NEA Tele- town hall this week on 'toxic testing'

This Wednesday, July 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. (EDT) NEA is hosting a tele-town hall calling for legislation to end the over-testing of students. Dennis Van Roekel, outgoing NEA President, will be the host. Michigan members will be invited to participate and ask questions at the end of call.

This month, NEA RA delegates approved the launch of a petition campaign to end the "test blame and punish" system that has been the norm in public education for the last 10 years. NEA wants to put the focus back on student learning instead of on continuous standardized testing. Nearly one-third of the school year is spent preparing students to take standardized tests, administering the tests, and reviewing the test results. 

Van Roekel will be joined on the tele-town hall by Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) who have proposed H.R. 4172, the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act. The legislation would reduce the number of federally-mandated tests from 14 a year to six, giving educators more time to teach students and students more time to learn.