Monday, December 10, 2018

Check out CAPE member Larry Lewin's recent letter to the Register-Guard 
on classroom disruptions in local schools 
and the need to self-examine internal school policies and practices.

   Schools can’t control all factors influencing violence


https://www.registerguard.com/opinion/20181209/schools-cant-control-all-factors-influencing-violence
....


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Joint Interim Committee on Student Success Hearing

Hear the work group recommendations for the Joint Interim Committee on Student Success: Thursday, November 8 at 9:00 am in Hearing Room F.

This is also the last time to submit written comments to the Committee: Email: jcss.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov

Tell them to move away from the failed corporate "reform" standardized testing-based model of education. It has caused so much damage to students, teachers and families and has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars.

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017I1/Downloads/CommitteeAgenda/JCSS/2018-11-08-09-00?guid=785fa4aa-0568-163b-e054-02082091f14b&fbclid=IwAR2ZZrsu9JZQpJu6TmMQWYZ8uIVVA6GjH4uaC9k7sFY7vujCrBB64CPqL74

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Check out CAPE member Larry Lewin's recent letter to the Register-Guard 
on funding of public education.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

3 Easy Steps To Opt Out of State Testing

Have You and Your Kids Had Enough Testing?


You don't have to take state tests! House Bill 2655 permits parents to annually opt-out of Oregon's statewide summative tests. 



In fac
t, the Springfield School Board has urged parents to opt-out of these unfair and unnecessary tests.

Opting out is easy:



1. Download the Opt-Out form from the Department of Education (it's the 2nd page of the pdf linked):
www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out%20Form%202017-18.pdf

2. Fill out & sign the form.

3. Return the form to your child's school! They can be sent with the children, or you are welcome to bring in the forms yourself. 

That's it! You're done. There is no deadline to submit the form - you can still opt-out even after the testing period has started!

You have to submit this form once per year, so make a note to download the new form next year and resubmit.


Why should we opt-out?

1. The average student takes 112 mandated standardized tests by 12th grade

2. They take 2-6 weeks of instruction time and are unnecessarily stressful for young students.

3. Schools are pressured to teach to the test and to minimize untested subjects.

4. Smarter Balanced test reports arrive too late for teachers to even use them.

5. Many studies show these tests aren’t fair or valid measures of student learning.



It’s time to say, “Enough!”  
Join the Movement to Opt-Out.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Check Out Satirical Eugene Weekly Newsarticle by Bob Keefer


Facebook Buys Eugene School District

‘It’s time to make education pay for itself,’ Zuckerberg says

https://eugeneweekly.com/2018/03/29/facebook-buys-eugene-school-district/

.... Schools will be rebranded as “advanced data centers,” he said, reflecting their more-functional status in the global economy.
Zuckerberg canceled previously announced plans to buy the University of Oregon after discovering the institution is already privately owned....



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Read CAPE member Pete Mandrapa's outstanding Guest Viewpoint in the RegisterGuard

He describes the context in our public schools that contribute to this problem.