Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Justice-Not-Just-Tests: First meeting of the year! Mon. Sept, 8 5:30 Cuny grad center

Sent from the NYCoRE working group that addresses high-stakes and standardized tests in our schools.

When: Mon., Sept, 8, 5:30
Where: Cuny grad. center. room 5414 (directions below, bring ID)

We are going to be getting ready for our campaign to resist merit pay in our schools. We will also be thinking about the up-coming year and mapping out our plans. So, please come if you are interested in fighting against high-stakes and standardized tests in our schools and fighting for justice. We need to be loud this election season!

If you have been thinking about getting involved in this fight, now is a great time! The merit pay issue is a big one and has been popping up a lot in the national debates about education. Now is the time to let the candidates know how actual educators feel! (Here is a link to an article in rethinking schools about merit pay in NYC: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/22_04/meri224.shtml)

Same goes for high-stakes and standardized tests. We all know that, at best, they simply don't work and are bad pedagogy. At worst, they are racist, thinly veiled attacks on public education and working class children of children of color. Why don't the candidates know?
(Link to nycore's position statement on testing http://www.nycore.org/PDF/testingposition.pdf)

We are always looking for fresh faces and new energy so make this the year you stand up for what you believe in!

If you have questions, comments, you want to come but can't, are planning to come, or are just friendly. . .

email us at jnjt@nycore.org

Grad Center
Located on Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, the building is two blocks east of Penn Station, one block east of Herald Square, and two blocks west of the 33rd Street and Park Avenue station. The closest subway station, located at 34th Street and Avenue of the Americas, is served by the B, D, F, N, R, and Q trains.

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