All articles by Monty Neill

Working people lost an important leader; it was right and just to have published the CASE

I write this to honor my friend and comrade, George Schmidt. I knew George from his work with Substance and CTU while I worked with FairTest (now retired as its executive director).

When he . . .


'Race To Nowhere' on TV... 'our opportunity to raise awareness about the toll over-packed schedules are taking on the health, happiness, cognitive development, creativity and emotional development of our children...'

[Editor's Note: This just came in from Fair Test and is an opportunity for readers of Substance to see an important addition to the debate over education policy. We are reminded that four years ago, . . .

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Shades of 'The Wire' — Duncan, Gates tell teachers to do 'more with less'

Some of you may recall the series The Wire in which, in the final season, the newspaper was the second focus - it was constantly cutting and management's mantra was "we have to do more . . .

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A Better Way to Assess Students and Evaluate Schools

Most Americans agree: We need a better way to assess students and evaluate schools. The latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll found that only one out of four respondents thought the No Child Left Behind law, . . .

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Arne's Duncan's 'Humpty Dumpty' version of reality evidenced in recent speech

[Editor's Note: The following commentary — followed by the Duncan speech — was first offered by Monty Neill of Fair Test on a recent speech by Arne Duncan. Monty Neill's commentary is followed by the . . .

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Letter: Bad news from Nebraska

April 3, 2008


Terrible news. Nebraska Commissioner Doug Christensen is resigning. There is little info in the news clip that follows this not, but it is highly probably that his resignation stems . . .

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Letter: Thanks from Fair Test for Chicago report

December 19, 2007
Dear Substance, Thanks for printing PURE and FairTest’s report , “Chicago School Reform: Lessons for the Nation” (December 2007 Substance and on the web at http://www.fairtest. org/ ChicagoReport ExecSum 2007. html). I . . .

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Letter: Maryland asked to reject HS exit exam

October 29, 2007


The following Fair Test press statement was issued today and might be of interest to your readers. FairTest (National Center for Fair & Open Testing)

for . . .

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