People all over Georgia are gathering to celebrate the victories of the Chicago Teacher's strike and apply the lessons learned to our own struggles for public education for all here in our state. Through Race to the Top, our K-12 teachers are no longer educators, they are average test scores, micromanaged to ensure to actual learning occurs in the classroom. Charters are privatizing public education and ensuring a two-tier system for our children, one with resources, the other with privation. The massive in
crease in student fees, teacher speed-ups and layoff at the university level only spread this agenda beyond K-12. And the ban on undocumented students in Georgia's top schools ensures the re-segregation of our schools.
Will we stand for it? NO!
What do we do? Follow the lead of the Chicago teachers who fought for their communities, their neighborhood schools, and won.