Fight Back Friday: Recap of anti-testing, solidarity events this week


Across the state, NYSUT locals are taking action against high-stakes tests. In rural Sherburne-Earlville, teachers wore their maroon local union shirts on Tuesday that had the message: “I care more about the people my students become than the scores on the tests they take.” Others quoted Margaret Meade: “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” They wore those shirts on Tuesday to coincide with State Education Commissioner John King’s visit to the district. Here’s the Evening Sun’s coverage of the event.

Then, throughout New York as well as nationwide, teachers wore blue on Thursday. It was part of the American Federation of Teachers’ call for a moratorium on high-stakes decisions being based on high-stakes tests.

Here’s a link to the Syracuse Post-Standard coverage. Here’s a link to the YNN coverage. You will need to be a subscriber to Time-Warner Cable to view the video.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday, more than a thousand rallied in Brooklyn to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center open. Here’s a link to NYSUT’s coverage of the event. Here’s a link to the NY1 coverage; again, you’ll need to be a subscriber to watch the video.

If you’d like photos from your school or classroom added, just email to bsandber@nysutmail.org and we’ll update as we get them.

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