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Michigan Teachers win First round against Race to the Top Legislation

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Conaway on March 7, 2010

According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan lost in the 1st round of this federal school funding program, but teachers know that this is a win for us and our students. The state could not get the “collaboration” needed from teachers, particularly the MEA and the opposing members of the DFT.

This means we have won an important battle in stopping the privatization of Detroit Public Schools, and other districts throughout Michigan. But we haven’t one the war.

The next step – suing Robert Bobb over his recent pay raise funded by private foundations. Most is from the Broad Foundation, the others are remaining unnamed. The Detroit Free Press has filed a FOIA request to find out who they are. Whoever they are, we can be sure they are not happy about losing this “Race to the Bottom” money, and it seems they are not very savvy investors. Bobb failed to get the submission of teachers, the superintendent, and elected school board necessary to get this money and opposition to him continues to grow throughout the community, yet they give him more money? They fail to see that it doesn’t matter how much they give him, WE cannot be bought off,  we will not be bullied into submission by Robert Bobb. Our students are not for sale!

Here is one example of the strength of our movement:  Despite a threatening email sent to all teachers from Bobb in which he claims the “acting superintendent has no authority” regarding assessment and that “All members of this District should only adhere to communications from me and/or my designee(s),”  the Q2 tests in question have still not been given in some buildings, and in others they sit collecting dust rather than being submitted to the accountability office.

In contrast to the threat from Bobb, Superintendent Guyser sent a letter to principals in which she eloquently asserted her authority on academic matters as the Superintendent under the law, and thanked them for thier “committment to provide rich experiences for our students to learn at high levels” and encouraged them to “focus on teaching for learning”.  This bold leadership was inspired by teachers, parents, students, and others who spoke out at a board meeting. It proves that when the people stand up, true leaders will step up and do the right thing.

It’s been a busy week. From the rally and hearing in which hundreds of Detroiters voiced their opposition to Bobb to the Michigan House education committee, responding to  Bobb’s raise and contract extension and his despicable 10% imposed pay cut to secretaries already grossly underpaid, to distributing literature and nightly phone calls campaigning for DFT delegate elections, all on top of the daily grind of teaching…but it’s all worth it

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  1. | Dailycensored.com said, on March 15, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    […] In contrast to the threat from Bobb Superintendent Guyser sent a letter to principals in which she eloquently asserted her authority on academic matters as the Superintendent under the law, and thanked them for their “committment to provide rich experiences for our students to learn at high levels” and encouraged them to “focus on teaching for learning”.  This bold leadership was inspired by teachers, parents, students, and others who spoke out at a board meeting. It proves that when the people stand up, true leaders will step up and do the right thing” (Michigan Teachers win First round against Race to the Top Legislation […]

  2. Agnes said, on March 8, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Greetings,
    I’m interested a quick broadcast piece on the controversy surrounding Bobb’s donation from the Eli and Edythe Broad foundation. I work for WDET, Detroit Public Radio and I would like to quickly speak with someone who knows more about this sometime today. Please respond to my email or feel free to call me at the station – 313 577-5220 or 313 577-5165.
    Thanks so much!
    -Agnes


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