Teacher Refuses, Florida DOE Responds. FAIR testing suspended statewide #Florida

If you think that you can’t make a difference, think again.

One teacher refuses and within a week,  the Florida DOE responds.

K-2 Fair testing is suspended, statewide.

Nice. Thank you, Susan Bowles,  Alachua County teacher, for taking a stand.

Way to go,  Alachua County.  Ya’all make a Gator proud.


Read more here : http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140915/ARTICLES/140919733/1109/sports?Title=Glitches-protest-lead-state-to-halt-FAIR-test-for-kindergartnersimage




Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Outta Our Way. FL: A stand against school testing is long overdue

Folks making choices that they never expected these days.

Stand together … Or get the hell out of our way.

Quote : ” The voice of the revolution is calm. It is kind. It is the voice of a 59-year-old kindergarten teacher who cares more about her students than her paycheck.”


A Parent-Teacher in Lee County to the Board: “Seize the Day”…Don’t Back Down!


Thank you Diane Ravitch for publishing my letter to Lee County School Board Florida #OptOutLee

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The Lee County school board will meet tomorrow at 8:30 am, a time that will exclude many parents, students, and educators. Public meetings should be scheduled when the public is not at work or in class.

This letter was written by a parent and teacher who can’t attend the meeting because she will be working. It is a plea to the board not to back down.

Regarding Lee County School Board decision to opt out of high stakes, state tests:

I am the parent of a fifth grader in Lee County. I am also an 8th grade Language Arts teacher for the district.

During public comments at the Wednesday night’s Lee County School Board Meeting, a speaker said, “Seize the day.” I agree.

We have waited long for this day. We have fought long and hard to end the over testing of our kids. This was not a rushed decision…

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Cheers and Checked Again

You know you are a nerd when you are watching a local school board meeting, with your cell phone taping,  as you cheer at the screen.

Imagine the excitement to hear your own school board members agree,  unanimously,  to find a way to opt your entire county out of high stakes testing.

That was me last night.

Except, I wasn’t cheering as a nerd.  No, I was cheering as a mom …

Because, really, when it comes down to it, I’m doing all this for my kid.

My child. Not my contract, not my opinion on issues, not to sell a book, or to win a position or a promotion … not for profit.

Not for nothing, as my jersey folk say.

I’m doing it for my kid. For my fifth grade daughter who is missing much of the opportunities of her education due to the ridiculous amounts of testing.

Then,  I realize… Check.

I think of other parents out there who want much more for their kids than ‘less testing’ . I realize they want life for their kids.

They want to know that their kids can walk down the street and not be shot.

They want to talk about race not tests.

While I’m cheering as I watch the news, they are screaming.

Scream with them.

Today is ten years since Hurricane Charley destroyed my town. I remember looking at the news and thinking no one cares. Life went on while our world was destroyed. I don’t wish that feeling on  anyone.

So, I’m going to try to amplify the voices of Ferguson,  to keep reminding people to pay attention.

Empathize and amplify. I’ll start there.

Prayers for the family and friends of Michael Brown … and the entire Ferguson community.

Breaking News: Florida School Board Wants Entire District to Opt Out!


Yes, this is my county!!! Keep going to your school boards and speaking up!! It’s working!!!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The Lee School Board in Florida wants to opt out of all standardized testing. They have listened to parents. They are tired of enriching Pearson.

“FCAT. Florida Standards. Common core.

“No matter what you call it, the school board wants it gone.

“Board members unanimously expressed their disdain for standardized testing at the school board meeting Tuesday, pledging to research the possibility of “opting out” the entire district from standardized testing.

“There needs to be a come-to-Jesus meeting … to talk about these issues point blank,” Chairman Tom Scott said.

Board member Don Armstrong said the district cannot afford to continue testing at the current rate.

“A lot of our money is being poured out of this county to go to one company, I won’t say names,” he said. “But on this board or not on this board, I won’t stand for it anymore.”

Dozier asked the board to…

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Mind on Michael Brown

Today is the first day back for teachers here in Florida. I imagine most of today will be spent in meetings in our school library. Yes,  that is where I will be sitting…

But my mind will be on Michael Brown.

Google him, search Facebook,  search Twitter. Repost,  Retweet,  speak  his name.

Speak his name.

Michael Brown






“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.