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Jesse Hagopian | Teach What Matters

Teacher Jesse Hagopian shares a devastating classroom story. But it’s not hopeless. Jesse Hagopian talks about why teaching to the test cannot meet the needs of America’s children.

Johanna Garcia | The Uncomfortable Truth About the Tests

How do you heal the inequities that plague our schools? Hint: Not with high-stakes tests. Parent Johanna Garcia speaks movingly about the the damage that ensues when you “make it about the tests.”

Linda Lyon | She Served Our Country. Now She’s Fighting for Our Kids.

“Privatization is as much about limiting the power of the average citizen as it is about increasing profits.” Linda Lyon President, Arizona School Boards Association

2 School Districts, 1 Ugly Truth

“The greatest educational malpractice in the United States happens in the statehouse not the schoolhouse.” What’s wrong with the way we fund our schools? Here is Texas Superintendent John Kuhn’s powerful explanation.

Diane Ravitch – 8 Powerful Voices Series

Diane Ravitch talks about threat posed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the privatization of public education. This is the first release in a series of 8 short films for The Network for Public Education.      

Lost Arts – The Teacher Project

The arts play such an important role helping children engage education with enthusiasm and joy.  In this data obsessed, austerity era, the arts have been stripped away leaving children with much narrower opportunities.

The Other PARCC

The PARCC Tests were once one of the most widely used standardized tests in the country. But parents began to examine the tests, the costs, and the damage they caused. Parents called for a rapid change of the plan.

Parents Message to Bill De Blasio

The advocacy group Parent Voices NY wanted to make a plea to Bill DeBlasio, the mayor elect, to appoint a Schools Chancellor who would represent the interests of parents, teachers and kids.

Refuse the Test

Last year over 200,000 New York State parents decided that high-stakes standardized testing was having a damaging effect on their children and their public schools, refusing to allow their children to take the tests.

Message from Diane Ravitch about Opt Out

The Network for Public Education is calling for a national Opt Out of high stakes standardized testing. The movement is inspiring thousands of parents nationwide to fight for their public schools and the education their children deserve.

When You Refuse

When You Refuse features a presentation by Long Island Opt Out/NYSAPE Founder, Jeanette Deutermann.  Long Island is the epicenter of the Opt Out Movement.  Jeanette has inspired tens of thousands of parents to push back against the testing.

Sanise Lebron – CASA MIddle School, Bronx NY

Sanise Lebron is an 8th grader at CASA. She delivered this testimony on a Friday Morning in March, at the school’s Community Circle. She shared her feelings with her entire school. It takes a lot of courage for this young …

Jia Lee – ESEA Reauthorization

Special Education Teacher, Jia Lee from the Earth School in NYC was invited to give testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, to discuss the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind.

How to Opt Out of the State Tests

There is no reason and no benefit to children or their learning when it comes to high-stakes standardized tests. Watch this short primer and learn how to Opt Out of the State Tests!

Let Love Lead the Way

Principal Jamaal Bowman from CASA Middle School in the Bronx opened the October 17th conference The Call to Educational Justice.

Yohuru Williams – “The Lessons are Eternal”

Dr. Yohuru Willams gave the Keynote at The Call to Educational Justice Conference on Oct 17th. This is 12 min of his 20 min presentation.