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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] St. Paul [MN] Public Schools: Contract to reduce testing
Posted: Nov 11, 2013 6:57 PM
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION ... From Monty Neill, Ed.D.; Executive Director,
FairTest; P.O. Box 300204, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-477-9792;
The St. Paul [MN] Federation of Teachers is battling to include
provisions to cut back on testing in their contract. The school board
meets Tues Nov 12. The Teachers want people to view the video.

Please read the info below and click on the link to watch the video.
Also see the link to their petition.

Monty Neill

PS - in case this does not get thru clearly, the video is at
and the petition at


Must Watch Video: Support the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers in a
historic contract battle against standardized testing and in defense
of the public schools


Mary Cathryn Ricker, President of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers

Must watch video about the Saint Paul Teacher's struggle to defend
public Education--Please send out far and wide!:

Petition in support of Saint Paul Teachers:


The Saint Paul Federation of Teachers is in one of the most important
struggles to defend public education and have taken one of the
boldest stances against standardized testing in the country. While
the state mandates that students take the MCA standardized test, the
SPFT-with the support of their many parent and community allies-know
that it is a waste of time and resources and are attempting to
bargain it out of their contract.

Beyond reducing standardized testing, SPFT's contract proposal
advocates for attracting and retaining teachers of color, education
for the whole child, family teacher partnerships, smaller class
sizes, culturally relevant education, high quality professional
development, and preschool for all.

Yet on September 19, management at the St. Paul Public Schools walked
out of negotiations and asked the state mediator to close
negotiations to the public so parents and other members of the
community couldn't hear what we were talking about.

The Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, have worked hard over the last
year to partner with parents, students and community members to
identify the top priorities to deliver the schools St. Paul children
deserve. Combined with research, they turned these priorities into an
amazing report, "The Schools Saint Paul Students deserve", which
should serve as a model for educators around the nation. That
proposals can be seen at: <>

Over the last few weeks, SPFT members have been having conversations
and collecting signatures from over a thousand community members on
this petition. Please join those that have already pledged their
support by signing today!


Their struggle is ours!

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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