Want a Better School District? It Starts with the Superintendent Search

It’s not easy being a public school advocate in Seattle — or anywhere else for that matter. Issues which seem so simple, take years resolve. Sometimes, they never do. This is why the current search for the Seattle School District’s … Continue reading Want a Better School District? It Starts with the Superintendent Search

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

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 endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

  “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit … Continue reading The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: The Network of Public Education (NPE) supports educators in Washington State

    The Network of Public Education extends its support and solidarity to educators in Washington state who are taking a strong public stand in their action this week. By wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts, they are affirming their opposition to … Continue reading #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: The Network of Public Education (NPE) supports educators in Washington State

The Seattle Education Association endorses the Black Lives Matter at School action

Re-posted from I Am an Educator: #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: Hundreds of educators across Seattle to wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts to school on Oct. 19th Educators in Seattle are starting off the school year dressed for success. In the fist action of this scale, many hundreds of Seattle teachers, counselors, instructional assistants, paraprofessionals, custodians, nurses, and other educators, will wear shirts to school on Wednesday, October 19th, that read, “Black Lives Matter.” This action is part of a Seattle Education Association sponsored day to draw attention to the school-to-prison-pipeline and institutional racism our society. Already over 700 educators and supports have ordered their … Continue reading The Seattle Education Association endorses the Black Lives Matter at School action

SEATTLE’S CEDAR PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: IS THERE RACIAL EQUITY?

Editor’s note: Original post written by Kevin Hilman for the Olympic Hills PTA blog. Post re-published with permission.  -Carolyn Leith  For the last year and a half, the Olympic Hills Elementary School community (in interim at Cedar Park) has pushed hard for … Continue reading SEATTLE’S CEDAR PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: IS THERE RACIAL EQUITY?

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

Email shows how Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plans to take over the school board

  If Mayor Murray wants to address the “achievement/opportunity gap” in a way that is more appropriate to his office, he needs to focus on a living wage for all in Seattle and affordable housing. That will go a long … Continue reading Email shows how Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plans to take over the school board

Seattle Public School Board votes to pursue alternative to SBAC under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

  In a five to one vote with Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of requesting the state to provide an alternative summative test to … Continue reading Seattle Public School Board votes to pursue alternative to SBAC under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)