ANTI-PRIVATIZATION GAMERS NEED YOUR HELP!
"One day, an evil wizard shows up to a school and turns all of the children into pineapples. Pineapples are very simple. All they do is take tests and get grades. If they get good grades, the school gets more money. But if left unattended, pineapples can turn back into children! Children are way more complicated, and have needs and feelings. They are much harder to deal with. You are the principal. Your job is to run the school."
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OPTING OUT IN NEW MEXICO
JITU BROWN AND DIANE RAVITCH AT
Historian Diane Ravitch and Chicago Activist Jitu Brown take on corporate education at the first Public Education Nation in Brooklyn, October 11.
AUTHENTIC REFORM SUCCESS STORIES
Network for Public Education executive director Robin Hiller discusses authentic reform with Greg Anrig of the Century Foundation. Phyllis Tashlik of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, and Brian Jones, New York teacher and Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor.
North Carolina writer and activist Jeff Bryant hosts a discussion that includes New Orleans parent activist Karran Harper Royal, New York teacher and blogger Gary Rubinstein, and Connecticut writer and activist Wendy Lecker.
TESTING AND THE COMMON CORE
New York Principal of the Year Carol Burris led a discussion with educators Takiema Bunche-Smith, Rosa Rivera-McCutchen and Alan Aja.
SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS, DON'T CLOSE THEM
GUEST MAKER: MICHAEL ELLIOT
New York based editor and filmmaker Michael Elliot tackles standardized testing in “Refuse the Tests”, his poignant short film for changethestakes.org.