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Who Owns the Presidential Candidates?

Alan Singer | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The first Fox News Republican Party Presidential debates are over. Not surprisingly Donald Trump entertained and insulted. The supporting cast for his new apprentice show mostly hung out in the background.

Noteworthy: No Federal Sanctions for New York Opt-out

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Test-centered American public education has had its day, and based upon the growing appeal to parents of opting their children out of mandated tests, that day has more than passed.

Another Big Win for Opt-Out

Alan Singer | Posted 08.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

After months of threatening that high student opt-out rates on high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests would cause school districts to lose federal and state aid, the threats have evaporated.

Big Win for Opt-Out

Alan Singer | Posted 08.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In 2015 it moved from the political margins and emerged as a full-scale social movement committed to the idea that education should be about children, not testing. States have not yet abandoned Common Core and Race to the Top mandated high-stakes testing, but as the Opt-Out movement continues to grow and its pace of growth continues to accelerate, I believe they will.

New York Sees A Huge Jump In Number Of Kids Opting Out Of State Tests

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- About 20 percent of New York's third- through eighth-graders refused to take the statewide English and math tests given in the s...

Educating for Democracy: What If All Schools Were Charter

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.07.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

I wonder what this eminent thinker would have to say about someone who not only repeats the same flawed procedure but then expands on it. That is what Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is doing by increasing the number of charter schools state-wide after turning over all the district schools in New Orleans to charter managers.

The Senate Debate on Lee's Opt Out Amendment

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In the House version of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, the Student Success Act (SSA), parental opt-out is written into the legislation, bypassing any state positions on the issue:

Women

Carolyn Ossorio | Posted 07.14.2015 | Women
Carolyn Ossorio

Whoever coined the phrase, "glass ceiling" isn't a mom to five, a host, chef, food blogger and columnist. Another life ago, I inhabited Corporate America.

Is the Illusion of Equity a Civil Right?

Jason Endacott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

The bottom line is that "equal" and "accountable" sound great in a political speech or interview, but in reality they lead to resegregation and the disproportionate denigration of educational experiences for children who are not white.

12 Civil Rights Groups Oppose Opting Out. It Could Have Been 28.

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

28 civil rights groups wishing for greater federal enforcement must now reckon with both lesser enforcement and federal acknowledgement that the anti-testing movement is gaining strength.

Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in Unethical Times

Colin Schumacher | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Colin Schumacher

In these dire times of unethical decision-making by policy makers, it's important that teachers remain grounded in moral principles that have proven timeless in preserving the promise of public education. It has been painfully evident that union leadership has settled for political maneuvering rather than unwavering principle.

Common Core Means No Child Left Untested

Alan Singer | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The more I look at the Common Core approach to reading, the more it seems to be a shill for publishers like Pearson to sell new "Common Core" aligned textbooks, workbooks, and online packaged learning programs.

Seven More Reasons to Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.

Join the Obamas and "Opt-Out" of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 06.06.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Sasha and Malia Obama attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC where tuition is about $35,000 a year and students do not take high-stakes Common Core aligned tests. Michelle and Barack chose this school because it offers children an enriched curriculum, not constant test prep.

Stop Bullying Kids Over Testing Issues

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Laurie Levy

I'm not sure why reading a book is not acceptable. Perhaps because the child might learn something? More likely, other kids taking PARCC might be envious and also decide to opt out.

A Month of Opting Out of Standardized Tests: Week 1

Jason Endacott | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

I get a lot of questions about education from friends, family, friends of family, family of friends and random people on the interwebs.  One of the most difficult questions I get is "Why did you choose to opt your kids out of standardized tests?"

Opting Out of PARCC Testing for Children With Special Needs

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

As usual, it is those who need the most help who are crushed under the heel of the educational-industrial complex.

Selfish Politicians Who Politicize Vaccination Endanger the Public

David Ropeik | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

Parents can opt out of having their kids vaccinated for either philosophical or religious reasons, depending on the state. Posturing as a defender of individual liberty, when people already have it, is selfish political grandstanding and nothing more.

Society's Bias Against Motherhood Is Creating a New Problem With No Name

Lisen Stromberg | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Lisen Stromberg

The sad reality is that professional women who want or have children are often told to hide or deny this side of ourselves. We are told if we don't, our careers will be even more stymied because the research shows the bias against mothers is real.

Why Tulsa Teachers Risk Their Jobs to Opt Out of the Testing Madness

John Thompson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Some non-educators are taken aback by the series of reports on the way that testing eats up incredible amounts of class time -- up to 80 days a year.

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

No Amount of Data Can Replace a Good Classroom Teacher

Randy Turner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

Administrators keep feeding teachers the basic nonsense that we could do much better teaching now that we have data we can use. So we keep giving tests. But learning has become something teachers try to sneak in whenever it's possible. And for students, enjoyment of learning is a dim memory.

Rebecca Klein

Hundreds Of Students At This Colorado High School Refused To Take A Test

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Hundreds of seniors at a Colorado high school refused to take a statewide test Thursday and protested outside, criticizing standardized testing and co...

Will a Florida County's Bold Decision to Opt Out of State Testing Catch Fire?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Imagine schools where children were tested every three or four years, at transition points, as in the world's top-performing nations. Imagine schools where teachers wrote their own tests and used their professional judgment.

Back to School - Or Not? Five Reasons to Consider Learning Without Schooling for Your Teen

Catherine Gobron | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Gobron

Here we are in August and teens across the country are getting ready to go back to school. Some of them are looking forward to it. And some are not....