Posted September 21st, 2013 by Cynthia Liu
Dear President Obama, You must read Professor Diane Ravitch’s latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. You won’t like it. No one likes reading about their failures. And that’s exactly WHY you should read it. Your legacy is at stake. You risk having Race [...]
Posted January 12th, 2013 by Cynthia Liu
On December 30, 2012, President Obama said he doubted arming school police with guns will prevent future school shootings, but then January 11, 2013′s EdWeek hints that he may yield to local law enforcement officers and communities if it has “bipartisan” support. While President Barack Obama said recently that he would be skeptical that more [...]
Posted November 27th, 2012 by Cynthia Liu
Late night calls are the worst. Mine came all the way from Shanghai, China, where my parents live part of the year. My dad’s voice was faint, halting. He told me quickly that my mom had fallen and broken her leg and he was with her in the hospital right now. She would need surgery. [...]
Posted November 15th, 2012 by Cynthia Liu
My home state is California, and we just successfully survived our own state version of the “fiscal cliff” when it comes to education. Here, they were called the “trigger cuts.” If Proposition 30 — essentially part of the June 30, 2012 budget passed by the legislature that needed the people’s thumbs up at the ballot [...]
Posted August 1st, 2012 by Cynthia Liu
It’s almost too good to believe, but it’s true! And all the better because we fought hard for it — first through the Affordable Care Act’s passage, and then when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops objected to free coverage of contraceptives through women’s employer-provided health insurance. We stared the religious right down and we [...]
Posted April 25th, 2012 by Cynthia Liu
We did it! We let Procter & Gamble know that their continued support of ALEC was unacceptable. And they dropped ALEC. As the main lobbyist source of the “kill at will” gun law that murdered Trayvon Martin, and proponent of voter ID laws that would disproportionately suppress women’s voting rights, ALEC supports toxic laws that [...]
Posted April 21st, 2012 by Cynthia Liu
This story originally appeared in the LA Moms Blog. Yes, I’m the resident Sugar Nazi at my school, the parent who complained when a Halloween celebration involved kindergarteners nibbling powdered sugar donuts tied with string off a clothesline using only their mouths. I’m a wet blanket, I’m here to rain on your parade. I’m the [...]
Posted December 22nd, 2011 by Cynthia Liu
A truly clueless if well-intentioned column by Gene Marks titled “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” in Forbes magazine is getting righteously ripped from journalists all around the web. They’re correctly pointing out how bereft Marks’ column is of history, research, practical awareness, racial sensitivity, or the sheer realities of hunger or even homelessness [...]
Posted March 3rd, 2011 by Cynthia Liu
Press your Senators to oppose HR 1 and keep funding for Head Start, IDEA (special ed funding), STEM education, and women’s and children’s health care paid for and in the budget. Click on our K12NN/POPVOX.com action and make your voice heard before March 18, 2011!
Posted January 19th, 2011 by Cynthia Liu
Education reform: I fervently believe women who are in the schools every day–as parent volunteers, and as teachers–have a great deal to tell policymakers what works and what doesn’t.
What we need is a pointilist approach: steady application of dots of information about how schools are working–or not working–that add up to a big picture. We need it from parents, students, and educators themselves.