Zack Mezera is an organizer with the Providence Student Union. He also likes thinking about religion and computers and stuff.
By Zack Mezera on January 14, 2014
Once again, the RI Department of Education has amended its graduation requirements on the fly, surprising districts and education observers with broadly-expanded parameters for the granting of “waivers,” or ex post facto exemptions from the controversial high-stakes testing requirement. The changes made front page news, and rightly so: with 4000 students’ diplomas at stake this year—and [...]
By Zack Mezera on July 12, 2013
Imagine education activist groups from New Hampshire to Los Angeles gathering in one place. That’s how you’d build a movement for real education reform. This weekend, over 1000 students, teachers, parents, researchers, and activists will assemble in Chicago for the fourth “Free Minds, Free People” conference to continue building the growing “education for liberation” movement. [...]
By Zack Mezera on July 6, 2012
Mr. Plain recently received some pushback from commenters about his recent article, Butke’s Campaign Puts Focus on Education ‘Reform’. I’m not going to recount the slightly convoluted backstory (read the above-linked article, the preceding article about Senator Perry’s retirement, and especially Ms. Butke’s post to Mr. Nesi’s blog), but here is the key quote: My [...]