Advocacy Work

Lost Arts – The Teacher Project

So many people I know have a story about a teacher who changed their life.  For me it was Eileen Daniel Riddle and James Gilchrist.

Message from Diane Ravitch about Opt Out

The Network for Public Education is calling for a national Opt Out of high stakes standardized testing, supporting the tens of thousands of parents and children nation wide, who will be refusing to participate the annual tests.

How to Opt Out of the State Tests

A short, informational and fun primer on Refusing the Tests! Please Visit

Jamaal Bowman – NYS Common Core Task Force

Jamaal Bowman’s presentation before the first NYS Common Core Testing Task Force Oct 29th 2015

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.

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.

The Other PARCC

On a weekend in December, I took a borrowed camera and lights and headed to Montclair, New Jersey. All weekend long, one after another, public school parents and students tromped down the basement stairs in the home of a parent …

Refuse the Test

Last year over 30,000 NY parents decided that standardized testing was having a damaging effect on public schools and their children and refused to allow their children to take the tests. April 15th the tests begin again. There’s new testimony …

Parents Message to Bill De Blasio

I shot this web film for Parent Voices NY so that parents could make a plea to the mayor elect to appoint a Schools Chancellor who would represent the interests of parents, teachers and kids. It garnered over 30,000 views …

When You Refuse

Jeanette Deutermann spoke at an event sponsored by NYC Opt Out on March 4th, 2015

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.

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 …