An Open Letter to Dr. Nyland and the Seattle School Board in Support of Our Striking School Bus Drivers

By choosing to use drivers who have crossed the picket lines to staff the prioritized Title One school and special education routes, the district is siding with First Student and is weakening the power of the workers as they fight … Continue reading An Open Letter to Dr. Nyland and the Seattle School Board in Support of Our Striking School Bus Drivers

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

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 Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune: Same players, new game

Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune (Click the image for a better view. Click the title for a pdf.)   “Quality Preschool for All”. It sounds so right, just what we want for all of our children. But … Continue reading The Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune: Same players, new game

Seattle School Board Update: Sue Peters is ahead

In spite of the record-breaking amount of money that was poured into Suzanne Estey’s campaign by a moneyed few and DFER who want to see the corporatization of our public schools through charter schools, online learning enterprises and schools staffed by the cheap labor of Teach for America, Sue Peters has pulled ahead in the race. As it stands at the time of this posting, the official count is: Sue Peters 51.78% – 46949 votes Suzanne Dale Estey 47.90% – 43430 votes To follow the election results, there is an official posting at 4:30 each day at King County Election … Continue reading Seattle School Board Update: Sue Peters is ahead

The Truth About Suzanne Estey

Melissa Westbrook, one of the editors of Seattle Schools Community Forum, posted the following information that she uncovered about Suzanne Estey who is running against Sue Peters for Seattle School Board. Suzanne Dale Estey – Embellishment is her Specialty but What about Credibility? I have consistently stated that Suzanne Dale Estey appears to have a great resume. She seems to have broad policy experience at different levels of government. But, based on attendance at and viewing of some videotapes of various campaign events, I realized that she has this tendency to embellish what her resume says she did. So I … Continue reading The Truth About Suzanne Estey

Sharon Peaslee supports Sue Peters for School Board

A personal note from Sharon Peaslee: Dear Seattle Parents & Concerned Citizens, If you haven’t voted yet you may be wondering why you should. This school board race is urgently important. Seattle Public Schools is emerging from scandal, crisis and head-spinning turnover. Voting is your way of helping to support the ongoing progress of our schools and district. We need School Board Directors with unquestionable integrity so that we will continue moving forward. We need School Board Directors who are committed to honest, transparent dealings so that we as a Board can work collaboratively with each other and with the … Continue reading Sharon Peaslee supports Sue Peters for School Board

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

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

A vote for Sue Peters is a vote for the rest of us

Suzanne Estey’s claim to fame, as she has stated during her campaign, is her involvement as a board member of Community Center for Education Results (CCER), an “organization” that was created out of thin air by Bill Gates to the tune of over $4M to go after Race to the Top funding. This was a three-year push for funds that allow any interested third party to access not only the basic information of name, address and social security number of our students, but now lots more, more than any parent would want to see made public. And all for a … Continue reading A vote for Sue Peters is a vote for the rest of us

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