Invest in Public Schools
“I come from a family of public servants and I felt called to serve my country by becoming a public school teacher."
- Zak Ringelstein -
As a teacher, I have seen first-hand how privatization is damaging our public schools and creating more inequality. Privatization ("school choice") and standardized testing are scams that make profit for investors, but damage the integrity of education. Schools can be the great equalizer and America can get the highest quality teachers into school buildings by raising teacher pay and creating better teacher training programs. The goal of any school must be to develop the whole child, with an emphasis on authentic learning tasks and the progressive development of the child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.
Our plan to invest in public schools includes:
Making public school educators key decision-makers in all local, state and national education policy;
Increasing baseline teacher pay and modernizing teacher benefits to make the profession more dignified for all and desirable to young Americans considering it as a career;
Building curriculum and graduation pathways that are directly responsive to the local communities our schools are in and the diverse 21st century world our children will graduate into;
Providing more time and opportunity for teachers to plan and innovate during the school day;
Ending the use of testing data in teacher evaluations;
Investing all public education funds into public schools, not into voucher and privatization programs that only benefit private companies and wealthy Americans;
Funding and resourcing all schools equitably;
Holding all schools to the same special education standards and incentivizing more teachers to work in special education by increasing pay;
Ending standardized testing and making achievement data only available to students, teachers and families; and,
Universalizing simple, research-based, cost-effective strategies like small class sizes and the practice of allowing groups of students to remain with the same teacher for more than one year (referred to as "looping").