Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

Per a previous post titled, “Before you can fund the charter school, you have to fund an advocacy organization that can create a climate for the charter school to exist”, Bill Gates has been busy for several years funding established organizations … Continue reading Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

The Weekly Update: Gates’ test metric is imploding, disappearing students in El Paso, Pearson sells a blank art book and takes down 1.5M ed sites.

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. Let’s start with Bill Gates. Posting this article gives me great sadness. I feel no anger and frustration, just sorrow in regards to what Gates has wrought with his millions of dollars. It will take time to turn the tide but it is becoming increasingly apparent that Gates’ way is not the right way. Unfortunately teachers and students have had to suffer much stress and turmoil being a part of Gates’ latest experiment. Gates Foundation’s MET Project Has Leaped Before Looking It is especially hard to understand why … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Gates’ test metric is imploding, disappearing students in El Paso, Pearson sells a blank art book and takes down 1.5M ed sites.

An Open Letter from Former Stand for Children Activists About a Ballot Measure

If only the Stand for Children folks in our state had such convictions. The following is an open letter from former Stand for Children members in Massachusetts. As parents, teachers, and community members, we are Massachusetts grassroots activists for education. We read bills, testify at hearings, write letters to the editor, pore over budgets, speak at town meetings, make phone calls, and hold fundraisers. Many of us have done so for years. It was as part of this work and with great hope that we joined Stand for Children.  And—initially—Stand helped us do great work.  We cast a critical eye … Continue reading An Open Letter from Former Stand for Children Activists About a Ballot Measure

A Must Read: The McEducation of the Negro

From: The Root By Natalie Hopkinson Below are the introductory paragraphs. Dora Franchising is an outstanding model for selling Big Macs. But it can be toxic to classrooms. Something wasn’t right at the high school that Darwin Bridgers’ son attends, so he sat in on the class to see for himself. All morning long, the instructor at the Washington, D.C., charter school pointed to a list of ground rules, a detailed list of rewards and punishments posted on a wall near the front of the class filled with black and Latino students. Then the students filled out worksheets. That’s how … Continue reading A Must Read: The McEducation of the Negro

Public Education Champion Diane Ravitch wins the Moynihan Prize — & makes Salon’s “Best of 2010”

CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU to Dr. Ravitch for her tireless pursuit of  truth and common sense in her advocacy for public education, and for being an inspiration to all of us who are also trying  to bring the voices of parents, teachers and reason to the conversation and direction of public education, as we challenge the onslaught of privatizing forces whose reforms are doing more harm than good to our children, their teachers and their schools. — sue peters Diane Ravitch Wins the 2011 Moynihan Prize by Leonie Haimson, the Huffington Post Diane Ravitch was just selected as the 2011 … Continue reading Public Education Champion Diane Ravitch wins the Moynihan Prize — & makes Salon’s “Best of 2010”

Smart Money:Ten Things Charter Schools Won’t Tell You

From Smart Money: Ten Things Charter Schools Won’t Tell you 1. We’re no better than public schools. For all the hype about a few standout schools, charter schools in general aren’t producing better results than traditional public schools. A national study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford found that while 17% of charter schools produced better results than neighborhood public schools, 37% were significantly worse, and the rest were no different. A host of other studies on charter school outcomes have come up with sometimes contradictory results. As with traditional public schools, there are great charters … Continue reading Smart Money:Ten Things Charter Schools Won’t Tell You

Ben Austin and His Parent Trigger, Now in Seattle

Ben Austin has made it to Seattle hosted at two events by the League of Education Voters. Check out the Lines of Influence to know where this is going. It is Ben Austin’s, and Steve Barr’s, idea  to have as many Greendot charter schools as possible on our planet. To achieve this goal, they have created what Ben Austin terms “The Parent Trigger”. In California it is now law, thanks to Mr. Austin and company, that if 51% of parents sign a petition demanding that their school be “turned around”, then the district must begin the process of taking  drastic … Continue reading Ben Austin and His Parent Trigger, Now in Seattle

Watch Diane Ravitch, Wayne Au, Jesse Hagopian and Dora Taylor in “Race to Where?” a Seattle Ed 2010 forum on the misdirection of ed reform, now online!

Here is the footage of our Oct. 5 forum on ed reform: “Race to Where?” featuring Dr. Diane Ravitch (Skyped in from her home in New York), Wayne Au of Rethinking Schools, Jesse Hagopian, teacher and founder of Social Equality Educators (SEE), and Seattle Ed’s own Dora Taylor.  Seattle University’s Dr. Jodi Kelly introduces the event, while I moderate. The panel discussion is followed by a Q&A with the audience. The footage of the 90-minute forum, held  at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium, is divided into 7 parts of roughly 14 minutes each. It was a terrific event that attracted over … Continue reading Watch Diane Ravitch, Wayne Au, Jesse Hagopian and Dora Taylor in “Race to Where?” a Seattle Ed 2010 forum on the misdirection of ed reform, now online!

Here we go again: UW Dean of Ed suggests charters & TFA for Seattle: My response

Today’s Seattle Times features yet another pro-charter, pro-ed-reform editorial, “Urgent education needs demand bold new thinking: It might be time for Washington voters to reconsider their ballot-box rejection of charter schools, writes Tom Stritikus, the University of Washington’s dean of the College of Education. A new documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” explores the possibilities of alternative-school approaches.” This time, it’s by Tom Stritikus, dean of the College of Education at UW. Here is my response, originally posted on the Times’ site: Here we go again. First off, we already HAVE successful, popular alternative and innovative schools and programs in Seattle — … Continue reading Here we go again: UW Dean of Ed suggests charters & TFA for Seattle: My response