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Shedding Light

Teach for America (TFA)

Ironies of TFA

Insights from College Student Re: TFA

Hidden agenda of TFA

Why TFA Can't Recruit in my Classroom

Start Here - Big Picture

Going Public:(Documentary in Progress)

Connecting the dots

The major players

Broad Exposed, ALEC and the education reform agenda, Corporate Reform organizations, DOE emails reveal connection to Gates, Murdoch, etc.

America's education crisis and who stands to gain

Diane Ravitch video

Rise Above the Mark: Documentary

ALEC exposed

Which CEO made $5 million stealing your child's lunch money?, Privatizing schools

Creating a scheme to deem public schools "educationally bankrupt"

It's time to wake up America

Will this new teacher survive?

Ted Talk: Occupy Kindergarten

The Benevolent Arrogance of Self-Insulated Power

Laying Seige to NJ public schools

A Warning to professors From A High School Teacher

Challenging Corporate Education Reform & Ten Hopeful Signs of resistance

A Primer on corporate school reform

Let's apply the lessons of NCLB to the Common Core

What happens when profits drive reforms?

Conversations with Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan Open Letter Makes Teachers Furious

History of the reform movement

The Bait and Switch of the Reform Movement, Why The US is Destroying Its Educational System

A Call for President Obama to Change Course on Education Reform

You might be a reformer if...

Achievement Gap Starts Before School Starts

Bill Gates: Selling Bad Advice to Public Schools

Why 'School Reform' is a Misnomer

US vs High Achieving Nations

Ironic Extremes Lauding and Bashing Teachers

Will Firing 5-10% of Teachers Make us Finland?

What International Test Scores Really Tell Us: Lessons Buried in PISA Report

Is School Reform Making us Less Competitive?

Big Funders - CHART

How Billionaires Run Our Schools - MSNBC News Clip Interview

Reforms Parents Should Worry About Most

A Few Quick Fixes For School Accountability Systems

Actions to Take


NJEA letter writing to State Board of Education members

Fair Test Organization

Join National Opt Out

Sign the National resolution against standardized tests

United Opt Out resources

How to help the movement

Opt Out Letters

Opt Out: An Open Letter to Parents

Eight steps to work for testing reform

NJ Opt Out of testing

If you Want to Save America's Public Schools: Replace Secretary of Education Arne Duncan With a Lifetime Educator."

Educate * Organize * Mobilize - A Toolkit

NJDOE Broadcast list - check regularly

Alternatives: There is a Better Way

Education in Finland

Dan Rather Report

Canadian Radio Broadcast

Ted Talk: GERM that kills schools

Finnish Lessons

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's Success

The Children Must Play

Create a Design

Alternate teacher evaluation model

research PAR

An Open Letter to Bill Gates: Why Not Measure This?

Zinn Education Project

WhyTeachers Should put Students to Work

The Value of a school librarian

Culture and work environment more important than salary

In Support of the Whole Child

Teacher Leadership as a School Improvement Strategy


MLK: There comes a time...

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” AND "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." ― Mother Teresa

Surely, we should demand more from our schools than to educate people to be proficient in reading and mathematics. Too many highly proficient people commit fraud, pursue paths to success marked by greed, and care little about how their actions affect the lives of others. - Nel Noddings

Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can. - Carol Tomlinson

Pink Flyod - Another Brick in the Wall

Not on the Test - song

More Than a Number: song for kids


“What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy.” --John Dewey

With great knowledge comes great responsibility

Darkness can only persist in the absence of light

Rise Above the Mark: documentary trailer

Major Movements Across the Nation

Occupy DOE 2013

The end is coming. High stakes testing must go.

LA teachers use privitization to build community movement

California Governor Puts the Testing Juggernaut on Ice

Two moms take on Common Core

Rhode Island

Student zombies protest standardized tests in RI

Seattle Boycotts

Seattle Teachers Protest Exams

Opting out in NY

Long Island Principals - Open Letter opposing evaluating teachers with VAM, New Paltz School Board Unanimously Passes Resolution Against High Stakes Testing, NY mom writes a letter to NY state Department of Education re: memo sent to all district superintendents intending to scare them into not allowing families to opt out of standardized tests

Madison, NJ superintendent speaks out

The NJ Education Reform Train Wreck, The Teacher Evaluation Traveling Road Show Plays Trenton

Engelwood Panel speaks out against standardized tests

More than 130 Massachusetts professors and researchers urge less reliance on standardized tests

Is Texas ending standardized testing

Teaxas- revolts brewing against standardized testing

Thousands Rally in Texas for Education Reform

Robert Scott (TX) Blasts Common Core-Video, Former Texas Chief Takes Anti Common Core Show on the Road

Texas senators slam testing regime, Testing has become a 'perversion' claims ex Texas ed Commissioner

Federal commission on equity blasts reforms

Standardized tests boycotts

It is time we threw standardized tests out the door

Georgia wastes money on testing

Alabama Withdraws From Both Testing Consortia

Kansas - former Texas Education Commissioner addresses Legislature about dangers of Common core

Common Core Rumblings in Utah and South Carolina

Indiana Senate Votes to Halt Common Core Standards

Maryland Superintendent Calls for Three Year Moratorium on Standardized Tests

Standford - Pearson Test for New Teachers Draws Fire

Reform Topics

High Stakes Testing

What's Wrong? (Infographic)

Cartoon: When Teachers Are Forced to Teach to the Test

High Stakes Testing Research

Why Bill Gates Favors Testing

PARCC Testing Expense, Cost to Piscataway, Cost to Jackson, PARCC States, PARCC Homepage, PARCC Assessment Design

Pressure to Raise Scores Corrupts, Campbell's Law

Narrowing of Curriculum, Arts in LosAngeles

Not a Valid Measure, Opting Out, Minority Opting Out

The end is coming

10 facts you might not have known about high stakes testing in NYC

Definition of high stakes testing

What is NCLB

Appropriate use of standardized tests

Biggest testing scandal of all

Legal consequences of using high stakes testing to evaluate teachers

Battle Creek Editorial: High Stakes Testing is Killing Our Schools

Feds cut funding - but testing will survive

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Teachers sound off about testing

Has Testing Reached a Tipping Point?

