Letters to the Next President: What We Can Do About the Real, 2008 Election

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Synopsis: This 2008 election edition reopens today's critical issues in public education. Once again speaking to the next president, this stellar collection of more than thirty letters speaks to the future of American students and the need for an educated and engaged citizenry. Top education experts, elected officials, business and community leaders, teachers, principals, students, and parents discuss the dangerous shortcomings of current state and federal policies and offer suggestions for what can be done about it.

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Note on the 2008 Election Edition
Foreword: Where Do We Start to Sweep?, Bill Cosby
Acknowledgments
Introduction, Carl Glickman
Part One
Schools for All

Journey to a New Life, Rosa Fernández
Helping Me to Raise My Hand, Vance Rawles
Creating Schools We Can Trust, Deborah Meier
If We Had the Will to See It Happen, Asa G. Hilliard III
Getting Our Responsibilities Right, Sophie Sa
It s Past Time to Fund What We Mandate, Former U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords
Financing America s Future How Money Counts, William J. Mathis
Why We Need Public Education, John I. Goodlad
Part Two
Learning for All

Broken Roads and the Great Mother Earth, Derrick Attakai, Evalena Joey, Britta Mitchell, Melody Riggs, & Manuel Thompson with Mark Sorensen
In Struggle and Hope, Lisa Delpit
Nine Million Voices, Rachel Tompkins
How Our High School Makes a Difference, George Wood
Putting the Arts Back in America s ABC's, Reynold Levy
When Does $1.00 Equal $7.00?, Lilian Katz
What They Do With the Other 73 Percent of Their Time, Louis B. Casagrande
Part Three
Teaching for All

My Students, My School, Karen Hale Hankins
Teaching Darius to Dream, Jacqueline Jordan Irvine
Why We Continue to Stay, Jane Ross
The Gap Between What We Say and What We Do, Arturo Pacheco
Revolving Doors and Leaky Buckets, Richard Ingersoll
Part Four
Standards for All

Choking the Life Out of Classrooms, Sylvia Bruni
What My Students Need to Know, Edward C. Montgomery
The No-Win Accountability Game, W. James Popham
Going Beyond the Slogans and Rhetoric, Pedro Noguera
. . . And Equal Education for All, Jeannie Oakes & Martin Lipton
A President Who Gets It, Thomas Sobol
Part Five
Education for All

The Civic Mission of Schools, U.S. Senator John Glenn & Leslie F. Hergert
What We All Want for Each of Our Children, Theodore R. Sizer
Postcards from America, Michelle Fine, April Burns, & María Elena Torre
Learning to Come Alive, Maxine Greene
Voices Closest to the Ones We Love, Ken Rolling & Sandra Halladey
A Nation of Learners, Pam Solo
Crafting Legislation, Elizabeth DeBray-Pelot
Conclusion: Schools That Work for All Children, Linda Darling-Hammond
Organizations for Parents, Educators, and Activists
Organizational Statement on the No Child Left Behind Act

From the Publisher: "I wish we did not need another edition of Letters to the Next President but, with a new president and administration coming into office in 2008, it is time for more citizens to connect to their schools and assist in fulfilling the promise of a better education for all."
--Carl Glickman

"A refreshing antidote to the spin from government and media sources whose messages often `obscure the real crisis in our schools.'"
--Publishers Weekly

"Illuminating insights about the problems facing public schools today."
--The Times Argus

"Is at times funny and other times poignant, but always personal."
--Edutopia

"Touches the hearts and minds of people interested in preserving American public education."
--Journal of Educational Change

"These letters are powerful testament to the complex issues that the next president . . . will face."
--Educational Leadership

"Leaders -- and particularly our next president -- should hear these voices and carry away the mandate to act to support our schools."
--Horace

"Provides an excellent and necessary springboard for conversations among teachers, within school districts, and within communities."
--VOYA

"This book should be read by anyone who has an interest in improving public education."
--TC Record

"How did we get into this education mess? The power of these letters deeply underscores the urgency of the clean-up mission to save our public schools."
--Bill Cosby

"Although the problems are complex, many of the solutions are straightforward for a president who understands what is going on and is committed to doing the right thing."
--Linda Darling-Hammond, Educator

"We ask the next president . . . to expand the definition of achievement . . . and make an explicit commitment to the civic purpose of education."
--U.S. Senator John Glenn and Leslie Hergert

"You have to be given the opportunity to succeed. No one is born knowing. Everyone has something to teach and something to learn."
--Rosa Fernández, Student

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