Wednesday, October 13, 2021

     Read this excellent letter to the Register Guard 

by former Eugene 4J high school Counselor Tibor Bessko

Writing in Support of New Graduation Law

Thursday, September 30, 2021

                 Check out this outstanding RG Guest Viewpoint written by members of  the 

                            Oregon School Board Members for Education Change 

Michelle Holman is a school board member for Mapleton. Jonathan Light, Springfield, Maya Rabasa, Eugene 4J, and Mike Rawles, Lincoln County, contributed to this piece. 

                    All are speaking as individuals and not representing their entire boards.

Friday, May 14, 2021

                            Check out UO Professor and Educational Activist 

                               Jerry Rosiek's Guest Opinion in the RG

                                             on Local School Board Races

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

                          Check out Eugene 4J School Board candidate

                            Tom Di Liberto's Guest Opinion in the RG

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

               Check out Guest Viewpoint in Register Guard

               on Stopping Standardized Testing this Spring

        by 4J School Board Candidates Maya Rabasa and Laural O'Rourke

Thursday, March 18, 2021

                  Mapleton School District School Board Advises Parents to Opt 

         Their Children Out of Spring Smarter Balanced Standardized Tests

Mapleton Board of Education
Resolution Supporting the Opt-Out Option for Smarter Balanced Testing

We, the Mapleton Board of Education, given our responsibility to safeguard and guide the education of Mapleton students, find that the administering of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests (SBAC) at this time of pandemic to be inappropriate and harmful to students, their families and to the school community. 

For the following reasons, we encourage parents to opt their children out of these tests:

1. The tests create mental stress for students at the exact time we’re trying to restore emotional health.

2. The tests will be meaningless
• They can’t provide a legitimate comparison to last year or next year; 
• They will not be administered in the controlled conditions that have been mandated in the past; 
• It is highly unlikely that there will be a 95% participation rate for validity as required in the past;
• The tests won’t provide any meaningful data about equity or achievement gaps – the stated main reason for their use.

It is therefore the Board’s recommendation that Mapleton parents and guardians strongly consider exercising their right, under House Bill 2655, to opt out their student from the Smarter Balanced tests.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

                                         Check Out Register Guard Guest Viewpoint

                                by Retired Teacher and Educational Activist Paul Bodin