The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Reposted from SocialistWorker.org:   The education deform empire strikes back by Marilena Marchetti The battle over high-stakes testing and the future of public education is back in play after the Obama administration’s latest moves. THE PROPOSED regulations for national implementation … Continue reading The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Washington BADASS Teachers (WA BATS) Opt-Out Cheer Squad

As Washington BADASS Teachers (WA-BATS), we believe that everyone should do anything and everything they can to fight the so-called “reforms” that are destroying our public schools.  Unfortunately, the reality is that currently employed educational employees have to be very … Continue reading Washington BADASS Teachers (WA BATS) Opt-Out Cheer Squad

Introducing the Decision to Support the Whole Child Refusal Form

It’s no secret that refusal forms provided by school districts are designed to shame and intimidate parents into second guessing their decision to keep their children from participating in high states testing. One Seattle parent wasn’t impressed with Seattle Public … Continue reading Introducing the Decision to Support the Whole Child Refusal Form

Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

On October 17 of this year, Jesse, Wayne and I spoke on a panel at the annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference sponsored by Rethinking Schools about the testing opt out movement, the recent Seattle teachers’ strike and the Washington State … Continue reading Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

Nova High School, an “option school” in Seattle that offers project based, student oriented learning with a focus on critical and creative thinking, broke the record in terms of opt outs in Seattle with 100% of the 10th and 11th graders opting … Continue reading Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

95% of the Juniors at Ballard High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

The numbers keep rolling in and tell the story. A related story: Ingraham High School staff objects to the SBAC. Dora Taylor “As a former teacher, I know that ‘No Child Left Behind’ isn’t working for Montana’s students or teachers. … Continue reading 95% of the Juniors at Ballard High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment

From Truth in American Education: 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s ELA Assessment A New York-based Opt-Out advocacy group called United to Counter the Core reports that 190,836 students as of the time of this writing opted out of last … Continue reading 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment