Act Now to Save Our Public Schools
Recent federal initiatives like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top have mandated or incentivized so-called reforms that have little or no research support and are, in effect, experiments on the children and teachers of our public schools.
Private interests, aided by the Federal Government, are attempting to supplant local control, inhibit parental involvement, and to transfer public funding to the hands of corporate interests. Public schools, locally controlled, are a cornerstone of our democracy. Relegating them to corporate-owned test prep factories places our nation at risk and steals our children’s future.
School and teacher accountability efforts based on a deluge of high-stakes tests that were never designed or tested for this purpose have narrowed the curriculum, devoured huge quantities of instructional time, and drained billions of dollars from school resources. Based on faulty information provided by these flawed tests, disproven reforms such as school closures, firing experienced teachers, opening charter schools, and providing vouchers have been forced on local schools. It is time for this rape of public education to stop. It is time to end high-stakes testing and return control of the public schools to the public at the local level.
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