October 5, 2010
Dear RFT Membership,
Last night Susan Steinbacher and I, along with AFT Michigan representatives and Michigan politicians, had the opportunity to view the new movie Waiting for Superman. This documentary's purpose is to portray public education in the worst light possible and to place the blame for its failures primarily on its teachers while touting the "success" of the charter school concept.
In Roseville, we are fortunate to have good, hard-working and caring teachers. Unfortunately, this kind of teacher generally does not make headlines in the media. The AFT is looking to counter the effects of this negative documentary by making the public aware of the great educational opportunities offered by the public schools and the "everyday superheros"--their teachers.
Yesterday, members of AFT Michigan and The Macomb Daily joined RCS and RFT officials for a tour of Fountain Elementary. Fountain is just one example of the excellent education available to our students in Roseville. The Macomb Daily's article, plus some video footage from the day is available on the paper's website:
I invite you to view the documentary to see for yourself the public perceptions we must fight daily to eliminate. Your RFT officers are attending an AFT Michigan leadership conference this weekend. We will update on any further efforts to promote the positive side of public education. We know there are many; we just need to convince the public.