Friday Must Read: Brown Wants Fewer Tests for Students; Councilmembers Push Anti-Port-Shutdown Bill, Again

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1. Governor Jerry Brown, in a sharp break from the Obama administration, believes K-12 students in California are being forced to take too many standardized tests, the LA Times reports. As part of his education overhaul, Brown is pushing for fewer tests, contending that they stifle creativity — an argument that teachers have been making for years. The tests take “too damn long,” Brown told the LA Times editorial board. “Second-graders take five days of tests. That’s longer than I spent on the bar exam. I think that’s absurd. You’ve gotta have some room for creativity.” The statements by Brown, who has two charter schools in Oakland, come in stark contrast to the Obama administration’s call to increase testing.

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