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Join the Campaign for Shared Debt, Shared Governance at TC


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TC Student Debt Campaign




OurTC is conducting a survey of the student debt struggle at Teachers College. The survey has two main questions:

  • How much student debt do you have from Teachers College?
  • If you are a student, how will this debt affect your job choice after graduation? If an alumni, how has it affected life after graduation?
The survey is anonymous. The responses will be viewed by members of OurTC, and made publicly available in several forms in the coming semesters. If you would prefer that OurTC not post your anonymous answers to our questions in any way, shape or form, please indicate so.In the short-term, OurTC will continue seeking responses to the questions.
In the long-term, the group will compose infographics, reports, and a video contrasting the student debt struggle with administrator salaries at Teachers College.In short, OurTC is trying to make the case for shared governance. The basic argument is that, if students had had a voice in financial decisions at Teachers College, they would never have chosen to indebt themselves or their peers to this extent.Share your struggle in the struggle for shared governance. Fill out the form and stay tuned for the information.Original Announcement

Please pass along this message to TC students and alumni, particularly the graduating class:

Student debt is a problem. TC students pay extremely high tuition (nearly $1400 per credit hour), which has increased by almost 1000% since 1960. Our lack of participation at the College in the financial decisions that affect us has resulted in our many hundreds and thousands of dollars of debt. If we’d had a say, the debt would never have been an option in the first place.

We want to make the case for shared governance, but we still do not know the extent of student debt at our College. So we’re conducting a survey. Please fill out the short, anonymous survey (linked above) to report how much debt you have. The information will be used to communicate the severity of student debt at TC and build an argument for shared governance. Sharing your struggle will help make the case for shared governance.

This struggle is not an isolated one. Student debt outpaced credit card debt in 2012 and last year the federal government made $41.3 billion off the backs of student debtors. Students and alumni, help restore Teachers College’s legacy of leadership, excellence, and social justice: help make the case for shared governance by sharing your struggle. To the graduating class of 2014, leave your mark on TC before you leave.

Our TC, a student movement at Teachers College

Updated info for Friday’s Teach-in with Morna McDermott at TC!

The Teach-in and meeting have been moved to:
424 Horace Mann
see you there!

Teach in on Friday, April 11 with Morna McDermott from United Opt-Out



Morna McDermott

United Opt-Out National

When Advertising Replaces Research:
The Corporate Agenda for Public Schools, Why You Should Care, and What You Can Do About It
Friday, April 11th, 6:00pm
Grace Dodge Dining Hall
Teachers College, Columbia University

This teach-in provides an overview of how corporate interests have created a model for “predatory” reform for public education. Under the guise of “accountability” and “rigor,” students are being turned into “human capital,” therefore increasing racist and classist outcomes while yielding enormous profits and power for those wielding the decision-making power.

The democratic project of public education (while historically far from delivering on its promise) is moving in the wrong direction, eroding our democratic and human rights. The teach-in will focus of three basic points: 1) creating the corporate narrative and the power of “story telling” 2) how and why private financial and political interests dominate our policy landscapes and 3) what you can do, an overview of the opt out movement–what the movement is and why you should join.

And PLEASE STAY after the teach-in, as we will have an Our TC gathering to follow at 7:00pm. Please feel free to bring drinks and hang out to hear the latest from our student movement. 


Morna McDermott is one of the founding organizers of the group United Opt Out National-the campaign to end corporate reform and high stakes testing.  She is also an educator and teacher educator of 25 years, both in K-12 and currently in teacher education as Associate Professor at Towson University. Her research and publications span the scope of education policy, curriculum, arts, and social justice. She maintains a regular blog at

edTPA conference videos up!


The videos from the edTPA conference we held in March are up!

Check them out and spread widely!

Aaron Pallas

Barbara Madeloni

Beverly Falk

Beverly Smith

Browne McKibben

Jessica Hochman

Julie Gorlewski

Kai Johnson

Kimberly Mayfield Lynch

Maeve McNamara

Melissa Howard

Peter Taubman

Meeting Tuesday, April 1


ourTC will have a general meeting after the teach-in by Daniel Souleles on “How TC says it works” (see previous post).

We’ll start whenever the teach-in ends. The teach-in starts at 5:30, so we’re saying

6:30 in Grace Dodge Cafeteria (Tuesday, 4/1) for the meeting.

Hope to see you there. Everyone is welcome and please spread the word!

“How TC Says it Works”


Join us for an ourTC teach-in with Daniel Souleles, TC anthropology doctoral student, on a student senate committee inquiry and report into TC departmental budgets and roles this Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 in the Grace-Dodge cafeteria.

How is TC’s budget being spent and what do the departments see as their roles?

Also, see the attached report!

how tc says it worksInsitutional Affairs Report

thanks for a great #edTPAcon2014!


Thanks to everyone who attended and supported, and especially thanks to our panelists for making #edTPAcon2014 an amazing event.

Video will be up soon via Barnard.

In the meantime, here are three resources/statements on edTPA:

NYSUT letter to Commissioner John King

NAME statement on edTPA

edTPA opt out letter for united opt out

EdTPA conference tomorrow, March 8, at Barnard

Join us tomorrow at Barnard for our conference on edTPA!

if you can’t make it, the conference will be livestreamed here:

and live tweeted via #edtpacon2014


Excellent Op-Ed on Unequal TA Funding at TC and Columbia


By TC doctoral student Daniel Souleles.

Unequal TA wages affect entire university