Learning from Past Mistakes: Seattle Public School’s Greatest Superintendent Misses, Part 1: Joseph Olchefske

Editor’s note: As Seattle Public Schools starts to narrow the field of potential superintendents it’s important to learn from past mistakes. Example one: Joseph Olchefske. -Carolyn Leith From February 5, 2017: THE BALLAD OF JOSEPH OLCHEFSKE: MIDDLE COLLEGE, ED-REFORM MARKET FAILURE, AND … Continue reading Learning from Past Mistakes: Seattle Public School’s Greatest Superintendent Misses, Part 1: Joseph Olchefske

The stealth campaign for charter schools found in emails of Seattle Public School employees and the candidacy of Omar Vasquez

  We have published several articles on Summit charter schools and “personalized learning” which is a sugar coated description of placing students in front of a computer for all their lessons and tests. There is nothing personalized about the programs, … Continue reading The stealth campaign for charter schools found in emails of Seattle Public School employees and the candidacy of Omar Vasquez

The scoop on Seattle School Board Candidates Chelsea Byers and Omar Vasquez: Buyer Beware

Beginning in 2008, many of us saw the tsunami of charter schools and the complete privatization of school districts coming our way in Seattle with the appearance of former Broad-trained school superintendent Goodloe-Johnson. Many of us had questions about this … Continue reading The scoop on Seattle School Board Candidates Chelsea Byers and Omar Vasquez: Buyer Beware

We stand with Andre Helmstetter for Seattle School Board Director

Preface: I met Andre when former Broad trained Seattle Public School Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson began her short-lived tenure in Seattle. One of her first edicts was to close schools, disrupt successful programs and rif teachers. Along with many other parents, teachers … Continue reading We stand with Andre Helmstetter for Seattle School Board Director

The Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board

  This article was originally published in The Progressive. Snuffing out Democracy-the Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board Seattle and the state of Washington have determinedly resisted the expanding privatization of our nation’s schools. Citizens protested standardized testing … Continue reading The Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board

Tests and testing in Seattle: Do you know how many tests your student takes in one year?

The answer is “probably not”. No one within the Seattle Public School District, besides School Board Director Sue Peters, seems to be concerned or be able to accurately report to the board the number of tests that our students take … Continue reading Tests and testing in Seattle: Do you know how many tests your student takes in one year?

Seattle Public School Board President Sharon Peaslee pulling ed reform tactics?

Want to pull the rug out from everyone by limiting public input into what is suppose to be a democratic process? Submit a proposal to make an interim superintendent permanent the day before Thanksgiving and force a vote by board … Continue reading Seattle Public School Board President Sharon Peaslee pulling ed reform tactics?

Testimony regarding Race to the Top funds for Seattle and student privacy

The following is testimony that I will be giving at the Seattle School Board meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 regarding the approval of Race to the Top funding that is to be approved by the school board. Good evening. As many districts around the country have discovered, Race to the Top money comes with strings attached. Many districts have been loath to meet their part of the bargain after understanding what the price would be. States and districts have pulled out of the race after discovering that their part of the bargain could not be paid for, literally. I … Continue reading Testimony regarding Race to the Top funds for Seattle and student privacy

Meet newly elected School Board Director Sue Peters

Presenting our kick-off Seattle Education meetup: Meet newly elected School Board Director Sue Peters You will have the opportunity to meet Sue, ask her questions and share your concerns regarding public education in Seattle and beyond. Friday, December 6th at noon Couth Buzzard Books 8310 Greenwood Ave N, 98103 Hosted by Seattle Education and Parents Across America, Seattle These meetup’s will be held once a month. Stay tuned for the meetup in January. Submitted by Dora Taylor Continue reading Meet newly elected School Board Director Sue Peters

Sue Peters: Newly Elected Seattle School Board Member

This morning Suzanne Estey conceded the race and Sue Peters is now our newly elected School Board Director for District 4 in Seattle. It really happened. David downed Goliath, the Goliath of $200,000 in PAC donations from a moneyed few as opposed to the $28,000 in donations from the rest of us who supported Sue’s campaign. It was an exceptional job of campaigning by Sue, her campaign manager Kathy Smith, and everyone who made it to events handing out flyers, going door to door, talking to neighbors and friends, attending district meetings and supporting Sue in any way that was … Continue reading Sue Peters: Newly Elected Seattle School Board Member

Lisa Macfarlane of WA DFER, and now Suzanne Estey, with their conspiracy theories

Update, October 31, 2013: Suzanne Estey has sent out a new flyer stating that Sue Peters’ and I have created some sort of theory out of the blue on the connection between big money and public school policy. I don’t know where Estey’s been besides on the CCER Board, an organization solely funded by Bill Gates, but maybe she can’t see the forest for all those trees, or is it for all those bucks? Estey is referring to our Lines of Influence post that went up three years ago and has been read and resonated with parents, teachers, students and … Continue reading Lisa Macfarlane of WA DFER, and now Suzanne Estey, with their conspiracy theories