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Chicago Teachers' Union Passes Resolution Against Common Core

Chicago Teachers' Union passes resolution against Common Core

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The Chicago Teachers' Union passed a resolution on May 9, 2014 opposing the use of Common Core State Standards in teaching and testing. The group also plans to lobby the Illinois Board of Education and its parent union, the American Federation of Teachers, for the reversal of the approval of Common Core, according to the Washington Post

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has been a longtime supporter of the standards, but has called for revisions of the early childhood standards, calling them "developmentally inappropriate." Weingarten has also pushed for a delay in the use of Common Core-aligned standardized tests as part of teacher evaluations. 

"I agree with educators and parents from across the country, the Common Core mandate represents an overreach of federal power into personal privacy as well as into state educational autonomy," said Chicago Union President Karen Lewis. "Common Core eliminates creativity in the classroom and impedes collaboration. We also know that high-stakes standardized testing is deisgned to rank and sort our children, and it contributes significantly to racial discrimination and the achievement gap among students in America's schools."

To read more and see the full resolution, click here.  

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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