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CELEBRITIES SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AT D.C. 'SAVE OUR SCHOOLS' RALLY

CELEBRITIES SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AT D.C. 'SAVE OUR SCHOOLS' RALLY

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Matt Damon and other high profile advocates of the Save Our Schools campaign came to Washington D.C. en masse to help demonstrate on behalf of teachers.

Nearly a decade after the federal No Child Left Behind Act became law, standardized tests are still king in the nation’s public schools. And the stakes of those exams are higher than ever for teachers and principals whose evaluations are linked to those scores, writes Katy Murphy on MercuryNews.com.

The Obama administration has promoted such use of test score data — as well as closing or restarting schools with chronically low scores — as a tool to improve public education.

Thousands of people who think those policies are hurting public schools made their way to Washington, D.C., for a Saturday rally outside the White House. The Save Our Schools March gained high profile advocates, including author Jonathan Kozol and Matt Damon, who spoke at the event.

When suggested that job insecurity could incentivize teachers into performing better, Matt Damon told Reason.tv:

"Teachers want to teach. Why else would they take a s____y salary and really long hours, and do that job unless they really loved to do it?"

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