There’s a lot going on in town, in the state, and nationwide. The resistance /refusal movement is growing and we urge all interested parents, residents, and community members to continue to speak up and engage in conversations, on social media, wherever you are comfortable.
Together we are making a difference!
Thanks for all you do.
Note to readers: The information below was previously published via email /newsletter and on Facebook on 1/23/2015.
We wanted to let you know about these important meetings and events coming up. Details below.
- Monday, Jan. 26: BOE vote on “Parental Refusal of Standardized Testing Policy.”
- Wednesday, Jan. 28: The Art and Poetry of Teaching, upstairs at Tierney’s
- Sunday, Feb. 8: Standardized, the movie on testing that everyone seems to be talking about will be shown in Montclair
- Tuesday, Feb. 10: Take the PARCC event at MSU
Monday, Jan. 26: BOE vote on Parental Refusal of Standardized Testing Policy
The Montclair Board of Education will do a second reading and vote on the “Parental Refusal of Standardized Testing Policy,” introduced in December.
Come lend your voice in support of this very important resolution Monday night.
Where: MHS Auditorium, entrance on Park Street
When: Monday Jan. 26, Public meeting begins at 7:30 pm, speakers sign-up sheet available at 6:30 pm.
The Parental Refusal resolution says: “[S]ome parents may choose to have their children decline to take one or more of [the PARCCs].
“[T]he policy of the MBOE is that the parental decision to decline testing should be met at the district level with educationally appropriate and non-punitive responses.” The proposed resolution directs the superintendent to “establish a procedure in accordance with this Policy.”
Background: Montclair had a policy like this in place last year for NJASK. The PARCC, which will be given starting in early March, is a new, unproven test. Parents have asked for months for a humane policy for students whose parents choose against having their children take the test. Other school boards have passed parental refusal resolutions, and recently the president of the New Jersey State Board of Education acknowledged that no one can force children to take a standardized test. Montclair needs a consistent, clear policy to ensure that when the PARCC is administered in our schools, students who do not take it will be given productive, alternative activities in another room.
Come and show your support for the proposed policy.
Wednesday, Jan. 28: The Art and Poetry of Teaching – a fun evening of music, comedy, spoken word and poetry performed by our teachers!
Ready to beat the end-of-January chill? If you haven’t reserved a spot yet, there’s still some space left at what promises to be a fun and inspiring event featuring performances by some of our talented teachers from Edgemont, Hillside, Montclair High School, Mount Hebron, Renaissance, and more!
We’re celebrating creative teaching and creative teachers. We hope you can join us.
Where: Upstairs at Tierney’s Tavern http://www.tierneystavern.com/
134 Valley Road, Montclair
When: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
Admission: Free. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-poetry-of-teaching-tickets-15109298318
There will be light refreshments and a cash bar.
Audience members must be age 21 or over to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Montclair Education Association and Montclair Cares About Schools
Sunday, Feb. 8: Standardized, the movie on testing that everyone seems to be talking about
The film – Standardized, Lies, Money, and Civil RIghts: How Testing is Ruining Public Education –
is a must-see movie that has been shown around the country including recent screenings all over New Jersey. Now you can see it in Montclair!
Many of you have asked for it, and we got it. Come join us for a showing.
Where: the Firehouse, the community room at the Montclair Fire Department headquarters
When: Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free. Space is limited so please be sure to register at https://standardized.eventbrite.com.
From the filmmakers: “For decades, standardized testing has been a part of public education. Within the last ten years, however, education reform has promoted even more testing. Test scores, mistakenly viewed as effective assessments of student ability and teacher/school effectiveness, are anything but. Standardized sheds light on the invalid nature of these tests, the terrible consequences of high-stakes testing, and the big money that’s involved.”
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Take the PARCC event held at Montclair State University
Have you tried a PARCC practice test yet? Parents who have taken a practice PARCC say that it is a powerful and informative experience. Here’s another local opportunity to Take the PARCC in a group setting and engage in discussion about high-stakes testing. A great follow-up to Standardized. Sponsored by the Essex County Education Association (ECEA).
Where: Montclair State University Conference Center
When: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
Admission: Register at : ECEAONLINE.ORG
Remember, if you can’t make this Take the PARCC event, you can try a sample PARCC on your own at this site: http://www.parcconline.org/practice-tests and judge the test for yourself.
Check out the Montclair Cares About Schools page on Facebook for information on these events and more.