Representative from @ColemanSF1 speaks in solidarity with staff at International HS https://t.co/Aw7MyPguZq
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 6:01am
"Many of the striking teachers see the battle in LA as a front-line action to put an end to starvation of public school funding on one end & corporate-fueled privatization on the other... Union leaders & teachers believe this could be a last stand." https://t.co/dz26KP6xl1
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 4:00am
Here's a video on what actions two LA parents are choosing to take to support the teachers' strike this week & their opinions on the strike. @nowthisnews https://t.co/rlBi8cfTWK
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 2:30am
This meeting tonight at 5:30pm at Balboa High -- an opportunity to speak your experiences, opinions & needs around affordable housing and community development to the City. https://t.co/JDmOelTufM ColemanSF1 photo

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Coleman AdvocatesFriday, January 18th, 2019 at 8:58am
"Gillian, an Oakland teacher and parent, said: 'We can’t do the job that kids deserve without increasing education funding. That’s what we’re out here for, that’s what we’re supporting.'”

"OEA President Keith Brown captured this sentiment from the front of the rally, saying: 'We are also here to pressure the state to fully fund federally mandated services for our students with special needs...'"

"Stephanie Schwartz, a Berkeley Federation of Teachers member and special educator, explained: 'Almost 90 percent of Oakland Unified School District students are students of color. So when the district is trying to close 24 schools in the flatlands to be replaced by unaccountable charter schools while all the schools in the wealthier, whiter hills neighborhoods remain open, that’s a racial justice question.'"

https://socialistworker.org/2019/01/18/oakland-teachers-wont-wait-for-a-strike-deadline
Coleman Advocates
Coleman AdvocatesThursday, January 17th, 2019 at 9:15am
The Oakland teachers walkout scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8am is being organized by teachers independently -- it's not sanctioned by the union.

This article explains: "Because the walkout is not sanctioned by the Oakland Education Association, the school district could discipline teachers who participate by docking their pay."

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-teachers-wildcat-walkout-protest-unions-la-13539231.php
Coleman Advocates
Coleman AdvocatesThursday, January 17th, 2019 at 8:03am
The Washington Post talks about how the LA teachers strike emphasizes that Democrats are divided about supporting public schools. Saying Arne Duncan's rejection of the union-led strike is reflective of the trend of mainstream democrats supporting privatization of public schools.

"The union has used the charter issue as a rallying cry: The support of charters and the failure to properly fund the district, striking teachers say, is nothing more than a move toward the privatization of public education.

Democrats were long regarded as big supporters of public education, including powerful teachers unions. Democrats viewed public education as a way to provide equal opportunity to marginalized communities and to produce well-rounded young people who could become active members of America’s civil society. Many Republicans saw public schools as a way to train students for the workforce.

That changed in recent decades. As Democrats saw labor’s traditionally strong support weaken with changes in the economy, the party increasingly embraced market solutions to public problems. That was evident in its approach to overhauling public education: Among Democrats, support grew for operating schools as though they were businesses rather than civic institutions."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/01/17/why-la-teachers-strike-is-so-uncomfortable-so-many-democrats/?utm_term=.b677a500f1e3
Coleman Advocates
Coleman AdvocatesWednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 3:49pm
Here's what SF 91.7 FM KALW public radio reported this week (26 min audio piece) on Black youth in SFUSD special education. Thoughts?

Includes some history back to 1968 and follow-up with Darryl Lester, now 60, who was the plaintiff in a 1971 lawsuit that "successfully challenged the use of culturally-biased IQ tests to improperly channel California Black students into special ed."

https://www.kalw.org/post/legacy-mistreatment-san-francisco-s-black-special-ed-students
Coleman Advocates
Coleman AdvocatesWednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 9:01am
"Many of the striking teachers see the battle in Los Angeles as a front-line action to put an end to starvation of public school funding on one end, and corporate-fueled privatization on the other. And while that debate has been playing out in Los Angeles and across the country for years, union leaders and teachers believe this could be a last stand."

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21684/los-angeles-teachers-strike-education-charter-privatization-la
Coleman Advocates
Coleman AdvocatesWednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 7:00am
Here's a video on what actions two LA parents are choosing to take to support the teachers' strike this week & their opinions on the strike.

https://nowthisnews.com/videos/news/la-teachers-strike-finds-support-in-school-parents
Coleman Advocates
LA Teachers' Strike Finds Support in School Parents
Parents are supporting Los Angeles teachers who are on strike for the first time in 30 years to demand better school conditions and higher pay.
nowthisnews.com

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Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 5:55am
Gillian, an Oakland teacher and parent, said: “We can’t do the job that kids deserve without increasing education funding. That’s what we’re out here for, that’s what we’re supporting.” https://t.co/EOjhJnVLa6
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 6:17am
The Oakland teachers walkout scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8am is being organized by teachers independently -- it's not sanctioned by the union. https://t.co/vgrP3zXAAx via @SFGate
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 4:51am
Shoutout to Jose-Luis Mejia, our Special Projects Director, speaking out with International HS staff at the Board of Ed meeting Tuesday, expressing the importance of the school maintaining its physical space and not giving it up to the charter school. https://t.co/oJLd6xScdo
ColemanSF1 photo
PPS-San Francisco @ppssf
Representative from @ColemanSF1 speaks in solidarity with staff at International HS https://t.co/Aw7MyPguZq
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 6:01am
"Many of the striking teachers see the battle in LA as a front-line action to put an end to starvation of public school funding on one end & corporate-fueled privatization on the other... Union leaders & teachers believe this could be a last stand." https://t.co/dz26KP6xl1
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 4:00am
Here's a video on what actions two LA parents are choosing to take to support the teachers' strike this week & their opinions on the strike. @nowthisnews https://t.co/rlBi8cfTWK
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 2:30am
This meeting tonight at 5:30pm at Balboa High -- an opportunity to speak your experiences, opinions & needs around affordable housing and community development to the City. https://t.co/JDmOelTufM ColemanSF1 photo

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