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Calling All Tales from the Opt Out Trenches | United Opt Out National

Calling All Tales from the Opt Out Trenches | United Opt Out National:

CALLING ALL TALES FROM THE OPT OUT TRENCHES

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Let your voice be heard!
Aggie Sung Tang, the producer of Education Roundtable (an amazing blog and public access TV show in Princeton NJ) has invited the administrators of United Opt Out to contribute a series of stories from parents, teachers, and students who are opting out of corporate reform in public education. We invite members of our FB site and website to tell their “opt out stories” to be posted at the Education Roundtable. The these stories aim to challenge the existing dominant mainstream media “reform” narrative that includes high stakes testing, Common Core, and other education destructive policies. The goal is to allow our stories to become part of the public narrative — to share our experiences with others who seek to know the truth about what’s happening to our schools, and to bring real solutions, strength, and solidarity to the broader opt out community.
Submissions should be approximately 1000 words in length and sent as a Word doc.  Stories can be about a wide variety of opt-out related experiences including: 1) tales from the trenches- what happened when you opted your child (or yourself as a student) out from high stakes standardized testing?, 2) the struggles, challenges and fears that you face(d) in making the choice to opt out, 3) experiences from teachers or students facing high-stakes pressures, dehumanizing policies, or bully tactics, 4) stories of hope in communities, schools, and classrooms that include solutions and alternatives to current corporate-dominated policies or practices. UOO stories will support democratically-driven public education as a civil right for all children and reflect the mission and vision of United Opt Out. We are seeking stories that provoke emotion, truth about “what is” and a vision for what education “can be.” All submissions will be reviewed by the UOO editorial team prior to being published. Please send all stories to unitedoptoutnational@gmail.com . We hope to hear from ALL of you out there!!!

SBSB Calls for Campbell Brown to Advocate for the Arrest, Prosecution, and Conviction of Husband Dan Senor southbronxschool.com

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SBSB Calls for Campbell Brown to Advocate for the Arrest, Prosecution, and Conviction of Husband Dan Senor


It was good to see Mike Mulgrew totally p3wn Campbell the other day. Sadly, this is the one true time that I actually wither saw Mike truly outraged. Who knows how things would be if he actually acted like this other times. But enough about Mike.

So Campbell (should I just refer to her as the "Shicksa From The Bayou"?) is outraged that out of 128 school employees over the last year that were accused of sexual dalliances with students, only 33 were fired. To Campbell Brown, all 128 should have been fired even if the charges against them were, how shall we say, false.

She did ask Mike to make a pledge to her that he will seek to fire all teachers that engage in sexual misconduct. Mike p3wned her again by telling her that he will not make any pledges to her at all. That the system in place works, and that is the system that we will live by.

What Campbell fails to realize is we live in a country of laws and one of the laws of the land are due process. That whether or not you are a private citizen or a government employee, you are entitled to 

School chief on McNair ordeal: A day when good overwhelmed evil. | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com

School chief on McNair ordeal: A day when good overwhelmed evil. | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com:

School chief on McNair ordeal: A day when good overwhelmed evil. 

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Students from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy are welcomed at McNair High School by DeKalb superintendent Michael Thurmond (left).
Michael Thurmond is interim school superintendent in DeKalb County.
By Michael Thurmond
What could have been one of our worst days was miraculously transformed into one of our best days. A day that could have borne witness to yet another senseless school rampage turned into an inspiring day that spotlighted the heroics of our school personnel, the calmness and resilience of our schoolchildren, the patience of our parents, the courage and tenacity of our police officers, and the effectiveness of our press.
Among the many lessons I have learned, the most important one is to be thankful. Thankful that our students, administrators, faculty and staff were not injured. Thankful that a wonderful lady named Antoinette Tuff took the initiative to courageously talk a deranged gunman literally to the ground. She not only saved her own life, but the lives of countless others, and quite possibly the 

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