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cynthiamckinney
It's true, folks. One has to pledge not to boycott Israel in order to get funding to rebuild your home. ci.dickinson.tx.us/documentcenter…

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TenantsUnionSF
@LondonBreedSF @savemidtown @SFCity_Hall holds meeting about demoing hundreds of homes & their Supervisor nor staff… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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zabethsue
Chariot is on the agenda for the SFMTA today. Demand fair market charges: MTABoard@sfmta.org. sfexaminer.com/regulate-chari…

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SFGreenParty
They still continue to spam us with ads for fake taxis, though. #deleteUber #deleteLyft twitter.com/katienotopoulo…

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AngryBerner
#MondayMotivation Even the Hindenburg needed a spark to explode. Hillary's campaign had no spark. #BlameTheBerntwitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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SFGreenParty
This reminds us of the "Willie Brown endorses Bevan Dufty" signs posted by some of Eileen Hansen's dumber supporter… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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SFGreenParty
Californians make $124 million per year from just one form of slavery! twitter.com/SeanMcElwee/st…

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SFGreenParty
Twitter will be pretty boring after they ban all Americans. twitter.com/jack/statuses/…

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BarryH4Congress
Health care is a HUMAN right, I have been fighting 4 this 4 years. #SB562 #MedicareForAll #Hermanson4Congress youtu.be/ZxVSwgXMJLo

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PNHP
Calif. #SinglePayer activists will push for #SB562 in all 80 state assembly districts this weekend. bit.ly/2kMKQSC via @4HealthyCA

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Opt Out of Standardized Tests

SFUSD Parents,

 

Starting in the 3rd grade, kids in the SF public schools can spend up to 7 weeks of class time preparing for and taking standardized tests!  These tests are no longer "high stakes" but they do replace valuable instruction time and are not the tests used by the teacher to evaluate or teach your child.

 

Most teachers do not find the majority of these standardized tests to be helpful in educating your kids, because the scores don't give teachers details on what questions were missed or what skills might need more practice.  Except for the reading assessments given throughout the year (which teachers use to assign books appropriate for the child's reading level),  these tests are an expensive waste of time that only serve the interests of the testing companies.

 

Fortunately, CA state law allows parents to opt out of any standardized tests, and your school is not penalized in any way!  Opt-out forms must be turned in to your school's administrators every year.  Here are the forms:

Please print them out for yourself and for other parents in your classroom who are interested!

 

In particular, parents should consider opting ot of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Interim District Assessments (IDA) tests, which are given in the spring.  Teachers don't even get the scores on these tests until the end of the year, so taking these tests is of no benefit at all to the students.

 

You can ask your school to provide an appropriate curriculum for your kids while the others are taking tests.  If enough kids in a single grade opt out, we will have more sway to get a classroom at each grade level to continue with regular instruction!