UW Bothell ‘Think Tank’ CRPE Aims to Dismantle Public Education

By Amy Frogge and Will Pinkston Many Washingtonians may not realize it, but the University of Washington Bothell is harboring an organization that’s intent on dismantling public education in America. UW Bothell’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) — an … Continue reading UW Bothell ‘Think Tank’ CRPE Aims to Dismantle Public Education

Beware of “the 74” and Campbell Brown

I wrote an article recently about a post in “the 74” on their preponderance of interest in charter schools in Washington State. With sponsors such as the Waltons and Michael Bloomberg, both proponents of charter schools, who could be surprised? Because of the attention … Continue reading Beware of “the 74” and Campbell Brown

Lisa Macfarlane of WA DFER, and now Suzanne Estey, with their conspiracy theories

Update, October 31, 2013: Suzanne Estey has sent out a new flyer stating that Sue Peters’ and I have created some sort of theory out of the blue on the connection between big money and public school policy. I don’t know where Estey’s been besides on the CCER Board, an organization solely funded by Bill Gates, but maybe she can’t see the forest for all those trees, or is it for all those bucks? Estey is referring to our Lines of Influence post that went up three years ago and has been read and resonated with parents, teachers, students and … Continue reading Lisa Macfarlane of WA DFER, and now Suzanne Estey, with their conspiracy theories

Lisa Macfarlane with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privatization.

According to the PR Newswire, Lisa Macfarlane, formerly with the League of Education Voters (LEV) and now Director of Washington State Education Reform Now/Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), received a $10,000 grant from the Walton’s as an “Education Reformer to Watch” for her work on pushing charter school initiative 1240 in the state of Washington. And what does Ms. Macfarlane plan to do with the cash? Ensure that charter schools open in the state of Washington of course. Per DFER Watch: Democrats for Education Reform is a political action committee supported largely by hedge fund managers favoring charter schools, merit-pay tied … Continue reading Lisa Macfarlane with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privatization.

Walmart Waltons: The movie

Alice Walton has donated $1.7 M to Initiative 1240 which would privatize our schools. If the Waltons are going to determine educational policy in our state, we should at least get to know them better. WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE is a feature-length documentary that uncovers a retail giant’s assault on families and American values. The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to fight a goliath. A working mother is forced to turn to public assistance to provide healthcare for her two small children. A Missouri family loses its … Continue reading Walmart Waltons: The movie

More information on the Walmart Waltons and charter school Initative 1240

Alice Walton is now the 2nd biggest donor to the Washington State charter school initiative at $1.7M. From the Walmart 1% website and posted on July 6, 2012: Walmartization of Washington Schools? Yesterday, the Washington Secretary of State’s office certified Initiative 1240 for the state’s November ballot. I-1240 would essentially permit charter schools in Washington, which currently doesn’t accommodate them.  The signature filing deadline was July 6; five days later, Alice Walton—who lives in Texas, not the Pacific Northwest—gave $600,000 to the pro-charter school committee. If passed, newly created charter schools would be exempt from some of the rules and … Continue reading More information on the Walmart Waltons and charter school Initative 1240

Why are the WalMart Walton’s spending so much money on charter school Initiative 1240?

…and they don’t even live here. Do they care about us that much? I don’t think so, even though Alice Walton, one of the Walmart heiresses, has donated $1.7M so far to the Yes on 1240 charter school campaign. The following post on the Walmart 1% website clearly describes what they are doing in our state. Endangering Public Schools “Before considering the specific goals and activities of these foundations, it is worth reflecting on the wisdom of allowing education policy to be directed or, one might say, captured by private foundations. There is something fundamentally antidemocratic about relinquishing control of … Continue reading Why are the WalMart Walton’s spending so much money on charter school Initiative 1240?

Weekly Update: Class sizes of 36, 50 and 62, the Walton’s in Louisiana, a global education strike and more

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed Alice Walton of the Walton family, who are big contributors to the proliferation of charter schools and vouchers, is the same Alice Walton who has contributed $1.7M, and counting, to the charter school Initiative 1240 in Washington State. The Walton’s are investing heavily now in Louisiana where school vouchers are now legal and the Walton’s, along with some of the other wealthy few, want to ensure that charter schools not only remain in place but proliferate as the article in The Nation below describes. See the Walmart 1% … Continue reading Weekly Update: Class sizes of 36, 50 and 62, the Walton’s in Louisiana, a global education strike and more

Anti Teachers’ Union Activity in the State of WA: Chris Eide, Northwest Professional Educators and Teachers United

Have you seen this in your inbox yet? Dear School Board Director, RE: NONUNION PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR ASSOCIATION Because you are a leader in your community’s education system, we wanted to inform you about Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) and our work supporting your mission to provide students with the best possible education. NWPE is a state partner of the Association of American Educators (AAE), the fastest-growing nonpartisan, nonunion professional educator organization in the country. We believe that unleashing the innovation, independence and flexibility of educators is critical for student success. NWPE provides educators (both nonunion and union) in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon … Continue reading Anti Teachers’ Union Activity in the State of WA: Chris Eide, Northwest Professional Educators and Teachers United