MORE Stands Against Common Core, with Parents and Teachers Boycotting the Tests

Tomorrow, April 1st, students across NY State will take the second year of Common Core aligned tests.  Last year’s test administration was a disaster, but continue rollout this year of the standards revealed what a deeply flawed project they are. The resistance, however, is growing: parents are opting their children out of the tests in large numbers, andContinue reading “MORE Stands Against Common Core, with Parents and Teachers Boycotting the Tests”

Number of NYC Parents Refusing State Tests Expected to Triple in 2014

Change the Stakes Changethestakes.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2014 CONTACT: Janine Sopp, 917-541-6062, janinesopp@gmail.com Nancy Cauthen, 646-438-1233, nkcauthen@earthlink.net Number of NYC Parents Refusing State Tests Expected to Triple in 2014 New York City –What began two years ago as a small pocket of resistance has burgeoned into a full-blown protest movement: public school parentsContinue reading “Number of NYC Parents Refusing State Tests Expected to Triple in 2014”

Taking Back OUR Schools March and Rally

Calling all NYC Metro community activists (“voices of resistance”), families, students, civil rights advocates, voters, immigrant families, policymakers and legislators, union members, teachers, and faith leaders… This rally and march is part of the national Testing Resistance & Reform Spring campaign. We aim to support the efforts of parents, teachers and community members to haveContinue reading “Taking Back OUR Schools March and Rally”

Two Important Events Thursday + Friday

Support the Opt-Out Movement & Learn How to Organize Your Chapter THURSDAY 2/27: ORGANIZING WORKSHOP A LABOR NOTES TROUBLEMAKERS SCHOOL Overwhelmed by the challenges of organizing in your school? Want to share ideas with other dedicated, creative chapter leaders and activists? Come to a workshop on organizing your members to create a more active, involvedContinue reading “Two Important Events Thursday + Friday”

When Parents, Students and Teachers Fight with a Single Voice

by Harry Lirtzman, former high school special education math teacher. As teacher and union activists working inside the framework of a deeply undemocratic union and against the formidable resources available to the implacable “corporate school reform” movement it is inevitable that we momentarily lose heart, even hear a cynical “voice” from inside ourselves about protecting publicContinue reading “When Parents, Students and Teachers Fight with a Single Voice”

AFT’s Welcome Change of Heart

by Jia Lee for MORE UFT Chapter Leader of The Earth school Recently, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, surprised many a disillusioned public school teacher with her new mantra: “Vam is a Sham”. This is a major shift from her previous agreement and collaboration with Race to the Top policy enforcers.Continue reading “AFT’s Welcome Change of Heart”