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Barringer HS, Newark, is on lockdown, the heat off in part of the school, the heat rising outside

UPDATE: The action outside just ended. I’ll update when I know more, but he school is open now. I’m told the students who left are being prevented from re-entering.

It is 31 degrees in Newark. And this is the scene right now, posted minutes ago, outside Barringer High School:


At noon today, students at Barringer High School planned a walkout to protest the chaotic and disrespectful ‘One Newark’ plan of Cami Anderson and Chris Christie. But now, it’s a few minutes after noon, and the heat is off in many of the rooms at the school. And Barringer is in lockdown, with security trying to block the doors and keep students in. Some students have gotten out, congregating outside.

Newark Deserves An Experienced, Well-Trained School Leader

Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman.

This has got to stop:

Cami Anderson, hand-picked by Gov. Christie to oversee the privatizing of Newark public schools was scheduled to speak today at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C..  

Cami Anderson LIARAccording to AEI’s website, that event, which would have been concluding right now, was abruptly canceled.

According to reports appearing now on social media, Newarkers from Newark Students Union, and NJ Communities United traveled down to D.C. for her speech at AEI. When Anderson and her right-hand man Brad Haggerty spotted them in the audience, they were pointed out to security and escorted from the room. As Bob Braun correctly points out, she won’t talk to the children and parents of Newark in Newark, so the children and parents of Newark went to Washington to talk to her.  

AEI calls that a “security breach” and just abruptly canceled her panel. Newark students:

Immediately after we were told to leave, we took control of the stage and told the audience Newark’s story from the student’s perspective. At this point we were treated with blatant hostility and forced to leave the private property. You could run, but you can’t hide! #ournewark [emphasis mine]

More of today’s Cami Anderson fiasco in Washington, D.C.

Update: I’m told the organizers of this were PULSE, NJ Communities United on behalf of the Newark Student Union, AFT, and the Advancement Project-a civil rights organization based in DC.

We now have more from today’s extraordinary moment in Washington D.C., where Cami Anderson spotted Newark parents and students before her presentation at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, and tried to have them thrown out You can read more from our earlier post.

Now we have video of what happened after Cami Anderson and her Newark associate tried to have security remove them, ultimately apparently fleeing the room herself, and causing AEI to abruptly cancel.

A delegation of about 40 Newark community members including Parents Unified for Local School Education  (PULSE), Newark Students Union, NJ Communities United were there, after Anderson spurned repeated efforts to address their concerns in Newark. After Anderson fled the room, the students stayed behind and told the remaining audience how they see her tenure as Christie’s state-appointed Newark Superintendent.

There are a few chaotic moments in what the students stayed behind to say, some talking over each other. Breeze past that – this wasn’t scripted – and let the fact of who these young adults are becoming, the leadership they are taking on in the absence of Anderson’s. They take my breath away. This is the “security threat” they were so worried about. At 2:22 American Enterprise Institute turns the lights out on them.


Cami Anderson has Newark parents & students thrown out of a speech at a right-wing D.C. think tank

Cami Anderson, hand-picked by Gov. Christie to oversee the privatizing of Newark public schools was scheduled to speak today at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C..

Cami Anderson LIARAccording to AEI’s website, that event, which would have been concluding right now, was abruptly canceled.

According to reports appearing now on social media, Newarkers from Newark Students Union, and NJ Communities United traveled down to D.C. for her speech at AEI. When Anderson and her right-hand man Brad Haggerty spotted them in the audience, they were pointed out to security and escorted from the room. As Bob Braun correctly points out, she won’t talk to the children and parents of Newark in Newark, so the children and parents of Newark went to Washington to talk to her.

