Fight Back Friday: Join the anti-testing chorus

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We are only three weeks away from an educational travesty. Students in classrooms across New York state are going to sit for hours of tests on a curriculum that hasn’t even been taught yet. NYSUT started an on-line petition to give people who see the state’s testing obsession as harmful to children, a way to […]

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You can prevent this testing travesty

Kudos to the unnamed teachers who created the animation above. Is there anyone who doesn’t know about the problems with the state’s tests? (If you are unclear, here’s one link that features educators from the North Country; here’s another, complete with video, about concerns raised by educators from the Lower Hudson Valley; and here’s another featuring Capital […]

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Fight Back Friday: If the testing obsession bothers you…

then vent about it! Join NYSUT’s “Tell It Like It Is” letter-writing campaign to send messages to State Education Commissioner John King and the Board of Regents. The last issue of NYSUT United offered just a few of the thousands of solutions members have provided to the union. Perhaps it’s the reporter in me that wants […]

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North Country parents host testing forum

The Petrova Parents Club wants to shine a light on standardized testing issues. “Every spring, students and teachers spend hours and hours preparing” for standardized tests, club President Zoe Smith writes. “Student scores are a fundamental part of teacher evaluations and the testing represents a significant expense to districts. But we find parents are generally […]

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Lessons from Oklahoma

It’s always interesting to see what other states are doing with their public schools. If you missed it, Oklahoma schools made national news last fall when they gave A-F grades to all public schools. But their grading system got an F from experts for not being credible and clear. Here’s just one news article. The state’s […]

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Fight Back Friday

Not that you haven’t been busy. More than one-third of NYSUT members have suffered through a superstorm. There was a major election and, thanks to your efforts, most of NYSUT’s endorsed candidates won. Right before Superstorm Sandy barreled up the East Coast,  NYSUT launched Tell It Like It Is. Members are being asked to share […]

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