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Jesse H: Our education civil rights movement may also start with a boycott

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Jesse H with JW

Garfield High School teacher and MAP test boycott leader Jesse Hagopian told the crowd at the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago last night that he agreed with Arne Duncan that education is the civil rights movement of our time. But history teacher Jesse reminded us that the last major civil rights movement started with a boycott….but this time it might just be a test boycott.

JesseHtalkAll the speakers for our “The Case Against High-Stakes Standardized Testing” forum were outstanding. Leslie Leon told the story about students boycotting the NAEP test to protest the lack of safety at her school, a version of which was published in Education Week. Poet-activist Malcolm London shared a piece he wrote about education, school and life. Jesse shared the details of the test boycott at Garfield, and inspired everyone with his wisdom and fire. And of course, last but not least, CTU President Karen Lewis brought it all together with a call to stop the overtesting, the labeling and the school closings based on test scores.

This event was sponsored by a parent group (More Than a Score – which includes several parent groups), a teacher group (the CTU), a student group, and CReATE, the university research people. I commented at the forum that this broad-based alliance is essential, sinces separately we are accused of “fronting for the teachers’ union” (parents), “not wanting to be held accountable” (teachers), “goofing off in school” (students) or “being out of touch in their ivory towers” (researchers)! Together we can refute all of those arguments and make sure the focus stays where it belongs – with what research and the truth say is best for our children and our communities.

From Seattle to Chicago: testing forum March 19th

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

March 19 flyerFrom Seattle to Chicago:

The Case Against High Stakes Standardized Testing

Tuesday, March 19, 7:00pm
Mt. Carmel MB Baptist Church, 2976 S. Wabash

With Jesse Hagopian, teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle and leader of MAP test boycott
and Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president

Sign up for this event on Facebook!

The well-publicized efforts of teachers, parents and students in Seattle in boycotting the MAP test there has brought the issue of the overuse and misuse of high stakes standardized testing to the national stage.

Join teachers, parents and students to understand the role high stakes testing is playing in undermining great teaching and learning in our schools.

Test scores are a key component of school rankings and closings, student tracking and promotion, principal evaluations, teacher evaluations, and all too often result in a limited and narrow curriculum in our classrooms. Tests unfairly discriminate against schools with low income students, students of color and students with disabilities.

We will discuss the many options for becoming involved in the growing movement against excessive standardized testing in our schools.

Childcare will be provided.

Sponsored by
More Than A Score,
the Chicago Teachers Union
and CReATE

March 19 forum in Chicago with Garfield teacher Jesse Hagopian

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

March 19 flyer

More Than a Score and the Chicago Teachers Union are co-sponsoring a forum featuring Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian, a leader of the Garfield High School test boycott, along with CTU president Karen Lewis.

It will be held on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 pm at the Mt. Carmel MB Church. 2976 S Wabash.

The Garfield teachers made national headlines earlier this month when they announced they would not administer the district MAP test. When threats were made to suspend the teachers, the students organized a boycott against the test as well, and in the end, so few Garfield high school students took the test that the results will be useless in teacher evaluation.

Come hear more on March 19! Spread the word by downloading and copying the event flyer.

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.