Betsy DeVos’ Education Tax Credits Will Take Money Away from the States

This article was originally posted on The Progressive and titled: Four Things Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Want You to Know about Education Tax Credits Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a big fan of educational tax credits.  In a speech at … Continue reading Betsy DeVos’ Education Tax Credits Will Take Money Away from the States

The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

  “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit … Continue reading The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

ALEC is Excited About the New Testing Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), so is iNACOL

  Personally, whenever a bill in Washington D.C. is praised for its bipartisan nature – I get worried. The common ground discovered by Democrats and Republicans, usually comes at our expense. The Every Student Succeeds Act  of 2015 (ESSA) is … Continue reading ALEC is Excited About the New Testing Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), so is iNACOL

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he relies on the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) to appear with a research paper or study, that is not peer reviewed, … Continue reading The Gates owned Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) right here in Seattle

Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

People around the state are receiving robo-calls from a (Gates backed Teachers United) teacher who was declared “Teacher of the Year” by The Office of the State Superintendent (OSPI) which is headed by the State Superintendent Randy Dorn. Mr. Dorn is also … Continue reading Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

The Weekly Update: The corporate empire of public education and where that leaves the rest of us, ALEC, Gates and charter schools

So much news, so little time. From Real News: U.S. Student Homelessness Up 10% Since Last Year  Highest increases of homeless children seen in states like North Carolina where austerity policies predominate. All those people we come in contact with daily, the sales clerk, that friendly person at the bank, the barista…they’ll all hurting, quietly, and I never knew they were in such pain, not until the strikes began to happen. Then I realized that these workers get paid so little that we are subsidizing the overhead of the 1% by providing workers with food assistance and healthcare, ensuring that … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The corporate empire of public education and where that leaves the rest of us, ALEC, Gates and charter schools

Legislative Alert: Grading schools (but not charter schools?) (HB 1476), teacher and principal evaluations based on test scores (SB 5246), cashing in on online learning and, of course, ALEC

Unfortunately most of the bills coming from Litzow & Co. are right out of the ALEC playbook. We have watched this happen across the country with tragic effects and now legislators with ties to Stand for Children are taking the lead to continue the efforts of privatizing public schools in our state. There are ways to make our voices heard and it is imperative that we do. A few with money and dollar signs in their eyes are whispering into the ears of some of our legislators. It’s time for the rest of us to be heard loudly and clearly. … Continue reading Legislative Alert: Grading schools (but not charter schools?) (HB 1476), teacher and principal evaluations based on test scores (SB 5246), cashing in on online learning and, of course, ALEC

Teacher Sabrina gives ALEC a reality check

From Teacher Sabrina: On November 30, 2012, I had the rare and deeply disturbing experience of witnessing part of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Education Task Force meeting: a closed-door policy-shaping session open only to the state legislators who help to pass them, the corporate lobbyists who pay big money to shape and sponsor them– and scrappy activists like me, who are no longer willing to cede our policy-making processes to unaccountable, undemocratic organizations who hide from the people their decisions ultimately affect. Here’s me speaking from my heart as a teacher driven from the classroom into activism by destructive … Continue reading Teacher Sabrina gives ALEC a reality check

Nationwide update on ballot issues re: education

Diane Ravitch has been churning out election results on her blog and I just received this recap from a list serv source. Voters defeated Michigan’s 2011 emergency manager law that allowed the state to appoint managers for municipalities and school districts deemed to be in fiscal emergencies and then allowed those emergency managers summarily to throw out previously agreed-upon collective bargaining agreements and unilaterally impose policy. There is some disagreement about whether a previous 1990 statute which established emergency managers will now be in effect. This earlier law did not permit the nullification of collective bargaining. California’s voters passed Proposition … Continue reading Nationwide update on ballot issues re: education

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

Policy Memo on Washington State Initiative 1240

By Wayne Au Dr. Wayne Au is an Assistant Professor of education at the University of Washington, Bothell, and he is an editor for Rethinking Schools, a magazine focused on issues of educational justice. He is a product of Seattle Public Schools (Garfield Class of ’90), and he earned his BA and MIT from The Evergreen State College. He also taught in Seattle Public Schools (including teaching at a program for drop outs) and in the Berkeley Unified School District before getting his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with a minor in Education Policy Studies, from the University of Wisconsin, … Continue reading Policy Memo on Washington State Initiative 1240