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January 27, 2021

You can help get Congressional hearings on the overuse and abuse of tests in our schools

NPEI need your help. Okay, it’s more than me. Millions of parents, teachers and children need your help.

As you may be aware, I’m not a big fan of standardized testing and corporatization in our public schools.
As it turns out, I’m not alone in this mess. There is an organization called the Network for Public Education (NPE) that is fighting this as well. NPE has a lot more influence and clout than an attitude-filled Texas mommy blogger.

That’s why I’m asking you to help me and NPE  in the quest to get formal congressional hearings to investigate the misuse and abuse of standardized tests. This is a grassroots effort of REAL people who are tired of seeing how this crap hurts our kids. The only thing you need to do is call your state representatives and senators and ask them to help make these hearings a reality.

I’ve been on the phone with staffers from the offices of  Texas’ Senator Ted Cruz, Senator John Cornyn, Rep. Sam Johnson and Rep. Michael Burgess.*  Cruz’s office was especially receptive. Please take a few minutes out of your day to call or email these folks and ask for their help. You can identify your representatives via the following link:

You can also call the ranking members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP). These are the big fish in D.C. who run this stuff.
  • Senator Tom Harkin
    Chairman, HELP Committee
    202-224-3254; Fax: 202-224-9369


  • Senator Barbara Mikulski
    Sr. Member, HELP Committee
    202-224-4654; DC Fax: 202-224-8858



  • Senator Patty Murray
    Sr. Member, HELP Committee
    202-224-2621; Toll Free – 866-481-9186; Fax: 202-224-0238


It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican.  This is NOT a partisan issue. We need support from both sides of the aisle if we hope to change anything for our kids.

Please let NPE know once you’ve made your call. Simply tweet them at @NetworkPublicEd using the hash tag #TESTHearingsNow!

* Dallas friends: Here is the contact information for our D.C. group:

Sen. John Cornyn
DC Office: 202-224-2934
District Office: 972-239-1310

Sen. Ted Cruz
DC Office: 202-224-5922
District Office: 512-916-5834

Rep. Sam Johnson (District 3 only)
send email to Beth Nelson:
Re: Texas public schools and testing

Rep. Michael Burgess (District 26 only)
send email to James Baker:
Re: Texas public schools and testing


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