By Habiba Alcindor
Last week’s buzz about the possibility of New York City Chancellor Joel I. Klein’s appointment to the post of Secretary of Education has prompted a groundswell of anti-Klein sentiment from New Yorkers all too familiar with Klein’s effect on their school system.
These parents, teachers and education administrators overwhelmingly denounce the market-based solutions that dominate the Klein-led Department of Education. They do not wish to see Klein’s model applied on a nationwide basis.
You can read more and sign the petition here.
But this is only the beginning of a story that promises to be increasingly common in the “Era of Obama.” Obama’s campaign successfully harnessed the energy of a rising grassroots activism whose slogan is Yes We Can. This movement shows no sign of dying down now that Obama is the President-elect. Teachers hamstrung for the past eight years by budget cuts, poor administration and policies like No Child Left Behind began working together on a national level three years ago, forming a coalition called Teacher Activist Groups (TAG). They are poised to make an impact on the future of education by speaking in unison with a voice loud enough to reach the White House.
You can read their statement on the selection of the US Secretary of Education here.
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