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  •  For a DKos source, I look to Brainwrap (2+ / 0-)
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    filkertom, pelagicray

    to keep us up to date. His latest diary has important links to a couple of FB pages where people are organizing and sharing updates.

    Here is an important recent post from early this morning on one of those FB pages, Save Michigan's Public Schools, written by Steven Norton (ID below)

    Dear Friends,

    Today was a bad news/good news kind of day. The bad news you probably already know: divisive bills fundamentally changing the workplace were rushed through the legislature with no discussion and little debate.

    There was a bit of good news, though - the bills expanding the
    Education Achievement Authority (EAA) still do not have enough votes to pass, despite what we hear are major changes limiting the impact of the bills. Apparently, the proposed changes to the EAA bills dramatically reduce the reach and power of the EAA. But, thanks to your efforts, state lawmakers still are not sold on the measure.

    The changes, which are still unofficial, reportedly include limiting
    the EAA to managing 50 schools at one time, sharply limiting the EAA's power to charter new schools, and setting clear standards for when schools would enter and exit the EAA, among other things.

    In our view, these changes move the bill from "inherently dangerous" to simply "a really bad idea." MIPFS still cannot support the legislation, and we urge you to continue to oppose it. Why?

    1) The bill enshrines in law the idea that the best way to help struggling schools is to take them over, isolate them from the community and other schools in the district, and impose "turnaround models" without partnering with the staff or the local community. We think this simply will not create the lasting improvements these schools and communities need.

    2) What the EAA does with its schools is still an experiment - one
    with little evidence of success elsewhere. If the EAA does not at first "fix" the school, they get to "try, try again" imposing one new model after another. No child deserves to be experimented upon in this way.

    Many legislators are trying to find a way to salvage something on which they can vote "yes." We have to let them know that it's more important to get it right than to do it in a hurry.

    We still need your help! If you haven't had a chance to contact your lawmakers, send them an email TODAY!

    If you have sent emails, now is the time to call their offices and make sure they're listening.

    Finally, if you've done all that, you can help by getting the word out:
    let your friends and neighbors know, post it on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter, do whatever you can to get other supporters of public education to take action as well.

    We've made a huge difference, and now we have to see out the last few days of this legislative session. Together, our voices are heard!

    Steven Norton
    Executive Director
    Michigan Parents for Schools

    Here's the other FB page of interest, Michigan Parents for Schools.

    Regardless of the outcome at the end of this session, we can be sure the MI GOP will be as ferociously anti-democratic when they return in January.

    Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

    by peregrine kate on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 10:09:05 AM PST

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    •  excellent--thank you very much. At least THESE (0+ / 0-)

      weren't ramrodded through yet.  Sounds like some real pushback is occurring.

      If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

      by livjack on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 10:49:44 AM PST

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