Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Get Out The Pitchforks - The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 #ESEA

Get Out The Pitchforks - The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

National Day of Action Tomorrow April 8
Overhaul ESEA/NCLB: Less Testing More Learning

What: Call your U.S. Senators and join the Twitter storm/Thunderclap. If we raise our voices together, we can persuade the Senate Education Committee to reduce testing requirements as it debates renewal of Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind.  
When: April 8, 2015
Who: Testing Resistance and Reform Spring alliance, convened by FairTest, and including many national and state organizations.
Call your Senators: Please mark your calendar, and take a few minutes on April 8 to phone your U.S. senators in Washington, DC. Ask to speak to the staffer who works on education policy. If no one is available, leave your message with the person who answered the phone. Find the phone numbers at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

Tell your Senators: Here is a model message. Feel free to use it, modify it, or say something entirely different.

            Hello. I'm [your name], calling from [your town]. I'm calling to ask Senator [name] to support changes to No Child Left Behind that will promote a saner and less intrusive approach to public school testing. Specifically, I urge [him/her] to support a switch to testing once each in elementary, middle and high school, and to remove high-stakes consequences from federally required standardized tests. Both these measures will help address the current over-emphasis on testing at the expense of learning. 

            If you have specific stories about problems with over-testing, please relate them. Personal stories are the most effective.

Twitterstorm: On April 8, send a tweet, help build the storm. Here is an example. If you modify it, be sure to include #cutfederaltests and the link to getting your Senators’ numbers:
“Join BATs, FT, SOS, TRRA, & UOO 4/8 #CutFedTests. Call Senate http://thndr.it/1P6DfEf. Cut back tests, end high stakes.”
            The link is to Senate phone numbers. The last ‘sentence’ is the basic message.
            To tweet your Senators, find their Twitter handles at:
Help launch the Twitterstorm by supporting our Thunderclap; when you do, on Tues eve a twitter, facebook or tumblr message is sent to your contacts asking them to call their Senators on Weds April 8. See https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/24577-cutfedtests-4-8-call-in. Use the red bar to choose your medium (you can return to select an additional medium, e.g. both Facebook and Twitter).

Email: Join the email campaign as well. To send a letter to your Senator, go to:

Big Education Ape: The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (Summary of the Bill) Fixing “No Child Left Behind” http://bit.ly/1GlmiDp

Big Education Ape: Bipartisan Agreement on Fixing “No Child Left Behind” Sch Committee Action for 10 a.m. Tuesday, ... http://bit.ly/1Glj4jn

For more details on the bill:
Click here for the legislation.

Big Education Ape: National Day of Action April 8 Overhaul ESEA/NCLB: Less Testing More Learning FairTest http://bit.ly/1P8A9PZ

Big Education Ape: Join April 8 national call-in day to #CutFedTests | Parents Across America http://bit.ly/1GV0xtf

Big Education Ape: NEA - Educators to spring into Wave of Action on eve of 50th anniversary of ESEA http://bit.ly/1ah1ore