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A fine Northwest welcome was provided for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

  In a previous post, we published a letter to Betsy DeVos written by Jesse Hagopian regarding the Secretary’s appearance in Bellevue, Washington hosted by the right wing think tank … Continue reading

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Seattle says “Game ON!” for Betsy DeVos’ appearance in Bellevue tomorrow

Jesse Hagopian, is an advocate for public education, a teacher at Garfield High School, advisor to the Black Student Union at his school, editor of  More Than a Score: The … Continue reading

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Debunking the “Truthiness” of Bill Gates’ Glowing Review of Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Truthiness The quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts. Origin: Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report,” 2005 In spite of being handicapped by … Continue reading

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The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to Advance the Ed-Tech Field, CBE, and Online Learning

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. In 2011 the US Department of Education (USDoE)  launched the nonprofit Digital Promise,  and Digital Promise helped create The League of Innovative Schools. (Click to see map of … Continue reading

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The State of Education with OSPI Director Chris Reykdal, October 25th in Everett

Are you concerned about the quality of math instruction in Washington’s public schools? Do you worry that on-line competency-based instruction is poised to replace human, professional teachers? Do you wonder … Continue reading

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Naviance Not So Transparent & Cooking Up Data Starting in Kindergarten?

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. What to do when a vendor wants to know EVERYTHING about your child but won’t tell you what they are doing with the … Continue reading

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Social Impact Bonds — a Primer

Reposted with permission from Parents Across America Oregon. This post is the first in a series on social impact bonds. The idea is rather simple, but the devil is in … Continue reading

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Childhood Lost: Schooling a Workforce.

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. While having an online platform to manage all your information sounds convenient, consider what information is being uploaded and who has access to … Continue reading

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The scoop on Chelsea Byers, Seattle public school board candidate

Chelsea Byers is running against School Board Director Betty Patu, a champion of public education advocating for equity in education for all. Ms. Byers, on the other hand, is a … Continue reading

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UW Bothell ‘Think Tank’ CRPE Aims to Dismantle Public Education

By Amy Frogge and Will Pinkston Many Washingtonians may not realize it, but the University of Washington Bothell is harboring an organization that’s intent on dismantling public education in America. … Continue reading

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The MAP Test can now monitor a child’s psyche, or so they think

Original Title: And You Thought Standardized Tests Were Bad. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. NWEA recently received an award from the Collaborative for Academic, … Continue reading

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Big Picture Learning Off Limits

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.  In December 2016, the School District of Philadelphia signed onto a $23 million contract with Big Picture schools. The organization, based out of Rhode Island … Continue reading

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Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Read their own documents, and you’ll see that they are planning to turn live, face-to-face teaching into a … Continue reading

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The New “Jack”: Trading Justice for Grit

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. What reformers are able to do is to distract schools and communities from engaging in the more radical systemic work that RJ was intended to do…and … Continue reading

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An Evening with Seattle Opt Out: 7PM, September 27th @ Moonpaper Tent

Join Seattle Opt Out on Wednesday, September 27th @ 7 PM for a brief presentation and discussion around standardized testing and its impact on our public schools. The event will … Continue reading

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The Interregnum Mile: Chapter One

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. NOTE: This is a full-length book, being published chapter by chapter with a new chapter posted every two weeks. Readers will have to stay tuned … Continue reading

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The stealth campaign for charter schools found in emails of Seattle Public School employees and the candidacy of Omar Vasquez

  We have published several articles on Summit charter schools and “personalized learning” which is a sugar coated description of placing students in front of a computer for all their … Continue reading

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Dear Teachers Using Google Classroom,

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.  I really need you to keep in mind that all the data run through those programs (your intellectual property, student work, correspondence, etc.) … Continue reading

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Systemic Math Fraud in Washington Public Schools

Update: Chris Reykdal will be holding a Town Hall to discuss the state of public education, on Wednesday, October 25th from 6-9 PM at the PUD Auditorium in Everett.  More … Continue reading

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Parents Rebel Against Summit/Facebook/Chan-Zuckerberg Online Learning Platform

Reprinted with permission from Leonie Haimson, co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy. Anyone that has not dealt with this program first hand as a teacher, parent, student or observer … Continue reading

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Making Sense of the Student Debt Crisis: Education Reform is Robbing Us Blind and Helping No One

  It’s not just the tech industries, the testing and text book industries and the data crunchers and education reform managers and cheerleaders and edu-investors making billions of dollars. The … Continue reading

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Education Reform and Racism: Why Aren’t We Talking About This?

Original Title: Why Aren’t We Talking About This? Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Everyone in the nation is talking about our racist … Continue reading

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Did you know Facebook and Summit Charter Schools Have Teamed Up to Deliver Personalized Learning?

