Tracking for the Rest of Us

Wages and benefits are a function of supply and demand. If there are too few of a particular worker to meet employer demand, wages and benefits go up. If there’s too many workers, employers can cut compensation, knowing that among … Continue reading Tracking for the Rest of Us

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

Editor’s Note: This is an important interview which slipped under the radar of many parents and educators. In it, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal talks about McCleary and education funding, Plus, Reykdal explains parts of his plan to redesign K-12 education and the importance of technology to his vision.   Please take the time to read the transcript and share your thoughts in the comment section. I think there’s a lot to talk about.   The interview can be seen here. Below is a transcript of the interview.  -Carolyn Leith Well a couple things. On the political front I would say, … Continue reading State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

The F-word of Ed Reform — and its unholy alliance with right-wing union-busting

I came across this post that Sue wrote last year that I believe needs to see the light of day again as a reminder of just how far people will go who think that they know better than we do about how our children should be educated. And mind you, these folks are not educators and most, if not all, do not have children in public schools and yet they consider themselves the authorities on the subject of education. It’s amazing what money can buy. Dora Apr 7, 1933 Nazi governors appointed to rule the German states. End of federalism. … Continue reading The F-word of Ed Reform — and its unholy alliance with right-wing union-busting

And in Utah, they are simply bypassing negotiations with the teachers’ union altogether.

That just makes things so much easier for the ed reformistas. From the Utah News, Utah Teachers Worry About Precedent Set by Ogden District: Some Utah teachers worry that the Ogden School District is setting a precedent for other districts by skipping negotiations with its teachers union and phasing out pay based on experience. At least one influential lawmaker says he hopes it will lead to similar reforms statewide. The district sent notices to teachers last weekend, telling them that it is not negotiating with the Ogden Education Association for a collective 2011-12 contract. Teachers are asked to sign and … Continue reading And in Utah, they are simply bypassing negotiations with the teachers’ union altogether.

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three)

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three) By Kristin The  “education reform” sweeping the nation right now isn’t reform at all. It’s privatization and deregulation. This three-part article explains what privatization is and who benefits from it. The forthcoming Part Two will explain the strategy being used, and Part Three will show how the different aspects of  “education reform” work together as a process — and how it can be stopped! Part One: An Introduction to Privatization Since the 1800s, public education has been free and available to everyone. It held the promise that allowed people to strive … Continue reading The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three)

Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Connecting the dots… Yet another ed reform Astroturf organization emerges out of nowhere.  A new Astroturf group has just emerged in Tacoma, WA, that sounds a lot like the one that was fabricated in Seattle last year, with the same mission: to influence the upcoming teacher’s contract negotiations. More specifically, its goal is to impose an outside corporate ed reform agenda on teachers by tricking them into believing there is broad public support for these (discredited) reforms when in fact there isn’t. This latest entity is called the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition” and it emerged in late April. Just like … Continue reading Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Education Push Polls: 9 Fake Questions Versus 9 Real Questions

Seattle, remember that push poll that the Broad and Gates backed Alliance for Education did last year just before contract negotiations began between our Broad-trained superintendent and the teachers’ union? There were several interesting comments made about it on the Save Seattle Schools blog last year. Since then we have discovered that this sort of manufacturing of consent has happened in several parts of the country when the corporate reform groups want to swoop in and takeover schools, turn them into charter schools and bust the teachers’ union so that the charter franchises can then hire cheap labor, many times … Continue reading Education Push Polls: 9 Fake Questions Versus 9 Real Questions