Sending A Special Love to Parents…

 

Dear Parents… Thank You…

 

Sending a special love to the parents with children isolated in their homes…

Staying strong for our children…is what parents do…

And now providing support with their learning…

Take good care…

 

 

#ParentsAreTheNewTeachers #StayAtHomeAndStaySafe

Our Children… Spring Time

First day of Spring….
Prayers…
Hope and Faith…
Blessings…
Grace…
Gratitude…

SpringTime

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Many of our children are now being quarantined because of the coronavirus…

Of these children…there are those that rely on getting breakfast and lunch at school….And now our communities and federal government, hopefully are reaching out to those children and families affected…

There is the unknown as to how long children will be out of schools… Schools and communities are providing resources online and parental support may be providing additional learning…

However, there are definitely those children from challenging home situations who may be at a loss…I do hope that local school communities will be providing support…

Teachers concerned about those children may even drive by their homes just to let them know they are loved..

In addition, here in Florida, standardized test will not be administered this year…And that will take some of the pressure off the lack of classroom learning…

We must do all we can to prevent the spread of this virus… Families… children and those vulnerable especially…are relying on all of us listening and following the necessary protocols…Self distancing especially…

We will come back from this…Our children are depending on their future… better and stronger….

Black History all Year…

In my many years of teaching, my main focus was….to reach all of my children…That….along with the rigors of the required curriculum…I believed in order for young children to be successful…they needed to know I cared…

Since this new millennium, especially teaching children from a diverse African American background…

I believed…those children needed to feel pride in their history…not just in February, when Black History is part of the curriculum…

I felt taking those opportunities when I could to fit in to our day..

Talks about how their values of character such as: kindness, working hard, and … never giving up!
Are those qualities that people should be judged…

And not by what they look like…

I would always call upon that memory of

Dr, Martin Luther King” …

And how much he believed and never giving up on this Dream….

Using myself as an example of when I was a young child I would share that I would watch the news about Dr. King on television… and what a special man…he was…

…My children with eyes wide open felt that he was real , because Ms Sexton saw him!!!

I would also emphasize the story of Rosa Parks, as another real person, I also heard about when I was little, and her bravery in how she spoke out, and took a stand to something that was wrong!

All my personal anecdotes helped convey their history in a very relatable way…Making it relevant and hoping they too would be proud of who the are ; striving for values and achievement

All our children, whatever their ethnicity… race… religion… would be…

In our classroom…they were loved…And accepted…!!!

In State of the Union, Trump makes clear his aversion to public schools – Article by Valerie Strauss…from The Washington Post..

President Trump is definitely not a proponent for children, and those who rely on our public schools for their education…

Just the fact his selection of Betsy DeVos , an unqualified, billionaire who has strong ties to religious, private schools…as secretary of education….
I knew our public schools were in trouble…

With the fewer resources and funding this administration has taken from public education…and putting those funds into privatization…

And Now…this week at the State of the Union, post Impeachment… President Trump had an opportunity to vindicate the past…

 

He most definitely did not… He made his State of the Union Speech…a bid for his reelection….His little regard for our public schools calling them government schools…is absolutely disgraceful!

Taking this momentous occasion as an opportunity to stage a young student, who he said attended a public school,  to be a recipient of the Education Freedom Scholarship…so  she would be able to attend a private school…(Which is reportedly false)
…She is already  attending a prominent private school!He then revealed that he
for wanted Congress to fund 1 million dollars to that Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act- for those worthy students….Adding:

“Because no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government schools!
 
 
He also urged Congress to pass legislation,
creating a 5 billion federal tax credit program that would fund scholarships to private and religious schools… benefitting individuals and donors…
The scholarships would be funded by individuals and businesses who want to privately donate but who would then receive a federal tax credit…

 

The President did call for more vocational and technical education at the high school level…And  the importance of the constitutional right for prayer in schools...

 

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers union, said in a statement: “Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos have made no secret of their antipathy for public education. Rather than strengthen the cornerstone of our democracy and the chief enabler of pluralism and opportunity, they choose to defund and destabilize it. No amount of rebranding vouchers and privatization as ‘choice’ and ‘freedom’ changes that...

 
 
 
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RALLY in TALLAHASSEE – MONDAY, JAN 13TH

Because — public schools have been consistently de-funded for a decade with no end in sight.

Because — despite nearly twenty years of ‘choice,’ 89% of FLs school children still CHOOSE to attend public schools…

Because — public school parents and students must have THEIR CHOICE adequately staffed, compensated, and funded….

Because — new courses such as mental health training should be mandated to ALL students in ALL schools…

Because — we elect school board members to regulate and control our tax dollars locally and do not want to see this stripped away…

FOR THESE REASONS — Parents and teachers…Across Florida supports a rally to speak out to the Florida Legislature on the eve of opening session. We will be #FLPublicEdVoters from this point on until the pendulum swings back towards fairness for all…

Our Chance to get it Right…Vote 2020

New Year…
New Decade…

This November….We will have an opportunity to vote in a very critical, presidential election… We can impact these detrimental changes since the election of Donald Trump…

One being…public education …There has been the ongoing process of weakening public education by both Republican and Democratic political influences since “No Child Left Behind” of the late nineties…and privatization…

However…. When President Trump chose an unqualified, Betsy Devos as the Secretary of Education….who is a strong proponent of charter schools…
Our children who have relied on our public schools have truly suffered….

Our public schools are being dismantled…
Due to those monies that would fund many of the necessary programs and resources helping children succeed in our public schools;

They are now being funneled to private schools…

 

In addition, there is a critical teacher shortage due to poor teacher pay, and the many obstacles teachers deal with everyday…

 

Such as the rise of gun violence in today’s schools… Thus arming teachers as the answer to the extremely important need for gun control… and gun safety in our schools…

Children live in fear each day!

 

Now 2020 is finally here!!!…

We have this wonderful opportunity to all unite behind a strong presidential candidate who will advocate for our children; being that strong supporter for public schools

It is my hope for our children that this election be the hope for our children…
#Vote4Children🇺🇸💙🍎

Our children deserve a strong public school education