BATs WEEKLY ROUNDUPBy: Marla Kilfoyle, General Manager of BATs and Melissa Tomlinson, Asst. General Manager
|Ohio BAT Dawn Neely Randall |
and Ohio Democratic Chairperson Chris Redfern
BATs had an amazing week. On Sunday we learned that Civil Rights Hero James Meredith agreed to do a phone-in message to kick off our DC Rally. On Tuesday, BATs swarmed Highline School District in Burien, Washington for contracting with TFA. Highline has a very high number of NBCTs. As a result of that action, many BATs received return emails from the BOE of Highline acknowledging our concerns about hiring TFA to teach children. Tennessee BATs were among those teachers that have fought very hard to get their teacher evaluation system reversed. They were successful this week! Tennessee BATs and FCEA also hosted gubernatorial candidate John McKamey. Ohio BAT Dawn Neely Randall had a nice chat this week with State Representative AND Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, Chris Redfern. She was vocal about her local district's testing schedule and other educational issues. Also, we learned from Ohio, that Janet Garrett, a major supporter of BATs and a teacher, announced she was running for U.S. Congress, 4th Congressional District. Allen J. Cannon, a N.J. BAT, is also running for Congress for the 12th District. BATs were active on twitter this past week. A Thunderclap was set up for Wednesday, 4/30/14, to stop Rowan University from honoring N.J. Governor Chris Christie. The hashtag, #nodegree4Christie, will be used. BATs are angry that a University, known for its teachers college, is hosting an anti-public school governor. On Friday, we were contacted by the AFT to help with the Pearson: Stop Gagging our Teachers campaign and supported their petition which saw over 7000 signatures in just one day ~ And that’s the BAT Weekly Roundup ~ week ending 4/25/14!