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!
Thank you for joining us on October 6 for:
Revolutionary Politics Poetry & Music with Jill Stein and Francisco Herrera
Videos from the event are now posted below!
Francisco Herrera, Green candidate for D11 Supervisor opened for Jill Stein:
Jill Stein, Green nominee for President, then spoke to a full house:
(original event info follows)
An evening of Revolutionary Poetry, Music, and Politics with Green Party Presidential Candidate, Dr. Jill Stein and Candidate for SF Board of Supervisors District 11, Francisco Herrera at The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., SF CA. Local (and some not-so-local) luminaries will light up The Chapel stage October 6, 2016 from 6-10pm (Doors at 5pm). Both Dr. Jill Stein and Francisco Herrera will speak.
People of ALL AGES are welcome! Food and drink will be available for purchase. This event is wheelchair accessible.
Revolutionary Politics in The Chapel:
Dr. Jill Stein
Poetry in The Chapel:
Revolutionary Poets Brigade and the Juana Briones Cultural Committee -
Jack Hirschmann (Poet Laureate)
Alejandro Murguía (Poet Laureate)
Music in The Chapel:
Old School Kollective (OSK)
The SF Green Party has endorsed Francisco Herrera for Mayor in 2015!
Francisco Herrera is a musician, a long-time Green, and an activist with the Living Wage Coalition. On his website, he writes:
"The difference between myself and other candidates is that the value I place in community voices over the desires of a handful of wealthy elite.
My campaign is committed to building affordable housing, community policing, funding community needs, and protecting the integrity of our diverse neighborhoods. As a community activist connected with movements across San Francisco, I know that there are solutions to the challenges we face if we open City Hall to the people."
Francisco needs donations to appear on the ballot, since the Green Party does not automatically get a ballot line in California elections. Please donate to his campaign before June 9 to help him pay his filing fee, so that voters will have a Green choice this November!
This January and February, we have 8 weeks to gather signatures from 10,000 voters in order for Green Party candidates for statewide office to be allowed to appear on the June election ballot.
The Green Party candidates currently running for office (in SF) are:
- Luis Rodriquez for Governor
- Laura Wells for Controller
- Ellen Brown for Treasurer
- David Curtis for Secretary of State
Barry Hermanson for Congress
More info (and signature forms for the statewide candidates that you can print out yourself) are on the Green Party of California's website.
See updates below on additional debates.
As explained on Democracy Now, the Democratic and Republican parties have conspired for years to shut all other voices out of their Budweiser sponsored-Presidential debates.
This year, Democracy Now! expanded the first debate by splicing in real-time footage of the Green Party's Jill Stein and Justice Party's Rocky Anderson as they responded to the same questions as the two Wall Street candidates. The Libertarian candidate was also invited to participate, but declined. Watch the first debate below, as Jill Stein demolishes Romney for a second time:
Democracy Now! also expanded the Vice Presidential debate by including the Green Party's Cheri Honkala and Luis Rodriguez of the Justice Party
Democracy Now! expanded the 2nd Presidential debate in a 2 hour special, including Jill Stein of the Green Party, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson. Jill Stein was especially impressive after having been arrested (along with Cheri Honkala) and handcuffed to a chair for 8 hours the night before by thugs hired by the Democratic and Republican parties.
Jill Stein debated Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party (who skipped the first 2 debates on Democracy Now!) one on one, in a forum sponsored by the Independent Voter Network. There were some technical issues with this one, but it's worth watching!
Democracy Now! also expanded the third Presidential debate in a 3.5 hour special, including Jill Stein of the Green Party and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson (Gary Johnson skipped this one as well). A panel of Bay Area guests also provided comments.
The Green Party's Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala recently participated in an election panel discussion (not a debate) with other activists hosted by Davey D on the KPFA Morning Mix show.
Finally, KALW (not KPFA) covered the 3rd Party Debate on October 23, hosted by Larry King. The debate featured Jill Stein of the Green Party, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode, Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson, and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. Video of the event can be seen on CSPAN website, or watch it below:
On Sunday, November 4, former Green Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader will host a debate between Jill Stein of the Green Party, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode, Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson, and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. The event should be broadcast online; check this page for updates.
The last debate before the election will take place on Monday, November 5. Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein will debate live from RT’s Washington, DC studio. More details are posted here about how to watch this on TV or online.
The Green Party's presidential nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, has become the first Green Party member in history to qualify for federal matching funds! It means that some of our tax dollars will be diverted away from drone warfare and crony capitalism, towards a movement for real Democracy in the United States.
Dr. Stein recently released a statement thanking her supporters and discussing the campaign's next steps.
(Correction to a prior version: The Nader 2000 campaign also qualified for matching funds, as reported by Ballot Access News).