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May 18, 2011

California Governor Puts the Testing Juggernaut On Ice

California Governor Jerry Brown has taken a big step towards reducing the testing mania in the nation's most populous state. Up until his administration we have been on an accelerated path towards the comprehensive data-driven system that test publishers and corporate reformers have convinced leade...

May 13, 2011

Local Teacher Association's President: We Must Challenge the Obama Administration's Education Policies

Yesterday I posted some concerns about the recent decision by leaders of the National Education Association to seek an early endorsement of President Obama at their Representative Assembly (RA) meeting in the first week of July. I also voiced concern about a statement on teacher evaluation that allo...

May 12, 2011

Will the NEA Endorse Obama and the Use of Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations?

In the past week we got news of two very significant moves by the nation's largest teacher's union (and actually the largest union of any kind). The National Education Association's Political Action Committee voted to recommend an endorsement of Barack Obama, and the NEA Board of Directors approved ...

April 28, 2011

When Will the Testing Bubble Burst?

In the mid-1920s our economy boomed. The stock market, then relatively new, soared to amazing heights, as the middle class invested their money and saw their wealth grow. But there was a problem. The stock market prices had inflated beyond the intrinsic worth of the companies they were based upon. ...

April 26, 2011

Ron Fink: Breaking the Rules to Let Kids Play

Today I am sharing a guest post from a reader -- I will let him tell the tale: By Ron Fink I compose musical plays that are used in regular classrooms, grades K-9, all over the country. My writing partner and I build the plays around mandated curriculum, but we add stories, catchy tunes, clever ly...

April 22, 2011

Grassroots Teacher Convention Makes Waves in Oakland

Teachers in Oakland have spoken. At the first Oakland Teachers' Convention, more than 200 teachers - close to ten percent of the teachers in the District, gathered and spent two and a half days in intense dialogue to come up with recommendations for the future success of our schools. Last October ...

April 20, 2011

Sarah Rubenstein: When Will Impoverished Students Get What They Need?

Three years ago I started serving as a mentor for a young teacher at an alternative middle school in Oakland. This school was for special cases - students who had been pushed out of regular middle schools, usually because they were having behavior issues or getting in fights with other students. You...

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