AEI calls that a “security breach” and just abruptly canceled her panel. Newark students:

Immediately after we were told to leave, we took control of the stage and told the audience Newark’s story from the student’s perspective. At this point we were treated with blatant hostility and forced to leave the private property. You could run, but you can’t hide! #ournewark

“This is Student Territory:” What the Newark Student Shutdown Looked Like Today

The Newark Students Union took their demands for full local control of their schools to Superintendent Cami Anderson, Commmissioner David Hespe and Gov. Christie today. They want Cami and her chaotic and disrespectful ‘One Newark’ privatization plan out of the city, as they fight corporatizing of their public schools. The boycott, and the Freedom Schools run by PULSE NJ continue.

If you live in Newark, or work there, and you see students mobilizing outside schools, please give them your support. This is leadership. And commitment. They know what’s really going on with Cami Anderson’s ‘One Newark’ plan to dismantle schools. If Chris Christie & Cami Anderson think these kids are just ‘missing school,’ I’d say it’s more likely they’re getting ready to school those two. The actions continue tomorrow.


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Hashtags: #npsboycott4freedom, #ournewark, #wedecide, #StudentTerritory.

#npsboycott4freedom: Today’s Newark School Boycott

Below the fold, two videos to explain went on in Newark today.

Cami Anderson represents Gov. Christie’s goal of privatizing and corporatizing public education. Her personal conduct, if that’s not enough, is also questionable; she refuses to attend school board meetings and other forums where she might be met with opposition. And community complaints that she ignores parents and cuts community out of her process are well-documented. And insidious: The U.S. Dept. of Education is investigating claims her plan violates the civil rights of black students.

Today, Day One of ‘One Newark,’ she toured half-empty schools, as families boycotted. NJ Communities United is reporting that she locked school board members and parents out of her press conference.

Below the fold, two videos. In the first, parents talk about why they’re boycotting. The second is smartphone vid; wobbly, amateur, interrupted by traffic noise. But that’s the way things are right now in Newark. This boycott isn’t being run by some slick operation with corporate media skills – like Team Cami can count on. It was launched by busy parents and grandparents, by cell phone and leaflet, with supplies for Freedom Schools arriving by car from allies. All, as Anderson tells the press ‘One Newark’ is a success. When clearly it is not.

In Vid #2, she explains away the boycott by babbling about wanting to “work through any disagreements … that are not about hurting kids and putting them behind”. As though it’s the parents doing damage to the kids. And brings up time on task (a well-known edu-term about reducing wasted time in the classroom) as though boycotting parents are denying their children education. But I’m going to suggest that Newark kids learned a great deal today: They learned what their parents, grandparents and community will do for them, how to tell truth from spin, and that they’re never too young to know what’s really going on.

Marie Corfield to Star-Ledger’s Tom Moran

promoted by Rosi

In case you missed it, earlier this week fellow educators and bloggers, Ani McHugh (teacherbiz), Mark Weber (Jersey Jazzman) and I wrote a joint open letter to Star Ledger editorial director Tom Moran, regarding his continuous support of the racist policies of Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s One Newark plan. In addition to posting on all three of our blogs, it also ran at Blue Jersey Diane Ravitch’s site.

Tom was not happy, and posted a response here at Blue Jersey. To which Jazzman responded here and here. 
Here’s my response:



Dear Tom,


You missed our point so I’ll say it again in my best teacher voice: One Newark has been proven to be a racist policy toward students and education professionals. You refuse to research and report the facts surrounding it (Journalism 101), reporting instead on your opinions and pre-conceived notions, therefore you support a racist policy. 

More below.

A Reply To A Reply from @tomamoran

Cross-posted at Jersey Jazzman.

Tom,

You say:

Maybe you folks should take a pill, and engage people who disagree with you in a civil manner. You might find that I’m not as evil as you think. Who knows.

“Civil,” huh? From Tom Moran’s latest column, 8/29/14 (all emphases mine):

First, she [Newark State Superintendent Cami Anderson] is facing determined opposition from local activists and politicians who don’t seem to give a damn about the children.

[…]  

It’s enough to make you wonder if the kids fit into the mayor’s political calculus at all.  

