A new education group, Badass Teachers Association, aims to offer a voice to teachers fed up with current education policy pushed by Washington, D.C. -- and Tallahassee. The group this week launched a telephone campaign to get U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan replaced, Yahoo! News reported.
The group's closed Facebook page has more than 16,000 members, including local teachers and education advocates.
The Facebook page says the group is for "every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning. "
The group wants Duncan replaced because he has pushed policies -- such as support for charter schools and the Race to the Top program -- it sees as detrimental to public education, the Yahoo! story said.
Teaches also reported they were fed up with a focus on high-stakes testing, teacher evaluations based on test-score data, and top-down decision making that left classroom instructors with little autonomy.
"Teachers have had enough. We want our schools back!" read one of the group's Twitter messages.
"The Badass Teachers Association is a response to the bullying of teachers. Payback is coming," tweeted a New York professor and one of association's founders.
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