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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Christopher Chase, Creative by Nature, February 21, 2015 “The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing…it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful. It’s turning […]

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Minnesota lawmakers aim to revamp seniority rules on teacher layoffs

Ricardo Lopez, Star Tribune, Updated: February 21, 2015 Editorial remarks: We do not believe this statement is accurate: “Between 2008 and 2013, nearly 2,200 Minnesota teachers were laid off under the so-called “last in, first out” provision in state law, according to a recent analysis by the Minnesota Department of Education.” This number includes probationary teachers who, by statute, are […]

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Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America

Motoko Rich, New York Times, February 5, 2015 Deja Moss, a Teach for America teacher, at Warren County Middle School in North Carolina. Travis Dove  Teach for America, the education powerhouse that has sent thousands of handpicked college graduates to teach in some of the nation’s most troubled schools, is suddenly having recruitment problems. For the […]

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