Pay for Success & the McCleary Crisis: Did the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Help Position Social Impact Bonds as a Last Resort Funding Option for Our Public Schools?

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear … Continue reading Pay for Success & the McCleary Crisis: Did the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Help Position Social Impact Bonds as a Last Resort Funding Option for Our 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)

Thanks to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), It’s a Year Too Late for Hand-Wringing over Charter Schools

Last year, I wrote an open letter to Senator Patty Murray pleading with her to reconsider the lavish financial support charter schools were slated to receive in the soon to be re-authorized ESEA. My argument: The Supreme Court has found … Continue reading Thanks to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), It’s a Year Too Late for Hand-Wringing over Charter Schools

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

OSPI Candidate Ron Higgins’  Statement on the Seattle School Board’s  Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

In a five to one vote with Director Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of requesting the state to provide an alternative summative test to … Continue reading OSPI Candidate Ron Higgins’  Statement on the Seattle School Board’s  Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

OSPI Candidate Chris Reykdal’s Statement on the Seattle School Board’s  Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

In a five to one vote with Director Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of requesting the state to provide an alternative summative test to … Continue reading OSPI Candidate Chris Reykdal’s Statement on the Seattle School Board’s  Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

David Spring’s Statement on the Seattle School Board’s  Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

In a five to one vote with Director Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of requesting the state to provide an alternative summative test to … Continue reading David Spring’s Statement on the Seattle School Board’s  Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

Erin Jones’ Statement on the Seattle School Board’s Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

In a five to one vote with Director Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of requesting the state to provide an alternative summative test to … Continue reading Erin Jones’ Statement on the Seattle School Board’s Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

We’re asking the OSPI State Superintendent candidates their position on Seattle Public Schools pursing alternative assessment frameworks under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The following letter was sent to each candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Their responses will be published on June 5th. -editor. Hello Candidates, My name is Carolyn Leith and am co-editor of the blog Seattle Education. I’m asking each candidate … Continue reading We’re asking the OSPI State Superintendent candidates their position on Seattle Public Schools pursing alternative assessment frameworks under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Seattle Public School Board votes to pursue alternative to SBAC under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

  In a five to one vote with Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of requesting the state to provide an alternative summative test to … Continue reading Seattle Public School Board votes to pursue alternative to SBAC under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Chris Reykdal’s Statement on Opting Out

We asked all of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates their position on opting out of the SBAC. Four of the candidates responded to our query and we are publishing their answers today. Opting your … Continue reading Chris Reykdal’s Statement on Opting Out

Erin Jones’ Statement on Opting Out

We asked all of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates their position on opting out of the SBAC. Four of the candidates responded to our query and we are publishing their answers today. The bullying … Continue reading Erin Jones’ Statement on Opting Out