Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Michelle Rhee a public school parent sends her own to private elite school

Michelle Rhee moved to Nashville, Tennessee closer to ex-hubby a states education commissioner, while She enrolled one of her own children in an elite private school. When an online newspaper asked whether her children attended a public or charter school three months ago, Rhee responded simply that She was a "public school parent."

Public education reformer Michelle Rhee not completely a ‘public school parent’

Sunday, March 24, 2013

EXPERT SEES LITTLE CHANGE IN CITY SCHOOLS How are things going in the Buffalo Public Schools? It all depends on who you ask.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

School board elections update

The Buffalo School Board election is in May. 
New for voters this year was the redistricting of the School Board. So, it's important for voters to be aware of this change to know  their  district and where to vote.
Here is a proposed map. It appears all the incumbents are running except in the Park District.
And the nomination petition drive is underway now.
As of the last week in February aspiring  candidates had the chance to pick up the nominating petition forms at the Erie County Board of Elections or the Buffalo School Board.
Six district seats will be up for grabs this year. And with ex gubernatorial candidate and local developer Carl Paladino announcing he is running for the Park District seat, the School Board race will be a lively one drawing more voters to the polls. The recent media hype about  a security officer  escorting  Paladino out of the last School Board meeting  and later attacking the leadership of Buffalo Teachers Federation President  Phil Rumore  makes what would have been a mundane School Board elections a politically heated one as well.
Here is a letter Paladino sent Rumore on March 6, published in the Buffalo News. And a War of words between the two men on WBFO88.7 Park District Rep. Lou Petruccie,the incumbent, is not seeking a third term. 
West District Rep. Ralph Hernandez recently had a fundraiser so he is seeking a 4th term. 
Other incumbents are: Mary Ruth Kapsiak, Central District, Sharon Belton Cottman,  Ferry District, Rosalyn L. Taylor, East District, and Jason M. McCarthy, North District.
And John Henry Grant announced his candidacy for the Central District through a Facebook page he opened on March 6.
Here is a YouTube video about Grant.
John Henry Grant on Urban Legacy TV - YouTube

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sequester cuts in education

President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011, and on Friday he signed an order authorizing the government to begin canceling $85 billion from federal accounts for this fiscal year. Here what it means for education: Education $633 million cut from the Department of Education’s Special Education programs $184 million cut from Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research $71 million cut from administration at the Office of Federal Student Aid $116 million cut from Higher Education $86 million cut from Student Financial Assistance Here is letter Obama administration Deputy Director for Management Jeffry D. Zients sent to Speaker of House of Representatives John A. Boehner

Obama seeks Democratic control of House to press agenda :

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
"Let’s be honest: we need a lot more well-off, well-educated white folks with a personal stake in both charter schools and education reform in general if we’re going to take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally.Whitney Tilson, hedge fund manager and major funding angel for the school privatizing Democrats for Education Reform, thinks there’s not enough rich, educated white folks.( Preaprez) click photo to his blog.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education, click photo