Our Opt-Out Letter: “These standardized tests can’t measure our son”

This is the opt-out letter we wrote for our son. I sent it to the principal of my son's middle school asking that he be dismissed from the Smarter Balanced test, explaining our reasoning, and attempting to build common cause in a struggle for a larger purpose for education. While this letter is deeply personal to me and describes a lot of the very specific reasons why my son won't be taking these tests, I encourage you to meditate on your own children's beautiful qualities and then write your own opt-out letter to your school principal.

We Love You George Floyd. We Got You This October 14th #TeachTruth National Day of Action for Your Birthday.

As a kickoff to the 2021-2022 "Black Lives Matter at School Year of Purpose," we call on you to join a National Day of Action to #TeachTruth about structural racism and oppression on Thursday, October 14, 2021--George Floyd's birthday.

Meet Mia Dabney, Aneesa Roidad, & KyRi Miller–2021 “Black Education Matters Student Activist Award” Winners!

KyRi Miller, Aneesa Roidad, and Mia Dabney are the 2021 Black Education Matters Student Activist Award winners--find out how they are changing the world!

“I’m not alone in pledging to #TeachTruth”: Jesse Hagopian’s speech from June 12 National Day of Action opposing the banning of teaching about structural racism & oppression.

Jesse Hagopian delivers a speech at the Seattle #TeachTruth rally on June 12, 2021. Photo by Maile Anderson, posted with permission. A great movement is gaining strength to refuse to lie to kids. On January 12th, 2021, hundreds of teachers in over 40 different cities and towns joined a national day of action to #TeachTruth …

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