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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

Editor’s Note: Chris Reykdal will be at the 38th District Democrats general membership meeting on October 25, 2017 to address these issues. If you have input or interest please attend. The … 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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Relay Graduate School, Librarians, and the effort to make our public schools “Future Ready”

One of the biggest obstacles to the “charterization from within”* is getting teachers to welcome ed-tech into their classrooms – and even more critically – incorporate devices and software into … Continue reading

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The Myth of Local Control and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Why do the Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners Get to Independently Review State Plans?

As more cards are laid on the table, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the much hyped local control provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was designed to keep … Continue reading

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From Neighborhood Schools to Learning Eco-Systems, A Dangerous Trade

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.  If we hope to preserve neighborhood schools for future generations we must recognize how reformers are reframing the idea of public education in … Continue reading

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KnowledgeWorks, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the push for competency based learning

How can I have a problem with competency based learning? This is a question I get asked quite a lot these days. To be fair, critics of my stance usually … Continue reading

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Thank you ACLU and all others who fight to protect the rights of ALL who live in the United States

   

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Time to Keep Your Promise to Olympic View Elementary

On November 2, 2015, one day before the general election, Mayor Ed Murray held a press conference on the steps of Olympic View Elementary to promote The Levy to Move … Continue reading

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Automated Education + Chasing Skills + Debt = Social Control

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. I posted the scenario below in November of 2015 as a Facebook note. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across a number of … Continue reading

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Releases Study on Student Data Privacy… or lack thereof

Originally posted on the EFF website: EFF Releases Spying on Students Ed Tech Report EFF Survey Reveals Gaps in Protecting the Privacy of K-12 Students Using School-Issued Devices and Cloud … Continue reading

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Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

John Krull has agreed to answer some questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter … Continue reading

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What to expect from Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

This article was originally posted on The Progressive last week. Gorsuch’s Record Reveals Ruthless and Cruel Decisions by Dora Taylor Many people know about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s role … Continue reading

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Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association video: What corporations have in store for public schools

The third episode of PJSTA Live, in affiliation with Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association, deals with what corporate reformers see as the future of public education. The two guests in this episode … Continue reading

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24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

After an exhausting presidential election, those in power expect us to checkout and stop paying attention. Here’s a few good reason to stay vigilant. In Washington State, the race for … Continue reading

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Presentation for Advocacy 101: My Personal Journey

On March 5th, my friend Shawna Murphy, co-hosted a roundtable discussion on advocacy. I was invited to participate on the panel. These are my opening remarks.  My name is Carolyn … Continue reading

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