ESEA update, coalition building, and the “Ed Reform Death Knell”?

Test Resistance and ESEA

The Test Resistance Network succeeded in separating annual standardized testing from teacher evaluation in the new ESEA legislation, now in House-Senate conference, reports Rosalie Friend, of Save Our Schools. However, the coalition did not succeed in replacing annual testing with grade-span testing. Friend also outlined several other concerning aspects of the legislation. View the House version and Senate versions. SOS also recommends reviewing Parents Across America’s statement. Listen to Track 3 below.

Ed Coalition Needs All

Another large and growing coalition of education advocates are planning to make their joint voice heard next summer in Washington, according to Bob George, another SOS-er and BUS regular. The focus, he explains, is on equity: that is, equitable resources for communities in which people live, and education as a FIRST priority in funding and support. The coalition seeks policy that “empowers parents, teachers, and students as nexus of communities,” responds to communal “realities and needs,” and promotes
democratic institutions. Track 4 below.


Individuals and groups are encouraged to sponsor and participate in this coalition, working toward a July 2016 rally and convention.
Contact Bob George, national SOS March director: Bob at

Death Knell for “Ed Reform”?

Mitchell Robinson, of Michigan State University, and Denisha Jones, of Howard University — both active in BadAss Teachers Association — discuss the disappointment of teachers and teacher educators, nationwide, as unions and others jump on the “teachers are the problem” bandwagon of #TeachStrong.

BATAPPLEJones explains how the new effort fails to include many experienced schools of education, possibly in recognition of the fact that previous attempts to privatize and control schools has been thwarted by teachers and teacher educators.

Robinson also argues, however, that recent changes of tack for ed reformers, including Gates Foundation teacher prep funding [track 2 below], suggest reformers’ frustration because “they have not done one thing” and consequent flailing. Signaling, perhaps, a death knell for combative and unsuccessful strategies. Track 5 below.

Listen to 11-19-15 EDUCATION TOWN HALL here —

Track 1 — Introduction, Welcome with Host, Thomas Byrd

Track 2 (4:12-7:50) — Feature Report: Gates Dollars and Teacher Prep

Track 3 (7:50-24:00) — ESEA Update with Rosalie Friend

Track 4 (24-40:00) — Education Coalition Building toward July 2016 rally/convention

Track 5 (40:18-close) — #TeachStrong: the death knell of “ed reform”

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