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- Subject: Back-to-School Activism
- From: Jedoyon@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 03:47:25 EDT
Dear Activists, Educators, and Educator Activists,
Welcome back to school! My twins, Carmen and Sam, start 10th grade at
Spanaway Lake High School tomorrow. Time flies.
I'll try to keep this short, but I want to update everyone on a few items
having to do with WASL and share news of my campaign to become state
superintendent. It's hard to believe that primary is only one year away.
Mothers Against WASL continues to call for boycott of all state WASL testing.
I sent out a press release last week, which I will paste below. I had the
opportunity to be on the Dave Ross show, KIRO radio, last Friday. There were
many callers in response to the subject. Looking over the "refusal" numbers on
the superintendent's website reveals that more students than ever opted out
in every subject and every grade level. Good work!!!
Continued boycott becomes more important with the imposition of the
unrealistic, intrusive and abusive, federal "No Child Left Behind" (drag them all
through the misery!) act. It is also important to emphasize that WASL itself is
bad news, not just NCLB. Neither the state nor the federal government should
use high-stakes testing on our children or our schools. The state continues to
tell 70% of 4th, 7th and 10th graders that they are substandard in at least
one subject tested. And we've spent well over $100,000,000 to do this. On the
alternative state test, even more dismal passing numbers are recorded. The
state board's committee on the Certificate of Mastery and WASL passage
requirement came back with a very mixed review, see:
for full report.
In encouraging boycott, it is not our goal to hurt our schools. It is our
goal to save them and our children and our communities from the travesty of
high-stakes testing. High-stakes testing does not equal accountability.
Accountability begins at the top with those who control funding. See: Barnes &
Noble.com - Not With Our Kids You Don't! Ten Strategies to Save Our Schools for
details. My book was recognized in the Top 100 educational products for 2003 by
District Administration magazine.
Pretty cool, huh?!
During the summer, we have been planning for the next year of intense
campaigning for the office of Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
My campaign manager is Raul de la Rosa, who retired from the office of
superintendent in 2000, after 27 years there. At the time of his retirement, Mr. de
la Rosa was in charge of Washington's Title 1 Migrant Programs. He also ran
for the office of superintendent himself in 1996. My treasurer is Roger Nye,
who is a local businessman here in Spanaway. Mr. Nye runs a finance business
and has served on school district committees with me. I am very fortunate to
have filled these important campaign roles with two extremely competent
If I have mailed buttons to you in the past three years, you will be
receiving a campaign mailing from me within the next month. If you are not interested
in my campaign for state superintendent, please feel free to disregard this
mailing or pass it on to someone you think might be interested. As a
grassroots candidate, I am obligated to seek help in every direction, because I will
need it. If you are on the email list but know I don't have your mailing
address, please let me know if you would like to receive a campaign mailing. I
don't want to leave anyone out! I also have occupation-specific campaign buttons
now, so let me know if you are interested in helping spread the word as a
"Teacher, Parent, Principal, School Board Member, District Superintendent,
Counselor, etc... for Juanita" each on a catchy school zone sign background ;-)
Thank you in advance for at least thinking about helping in this OSPI or bust
One more link, until next time... I was inspired to write after attending
the Partnership for Learning presentation for school administrators. You may
also be interested in the other articles on this site of "News and Resources for
Thoughtful Educators," http://valetc.com/
As always, feel free to email or call, if you have questions or suggestions
or if you want the heck off this list. I have a tiny little sticker that I got
when I was a kid, which has survived a long time and is now on one of my
kitchen cupboards, "Hill, dip, bump, good luck!" Seems a fitting slogan for the
next year of challenges. But, hey, I always liked roller coasters.
In solid solidarity,
Mothers Against WASL
The test stops here!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GRASSROOTS TEST RESISTANCE FORCE MOTHERS AGAINST WASL CALLS FOR STATEWIDE
BOYCOTT OF TEST AND RESISTANCE TO FEDERAL NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND LAW
Contacts: Juanita Doyon, organizer, Mothers Against WASL, Spanaway
Rachel DeBellis, parent member, Mothers Against WASL,
Michelle Derus, parent member, Mothers Against WASL, Lake
Patricia Bailey, teacher member, Mothers Against WASL, Seattle
home: 206/242-5156 work: 206/252-9700
Date: August 26, 2003
Upon the release of 2003 Washington Assessment of Student Learning scores,
MOTHERS AGAINST WASL CALLS FOR CONTINUED STATEWIDE BOYCOTT OF WASL TESTING
AND FOR RESISTANCE TO FEDERAL NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND LAW
Mothers Against WASL calls on all parents to study the issue of high-stakes
testing, review the WASL test, become aware of the multiple controversies
surrounding this assessment and file an opt out form with their child's
school and district, stating that their child is not to participate in any
form of WASL, be it the 4th, 7th, or 10th grade test or a trial or "mini"
WASL in other grades.
Mothers Against WASL supports teachers and encourages them to use their right
of free speech to share their expert opinions on high-stakes testing in
general and the WASL specifically with parents and community members and work
to support the positions taken by The Washington Education Association in
their effort to introduce common sense into the system as follows. Mothers
Against WASL joins WEA in calling for these changes:
1. Delink the 10th grade WASL from high school graduation requirements.
2. Support the parent or guardian's right to exempt children from the
WASL without penalty to their schools.
3. Conduct a thorough, objective external study to reevaluate the WASL.
Mothers Against WASL agrees with Positions 2 and 3 of the final report of the
State Board of Education’s Certificate of Mastery study committee, in their
findings that “While a test may give reliable scores for a unique group of
students, it must be proven to give reliable scores for all students if it is
going to be used to make high stakes decisions about all students.”
Mothers Against WASL supports local school boards and administrators and
encourages them to use their right of free speech to share their expert
opinions on high stakes testing in general and the WASL specifically with
parents and community members and work to support the positions taken by the
American Association of School Administrators, the American Educational
Research Association, the National Association of School Psychologists and
others, against the use of high-stakes testing.
Mothers Against WASL calls on all local adults to resist, refuse and revolt
against the federal take over of OUR local schools in the implementation of No
Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act legislation.
In addition, Mothers Against WASL calls on the Washington legislature to
1. Speak against the implementation of federal curriculum and testing
by the No Child Left Behind law.
2. Halt the use of the WASL until it is proven valid and reliable.
3. Allow all past WASL scores to be expunged from student records upon
Mothers Against WASL is an Internet-based growing force of parents,
teachers, administrators and community members throughout the state of
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