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Houston Teachers Union Files Lawsuit Against Test-Based Evaluation; American Statistical Association Backs Them Up

We’re reposting two recent stories below because of their timeliness and relevance as the end-of-the-school year standardized tests descend on classrooms everywhere.

In the first piece, the Houston Federation of Teachers and seven individual teachers are filing a federal suit claiming that the standardized tests used to evaluate teachers are full of defects and don’t reflect actual ability. Continue reading Houston Teachers Union Files Lawsuit Against Test-Based Evaluation; American Statistical Association Backs Them Up

Workload & Teacher Power: Reflections on an Organizing Victory at my school this year

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Do teachers and other educators have power to change things in our schools? Everyday I talk to teachers who are upset, saddened by negative changes, struggling to ensure all of their students succeed. Many days I ask my co-workers what we can do, or if they can help with something. Sometimes they say yes, but mostly they say they are too busy to do anything. Sometimes I feel like we are too busy drowning to organize a raft to save ourselves.

Continue reading Workload & Teacher Power: Reflections on an Organizing Victory at my school this year