Yes, take action and begin by writing a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Vicki Abeles, the mother/film maker of the documentary “Race to Nowhere” is also joining forces with experts and authors  against the stifling reforms under No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.

She set up the website End The Race To Nowhere that offers opportunity to let your voice be heard.  Send that letter to Arne Duncan today! Vicki Abeles has made it easy to do! Just click here and use the form letter, or better yet, say it in your own words.

According to Diane Ravitch who’s traveling the country to speak out against NCLB and Race to the Top, U.S. Congress is receiving a lot of email and letters from concerned parents and teachers. She urges everyone of us to keep sending email, to keep blogging about the issues, to keep sending letters to the newspaper, to keep commenting on published articles and blogs to get the truth out! Read more on her Action page, see an excerpt below:

“We must take action. At present, the Obama administration is embarked on a course of action that many find repugnant. The Race to the Top is built on the foundation of No Child Left Behind. It emphasizes high-stakes testing, judging teachers by their students’ test scores, closing low-performing schools instead of helping them improve, and promoting a huge increase in private management of public schools.”

Watch this video of her speech (one of many available on youtube)  in NYC, hosted by Parents Across America

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2 Responses to Write to Arne Duncan!

  1. colinjones says:

    I’m currently reading Ravitch’s book Death and Life of the Great American School System – a very interesting read and perspective so far! Would love to make the Denver event if possible. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Theresa M. Perry says:

    Dr. Secretary Duncan. First I think you are doing an superb job. I am a product of the Chicago Public School System, graduating from Calumet High School (several years ago).

    Our daughter has Special Needs. She is Quadrepalegic, Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Delays, and a Speech Impediment. Her condition sounds grave but she does well because she has received services, medical, Speech, and Occupational services throughout her life. She wants to go to college because that has been enstilled in her since she was a preschooler. There are also more colleges for Special Needs Students today. She would like to go to Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinios. She is a Straight “A” student and has had PERFECT ATTEANDANCE SINCE SHE STARTED HIGH IN 2007 (we even had to take her to school on the bus during the snow storm last year). Rashida attends Southside Occupational High School in Chicago. What Scholarships and Grant opportuniites are there for Special Needs Students. My husband and I are also an active members of the Parent Groups at her school. I also obtaining the information for other Parents. We would love for you and President Obama to visit Southside (I do not remember him visiting a Special Needs School in Chicago) the next time you and the President are in Chicago. Most of the Student Body and Staff voted for him during his reelection). Our family did and my Husband, The Rev. Dr. Richard J. Perry, worked at the President’s Campaign Headquarters. Our daughter, Rashida voted for the first time and she voted for him too and stood in line for 2 1/2 hours with her Special Needs during early voting on November 7, 2011. I do not remember hearing of him visiting a Special Needs School in Chicago. Our family thinks that you and President Obama have done a superb job during your tenure to enhance Education policies and to include new initiatives. However, more needs to be done for Special Education Students to provide educational and vocational opportunites beyond High School. More students who have Special Needs want to furhter their education beyound High School. Parents, Students, and Educators need to know what are the resources and FINANCIAL OPTIONS for Special Needs Students. We need more EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS. Please get back to me because I will be sharing this information with the Parents and Principal of the School. We would like you and President Obama, and Mrs. Obama to visit Southside Occupational High School when he is in Chicago again. I do not remember him visiting a Special Needs School during his tenure. I lot of students voted for the first time during the his last election. Although, Rashida, (our daughter is Quadrepalegic, she stood in line for almost three (3) hours to vote on November 7, 2012 and she voted for President Obama. Thank you for the superb job that you are doing. Hopefully, you can assist with the questions that I have. Our address is Theresa and Rashida Perry, 8137 S. Vernon Avneue, Chicago, IL 60619, 773-2358-2400. Thank you for the SUPERB JOB THAT YOU AND PRESIDENT OBAMA AND YOUR STAFF ARE DOING. I look forward to hearing a reply within the next fourteen (14) days.

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