Save Our Schools: National Convention Aug. 3rd to 5th in DC

More info at the Save Our Schools website: here. Save Our Schools National Convention in Washington, DC Friday, August 3, 2012 to Sunday, August 5, 2012 The SOS People’s Principles will focus on: * Overuse of high-stakes standardized testing on children * Defense of public education against privatization, vouchers, privately-run charters, and turnarounds * Opposition […]

Live! NY Gov press conference on teacher evaluations (tied to student standardized test scores)

The eloquent and educated opposition to Governor Cuomo’s plan can be found at this video: More Than A Number: An Educational Symposium _____________________ The regular media portrays this as Governor Andrew Cuomo vs. The Teachers’ Union. It is actually Govenor Cuomo’s bad ideas for children, battling the Teachers’ Union sell-out and compromise over the children. […]

More Than A Number: Concerned educators gather to examine standardized testing and teacher evaluations

At LIU Post, educators and community members gathered to discuss the negative impacts of the new scheme in New York to use students’ test scores directly in teacher evaluations. Previously in New York, there was a law forbidding this from happening. Though, political energy from Governor Cuomo and NY State Board of Regents Chancellor Tisch […]

Green Party candidate Jill Stein shines in CNN debate

KW: Egads! I briefly reviewed several press stories about the CNN Massachusetts Governor debate with Green Party candidate Jill Stein included. What I found was that the reviews were mixed. Though, the journalists who criticized her basically slung arrows in superficial ways. Those who commented on the substance of Stein’s performance seemed to find it […]

Newsday article: Wrong on diversity, wrong on standardized tests

KW writes: I was outraged by a recent Newsday article which put forth a possible theory for declining test scores. Link and excerpt from Newsday article first, my comments below: (excerpt from) Newsday Dip in statewide SAT scores blamed on student diversity by John Hildebrand /September 13, 2010 A report was released showing New York […]

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