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

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

League of Women Voters in Florida bust charter school myths and the legislators who stand to profit from corporate reform

  From a press release provided by the League of Women Voters: State-Wide Study on School Choice Tallahassee, Fla — Twenty percent of the state’s charter schools close because of financial mismanagement or poor academic standards, according to the League of Women Voters of Florida after a year-long study of charter schools in 28 Florida counties. “Charter schools could fill a niche in Florida’s educational spectrum, but for many, their biggest contribution may be to corporate bottom lines,” said Deirdre Macnab, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida. With over 576 charter schools in the state, the League of … Continue reading League of Women Voters in Florida bust charter school myths and the legislators who stand to profit from corporate reform

The Weekly Update: More on the Common Core, push back and opting out of high stakes testing, the FTC steps in to protect student privacy, a gag order on teachers and more

Let’s start off with this gem: Annual Kindergarten Show Canceled to Allow Kids to Focus on College A beloved annual kindergarten show at a New York school was canceled this week by administrators in an apparent effort to prepare the five-year-olds for college, probably by teaching them that you can’t trust anyone. Administrators at the Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, New York, recently sent out a series of letters alerting parents that the annual song-and-dance show their children had been preparing for wasn’t good enough for their looming college applications. “The reason for eliminating the Kindergarten show is simple. … Continue reading The Weekly Update: More on the Common Core, push back and opting out of high stakes testing, the FTC steps in to protect student privacy, a gag order on teachers and more

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?

The charter school gravy train: All aboard!

An education advocate in New York brought this article to my attention today. It was published last year in Forbes magazine and is relevant today in Seattle. Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City On Thursday, July 25, dozens of bankers, hedge fund types and private equity investors gathered in New York to hear about the latest and greatest opportunities to collect a cut of your property taxes. Of course, the promotional material for the Capital Roundtable’s conference on “private equity investing in for-profit education companies” didn’t put it in such crass terms, but that’s what’s going on. … Continue reading The charter school gravy train: All aboard!

To Lisa Macfarlane and Suzanne Estey: And you thought it was a conspiracy theory?

Either your comments have been overly scripted by your moneyed backers or you have been bold face lying but these are the facts: Chris Christie’s demented “you people” movement: The right’s school-for-cash obsession by David Sirota New data proves conservatives and moguls are spending huge sums to turn schools into Wall Street profit centers It is easy to think of the concept of oligarchy as something distant and fantastical – something that involves exotic destinations like Manhattan, Monaco, Macau and Moscow but not the Middle America locales that you’d never see in, say, a glitzy Jason Bourne flick. I guess … Continue reading To Lisa Macfarlane and Suzanne Estey: And you thought it was a conspiracy theory?

The Weekly Update: Inequality for all, the charter school gravy train, Common Core, TFA and the pushback

I thought we would start the week with this video featuring Bad Ass Teacher Dudley aka Origin. Stop This Madness! Another part of the madness is the income gap that is increasing daily. Robert Reich breaks it down for us during his interview with Amy Goodman: Inequality for All: Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Is Undermining Our Democracy. Part 1: To see all three segments, go to Democracy Now on You Tube. While on the subject of money, check out the new website stockholdersfirst.org. Education: too precious to be managed by teachers! Let stockholdersfirst manage your children’s education! Your … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Inequality for all, the charter school gravy train, Common Core, TFA and the pushback

The Weekly Update: Parent Trigger’s epic fail, parents protest collection of student data, another charter school scam (wow, what a surprise!) and some good news.

First up: Incomes of the wealthy have increased by 28% and yet 24% of our children live in poverty. 24% of our children are living in poverty. That’s 1 in 5 children which is 17M+ children who are not adequately taken care of in terms of their health and diet, and that’s just the basics. That’s where the focus should be if we are truly concerned about the generations that follow us, not what they scored on a standardized test. It’s interesting that the wealthy who are pushing ed reform willfully ignore the obvious. 1 in 5 Kids in U.S. … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Parent Trigger’s epic fail, parents protest collection of student data, another charter school scam (wow, what a surprise!) and some good news.

Heads Up Seattle! “Charter School Moguls Scam Oregon Out of Millions”

At first I thought I would post this article as part of the Weekly Update but because it is so close to home and with charter franchises and their corporate bellhops [1] chomping at the bit to get a piece of the taxpayer’s pie in our state, I decided to post this in full today, right now. Buyer beware! From Common Dreams and written by Lauren McCauley Charter School Moguls Scam Oregon Out of Millions ‘Lack of oversight’ in charter schools encouraging education fraud In the latest incident of charter school fraud, the state of Oregon is going after a … Continue reading Heads Up Seattle! “Charter School Moguls Scam Oregon Out of Millions”

Cory Booker and the $100M gift to Newark Public Schools

This goes into the OMG category because that is what I kept saying to myself as I read this article. From FireDogLake: ACLU Wins Lawsuit Against Cory Booker, Forcing Release Of Emails with Facebook Executives By: DSWright, posted on Wednesday December 26, 2012 It started on Oprah. Facebook founder and Winklevii nemesis Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million donation to Newark schools to blunt PR damage from the release of The Social Network help school children. The money would not be going into the struggling city’s budget but would be privately controlled with Newark Mayor Cory Booker providing guidance. Yes, … Continue reading Cory Booker and the $100M gift to Newark Public Schools