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The latest cash grab : Teacher/charter school villages

  TFA recognizes the value of the Centers concept and has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Seawall Development Company to replicate the Centers for Educational Excellence model across the country. Philadelphia, along with Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, is … Continue reading The latest cash grab : Teacher/charter school villages

A note about changes on the blog

To our readers: You might have noticed that this site has been quiet for a while. Carolyn, my co-editor and good friend, discovered she had a medical condition that needed to be treated immediately. Carolyn is recovering but is on continued medical care and will not be able to write her wonderful articles and keep everyone updated on issues affecting students and teachers in Seattle and beyond. She wants to extend a huge thank-you to those in our community who have supported her through the last few months. Your food donations, cards, balloons, chocolates, visits, texts, emails and well wishes … Continue reading A note about changes on the blog

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League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County Urges “No” Vote on Proposition 1

From the League of Women Voters of King County October Newsletter The Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County unanimously voted to oppose Seattle Proposition 1, the Families, Education and Preschool Promise (FEPP) Levy. In … Continue reading League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County Urges “No” Vote on Proposition 1

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Saying No To Naviance: Active Non-Cooperation Is The Best Form of Resistance

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Of course the point of Naviance is to preemptively erase people like me. It won’t do for scrappy, critically thinking, non-cooperators to remain on the board when gameplay begins. The “college and … Continue reading Saying No To Naviance: Active Non-Cooperation Is The Best Form of Resistance

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No Thank You to Naviance

Reposted with permission from Feral Families. The district has designed a scope and sequence of how to use Naviance with a focus on 11th and 12th grade but actual implementation will be left school to school. Once parents have forfeited … Continue reading No Thank You to Naviance

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Black Boxes, Student Data & Playing Moneyball for Education

We’re rapidly entering a world of evidence-based decision making in public education. These decisions will be powered by vast amounts of data run through proprietary black boxes that parents will have no way of understanding. The approach is called Moneyball … Continue reading Black Boxes, Student Data & Playing Moneyball for Education

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A Community of Resistance: Building Sanctuary Part 6

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears They were the original off-liners, people who never had to unplug, because they’d been written out of Solutionist society from the outset. They gathered together among the gravestones under the shelter of venerable … Continue reading A Community of Resistance: Building Sanctuary Part 6

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What’s Stored in your School Google Drive Account? You Might be Surprised.

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog. If you or your child have a Google account through school, you are going to want to read this. WATCH THIS FOX 5 NEWS CLIP from Springfield, MO. They show one teacher log into … Continue reading What’s Stored in your School Google Drive Account? You Might be Surprised.

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Seattle’s Naviance Opt-Out Go Round

Unfortunately, what looked to be a simple step to empower parents, when implemented, morphed into a bureaucratic and technical barrier. Much to the credit of Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, an opt-out provision was included in the contract signed … Continue reading Seattle’s Naviance Opt-Out Go Round

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Digital Curriculum: Questions Parents Should be Asking

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears I have laid out a set of ten questions that parents should be asking their child’s teachers and school administrators. Feel free to share and/or print it out and bring it with you … Continue reading Digital Curriculum: Questions Parents Should be Asking

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What School Safety Reports Ignore: Reducing Class Size

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. Teachers must be given smaller class sizes so they can get to know their students. Without addressing class size reduction, other solutions are piecemeal and likely not to have the best effect on … Continue reading What School Safety Reports Ignore: Reducing Class Size