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League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County Urges “No” Vote on Proposition 1

From the League of Women Voters of King County October Newsletter The Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County unanimously voted to oppose Seattle Proposition 1, the Families, Education and Preschool Promise (FEPP) Levy. In … Continue reading League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County Urges “No” Vote on Proposition 1

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Manufacturing Consent: How to Engineer an Education Activist

If social media platforms can predict your behavior, advocacy groups can buy access to it. They also have the power to manipulate your actions – and good intentions –  to serve their own agenda. Customer tracking, discriminatory pricing (think airlines), … Continue reading Manufacturing Consent: How to Engineer an Education Activist

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

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

Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

People around the state are receiving robo-calls from a (Gates backed Teachers United) teacher who was declared “Teacher of the Year” by The Office of the State Superintendent (OSPI) which is headed by the State Superintendent Randy Dorn. Mr. Dorn is also … Continue reading Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

House Rep. Eric Pettigrew, House Bill 1497, mayoral control and the money

  The cities where our foundation has put the most money in is where there’s a single person responsible. In New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, the mayor has responsibility for the school system. So instead of having a committee … Continue reading House Rep. Eric Pettigrew, House Bill 1497, mayoral control and the money

The Weekly Update: The corporate empire of public education and where that leaves the rest of us, ALEC, Gates and charter schools

So much news, so little time. From Real News: U.S. Student Homelessness Up 10% Since Last Year  Highest increases of homeless children seen in states like North Carolina where austerity policies predominate. All those people we come in contact with daily, the sales clerk, that friendly person at the bank, the barista…they’ll all hurting, quietly, and I never knew they were in such pain, not until the strikes began to happen. Then I realized that these workers get paid so little that we are subsidizing the overhead of the 1% by providing workers with food assistance and healthcare, ensuring that … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The corporate empire of public education and where that leaves the rest of us, ALEC, Gates and charter schools

Lisa Macfarlane of WA DFER, and now Suzanne Estey, with their conspiracy theories

Update, October 31, 2013: Suzanne Estey has sent out a new flyer stating that Sue Peters’ and I have created some sort of theory out of the blue on the connection between big money and public school policy. I don’t know where Estey’s been besides on the CCER Board, an organization solely funded by Bill Gates, but maybe she can’t see the forest for all those trees, or is it for all those bucks? Estey is referring to our Lines of Influence post that went up three years ago and has been read and resonated with parents, teachers, students and … Continue reading Lisa Macfarlane of WA DFER, and now Suzanne Estey, with their conspiracy theories

Decline to Sign: The charter school initiative

A charter school initiative was submitted by the League of Education Voters, Stand for Children,  DFER (Democrats for Education Reform)  and Republican State Senator Steve Litzow yesterday and will require 250,000 signatures by July 8, 2012 to be on the ballot in November. This piece was written by Parents Across America, Tacoma member Jennifer Boutell. Charter Schools Initiative Introduced Today, First Analysis A charter school initiative introduced today will be on the November ballot, if supporters are able to gather 250,000 signatures by July 6th.  I did a quick read through today, to see how it compared to the very … Continue reading Decline to Sign: The charter school initiative

I was kicked off the Washington State PTA listserv

Was I using inappropriate language? No. Was I being rude and derisive in my remarks? No Was I stating the truth? Yes Let’s begin this post with one fact, that the WSPTA received in March of 2011 $191,424 ” to assist with technology communications infrastructure to push for key policies in Washington” from the Gates Foundation. And what are Bill Gates’ “key policies”? Charter schools and teacher evaluations based on test scores. And what has the WSPTA been doing? Well, first there was the charter school plank that was quietly slipped in by the League of Education Voters (LEV) “Key Activists” … Continue reading I was kicked off the Washington State PTA listserv