Friday, July 11, 2008

Hard Times at Douglass High

With this entry, I recall the movie: "Dangerous Minds"...

A new HBO documentary, "Hard Times at Douglass High," paints a revealing picture of education in the NCLB era, writes Eric Cooper, president and founder of the National Urban Alliance. The documentary can leave one feeling hopeless, but Cooper says that professional development for the many uncertified teachers at the school may hold the key to improving student performance. The Sun (Baltimore)
Here's a letter from one of our lawyers:
TO: Dear Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and District of Columbia Public School Teachers
FROM: Donald Mooers
DATE: June 23, 2008
Tonight, viewers across the country will get a first-hand view of the challenges that many of you face each day in your classrooms. HBO Films produced a documentary called “Hard Times at Douglass High”, which covers the 2004 – 2005 school year at one of the Baltimore City Public Schools where Filipino H-1B teachers have been assigned. One of the recurring messages throughout the movie is that Baltimore City faces a critical shortage of qualified teachers – it is not by coincidence that Filipino teachers began arriving to work in the School System for the 2005 – 2006 academic year.
Once again, I thank you for the service that you are providing to your students and the schools where you teach. You are truly unsung heroes, and I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to assist you through the complex and convoluted US immigration system.
Don Mooers

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