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Diane Ravitch | Why Are Bill Gates & Betsy DeVos So Afraid of This Grandmother?

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 Diane Ravitch explains how public education is being damaged by the billionaires who want to destroy your community public schools.

Lost Arts

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Co-writer Kemala Karmen Deputy Director, Co-Founder NYCpublic   The trajectory of my life was forever changed by Eileen Daniel Riddle and James Gilchrist, two high school theater arts teachers who worked at my pre-busing, segregated suburban high school in the early 1970s. I was a struggling student, but they introduced me, and so many others, to what would become a lifelong passion. I made this film for all the teachers who pour their hearts into children, yet live in a …

Why Our Kids Don’t Love School Anymore

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On a weekend in December, I took a borrowed camera and lights and headed out to Montclair, New Jersey. All weekend long, one after another, public school parents and students tromped down the basement stairs in the home of an MCAS member. She and her fellow parent activists had assembled a diverse collection of urban and suburbanites, so that I could record their testimony. They wanted to talk about the changes that they were witnessing in their schools and in …

How to Opt Out of the NY State Tests

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A short, informational and fun primer on Refusing the Tests! Please Visit optoutnyc.com/opt-out/frequently-asked-questions-faq/ or NYC Opt Out on FACEBOOK!

Washington Post: Diane Ravitch Opt Out

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Original article by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post The Network for Public Education, a nonprofit education advocacy group co-founded by historian Diane Ravitch, is calling for a national “opt out” of high-stakes standardized testing, urging parents across the country to refuse to allow their children to participate in this spring’s testing. In a video released on the network’s website, Ravitch says families should opt out of state-mandated high-stakes testing in part because the scores provide “no useful information” about the …

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. …