Save Our Schools Group Shifts Course
A grassroots movement of classroom teachers, parents, and educators protesting test-based education policies is facing the first true test of its mettle: whether it can make the leap from loosely affiliated network to coordinated political body.
Last summer, the Save Our Schools organization held a conference and march in Washington that attracted some 3,000 people . Its second major event, a convention held here Aug. 3-5, attracted far fewer attendees—about 150—a step organizers said was deliberate as they make plans to ensure the group's long-term stability.
"There was no intention this year to have a march or rally," said Bess Altwerger, a Maryland-based teacher-educator, one of the initial organizers of the march last year who now advises the group's 13-member steering committee. "The intention was to kind of start building an organization that can be more long-lasting, with longer-term goals, and really have an influence...
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