Blogs, Class Size, Education and Race, Education Reporting, Foreign Language Instruction, “Opt Out”/Test Refusal, Real Education Reform, Special Needs, Teachers, Testing

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Jersey Jazzman: teacher, soothsayer, and thorn in the side of the NJ DOE:


Diane Ravitch: professor, former assistant secretary of education, leading the battle against corporate “reform”:


Montclair Voices, a blog/website from Montclair Cares About Schools (MCAS):


Christopher Tienken, Seton Hall professor, author:


Mother Crusader: Parent, community activist and Highland Park BOE member:


Parenting the Core: A great education blog by a mother, lawyer, and former teacher:


Badass Teachers: A national association of educators opposed to the CCSS , PARCC, and corporate reform:




Teacherbiz: Mother, teacher, and NJEA member:


With a Brooklyn Accent: By Mark Naison, Fordham University professor and co-founder of the BadAssTeachers:



Class Size:

Yes, class size does matter. For fact sheets, articles, and studies that prove this:

Class Size Matters



 Education and Race:

Founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance has material and methods for teachers to use in combating racial and socioeconomic bias within the classroom:


Journey for Justice (J4J) is an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations”:


NAACP National:


Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education:


from The Guardian:


 Education Reporting:

The Answer Sheet by Valerie Strauss is published by The Washington Post


Bob Braun: long-time New Jersey education reporter, champion of New Jersey public schools:


Foreign Language Instruction:

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages:


“Opt Out”/Test Refusal:

United Opt Out:




Parents and Kids Against Standardized Testing (facebook group):


Change the Stakes (NY group):



Real education reform:

Rethinking Schools describe themselves as a “nonprofit publisher dedicated to strengthening public education through social justice teaching & education activism.” Website includes publications and articles on a host of topics ranging from race to class to testing to pedagogy.:


Save Our Schools NJ was formed in 2010 and has quickly grown into a parent/teacher/community activist network that works to keep the community and legislators aware of current educational issues in NJ:


 New York Performance Standards Consortium “represents 28 schools across New York State. Formed in 1997, the Consortium opposes high stakes tests arguing that ‘one size does not fit all.'”



Special Needs:

The National Center for Learning Disabilities exists as a network for connecting parents and teachers with resources and strategies for teaching and advocating for special needs students:


The Education Law Center “promotes educational equity through coalition building, litigation support, policy development, communications, and action-focused research in New Jersey, in other states, and at the federal level”:

Special Needs NJ is comprised of “Educational and Health Care Professionals providing services to families in Northwest NJ with members that have ‘Special Needs’”:



If you teach, support teachers, and are a badass, the BadassTeachers (BATs) is the organization for you:


New Jersey BATs:




For the information and fact sheets you need about how high-stakes testing is hurting our kids and damaging our schools:

Fair Test: 

American Psychological Association

National Center for Learning Disabilities:


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