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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

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

Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally

What was to be a forum presented by the League of Women Voters and the Seattle PTA with some of our state representatives there to field questions on funding for public schools quickly turned into a rally when a teacher from Nathan Hale High School brought down the house while talking about the SBAC and its unfairness to students and families. At the end of his speech, parents started chanting “Opt out, opt out, opt out!” and stomping their feet. Soon, the entire gymnasium exploded with excitement as the chant caught on and everyone was on their feet clapping, stamping … Continue reading Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally

Why Washington state schools are #42 in education funding: Let’s start with Bill Gates

At a community forum that I attended about three years ago in the Central District, neighbors were meeting with Representative Eric Pettigrew and Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos regarding issues of concern. There didn’t seem to be enough money for the public funded services that were needed including our schools. One person got up and said that she was willing to pay a state income tax to begin to subsidize what was needed by the community. To my surprise, most  of the people in the audience applauded and shouted out that they would as well. What is ironic about this is … Continue reading Why Washington state schools are #42 in education funding: Let’s start with Bill Gates