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Is Robert Dugger setting up Robin Hood to steal from the poor?

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Patty Murray, a democratic senator from Washington state, crossed the aisle to collaborate closely with Lamar Alexander on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which included Pay for Success provisions. She also teamed up with Paul … Continue reading Is Robert Dugger setting up Robin Hood to steal from the poor?

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School Transformation Double Talk Threatens Students and Teachers

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. Empowered is a popular word. But in North Dakota they are handing schools over to Knowledgeworks, a foundation that will convert schools to technology.  The only way teachers will be empowered is if they sign on … Continue reading School Transformation Double Talk Threatens Students and Teachers

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They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith rode into North Dakota via an August 2015 TEDx talk promoting his film Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Tehven, founder of the Fargo-based tech incubator Emerging Prairie who has ties to social impact investing … Continue reading They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

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Competency Based Education (CBE) and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. If the history of public schools in America is the history of labor production and preparation (i.e. 19th c factory model schools for a factory society) it holds true that we are now trying to create gig-driven … Continue reading Competency Based Education (CBE) and ALEC Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

Data Unicorns? Tech Giants and US Dept of Ed Form Alliance to Leverage Student Data — Without Parent Consent.

Reposted with permission from Missouri Education Watchdog.  Project Unicorn: Billionaire partners promoting data interoperability and online “Personalized Learning” When the Unicorns “protecting” student data are interoperable with the Unicorns taking it, parents and lawmakers might want to pay attention. According to Technopedia, … Continue reading Data Unicorns? Tech Giants and US Dept of Ed Form Alliance to Leverage Student Data — Without Parent Consent.

Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. ESSA was designed to open the flood gates for neoliberal profiteers to not only profit from public educations services (I,e. tests or curriculum) but to completely own it… “Social impact bond projects are very definitely privatisation. PFI/PPP projects … Continue reading Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

Learning from Past Mistakes: Seattle Public School’s Greatest Superintendent Misses, Part 1: Joseph Olchefske

Editor’s note: As Seattle Public Schools starts to narrow the field of potential superintendents it’s important to learn from past mistakes. Example one: Joseph Olchefske. -Carolyn Leith From February 5, 2017: THE BALLAD OF JOSEPH OLCHEFSKE: MIDDLE COLLEGE, ED-REFORM MARKET FAILURE, AND … Continue reading Learning from Past Mistakes: Seattle Public School’s Greatest Superintendent Misses, Part 1: Joseph Olchefske

ALEC, iNACOL, and Online Learning Pathways

Original Title:Original Title: iNACOL’s Trojan Horse. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. Under the guise of bringing alternate, online learning “pathways” to students, iNACOL leaders meet with politicians and corporate leaders to come … Continue reading ALEC, iNACOL, and Online Learning Pathways

Gambling With Our Futures: Big Data, Global Finance and Digital Life

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.  Through predatory public-private partnerships, global financiers are in the process of digitizing not only our education system, but many other aspects of public service delivery. This 10-minute video provides an overview of “Pay … Continue reading Gambling With Our Futures: Big Data, Global Finance and Digital Life

Biocapitalism, Corporate Colonialism & Education Policy

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. To learn more about how biocapitalism controls bodies and minds of children via public education policy read Clayton Pierce –Education in the Age of Biocapitalism: Optimizing educational life for a flat world. Pierce explores how generations of … Continue reading Biocapitalism, Corporate Colonialism & Education Policy

Social Emotional Data. The new Cash Cow in the Corporate Assessment Industry

Reposted with permission from Peg with Pen. Big picture – this is about compliance. This is about colonization. Compliance is necessary in order to profit and control a population so that the outcomes fit the needs and demands of the … Continue reading Social Emotional Data. The new Cash Cow in the Corporate Assessment Industry

The MAP Test can now monitor a child’s psyche, or so they think

Original Title: And You Thought Standardized Tests Were Bad. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. NWEA recently received an award from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning for this feature, which not only … Continue reading The MAP Test can now monitor a child’s psyche, or so they think