According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the entire faculty of Saucedo Elementary Academy, with the support of parents, have voted to refuse to administer a standardized test called the ISAT. Most of the parents have apparently already chosen to have their children ‘opt out’ of taking the test. The test administration is supposed to start on Monday, 3/3/14.
Naturally, the superintendent of schools is threatening to fire the teachers and revoke their licenses. From the Sun-Times article:
The teachers refusing to administer the ISAT could face disciplinary action, CPS officials said.
Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said those teachers could be fired.
“I think it would be outrageous and wrong. . . . The teachers aren’t doing this for any gain. They’re doing this because they want to teach,” he said.
The CTU vowed to “mount a strong defense” if the teachers are disciplined.
Chambers said teachers know this is risky, and there might be consequences from the administration.
“We are not afraid. We’re standing strong for our kids and what is right,” she said.
Boycotters at Saucedo hope the school is a leader in the anti-ISAT movement, which has been gaining momentum in recent days.
This is a big step forward in the move against the top-down deforming of public schools (particularly those for poor children and minorities) into all-test-prep all the time.