Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – $8 Million from the Gates Foundation and the Myth of Local Control

Remember when a return to local control was the biggest selling point for the passage of The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA)? States would be allowed to set their own education policies. Principals, teachers, and parents could escape the long … Continue reading Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – $8 Million from the Gates Foundation and the Myth of Local Control

ELO’s: How Community-Based Learning Advances the Cyber Education Agenda, Part 1

  Editor’s note: Post republished with permission from Wrench in the Gears. ELOs: How Community-Based Learning Advances the Cyber Education Agenda ELO’s are learning experiences that by definition happen OUTSIDE the classroom. This makes them a perfect foil for digital learning. These … Continue reading ELO’s: How Community-Based Learning Advances the Cyber Education Agenda, Part 1

Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

UPDATE: Two mistakes have been corrected from the original post. Voters for Washington Children spent $15,000 in digital ads AGAINST Luis Moscoso in the District 1 Senate race. In addition, Voters for Washington Children spent $10,000 AGAINST Branden Durst in the … Continue reading Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

Per a previous post titled, “Before you can fund the charter school, you have to fund an advocacy organization that can create a climate for the charter school to exist”, Bill Gates has been busy for several years funding established organizations … Continue reading Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 2

by Kristin The “education reform” sweeping the nation right now isn’t reform at all. It’s privatization and deregulation. Part One explained privatization and deregulation and explored the billionaires and corporations pushing for it. This section explains the strategy they’re using: using nonprofits. Part Three will show how the different aspects of “education reform” work together as a process — and how it can be stopped! How Do They Get Power? Billionaires and corporations exert their influence and push for privatization using a myriad of strategies, some obvious and some not. They can directly lobby the state and federal government for … Continue reading The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 2

Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

…and other connections. Our Schools Coalition has not been active since September of 2010 after congratulating themselves on being a part of the bargaining process between the teacher’s union and the superintendent. According to their website: The coalition formed here strongly supports the following changes to the Seattle Public School teacher contract, to be renegotiated beginning April 2010 for agreement by the start of the 2010-2011 school year. We advocate that all reforms outlined below be fully implemented in time for the 2011-2012 school year. Our Schools Coalition proposed changes to the teacher contract*: (This is when they used their … Continue reading Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Connecting the dots… Yet another ed reform Astroturf organization emerges out of nowhere.  A new Astroturf group has just emerged in Tacoma, WA, that sounds a lot like the one that was fabricated in Seattle last year, with the same mission: to influence the upcoming teacher’s contract negotiations. More specifically, its goal is to impose an outside corporate ed reform agenda on teachers by tricking them into believing there is broad public support for these (discredited) reforms when in fact there isn’t. This latest entity is called the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition” and it emerged in late April. Just like … Continue reading Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Seattle School District hires staffer from Strategies 360 – the political marketing firm that misused private student contact info to push ed reform agenda

The Seattle Public School District announced today that it has hired Lesley Rogers from Strategies 360 political marketing firm to oversee its communications. Chief Communications Officer appointed Seattle Public Schools on Friday announced the appointment of Lesley Rogers as the district’s Chief Communications Officer, following a national search. Rogers, who starts April 4, will oversee internal and external communications for the District. (…)  Rogers is leaving her job as Vice President of Communications for Strategies 360, where she directed communications efforts for a wide spectrum of clients in fields including education, environmental protection, renewable energy, public policy and transportation. (…) … Continue reading Seattle School District hires staffer from Strategies 360 – the political marketing firm that misused private student contact info to push ed reform agenda

How to create a faux grassroots ed reform organization!

Out-of-work DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has just created her very own new ed reform organization. You can too! How to Create a Faux Grassroots Ed Reform Organization (in 12 Easy Steps!) 1. Think of a name using these words: STAND, KIDS, STUDENTS, FIRST, ALLIANCE, EDUCATION, ED, OUR, SCHOOLS, COALITION, COMMUNITY, VOTERS, REVOLUTION, REFORM, NOW 2. Put two or three of those words together in any order (possibly linked by a preposition like “with,” “of,” “for” — or if you want to be really with-it, use “4” instead of “for”!). 3. Add an exclamation mark at the end! 4. Create … Continue reading How to create a faux grassroots ed reform organization!

Last Night’s Board Meeting

It has finally come to pass in Seattle as many of us had begun to discuss over a year ago when we began to hear the distant drumbeat of ed reform; high stakes testing, merit pay and not far behind, Teach for America bringing up the rear and populating charter schools with cheap labor. About the meeting, unbeknownst to me, bright orange anything was de rigueur for the evening at the Stanford Center. I happened to have on a toned down orange striped shirt so I almost fit in. The Alliance for Education, Stand for Children and Our Schools’ Coalition, … Continue reading Last Night’s Board Meeting