May 24, 2016 10:03 am

What you need to read (and do)

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There are two important stories that speak to the length to which “reformers” will go to suppress the voices of those who oppose corporate reforms.

The first was the intimidation of a Teachers College professor, Celia Oyler, by PARCC after she posted a column by an anonymous teacher critiquing the 4th grade PARCC exam. You can read a complete account of what occurred here.

Professor Oyler received a warning letter from the CEO of PARCC, Laura Slover, which threatened her with legal action. Slover claimed it violated their copyright, and demanded that she also disclose the name of the teacher who wrote the column and remove the post.

NPE Board member, Leonie Haimson, had her tweet of Olyer’s column deleted by Twitter. She reprinted the original post on her blog, along with the excerpts of the 4th grade exam, and urged other bloggers to do the same as “an act of collective disobedience to the reigning testocracy.”  The Education Bloggers Network, a collection of more than 200 grassroots bloggers, managed by Jonathan Pelto, joined the effort.

Readers can find related blogs and stories in Slate, USA Today, the Progressive, Washington Post Answer Sheet, and posts by Anthony Cody, Julian Vasquez Heilig, Peter Greene, Mercedes Schneider, Daniel Katz, and our President, Diane Ravitch.

The second was an attempt by Campbell Brown and Peter Cunningham to intimidate Diane Ravitch, Carol Burris, and to a lesser extent, Tom Loveless of Brookings because they asked Brown to correct her false claim that two thirds of our nation’s children were below grade level in reading and in mathematics.

Attempts to persuade Ms. Brown to correct the false information led to an exchange on Twitter.  Brown later took down most of her tweets, claiming she had been unfairly attacked and began likening Diane to Donald Trump. You can read more about why Brown’s error is so problematic and one more unfair attempt to disparage our schools here in the Washington Post Answersheet. You can read Diane’s reaction to Brown’s refusal to correct the record here.

NPE needs your help in the fight to raise public awareness on these issues and more. We made progress this year but we have a long way to go.

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