The movement against corporate 'reform' in education is growing in the US, the place which after Chile was the first adopter of policies such as standardised testing, privatisation and attacks on teacher tenure. At the eye of the storm has been the PARCC testing package, which is being inflicted on students in many states at the moment.

Students in some states, including notably New Mexico and New Jersey are refusing to take the tests with school walk-outs and protest marches. The tests are produced by the huge education corporation, Pearson, and are for students from grade 3 to 11. They are aligned to the corporate and much contested Common Core State Standards. Many teachers as well as students  are opposed to the tests, not only because they are produced for profit but also because they skew the teaching day, make teaching to the test inevitable and are used in part to determine teachers' pay and tenure. As one Colorado teacher : 'I believe that refusing PARCC is the first step in taking down the Common Core boondoggle … and in saving our profession, which is being hijacked in numerous ways by those who know a lot about increasing profit, but who know nothing about teaching children.'

Many parents too are against the tests and have opted their children out. As a mother of a child with learning difficulties in New Jersey : 'Are you really going to rate my daughter's teachers, who spend an incredible amount of time, are really good at what they do, are making real tangible progress throughout the year, and you would dare base that on how my daughter would do on a standardized test like PARCC? That is insane.'

Although some school management have threatened both parents and students with consequences if they opt out of the tests, many have defied  the threats and opted out anyhow. The anti-testing movement is national, with organisations like United Opt Out co-ordinating protests and providing resources and news on their .

Meanwhile in , thousands of teachers and public school activists rallied on the steps of the Capitol building in Albany to protest Governor Cuomo's pro-privatisation and anti public school plans - including what they called his 'test and punish' attacks on teacher tenure. They shouted slogans like 'Hee hee hee, ho ho ho, corporate greed has got to go', and 'this is what democracy looks like'. Cuomo himself showed his contempt for democracy in a statement from one of his aides, who said that the protests made him even more determined to press ahead with his 'reforms.'

Just as those of us combating corporate reform in the rest of the world are watching the exciting developments in Chile, we are also finding inspiration from those fighting in its intellectual home - the USA.