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Opting out then and now
06/09/2015

A Tacoma speech/language pathologist and a professor at the University of Puget Sound opted their daughter out of standardized tests several years ago. They have written about it in "Education Week".  Read an interview with her on the impact “opting out” had on her, then, as a student and, now, as a young adult.


Non-Common Core Math for $400, please.
06/05/2015

Take a look at this jab at Common Core from Headline Politics.


A little poem
05/08/2015

Whether large or small, east or west, locals are joining in with the rest. From certs to support staff, many are walking –


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Vermont teachers have TA

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Educators in South Burlington have reached a Tentative Agreement as of Saturday. Thanks to all who sent messages of support. See article directly below for more details.


Solidarity with Vermont

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Some 250 teachers and other educators are on strike in South Burlington, VT. The sticking issues? Salaries and health care. This is the fourth day of the strike and our union sisters and brothers could use some inspiration. Please send notes, letters and encouraging words to sbealetters@gmail.com


No better time than now

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College of the Holy Cross assistant professor Jack Schneider says “education reformers” have gotten good at “scaring the hell out of people” about the state of public education. Schneider’s work points out that there has never been a better time to be a student in America’s public schools.


The right thing to do

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You gotta’ love reading entertaining endorsements. Check "The Stranger" to see what they say about Initiative 1351.


Testing limits on the horizon

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As the burden of tests and testing weighs heavily on students, teachers, administrators and parents, states are pushing back saying students are taking too many exams and that the exams are being given too much weight, writes Education Week's Alyson Klein. The movement to stagger federally mandated tests is still in its early stages but definitely gaining momentum.


Schools held to outdated benchmark

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See what WEA President Kim Mead said in a "New York Times" article last week outlining the fact that our schools are, “caught in a political crossfire of a battle over education policy,” according to reporter Motoko Rich.


Money talks but doesn't always help

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Former New York Times journalist Bob Herbert questions why should America’s wealthiest individuals, foundations and families wield so much influence – often toxic – on the ways our students in public schools are taught? Read this thought-provoking article.


Opening Gates

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Read what Bill Gates has to say about the current Common Core controversy. More curious than what he regularly preaches about Common Core, are some of the comments he and others like Arne Duncan make about parents, teachers, unions and so on. Patronizing? Just a bit.


Misleading mail targets retired educators

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A company named Teachers Pension Advisory Services (TPAS) recently mailed Washington State School Districts letters claiming to offer a “free estimate of your Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) benefits.” This company has no affiliation with the Department of Retirement Systems and if you receive one of these letters, the DRS strongly encourages you to file a consumer complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s office.


A "Gallon" of research to raise awareness

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Test scores are not going up in York City schools in York, PA. And, because we all know that test scores are the one and only measurement of student success, it should come as no surprise that the district’s appointed (not elected) chief recovery officer says the district is talking with two for-profit charter school corporations – Mosaica Education Inc., and Charter School USA. Meanwhile, a York City teacher/organizer, Clovis Gallon, has been doing homework.


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