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March 16, 2014

Gates and Duncan Seek to Use Trust in Teachers to Promote Common Core

If leadership is appointed and anointed by those in power, than it can be revoked by those in power. So if we want to be leaders, we are better off developing that status in a way that does not rely on such official designations.

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.

February 26, 2014

Union Election in Los Angeles: Meet Candidate Gaffney

Our union is at a crossroads, and I cannot sit back and watch our influence deteriorate. My colleagues know me as a relentless "bridge-builder," and I believe it is only through collaborative efforts by all stakeholders that the union can finally produce real solutions.

February 21, 2014

Union Election in Los Angeles: Meet Candidate Solkovits

With so much at stake this year, we asked the candidates running for president of UTLA to answer the same questions. We kick off the series with Gregg Solkovits.

February 16, 2014

Is Gates Money Going to Influence the National Board?

The Gates agenda is clear, so if you are looking to fund a non-profit or "research" organization, you know what you need to say and do in order to qualify for funding.

December 20, 2013

Jennifer Gonzalez Asks Teachers: What Makes a Principal Great?

A collective voice is rising that demands a more comprehensive route to school quality than the current test-and-punish system. And as we move closer to that path, we need to take a good, close look at how the actions of our principals impact the work of our teachers.

November 06, 2013

Florida Teacher: "I Was Among Those Who Reviewed the Common Core in 2009"

As the review unfolded, it became apparent that we were not working with a holistic, integrated application of standards. To Rene and me, it began to look instead like a checklist forming a platform for standardized testing.

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?

July 12, 2013

Paul Horton's Open Letter to President Obama: Listen to Committed Teachers

Many thousands of us have been fighting this battle for thirty and forty years and we remain relatively poor, isolated from the centers of power where big bucks are easy to acquire.

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

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