We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here’s why

The self-designation of “reformer” by people who have never been in the classroom and have no actual training or experience in education is a smokescreen. What they are really after is profitability for their investor-owned charter school corporations that will deliver as little education for … Continue reading We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here’s why

The Gates owned Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) right here in Seattle

Whenever Bill Gates wants to justify the ideas he imposes on public school children around the country, he relies on the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) to appear with a research paper or study, that is not peer reviewed, … Continue reading The Gates owned Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) right here in Seattle

The Charter School Bill 1240 and the 1%: An Analysis

If only they had channeled all of the money represented above into our public schools in Seattle rather than into financing the corporate takeover of our educational system, we would have full time librarians, nurses, career counselors, enough teaching assistants … Continue reading The Charter School Bill 1240 and the 1%: An Analysis

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.

The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. Bill Gates and the Waltons have had their way with Washington State. With ads running continuously on TV channels for the last three weeks up to November 6th, Bill Gates and the Waltons finally got their way with us….unless there is a legal challenge regarding the state’s constitutional demand for oversight by OSPI. Stay tuned. The passage of I 1240 due to the financial backing of Stand for Children, Bill Gates, the Waltons and few other of the 1 percenters with the aid of the League of Education … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more

The Weekly Update: The 2012 Election Results on Education… so far

Before going through the results of the elections, one last note about the Walton’s. I came across a list of candidates running for election or re-election who received donations from the Waltons this year. It is interesting to note that Obama and Romney got about the same amount of money from the Waltons. I suppose that’s called “hedging your bets”. The list of cash recipients is long and worth a look. Rick Larsen, a House Democrat in Washington State, received $7,500 from the Waltons. You might want to see if one of your representatives is on the list. There is … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The 2012 Election Results on Education… so far

The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation

There’s a reason why Stand for Children doesn’t want to refer to the school conversion clause in Initiative 1240 as the parent trigger. If you Google “parent trigger”, articles come up about how it has divided communities, how it has been used as a tool for charter operators to take over existing school buildings and how it started with Steve Barr, then the CEO of the Green Dot charter chain to open a charter school in Compton amidst much uproar by the majority of parents using an existing school building. (Which begs the question, just where do Bill Gates, Alice … Continue reading The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation

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?