Monthly Archives: December 2015

Monthly Archives: December 2015

No Threat Left Behind: New York City Stifles Opt Out

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Co-Writer Kemala Karmen Deputy Director, Co Founder NYC Public With more than 200,000 students — or nearly 1 in 5 of all eligible test takers–refusing to sit for annual standardized tests, New York State made headlines last spring for leading the nation in sheer number of opt outs. The parent-led opt out movement worked hard to get those numbers, getting an unexpected boost from voters disgusted by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hubristic overreach in pushing the Education Transformation Act of 2015. …

Public School Parents Call for Free and Open Dialogue on Standardized Testing NOW!

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Over 1,000 NYC parents, whose children attend schools in 31 of 32 city districts, write to the Mayor and Chancellor and are ignored; teachers & principals threatened with disciplinary action if they speak to parents about standardized tests administered in school. The NYCDOE Gag Order On Educator-Parent Discussions on Testing from Shoot4Education on Vimeo. PRESS CONTACTS: Megan Devir 347-306-4687, megandevir@yahoo.com Janine Sopp 917-541-6062 janinesopp@gmail.com On numerous occasions, Mayor Bill de Blasio‚Äôs Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina has emphatically declared that the …