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  • 01:35

    ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION

    in Politics

    Teach the Children Well: The Battle for Public Education featuring Diane Ravitch, one of the foremost authorities on education in the U.S.,former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, whistle-blower etraordinaire, author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Reign of Error:The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools and other notable books on education history and policy " incisive, comprehensive looks at today s American public school system that argue against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining students and funding from our public schools.

    NYS Governor Cuomo manipulated the state budget, holding up its passage, until it included the hugely unpopular and anti-worker practice of pegging teachers tenure and evaluations to standardized tests grade results. While dropped from inclusion in the budget the Governors desire to see the proliferation of charter schools remains a mainstay on his educational agenda. These issues have been been heating up ever since Pres. Bush s No Child Left Behind plan, but especially since the roll out of Race to The Top and the Common Core State Standards so Building Bridges decided to tackle these issues with with Diane Ravitch, who infuses research, about the recent history of education policy reform, the strategies used for fighting back against these policies, and who proposes solutions that work to create sustainable, equitable, anti-racist, democratic and meaningful public education. Our conversation with Diane Ravitch is for anyone interested in an insider s look and leading a resistance or forming an organization towards reclaiming our public schools and reclaiming the public narrative around education policy.

  • 00:43

    Parent Talk Live: Literacy and Digital Literacy for All Public School Students

    in Education

    Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Lives discusses the value of universal access to Literacy and Digital Literacy for all public school students. His guest is Ms.  Karuna Skariah a National Board Certified Teacher, Maryland State Certified Teacher with Prince George’s County Public Schools, the 17th largest school district in Maryland.


     


    Karuna Skariah is a National Board Certified Teacher, Maryland State Certified Teacher, and a teacher leadership coach. She has been an educator for twenty years. As a Maryland State Department of Education National Board Teacher Leadership Coordinator, she mentored teachers through the National Board Certification process with much success. She has an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics and English Literature. Karuna’s Equity Initiative for the students of Prince George’s County Public Schools advocates for literacy and digital literacy for every student. She advocates for 21st century college and career preparedness by providing crucial infrastructure of reading, technology and library/media teachers in every school. Karuna has been trained in the Common Core State Standards and continues to provide professional development workshops for public and private school educators. Her expertise lies in education performance management, school needs assessment, and teacher training with a concentration on Common Core. Her workshops focus on effective educational change through teacher driven discussions, trainings, and data driven planning. She provides teachers with best practices tools on how to generate critical thinking skills. As an adjunct professor, Karuna has taught graduate courses on teacher leadership at the National University, California.


     

  • 01:04

    A Lil Respect...Law Enforcement and the Public

    in Social Networking

    Tonight, on RAP UP LIVE with Pastor A.F. Riggins, we will be discussing Respect...Law Enforcement and the Public. We want to hear your views and opinions. Join in the discussion and let your voice be heard at (347) 855-8118 on Blog Talk USA.

  • 02:00

    Talk Back Tuesday's: Atlanta Public School Scandal!

    in Self Help

    Last Tuesday, eight Atlanta Public Schools employees were sentenced to prison in one of the largest school cheating scandals in American history. The educators were convicted of racketeering — a felony typically reserved for mob bosses, drug kingpins and terrorists.

    While similar scandals have occurred in 39 different states and Washington, D.C., the offenders have rarely been prosecuted as criminals. Yet in an unprecedented move, the prosecutors in Atlanta charged the educators under Georgia's "Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act" — a law passed in 1980 specifically to combat the scourge of organized crime. RICO laws, which EXIST at the federal level and in 33 states, empower prosecutors to go after the leaders of organized crime who order but do not personally commit crimes such as robbery, money laundering and murder. Individuals convicted under such laws can face up to 20 years in prison.

    Did the charges fit the crime? Was this organized crime? or simply unethical? Are we so familiar with justice not being served that when it is we think its unjust or even racism. Is this a prime example of overciminization in America? And most importantly What about the CHILDREN? 

    Call in and let's discuss this case and the educational system in America today. How can we improve or change the systemic and blatant disregard for education and justice for the real victims in this case. Come Get on the COUCH and let's talk about this and much more!!!! 




