Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Seniors to Have a Plan for the Future in Order to Graduate. Chris Reykdal, Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Just Passed a Similar Requirement for 8th Graders.

Thanks to the tireless effort of education activist, the general public is on to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. People know Emanuel is bad news when it comes to public education. Of course, Mayor Emanuel worked hard to cement his reputation – by … Continue reading Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Seniors to Have a Plan for the Future in Order to Graduate. Chris Reykdal, Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Just Passed a Similar Requirement for 8th Graders.

Comments on Diane Ravitch’s Blog about “Preschool for All” Proposition 1B

Today, Diane Ravitch wrote a post about the Preschool Proposition 1B controversy here in Seattle. What I found most interesting were the comments. These comments are from teachers and parents around the country. Seattle, we are not alone in this push … Continue reading Comments on Diane Ravitch’s Blog about “Preschool for All” Proposition 1B

Why one parent is voting “No” on Preschool Propositions 1A and 1B

As a parent, I know preschool isn’t a one size fits all experience.  My oldest daughter couldn’t wait to start preschool, my youngest begged me not to take her.  Same place, different kids, and two completely unique experiences.  Interestingly, when it came time for kindergarten, both of my daughters were ready. That’s why I’m urging a no vote to both 1A and 1B.  Preschool needs to be done right.  Families, along with preschool providers, and local government have to be on the same page.  In addition, I’m troubled by several issues: -why did both sides walk away from negotiations that would have … Continue reading Why one parent is voting “No” on Preschool Propositions 1A and 1B

New York hedge fund managers jumping onto the Seattle Preschool Proposition 1B gravy train

The polls are down for Proposition 1B, so what do Burgess and Mayor Murray do? They bring in the troops. From a Seattle Education reader: A new player has entered the ring, sending voters another mailer for Prop 1B. According … Continue reading New York hedge fund managers jumping onto the Seattle Preschool Proposition 1B gravy train

Preschool Teacher Tom: Why I’m voting “No” on Proposition 1B

Teacher Tom is a preschool teacher, writer, speaker, artist and the author of “A Parent’s Guide To Seattle”. For the past 11 years he has taught at the Woodland Park Cooperative preschools. As he writes in his bio at Teacher Tom’s blog: The children come to me as 2-year-olds in diapers and leave as “sophisticated” 5-year-olds ready for kindergarten. The cooperative preschool model allows me to work very closely with families in a true community setting. I intend to teach at Woodland Park for the rest of my life. I love the kids and I love the families. It’s an … Continue reading Preschool Teacher Tom: Why I’m voting “No” on Proposition 1B

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

Central Branch Preschool in Mount Baker Endorses Preschool Proposition 1A

The following statement was developed by and voted on by the Central Branch Preschool Board. Central Branch Preschool was founded in 1968. We have a long history of offering high quality, equitable programming that encourages a diverse group of children … Continue reading Central Branch Preschool in Mount Baker Endorses Preschool Proposition 1A

The Seattle King County branch of the NAACP supports Prop 1A

…and these are the reasons: Educational equity is a moral issue. A contributing factor to the continued growth in the education gap is the lack of affordable childcare for working parents in Seattle and too much money being spent on administrative costs and not making it to the child. Quality childcare is out of reach for many working parents, particularly women, who are forced to choose between giving their kids to a neighbor or relative where kids may just watch TV all day or hurting their careers and futures by staying home from work or school.  We must acknowledge the … Continue reading The Seattle King County branch of the NAACP supports Prop 1A

Proposition 1B: Someone needs to get their story straight

Proposition 1B, the “trust me” prop Someone told me that during the endorsement proceedings at the Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle held on September 24th, Councilmember Tim Burgess stated that students in his Preschool for All program would not be assessed using a “bubble test”. Well that’s good because it’s really hard for a three or four-year old to hold a #2 pencil and fill in a tiny little circle. The week before, someone on the Levy Oversight Committee who is pro-1B, stated in an endorsement meeting that I attended as an Education Committee member with the League of Women … Continue reading Proposition 1B: Someone needs to get their story straight

10 Reasons why the city’s Preschool for All Proposition 1B is not a good idea

On face value, Initiative 1B appears to be a proposal with great promise but it’s the details, or lack thereof, that is of greatest concern to me. If Initiative 1B passes, then an implementation plan will be developed to create the program structure. There are many questions that will remain unanswered until this process begins and we will not see this until after we have voted. Because we will not know the details until after we vote in November, I am providing a list of reasons based on what I know so far and the City of Seattle’s Preschool Program Action Plan which … Continue reading 10 Reasons why the city’s Preschool for All Proposition 1B is not a good idea