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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

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The Movie “Most Likely to Succeed” is a Paid Infomercial for Project Based Learning

At the beginning of the school year, I went to a showing of Most Likely to Succeed in Bellevue, Washington. I was irritated by the premise that High Tech High – which has been heavily subsidized by Gates – was … Continue reading The Movie “Most Likely to Succeed” is a Paid Infomercial for Project Based Learning

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A high school student speaks up about school funding and Washington State’s Paramount Duty

Although recent Washington state level budget changes have created a plan to fully fund education up to the point of no longer being under court sanctioned fines, the work is still unfinished. Washington can, and must, do better than just … Continue reading A high school student speaks up about school funding and Washington State’s Paramount Duty

Big Money, Career Connected Learning & Playing Partisan Politics in Washington State.

…And so, what can companies do together to create an environment where you can train and grow your talent pool instead of stealing talent from each other? Why not grow the pie instead of eating each other’s pieces of pie?” … Continue reading Big Money, Career Connected Learning & Playing Partisan Politics in Washington State.

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

Editor’s Note: This is an important interview which slipped under the radar of many parents and educators. In it, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal talks about McCleary and education funding, Plus, Reykdal explains parts of his plan to redesign K-12 education and the importance of technology to his vision.   Please take the time to read the transcript and share your thoughts in the comment section. I think there’s a lot to talk about.   The interview can be seen here. Below is a transcript of the interview.  -Carolyn Leith Well a couple things. On the political front I would say, … Continue reading State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

The Shock Doctrine, McCleary, De-linking Graduation from State Mandated Tests, and State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Education Vision

If you don’t have to see or live with the consequences of your decisions, it becomes very easy to do bad things. In Olympia, this is especially true as the lure of money, power, and personal political ambition continually cloud … Continue reading The Shock Doctrine, McCleary, De-linking Graduation from State Mandated Tests, and State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Education Vision

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 Find the Money Word Search

A year ago Teacher Retention Advocate Parents (TRAP)  hosted a coloring contest to draw attention to Washington State’s criminally under-funded public schools. Today, TRAP is back – because the Legislature STILL can’t find the money. Let’s help them out. Please print out … Continue reading McCleary Crime Scene Find the Money Word Search

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

The Color of Money: The McCleary Crime Scene Coloring Contest

Why a coloring contest? Because our elected officials are refusing to listen to the pleas of school board members, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and students. The usual political channels aren’t working. Because, in the grand tradition of political satire, we … Continue reading The Color of Money: The McCleary Crime Scene Coloring Contest