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

New York Has Finally Figured Out That Merit Pay Doesn’t Work

Ha! What was that again? You mean that someone is finally getting the fact that merit pay doesn’t work!? If you scroll down the right-hand column of this page and go to “Merit Pay” you will find several studies that have stated this fact along with bloggers, teachers and other advocates for education for a long time. To follow are some of those links: Another Blow for Merit Pay Diane Ravitch: Should Teacher Evaluation Depend Upon Student Test Scores? Harvard Study Says That Teacher Pay Does Little To Boost Achievement Mathematica Study on Merit Pay Teacher Incentives and Student Achievement: … Continue reading New York Has Finally Figured Out That Merit Pay Doesn’t Work

This is What Happens With High Stakes Testing

Over testing of our students and merit pay, two of the planks in the platform of what has been termed “education reform”. Does it work? If you check out the articles in the right hand column of this website under “High Stakes Testing” and “Merit Pay”, you can decide for yourself. Also read New Regulations Fail Teachers by Jim Horn and Esperanza Donovan-Pendzic. In the meantime, see how it affected the folks in Atlanta as it did under Rhee’s reign while Chancellor of Schools in DC. Check out Cheating Fears Cast Doubt on Rhee’s Legacy in DC Public Schools and … Continue reading This is What Happens With High Stakes Testing

Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

…and other connections. Our Schools Coalition has not been active since September of 2010 after congratulating themselves on being a part of the bargaining process between the teacher’s union and the superintendent. According to their website: The coalition formed here strongly supports the following changes to the Seattle Public School teacher contract, to be renegotiated beginning April 2010 for agreement by the start of the 2010-2011 school year. We advocate that all reforms outlined below be fully implemented in time for the 2011-2012 school year. Our Schools Coalition proposed changes to the teacher contract*: (This is when they used their … Continue reading Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Connecting the dots… Yet another ed reform Astroturf organization emerges out of nowhere.  A new Astroturf group has just emerged in Tacoma, WA, that sounds a lot like the one that was fabricated in Seattle last year, with the same mission: to influence the upcoming teacher’s contract negotiations. More specifically, its goal is to impose an outside corporate ed reform agenda on teachers by tricking them into believing there is broad public support for these (discredited) reforms when in fact there isn’t. This latest entity is called the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition” and it emerged in late April. Just like … Continue reading Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

House Bill 1443 – vote NO to Ed Reform Frankensausage

I have urged my legislators to vote NO on HB 1443. It has become an unwieldy Frankensausage of a bill, larded with controversial and discredited corporate ed reform practices, many of which usurp local authority and labor union rights and do harm to teaching and learning.  It would not make good law. HB 1443 contains language that reinforces the controversial and flawed practice of tying teacher evaluations to standardized student test scores. It potentially enables school closures, weakens teachers unions, enables less qualified teachers to get teaching positions, and revisits teacher and principal evaluations even though these matters have already been … Continue reading House Bill 1443 – vote NO to Ed Reform Frankensausage

Parents and Teachers, Is This What We Want in Our State?

  In the state of Florida there have been some wild and crazy things happening during their legislative session. The “Student Success” bill was passed by the state legislature and, gleefully, signed by Governor Scott with Michelle Rhee probably by his side. Below is a description by a Parents Across America-Florida member about what has happened in the last three weeks. We’ve been playing whack-a-mole in Seattle and in Olympia with much of this coming up during the legislative session as well as through pressure applied by Gates, the PTA (of all organizations), the Alliance for Education and the League … Continue reading Parents and Teachers, Is This What We Want in Our State?

Ed Reform “Miracles” – or Mirages? 10 Years of “No Child Left Behind” has led to cheating & lies

The Great Ed Reform Swindle From the since de-beatified “Texas Miracle” of 2000 that inspired the creation of  George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind,” to the latest revelations about Washington D.C.’s falsified  student test scores under ed reform’s broom-wielding ‘superwoman’ Michelle Rhee, 10 years of the  punitive ed reform agenda and its so-called “successes” have turned out to be a bust. D.C. mirage under Michelle Rhee: When standardized test scores soared in D.C., were the gains real? “(…) Michelle Rhee, then chancellor of D.C. schools, took a special interest in Noyes. She touted the school, which now serves preschoolers … Continue reading Ed Reform “Miracles” – or Mirages? 10 Years of “No Child Left Behind” has led to cheating & lies

A SIMPLE PETITION (to Bill Gates)

Dear Bill Gates, Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, … Continue reading A SIMPLE PETITION (to Bill Gates)

15 Reasons Why the Seattle School District Should Shelve the MAP® Test—ASAP

“This is a major decision for SPS. There are substantial up-front and on-going costs [associated with the MAP® test].” – Jessica DeBarros, Broad Resident, Brad Bernatek, Director, Research Evaluation & Assessment for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) & former Broad Resident, memo, April 20, 2009 The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®) test is an element of former Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson’s “Strategic Plan” that our school district should reconsider. A growing chorus of parents are souring on the test, opting out and opposing it.  Last night, the Seattle Educators’ Association (SEA) teacher’s union voted in favor of eliminating the MAP® test. Our district … Continue reading 15 Reasons Why the Seattle School District Should Shelve the MAP® Test—ASAP

The Fordham Institute and the National Council on Teacher Quality: Manipulating Teacher Layoffs (& Union-Busting?)

The following is an article by Kristin, a founding member of Parents Across America Seattle, who will hopefully become a regular contributor to our blog. Thanks Kristin for this great article. Dora All around the country, legislation is being introduced that would attack seniority by changing the “last in, first out” (LIFO) rule for teacher layoffs. There’s a corresponding meme going through the media saying that there are a lot of bad teachers who need to be fired in order to make room for new and improved teachers. What’s behind this? Basically, a lot of billionaires and corporations with an … Continue reading The Fordham Institute and the National Council on Teacher Quality: Manipulating Teacher Layoffs (& Union-Busting?)