Links would like to encourage our readers to connect with the following groups, who like us, believe in defending democratically controlled free and public education for all.  A citywide membership-based organization, Empower DC is dedicated to effecting social change through a democratic, self-help empowerment approach to community organizing working on issues including affordable housing, quality affordable child care, preserving public property and improving public education.
Rocketship’s first campus in D.C is planned to open in 2015, with 1300 students in the first year, increasing to 5,300 students in subsequent years.  Even as public schools are closing due to falling enrollment, new Rocketships will be opening at an impressive clip, dominating community’s education from offices in distant California.

Diane Ravitch:  Ms. Ravitch passes on a plea for the national public school movement to lend a hand of support San Jose’s Washington/Tamien community.  Ms. Ravitch has written quite a bit on Rocketship, you can read her comments and those of her followers here:

Larry Miller:  Larry Miller (Milwaukee Public School Board Member) posted Ms. Ravitch’s post, along with other useful information on his blog.


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel publicized a flyer that resulted in Rocketship’s first school being shy of it’s rather meager enrollment targets.  That flyer, passed out by a school board trustee, also helped us clarify our thoughts here in San Jose.  We appreciated the Sentinel’s publicity on the issue!


Huttlinger Alliance:  The Huttlinger Alliance for Education is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization based in Los Altos, California. The Alliance supports innovation and excellence in public education with advisory services, strategic funding, and political advocacy for communities that provide superior public education.