Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Time to Keep Your Promise to Olympic View Elementary

On November 2, 2015, one day before the general election, Mayor Ed Murray held a press conference on the steps of Olympic View Elementary to promote The Levy to Move Seattle. Students wore their orange safety patrol vests, parents applauded enthusiastically, and the Mayor promised that a YES vote would mean sidewalks, always promised by the City – but never delivered, would finally be built on 8th Ave. NE.. Here’s what Q13 reported that day: Outside of Olympic View Elementary on Monday afternoon, the mayor said the lack of sidewalks in the neighborhood is one reason voters should approve Proposition … Continue reading Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Time to Keep Your Promise to Olympic View Elementary

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

Architecture 101 Summer Workshops for students in grades 3 through high school

It’s time for my yearly plug about classes that I offer to students in grades 3 through high school. I am an architect and have been teaching classes in architecture to students beginning when my daughter was in third grade and I was asked to join her class and let them know about what I did professionally. It was so enjoyable for me and the students that I was invited to join the class every Friday afternoon for the remainder of the semester and we designed and created a town. That was my first town planning class and I have … Continue reading Architecture 101 Summer Workshops for students in grades 3 through high school

Saturday Parent Institutes

Saturday Parent Institutes The Finding Your Voice Parent Institute is a free one-day parent preparation program that teaches parents and family members to better understand the public school system and partner with public schools focusing on student achievement. The institute offers interactive classes that provide critical information and skills that parents of students in public schools should have in order to support their students and their schools.  Topics include: How the public school system works. How to better communicate with schools. How to prepare your student for college. How to become an education advocate. No registration fee and lunch is … Continue reading Saturday Parent Institutes

Weekly Update: March and rally at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, profiteering in Chicago and school “choice” in New Orleans

This photo was taken in front of the Gates Foundation in Seattle this week by members of Social Equality Educators. And so was this “No TFA” photo: Yesterday was the March 1st National Day of Action for Education in Seattle and in many other parts of the country. There was a march from downtown Seattle to the headquarters of the Gates Foundation on the border of the downtown core. In front of the Gates Foundation, there was a teach-in, a grade-in and a policy throw-down although I don’t think that Vicki Phillips was able to make it. We will be … Continue reading Weekly Update: March and rally at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, profiteering in Chicago and school “choice” in New Orleans

What to expect in January from the corporate privatizers in the state of Washington

Remember: There is nothing “public” about charter schools except the funding of these franchises by our tax dollars. This began as a memorandum to a group of political and education activists in the state of Washington but as I started writing this, I realized that everyone in the state of Washington needs to be aware of what is coming down the pipe in Olympia in terms of the effort to privatize our public schools. Many companies and individuals have jumped onto the band wagon of “ed reform” because of the dollars involved with everything from testing to “online learning”. See … Continue reading What to expect in January from the corporate privatizers in the state of Washington

Videos: Garfield High School Student Walkout and March Against Budget Cuts

After the arrest of Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School, on Monday, November 28th, the students at Garfield organized a march to Seattle City Hall in response to their teacher’s arrest and to his demands to fully fund education in the state of Washington. Seattle Public Schools have seen the loss of librarians, much-needed family service counselors and  college admissions counselors (See Post Script), the reduction of the arts to “art on a cart” and school principals and staff making difficult decisions on the number of teachers they can budget for. School facilities are in poor condition and … Continue reading Videos: Garfield High School Student Walkout and March Against Budget Cuts

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

Occupy Seattle Teach-In at Chase Bank and Seattle Central Community College Welcoming Occupy Seattle for the Long Haul

Jesse Hagopian, a founder of Seattle Equality Educators and a teacher in the Seattle Public School system, introduces the Teach-In in front of Chase Bank in Seattle that was held on October 29th. There is a lot to learn from these teachers. The following video shows Occupy Seattle completing a march to its’ new home at Seattle Central Community College and being welcomed by faculty members on Oct 29, 2011. Dora Continue reading Occupy Seattle Teach-In at Chase Bank and Seattle Central Community College Welcoming Occupy Seattle for the Long Haul