Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ESEA - Email, Tweet, Sign a Petition or Tell your story!

Please take advantage of one OR ALL of the links below to tell Washington to fix the ESEA.  Tell them that good teaching and learning is NOT about more testing.  It is not about giving schools a label like "priority".   It is not about punishing schools whose students do poorly on tests!

Take action today! House ESEA rewrite expected to pass this week
The U.S. House is expected to pass a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this Friday. Unfortunately, this rewrite does nothing to help students learn or teachers teach. The focus has shifted to more testing, labeling of schools and then punishing them for their "failure," while doing nothing to close achievement gaps.
Your help is needed. Here are four things you can do.
  1. Email your members of Congress and tell them to get ESEA right.
  2. Send a tweet that targets your Senators and Representative using NEA's brand new tool with the hashtags #opportunityforall and #timetolearn. You don't even need to know your elected officials' twitter handles. Simply put in your zip code and it will be provided.
  3. Share your story on the over-use of standardized testing and how it has affected you and your students.
  4. Sign the ESEA petition along with thousands of other educators, students and parents to tell Congress that any reauthorization of ESEA must include time to learn and opportunity for all students.