Jesse’s TV commentary on education and race has been featured on  numerous local and nationally broadcast programs including, HBO’s “Problem Areas” with Wyatt Cenac, CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, PBS News Hour with Gwen Ifill, Keith Olberman’s Countdown on Current TV, The Dan Rather Report, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, and The Real News Network.


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WyattHBOProblem Areas: Education

Jesse Hagopian joined educators, students, authors, and activists to discuss the struggle for education on season 2 of Wyatt Cenac’s “Problem Areas” show for HBO.


At a school with a history of social protest, this teacher is leading an opposition to ‘excessive testing’

Gwen Ifill and the PBS News Hour crew interviewed Jesse Hagopian to ask him about how standardized testing is eroding education and why we are in the midst of the largest uprising against high-stakes testing in U.S. History.  


Reframing the Purpose of Education
History teacher Jesse Hagopian from Seattle talks during Education Nation’s Teacher Town Hall about standardized tests and “reframing the purpose of education.”


ThirdRailPhotoThe great standardized testing debate

Teacher Jesse Hagopian debates Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, Peter Cunningham on standardized testing.


In January, 2013 Garfield High School announced it would refuse to administer the MAP test.  The struggle for quality assessment soon became a national story.  Here is an early appearance Jesse made on CNN.


Here is the preview for the Dan Rather Reports show Jesse appeared on to talk about Garfield High School’s opposition to the MAP test.


The Real News Network:

Seattle Teacher Jesse Hagopian Schools NBC’s Education Nation


Professor Wayne Au and Jesse spoke to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! about the MAP test boycott and the standardized testing craze.


The school to prison pipeline



Jesse appeared on Keith Olberman’s Countdown program after he was arrested at the Washington State Capitol building protesting the budget cuts to education.  Jesse attempted to make a citizen’s arrest of the state legislature because they were breaking Washington State law with regard to education spending.  Then the students at Garfield organized a walkout in protest of the budget cuts.


After months of protest, teachers, students and parents in Seattle, Washington, have won their campaign to reject standardized tests in reading and math. In January, teachers at Garfield High School began a boycott of the test, saying it was wasteful and being used unfairly to assess their performance. The boycott spread to other schools, with hundreds of teachers, students and parents participating. Last week, the school district backed down, announcing that the Measures of Academic Progress — or MAP test — is now optional for high schools, but those refusing the test must find another way to gauge student performance. We speak with Jesse Hagopian, a high school history teacher and union representative at Garfield High School.


Video: Garfield H.S. instructors discuss opposition to mandatory testing

KING 5’s Mark Wright talks with Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian and testing coordinator Kris McBride about opposition among teachers at the school to certain mandatory skills tests.


racesuspensionNews: Seattle Public Schools finds itself in race against time, over race

by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News (Posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM)

“I think the district has failed to take racial justice seriously,” said Hagopian.


Education: Garfield High School teachers boycott MAP assessment test

by MojoPages/ KING 5 News (Posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM)


April 29th, 2013
Q13 News: MAP test opponents equate  fight to civil rights


Study Links High Stakes Testing to Higher Incarceration Rates


Garfield High School teachers boycott MAP assessment test

King 5 News Report

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