High Stakes Testing’s Threat to Civil Liberties

High Stakes Testing

Yohuru Williams: The likes of Scott Walker and Chris Christie continue battering into the side of teachers unions in defense of high-stakes testing but the real dragon at the door in the form of the assault on American democracy goes unchecked.

Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Take on the Moneyed Interests?

Banks Own Us

Robert Reich: The candidate could also call for busting up Wall Street’s biggest banks and thereafter limiting their size; imposing jail sentences on top executives who break the law; cracking down on insider trading; and, for good measure, enacting a small tax on all financial transactions in order to reduce speculation.

Forget Education Saviors, They Aren’t Coming

Democrats on Education

Steven Singer: We can’t elect our way to sound education policy. It will take a massive popular movement of parents, teachers, students and people of conscience. Demands will be made. Protests will be staged. Revolutions may be waged.

Fight On, Ladies

War on Women Teachers

Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: There is a clear rhetorical and legislative attack on the profession of teaching. The rhetoric we hear being driven by the corporate education agenda (which is the house of mostly white wealthy males) is a direct attack on a profession that is over 75% women.

Debunking Common Charter School Myths

Charter School Myths

Jamaal Bowman: Based on what I know, as they are currently constituted, charters,Teach For America, and yearly standardized testing are wrong for our high need communities.

LAUSD: The Buck Stops Where? And When?

LAUSD Judgment Day

Leonard Isenberg: Might it just be that the problem never was the teachers, but rather an entrenched and incestuous bureaucracy, where questioning clearly failed policy continues to be something that can get you fired as an administrator.