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They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith rode into North Dakota via an August 2015 TEDx talk promoting his film Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Tehven, founder of the Fargo-based tech incubator Emerging Prairie who has ties to social impact investing … Continue reading They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

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Competency Based Education (CBE) and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. If the history of public schools in America is the history of labor production and preparation (i.e. 19th c factory model schools for a factory society) it holds true that we are now trying to create gig-driven … Continue reading Competency Based Education (CBE) and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

ALEC, iNACOL, and Online Learning Pathways

Original Title:Original Title: iNACOL’s Trojan Horse. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Under the guise of bringing alternate, online learning “pathways” to students, iNACOL leaders meet with politicians and corporate leaders to come … Continue reading ALEC, iNACOL, and Online Learning Pathways

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 Jennifer Berkshire and Gordon Lafer. Not only is Jennifer Berkshire … Continue reading A Must Listen: Jennifer Berkshire Interviews Gordon Lafer on Have You Heard

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 big fan of educational tax credits.  In a speech at … Continue reading Betsy DeVos’ Education Tax Credits Will Take Money Away from the States

The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

  “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit … Continue reading The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

ALEC is Excited About the New Testing Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), so is iNACOL

  Personally, whenever a bill in Washington D.C. is praised for its bipartisan nature – I get worried. The common ground discovered by Democrats and Republicans, usually comes at our expense. The Every Student Succeeds Act  of 2015 (ESSA) is … Continue reading ALEC is Excited About the New Testing Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), so is iNACOL

Charter schools: Back to court in Washington State

  “I’m just frustrated that we can spend all this time and passion talking about what we want to do for a handful of schools, when I am frustrated that we do not do the job we’re supposed to do for all the schools in the state.”  Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview Some state legislators worked really hard to pass a bill to fund charter schools where approximately 800 students are enrolled even though charter schools have been ruled unconstitutional in Washington State. The two legislators who pushed it the hardest, both Republicans, were Senator Steve Litzow and Representative Chad Magendanz … Continue reading Charter schools: Back to court in Washington State

Dear Liv: Yes, A Loss for ALEC and the Privatizers Makes Me Happy

The following is a response to Liv Finne, a Director at the Washington Policy Center which is a member of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, who published a piece after the Washington State Supreme Court brought down their decision that charter … Continue reading Dear Liv: Yes, A Loss for ALEC and the Privatizers Makes Me Happy

Why is Washington State Attorney General Robert Ferguson sticking his neck out for charter schools?

In politics, actions are everything. That’s why it’s especially interesting Attorney General Bob Ferguson has decided to defend charter schools AFTER they were ruled unconstitutional by the Washington State Supreme Court. Here’s the twist: before the Supreme Court made their … Continue reading Why is Washington State Attorney General Robert Ferguson sticking his neck out for charter schools?

The Gates owned Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) right here in Seattle

Whenever Bill Gates wants to justify the ideas he imposes on public school children around the country, he relies on the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) to appear with a research paper or study, that is not peer reviewed, … Continue reading The Gates owned Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) right here in Seattle