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{ attention new hampshire dwellers! }

An email my mom forwarded me from the Collegiate Coordinator of the New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association (*please reblog and pass this around*):

There is currently a bill before the state House of 
Representatives that could have detrimental effects on arts education 
in the state.  House Bill 39, sponsored by Rep. Ralph Boehm (R - 
Hillsborough District 27), proposes amending the public school 
standards for an “adequate education” by removing arts education, 
world languages, health education, and technology education (leaving 
only English, mathematics, science, social studies, and physical 
education).  The bill states that schools would be welcome to continue 
to offer these programs, but at their own expense.  Most likely, this 
would cause the less-affluent districts to cut arts programs in whole 
or in part.

This is bundled with another portion of the bill, which would require 
the Department of Education to get approval from the legislature 
before adopting any content standards for the state.  Unfortunately, 
this is the only portion of the bill that seems to be in the media 
right now.  It was spurred on by the recent adoption of the Common 
Core State Standards (http://www.corestandards.org/ ) by the DoE, 
which apparently upset some legislators.

While this bill is in its early stages, we need to make our voices 
heard now.  If it makes it through the house and becomes a larger 
threat, we could come out in full force, but the decision-makers will 
wonder where we were at the beginning.  We don’t want to be perceived 
as indifferent toward this threat to arts education in the state.

The New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association is encouraging 
educators, parents, and community members to speak out and encourage 
the house to kill the bill.  There will be a public hearing on 
Tuesday, January 25th, at 10:30 AM at the Legislative Office Building 
(connected to the State House) in room 207.

Links of interest:

*         Full text of the bill: 
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2011/HB0039.html

*         Find contact information for your local representative: 
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/memberlookup.aspx

*         General advocacy information from MENC (useful for 
letter-writing): 
http://www.menc.org/resources/view/music-education-advocacy-central 
(The “Make Your Case Database” in particular is worth a visit.)

*         Check the status of the bill (search for bill number 
"hb39"): http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/quick_Search.html

Please spread the word to colleagues, parents, booster organizations, 
and any other allies who can help our cause.  How anyone can consider 
this stripped-down list to be an “adequate education” is beyond me.  
It is worrisome that this amendment is bundled with a hot-button local 
control issue, which might allow the changes to the standards to slip 
through.

> From what I’ve been told, letters and parental involvement will be 
> particularly effective, but every voice counts.  Hopefully, the 
> committee will remove that portion of the bill (or kill the bill 
> altogether) following next week’s hearing, but we need to convince 
> them to do so!

Thank you for your support!

sheresists:

dandamon:

the gongoozler who loved me: Black Mother Jailed for Sending Kids to White School District

sheresists:

firesandwords:

Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids to White School District

An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar was…

Are you kidding me? Mostly misleading headline ever. She did something illegal. We pay property taxes to pay for the kids in OUR district to go to OUR schools, it has nothing to do with race. School districts are zoned so that funding can be distributed properly between students. This is total BS

The problem is that there is disparity in the quality of education between the school districts. So, she is not supposed to want a better education for her kids? She should be criminalized for believing in your shitty American dogma of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”?  This has EVERYTHING to do with race. Black folks do not have the same income to pay the same property taxes as white folks because they do not get the same education and privileges as white children, and thus will not be hired for the same professional positions because they do not have the same “qualifications” and thus will not live in a high income area where their children will be given a good education. The entire system is built to create systemic disadvantages for POC. She was taking what should rightfully belong to her: an equal opportunity for her children. Isn’t that what your country prides yourself in offering to its citizens? 

Reblogging for story AND awesome commentary from sheresists.

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{ How did ‘Too Asian’ affect you? }

sheresists:

asiansnotstudying:

So this blog is going to make the step from being a virtual forum to direct action. Finally, after exams (irony) and life has slowed down, a group of us at McGill are having a mobilization meeting and discussion group in response to the ‘Too Asian’ article. This event will take place on February 7, 2011 at 5 PM (location TBA) and will launch an awareness campaign for the next couple of months. This will be following action that has already taken place at U of T and UBC. We will be using this blog as a source of information.

It is important for students at McGill to discuss racialised representations of Asians in the media, especially after being described as a school where ‘all the white kids’ go. 

Part of this is asking you: how did the article make you feel?

