Urgent Help Needed for This Year’s Opt Out Campaign

Dear NYC Opt Out allies, We signed petitions. Wrote letters. Got on the bus to Albany. All to no avail. Boycott/refusal/opt out—however you phrase it—remains the ONLY tactic that we have to force change so that ALL our children have the enriching, citizen-building public education they deserve. The 2018 NYS ELA test is less than 4 […]

The Disturbing Action Alert from Michael Mulgrew

by Jia Lee, Chapter Leader, The Earth School MORE/New Action 2016 Candidate for President of the UFT Here is the disturbing email that all UFT members received on Tuesday, December 1, a day before the Federal HELP Senate Committee was to vote on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), called Every […]

The Miseducation of UFT Leadership

  Dear UFT Leadership By Jia Lee There have been several points along my 14 years as a public school special education teacher when I felt I’d had enough. Many teachers across the country are fleeing the profession, retiring as soon as possible and publicly stating why. When I presented my reasons for becoming a […]

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, and […]

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 parents […]

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, involved […]

Protest HIGH STAKES TESTING and Putting Back the ‘PUBLIC’ in Public Education

Whether or not your children took the state tests, please join a rally in front of Tweed on FRIDAY 4/26 at 4pm to protest the ways that high-stakes testing is robbing our children of a decent education!  BRING THE KIDS! RALLY  CLEANING UP the MESS of HIGH STAKES TESTING and  Putting Back the ‘PUBLIC’ in […]