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JOIN US! RALLY/MARCH TO HOLD CUOMO ACCOUNTABLE AND SAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION THIS THURSDAY, 4/10 AT 4PM The CEC/Citywide Working Group is a coalition of elected District and Citywide Education Councils across New York City. We – along with numerous other public school parent and pro public education groups including the Alliance for Quality Education, New […]

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  Riding what they see as a wave of anti-testing sentiment among parents, opponents of high-stakes assessments believe a strategy known as opt-out—having parents refuse to let their children take state-mandated tests—could force policymakers to take note of their cause. Once considered a rarity, the opt-out push has prompted high-profile boycott efforts and meetings in […]

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A bipartisan bill that aims to cut the number of standardized tests the federal can impose on states has received approval from the nation’s largest teacher’s union. Today the National Education Association endorsed HR-4172, introduced last week by Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The bill would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of […]

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Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch just called for congressional hearings on the misuse and abuse of standardized tests used for high-stakes purposes — and she got some unexpected support. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/04/activist-calls-for-congressional-hearings-onstandardized-testing-gets-unexpected-support/

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The Common Core State Standards were originally promoted as a way of raising academic standards for all children around the country. But is the initiative really about equitable outcomes? Here’s a post that takes on that question, by award-winning New York Principal Carol Burris and Alan A. Aja, assistant  professor and deputy chair in the Department of […]

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