Teachers and Students Rally against Testing

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/19/revolt-against-high-stakes-standardized-testing-growing-and-so-does-its-impact/

http://unitedoptout.com/

CA vs. feds on student testing back in play
http://4lakidsnews.blogspot.com/2015/03/testing-testing-testing-ca-vs-feds.html

Thousands of students are refusing to take annual Common Core-aligned exams
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/03/10/as-students-opt-out-of-common-core-exams-some-say-movement-is-not-about-testing

NEW JERSEY
http://www.ijreview.com/2015/02/253414-new-jersey-teachers-fighting-mandatory-standardized-testing/

CHICAGO
http://www.ctunet.com/quest-center/research/testing

OHIO
http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2015/03/25/Over-100-city-teachers-rally-over-testing.html

MILWAUKEE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Milwaukee-Teachers-Education-Association/197466610278275?fref=photo
It is no secret that testing companies make billions of dollars yearly from standardized tests. Yet, this year alone – when Wisconsin schools are in dire need of resources to improve teaching and learning – the state agreed to an 11.1 million dollar price tag to purchase the Smarter Balance assessment, now referred to as the Badger Exam. The state knows better but is not doing better.

DETROIT
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/03/24/parents-opting-standardized-testing-michigan/70352668/

More About Common Core
https://occupyventura805.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/beyond-dumbing-kids-down-common-core-standards-kill-common-sense-will-future-generations-not-be-able-to-think-for-themselves/

CFROG has filed an appeal to reverse the approval of nineteen new wells in Santa Paula Canyon

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CFROG-FacebookCFROG has filed an appeal to reverse the approval of nineteen new wells in Santa Paula Canyon on the basis of possible aquifer intrusion, increased tanker truck traffic on Highway 150, proximity to streambeds and other concerns.

You can read about it on the CFROG webiste.

Judge Will Consider the Necessity of Civil Disobedience

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In Trial for Flood Wall Street 11, Judge Considers the Necessity of Civil Disobedience …. Read Article here

The group of protestors called the Flood Wall Street 11 may soon (this week) be able to argue in court that their acts of civil disobedience were legally justified due to the imminent threat that global warming poses to the safety of the planet.

More information: http://floodwallstreet.net/

No Fukushima in California

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A Special TPA Film Night, with actions to shut down Diablo Canyon, the last operating nuclear power plant in California.
http://topangapeacealliance.org/film-night/no-nukes-tpa-film-night-20

Friday March 6th at the Topanga Library.  
Snack Pot Luck at 7:15, Presentation 7:30.
For those of you who attended the January film night, we are happy to report that the heating has been fixed and we had a very comfortable February film night last month.

Our extraordinary March film night will include multiple short documentary videos and presentations highlighting the dangers of nuclear power plants and especially the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo, CA.  We will see and hear nationally recognized experts including Naomi Klein, Harvey Wasserman, and Dan Hirsch (amongst others) explain how unsafe these plants are, and specifically the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, operated by Pacific Gas and Electric.  Myla Reson will be our presenter and facilitate the discussions.  Myla has worked for Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping (CARD), and Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS).  She worked with others to successfully shut down Edison’s San Onofre nuclear power plant and is now working with a coalition of activists and organizations to shut down Diablo Canyon power plant.

If you are “on the fence” about nuclear power, we especially want to invite you to join the discussion as well as hear world renowned scientists describe the dangers and poor safety records of these plants.

There will be flyers passed out that include multiple easy actions you can take to help make our world safer.  We have a real opportunity to shut down Diablo Canyon if we act now.  Let’s do it!

The Topanga Peace Alliance will host this event on Friday, March 6, at the Topanga Library, 122 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., 90290.

We will have a vegetarian snack potluck (no alcohol) at 7:15 p.m. with the film screening at 7:30 p.m.  If you can, please bring a non-alcoholic beverage, cheese, dip, fruit or crackers to share.  A $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

*The event is ADA compliant with elevator access and headphones for those who need a little extra volume.

Report from VC Climate Hub:

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We marched in the largest anti-fracking demonstration in U.S. history!

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California strong! The Ventura County Climate Hub was able to send a bus up to Oakland this weekrnd to participate in the March for Real Climate Leadership, which was attended by thousands of activists and concerned citizens from throughout the state.

Thank you to all who were able to join and support the effort. Check out some of the ClimateSignphotos from the event here or at #realclimateleadership.

More information about VC Climate Hub: https://www.facebook.com/Ventura350

VC CLIMATE HUB NEXT MEETING:

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura at 5654 Ralston Street, Ventura
When: Thursday, February 12th @ 7pm (come early to help set up and socialize)

Agenda:
Introductions & Description of Facilitation Technique (Robert, 10 mins)

Announcements and Reports Back
(1 hour total, <5 mins per topic)
-Anterra Victory at BOS (CFROG/Tomas)
-March for Real Climate Leadership (Tomas)
-Fracking Rally (Jim/Tomas)
-Fran Pavely Event (Jan)
-CCL Conference Recap (Jan)
-Letter Brigade: Call for Writers! (Jan)
-Phoning the List (Jan)
-Speakers Bureau Update (Ron)
-Website Design Party (Jan)
-Shirts (Jan)
-Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (David)
-Hands Across the Sand (Jan)
-Earth Hour (David & Michelle)

Project Development- Ventura County Energy Choice (Jan)
Report news/research (15 mins)
Establish a planning team (5 mins)

Event Planning- A Pathway to the Future: From Oil to Renewables (Jan)
Describe event structure (10 mins)
Assign Tasks (10 mins)

Meeting Recap & Feedback (10 mins)

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