Bill Gates funds the media, including the Seattle Times’ Education Lab, then secretly meets with them

I am reposting this piece after an article appeared in the Huffington Post about Education Lab, a relatively new section of the Seattle Times funded by Bill Gates. This post was written by Mercedes Schneider and originally posted on her website Deutsch29: Billionaire Bill Gates funds the media then secretly meets with them to do what? Billionaire Bill…

The Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board

The Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board Date: August 22, 2016Author: seattleducation20102 Comments This article was originally published in The Progressive. Snuffing out Democracy-the Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board Seattle and the state of Washington have determinedly resisted the expanding privatization of our nation’s schools. Citizens protested standardized testing and voted three times to oppose charter schools in the…

Seattle School District hires staffer from Strategies 360 – the political marketing firm that misused private student contact info to push ed reform agenda

The Seattle Public School District announced today that it has hired Lesley Rogers from Strategies 360 political marketing firm to oversee its communications. Chief Communications Officer appointed Seattle Public Schools on Friday announced the appointment of Lesley Rogers as the district’s Chief Communications Officer, following a national search. Rogers, who starts April 4, will oversee…

Letter to Seattle Public Schools Leadership Demands Accountability for Abuse in its Schools — & the District’s Silence

SEATTLE SCHOOLS’ CONTROVERSIAL SUPERINTENDENT DENISE JUNEAU; SCHOOL DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS It seems very quiet at the offices of the Seattle School District’s John Stanford headquarters, in spite of a bombshell story about the district’s tolerance of student abuse in the classroom by the adults in charge. The mismanagement of the district was on display and in…

Controversial “Teach for America” Back on the Agenda for Seattle’s Schools

Teach for America, Inc. was back on the agenda at last night’s Seattle Public School Board meeting. The district already has an undated (draft? final?) contract between TFA, Inc. and Seattle Public Schools ready to be signed by TFA, Inc.’s Managing Director Janis Ortega and Seattle School Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson. Community input? Zero. Public demand for short-term new…

Videos: Garfield High School Student Walkout and March Against Budget Cuts

After the arrest of Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School, on Monday, November 28th, the students at Garfield organized a march to Seattle City Hall in response to their teacher’s arrest and to his demands to fully fund education in the state of Washington. Seattle Public Schools have seen the loss of librarians, much-needed…

Bill Gates in Washington State: Mayoral Control and Charter Schools

With a blanket permission by Anthony Cody to repost his work: The cities where our foundation has put the most money in is where there’s a single person responsible. In New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, the mayor has responsibility for the school system. So instead of having a committee of people, you have that…

Mayoral Control

I always knew that the “idea” of mayoral control would be raised in Seattle at some point. When I heard that the City of Seattle’s Office of Education was to be renamed the Department of Education, I told friends that the next thing we’re going to hear is that the mayor wants to be head of…

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