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Ashanti, the multi-platinum Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter and actress and singer/songwriter Jason Mraz, along with Natasha Bedingfield, Moby, Chuck D, Chris Cornell, Tony Hawk, Colbie Caillat, Darius Rucker, Sara Bareilles, Sean Kingston, Matt White, Julie Roberts, Diana Page, and Krista, joined with Strong American Schools and YouCast to launch a series of public service announcements by top talent and music artists to raise awareness of the American education crisis and to urge America's leaders to fix failing schools throughout the United States.
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Roy Romer's Blog On Schools
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has an opinion piece in the Washington Times that is necessary reading for anyone interested in improving our schools.
Governor Bush rightly makes the connection between the education crisis and the economic uncertainty we as a nation face:
\223The financial crisis also underscores the fact that the competition for capital has gone global. Investment will follow the worthiest inventions and innovations around the world...The realization that America is not guaranteed the prosperity of the past should drive the discussion of important policies that will shape our future. At the top of the list is education.\224
We need drastic improvement in our teaching corps. Without quality teachers in every classroom, we risk falling further behind our peers throughout the world. As a former Governor myself, I agree with Governor Bush that we need leadership in all 50 states if we are to solve this crisis. Read More
It's About the Students, Stupid! (Marc Lampkin - Huffington Post)
The recent controversy over whether public school teachers can wear political buttons in the classroom highlights a significant obstacle to improving our schools: teachers' unions would rather dig in their heels in a fight over something trivial than actively work to improve learning in the classroom.
Should a school district seek to ban politicking within school hallways, you can bet the unions will be engaged and active. But when it comes to educating students and improving schools, the unions can be reliably found in opposition to innovative and common-sense reforms.
Think about it. When was the last time a teachers' union sued to demand higher academic standards? When has a teachers' union ever demanded more accountability in our classrooms?
And you can bet -- any time performance pay or tenure for those teachers who bring out the best in our students is brought up, the unions howl with anger and threaten to strike. Read More