National Day of Action April 8
Overhaul ESEA/NCLB: Less Testing More Learning
What: Call your U.S. Senators and join the Twitter storm/Thunderclap. If we raise our voices together, we can persuade the Senate Education Committee to reduce testing requirements as it debates renewal of Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind.
When: April 8, 2015
Who: Testing Resistance and Reform Spring alliance, convened by FairTest, and including many national and state organizations.
Call your Senators: Please mark your calendar, and take a few minutes on April 8 to phone your U.S. senators in Washington, DC. Ask to speak to the staffer who works on education policy. If no one is available, leave your message with the person who answered the phone.
Cornyn, John - (R - TX)Class II517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510(202) 224-2934Contact: www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm
Cruz, Ted - (R - TX)Class I185 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510(202) 224-5922Contact: www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=email_senator
Tell your Senators: Here is a model message. Feel free to use it, modify it, or say something entirely different.
Hello. I'm [your name], calling from [your town]. I'm calling to ask Senator [name] to support changes to No Child Left Behind that will promote a saner and less intrusive approach to public school testing. Specifically, I urge [him/her] to support a switch to testing once each in elementary, middle and high school, and to remove high-stakes consequences from federally required standardized tests. Both these measures will help address the current over-emphasis on testing at the expense of learning.
If you have specific stories about problems with over-testing, please relate them. Personal stories are the most effective.
Twitterstorm: On April 8, send a tweet, help build the storm. If you modify the example below, be sure to include #cutfederaltests and the link to getting your Senators’ numbers. Find Senate twitter handles at https://twitter.com/gov/lists/us-senate/members
Call your Senator https://www.senate.gov Tell them less testing, more learning #cutfederaltests
Email: Join the email campaign as well. To send a letter to your Senator, go to: