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Give Arne’s 'Bus Tour' a Warm Welcome

Ohanian Comment: Good idea: Leaflet Arne's bus tour. I suggest you wear red when you show up--to honor Chicago teachers who refuse to be doormats.

by Monty Neill

Once again, Education Secretary Arne Duncan is running a "back to school" bus tour, starting in California on Sept. 12 and winding east to DC (see full schedule here).

FairTest encourages assessment reformers to give Duncan the âwelcomeâ his destructive policies deserve. A handful of people is sufficient to make a big impact. You can leaflet the locations where Duncan and his surrogates stop, challenging their policies while educating the media and the audience. The National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing provides a succinct critique of federal testing policies (see http://www.fairtest.org/national-resolution-highstakes-testing)

The tour starts in the Redwood City/Silicon Valley, California area. Other stops include: Sacramento, California; Reno and Elko, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; Rawlins, Rock Springs, and Cheyenne, Wyoming; Denver and Limon, Colorado; Topeka and Emporia, Kansas; Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri ; Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; Lexington, Kentucky; Charleston and McDowell County, West Virginia; Roanoke and Richmond, Virginia.

If Duncan's bus tour is visiting your region, please help make the public aware of the growing grassroots resistance to high-stakes testing. Feel free to call on FairTest at any time for assistance in your important work.

— Monty Neill
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