Ocasio-Cortez Attends NY Panel Encouraging Boycott of Standardized Tests

Washington Free Beacon | 3/20/2019 | Mikhael Smits
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BY: Mikhael Smits

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) spoke Saturday at an event focused on eliminating private education and boycotting "racial" and "gender-biased" standardized testing.

Education - Town - Hall - Jackson - Heights

The "Education Town Hall" organized by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools included a medley of New York's progressive organizations. NYC Opt Out, New York State Association for Bilingual Education, Network for Public Education, Class Size Matters, Alliance for Quality Education, and Allies for Public Education participated.

During the event, Diane Ravitch, professor at New York University and former U.S. assistant secretary of education, spoke with the others opposing private and charter schools, Jacbin magazine reported. Ravitch characterized support for private education as "anti-democratic efforts to privatize public goods," according to the democratic socialist publication.

Response - New - York - Practice - Candidates

In response to New York's practice of evaluating candidates for top schools through standardized tests, Ravitch called for parents to boycott the tests. Likewise, Opt Out, which had a representative on the panel, seeks to "organize a boycott of the annual state tests." It has called standardized tests "destructive" and "flawed." Panelists claimed the tests were biased against women and racial minorities. Some singled out the Specialized High School Admissions Test, the SHSAT, which the city uses to place top students at more advanced schools.

During Ravitch's comments, Ocasio-Cortez "nodded in agreement," according to Jacobin. Some in attendance, however, "were dismayed that AOC didn’t take a position on the specialized high school exams."

Jacobin - Democrats - Education - Education - Options

Jacobin, after slamming the "neoliberal" Democrats who supported improving education through competitive and responsive education options like school choice and charter schools, wondered: "Would AOC similarly disappoint?"

"Spoiler: She did not, at least not on Saturday," Jacobin reported. "Instead, she came out firmly against the privatization agenda, and urged parents to organize to have the testing mandate removed from federal education policy."

Remarks - Ocasio-Cortez - Teaches - Abilities

During her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez claimed her teaches doubted her academic abilities until...
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