NOT Waiting for Superman

NYCoRE likes this and thinks you should too. Stay tuned for ways to get involved in a counter campaign to this “heartfelt” attack on teachers and teaching.

From Rethinking Schools:

On September 24, 2010 the film “Waiting for Superman” will open in theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. Soon after, it will open in thousands of theaters across the country. The film is backed by a well-financed, sophisticated media campaign that has the support/ involvement of a variety of organizations.According to those who have previewed the film, “Waiting for Superman” is “very sophisticated,” “emotionally engaging,” “contains powerful stories,” and is “politically convincing to the uninformed.” It has been described as “anti-teacher union,” “anti-public education,” “pro-charter,” “promoting market solutions,” “anti-teacher,” and “promoting the Duncan/Rhee/Klein agenda.” It promotes the view that public education is failing children because of “bad teachers” and their unions and the only solution is to replace them with more charter schools. This is an inaccurate and misleading message about both public schools and charter schools…..

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Justice for Oscar Grant

Johannes Mehserle, the former police officer whose murder of a prone, handcuffed Oscar Grant made international news on New Year’s Day 2009, was convicted yesterday for the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. Mehserle could serve as few as two years.

What occurred when the jury, which had no Black members, came back with a verdict that seemed to give so little value to the life of Oscar Grant, many Oakland residents were stunned. Still, when it was announced Thursday that the verdict would be read at 4 p.m. Pacific, downtown businesses cleared out early — as if, in a state that made Rodney King a household word, no one really expected Johannes Mehserle to receive anything more than the light sentence he received, and that people would respond.

Area organizers say they need your help to fight for a strict judgment for Oscar Grant’s killer……

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