"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Start the Giving Season Today, and Save Our Schools

Here is a message from Dr. Philip Kovacs, who is now accepting donations to Educator Roundtable. I plan to send him $10.40 for me and $10.40 for each of my 3 grandsons, River, Stone, and Jackson. Please give what you can:
This is a grass roots campaign which relies on your donations. Unlike the Business Roundtable, which receives millions of dollars from corporations, or the NEA, which receives millions of dollars from membership dues, we intend to raise money in small sums from teachers and concerned citizens all over the country.

A full page ad in the national Sunday New York Times is going to cost us around $174,000. If we get 17,000 people to give $10.40, that won't be an issue. The point of the advertisement is getting individuals to come here to sign the petition. Ideally, you will leave this site and tell 10 others to return and sign. Each of them, we hope, will do the same. The next step is delivering petitions to policy makers sympathetic to our cause, which will also cost money, though that can be worried about once we have the signatures.

We are incorporating as a 501(c)(3) but that is going to take 4-6 months. In the meantime you can send personal checks made out to Philip Kovacs (acting secretary/treasurer) at:

Philip Kovacs
215 Skyline Road
Madison AL 35758


While we would rather have checks, as Pay Pal charges a fee, if you want to make your life a little easier, you can use your credit card or ATM card to make a donation here.

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