Video of press conference: The King County NAACP comes out against the Common Core SBAC and Garfield High School does it again

There was a press conference this week on the growing resistance to the Common Core SBAC in Seattle. Parents, students and teachers from schools across Seattle, including Nathan Hale, Garfield, NOVA, Franklin and Chief Sealth high schools, Dearborn Park Elementary … Continue reading Video of press conference: The King County NAACP comes out against the Common Core SBAC and Garfield High School does it again

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

This article was written by Anthony Cody and first published in Education Week in November, 2013 and then reposted on his blog Living in Dialogue. Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors The sad facts about Common Core are most visible … Continue reading Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

Bill Gates bankrolls College and Career Ready programs, aka the Common Core Standards

This was originally posted in 2013 at the Washington Post website but is worth a read now. Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards For an initiative billed as being publicly driven, the Common Core States Initiative … Continue reading Bill Gates bankrolls College and Career Ready programs, aka the Common Core Standards

An Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending

  Mercedes Schneider breaks it down for us in her post: A Brief Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending One man, lots of money, nationally shaping a profession to which he has never belonged.   This is a post … Continue reading An Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending

Seattle Public School Board President Sharon Peaslee pulling ed reform tactics?

Want to pull the rug out from everyone by limiting public input into what is suppose to be a democratic process? Submit a proposal to make an interim superintendent permanent the day before Thanksgiving and force a vote by board … Continue reading Seattle Public School Board President Sharon Peaslee pulling ed reform tactics?

The Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune: Same players, new game

Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune (Click the image for a better view. Click the title for a pdf.)   “Quality Preschool for All”. It sounds so right, just what we want for all of our children. But … Continue reading The Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune: Same players, new game

Bill Gates: An infographic

Gates has given over $4 million to the “pro-free enterprise” AEI since 2007, much of it to “influence the national education debate.” Click on the link to see the full conversation with Gates. http://www.aei.org/events/2014/03/13/from-poverty-to-prosperity-a-conversation-with-bill-gates/ Gates said this referring to the … Continue reading Bill Gates: An infographic

Hold the presses! The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests

  I’m as shocked as you are about this…or should I be? The Gates Foundation agrees with those who’ve decided that assessment results should not be taken into account in high-stakes decisions on teacher evaluation or student promotion for the next two years, during this transition.” — Vicki Phillips, director of the U.S. education program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation The following article was originally posted on I am an Educator by Jesse Hagopian. Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests How do you know the United States is currently experiencing the largest … Continue reading Hold the presses! The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests

The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have?

Much is going on in the wide world of education. Every time I’m ready to wrap up this post, something new comes across the wires so let’s get started. First up: Thanks to our state legislators who understand the negative ramifications of tying test scores to teacher evaluations, the bill that would have brought new meaning to the term “high stakes testing” was shot down even after Arne Duncan had a special meeting with our Governor explaining to him the importance of the Federal government determining local education policy. It will behoove all of us to remember the members of our … Continue reading The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have?

Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy”

From The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards by Diane Ravitch: The reason to oppose the Common Core standards is because they violate the well-established and internationally recognized process for setting standards in a way that is transparent, that recognizes the expertise of those who must implement them, that builds on the consensus of concerned parties, and that permits appeal and revision. Across the nation, parents and educators are raising objections to the Common Core standards, and many states are reconsidering whether to abandon them as well as the federally-funded tests that accompany them. Arne Duncan, Jeb Bush, Bill … Continue reading Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy”

The Opt Out Update with a Parent “Get Tough Guide”

Excerpt from the Chicago Teachers Union position paper:  Debunking the Myths of Standardized Testing. Corporate reform groups such as Advance Illinois and Stand for Children claim teachers are the main factor in  student  academic achievement. Recent research shows otherwise: as much  as  90%  of variation in  student  growth  is explained  by factors outside the control of teachers. Children who do not  have  access  to  health  care,  who  are  hungry, who  are exhausted  from  nighttime  symptoms  of asthma,  who  are  fearful  of  violence  in  their communities,  who  do  not  have  books  or  access  to other  informal  learning  at  home,  whose  parents have  limited  education,  whose  families  are  constantly  stressed  by economic  problems,  and who  do  not  go  to  libraries  and  museums  in  their free time are at an academic disadvantage.   These factors are highly related not only to testing outcomes, academic achievement, future education and  socioeconomic  success,  but  also  to  the  racial, ethnic  and  class  origins  of individuals. The inequitable  history  of  American  society,  politics, institutions  … Continue reading The Opt Out Update with a Parent “Get Tough Guide”