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August 20, 2013

Monitored and Ignored: Ravitch and the Rest of Us

I have actively sought to get responses from the administration. Why then would I feel disturbed to find out they are "monitoring" people like Diane Ravitch - and perhaps myself?

June 20, 2013

Badass Teachers Association Shows a New Spirit of Defiance

Badass Teachers stayed in the nation's toughest neighborhoods when everyone else left, amidst drug epidemics and drive by shootings, factory closing and fires

June 13, 2013

Bill Gates Discovers Money Cannot Buy Teachers

Sunday's Seattle Times tells us of a strange problem encountered by the richest man in the world. His money is not working its magic

June 03, 2013

Lesson for Our Leaders: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Educators have been on the defensive for so long that many s have forgotten that the best defense is a good offense.

June 01, 2013

Is the Tea Party Right About the Common Core?

Although it may be hard for some education leaders to acknowledge, the substance of the Tea Party's criticism of common-core standards is solid

May 23, 2013

Chicago: Time to End the Billionaires' Experiments With Mayoral Control?

Bill Gates suggested that in time teachers and voters would come along to see the benefits of the experiments the billionaire reformers want to do in our schools. That was four years ago - and the experiments have run their course. A research paper by Elaine Weiss and Don Wong took a close look at the results in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago, exactly the three cities touted by Gates as the petri dishes for his market-driven experiments.

May 15, 2013

Monty Neill: Building Effective Campaigns for Testing Reform

Across the country, many local school boards, superintendents and principals have been speaking out against excessive testing. Parents, teachers, students and community groups should work with them to reduce the number of tests and any stakes attached to them. Those who still support the status quo need to be educated and, if necessary, pressured. In cities with appointed school boards, political pressure often will need to work through other avenues.

May 14, 2013

Monty Neill: Authentic Assessment as Part of a Testing Reform Campaign

Across the nation, a rebellion is brewing against testing overuse and misuse. But just saying "no" isn't enough. In fact, high-quality feedback from assessment is vital to teaching and learning. Students, teachers and parents need to know whether kids are making progress. Communities and taxpayers deserve to know if schools are serving children well and children are succeeding. To win change, activists must offer proposals for better assessment systems coupled with demands to end harmful practices.

May 13, 2013

Monty Neill: Building a Successful Test Reform Movement

Over the past few months, I've been involved in dialogues and public meetings aimed at furthering the testing reform movement. Our conversations focused on how to win key goals: less testing, lower stakes, and better assessment practices. In this post, I focus on basic goals and strategy for launching a campaign. In subsequent posts, I will discuss the importance of pushing for high-quality assessments, and then propose tactics to educate the public, develop strong coalitions, and persuade policymakers.

April 24, 2013

We Are Chicago Students, and We Are Here to Save Our Schools!

We are over-tested, under-resourced, and fed up with the policies put in place by Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education. Today, students from across the city are fighting back! CPS officials have tried to threaten and intimidate us but students and the community have been silenced for too long. We know this is an action that puts us at risk of retaliation, but it's a risk we are willing to tak

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