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Teachers at second CPS school to boycott low-stakes ISAT

by ctu communications  |  02/28/2014

CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) supports the teachers and parents at Thomas Drummond Montessori School who announced today their intent to boycott the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). The union was notified by a group of teachers at Drummond this morning who will not administer next week's ISAT.

Some teachers at Drummond will join Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy as the second school this week with educators taking action against this “low-stakes” standardized test. Saucedo teachers announced on Tuesday their intent to boycott the ISAT.  

“This second [school with boycotting teachers] is evidence that more and more educators continue to take a principled stand against harmful tests and in support of their parents and students,” said CTU VP Jesse Sharkey. “The CTU supports these teachers and calls on the district to stop making threats to parents and educators who are trying to restore some sanity to the education system.”

The Drummond teachers boycotting the ISAT are holding a press conference this afternoon regarding their decision. The CTU commends these members and pledges continued support and representation in the event of any retaliatory adverse action CPS may take against them. 

WHO: CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey and Thomas Drummond Montessori School parents and teachers.

WHAT: Press conference to announce the decision of some Drummond teachers to boycott the Illinois State Achievement Test and highlight for the district the failure of a narrow, test-based approach to education that stifles creativity and undermines the efforts of teachers to develop engaged, curious and lifelong learners. 

WHEN: Friday, February 28, at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Thomas Drummond Montessori School, 1845 W. Cortland St., Chicago, IL 60622

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