    RESOURCE: AJC

  • 02:05

    Assault on Public Education

    in Politics

    Last week the majority in the state legislature, under the leadership of Gov. Sam Brownback passed a new controversial law providing "block grant" funding to our public schools. The agenda has many critics, and may force a constitutional crisis in the supreme court. Later this week from March 28 - 30 people will be walking from Johnson County (NE Kansas) to the Topeka statehouse to raise awareness and promote participation of the public.


    Information about this event is at Game on for Kansas Schools. Stay tuned to RFK for updates.


    Today we will broadcast a special program on the corporate attempt to take over and privatize our public schools with Charter Schools. The show will expose how the "reform" movement under Obama's "Race to the Top" is being used as a guise to bring about this privatization of our public schools. You'll learn how they're doing it, who's behind it and what you can do about it.


    The Assault on Public Education is produced in the studio of WWUH 91.3 FM at the University of Hartford and airs on the last Monday of every month from 12- 1:00 PM.. at WWUH 91.3 FM (www.wwuh.org)


    A complete listing of free downloads in this series is linked at The A-Info Radio Project.

  • 00:44

    FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

    in Education

    FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN PUBLIC EDUCATION 


    Center on Education Policy founder and long-term counsel to the US House of Representatives Education Committee Jack Jennings, author of "Presidents,Congress and the Public Schools"

  • 00:58

    Is Public Power Right for Bainbridge Island?

    in Energy

    Bainbridge Island citizens have the opportunity to own and control its own nonprofit electric utility, as do more than 50 other Washington communities. Consumer owned utilities, from the City of Blaine to Seattle City Light, provide lower cost, cleaner and more reliable power than Puget Sound Energy (PSE).


    In 2008, Jefferson County (Port Townsend) voted to give electric authority to their public utility district, Jefferson PUD, and buy out PSE.  Today they have their own 100% carbon-free, locally controlled, nonprofit power system.



    Is it possible on Bainbridge Island?
    What are the pros and cons?
    How much will it cost?
    Who will run it?
    What about hydropower and droughts?
    Why not partner with PSE's Green Power initiative?


    Join us as we answer these questions and more with Jane Lindley and Steve Johnson of Island Power.

  • 00:33

    PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST TO SHERIFF CHRISTIANSON

    in News

    Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department


    Sheriff Adam Christianson and Coroner


    Public records request:


    Carmen Sabatino


    There is some dispute as to whether or not the killer of Glen Engert and Sheriff Bob Paris actually committed suicide.


    You can be of assistance. if you provide the autopsy report of Jim Ferrario who died in the Inferno.


    If there is a problem making the report public to the Back Story, you could provide it to his family.


    Please acknowledge receipt of this email.


    Thank you,


    Carmen Sabatino


     

  • 02:00

    APRI Presents: Davenport and Clarke on Alternative Public Radio International

    in Culture

    We will dissect the good, the bad, the ugly, the perverted and just plain crazy. We will dig down deep beneath the surface and explore those places that few will go. We are not timed. We are not afraid and we are not people pleasers. Prepare to be shocked, informed, amazed, amused and terrified. Come and join us for the digital ride of your life here on APRI. Reality is grim, deadly, dangerous, hateful, perverted, nasty and demented. Let us expose all that is within.


    Tonight we will be covering the stories concerning the violence and riots including the destruction of city and private properties coming from Baltimore,Maryland & Keene, New Hampshire & Morgantown, West Virginia.


    Call in and voice your opinion about these very important issues, events and occurences.

  • 02:01

    Should Public Figures Be Judged For Things In Their Personal Lives?

    in Motivation

    In today's society we look up to public figures whether it's singers, or athletes. But what if they do something outside of their profession that's look upon as bad, should they be judged for it? Tune in. We will love to hear ya'll thoughts.

  • 00:16

    Yes, We Should Teach Religion In Public Schools

    in Atheism

    Now, now, calm down! I am not saying we should teach creationism in science class, but we should have a  religious studies class or at least introduce religion in public schools. There is a great way to do it without it overstepping or promoting one religion over the other. Want to hear how? Make sure you tune in!