From 6-8:00PM tonight, the 5604 Manor summer series featuring Texas Observer reporters wraps up with a talk by reporter Patrick Michels http://www.texasobserver.org/snakeoil on “The Real Trouble with Testing.” Michels will report on why hundreds of Texas school districts are revolting against over-testing but No Child Left Behind is probably here to stay in Texas. He will also explain how the culture of testing has led to new ways for the private sector to move into public education.
Michels will be joined by Drs. Angela Valenzuela and Patricia D. Lopez from the Texas Center for Education Policy and the College of Education at the University of Texas, who will report on their research on the growth of high-stakes testing.
Michels has been a staff writer and web editor at the Dallas Observer, and a former editor of the Texas Independent. After graduating from Northwestern University, he earned a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
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