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May 23, 2014

Oregon Teachers' Union Supports Opting Out, Calls for Congressional Hearings on Testing

Today we have the fourth report this month contributed by teacher union activists, who have followed democratic processes in their unions to engage in active resistance to high stakes testing.

March 23, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: Chicago School Officials Question Children Who Opt Out: Intimidation?

Chicago Public School officials sank to a new and unprecedented low this week. Children whose parents opted them out of testing were pulled from classrooms and questioned by officials from the district law office without parents' knowledge or consent.

March 09, 2014

Chicago Children Who Opt Out Face Pressure

"We hear of administrators who are telling families they are breaking the law, which is a lie. Think about this, they are intimidating people who are undocumented or in difficulty."

March 03, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: Administrator's Pledge on Ethical Treatment of Students Who Opt Out

It is time for administrators to take an ethical stance and make a firm commitment to the fair and kind treatment of children whose parents have opted them out of testing.

February 28, 2014

Chicago Test Boycott - Second School Joins In

Educators and parents in Chicago joined forces this week to boycott the ISAT at two schools, Maria Saucedo Elementary School and Drummond Montessori. There are also over 1,000 parents at 37 other Chicago schools who requested to opt their child out of ISAT.

May 20, 2013

Will the Data Warehouse Become Every Student and Teacher's "Permanent Record"?

inBloom, the non-profit started with a hundred million dollar investment from the Gates Foundation, is planning to create a digital record which, barring catastrophe, truly could be a permanent record of every K12 student, from their first interaction with the schools to the last. The amount of information they are planning to collect is staggering. Here are the several hundred categories, which include academic records, attendance records, test results of all sorts, disciplinary incidents, special ed accommodations, and more.

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

March 05, 2013

John Thompson: Texans Debunk Test-Driven Reform

Addressing the Save Texas Schools rally in Austin on Feb. 23, Superintendent John Kuhn nailed the essence of test-driven "reform." "Some people have forgotten that good teachers actually exist. They spend so much time and effort weeding out the bad ones that they've forgotten to take care of the good ones. This bitter accountability pesticide is over-spraying the weeds and wilting the entire garden." He later rebutted a key argument of market-driven "reform," reminding us that "They say 100,000 kids are on a waiting list for charter schools. Let me tell you about another waiting list. There are 5 million kids waiting for this Legislature to keep our forefathers' promises."

September 26, 2012

Rog Lucido: How do High Stakes Tests Affect Our Students?

Guest post by Rog Lucido. NCLB ushered in the national era of high-stakes testing in all of our schools. Soon the consequences of this testing became apparent. The Alliance for Childhood revealed that parents, teachers, school nurses, psychologists, and child psychiatrists reported that the stress ...

March 22, 2012

Teachers and Parents Prepare to Occupy the Department of Education

Last summer many of us marched to protest the US Department of Education's policies at the Save Our Schools march in Washington, DC. While there, I met two activists, Pennsylvania parent Tim Slekar and Florida teacher Ceresta Smith. They are now working to organize an "occupation" of the Department ...

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