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REMINDER: More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing


Join us and Haymarket Books for a discussion between teachers, students, and parents about the new uprising against high-stakes testing.

When: Sunday, January 4 at 7:30pm

Where: Powell's City of Books
(1005 W Burnside St.)

Jesse Hagopian: More Than a Score editor and a leader of Garfield High School MAP test boycott
Gwen Sullivan: Portland Association of Teachers President
Alexia Garcia: student leader and contributor
Adam Sanchez: moderator and editorial associate at Rethinking Schools

Across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are refusing to administer bad exams. In fact, the "education reformers" find themselves facing the largest revolt in US history against high-stakes, standardized testing.

More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing is a collection of essays, poems, speeches, and interviews-accounts of personal courage and trenchant insights-from frontline fighters who are defying the corporate education reformers, often at great personal and professional risk, and fueling a national movement to reclaim and transform public education.

"Exceptional" --Publishers Weekly

"Exciting" --Truthout

"Arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer." --Kirkus

Speaker Profiles

Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. He is an editorial associate at Rethinking Schools, a founding member of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 "Secondary School Teacher of Year" award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He is a contributing author to Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History, and writes regularly for Truthout, Common Dreams, Socialist Worker, Black Agenda Report, and the Seattle Times op-ed page.

Gwen Sullivan is President of the 4,000-member Portland Association of Teachers . A twenty-year elementary and middle-school teacher, she led the union through one of its most contentious contract battles in decades, narrowly averting a strike last February. Sullivan is also a parent of two children in Portland Public Schools.

Alexia Garcia graduated from Lincoln High School in 2013. Alexia served as the 2013-2013 student representative on the Portland Public School's Board of Education. Throughout high school Alexia organized with the Portland Public Schools Student Union and the Portland Student Union.

Adam Sanchez is a social studies teacher at Madison High School and is an editorial associate with Rethinking Schools.

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.