This blog welcomes readers who believe that No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top, and Every Student Succeeds Act are misguided educational reform policies that rely too heavily on standardized test scores that are too focused on punitive measures against local schools. This is also the diary of Jesse Turner's 2010/15 walks to Washington DC from Connecticut, and his occupation of the DOE in DC with United Opt Out, and his opposition to public school choice policies without equity.
Parents are speaking up, standing up, fighting back, opting out and coming out to meet the Walking Man
My walk today on day # 7 is dedicated to Cheryl Hill, New
Milford, CT, and Susan Zeitler Sherman, CT.
These two Connecticut Mom’s are committed to the fight to stop high
stakes testing, data mining and privatization of public schools. They are regulars at both local and State
Board Of Education meetings. I met the ladies when I was invited to speak at the Sherman Common Core
event last year. At the Bank Street shop
today in New Milford, we had coffee after my walk, they asked me to carry their concerns to the Save Our
Schools Mock Trial "The People VS Corporate Reform”. Thanks Ladies, for taking
the time out of your busy day to meet up with me on my walk.
This is their message they asked me to bring to DC:
"So much has happened since you participated in
the Sherman common core presentation last summer. We are dedicated to bringing
awareness of the facts to the BOE, administration and parents. Sherman CT has achieved one of CT's highest
elementary opt out rates. Sherman parents understand that refusing the tests safeguards
their children's data, shields inappropriate teacher evaluations and sends a
strong message that parents will utilize their inalienable parental rights to
protect their children.
In the town of New Milford the budget forced a school
closed. As a founding member of the CT
Parental Rights Coalition, they focus on legislation that upholds parental
rights and safeguards the data privacy of our children, their families and
teachers. It's when we are in Hartford, attending these hearings, we see the
influence of lobbyists. What's driving
the destructive testing and dangerous data mining? Investors and corporations
see our children and schools with dollar signs in their eyes. They see a
(dehumanized) market, an opportunity to make money...at any expense. Are CT
legislators that coddle lobbyists willing to sell us, our data, our public
Jesse, the issues we face in Sherman and New Milford
are not unique. Parents, teachers and students across CT and across our nation
know these tests are destructive. The
data issues put our children in danger.
Charter Schools and privatization have been proven to fail. These
"reforms" are death. It's time to stop high stakes testing, data
mining and privatization.
Our country needs a paradigm shift back to the truth -
We The People, We The Parents, were born with inalienable rights. Among these,
are the rights to direct the upbringing and education of our children. We
demand our children receive appropriate education, and are not harmed in the
process. We stand by our teachers and public schools.
Please Jesse, bring our message to Washington, DC-
Stop high stakes testing, data mining and
privatization of public schools.
Cheryl and Susan it was
great meeting up with you today, and I will take your message and all those I
gather on my walk, to Washington DC.