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. )

An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

On August 5th Alison McDowell was a guest on KEXP’s news program Mind Over Matters. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below ( be patient – it takes a little bit of time for the … Continue reading An Interview with Alison McDowell: KEXP’s Mind Over Matters Community Forum

Why Delinking Graduation from the Smarter Balanced Assessment & Other Tests is the Right Thing to Do.

I am writing to encourage everyone who values the 13 years of hard work completed by students as they reach their senior year to call their state legislators. My request is simple: ask your legislator to pass HB 1046. This … Continue reading Why Delinking Graduation from the Smarter Balanced Assessment & Other Tests is the Right Thing to Do.

The Myth of Local Control and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Why do the Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners Get to Independently Review State Plans?

As more cards are laid on the table, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the much hyped local control provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was designed to keep the locals, especially parents, under control. A perfect example is … Continue reading The Myth of Local Control and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Why do the Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners Get to Independently Review State Plans?

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

Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – $8 Million from the Gates Foundation and the Myth of Local Control

Remember when a return to local control was the biggest selling point for the passage of The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA)? States would be allowed to set their own education policies. Principals, teachers, and parents could escape the long … Continue reading Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – $8 Million from the Gates Foundation and the Myth of Local Control

The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools

Editor’s note: Cheri Kiesecker was a panelists for the Webinar: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut hosted by Parents Across America. Click here for links to the video recording and slides from the program. -Carolyn Leith The USDoE’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field, CBE, … Continue reading The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools

Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools

  How far are we from the day we’ll be forced to rely on online education modules to inspire and excite the minds of young people; where badge collections replace diplomas; and virtual reality games substitute for Friday night dances, … Continue reading Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools

Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State

From Truth in American Education: Washington State GOP Supports Student Privacy, Opposes Common Core The Washington State Republicans passed a student privacy resolution at their recent state convention last month in Pasco, WA.  They also passed language opposing Common Core into … Continue reading Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State

The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Reposted from SocialistWorker.org:   The education deform empire strikes back by Marilena Marchetti The battle over high-stakes testing and the future of public education is back in play after the Obama administration’s latest moves. THE PROPOSED regulations for national implementation … Continue reading The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

The grifters of corporate ed reform: KIPP charter schools with the aid of the DOE

KIPP is a taxpayer-subsidized school franchise that pays no taxes on its revenue and provides a tax-deductible vehicle for uber-wealthy families to promote the school “choice” agenda. KIPP charter schools have been touted in Washington State as the savior of … Continue reading The grifters of corporate ed reform: KIPP charter schools with the aid of the DOE

How we got the Common Core Standards: Federal Manipulation Through Race to the Top

From the Truth in American Education, An admission of Federal manipulation through Race to the Top: Arne Duncan’s former chief of staff pulls back the curtain on Race to the Top We couldn’t keep up with the enormous load of … Continue reading How we got the Common Core Standards: Federal Manipulation Through Race to the Top