Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why we support Tom Torlakson for Superintendent of Public Education

Why I Support Tom Torlakson,
I, and the Sacramento Progressive Alliance supports the re-election of Tom Torlakson for  California Superintendent of Public Instruction.
If you believe in public education, if you think preparing students to live and work in a democracy is an important role for state government- then this election is important.  The election will set the direction of school improvement for the next four years.
You and I have a choice.  It is not a perfect choice, but the options are stark. We can continue with the current improvements in k-12 education (Torlakson), or we can move the state down the road of test driven, corporate neoliberal model of schooling (Tuck).  Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, are following this route- and their schools are failing.
Current scores on achievement tests for California students are too low.  This is primarily a result of California’s underinvestment in children, its lack of support for children in poverty, and California’s low investment in  k-12 schools for the last thirty years.
We can not improve the schools without improving funding for schools and support for children living in poverty.  That argument being made by Marshall Tuck is a fraud.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Who do you want deciding on school policy for California ?

 Your vote is important !

Or,  do you prefer the people who fund the Tuck campaign ?

A handful of ultra-wealthy donors who support school privatization and cutting public pension systems are behind a flood of spending supporting former Wall Street Banker Marshall Tuck's campaign for state schools superintendent, campaign disclosure records show.
Far from "Parents and Teachers for Tuck," the $4.7 million collected so far comes instead from sources that support school vouchers, privatization of public pension systems and using disruptive business tactics to overhaul public schools.
Major funders include:
$500,000 from Carrie Walton Penner, whose family made its fortune running anti-union, low-wage paying Wal-Mart. The Walmart 1% website reports that Penner's biography includes serving on the board of the Alliance for School Choice - a school voucher advocacy group.
We have a choice between a teacher with a record of standing with teachers to fund the schools, and a corporate "reform" agent. Your vote will count. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nurses Call on U.S. Hospitals to Better Prepare for Ebola | California Progress Report

Nurses Call on U.S. Hospitals to Better Prepare for Ebola | California Progress Report

What would happen under a Republican Senate?

312 votes.
That's how many votes a U.S. Senate election came down to. It's the number of votes that ultimately propelled progressive champion Senator Al Franken to the Senate six years ago. MoveOn played a key role in electing him to the Senate, from endorsing him to recruiting volunteers for his campaign. 
This fall, Sen. Franken's race is one of fewer than a dozen that will determine control of the Senate for the next two years—and any one of those could hinge on just a few votes. In fact, polling is showing that a number of key Senate races are tightening in favor of the Republican candidate.This is real. Republicans are about to pull off a huge victory on November 4.
 It's simple. If a few votes can be the margin of victory, and just a few close Senate races will determine control of the entire U.S. Senate, then every volunteer pitching in to get out the vote matters.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Freedom Summer - film

Campus Progressive Alliance
The Friday Night Film Series Presents
“Powerful.” – Variety
“Potent.” – Chicago Reader
“A searing portrait of those violent, racist times.” – Hollywood Reporter
Free Admission! Everyone Welcome!
Friday, October 10, 2014
Shorts – 6:00pm     Feature - 6:30pm
 Mariposa Hall 1000
Sacramento State University