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The latest cash grab : Teacher/charter school villages

  TFA recognizes the value of the Centers concept and has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Seawall Development Company to replicate the Centers for Educational Excellence model across the country. Philadelphia, along with Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, is … Continue reading The latest cash grab : Teacher/charter school villages

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How Much Are Your Volunteer Hours Worth? Social Capital Scrip & the Financial-Tech Experiments with New Forms of Precarious Employment

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Original Title: “Social capital” scrip? Fin-tech experiments with new forms of precarious “employment If you consider most activities are awarded 200 points, the per-hour rate of compensation is at most $2 (presuming the … Continue reading How Much Are Your Volunteer Hours Worth? Social Capital Scrip & the Financial-Tech Experiments with New Forms of Precarious Employment

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A Close Reading of Moneyball for Government & Why You Should Be Worried

But the idea of using “data” to ration resources struck a cord with both Democrats and Republicans. Politicians couldn’t resist the opportunity to use a real David vs. Goliath baseball story to sell the American public on lowering their expectations … Continue reading A Close Reading of Moneyball for Government & Why You Should Be Worried

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They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Dintersmith rode into North Dakota via an August 2015 TEDx talk promoting his film Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Tehven, founder of the Fargo-based tech incubator Emerging Prairie who has ties to social impact investing … Continue reading They’ve Got Trouble, Up There in North Dakota (Dintersmith Strikes Again)

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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

Hmm, I didn’t know our State Superintendent was in the business of selling charter schools and Teach for America, Inc.

We sent the following question to then Candidate for State Superintendent Chris Reykdal on October 6, 2016: “Given the legal uncertainty of charter schools in our state, as head of the (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) OSPI, would … Continue reading Hmm, I didn’t know our State Superintendent was in the business of selling charter schools and Teach for America, Inc.

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

Charters & School Board Races: Is There a Project Renaissance Coming Your Way?

By Amy Frogge Project Renaissance is folding. Let me take a moment to explain what this group is really all about. Last summer, Project Renaissance injected itself into local school board races with a vengeance, trying to take down several … Continue reading Charters & School Board Races: Is There a Project Renaissance Coming Your Way?

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 New “Jack”: Trading Justice for Grit

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. What reformers are able to do is to distract schools and communities from engaging in the more radical systemic work that RJ was intended to do…and places (again…) our best initiatives, the ones we believe in, … Continue reading The New “Jack”: Trading Justice for Grit

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