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Backlash Brews Against Corporate Education Reform

Recent scandals in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. that revealed coordinated efforts by teachers and administrators to manipulate student test scores are shining an even brighter spotlight on the failure of standardized test-centric policies in the states. A backlash is brewing in many states as more and more parents and legislators alike start asking questions about corporate education "reform":

A "coming revolution?" Legislators and parents in various states are reconsidering standardized test-driven education reforms. [The Atlantic]

The Minnesota House passed a $15 billion education bill this week that provides free all-day kindergarten statewide and eliminates controversial testing requirements for graduation. [Star-Tribune]

The "parent trigger" bill in Florida will go to a vote in the Senate next week, as a mysterious video from an out-of-state group circulates around the state. [Miami Herald]

Former Florida Democratic Senate leader Nan Rich: the bill is really about "laying the groundwork for the hostile, corporate takeover of public schools throughout Florida" [Washington Post]

Teachers and lawmakers from both parties in Louisiana are backing a "reverse parent trigger" bill to allow parents in failing charter schools to petition to return the schools to local control. [Diane Ravitch]

After endorsing an anti-immigrant state legislator as their "Reformer of the Year" last year, Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst chose to bestow the honor on the co-author of Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill this year. [Daily Kos]

 

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from April 27, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)