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Why the Opt-Out Movement Is Crucial for the Future of Public Education

Communities have seen their schools labeled “failing,” based on standardized test scores, and taken over by the state or national corporate charter chains. The most powerful tool that parents have to stop this madness is to refuse to allow their children to take the tests.

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Obama’s New Education Secretary Moves to Protect Standardized Testing

Far from dispensing with the controversial, high-stakes practice, John King intends to defend it “by blackmail if necessary,” writes Marilena Marchetti at Socialist Worker.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



‘This is a Movement, Not a Moment’

Black Lives Matter changed the life of one young activist. Now, despite being hit with numerous criminal charges for her activism, she refuses to back down on her organizing.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: How Standardized Tests Enrich Companies, Sicken Students and Get Teachers Fired

The “Last Week Tonight” host dedicated the longest section of his HBO show Sunday to discussing the one thing teachers, students and parents all despise: standardized testing.

Posted on May 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Test Mutiny: Tens of Thousands of N.Y. Parents Protest Standardized Exams

Tens of thousands of parents took a stand against the education agenda of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and standardized tests nationwide by having their children boycott one such exam in mid-April. In some districts, abstention levels reached 80 percent. (Pictured: Jack Bierwirth, the superintendent of Herricks Public Schools in Long Island.)

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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AP / Gerald Herbert

Income Inequality Goes to School

Countering the efforts of educational reformers—including President Obama and his Race to the Top crew—to blame teachers for student failures, researchers are finding that the growing gap between the affluent and the poor is the real villain.

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10 States Get a Pass on ‘No Child Left Behind’

It’s one of the most maligned domestic relics of the George W. Bush era, and now President Obama has stepped in to let 10 states off the hook, at least for the time being, from the experiment in educational standardization known as “No Child Left Behind.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Taking ‘Bad Teacher’ to School

Let’s be honest. Teachers don’t get into the profession for the money. Nowadays they don’t get into the profession for respect either. So why do they do it?

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Schooling Scholars on Classroom Success

There is of course no doubt that our public education system is broken. There is also no doubt that wages are too low. But blaming “bad teachers” is not the answer to either.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


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A Teachable Moment From an Esteemed Teacher

At a time when our country’s educational system is sliding down our government’s priority list, it takes reminders like this one, by noted California educator Jim Mamer, to set us straight and offer some much-needed inspiration.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE


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The Rebirth of Education

A friend of mine, J.M. Zimmerman, once stated that to revitalize our schools, engage our children and ultimately save our planet will require “the death of education and its rebirth.” Sometimes systems are so flawed that they need to be scrapped and replaced rather than fiddled with or fixed. 

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE


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