State Bullies, Federal Lawbreakers, And Corporate Profiteers

Yana Kunichoff reports,”Chicago Public Schools won’t administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. . . ”

Kunichoff continues, “But the decision puts CPS in a difficult situation as federal education officials have ramped up their pressure on the district to administer the test. The Department of Education is threatening to withhold $1.2 billion in federal funding—essentially 84 percent of federal education funding on offer—from the perpetually cash-strapped state if school districts do not administer the full test. . .”

“The PARCC team has been working together to develop high-quality assessments that will provide educators, students, and their families with important information about how our students are doing in school,” said Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist

Parents, students, and educators know how students are performing, they are with them each day.

Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post asks, “How much is it worth to Pearson?” publishers of the test. “James Mason, a PARCC state leader who helped negotiate the contract, told Education Week that it all depends on a number of factors, including how many states and students end up participating in PARCC, but he said it was one of “unprecedented scale, in terms of states coming together.”

To withhold $1.2 billion educational dollars from children to force the taking of a test that has nothing to do with educating children is unconscionable, especially since that test only serves to collect data used to further extend punitive measures into the classroom through teacher evaluations of guided lessons and, more importantly, to make profits for Pearson.

Have they forgotten that we, the people of the United States, are the government?

Parents, students, educators, citizens have told their elected officials they do not want this test. The people of Chicago have spoken. Legislators must listen.

If we accept the treatment of Chicago Public Schools without lending our voice to their struggle, then we must accept the same “bullying” treatment from our government when we stand.

Our children deserve an education, not a test.

Our children deserve to live in America without being bullied.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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