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New film exposes lies about standardized testing

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Standardized tests have been a part of public education for decades. Over the last 10 years, however, the number of standardized tests, the amount of time students lose taking them and the impact on their lives as well as on the lives of those who work in our schools is off the charts. What’s behind this and who is benefitting financially? Watch “Standardized, Lies Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education” tonight, Nov. 20 at 6:30 at the Ark Lodge Cinema, 4816 Rainier Ave. South in Seattle. Following the movie, sponsored by the Seattle Education Association, join in on a panel discussion featuring several teachers and other educators from around the area. Admission is free though donations will be accepted.


Enough already!

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Georgia teacher Ian Altman has a list of seven things educators are tired of hearing from those who are not working with students every day. He created the list based on conversations he has had with teachers and other school employees across the country. Altman also says that "troublemakers" can actually lead us to where we need to go. What do you think?


1351 ways to lower class size

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North Kitsap EA teacher Jan Kragen talks about innovative ways to lower class sizes in her Stories From School blog post.


What's wrong with this picture?

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If you have any doubt that there is something very wrong with the Teach For America system, read this article in "The Nation" to learn more about what is happening in school districts across the nation including those in our own back yard.


Our day in court

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      Today is the day the Washington Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about whether or not Washington’s charter school law violates the state constitution. Last December, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that some of the new law was unconstitutional. The ruling was based on tax dollars aimed at public schools which would be funneled to charter schools.


Get out the vote

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Mid-term elections are upon us. Please remind people that it is their responsibility and their privilege to vote. A lot of people who intend to vote forget because it’s one more step to find a stamp or because “it’s not going to make a difference,” or their ballot is buried deep in a pile of unopened mail.


A dangerous trend

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First, parents at Gatewood Elementary came up with enough money to pay to keep a teacher there. Yesterday, Garfield High School parents received a letter from their PTSA telling them that Garfield must “produce” $92,000 by this Friday to save a teaching position there. The letter said, “There will be no replacement – the cancelled classes will simply cease to exist and the affected students will finish the semester with a hole in their schedules.”


Booster clubs boost some

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A new study highlights the huge inequities at public schools across the country due to private groups raising more and more money to “make up” for inadequate funding. Couple that with the recent effort by parents at a Seattle school who raced to raise money to keep one of their teachers from being transferred and you begin to see the complexities of school funding and inequality of services provided to students.


Vermont teachers have TA

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Educators in South Burlington have reached a Tentative Agreement as of Saturday. Thanks to all who sent messages of support. See article directly below for more details.


Solidarity with Vermont

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Some 250 teachers and other educators are on strike in South Burlington, VT. The sticking issues? Salaries and health care. This is the fourth day of the strike and our union sisters and brothers could use some inspiration. Please send notes, letters and encouraging words to sbealetters@gmail.com


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