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Chris Reykdal Wants Washington to Become a Pathway State. What Does that Even Mean?

That culture has to change in our state. Which is why we do an assessment in tenth grade, we figure out pathways for students, we honor all students, and hopefully … Continue reading

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Want a Better School District? It Starts with the Superintendent Search

It’s not easy being a public school advocate in Seattle — or anywhere else for that matter. Issues which seem so simple, take years resolve. Sometimes, they never do. This … Continue reading

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Tracking for the Rest of Us

Wages and benefits are a function of supply and demand. If there are too few of a particular worker to meet employer demand, wages and benefits go up. If there’s … Continue reading

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Dear Congress, you are being duped. HR4174-S2046 is a Privacy Fail. Here’s why. ( And please no more suspended rules and voice votes on these bills. )

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. I will say it again… When it comes to their own children, parents have little to no say in education matters. Parents are not invited … Continue reading

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When Democracy Suffers

Reposted with permission from Teacher Tom. I did not enter the teaching game to prepare young children for their role in the economy and if vocational training is the primary … Continue reading

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We Need to Talk About Our Philanthropy Problem

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Private foundations have long been used as tax-havens for the elite, but “philanthropy” has lately been retooled … Continue reading

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Biocapitalism, Corporate Colonialism & Education Policy

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. To learn more about how biocapitalism controls bodies and minds of children via public education policy read Clayton Pierce –Education in the Age of Biocapitalism: Optimizing … Continue reading

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Congress Suspending the Rules to Rush through Bill for National Citizen Data System: HR4174.

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) have companion FEPA bills (HR4174 and S2046: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act) that will create a national … Continue reading

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Living the Gig Life: Tom Vander Ark’s Plans for My 6th Grader

That my kid was a potential stepping stone to the introduction of the entrepreneurial spirt – so valued by those pushing the gig economy – into our public school and … Continue reading

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A Must Listen: Jennifer Berkshire Interviews Gordon Lafer on Have You Heard

One of the highlights of attending this year’s Network for Public Education Conference was being in the audience for the panel When the 1% Run Our Schools: A Conversation with … Continue reading

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USDoE’s Digital Promise and Facebook Team Up for Student Data Badges while the Gates Funded Data Quality Campaign is Lobbying Congress to Weaken FERPA, Again.

Original Title: USDoE’s Digital Promise and Facebook team up for student databadges. And Gates funded DQC group is lobbying Congress to weaken FERPA, again. Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. … Continue reading

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Bill Gates’ Data Quality Campaign is Coming for Your Child’s Privacy – Again.

Original Title: Big Money Coming for Your Child’s Privacy – Again. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. In my fourth grade classroom, when … Continue reading

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Googles’ new algorithm and censorship: It even affected our website.

Regular visitors to our site know we have no problem speaking truth to power whether it’s Bill Gates, Nick Hanauer, Jeff Bezos, Facebook, Google or any other individual or institution. … Continue reading

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More Red Flags for School Board Candidate Omar Vasquez as Ed Reform Cash pours in to the Campaign of Charter School and Teach for America Candidate Vasquez

Independent Expenditure (IE) jumps into race for Omar Vasquez who is running for Seattle School Board, District 5. IE funded by those that seek to privatize education!  NO Surprise! On … Continue reading

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Charters & School Board Races: Is There a Project Renaissance Coming Your Way?

By Amy Frogge Project Renaissance is folding. Let me take a moment to explain what this group is really all about. Last summer, Project Renaissance injected itself into local school … Continue reading

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My Experience as a Student with the Center on Reinventing Public Education

Last week, I opened my Facebook page to an article which explained how the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), an anti-public education think tank nestled within UW Bothell, is making waves … Continue reading

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One Parent’s Experience with Basecamp, Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Original Title: Tech for Good and Not-So-Good. Reposted with permission from Real Chicago Mama. Recently, I was asked about my experience as a parent with Summit PLP . This post … Continue reading

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86 Deaths in Public-Private Foster Care – and Why Education Activists Should Be Paying Attention

Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Editor’s Note:  The Washington State Department of Early Learning and Thrive Washington are busy working together to use Pay … Continue reading

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Is Summit Basecamp Bill Gates’ Latest Plan for Public Education?

So far, The Gates Foundation has given $300 million of support to promote and develop personalized learning – with more likely to come. Now the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is adding … Continue reading

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Social Emotional Data. The new Cash Cow in the Corporate Assessment Industry

Reposted with permission from Peg with Pen. Big picture – this is about compliance. This is about colonization. Compliance is necessary in order to profit and control a population so … Continue reading

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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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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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