What is a charter school?

In 2009 when I began the original Seattle Education blog, the first words that I typed were “What is a Charter School?”. With those words I began to write an account of what I had learned from reading everything that I could find on the subject. And why an interest in charter schools? Because at the time, several of us had discovered that our Seattle Public School superintendent was a Broad graduate. We had learned that the Broad Foundation was all about charter schools and that was on the agenda for Seattle and the state of Washington as far as … Continue reading What is a charter school?

A New Charter School Study by Mathematica That the Corporate Reformers Don’t Want You to See

An excerpt from a post written by Jim Horn of Schools Matter. The first national charter school study was conducted in 2009 by CREDO at Stanford, and the co-funders of the study (the Walton Foundation and Pearson) were not enamored by the results. So bad were they for charter school fans that the study, though given skimpy coverage by the LA Times, was never reported by WaPo or the NYTimes, and received minimal coverage from one news magazine, U. S. News and World Report, which obviously did not get the memo: June 17, 2009 12:58 PM ET | Zach Miners … Continue reading A New Charter School Study by Mathematica That the Corporate Reformers Don’t Want You to See

A Call to Action to Keep Our State Charter Free

Occupy Wall Street has resonated with people around the world. The young and the old, different religions,cultures and ethnicities, people from different educational backgrounds with completely different financial histories have taken to the streets today in Rome, Tokyo, Madrid, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, London, Dublin, Taiwan, the Philippines and Hong Kong. If, in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, the United States, there is a child poverty rate of 21%, one can imagine that for others the situation would be even worse. Financial institutions and the hedge fund millionaires have managed to destroy the lives of people around … Continue reading A Call to Action to Keep Our State Charter Free

Whoa! Where did that come from Washington State PTA!? Charter schools?! Part 1

If you are a parent in a Seattle Public School, please forward this to your PTA legislative representative and president. They need to know the facts before voting on this plank in the Washington State PTA platform. The vote will happen in the statewide meeting being held in October. Dora The people in the state of Washington have voted down charter schools three times. This blog and others have provided studies and examples of how the heralded success of privatization of our public schools has remained unproven unless there is a tremendous amount of private funding received by the charter … Continue reading Whoa! Where did that come from Washington State PTA!? Charter schools?! Part 1

“The facts don’t matter” with the League of Education Voters

…according to Kelly Munn, State Field Director of the League of Education Voters (LEV), when it comes to charter schools. During Munn’s presentation this week praising the glories of charter schools, one of the images she showed during her rather weak Power Point presentation were the words The “fact’s” don’t matter. She said that approving or disapproving of charter schools was simply a matter of “values”, either you like them or you don’t. That’s quite a simplistic message to share with others when it comes to pushing the agenda of privatizing our schools here in the state of Washington. Don’t … Continue reading “The facts don’t matter” with the League of Education Voters

Seattle School Board’s Voting Record: Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes

I thought that before we take a look at the school board candidates this year, and there are plenty to choose from, we would take a look back to the voting record of the school board directors during the reign of our Broad trained superintendent, Dr. Goodloe-Johnson, before she was fired. The voting record of these four incumbents, sometimes referred to as the Gang of Four, is understandable given the fact that there were plenty of Broad sponsored retreats run by Broadies in the last three years. So let’s see how the incumbents voted on the critical issues. The School … Continue reading Seattle School Board’s Voting Record: Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes

Plan to host Teach for America at Univ. of Washington highlights hypocrisy of ed reform

The doublespeak of ed reformers who repeatedly declare that the key to a successful education is to put an “excellent” teacher in every classroom, and then turn around and promote young, Teach for America recruits — with only five weeks’ training, no in-class experience, and only a two-year commitment to the profession — as the answer, has come into sharp focus at the University of Washington in Seattle these past two weeks. On May 11, the University of Washington’s College of Education announced it would sponsor Teach for America at its teaching college, providing the missing component to the deal … Continue reading Plan to host Teach for America at Univ. of Washington highlights hypocrisy of ed reform

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 2

by Kristin The “education reform” sweeping the nation right now isn’t reform at all. It’s privatization and deregulation. Part One explained privatization and deregulation and explored the billionaires and corporations pushing for it. This section explains the strategy they’re using: using nonprofits. Part Three will show how the different aspects of “education reform” work together as a process — and how it can be stopped! How Do They Get Power? Billionaires and corporations exert their influence and push for privatization using a myriad of strategies, some obvious and some not. They can directly lobby the state and federal government for … Continue reading The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 2

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three)

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three) By Kristin The  “education reform” sweeping the nation right now isn’t reform at all. It’s privatization and deregulation. This three-part article explains what privatization is and who benefits from it. The forthcoming Part Two will explain the strategy being used, and Part Three will show how the different aspects of  “education reform” work together as a process — and how it can be stopped! Part One: An Introduction to Privatization Since the 1800s, public education has been free and available to everyone. It held the promise that allowed people to strive … Continue reading The Big Picture: Privatizing Education (Part One of Three)

Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

…and other connections. Our Schools Coalition has not been active since September of 2010 after congratulating themselves on being a part of the bargaining process between the teacher’s union and the superintendent. According to their website: The coalition formed here strongly supports the following changes to the Seattle Public School teacher contract, to be renegotiated beginning April 2010 for agreement by the start of the 2010-2011 school year. We advocate that all reforms outlined below be fully implemented in time for the 2011-2012 school year. Our Schools Coalition proposed changes to the teacher contract*: (This is when they used their … Continue reading Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

Education Push Polls: 9 Fake Questions Versus 9 Real Questions

Seattle, remember that push poll that the Broad and Gates backed Alliance for Education did last year just before contract negotiations began between our Broad-trained superintendent and the teachers’ union? There were several interesting comments made about it on the Save Seattle Schools blog last year. Since then we have discovered that this sort of manufacturing of consent has happened in several parts of the country when the corporate reform groups want to swoop in and takeover schools, turn them into charter schools and bust the teachers’ union so that the charter franchises can then hire cheap labor, many times … Continue reading Education Push Polls: 9 Fake Questions Versus 9 Real Questions

The Change of Our Blog Title to Seattle Education

Sue and I have been trying to figure out whether to drop the 2010 out of our blog title or not. Neither of us ever thought that this blog would continue as long as it has or receive the attention that it has over the last two years. I set up the blog as Seattle Education 2009 and Sue suggested 2010. I thought that the big push for ed reform in Seattle would be during 2009 and 2010 which was a correct assumption but also that it would be over one way or the other and we would both move … Continue reading The Change of Our Blog Title to Seattle Education