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

No on charter school Initiative 1240 talking points

“Funding proven solutions for ALL students, not unproven initiatives for a few” The above statement is from the No on I1240 campaign. A request has gone out to provide a short list of talking points for the No on Initiative 1240 campaign. I have borrowed heavily (meaning word for word) from Dr. Au’s post, a letter to be presented to Reuven Carlyle and my own posts on Initiative 1240 to distill down the main points into one or two sentences that can be used on any occasion. Please use as you see fit. I-1240 contains a parent or teacher trigger … Continue reading No on charter school Initiative 1240 talking points

THE CHARTER-PUSHERS: WHO IS BANKROLLING THE $8 MILLION EFFORT (and counting) TO BRING CHARTERS TO WASHINGTON STATE?

WASHINGTON STATE VOTERS HAVE REJECTED CHARTER SCHOOLS THREE TIMES And for good reason – 83% of charter schools perform no better, or perform worse than genuinely public schools. (Source: Stanford University CREDO Report, 2009, the most comprehensive study of charter schools to date.) Yet, a small group of wealthy individuals & political lobbyists – a number of them from outside Washington State – still want to push charters on our state. They paid $3 million to get this controversial idea on the ballot this November, hiring professional signature gatherers — not volunteers — and they continue to pour large amounts … Continue reading THE CHARTER-PUSHERS: WHO IS BANKROLLING THE $8 MILLION EFFORT (and counting) TO BRING CHARTERS TO WASHINGTON STATE?