Saturday, February 27, 2016

BATs LEGISLATIVE TEAM WEEKLY UPDATE




FEDERAL NEWS
Continue to fight against King's nomination!

BATS ARE ASKING EVERYONE TO STOP THE CONFIRMATION OF JOHN KING.  HE WAS HORRIBLE FOR NEW YORK AND HE WILL BE HORRIBLE FOR THE NATION! THE CONFIRMATION DECISION WILL BE RENDERED MARCH 9TH

CALL SENATOR ALEXANDER AND TELL HIM TO SAY NO TO JOHN KING  202-224-4944. Here are some talking points

1. John King disenfranchised and marginalized the voices of parents in New York by calling them “special interests groups. “ http://dianeravitch.net/2013/10/14/parent-groups-in-new-york-call-for-commissioner-john-king-to-resign/ 2. When John King resigned from New York parents reacted http://www.nysape.org/john-king-resigns-parents--educators-call-for-a-new-direction-from-the-regents-and-demand-no-interference-from-governor-cuomo.html 3. When President Obama made John King Acting Secretary New York Parents were warn of the impending catastrophe http://dianeravitch.net/2015/10/02/nysape-john-king-was-a-catastrophe-in-new-york/ 4. Due to his refusal to listen to parents in New York State over 240,000 parents lost trust in the education system and refused testing for their children. http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/12/8586029/group-calls-parents-opt-out-local-assessments 5. The New York State United Teachers Association called a No Confidence vote for King in 2014 http://www.nysut.org/news/2014/april/ra-2014/nysut-votes-no-confidence-in-king-calls-for-his-removal 6. His display in the hearings of Chief Information Officer Danny Harris only solidifies King's indifference and incompetence to oversee our children’s education. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/more-transcribed-interactions-from-usdoe-cio-danny-harris-hearing/ and here https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/investigation-of-usdoe-cio-danny-harris-video-and-transcribed-excerpts/


SEND OUR ACTION NETWORK LETTER WHICH HAS HAD OVER 2500 SENT TO SAY NO TO KING.   https://actionnetwork.org/letters/say-no-to-john-king-as-us-secretary-of-education?source=direct_link&referrer=badass-teachers-association

ALSO CHECK OUT THE BATS ELECTION SCORE CARD HERE  http://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2016/01/bat-election-scorecard-common-core.html


STATE NEWS

UTAH
Technology for All bill went through. Cost up to 100 million dollars. 


FLORIDA

The two new bills heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee today were not really new. Senator Gaetz collapsed a number of existing bills into two omnibus bills. The recess bill did not get included. The limit on capital outlay for public school facilities was included.

The second bill relates to early childhood education, open enrollment, dual enrollment, private school sports participation, and charter school accountability.   http://lwveducation.com/new-omnibus-bills-pass-senate-appropriations/


WISCONSIN 

Plan To Limit School Funding Referendums Fails In Legislature  http://www.wpr.org/plan-limit-school-funding-referendums-fails-legislature


MISSISSIPPI

Race Tension Roils Legislature, Majority Votes to End 'Privilege'  http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2016/feb/26/race-tension-rises-mississippi-legislature-majorit/




IDAHO
Two superintendents standing up to  local reform non profit and calling them out. Meanwhile back at the Statehouse, education issues were overshadowed by one of Idaho's own making a pronouncement on rape and pregnancy that comes right out of Representative Todd Akin's playbook. The hub bub allowed the Governor and his hand-picked State Board of Education to bring in a private medical school. The medical school is a product of the Burrell Group. Idaho physicians were not informed nor a part of the decision and are complaining that they are being treated like teachers.

The Idaho Education Association sent out a legislation alert on SB1248. This bill would allow charter schools to use different contracts for charter school teachers.  http://idahoea.org/hotline/luna-laws-creeping-back-hunger-games-teachers/


NEW JERSEY


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