|Contact the White House weekly at 202-456-1111 on your state's designated day.|
Twitter hashtag for this action is #StopRttT
Gail DeBonis Richmond suggests we add @edshow
[@edshow #RttT? A race implies winners and losers. Aren't ALL of our children
winners? Join me in tweeting Ed. @gailDrich]
Message: Give all students the same education your girls are getting! Abandon
Race to the Top and stop privatizing public schools.
9. New Hampshire
10. New Jersey
1. New Mexico
2. New York
3. North Carolina
4. North Dakota
9. Rhode Island
10. South Carolina
1. South Dakota
8. West Virginia
What is “Race to the Top”?
RttT is an initiative from the Obama administration that allows states to extend the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandate that ALL children be working at grade level by the 2014. States that accepted RttT agreed (along with many other things) to evaluate teachers using student test scores as part of the evaluation and provide more charter schools as a parent “choice”. Just these two provisions have resulted in high stakes testing impacting America’s children and tax dollars being removed from traditional public schools to fund charter schools. A “not so coincidental” byproduct of just these two actions is a decline in the quality of education in our public schools AND corporations lining up to write tests, new curriculum, and open charter schools. If continued, RttT will ultimately destroy public schools as we now know them and continue to provide a way for the monies designated for public education to go to the accounts of corporations that are joining the education bandwagon. Not all children are accepted at charter schools. Education will become a commodity for a select few children and the rest others will be “trained” to be docile employees (google Common Core Standards for more info). Parents must speak out now! Teachers and administrators must speak out now! America must speak out now! STOP THE RACE TO THE TOP!