Teachers and Parents of Puerto Rico Launch Historic Strike & Boycott against Standardized Testing: “We want a just, equitable world for our children.”

Today, my third grade son is supposed to take the Common Core high-stakes test, "Smarter Balanced," at his school here in Seattle. He decided, however, that he would rather do a research project about a leader who has helped to make the world better. So my wife and I are writing the opt out letter …

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Seattle Teacher: Dear Betsy DeVos, You’re Not Welcome Here

This article was first published at The Progressive. Dear Betsy DeVos, My name is Jesse Hagopian and I teach ethnic studies at Seattle’s Garfield High School. I hope you didn’t just stop reading this letter after you heard the subject I am teaching—I urge you to keep reading. I am writing in regards to the …

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“Stop Blaming Teachers, Start Funding Schools”: 30,000 Teachers Walk Out in Protest of Big Class Sizes in Washington State

The economic justice periodical In These Times recently ran this important article on the mass rolling strike wave of teachers and educators across Washington State--including now some 65 different union locals--who are standing up to a lawless state legislature that refuses to obey a court order to fully fund education.  As I point out in …

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Seattle Educators Set To Strike For The Schools Our Children Deserve: Video interview with Jesse Hagopian on the rolling strike wave in Washington State

Educators are walking out of the public schools in Seattle on Tuesday, May 18th, joining a one day rolling strike wave of educators unions around the state, with a powerful message for the State Legislature: Fully fund education. These educators will be joined by many parents and students who are asking that the Washington State …

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