Washington State’s Digital Promise School Districts: Creating new markets for personalized learning snake oil

Back in 2011, Congress created a non-profit which would allow education startups and software companies easier access to America’s public schools. The initiative was called Digital Promise. From White House to Launch “Digital Promise” Initiative press release: Transforming the market for … Continue reading Washington State’s Digital Promise School Districts: Creating new markets for personalized learning snake oil

Seattle Parents: Good news! I just found over $400,000 in unspent Amplify dollars!

It’s been a wild week since “25 or something” Seattle Public Schools were blindsided with staff cuts. After the initial shock, parents came up with surprising ways to push back and work together. A new group formed, called Kids Not Cuts, … Continue reading Seattle Parents: Good news! I just found over $400,000 in unspent Amplify dollars!

Just when you thought you had enough, the Seattle Public School district bought another standardized test, Amplify

Created and funded by the Gates and Carnegie Foundations with $100 million, inBloom Inc. was designed to collect a maximum amount of confidential and personally identifiable student and teacher data from school districts and states throughout the country. This information … Continue reading Just when you thought you had enough, the Seattle Public School district bought another standardized test, Amplify