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April 26, 2014

John Thompson: Are Turnarounds and Tea Party Turmoil Driving Teachers Out?

Ignoring educational research, these expensive turnaround campaigns begin with the mass dismissal of teachers. This immediately reduces the number of African-American teachers serving African-American communities

April 12, 2014

Teachers: A Call to Battle for Reluctant Warriors

Teachers are beginning to react. We have known all along that test-based accountability would yield data by the truckload, but data is blind without wisdom.

April 10, 2014

John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's 'Fear and Learning'

It was a Texan, Diane Ravitch, who rallied teachers when it seemed like public schooling was condemned to its Alamo. Now, it may be a Texan, John Kuhn, who points the way out of the educational civil war launched by data-driven reform.

March 13, 2014

John Thompson: One Sided Hardball in New York Charter Fight

Vicious no-hold-barred competition cannot improve the lives of children. The poison dumped on adult educators always flows down onto the children.

March 07, 2014

Historic Network for Public Education Conference Issues Call for Congressional Hearings into Test Abuse

The major news to come out of the event was the Call for Congressional Hearings announced on Sunday afternoon. Diane Ravitch and I held an impromptu press conference where we made an urgent request for Congress to investigate the overuse of standardized tests.

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 19, 2014

Student Body President in Exile Continues to Request Her Return

Maia Wu, the Southern California middle school student and 8th grade class president given the boot by her school district for her outspokenness, continues to press for her reinstatement.

February 06, 2014

Civil Rights Hero James Meredith Issues the American Child's Education Bill of Rights

This year, Meredith has offered a fresh call to conscience, through his Educational Bill of Rights for America's Children. But this icon of the civil rights movement is charting a very different path from that of the corporate-led "education reform."

February 01, 2014

Student Body President Asks to be Allowed to Attend School

Currently in my school, parents and teachers are afraid to speak out against what they feel is wrong, which is something that should not be accepted as the "norm". Unfortunately, it's not just teachers and parents, but students as well. You could even say, my school is run by fear.

January 18, 2014

Newark Principals Speak Out, Get Suspended by Christie's Superintendent

Now Newark, New Jersey, is exploding, thanks to the attempts at intimidation by Governor Christie's hand-picked superintendent of schools, Cami Anderson.

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