A former public school testing coordinator who is punished for reading the test item on standardized tests

In this marvelous  video a former public school testing coordinator who is punished for reading the test item on a standardized test, Steve Weinberg, tells the story of one lone public educational worker struggling with standardized tests. This is an important story for it gives us all fortitude in a time of shock and awe. […]

Race To Utopia: How A Public Servant Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Free Market

No Child Left Behind just celebrated its tenth anniversary: while educators, children and parents have generally loathed the landmark signature legislation, and while studies have shown that it has failed to improve learning despite its immense cost,  NCLB’s free-market policies – high-stakes standardized testing, and school closures for “losers” – are the undisputed status quo […]

Poverty Matters!: A Christmas Miracle pt. 1

Something profound appears to have occurred—a cosmic shift in the education reform debate that reflects our larger social debates in the U.S. After Ladd and Fiske published a commentary in The New York Times, “Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?,” and Diane Ravitch blogged “Scrooge and School Reform,” several commentators quickly chimed in about […]

Don’t Believe the Hype: Obama’s NCLB Waiver More of the Same

If you’re a casual observer of the education debate, today might seem monumental: George W. Bush’s controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which created a system of extensive high-stakes testing for students and schools nearly a decade ago, is finally being “revamped” by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, according to a […]

Save our Schools schedules rally!

Grassroots “Save Our Schools” March on Washington & National Call to Action on July 28-31 This grassroots movement of teachers, parents, students, community activists, and “everyday working people” has been endorsed by educational voices like Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier, Alfie Kohn, Joel Spring, Rethinking Schools’ editors, David Berliner, among many others. Diane Ravitch will be […]

Here are the names! They don’t even hide their intentions anymore — class war

The new charter hucksters and their deep pockets don’t even hide the fact they are taking over public schools. The sad fact is the Obama Administration does. Take a look at the new self described “challengers of conventional thinking”. They are all captains of sophistry and market fundamentalism. The problem is they are so well funded that resistance will have to come in droves to drive them out.

We must repeal No Child Left Behind. If we did this we could put them out of business. They need NCLB to make their plan work!

Leave No Child’s Behind: No Child Left Behind and the implications and impacts for and on charter Schools and state mandated testing

Meanwhile, the richly funded and well-oiled juggernaut of privatization continues to move forward, carving out increasingly large pieces of the public system. If those of us who profess to value public schools and the principle of democratic access they uphold cannot find the courage or the motivation to fight in their defense, we may soon wake up to find that they have been replaced by wholly owned subsidiaries of Me- Donald’s, Burger King, and Wal-Mart.

Can Arne Duncan Fix No Child Left Behind?

Finally. It’s been over 8 years and someone is realizing that while the No Child Left Behind law, passed in 2001, is a great theory, it is ultimately leaving those they were claiming to help in the dust. With the new Obama Administration, thousands of teachers have been crossing their fingers that President Elect Obama […]