schools.jpgTeachers and parents are planning a protest this afternoon outside a conference in San Francisco where former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch will be speaking about education reform.

The conference, “Education Everywhere: National Summit on Education Reform 2011,” is organized by the Foundation for Excellence in Education, whose chairman is Bush, the governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and brother of former President George W. Bush.

According to the conference’s agenda, topics will include changes to the teaching profession, education funding formulas, and new technology in classrooms.

But organizers with the California Teachers Association and United Educators of San Francisco, who are protesting the conference, say it is about making money from proposed education reforms, not about improving education.

“Profiteering–that’s it in a nutshell,” CTA spokesman Mike Myslinski said. “This is not a serious look at education reform that really matters, it’s more of a look at how to profit from our public education system.”

The protesters will be picketing at 4 p.m. today on the sidewalk outside the Palace Hotel at 2 New Montgomery St., where the conference is being held.

Bush was scheduled to make opening remarks at the conference this morning, and Murdoch is scheduled to give the keynote address on Friday morning.

Philanthropist Melinda Gates and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are among the other dignitaries scheduled to speak at the two-day conference.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • DT

    I watched Bush being interviewed last night. He wants more online learning so that it can be tailored to individual students’ needs. I am in agreement with this point of view. I spent many long hours staring out windows because I was done with in-class assignments ages before others, especially the slowest students.

    Go right ahead and protest. When I was a student in SFUSD (before Prop 13) Galileo High had no real girls gym, seldom had heat, no cafeteria, no auditorium, no shop classes, no home ec, no lockers, broken windows, broken shades, broken toilets, broken AV equipment, not enough textbooks to go around. The cats we were to “dissect” for Physiology & Anatomy might have been new sometime in the late 1940s as they creaked worse than my grandmother’s fox stole (with feet) from the 1920s. There weren’t enough of those carcasses to go around so we shared 3 per cat.

    I’m willing to bet that most classrooms are still equipped with chalkboards (the pre-whiteboard) and that what few computers are available are the broken ones that weren’t stolen.

    SFUSD spends far too much on Administration expenses instead of in the classroom.

    Did I mention that my graduating class was close to 800 students and that there was only ONE Guidance Counselor for the entire High School (Walt G.).

  • DT

    I watched Bush being interviewed last night. He wants more online learning so that it can be tailored to individual students’ needs. I am in agreement with this point of view. I spent many long hours staring out windows because I was done with in-class assignments ages before others, especially the slowest students.

    Go right ahead and protest. When I was a student in SFUSD (before Prop 13) Galileo High had no real girls gym, seldom had heat, no cafeteria, no auditorium, no shop classes, no home ec, no lockers, broken windows, broken shades, broken toilets, broken AV equipment, not enough textbooks to go around. The cats we were to “dissect” for Physiology & Anatomy might have been new sometime in the late 1940s as they creaked worse than my grandmother’s fox stole (with feet) from the 1920s. There weren’t enough of those carcasses to go around so we shared 3 per cat.

    I’m willing to bet that most classrooms are still equipped with chalkboards (the pre-whiteboard) and that what few computers are available are the broken ones that weren’t stolen.

    SFUSD spends far too much on Administration expenses instead of in the classroom.

    Did I mention that my graduating class was close to 800 students and that there was only ONE Guidance Counselor for the entire High School (Walt G.).