By Ray Beckerman
Man's inhumanity to man and other living things threatens the whole human experiment. Let's fight it, and try to build a future.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Ras Baraka (@rasjbaraka) is the candidate fighting for public education ~ @NetworkPublicEd
NPE's Thunderclap & support Ras Baraka for Mayor of Newark, NJ
in February, The Network for Public Education endorsed Ras Baraka
for Mayor of the great city of Newark, New Jersey. Baraka currently
serves on the Newark City Council and he is a leader in
the fight against school closures & privatization.
the May 13 election draws closer, Baraka holds on to a strong lead
over hedge fund darling, Shavar Jeffries. Over the last few weeks,
however, backers of school privatization have donated more than
$1million to the Jeffries campaign, assuring that the race will
continue to heat up as election day nears. As we have seen in
other races throughout the country, promoters of school
privatization have deep pockets and support candidates who often
turn over public schools to for-profit charters.
As a way of countering the corporate reformers' big
dollars, NPE has organized a Thunderclap campaign - a way to send
out thousands of messages about Ras
Baraka through social media. We are asking our Friends & Allies
to join us in our Thunderclap
campaign (http://thndr.it/1kIQIAS). At Noon
(Eastern) on Saturday, May 10, Thunderclap will tweet a message
from the accounts of everyone who signed up at the same time. It is
a novel way to reach supporters and the voting public.
Ras Baraka: Councilman Baraka had a long career as an educator -
ten years as an elementary teacher, and twelve as an administrator.
He also served as a teachers union representative for five years.
This experience gives him a deep understanding of the challenges
facing our schools. In response to the questions posed by The
Network for Public Education, Councilman Baraka addressed
issues important to NPE. He said, "...our focus must be on
strengthening, and enhancing our traditional public schools as the
core educational reform strategy."
Network for Public Education only endorses candidates with a clear
commitment to our schools. Councilman Baraka has lived that
commitment, and The Network for Public Education offers him our
strong support. Please share the Thunderclap link
and news about this historic campaign through your networks, and
via Twitter and Facebook. For more information about Ras
Baraka, go to http://rasjbaraka.com.
The Network for Public
Education endorses Valarie Wilson for Georgia State
The Network for Public Education is
pleased to endorse VALARIE WILSON for State School Superintendent
in Georgia. Valarie brings the perspective of an engaged parent to
the campaign and will fight to advance, protect and improve the
state's public schools and, like NPE, she opposes the forces of
privatization that are working hard in Georgia.
"I'm very troubled by the movement to
sell our schools to private interests. I believe all schools,
including non-profit charter schools, have the potential to
facilitate needed reforms and develop new teaching methods. But I
oppose for-profit charter schools because they lack accountability
and stability. And-unlike some of my Democratic opponents-I oppose
vouchers. They don't reach the kids who are most in need-they
usually aren't nearly large enough to cover tuition."
Valarie Wilson has been a fierce advocate for
public schools as her own child attended Decatur city schools - a
thriving, diverse school system in metro Atlanta. She has
served on her local school board and helped to lead the state
school board association. Valarie's commitment to public
education and her political experience will enable her to lead
Georgia during this critical time for Education in the state and
The Network for Public Education joins
parents and teachers and other leaders throughout Georgia who know
Valarie Wilson is the best candidate for the job. We ask you to
please support Valarie and share this with your friends in Georgia.