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TruthToTell, Monday, Sept 19-9AM: TEACHERS AND TENURE: Achievement, Contracts, Certification

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TruthToTell, Monday, Sept 19-9AM: TEACHERS AND TENURE: Achievement, Contracts, Certification - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org

Education in Minnesota seems ever in upheaval. Well, everywhere. Witness the assault on teaching and teachers by Tea Partiers over the last year or so, resulting in several states going after teacher pay, benefits and general rights. Major changes have been installed in the schools over the last year or two or more. Teachers, parents and administrators in all districts, especially, face renewed pressures to build in reliable systems for teacher accountability and, in core city systems in particular, aimed at significantly narrowing the well-known achievement gaps between students of color and their white counterparts, but also improving learning overall, what with recent math and reading scores hitting historic lows nationally.

Several perceived remedies have been passed by the State Legislature, including:

•  alternative licensing and certification of professionals outside the system to enter the classroom – with proper supervision (since teaching methods are themselves are part and parcel of the field);

• despite many doubts and failures, charter schools continue their increases in numbers as alternatives for parents concerned with system schools;

• private and nonprofit teachers corps, such as Teach for America have been introduced to Minnesota, permitting newly graduated semi-volunteers to enter our classrooms for a couple of years’ service, then depart.

• teacher tenure has come under fire, especially when teachers’ union contracts ensure seniority as the time-tested safety net for teachers, good and bad.

Minneapolis is in the midst of contract negotiations and some parents and activists are stepping up and insisting on historic shifts in how teachers are evaluated and whether contracts should use only seniority to release or retain teachers or base tenure on some combination of seniority and competence and other criteria. It’s possible Minneapolis will become the bellwether for contractual reform.

TTT’S ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI examine these issues with our guests this week.

GUESTS:

REP. CARLOS MARIANI-ROSA – DFL Lead, Minnesota House Education Reform Committee, Member of Education Finance Committee and Executive Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)

MARY CECCONI – Executive Director, Parents United for Public Schools

LYNNELL MICKELSEN – Minneapolis Education Parent Activist; Blogger (Put Kids First Minneapolis); Editorialist and former Co-host, TruthToTell

LOUISE SUNDIN, President Emeritus and Lobbyist, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers; Trustee, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; Executive Vice President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

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First Person Radio, Weds, Sept 14: ROBERT DESJARLAIT: Ojibwe Artist-Manoomin Advocate Audio HERE

Robert Desjarlait is Ojibwe-Anishinabe from Red Lake, Minnesota. He is a co-founder of Protect Our Manoomin – a Minnesota Anishinaabe grassroots organization that informs and educates on mining and its effects on manoomin. DesJarlait is involved as a facilitator for White Bison Wellbriety groups in the Twin Cities. He is a journalist and has written for The Circle Newspaper. He is also a member of the University of Minnesota Council of Elders.

First Person Radio's Laura Waterman Wittstock with Andy Driscoll get an update on the wild rice and other highly sensitive environmental issues threatening the survival of wild rice in the Upper Midwest ricing areas in Minnesota. Wild Rice - Mahnoomin - is one of the sacred foods of the Anishinabe. It has been harvested by environmentally protected processes for centuries by the Dakota and Anishinabe peoples.

TruthToTell Sept 19: TEACHERS AND TENURE: Achievement, Contracts, Certification - Listen Below

On-air date: 
Mon, 09/19/2011

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Education in Minnesota seems ever in upheaval. Well, everywhere. Witness the assault on teaching and teachers by Tea Partiers over the last year or so, resulting in several states going after teacher pay, benefits and general rights. Major changes have been installed in the schools over the last year or two or more. Teachers, parents and administrators in all districts, especially, face renewed pressures to build in reliable systems for teacher accountability and, in core city systems in particular, aimed at significantly narrowing the well-known achievement gaps between students of color and their white counterparts, but also improving learning overall, what with recent math and reading scores hitting historic lows nationally.

Several perceived remedies have been passed by the State Legislature, including:

•  alternative licensing and certification of professionals outside the system to enter the classroom – with proper supervision (since teaching methods are themselves are part and parcel of the field);

• despite many doubts and failures, charter schools continue their increases in numbers as alternatives for parents concerned with system schools;

• private and nonprofit teachers corps, such as Teach for America have been introduced to Minnesota, permitting newly graduated semi-volunteers to enter our classrooms for a couple of years’ service, then depart.

• teacher tenure has come under fire, especially when teachers’ union contracts ensure seniority as the time-tested safety net for teachers, good and bad.

Minneapolis is in the midst of contract negotiations and some parents and activists are stepping up and insisting on historic shifts in how teachers are evaluated and whether contracts should use only seniority to release or retain teachers or base tenure on some combination of seniority and competence and other criteria. It’s possible Minneapolis will become the bellwether for contractual reform.

TTT’S ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI examine these issues with our guests this week.

GUESTS:

REP. CARLOS MARIANI-ROSA – DFL Lead, Minnesota House Education Reform Committee, Member of Education Finance Committee and Executive Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)

MARY CECCONI – Executive Director, Parents United for Public Schools

LYNNELL MICKELSEN – Minneapolis Education Parent Activist; Blogger (Put Kids First Minneapolis); Editorialist and former Co-host, TruthToTell

LOUISE SUNDIN, President Emeritus and Lobbyist, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers; Trustee, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; Executive Vice President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.


57:06 minutes (52.29 MB)

TruthToTell Dec 6: THE FBI AT WAR IN MINNESOTA: The New Gestapo? AUDIO BELOW

On-air date: 
Mon, 12/06/2010

It’s come to this: it has become illegal to disagree with this nation’s government, its policies, its cavalier entries into war and to say anything publicly that would thus appear threatening to those policies, no matter how unconstitutional they may be.

(Check out the links among the details for a virtual library of articles and books and sites addressing these critical issues)

This week, we dive into that morass commonly called national or homeland security, but we try to get down to cases about why the FBI raided the homes of several local activists in the antiwar movement (JESS SUNDIN, a Minnesota Leader in The AntiWar Committee and COMMITTEE TO STOP FBI REPRESSION was one - and couldn't be with us after all.), and why US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago has insisted that three antiwar women activists – Tracy Molm, Sarah Martin and Anh Pham – are being called back before the Grand Jury in Chicago from the Twin Cities must appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago ver

TTT'S ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with one of the activists raided, one of the subpoenaed women and a defense counselor, along with two former FBI agents. Why are our law enforcement agencies at all levels being used to kill peaceful dissent from public policies that started and keep us at continuous war inside and outside the United States?

SOME WEBSITES TAKING THIS RISING FEDERAL AND LOCAL POWER TO TASK:

BILL OF RIGHTS DEFENSE COMMITTEE  defending the rule of law and rights and liberties challenged by overbroad national security and counter-terrorism policies.

PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN FOR THE CONSTITUTION (focusing on ways to prevent local law enforcement from serving as agents for Homeland Security)

COMMITTEE TO STOP FBI REPRESSION

GUESTS:

SARAH MARTIN – Minnesota anti-war activist subpoenaed, Member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)

BRUCE NESTOR - Attorney for arrested activists; Past President, National Lawyers Guild of MN

 

COLEEN ROWLEY - Former FBI Agent and Whistleblower, Attorney, now a Minnesota anti-war activist

MIKE GERMAN -Attorney, ACLU, Washington DC's Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy; Former FBI Agent; author of Thinking Like a Terrorist

RICHARD NEUMEISTER - Advocate and blogger for openness in and access to state and local government; opponent of state and local police intelligence-gathering


60:28 minutes (27.69 MB)