Please feel free to answer as honestly as you feel and to identity in anyway you would like (racialised, Asian, Chinese, Canadian, student, etc.) Also, if you are more comfortable, email us at asiansnotstudying@gmail.com and we will make sure your response is kept anonymous.

The responses will be gathered and used throughout our mobilization during the next few months.

PLEASE LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW.

Signal boost! Also, I was wondering if this was limited to McGill students?

Joining in the signal boost.

(FYI sheresists’ question was answered and no it’s not limited to McGill students)

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{ I know y’all are getting sick of me and my future career }

tranzient:

pinchepeaches:

Obama, you know more ppl will teach if you pay them better and respect them more. and stop giving tenure to crappy teachers. And stop using test scores as the mark of a great school. Cuz not all of the inner city kids can afford that.

But that’s not gonna happen. Hell, at least forgive my loans. And lock me in at a school for 5 years. I’m sure more ppl would sign up.

I am sure of it.

when you think of all the occupations that make more than teachers, but don’t have {for most parts} the same impact, you begin to wonder about the society. Like, average NFL player makes 1.8 million. Teachers make, like what, 50k?

i’m not saying teachers should make 1.8million or that NFLers should make 50k, but I think there’s a sign here.

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{ Want to help Kelley Williams-Bolar? (more info) }

damekatharsis:

mizjenkins:

thecranium:

She is the black mother who was convicted of a felony and sentenced to jail time and probation for sending her two daughters to a school in a different district. As you have probably guessed, the school they attended is safer and whiter than the one in the girls’ neighborhood. The school hired a private detective to catch this woman.

She’s in need of donations to appeal the sentence.
You can send them to the National Action Network Akron Chapter, c/o Kelley Williams-Bolar, P.O. Box 4152, Akron, Ohio, 44321. Checks can be made payable to Williams-Bolar.

Please spread this far and wide.

For those of you who missed the original story or my rant about it on Gawker, I encourage you to read about it and get involved.

This woman is sitting in jail right now for trying to get her children out of the projects and a dismally failing school system in order to give them the same opportunities that kids in the 86.4% White neighboring township have. For breaking laws and policies that ensure that the 40% of African-Americans who live in poverty in her city - a city that was once home to the largest Ku Klux Klan chpater in the nation - will stay uneducated and unable to rise above their conditions.

The National Action Network is the non-profit civil rights organization founded and run by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Whatever you think of the man personally, it is an established and reputable organization that has been thoroughly vetted for donations.

Even if you just send $5 in a card that says “Good Luck” send something. This is entirely too fucked up not to take a stand over.

You can also sign the petition for sentencing reduction here.

Reblogging again for MizJenkins great additional info.

(Source: craneyum, via bigbadcolored-deactivated201104)

“This is the county’s first-ever criminal indictment accusing a parent of theft and record tampering for usurping school residency requirements. Williams-Bolar maintains that her daughters resided in both residences and provided a power of attorney giving her father guardianship over the girls after the home invasion. That wasn’t enough, and Williams-Bolar was sentenced to 10 days in jail and now faces losing her job as a special-needs teaching assistant at Buchtel High School because of the felony conviction. Williams-Bolar, who is one semester shy of completing her education degree at the University of Akron, may also be kicked out of school.”

Criminal or Great Parent: Black Mother Jailed for Sending Daughters to White School (via radicallyhottoff)

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“I think it’s about time we think about what we mean by “racism” if a black mother landing in jail because she sent her kids to a better school that would not have them doesn’t count, if calling it “stealing” when she gives them access to resources these white parents get to take for granted doesn’t qualify. If we don’t understand the racism of the much higher likelihood that a black mother will have to send her child to a sub-par school that will not teach them all they need to know than a white mother, if we don’t understand the racism of punishing her for fighting back against that inherently unequal, oppressive, white supremacist system, we don’t understand the first thing about racism at all.”

