Annotated References for PAA fact sheet “Common Core Basics” and position paper “PAA opposes Common Core State Standards, PARCC/SBAC tests”

This paper relates to the previous posts Parents Across America:The Common Core Basics and Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests The following references are so well written I wanted to include it as a … Continue reading Annotated References for PAA fact sheet “Common Core Basics” and position paper “PAA opposes Common Core State Standards, PARCC/SBAC tests”

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

“Fear of Reprisal” – the Poisonous Culture in the Seattle School District under Supt. Goodloe-Johnson

“Fear of reprisal.”  This is one of the reasons cited in the recently released state audit for why people within the Seattle School District central office didn’t speak up about the obviously shady Regional Small Business Development Program. To those of us within or closely watching the district, we know exactly what the report is referring to. The Seattle School District is currently infected by a pervasive, poisonous attitude in which dissent or whistle-blowing is met with retaliation, not attention or correction. This culture of fear and reprisal to some extent predates the arrival of Goodloe-Johnson in July 2007, but … Continue reading “Fear of Reprisal” – the Poisonous Culture in the Seattle School District under Supt. Goodloe-Johnson

Controversial “Teach for America” Back on the Agenda for Seattle’s Schools

Teach for America, Inc. was back on the agenda at last night’s Seattle Public School Board meeting. The district already has an undated (draft? final?) contract between TFA, Inc. and Seattle Public Schools ready to be signed by TFA, Inc.’s Managing Director Janis Ortega and Seattle School Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson. Community input? Zero. Public demand for short-term new college grads with only five weeks of training to teach in the district’s public schools? Zero. Seattle Public Schools have laid off teachers two years in a row. There is no shortage of qualified teachers already here in Seattle. So why is … Continue reading Controversial “Teach for America” Back on the Agenda for Seattle’s Schools

The People Have Spoken, At Least in DC

Jim Horn with Schools Matter has graciously allowed me to reprint his post dated September 14, 2010. Love the prose, Jim. Dora DC Voters Repudiate Education Deform The prognosticators on CNN like David Gergen and Paul Begala are already shaking their heads and clucking about the smashing of the Fenty/Rhee front for the corporate education machine.  Begala is urging the audience to see the big money propaganda film, “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary made by a director who gets totally snookered by producers who are funded by the billionaire boys’ club. Gergen nods, yep.  Another of the talking heads, a … Continue reading The People Have Spoken, At Least in DC

Educators Push Back Against Obama’s “Business Model” for School Reforms

Thanks to Democracy Now for providing this aspect of Race to the Top. Juan Gonzalez speaks to Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, and Lois Weiner, a professor of education at New Jersey City University, about ed reform in this country. Continue reading Educators Push Back Against Obama’s “Business Model” for School Reforms

The Lines of Influence in Education Reform

[Originally published in 2010 when few if any people knew the connection between Gates’ money and public education.]   See the Lines of Influence in Education Reform flow chart here. After working on this off and on for a few months with input from several other parents, Sue and I sat down this weekend and started to hammer out a bubble diagram of the flow of money and influence in this ed-reform movement that is taking a strangle hold on this country and our children. The above link is to a hand drawn diagram that we completed. Anyway, let’s get … Continue reading The Lines of Influence in Education Reform

Last Night’s Board Meeting

It has finally come to pass in Seattle as many of us had begun to discuss over a year ago when we began to hear the distant drumbeat of ed reform; high stakes testing, merit pay and not far behind, Teach for America bringing up the rear and populating charter schools with cheap labor. About the meeting, unbeknownst to me, bright orange anything was de rigueur for the evening at the Stanford Center. I happened to have on a toned down orange striped shirt so I almost fit in. The Alliance for Education, Stand for Children and Our Schools’ Coalition, … Continue reading Last Night’s Board Meeting

Is our School Superintendent, Dr. Goodloe-Johnson, Far Behind?

In an op-ed piece at truthout that our own Jesse Hagopian wrote, Jesse points out the flaws of D.C.’s teacher evaluation system and why a teacher is only one part of a student’s success in school . Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of DC schools, sits on the Broad Foundation’s Board of Directors, along with our own superintendent, Dr. Goodloe-Johnson. The Broad Foundation is about charter schools which incorporates merit pay and does not hire union teachers, only inexperienced, inexpensive teachers to keep cost down and profits up. Is this what we want in Seattle? Dora Below is an excerpt from the … Continue reading Is our School Superintendent, Dr. Goodloe-Johnson, Far Behind?

Parents Against SERVE

Well, it’s finally here. Many of us knew that with the arrival of our Broad superintendent, Dr. Goodloe-Johnson, that changes to the educational system under the heading of “education reform” would be coming to Seattle. In Seattle it has been a slow but well thought out process to bring Seattle unwittingly along to the point where one day folks would wake up and realize that they have agreed to, either actively or passively,  an approach to education that does not work and in fact, can be deleterious to certain communities. Our superintendent and School Board Director, Steve Sundquist, who is … Continue reading Parents Against SERVE

Dr. Goodloe Johnson and Our Performance Management Policy

I was going through posts at our original website to find articles that were still relevant and came across this one. Originally posted May 22, 2010 Recently the Performance Management Policy was approved by our school board. The one school district that was chosen by SPS staff to look at as a model was the Oakland Public School district. One would ask why Oakland? There are fifty states worth of school districts to look at as a source of information. Well, let’s take a look. A parent spoke in front of the school board about the Oakland school district when … Continue reading Dr. Goodloe Johnson and Our Performance Management Policy

A Letter to a Friend

This was originally posted on October 14, 2009 My friend Dora and I started Seattle Education 2010 in an effort to amass and share all the info a group of us had accumulated this past year that connects the dots on our superintendent and the “education reform” agenda and how that is wreaking havoc on Seattle’s schools. Our goal is to protect, preserve and invest in public education without the influence of privatizing agendas. The Save Seattle Schools blog  is another priceless source for what’s really going on in the school district from the perspective of some very active and … Continue reading A Letter to a Friend