This blog welcomes readers who believe that No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top, and Every Student Succeeds Act are misguided educational reform policies that rely too heavily on standardized test scores that are too focused on punitive measures against local schools. This is also the diary of Jesse Turner's 2010/15 walks to Washington DC from Connecticut, and his occupation of the DOE in DC with United Opt Out, and his opposition to public school choice policies without equity.
Legislators, it's not just your immoral budgets, we want out public schools back
I have been at the capital and fighting against CT Legislators proposed budgets every day.
114 of Connecticut Clerical Leaders called for a Moral Budget, and they took their call for a Moral Budget this past Monday to the Connecticut Legislative House. When they start singing "This little light of mine" 6 of them were arrested, and the rest of us were pushed out of the people's legislative house.
Both political parties here are set to deliver painful cuts to our most needy and our public schools. But it is not just about the budget, it is about what they have done to our children, their teachers, and our public schools.
We deserve a Moral Budget!
We need, our public schools back from your unfunded and insane mandates.
We need, teachers to be respected again by our legislators and policy makers.
We need, wrap around services for our most vulnerable children.
We need, smaller class sizes.
We need, more Art and Music.
We need, more social workers and councilors.
We need, summer school program for all children.
We need, less testing, and more teaching.
We need, funding for more field trips.
We, need more special education teachers.
We, need more para-professionals,
We, need more Literacy Specialists.
Most of all we need moral legislators willing not to protect billionaires, but to protect our children, our parents, our teachers, and our public schools.
Connecticut is not unique in this madness that cuts funding in our classrooms, and gives billions to testing companies at the same time.
We need a Moral Budget, and a Moral People ready to fight to take back our public schools.
Jesse The Walking Man Turner