The Guam Daily Post ran an article entitled Tensions rise at education board special meeting over budget where GFT President Tim Fedenko lays blame on lawmakers and the governor for woefully under funding the Guam Department of Education (GDOE). In response, Guam Education Board (GEB) Robert Crisostomo says:
I submit to Fidenko [sic] that for the last 30 years, we’ve had certified teachers, we had the people but the scores never increased. I don’t understand; we keep pouring money into the department. This is the only organization I know of where we pour money into it, but we have no expectations of what is coming out of it. The public should be demanding more of us. As a board, I think we should be demanding more of ourselves.
In response, GFT suggests that GEB members should read The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools (affiliate link). Past President of the National Education Association (NEA) Keith Geiger said:
The Manufactured Crisis should lay to rest the myth that America’s public schools are failing. This book makes it clear that the opponents of public education have manufactured an educational crisis, and the authors have effectively cut through the rhetoric to debunk anti-public school disinformation. A powerful piece of truth-telling.
GFT stands with its teachers in GDOE who have worked so hard in spite of the lackluster funding GDOE receives from the lawmakers to barely keep the lights on. Many students have graduated from GDOE who have amazing success. Students have participated and won national and international competitions, all done with the support from public school educators.