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Education reform by the real experts – Seattle teachers purge tests

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

“There is something grotesque about the fact that education reform is being led not by educators but by financiers and speculators and billionaires.” Chris Hedges.

Teachers at two Seattle high schools have rebelled against one standardized test. This is perhaps a national first and could launch a movement. In a letter describing the rationale for their decision, Garfield High teachers, the first group to take action after a nearly unanimous vote of teachers (3 dissenting), declared:

“We are not troublemakers nor do we want to impede the high functioning of our school. We are professionals who care deeply about our students and cannot continue to participate in a practice that harms our school and our students.”

New York University Professor of Education Diane Ravitch told Seattle public radio KUOW that the boycott may be the first in the U.S.

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