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Education Department Tells States: If Students Don't Take Tests, You Will Lose Funding

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. Education Department is not relenting on requirements to test students on math and language arts abilities, despite th...

How to Best Increase Life Saving Organ Donations

Mirah Riben | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Mirah Riben

An organ transplant is often a patient's last hope for life, and it is well known that there are an insufficient number of organs being donated from l...

December 2015 Is Gone, and So Is Arne Duncan -- But USDOE Nonsense Remains

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.04.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Any Duncan legacy piece should account for glaring Duncan lapses, and NBC's piece on Duncan does not.

Even Santa Can't Save Pearson (Mis)Education

Alan Singer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Potential Pearson disasters are lining up. Pearson's Stanford 10 Achievement Tests that are used by U.S. school districts to assess student learning from kindergarten through high school will be phased out by June 2016. Many states are replacing them with their own standardized exams.

No Threat Left Behind: New York City Stifles Opt Out

Michael Elliot | Posted 12.16.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Whether you are a parent in a "high performing" school with plenty of middle and upper class children or a parent with a child in a "low performing" school with a population weighed down by the stresses of poverty, there is a powerful deterrent custom-made for you when it comes to making the decision of whether or not to allow a child to take the tests.

Opt-Out Campaign Must Continue

Alan Singer | Posted 12.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Parents in high-performing states like New York and Massachusetts must insist that the federal government not abandon the education of poor and minority children in the old-new South and southwest bright red states.

Losing Ground, But Not Because of Language

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.01.2015 | Education
Josmar Trujillo

There are terrible charters, to be sure, but there are also those that are winning people over. So I wasn't surprised that there was a strong show of force of families marching under the charter banner.

Schools Failed To Inform Parents Of The Right To Opt Out Of Tests, Says Lawsuit

ed | Sarah Tully | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. A parents group claims a Los Angeles County school district failed...

The Costs of Our Teachers Opting Out

John Ewing | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
John Ewing

Study after study shows that experience counts in teaching. While recruitment may be an immediate need, retaining a workforce of outstanding, experienced educators is the ultimate goal.

How Stay-at-Home Moms Can "Opt Back In" to Work

Samantha Parent | Posted 09.05.2015 | Women
Samantha Parent

Stay-at-home moms-- Don't fall for the chatter that "opting out" of the workforce to raise kids sounds the death knell for your career. It is possible...

Back to School and the Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost

Vicki Cobb | Posted 09.05.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Under the guise of "education reform" and giving "parents' choice" public education has been deemed a "failure."

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.