More Red Flags for School Board Candidate Omar Vasquez as Ed Reform Cash pours in to the Campaign of Charter School and Teach for America Candidate Vasquez

Independent Expenditure (IE) jumps into race for Omar Vasquez who is running for Seattle School Board, District 5. IE funded by those that seek to privatize education!  NO Surprise! On September 17, 2017 we alerted our readers to the candidacy … Continue reading More Red Flags for School Board Candidate Omar Vasquez as Ed Reform Cash pours in to the Campaign of Charter School and Teach for America Candidate Vasquez

Charters & School Board Races: Is There a Project Renaissance Coming Your Way?

By Amy Frogge Project Renaissance is folding. Let me take a moment to explain what this group is really all about. Last summer, Project Renaissance injected itself into local school board races with a vengeance, trying to take down several … Continue reading Charters & School Board Races: Is There a Project Renaissance Coming Your Way?

The scoop on Chelsea Byers, Seattle public school board candidate

Chelsea Byers is running against School Board Director Betty Patu, a champion of public education advocating for equity in education for all. Ms. Byers, on the other hand, is a former Teach for America (TFA) recruit who taught in a school without any formal training for two years in Oakland, California in what I imagine was a charter school. Most charter schools are staffed by poorly paid and under qualified Teach for America recruits and are rarely hired by a pubic school district when it is between a TFA recruit and a certified teacher with a background in education.   … Continue reading The scoop on Chelsea Byers, Seattle public school board candidate

New endorsements for Sue Peters, Seattle school board candidate

NEW ENDORSEMENTS: The Seattle Medium newspaper American Postal Workers Union Seattle Local The Green Party Sarah Sense-Wilson, Native American leader “Sue will come up with creative ideas to close the learning gap. Please join me and vote for Sue Peters!” -Larry Gossett, King County Councilmember A letter from Sue Peters: Dear Supporters of Seattle Public Schools,    Less than a week to go before Election Day! Please remember to VOTE!  And pass it on! Ballots must be mailed no later than Tuesday, Nov 5.  Please forward this e-mail on to all your friends, family and colleagues! According to Seattle Weekly … Continue reading New endorsements for Sue Peters, Seattle school board candidate

CCER, the Road Map Project and the loss of student privacy

This post was originally published on December 19, 2012 and titled A Race to the Top Winner, Really? The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) was responsible for creating the proposal to collect an extensive amount of student data on our children. This pertains to Bill Gates’ desire to collect student information for each child in this country that can be accessed by those producing and profiting from products to be sold to school districts. For more on this, see Will the Data Warehouse Become Every Student and Teacher’s “Permanent Record”? Here’s an excerpt:         inBloom, the non-profit started with a … Continue reading CCER, the Road Map Project and the loss of student privacy

Why I am Running for School Board – by Sue Peters

For the past nine years, I have been deeply involved in Seattle’s public schools, as a parent of two, a school volunteer, an education blogger, a member of district task forces and as a local and national public education advocate. I would like to help steer the largest school district in Washington State in a positive direction. I believe that I can serve the Seattle school community even better as a representative on the school board. As a growing district of almost 50,000 students and counting, in a highly educated, book-loving, growing town, Seattle has the opportunity right now to … Continue reading Why I am Running for School Board – by Sue Peters

Two grassroots school board candidates defeat two business-backed ed reform incumbents in Seattle

Four strong grassroots challengers took on four rubber-stamping, corporate ed reform school board incumbents here in Seattle on Nov. 8. All but one race was close. Two of the challengers won! Martha “Marty” McLaren and Sharon Peaslee both won, and will soon join Seattle’s seven-member school board, hopefully tipping the balance towards sensible, responsible and thoughtful leadership that is responsive to the parents and community of SPS, and not outside political agendas. (They will be sworn in at 4 p.m. today at the JSCEE district headquarters.) The four challengers all brought a lot to the table. They ran solid, smart … Continue reading Two grassroots school board candidates defeat two business-backed ed reform incumbents in Seattle

The Seattle School Board Incumbents, Stand for Children and Other Corporate Reform Backers

As I posted previously about Stand for Children (SFC) and their support of school board candidates in the article Stand for Children, School Board Elections, Washington State PTA and Charter Schools, Jonah Edelman, co-founder of Stand for Children,  states in regards to school board and legislative candidates that SFC supports: I’m being quite blunt here, the individual candidates were essentially a vehicle to execute a political objective… Later in the post I write: By the way, during my information search, I came across this on the Stand for Children website. Three of our very own school board incumbents are receiving … Continue reading The Seattle School Board Incumbents, Stand for Children and Other Corporate Reform Backers

A Letter from a Seattle Public School Teacher to His Colleagues Regarding the School Board Race

This was a letter that was sent to me that I would like to share with the Seattle community: Dora Dear Seattle Teachers  and Seattle Education Advocates – On Wed. 19 Oct the ballots go in the mail for the Seattle School Board election of Tues. 8 November. WE each need to get 5 people WE know to vote for the FOUR challengers to the school board. – Do YOU want to be on Strike in Sept. 2013 because the fellow travelers of Maria Goodloe-Johnson’s management by disruption, confusion and chaos have changed their tunes but NOT their behaviors? –The … Continue reading A Letter from a Seattle Public School Teacher to His Colleagues Regarding the School Board Race

No “More of the same” with the Seattle School Board

The four school board candidates that are running against the incumbents are having a much needed fundraiser this Friday. Just as a reminder, the incumbents that I refer to were also referred to as the Gang of Four in terms of how they voted “Yes” on every policy that our Broad-trained superintendent put in front of them whether it made sense for our school district or not. Also, Stand for Children, an organization that is pushing charter schools in our state every way that they can, is backing financially and with other resources the incumbents Harium-Martin Morris, Sherry Carr and … Continue reading No “More of the same” with the Seattle School Board

Questions regarding Teach for America, Inc. that the Seattle School Board has yet to answer.

The Seattle School Board recently voted 5-1 to hire three more TFA, Inc. recruits. Four of these board members are incumbents in an upcoming school board race. These four board members also received funding from supporters of TFA, Inc. who poured money into the coffers of the Seattle Foundation to pay the additional expense of $4,000 per TFA, Inc. recruit per year to grace us with their presence in the Seattle Public School system. Conflict of interest? Borderline. Ethical? Probably not. According to the Save Seattle Schools blog: There were several donors to the Seattle Foundation TFA fund.  Three of … Continue reading Questions regarding Teach for America, Inc. that the Seattle School Board has yet to answer.

Seatle School Board Candidate Sharon Peaslee Needs Our Help

Sharon Peaslee is running against the incumbent Peter Maier who was part of the gang of four that rubber stamped everything that our former Broad trained superintendent set in front of them and is receiving money from the same donor, Matt Griffin, who is also a backer of Teach for America, Inc.  And let us not forget that last week Peter Maier along with the other members of the gang of four who have also received money from donors who financially support Teach for America, Inc.  all voted again in unison to allow three TFA, Inc. recruits to teach in … Continue reading Seatle School Board Candidate Sharon Peaslee Needs Our Help