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Chicago Teachers Strike, September 2012. (Photo by Brad Perkins)
Chicago Teachers Strike, September 2012. (Photo by Brad Perkins)

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Yesterday, in a vote that shows democracy is alive in the American Federation of Teachers, members of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted -- reportedly unanimously -- to join the growing national resistance to the Common Core standards.
A statement released by the union says,
Now that the resolution has passed, the CTU will lobby the Illinois Board of Education to eliminate the use of the Common Core for teaching and assessment; and be it further and will work to organize other members and affiliates to increase opposition to the law that increases the expansion of nationwide controls over educational issues.
Local president Karen Lewis said,
Common Core eliminates creativity in the classroom and impedes collaboration. We also know that high-stakes standardized testing is designed to rank and sort our children and it contributes significantly to racial discrimination and the achievement gap among students in America's schools.
A year ago, I wrote this post, encouraging teacher union leaders to "get off the Common Core train." As we now know, the tests aligned with the Common Core do not deliver equity. Instead, since they invariably yield much lower scores for students -- especially English learners and those with disabilities, they reinforce inequities.

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