Seattle, we missed a bullet with Broad Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Eli Broad at Broad’s 2009 Inaugural Party for President Obama. Yes, Eli Broad via Don Nielson and Goodloe-Johnson brought us Brad Bernatek, Michael Tolley (more on him later),  Teach for America, Inc. (TFA, … Continue reading Seattle, we missed a bullet with Broad Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

The NAEP Scores: It doesn’t look like the “education reform” policies are working

…and much to the detriment of millions of students who have spent most of their school years slogging through it. From the National Education Policy Center: NAEPscuses: Making Sense of Excuse-Making from the No-Excuses Contingent BOULDER, CO (October 28, 2015) … Continue reading The NAEP Scores: It doesn’t look like the “education reform” policies are working

Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

Per a previous post titled, “Before you can fund the charter school, you have to fund an advocacy organization that can create a climate for the charter school to exist”, Bill Gates has been busy for several years funding established organizations … Continue reading Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here’s why

The self-designation of “reformer” by people who have never been in the classroom and have no actual training or experience in education is a smokescreen. What they are really after is profitability for their investor-owned charter school corporations that will deliver as little education for … Continue reading We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here’s why

“More Than a Score” book reading and signing at Elliott Bay Books

  The most incredible book about education reform, high stakes testing and the push-back by teachers, parents and students will be available in stores on December 2nd. The Title of the book is More Than a Score: The New Uprising … Continue reading “More Than a Score” book reading and signing at Elliott Bay Books

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?

Education Reform: Democracy Left Behind

By its nature, democracy presumes the value of local control. Democracy trusts in the people to rule themselves, based on their collective judgment, freed from externally imposed dictates. From the National Education Policy Center, policy brief: How Recent Education Reforms Undermine Local School Governance and Democratic Education This video provides an overall understanding of the brief. Some of the recommendations in this study: · Move from a punitive to a participatory model for engaging local communities in reform efforts. Rather than threatening to withhold funding from struggling schools, provide additional support and incentives for staff, parents, and other community members … Continue reading Education Reform: Democracy Left Behind

The Weekly Update: Following the money on online “learning”, education reform myths and the Pearson money grab

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. For more information on Initiative 1240 go to No on 1240. This week all eyes have been on Chicago where representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union are negotiating with the mayor and his appointed school board members: Selling the Soul of Public Education As we traipse through these weeks of conventioning, I know that the my-parents-showed-me-what-hard-work-means tales are getting a bit old. Still, please indulge me for a couple of paragraphs. My dad taught for 34 years in inner-city public high schools in Chicago. For much of my childhood, my … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Following the money on online “learning”, education reform myths and the Pearson money grab

A Two Tiered Educational System : Does the American Elite Want Real Public Education?

Common Core Standards, drill and kill, no art, music, recess, physical education, critical thinking, creative writing or support of independent questioning and learning. A developing two tiered educational system between the have’s and the have not’s. Continue reading A Two Tiered Educational System : Does the American Elite Want Real Public Education?

Weekly Update: The charter school debacle in New Orleans, eight year olds grading their teachers in Georgia and more on Bill Gates

The Weekly Update: News you might have missed. With Initiative 1240, the charter school  initiative backed by Bill Gates who has provided $1M to the cause, looking like it will be appearing on the ballot this fall, more folks are starting to talk about charter schools in our state. Fortunately the word so far is that most people don’t want charter schools, just like the last three times it was voted on in a general election. Folks in our state want their schools to be adequately funded. Period. Someone sent me this comment that was posted on the Seattle Schools … Continue reading Weekly Update: The charter school debacle in New Orleans, eight year olds grading their teachers in Georgia and more on Bill Gates