Friday, January 30, 2009

ACT TODAY TO SAVE AZ PUBLIC EDUCATION NOW!!!!! Contact your legislators.

TODAY the AZ state legislature could potentially pass a resolution that would cut K-12 spending for the CURRENT YEAR by $133 MILLION.

I know I have waited too long to post this, but it is EXTREMELY easy to e-mail or phone your representative and senator and tell them to save public education.

From the perspective of TEA/AEA (from what I gather) this is an ideological battle-- many of our state representatives don't truly believe in public education and will take every opportunity to chip away at what is an essential part of the American Dream. We are already a national embarrassment in educational spending. It HAS to stop.

To find your AZ legislators, go to:
Hyperlink to How to Contact Your Legislator

I have received an e-mail from our new TUSD superintendent stating that AZ was, in effect, also about to "tear up" a check for $500 million from the U.S. government.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Need Book Recommendations for My English 11 Students

Hello-- My students are working on big, huge essential question projects. I have a few students who are having trouble finding an independent reading book (fiction or nonfiction) that will help them explore their EQ's Please e-mail me (or FB me, or comment on this blog entry) and send ideas!

  • What is more important when looking at people's reading habits: quantity or quality?
  • Does Karma exist?
  • What is love/ true love? (I have given some suggestions here, but there are MANY students asking the question and I'd like some more ideas)
  • Can you ever have too much money?
  • Why are there so many similarities among stories?
  • Does the past determine the future?
I may add more...

Thanks, folks! Boy, I really need to blog more. Lots to think about these days. I think when I'm short on time, I don't feel like I can do justice to the big topics (can you say "inauguration"?)