The Power of Our Voice: We Will Not Be Silenced

Diane Ravitch's blog

Over the past few days, the leadership of the PARCC Common Core consortium moved forcefully to threaten bloggers with legal action who dared to describe the contents of its fourth grade tests. Even tweets were taken down, based on PARCC’s complaints to Twitter. One of my own posts was hacked late Friday night.

One of the board members of the Network For Public Education, Bertis Downs, is an attorney who represents the rock group REM and deals often with issues of copyright and intellectual property. He wrote to Laura Slover of PARCC to tell her that the testing company’s position had little merit. Most of what she objected to was descriptions of the test questions, which is not copyrighted. There is an issue as to whether the copyrighted material is subject to the fair use doctrine, which permits the reprinting of a limited amount of copyrighted material (up to 300…

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