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New #EduColor Resources, Code-Switching

Some in the education world may already be familiar with EduColor, a loose collective of teachers, parents, students, and others promoting honest talk about race in education and ensuring that diverse voices are heard. Beginning this week, #Educolor is easier to find and follow because the group just launched a website and biweekly newsletter. As…

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Heal Our Schools: documentary on teaching, testing, and more

Laurie Gabriel, veteran teacher and videography, joined the Education Town Hall to discuss the latest version of her documentary film, “Heal Our Schools” (formerly “Hear Our Teachers). The film highlights “virtually cost-free answers to the education crisis” based on real educators’ experience and vision. Gabriel is a veteran teacher and videographer. She has taught grades…

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ESEA Moving Forward & Opt Out Growing on the April BUS

Re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is on its way to the Senate floor amid a growing movement to “opt out” of standardized testing tied for decades to ESEA funding. This month’s BUS program presents the latest on both stories: Rosalie Friend of SOS March analyzes the federal legislation with a focus on…

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Testocracy and Teaching for Change Bookstore

The most damning truth about standardized tests is that they are a better indicator of a student’s zip code than a student’s aptitude. Wealthier, and predominantly whiter, districts score better on tests. Their scores do not reflect the intelligence of wealthier, and mostly white students when compared to those of lower-income students and students of…

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Sheila Bunn on Education and Ward 8

Sheila Bunn, candidate for the Ward 8 seat on the DC City Council, says one of her priorities is “Improving Schools so youth are college or career ready.” She joined the Education Town Hall on April 16 to elaborate on her education platform, the final candidate to appear in advance of the District’s April 28…

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Trayon White, candidate for DC City Council, on education

“DC has to start telling the truth!” says Trayon White, candidate for the Ward 8 seat on the DC City Council, noting that DC has been touting improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, while the racial achievement gap grows unacknowledged. (See also “DC’s Dueling School Data Views“) Mr. White spoke about budget, mayoral…