It was a lucky shot, some say of Nick Ut’s famous Vietnam War photo The Terror of War, or Napalm Girl, as it is more commonly known. Less lucky, of course, was the … Continue reading

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The Piper Lays Down his Flute (in Memory of David Fisher)

When someone like David Fisher dies, a light goes out in the world. Those who followed my political campaign in 2013 may remember a pivotal moment at the 37th District … Continue reading

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An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

On August 5th Alison McDowell was a guest on KEXP’s news program Mind Over Matters. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below ( be patient … Continue reading

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In response to Charlottesville

Being African American, I have seen and heard many things in my life, many times because most people don’t know my heritage and speak freely of others who are different. … Continue reading

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On Contact with Chris Hedges: The Rise of Charter Schools with Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is a Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to … Continue reading

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Parents Across America national survey shows parents disagree with lawmakers’ approach to education

    “Too much of the current education policy making happens without any meaningful parent input, and often in complete opposition to parents’ priorities and concerns.” Parents Across America (PAA), … Continue reading

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Is the Teaching Profession Being Downsized?

Original Title: The Strange Future of the Teaching Profession. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. KnowledgeWorks, which has received upwards of 50 million … Continue reading

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Is Wall Street About to Take Over Public Education Once and for All?

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. And so, unbeknownst to most of the public, our schools – and the teaching profession – … Continue reading

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The scoop on Seattle School Board Candidates Chelsea Byers and Omar Vasquez: Buyer Beware

Beginning in 2008, many of us saw the tsunami of charter schools and the complete privatization of school districts coming our way in Seattle with the appearance of former Broad-trained … Continue reading

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Pay for Success & the McCleary Crisis: Did the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Help Position Social Impact Bonds as a Last Resort Funding Option for Our Public Schools?

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds … Continue reading

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Betsy DeVos’ Education Tax Credits Will Take Money Away from the States

This article was originally posted on The Progressive and titled: Four Things Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Want You to Know about Education Tax Credits Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Seniors to Have a Plan for the Future in Order to Graduate. Chris Reykdal, Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Just Passed a Similar Requirement for 8th Graders.

Thanks to the tireless effort of education activist, the general public is on to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. People know Emanuel is bad news when it comes to public education. Of … Continue reading

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Pay for Success – Also Known as Social Impact Bonds, Senator Orrin Hatch & the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Back in the early 2000’s Sun Microsystems’ Scott McNealy described the pending merger between Hewlett-Packard and Compaq as “the sound of two garbage trucks colliding”. Whenever I read through the 449 page abomination that … Continue reading

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Vague, Regressive Taxes – like a Soda Tax, Aren’t Going to Save our Public Schools.

I’m becoming increasingly wary of slick political campaigns which promise to help our resource starved public schools, and once enacted, end up doing more harm than good. How can you … Continue reading

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Seattle Teacher’s Response to DeVos Anti-Science Crusade

This article was originally published in The Progressive. Trump and Devos Ignore Science, but This High School Teacher and His Students Embrace It The announcement on June 1 by President … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Mukilteo School Board: Sometimes Doing the Right Thing Means Breaking the Rules and Allowing Kids to Walk in Graduation with Their Peers.

Dear Mukilteo School Board members, Over the two weeks before our district graduations, I wrote and implored you to allow students who have not yet met standards via these tests … Continue reading

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State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

Editor’s Note: This is an important interview which slipped under the radar of many parents and educators. In it, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal talks about McCleary and education funding, Plus, … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine, McCleary, De-linking Graduation from State Mandated Tests, and State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Education Vision

If you don’t have to see or live with the consequences of your decisions, it becomes very easy to do bad things. In Olympia, this is especially true as the … Continue reading

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McCleary Crime Scene: Help Unscramble Governor Inslee and House Speaker Frank Chopp with this Fun Worksheet.

Here at the temporary Olympia branch of TRAP Headquarters, nothing makes our eyes roll like politicians giving lectures on the value of compromise and the McCleary decision. What Governor Inslee … Continue reading

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Personalized Learning Pathways & the Gig Economy

Individual learning pathways, 21st century skills, Embracing the whole child; These empowering phrases are being used to sell the public on a technology-centric, radical redesign of public education. Why? So … Continue reading

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Tech Tip o’ the Day for Seattle Public Schools: How to get kids and teachers in front of computers all day

  The following email was brought to my attention today. It was sent to all Seattle Public School staff. From: Cranston, Gary Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:35 PM Subject: … Continue reading

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Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board

Shortly after publishing a post titled The Seattle school board is asking the question: Where should technology fit into the education of K-12 students? on how the school board wanted … Continue reading

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Why Delinking Graduation from the Smarter Balanced Assessment & Other Tests is the Right Thing to Do.

I am writing to encourage everyone who values the 13 years of hard work completed by students as they reach their senior year to call their state legislators. My request … Continue reading

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The Seattle school board is asking the question: Where should technology fit into the education of K-12 students?

On May 3, 2017, Richard Best, Director of Capital Projects and Planning, and John Krull, Chief Information Officer, stood in front of the Seattle School Board with a proposal for … Continue reading

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A Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy

With software being used in classrooms and installed on laptops provided to students, there is the risk of companies culling personal information of students. The weakened FERPA laws are little to no … Continue reading

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Serious student privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform

Summit charter schools  opened a location in Seattle last year. The school calls what they do “blended” or “personalized” learning which means placing a student in front of a computer during most, … Continue reading

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