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Kids, Welcome to the Machine: Suzi LeVine & Career Connected Learning

Editor’s Note: On May 8, 2018, Washington State’s Governor, Jay Inslee, appointed Suzi LeVine as the next commissioner of  the state’s Employment Security Department. Suzi LeVine is a brand evangelical for career connected learning which is all about catering to … Continue reading Kids, Welcome to the Machine: Suzi LeVine & Career Connected Learning

Presentation for Advocacy 101: My Personal Journey

On March 5th, my friend Shawna Murphy, co-hosted a roundtable discussion on advocacy. I was invited to participate on the panel. These are my opening remarks.  My name is Carolyn Leith and I write for the Seattle Education blog. However, … Continue reading Presentation for Advocacy 101: My Personal Journey

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Seniors to Have a Plan for the Future in Order to Graduate. Chris Reykdal, Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Just Passed a Similar Requirement for 8th Graders.

Thanks to the tireless effort of education activist, the general public is on to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. People know Emanuel is bad news when it comes to public education. Of course, Mayor Emanuel worked hard to cement his reputation – by … Continue reading Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Seniors to Have a Plan for the Future in Order to Graduate. Chris Reykdal, Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Just Passed a Similar Requirement for 8th Graders.

McCleary Crime Scene: Help Unscramble Governor Inslee and House Speaker Frank Chopp with this Fun Worksheet.

Here at the temporary Olympia branch of TRAP Headquarters, nothing makes our eyes roll like politicians giving lectures on the value of compromise and the McCleary decision. What Governor Inslee and House Speaker Frank Chopp fail to grasp is that … Continue reading McCleary Crime Scene: Help Unscramble Governor Inslee and House Speaker Frank Chopp with this Fun Worksheet.

McCleary Crime Scene Special Session Coloring Sheet

  art courtesy of Susan DuFresne As parents with kids in public school, it takes a tremendous amount of restraint when describing the just completed session of the Washington State Legislature. A profanity laced tirade feels justified, maybe even appropriate. How … Continue reading McCleary Crime Scene Special Session Coloring Sheet

A new coloring page: Sorry, Governor Inslee, there’s no disguising your lack of leadership on school funding

A message from TRAP: Governor Inslee, you’ve put us in a tight spot. TRAP wants to believe the Governor of the State of Washington would do right by the million students who are having their constitutional rights violated, on a … Continue reading A new coloring page: Sorry, Governor Inslee, there’s no disguising your lack of leadership on school funding