CTU and others sponsor 'Hands Up, Don't Test' event next Friday (April 24, 2015) after schools at SEIU Health

More Than A Score, Haymarket Books and the Chicago Teachers Union are sponsoring a forum on the resistance to standardized testing on Friday, April 24, 2015, beginning at five in the afternoon. The event will take place at SEIU Health Chicago's offices at 23rd and Halsted from five to seven p.m. under the title "Hands Up. Don't Test." The event will feature speakers and discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Opting Out of so-called standardized tests has become a national movement.With Jesse Hagopian, teacher, author and activist, speaking about the intersection of high stakes testing, race, class and education in the United States and reading from his new book More Than A Score. The event is to be held on Friday, April 24at 5:00pm - 7:00pm, SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana, 2229 S Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Also featuring Malcolm London of Black Youth Project 100.

As CPS students get ready to face a second round of PARCC testing in Chicago, teachers, parents and students have been organizing in unprecedented numbers against this punishing test. High stakes tests are used to sort, rank, label and punish our schools, teachers and students of color by closing schools, laying off veteran educators and labeling students as failures. Teachers need to teach, not test. Please join us for an urgent conversation about the connections between race, testing and teaching.

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by More Than A Score, Haymarket Books and the Chicago Teachers Union


April 26, 2015 at 3:12 PM

By: Theresa D. Daniels

Magnificent forum on Opt Out Successes

It was wonderful to hear activists, parents, teachers, and students speak so movingly about their experiences within the opting out movement. Some of the speakers--now teachers themselves--had been the students of the activist teachers at the forum. Much was said about what a real education was as opposed to one dominated by testing. This forum was a real eye-opening, worthwhile experience.

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