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.

Hmm, I didn’t know our State Superintendent was in the business of selling charter schools and Teach for America, Inc.

We sent the following question to then Candidate for State Superintendent Chris Reykdal on October 6, 2016: “Given the legal uncertainty of charter schools in our state, as head of the (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) OSPI, would … Continue reading Hmm, I didn’t know our State Superintendent was in the business of selling charter schools and Teach for America, Inc.

Chris Reykdal Wants Washington to Become a Pathway State. What Does that Even Mean?

That culture has to change in our state. Which is why we do an assessment in tenth grade, we figure out pathways for students, we honor all students, and hopefully we get serious about investing in kids based on what … Continue reading Chris Reykdal Wants Washington to Become a Pathway State. What Does that Even Mean?

The State of Education with OSPI Director Chris Reykdal, October 25th in Everett

Are you concerned about the quality of math instruction in Washington’s public schools? Do you worry that on-line competency-based instruction is poised to replace human, professional teachers? Do you wonder about the impact of testing on our students, teachers, and … Continue reading The State of Education with OSPI Director Chris Reykdal, October 25th in Everett

24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

After an exhausting presidential election, those in power expect us to checkout and stop paying attention. Here’s a few good reason to stay vigilant. In Washington State, the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction was very close. Chris Reykdal ended … Continue reading 24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

Systemic Math Fraud in Washington Public Schools

Update: Chris Reykdal will be holding a Town Hall to discuss the state of public education, on Wednesday, October 25th from 6-9 PM at the PUD Auditorium in Everett.  More details can be found on the Facebook event page here.  … Continue reading Systemic Math Fraud in Washington Public Schools

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.

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

The Myth of Local Control and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Why do the Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners Get to Independently Review State Plans?

As more cards are laid on the table, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the much hyped local control provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was designed to keep the locals, especially parents, under control. A perfect example is … Continue reading The Myth of Local Control and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Why do the Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners Get to Independently Review State Plans?

OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

In March of this year, my co-editor Carolyn Leith and I interviewed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Candidate Erin Jones. In preparation for the interview we noticed several of her donors were pro-charter school individuals and organizations … Continue reading OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

OSPI candidate Chris Reykdal’s statement on the recent charter school grant to Washington State

We sent the following question to OSPI State Superintendent candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal: “Given the legal uncertainty of charter schools in our state, as head of the OSPI, would you distribute the Federal money to the existing charter … Continue reading OSPI candidate Chris Reykdal’s statement on the recent charter school grant to Washington State