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Teachers report no response from the Gates Foundation

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As of July 6, 2014, teachers have still received no response from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Teachers are unhappy with the approach and focus of the Gates Foundation when it comes to standardized testing. This organization wants to implement Common Core, high-stakes testing, and teacher evaluations based on test scores. Pushing for these things, has created a competition for higher test scores. One of the main reasons people are against this is because of the belief that the intense testing environment takes the fun out of learning.

Teachers have written letters to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation expressing their concerns and demands. Still yet to receive a reply, they are moving forward in efforts to have demands met. In June a rally was organized in which Badass Teachers (BATs) and supporters marched the streets of Seattle in a protest against the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During this rally, teachers and supporters marched to the Gates Foundation, peacefully and creatively expressing their concerns. Now a march on Washington DC has been organized and scheduled to happen July 28, 2014.

Some of the demands include: the halt of federal support for Common Core standards, the halt of grants that require children to be rated based on test scores and the ending of high-stakes testing. With children and the improvement of education in mind, it is hoped that the voices of teachers will be heard and the needs of children will be met.

For the complete collection of letters to the Gates Foundation Click Here and for more information on the BATs Click Here

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