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Thousands of teachers from around the country gathered to protest in front of the White House on Saturday, July 30, 2011, as part of the "Save Our Schools March". And while individual reasons for joining the rally

varied-including to oppose charter schools, fight for equal funding for poor schools, and to have more say in public education policies-their underlying message was the same. In fact, it was summed up during the sound check before the first speaker took the stage:

 

Tap. Tap. "No testing, no testing, 1-2-3."

 

Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002, frustration has been building among teachers, education advocates and parents alike. The bill, which made standardized testing the centerpiece of a school reform agenda, narrowed existing curricula to make time for test preparation and imposed unfair penalties on disadvantaged districts.

 

Many thought their long-standing complaints would finally be heard, but the law is still intact, and more schools are being labeled as failing, and standardized tests are starting to be used to justify teacher tenure and termination decisions. As I watch what is happening around the nation, I see state budgets being balanced on the backs of education and know that we are only compounding the issues for our youth.

 

We must all work together to find solutions!

 

Bernard A. Harris, Jr. 

 

 

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EDUCATION:

  

Dr. Harris talks about the new beginning of space exploration with NPR.

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HEALTH:   

 

Twenty-six exceptional young physicians selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars fellowship.  

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Research funded by the City of New York and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show that 1 in 6 restaurant goers change their order when a restaurant lists calories on its menu.

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WEALTH:   

 

Aspiring entrepreneurs: Mark your calendars for Global Entrepreneurship Week!   

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Wealth in America: White-minorities gap is now a chasm.

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About The Harris Foundation

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., The Harris Foundation, Inc. (THF) is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, whose mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. THF supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and others who are economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams. Through our interactive STEM education, health and wealth programs, we prepare students and communities for a world of infinite possibilities.
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