End the War On Public Education!
We are parents, teachers and members of the Cleveland Heights–University Heights community who are dedicated to a system of public schools that provides all children an education that gives them the opportunity to succeed in life.
We believe in our schools, our teachers, our families and our students.
State mandated tests are not legitimate measures of the quality of education students experience or our community values. We advocate for the end of state and federal policies that are harming children and public education.
We call on Congress and the Ohio Legislature to end their war on public education and regain a responsible approach to education in a democracy:
*Abandon high-stakes testing, which is an invalid use of standardized tests to judge, label and punish children, teachers, schools, and communities.
*Stop transferring public school funds to private and religious education. End vouchers and charter schools.
*Fulfill their constitutional obligation to provide adequate and equitably distributed funds for a thorough education for all children.
*Embrace locally-developed assessments of student learning that inform instruction, support a broad curriculum, and encourage creative and higher level thinking.
*Value, trust, and invest in the development of teachers as respected and effective professionals.