Testing Mandates Flunk Cost-Benefit Analysis

Complete List of Problems with High Stakes Testing

Charter Schools

Why Hedge Funds Favor Charter Schools

Former Public Schools, Now Charter

How to Privatize in 12 Steps

Gulen Schools, Charter tied to Turkey-TX, Bill Gates Funds Gulen Schools (Source?), Gulen Charters Expand in NJ

Charter school scandals

Corporate takeover of Illinios schools

Charter scandal in NJ, Effects of charter enrollment on Newark district enrollment

Chinese investors invest millions in Florida charters

Have a just closed public school ? Give it to a chater at no cost

From Portfolios to Parasites: The Unfortunate Path of U.S. Charter School Policy

Newark Parents and Activists Head to D.C. for Civil Rights Hearing Over School Closings

Florida Public Charter School Linked To Scientology

Revisiting The "Best Evidence" Theory of Charter School Performance

GREAT Charter School OVERVIEW by STAN KARP of the Education Law Center

New Teacher Evaluation Models


How NJASK will be used as a growth model for NJ teacher evaluation, Another example from the NJDOE website

NY - 19 Legislators, Comments on the NY Teacher/Principal Rating Models Report, 2011-2012 Growth Model for Educator Evaluation Technical Report

Speeding up the treadmill

A Teacher Evaluation Session Out of 'Star Wars'

Teachers Remain Skeptical About New Evaluation System, Teacher Evaluation Skeptics: Don't Doubt us

Teacher Evaluation: getting it right takes time

Ed Reform 101: Teachers, Overemphasis on Teachers' Effect on Student Achievement, Research on Teacher Effect on Student Achievement

A Validity Argument Approach to Evaluating Teachers with Value Added Scores - A research study, Researchers brief to congress on problems with value added measures, Value Added Measuring - a study, Evaluating Value Added Models for use with teacher Effectiveness

A Three Way Error Analysis of Educational Productivity

Take Your SGP and VAMit, Damit!, A Few Points About the Instability of Value-Added Measures, When Growth Isn't Really Growth

How to evaluate dentists (a metaphor on teacher evaluation)

Letter from Assessment Experts

Leading Mathematician Debunks Value Added Measures

Why We Shouldn't Link Teacher Evaluation to Test Scores, Why we Shouldn't Assess Teachers with Standardized Test Scores

Letter to district admin about unveiling teacher eval details March 2013

Jesse Rothstein: Using Value Added to Asses teachers. What could go wrong? video

American Education Research Association - A Research Briefing - Getting Teacher Evaluation Right - A Challenge for Policy Makers

Common Core

CCSS = more standardized testing

Gates financed common core

The not so common core standards: implications for all

Susan Ohanian blasts the common core

Choking on the Common Core Standards

Opposition to Common Core Grows Across the Political Spectrum

The Core Conundrum

Common Core Nationally Imposed - Timeline

Common Core background info

Speaking Back to the COmmon Core

Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards - Diane Ravitch, WhyThe Common Core Will Fail, My Concerns About The Common Core


Virtual Schools

Some Cyber Schools Falling Short of their Sales Pitch; NPR

k12 website


Bill and Arne's Misguided Adventure: An Open Letter

How to address poverty

Will more Gatesian measurements improve education for the poor?

Study shows growing education gap between rich and poor

Blogs & Websites

Jersey Jazzman

Diane Ravitch

Shanker Blog

Students Last

Deborah Meier

@ the chalk face

School Finance 101 - Bruce Baker


Answer Sheet

Ed Notes

Education Reform: A Blog of Cartoons

Cloaking Inequality

Education Law center


Class Size Matters

K-12 News Network

Mother Crusader

Parents Across America

Rethinking Shools

Pencils Down: Rethinking High Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools

Testing to Dispair

Who profits?


No Educator Left Behind: Pearson, Leading Scorer of Standardized Tests, Subpoenaed

Business Opportunities Seen in New Tests, Low Scores

Private Firms Eyeing Profits From U.S. Public Schools

Duncan Press Secretary working for Murdoch

Balancing Opportunity and Risk In North american K12 Publishing

Billionaires for Education Reform

Big Funders - CHART

Cuomo + Common Core + Pearson = profits$

Rebuilding Teachers Unions with a focus on Social Justice

New Teachers Union Movement in the Making

Lessons in Social Justice Unionism

Best resources for Understanding Why Teachers Unions are Important

Book- The Future of our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice

Moving From Ideology To Evidence In The Debate About Public Sector Unions

The New Great Debate about Unionism and Collective Bargaining in U.S. - research study Cornell

How to Make a Misleading Public/Private Earnings Gap Disappear


Highlights from PISA 2009

NJDOE Documents


Contradictions to MET Survey


50 Million Dollar Lie, Gates Still Doesn't Get it. Circular reasoning by bruce baker

Keep track of memos sent out by the state DOE

more EE4NJ


Here comes the PARCC specifications

5 Levels

levels, technology, etc.