Guest Post: Ken Derstine. “Talking Back to Mark Gleason”

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held in Philadelphia from April 3rd – 7th, has come and gone. The thousands of delegates have left town, but for the general public of Philadelphia, the most memorable and long lasting thing to come out of the conference was to get a glimpse of […]

@DCSDFagen pushing propaganda: “No Shelter” for Professional teachers.

In this video Liz Fagen (Douglas County Schools Superintendent in Colorado) attempts to spew mythology concerning market place tactics for employing and keeping teachers (pay for performance). First let it be known that since 1710, market principles such as merit pay have been tried to motivate and keep teachers. The result was a narrowed curriculum which […]

@NPR @WHYY does #optout story. Cuts United Opt Out’s voice of truth, ME!

On Monday morning when I got to my desk I noticed that the voice mail light was blinking on my phone.  I picked up the receiver and went through the steps to retrieve my messages.  There was only one and it was a producer from NPR the WHYY affiliate (Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware) inquiring about my […]

Teachers. Remember #optout is for you.

Now that the opt out season is in full swing and the Testing Resistance has spread across the country, we should take a minute to reflect and remember the purpose of opt out. Despite what the “chancellor” Rhee has to say, opt out is the only movement that can save the idea of public education […]

#optout contemplation 2011: This is how it happened.

For as long as I can remember I have had serious issues with high stakes standardized tests. However, it wasn’t until after NCLB was in full swing and my son started to dread going to school that I actually contemplated doing something about it. I know that sounds kind of funny coming from me—a full […]

YOU are @thechalkface!

DON’T BE CONFUSED @the chalkface is still the punk rock thrill ride that delivers readers, viewers, and listeners the unfiltered truth about education reform. We don’t take corporate contributions from Gates and Walton. But what about this new Chalkbeat? Sadly they do take funds from Gates and Walton. This is your brain on Chalkbeat. This […]

#commoncore standards or @slekar standards?

Fact! The common core standards were written to be tested. Fact! The tests will provide invalid data about students, teachers and schools. Fact! INVALID data will drive decisions to purchase curricular and instructional snake oil. Fact! Taxpayers will cover the costs. Fact! After spending billions of tax dollars we will learn AGAIN that America has an achievement […]

#optout Chicago: Administrator Pledge


Michelle Gunderson: Administrator’s Pledge on Ethical Treatment of Students Who Opt Out Originally appeared here:

Wisconsin #commoncore Senate Bill 619: A conundrum?

Here it is as plain and simple as I can make it. Wisconsin Republicans in the state Senate drafted a bill that essentially turns over the writing of education standards to politicians and kills the common core. Someone has to say it: “Any bill that would allow politicians the ability to directly and/or indirectly write learning […]

#edreform and #commoncore: All aboard Wisconsin’s Crazy Train

What a week and it’s only Wednesday morning.  On Monday morning I went to a press conference held by Wisconsin Democrats from the state assembly to announce that they are introducing “accountability” legislation to counter Republican “accountability” legislation.  At the conclusion of the press conference I simply pointed out that “accountability” is actually the problem […]

Some thoughts on #edTPA: Guest Post by Celia Oyler

Celia made the these observations on Facebook in response to the article listed below that appeared in the Times Union. Student teachers in New York face daunting new exams The other fall out is that quite a few excellent beginning teachers are choosing NOT to get certified in the state of New York. Quite a […]

@slekar supports this #commoncore close reading lesson: @sharemylesson

Over the past four years I have met some great people involved in fighting education reform.  It’s always awesome to get a surprise email from one of these activists that typically starts off with “I hope you remember me, we met….” Well I got one of those the other day from a brilliant teacher I […]

Why do we #optout?: Just fighting the good fight.

It is definitely getting close to testing season.  My email and voice mail are flooded.  Parents and concerned community members have questions about the opt out process.  Opt out Facebook pages are buzzing with questions and of course continued stories of bullying from education professionals engaged in deception by telling interested opt outers that there […]

Wisconsin education legislation: Faith-based ideology trumps evidence

The headline yesterday in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal; Bill would close failing Wisconsin public schools, cut voucher payments Take a look and what you find is the same old “accountability mythology” being proposed.  How does the Wisconsin legistalure plan to hold schools accountable?  By assigning A-F letter grades to public schools.  How do schools […]

Getting drunk on #edtech: To hell with #poverty.

“Maryland schools need $100 million dollars!” For what? Maybe to, Reduce the rate of low birth weight children among African Americans, Reduce drug and alcohol abuse, Reduce pollutants in our cites and move people away from toxic sites, Provide universal and free medical care for all citizens, Insure that no one suffers from food insecurity, […]


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