Systemic Math Fraud in Washington Public Schools

Update: Chris Reykdal will be holding a Town Hall to discuss the state of public education, on Wednesday, October 25th from 6-9 PM at the PUD Auditorium in Everett.  More details can be found on the Facebook event page here.  … Continue reading Systemic Math Fraud in Washington Public Schools

Pay for Success – Also Known as Social Impact Bonds, Senator Orrin Hatch & the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Back in the early 2000’s Sun Microsystems’ Scott McNealy described the pending merger between Hewlett-Packard and Compaq as “the sound of two garbage trucks colliding”. Whenever I read through the 449 page abomination that is the 2016 re-write of the 1965 ESEA – later … Continue reading Pay for Success – Also Known as Social Impact Bonds, Senator Orrin Hatch & the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

Editor’s Note: This is an important interview which slipped under the radar of many parents and educators. In it, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal talks about McCleary and education funding, Plus, Reykdal explains parts of his plan to redesign K-12 education and the importance of technology to his vision.   Please take the time to read the transcript and share your thoughts in the comment section. I think there’s a lot to talk about.   The interview can be seen here. Below is a transcript of the interview.  -Carolyn Leith Well a couple things. On the political front I would say, … Continue reading State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

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 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

The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

Originally published in The Huffington Post, by co-editor Sue Peters I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in– setting them up to fail, making it … Continue reading The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

UPDATE: Two mistakes have been corrected from the original post. Voters for Washington Children spent $15,000 in digital ads AGAINST Luis Moscoso in the District 1 Senate race. In addition, Voters for Washington Children spent $10,000 AGAINST Branden Durst in the … Continue reading Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

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

Parents Across America-Portland Myth Busting Series: “50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools”

David Berliner  50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools March 31, 2016 7:00 P.M. Concordia University Come join us for an evening of discovery as we listen to Dr. David Berliner dispel myths about America’s public schools. You can … Continue reading Parents Across America-Portland Myth Busting Series: “50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools”

Corporate Education Reform is modern day eugenics

Blinded by Pseudoscience: Standardized Testing is Modern Day Eugenics by Steven Singer at gadfly on the wall blog Make no mistake. Corporate Education Reform is modern day eugenics. It pretends to justify increasing standardization and privatization of public schools through flawed … Continue reading Corporate Education Reform is modern day eugenics

The charter school shell game in Washington State: Money laundering at its best (or worst?) by way of OSPI

  If you haven’t been keeping up with the fight over charter schools in our state, for now just know that the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that charter schools are not common schools and therefore unconstitutional and cannot … Continue reading The charter school shell game in Washington State: Money laundering at its best (or worst?) by way of OSPI