MEDIA ALERT: Superintendent Dr. Goodloe-Johnson and Teacher’s Union Negotiantions

Press release: Seattle Schools’ Superintendent Maria Goodloe Johnson’s has pulled a last-minute “bait and switch” in putting forward her SERVE proposal in the current contract negotiations. Her actions violate the trust, good will and collaborative work the District and the SEA have undertaken over the past two years, in coming up with an appropriate, professional performance management tool (Professional Growth and Evaluation Plan). Additionally, several Gates and Broad Foundation-funded lobby groups have been disseminating inaccurate information relating to the current contract negotiations and the issues involved. Therefore, Seattle Public School community members felt the need to create clear multi-media messages … Continue reading MEDIA ALERT: Superintendent Dr. Goodloe-Johnson and Teacher’s Union Negotiantions

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

Where Do We Go From Here?

This is a previous post that I think needs to see the light of day again. Dora Where Do We Go From Here? Privatization is about making a profit, whether it’s utilities, war or education. In states where access to  public water has been privatized, the average cost of water to the public is 30% higher. The cost of handling waste water is on average 60% higher in those states. No bid contracts or lack of contracts with private enterprise during the Iraq war and little or no oversight by the government caused cost overruns to soar. We have so … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?

The Gates’ Foundation and the Department of Education.

Below is an excerpt of a well researched article regarding the Department of Education and the Gates Foundation written by Kenneth Libby. To see this article in its’ entirety, go to: What Shelton’s Waiver Tells Us About the Gates Foundation and DOE Just one day after his inauguration, President Obama issued an executive order outlining his Ethics Pledge. The Ethics Pledge is designed to establish baseline expectations about the behavior of top officials. It is also designed as a way to ensure the public trust and deter both real and perceived conflicts of interest. The executive order banned lobbyists from … Continue reading The Gates’ Foundation and the Department of Education.

The Pillars of “Education Reform” are Toppling

This post by Sue Peters first ran in January of this year and it seems apropos at this time to run it again because of the pressure being put on teachers by faux roots, Broad backed and Gates funded organizations. Dora The Pillars of “Education Reform” are Toppling Bad news for the “education reformers” – Two key components of the Obama/Duncan/”Race to the Top” reformite agenda – charter schools and “merit pay” – have now been seriously called into question by two separate studies, one from Stanford University, the other from Vanderbilt University. These studies found that most charter schools … Continue reading The Pillars of “Education Reform” are Toppling

In Response to “An Open Letter to Seattle Public School Parents” by Our Schools’ Coalition

Let’s get to the bottom of this. Below is a letter to Seattle Public School parents. Since I am part of that audience, I will take a moment to respond to this letter sent out by Our Schools Coalition. An Open Letter to Seattle Public School Parents WHO WE ARE & WHY WE ARE WRITING We are fellow Seattle Public School parents, local employers, community volunteers and taxpayers. Above all we are passionate supporters of public education. Our diverse group of over 30 citywide organizations and community leaders came together in March to form the Our Schools Coalition. We united … Continue reading In Response to “An Open Letter to Seattle Public School Parents” by Our Schools’ Coalition

Even Bloomberg Businessweek Questions Bill Gates’ Ed Reform Investments

The July 15 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek takes a look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s checkered record on education reform and finds a fair amount to question. Aptly called “Bill Gates’ School Crusade,” it indeed evokes the sense that Gates’ meddling in public education is more driven by some kind of  zealotry than facts. There is a long section about Gates’ latest obsession, “performance/merit pay” for teachers — and how it doesn’t work. This is very relevant to Seattle right now because the superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, and district are trying to force the teacher’s union to accept this … Continue reading Even Bloomberg Businessweek Questions Bill Gates’ Ed Reform Investments

OPEN LETTER TO BILL GATES ABOUT EDUCATION (from a public schools’ parent)

Dear Bill, I am a public schools’ parent in your own general neighborhood (Seattle). I realize you have an interest in public education, and are a major participant and funder in the current “education reform” efforts being attempted nationally. Unfortunately, I don’t agree with a number of the choices and “investments” you are making in our schools. I believe they have not been that effective, and some of them are even damaging. Your all-tech $63 million “School of the Future” in Philadelphia, for example, apparently hasn’t worked out so well. Your $2 billion “Small Schools Initiative” was ultimately canceled (though … Continue reading OPEN LETTER TO BILL GATES ABOUT EDUCATION (from a public schools’ parent)

The Art of Teaching (and the Automatons of “Education Reform”)

In light of the recent New York Times article about robo-teachers that Dora found, here’s a re-post of a related article I wrote in January. — sp: I came across a Seattle magazine article from 2008 the other day called “Hot Button: Math Problems.” It said that Seattle Public Schools math teachers are being forced to exactly replicate what someone in Japan has deemed a “perfect lesson” right down to where they must stand in the classroom. “The district is also trying to improve teaching methodology. [Seattle Public Schools’ K-12 math program manager Rosalind] Wise wants her math teachers to … Continue reading The Art of Teaching (and the Automatons of “Education Reform”)

Vicki Phillips: Director of Education, College Ready United States Program

The Gates Foundation hires Portland’s former superintendent as its new head of education By Beth Slovic Hurricane Vicki The new education director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation left her previous job as the superintendent of Portland (Ore.) Public Schools in June. But a picture of Vicki Phillips, who arrived in Oregon in August 2004, still hangs on the wall of my cubicle not far from the Portland school district’s headquarters. The picture is a still shot of Phillips’ profile taken from a televised public meeting that occurred in the spring of 2005, and the timing is important. It’s … Continue reading Vicki Phillips: Director of Education, College Ready United States Program