After twelve years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City schools have become a disturbing poster child for the punitive use and abuse of high-stakes tests. Now, with Bloomberg stepping down at the end of his term, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools (NY-GPS) has released a plan to help the next mayor chart a new direction in both testing and accountability.
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The following op-ed appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.
After years of nothing but budget cuts and bad news, California's public schools are poised for a comeback.
Nothing good happens in Wisconsin's Capitol between bar time and breakfast. Majority members of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) proved that last Wednesday in the wee hours of the morning by passing a budget that puts devotion to political dogma ahead of the futures of our children.
What we got when the locked doors opened and Joint Finance members poured out of their all-nighter was a scheme that is ideologically driven, fiscally irresponsible, and educationally unproven.
When the student organizers from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) aren't out protesting high-stakes testing and school closures in their city, they're fighting for fair discipline in their schools.
This post originally appeared on the BUILD Initiative's website. BUILD works to encourage public investments in early learning and services that support children both in and outside the classroom.
Students in Oregon are going to be seeing a lot fewer expulsions in coming years thanks to the advocacy efforts of the Portland Parent Union, a member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), an OTL ally. A just-passed new law that goes into effect July 2014 removes mandatory expulsion requirements from the state's school discipline statute.
It's been 20 years since Massachusetts (often regarded as a leader in education policy) passed the Education Reform Act of 1993.
This op-ed originally appeared in Catalyst Chicago. Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) is an OTL ally working in Chicago.