[…]  

The heat comes mostly from unions, and from conspiracy theorists who see charter schools as a dark plot by Wall Street to somehow suck money out of the public system.

So it’s “civil” to say the opponents of One Newark “don’t seem to give a damn about the children“? It’s “civil” to say that Mayor Ras Baraka, a lifelong educator, doesn’t have a place for kids in his “political calculus“? It’s “civil” to say that those who report the undeniable truth that there are charter school profiteers are “conspiracy theorists“?

More below the fold.

An answer from Moran

Well, Tom Moran just hung up on me after asking me to return his call for a technical snag he had in posting, and after calling me a bunch of not-nice things. He thinks we’ve called him racist, which we have not, so I imagine he thinks we have some insults coming to us. More on that later. The post he so strongly objects to is An Open Letter to Star-Ledger Editorial Board Director Tom Moran by Marie Corfield, Ani McHugh & Jersey Jazzman and posted here, and at their 3 sites and at Diane Ravitch’s. Meanwhile, no matter what he says, we’re glad he posted what he has to say here. He’s always invited back. – Rosi

I was struck by the open letter to me as Star-Ledger editorial page editor after my recent column on Cami Anderson. The letter is below. My column is here.

I don’t have time to answer every one of these criticisms. Times are tough in my industry these days. But a few thoughts:

What’s with the Rush Limbaugh tone of this site? Can we have an honest disagreement with the personal insults? “ill-informed” “reckless” “shame on you” “ridicuous” “shredded your integrity” and so on. I was not the least bit to see the go-to attack of people who have weak arguments: I’m a racist.

Geez. All that’s from the first few paragraphs of a long-winded diatribe. I’m surprised my dog can even stand me.

Maybe you folks should take a pill, and engage people who disagree with you in a civil manner. You might find that I’m not as evil as you think. Who knows.

As for my alleged refusal to consider these arguments, please. I have spoken at length about these issues with Diane Ravitch, and Ras Baraka, and a ton of other Cami critics to hear them out. I have visited several schools, attended board meetings, read extensively. So give me a break. I engage with a lot of smart people who disagree with me on this. I never call them racist or rely on personal insults to make my point. It’s amateur.

And by the way, I included a sharp critique of Cami’s failure to consult the community sufficiently. Did you guys even read the damn column? Did you read Bob Curvin’s quote?

As for the substance, let’s start with charters. Newark parents want charters. Thousands are on wait lists, and when given the choice this year, charters were picked overwhelmingly. You suggest these parents have been tricked. And I’m condescending? Please.

As for the dark profit motive, that is just ideological blather. Yes, companies make money selling products and services to schools. But they make that money selling to charters or conventional districts. The hedge fund philanthropists who gave money to Team Academy are not making money. Dave Tepper, a  hedge fund guy who spends a lot on ed reform, made $2 billion in a single year on Wall Street. What is the logic of his trying to find a way to siphon money from the public schools? How would that work? That’s crazy talk.

More below…

An Open Letter to Star-Ledger Editorial Board Director Tom Moran

This was published simultaneously this morning, at Marie Corfield, teacher biz, Jersey Jazzman and here at Blue Jersey. Promoted by Rosi.

Dear Tom,

This week, you crossed a line.

Until now, your pieces in the Star-Ledger about Newark’s school system and the reorganization of the district have been ill-informed and reckless. You’ve ignored the warnings of teachers, parents, community leaders, researchers, and students, preferring instead to cling to recycled talking points crafted by those with scant little experience in education policy, but much to gain in profits.

You’ve paid a price: like your ridiculous attempt to walk back from your disastrous endorsement of Chris Christie, your continuing effort to support State Superintendent Cami Anderson while distancing yourself from the consequences of her catastrophic leadership has shredded any integrity you had left as a journalist. Any standing your newspaper had left as a champion of the people of Newark has also eroded: as with Anderson, no one in the city trusts you or the Star-Ledger’s editorial page anymore.

“Shame on you for refusing to educate yourself about the policies you endorse.”