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Beware of Tech Titans Bearing Gifts

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) gift likely means huge changes for schools across the country. We’ve known for a long time that Chicago school experimentation is usually the country’s pilot project. And the CZI … Continue reading Beware of Tech Titans Bearing Gifts

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The Movie “Most Likely to Succeed” is a Paid Infomercial for Project Based Learning

At the beginning of the school year, I went to a showing of Most Likely to Succeed in Bellevue, Washington. I was irritated by the premise that High Tech High – which has been heavily subsidized by Gates – was … Continue reading The Movie “Most Likely to Succeed” is a Paid Infomercial for Project Based Learning

 “Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge”: Summit charter enterprise disappoints and a lawsuit ensues

    The difference between parents’ expectations when enrolling their students into a Summit charter school and the reality of the educational experience, or lack thereof, is enormous. This has been experienced by parents and teachers around the country and … Continue reading  “Summit teachers do not see themselves as disseminators of knowledge”: Summit charter enterprise disappoints and a lawsuit ensues

Indiana Parents Concerned About Summit Charter School and Online Learning

There have been concerns expressed by parents around the country about online learning and specifically about Summit charter schools which devote their educational experience to online learning. It’s a cheap platform and has great financial benefits for the owners of … Continue reading Indiana Parents Concerned About Summit Charter School and Online Learning

More Red Flags for School Board Candidate Omar Vasquez as Ed Reform Cash pours in to the Campaign of Charter School and Teach for America Candidate Vasquez

Independent Expenditure (IE) jumps into race for Omar Vasquez who is running for Seattle School Board, District 5. IE funded by those that seek to privatize education!  NO Surprise! On September 17, 2017 we alerted our readers to the candidacy … Continue reading More Red Flags for School Board Candidate Omar Vasquez as Ed Reform Cash pours in to the Campaign of Charter School and Teach for America Candidate Vasquez

Debunking the “Truthiness” of Bill Gates’ Glowing Review of Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Truthiness The quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts. Origin: Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report,” 2005 In spite of being handicapped by attending two outmoded, “factory style”  public schools, both my kids … Continue reading Debunking the “Truthiness” of Bill Gates’ Glowing Review of Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

Parents Rebel Against Summit/Facebook/Chan-Zuckerberg Online Learning Platform

Reprinted with permission from Leonie Haimson, co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy. Anyone that has not dealt with this program first hand as a teacher, parent, student or observer really needs to make an unannounced visit to one of … Continue reading Parents Rebel Against Summit/Facebook/Chan-Zuckerberg Online Learning Platform

Did you know Facebook and Summit Charter Schools Have Teamed Up to Deliver Personalized Learning?

It was a lucky shot, some say of Nick Ut’s famous Vietnam War photo The Terror of War, or Napalm Girl, as it is more commonly known. Less lucky, of course, was the little girl in the photo, Kim Phuc. She was running … Continue reading Did you know Facebook and Summit Charter Schools Have Teamed Up to Deliver Personalized Learning?

OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

In March of this year, my co-editor Carolyn Leith and I interviewed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Candidate Erin Jones. In preparation for the interview we noticed several of her donors were pro-charter school individuals and organizations … Continue reading OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

Watson Tango Fremont Washington Middle School PTA! Charter schools recruiting at your “High School Success Night”?!?

I’d say the Washington Middle School PTA has some explaining to do. This is the flyer that went out to all of the parents at the middle school for High School Success Night: Please join Washington Middle School for WMS … Continue reading Watson Tango Fremont Washington Middle School PTA! Charter schools recruiting at your “High School Success Night”?!?