My Experience as a Student with the Center on Reinventing Public Education

Last week, I opened my Facebook page to an article which explained how the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), an anti-public education think tank nestled within UW Bothell, is making waves nationally. I wasn’t surprised. As a UW Bothell student in … Continue reading My Experience as a Student with the Center on Reinventing Public Education

Presentation for Advocacy 101: My Personal Journey

On March 5th, my friend Shawna Murphy, co-hosted a roundtable discussion on advocacy. I was invited to participate on the panel. These are my opening remarks.  My name is Carolyn Leith and I write for the Seattle Education blog. However, … Continue reading Presentation for Advocacy 101: My Personal Journey

Look What You’ve Done – An Open Letter to My Mother

When you announced your plans, at your 70th birthday last summer, to vote for him, I patiently explained why a vote for Trump was a direct vote against the safety and well being of your only two grandchildren. You didn’t … Continue reading Look What You’ve Done – An Open Letter to My Mother

The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

I find it disturbing how quickly basic facts are flushed down the memory hole. Yes, Betsy Devos is the extreme example of the type of privatizer destroying public education, but the Democrats – with Obama at the helm – opened … Continue reading The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

A Student Perspective on Staffing Cuts to the Center School’s Arts Program.

  photo courtesy of Ted Zee Through most of middle school I was homeschooled. I was artistic and I didn’t learn in a conventional way. I hated public schools and thought I’d never go back to them. Then towards the … Continue reading A Student Perspective on Staffing Cuts to the Center School’s Arts Program.

The Walking Wounded

       On this day when we are to remember all who have fought and died in the wars that the United States has participated in, let’s also remember the walking wounded, those who are still among us but are now just shadows of what they once were, vital, young men and women who now suffer in ways that we cannot imagine and yet receive little to no support from our government.        When the war in Iraq first began, I started to hear stories about the families left behind who had to go to food banks to receive enough to … Continue reading The Walking Wounded