Students and Teachers as Widgets? The New Congress and Draft ESEA Changes

What changes will the new Congress bring for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)? How is the “opt out” movement influencing legislation? Learn what Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) has proposed, what has been introduced in the House, and what citizens can do as ESEA re-authorization progresses. Hear, in particular, about proposals to make teacher educators and schools of education “accountable” for K12 test scores.

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The Education Town Hall BUS is organized monthly by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.

This month’s guests: Bob Schaeffer, FairTest (track 3); Ruth Silverberg (track 5), City Univ. of New York-Staten Island’s School of Education; and Denisha Jones (track 4), Howard University. (Background on each)

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC, Thursdays at 11 Eastern on We Act Radio.
Listen live via TuneIn.

Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

Guest Background

Ruth Powers Silverberg, new to the Education Town Hall, is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island.

She has taught prospective school leaders and teachers there for 12 years, and works with Reclaiming the Conversation in Education, Save Our Schools and United Optout in the movement to end high stakes use of standardized testing at all levels.

Bob Schaeffer is Public Education Director of FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, serving since its founding in 1985. He is the author of several publications on testing and has previously served as editorial writer for an NBC-TV affiliate and a research associate for the Education Research Center at MIT.

While Schaeffer is new to the Education Town Hall, Monty Neill from FairTest has previously joined conversation on the BUS.

Denisha Jones teaches early childhood education at Howard University professor, an early organizer of BadAss Teachers Association, and regular guest of the Education Town Hall.


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