Boycott of Standardized Tests Spreads as Seattle Teachers Revolt

Cross-posted from Common Dreams

By Jon Queally

Teachers in Seattle schools refuse to administer ‘specious’ standardized tests. Will others follow their lead?

 

    

Opponents of the nation’s relentless push for standardized testing in public schools have new champions in Seattle this week as teachers at one high school and now another have refused to issue such exams to their students, calling them a waste of “time and money” amid “dwindling school resources.”

The entire teaching faculty at Garfield High School (with only three abstentions) voted to support a boycott against administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) this week or ever again. Garfield is the largest of thirteen high schools in the Seattle Public School (SPS) system.

In a press release, Kris McBride, Garfield

Boycott of Standardized Tests Spreads as Seattle Teachers Revolt

Cross-posted from Common Dreams

By Jon Queally

Teachers in Seattle schools refuse to administer ‘specious’ standardized tests. Will others follow their lead?

Opponents of the nation’s relentless push for standardized testing in public schools have new champions in Seattle this week as teachers at one high school and now another have refused to issue such exams to their students, calling them a waste of “time and money” amid “dwindling school resources.”

The entire teaching faculty at Garfield High School (with only three abstentions) voted to support a boycott against administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) this week or ever again. Garfield is the largest of thirteen high schools in the Seattle Public School (SPS) system.

In a press release, Kris McBride, Garfield

Zero Waste: Including Grassroots Recyclers in Buenos Aires, Argentina

By Cecilia Allen and Maeva Morin

The story of waste management in Buenos Aires illustrates how cartoneros, or grassroots recyclers, have won legal and financial support from the city government. As recently as 2001, waste picking was illegal. Since then, cartonero cooperatives have organized themselves, educated residents on the environmental benefits of recycling, and lobbied the city government for a cleaner approach to waste management with allied environmental and social organizations. The result: an about-face in the city
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January 12, 2013: What are the Memories? Where are the Lessons?

Today, the Haitian Collective to Defend the Right to Housing commemorates the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Titanyen, the site of the earthquake
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