California Educator

November 2011

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ACTION ONCE AN EDUCATIONAL conservative and an early supporter of President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind policy, Diane Ravitch has shaken up the educa- tion world by doing a complete about-face on testing, accountability, and the merits of charter schools. In the process, she has become a cham- pion of educators who show up every day to teach their students. See Diane Ravitch Ravitch to speak in California Chapter-sponsored events to be held in January in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Through her speeches, her appearances "An Evening With Diane Ravitch" will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center at 7 p.m., Jan. 20. For tickets, call the Sacramento City Teachers Association, (916) 452-4591. Ravitch will also speak in Los Angeles Jan. 17 and San Francisco Jan. 18. Information about venues will be posted at on popular shows such as Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," her tweets, and her best-selling book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Ravitch continues to take on the privatizers, the charter school movement, and those who have little understanding of what goes on in the American classroom. That's why three CTA chapters in three urban areas are taking advan- tage of a visit by Diane Ravitch to host several public events in January. Sponsoring talks by Ravitch will be United Teachers Los Angeles, United Educators of San Francisco (co-sponsored by CTA and the California Federation of Teachers), and the Sacramento City Teachers Association. Nine local associations have joined together to bring Ravitch to the Sacramento Convention Center on Jan. 20. The Sacra- mento City Teachers Association, which spearheaded the effort, is especially hoping to get Ravitch's message out to a community that has been heavily pressured by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his wife, Michelle Rhee, the former schools chief in Washington, D.C. Both have advocated radical reforms that include firing teachers, closing underperform- ing schools, and linking teacher and principal pay to student test scores. "We're very excited that Dr. Ravitch is coming to Sacramento, and we're expect- ing educators and the public to come from throughout the region to see her," says SCTA President Scott Smith. "At a time when teachers are under attack, she has a message that must get out." Credentials and Certificates Bachelors Masters Doctoral * U.S. News & World Report and Forbes Magazine | College of Education and Organizational Leadership 36 California Educator / November 2011 *

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