Mother Jailed For Sending Her Children to the “Wrong” School — The Curvature (via notemily)

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{ LINK: change.org petition to pardon Kelley Williams-Bolar }

blackfashion:

They need 50,000 signatures and so far the petition has 31,880. Lets make things right. It takes 5 seconds to sign. Email, facebook, tweet. Tell your friends. SIGN HERE


Kelley Williams-Bolar, a 40-year-old mother of two, was convicted of a felony last week and sent to jail for 10 days. Her crime? Falsifying records so her kids could attend a safer school in the district where her father lives.
Uh-oh! Sounds like two little girls were trying to get a free  education off the back of hard-working tax payers, and if that’s not  worth a felony charge, I don’t know what is. Williams-Bolar, according  to the prosecution, lives in subsidized housing in Akron, Ohio, and not  with her father in Copley Township—as  she claimed on several official school forms when she enrolled her two  daughters. The Copley schools are, it seems, better and safer than the  schools in Akron. (They are also whiter. Williams-Bolar is black. But obviously race has nothing to do with this case!)
The school district grew suspicious enough about the Williams-Bolar  kids to, apparently, hire a private detective, who filmed Williams-Bolar  dropping her children off at a bus stop near her parents’ house. (This  seems like a fantastic use of school district money.) Officials  confronted her. The school district superintendent, Brian Poe, says that  such cases (apparently there are something like 15-20 a year) are  usually resolved without going to trial.
But apparently, this was impossible with Williams-Bolar. (Maybe she  pointed out that the girls’ grandfather was paying taxes in the  district, for Christ’s sake?) She and her father were charged with  falsifying records—and grand theft, over the $30,500 in tuition the  school claims she owed for her daughters. (The jury didn’t reach a  unanimous decision on the grand theft charge.) According to the  presiding judge, Patricia Cosgrove, who spoke with The Akron Beacon-Journal,  “the state would not move, would not budge, and offer Ms.  Williams-Bolar to plead to a misdemeanor,” despite several pretrial  hearings.
Williams-Bolar, a teaching assistant, is working towards a teaching  degree, but her felony conviction will likely derail that. Her daughters  will be attending schools in Akron. And the Copley Township schools  will no longer be host to 12- and 16-year-old frauds like the  Williams-Bolar sisters.
What Williams-Bolar is accused of doing is illegal. But even if she  faked her daughters’ address (she maintains that her daughters split  their time between two homes), it’s unconscionable to send her to jail,  tear her family apart and ruin her chance at a steady career just  because she wanted to send her kids to a better school. The sheer  cruelty of the verdict - and the judge’s own admission that Williams-Bolar is being punished to serve as an example for other parents - has created a tidal wave of online support. Sign the Change.org petition today.
In just eight hours, more than 1,000 have signed a Change.org member-created petition to reduce her sentence. Supporters have overtaken Twitter with the  hashtag #savekellywilliamsbolar (sic), using http://bit.ly/williamsbolar to link to the petition.
It’s a sad truth that public schools in American vary widely in  quality, safety and affluence. Kids in one zip code can get top-notch  teachers and swanky classrooms while kids just a few miles away make do  with cast-off books and rat-infested hallways. Your education can  determine your future - and Williams-Bolar wanted her daughters to have a  brighter one. She told the court that she’d been scared for her  daughters’ safety at Akron schools, and that there was no intention at  all to deceive school officials. But that wasn’t enough for Common Pleas  Judge Patricia Cosgrove, who thought her behavior deserved a felony  conviction.
A growing number of advocates and activists are speaking out about  the racial and social ramifications of this case. Among them is Dr.  Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University, a well-known professor and speaker  who wrote about the Williams-Bolar case on his blog.
“This case is a textbook example of everything that remains racially  wrong with America’s educational, economic and criminal justice  systems,” he wrote. “There is no logical reason on earth why this mother  of two should be dehumanized by going to jail and be left permanently  marginalized from future economic and educational opportunities. Even if  you believe in the laws that keep poor kids trapped in underperforming  schools, the idea that this woman should be sent to jail for demanding  educational access is simply ridiculous.”
REBLOG FOR MORE SIGNATURES PLEASE!
ayo if this is not worth a REBLOG then your tumblr is a waste of space.



oops, didn’t see that this was on here first.

blackfashion:

They need 50,000 signatures and so far the petition has 31,880. Lets make things right. It takes 5 seconds to sign. Email, facebook, tweet. Tell your friends. SIGN HERE

Kelley Williams-Bolar, a 40-year-old mother of two, was convicted of a felony last week and sent to jail for 10 days. Her crime? Falsifying records so her kids could attend a safer school in the district where her father lives.

