What, is Tom Corbett running for re-election or something? After seemingly making like Punxsutawney Phil for two years, popping out from his burrow in the governor’s mansion from time to time to push his agenda, the Republican is now furiously making up for lost time.
On Tuesday he put the icing on the cake, rolling out a $28.4 billion budget plan that continues – in theory – to stay true to his no-tax-hike pledge, while doing something he has been roundly skewered for not doing the past two years, increasing aid for public education.
But what is most noticeable in Corbett’s spending blueprint is the breadth of the changes he is looking to spark in the Commonwealth.
Some teachers may opt to use standardized testing as a means of assessment. However, high stakes standardized testing de-skills teachers and shifts the locus of educational value away from what is most essential: a love of learning, critical and creative thinking and democratic civic engagement.
Teachers Lead Philly calls on colleagues, parents, students and the larger school communities to support worthwhile assessments that are developed by teachers and address the developmental needs of children.
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