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School Transformation Double Talk Threatens Students and Teachers

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. Empowered is a popular word. But in North Dakota they are handing schools over to Knowledgeworks, a foundation that will convert schools to technology.  The only way teachers will be empowered is if they sign on … Continue reading School Transformation Double Talk Threatens Students and Teachers

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Pre-K Profit: ReadyNation Hosts Global Business Leaders in New York City this November

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. The rise of pay for success, social impact bonds, development impact bonds, and outcomes-based contracting will usher in privatization of vast new areas of public services, including education and training at all levels from infants … Continue reading Pre-K Profit: ReadyNation Hosts Global Business Leaders in New York City this November

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Beware of Tech Titans Bearing Gifts

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) gift likely means huge changes for schools across the country. We’ve known for a long time that Chicago school experimentation is usually the country’s pilot project. And the CZI … Continue reading Beware of Tech Titans Bearing Gifts

Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith knows good storytelling has the power to sway people’s opinions and has the money to buy the best messaging. His first outing was “Most Likely To Succeed” a documentary screened nationally with … Continue reading Ted Dintersmith is not here to save neighborhood schools!

Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. ESSA was designed to open the flood gates for neoliberal profiteers to not only profit from public educations services (I,e. tests or curriculum) but to completely own it… “Social impact bond projects are very definitely privatisation. PFI/PPP projects … Continue reading Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

Schools as Sacrifice Zones & The Gates Foundation’s Avoidance of the Toughest Question

Here’s my toughest question for Bill and Malinda Gates: What are you doing to end school shootings in the United States? What is your plan – given your immense power and influence –  to create safe, humane learning environments for … Continue reading Schools as Sacrifice Zones & The Gates Foundation’s Avoidance of the Toughest Question

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

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 to fancy conferences, we often aren’t even allowed to attend them. Parents don’t have … Continue reading 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. )

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 also a source of financial gain to boot, was a … Continue reading Living the Gig Life: Tom Vander Ark’s Plans for My 6th Grader

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 “99 percent of their Facebook shares—worth an estimated $45 billion” … Continue reading Is Summit Basecamp Bill Gates’ Latest Plan for Public Education?

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. UW Bothell’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) — an … Continue reading UW Bothell ‘Think Tank’ CRPE Aims to Dismantle Public Education

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 really needs to make an unannounced visit to one of … Continue reading Parents Rebel Against Summit/Facebook/Chan-Zuckerberg Online Learning Platform