Uh-oh! Sounds like two little girls were trying to get a free education off the back of hard-working tax payers, and if that’s not worth a felony charge, I don’t know what is. Williams-Bolar, according to the prosecution, lives in subsidized housing in Akron, Ohio, and not with her father in Copley Township—as she claimed on several official school forms when she enrolled her two daughters. The Copley schools are, it seems, better and safer than the schools in Akron. (They are also whiter. Williams-Bolar is black. But obviously race has nothing to do with this case!)

The school district grew suspicious enough about the Williams-Bolar kids to, apparently, hire a private detective, who filmed Williams-Bolar dropping her children off at a bus stop near her parents’ house. (This seems like a fantastic use of school district money.) Officials confronted her. The school district superintendent, Brian Poe, says that such cases (apparently there are something like 15-20 a year) are usually resolved without going to trial.

But apparently, this was impossible with Williams-Bolar. (Maybe she pointed out that the girls’ grandfather was paying taxes in the district, for Christ’s sake?) She and her father were charged with falsifying records—and grand theft, over the $30,500 in tuition the school claims she owed for her daughters. (The jury didn’t reach a unanimous decision on the grand theft charge.) According to the presiding judge, Patricia Cosgrove, who spoke with The Akron Beacon-Journal, “the state would not move, would not budge, and offer Ms. Williams-Bolar to plead to a misdemeanor,” despite several pretrial hearings.

Williams-Bolar, a teaching assistant, is working towards a teaching degree, but her felony conviction will likely derail that. Her daughters will be attending schools in Akron. And the Copley Township schools will no longer be host to 12- and 16-year-old frauds like the Williams-Bolar sisters.

What Williams-Bolar is accused of doing is illegal. But even if she faked her daughters’ address (she maintains that her daughters split their time between two homes), it’s unconscionable to send her to jail, tear her family apart and ruin her chance at a steady career just because she wanted to send her kids to a better school. The sheer cruelty of the verdict - and the judge’s own admission that Williams-Bolar is being punished to serve as an example for other parents - has created a tidal wave of online support. Sign the Change.org petition today.

In just eight hours, more than 1,000 have signed a Change.org member-created petition to reduce her sentence. Supporters have overtaken Twitter with the hashtag #savekellywilliamsbolar (sic), using http://bit.ly/williamsbolar to link to the petition.

It’s a sad truth that public schools in American vary widely in quality, safety and affluence. Kids in one zip code can get top-notch teachers and swanky classrooms while kids just a few miles away make do with cast-off books and rat-infested hallways. Your education can determine your future - and Williams-Bolar wanted her daughters to have a brighter one. She told the court that she’d been scared for her daughters’ safety at Akron schools, and that there was no intention at all to deceive school officials. But that wasn’t enough for Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove, who thought her behavior deserved a felony conviction.

A growing number of advocates and activists are speaking out about the racial and social ramifications of this case. Among them is Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University, a well-known professor and speaker who wrote about the Williams-Bolar case on his blog.

“This case is a textbook example of everything that remains racially wrong with America’s educational, economic and criminal justice systems,” he wrote. “There is no logical reason on earth why this mother of two should be dehumanized by going to jail and be left permanently marginalized from future economic and educational opportunities. Even if you believe in the laws that keep poor kids trapped in underperforming schools, the idea that this woman should be sent to jail for demanding educational access is simply ridiculous.”

REBLOG FOR MORE SIGNATURES PLEASE!

ayo if this is not worth a REBLOG then your tumblr is a waste of space.

oops, didn’t see that this was on here first.

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{ I am listening to Dr. Cornel West at work when… }

thenoobyorker:

“but after 244 years of slavery of which it was against the law for black people to learn how to read and write. Jim Crow in which they paid, we paid taxes for public institutions of higher learning and couldn’t even think of sending our children to those institutions for almost a century. When finally we get a foothold and a toehold and as soon as black folk show up you get a national debate about their deficiency and how rigorous the standards ought to be. That’s a level of hypocrisy that we ought to be honest about.” Cornel continues discussing the hypocrisy about the lack of debate with regards to legacy students that don’t perform better than their counterparts, about geodiversity as an aim in student populations and athletes that fail to meet standards and yet there is no debate about their deficiencies. Furthermore, the lawsuit that brought down AA was brought up not against white legacy or white athletes or white geodiverse students with min. standards but black folk. Think about that for a sec…

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