OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

In March of this year, my co-editor Carolyn Leith and I interviewed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Candidate Erin Jones. In preparation for the interview we noticed several of her donors were pro-charter school individuals and organizations … Continue reading OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

The 5th Legislative District Passes a No-Charter School Resolution

Resolution for Continued Prohibition of Charter Schools in Washington State Whereas the platform of the Washington State Democrats specifically opposes publicly funded charter schools and vouchers; and Whereas the voters of Washington State have defeated charter measures three times; and Whereas peer-reviewed research shows that 83% of charter schools perform no better than public schools, and charter schools more frequently harm their students than help them; and Whereas charter schools often serve only a select group of students; and Whereas some charter schools shift public moneys to private for-profit firms; and Whereas Washington State is experiencing a prolonged fiscal and budgetary … Continue reading The 5th Legislative District Passes a No-Charter School Resolution

Senate Hearing Testimony on the Charter School Bill Proposal and Education Radio on Teacher Evaluations

A day after a major snowstorm that turned into an ice storm many brave souls with 4 wheel drives carpooled with others to make the trek to Olympia to provide testimony to the House Education committee regarding HB 2428 “Establishing alternative forms of governance for certain public schools”, meaning establishing charter schools in our state. You can watch the testimony at TVW. Many parents, teachers and other concerned citizens were not able to get to Olympia, some couldn’t even get out of their driveways or to the main roads. For those who could not participate but want to be a … Continue reading Senate Hearing Testimony on the Charter School Bill Proposal and Education Radio on Teacher Evaluations

House Bill 2428: The charter school bill

House Bill 2428,  “An act relating to establishing alternative forms of governance for certain public schools”. That’s a very long way of saying “publicly funded, privately operated charter schools” or the privatization of our public school system. Before I go through this bill line by line, I would recommend listening to a radio show that was on KPFK a while back titled Deception 101: Charter Schools. It is interesting because the people being interviewed talk about charter schools in California, which have been around for a few years now, specifically the topic of co-housing with other schools. This is a … Continue reading House Bill 2428: The charter school bill

This Friday let’s show Olympia that the majority of folks in our state do NOT want charter schools

The League of Education Voters and Stand for Children will be in Olympia this Friday with folks bused in to make it appear that everyone in our state wants charter schools. We know that’s not the case so let’s show our representatives in Olympia that charter schools are not the way to go by being there during the hearings that will occur this Friday at 1:15 PM. If you cannot attend, please contact your representatives via e-mail or give them a call and let them know that we will not allow our public schools to be taken over by the … Continue reading This Friday let’s show Olympia that the majority of folks in our state do NOT want charter schools

21 Reasons Why Charter Schools Would Not Work in the State of Washington

This contributor has chosen to remain anonymous but wanted to share their opinion. Dora 1. Charters have NOT outperformed public schools – the majority of charter schools have performed equal to or poorer than public schools. 2. Charter schools too often increase segregation of minority students and students of poverty. 3. Charter school legislation has led on to voucher systems which are funding religious schools or anything that looks like a school – see Florida and Indiana. 4. Many charter schools in New York are run by unelected boards full of “hedge fund managers”. 5. Our neighborhood schools build strong … Continue reading 21 Reasons Why Charter Schools Would Not Work in the State of Washington

The Seattle Public School Brand and Charter Schools

This was written by a Parents Across America, Seattle member: ‘Reform’ is a positive word in the American vocabulary, but in educational circles since No Child Left Behind, it has been a sheepskin clothing the proverbial wolf. It has meant, by and large, the agenda of business interests, mega foundations, and their surrogates to remake the American education system in their corporate image. But those of us concerned about pushing back against such reform have been at a disadvantage because we are too easily framed as “anti” reform, and as such complacent and obstructionist.  So this statement of values is … Continue reading The Seattle Public School Brand and Charter Schools

The Facts DO Matter in Terms of Charter Schools

Remember the post “The fact’s don’t matter”, with the League of Education Voters”? As I wrote: 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. How convenient to say that the facts don’t matter when there is a plethora of information regarding charter schools and most of it is not good. I was pulling together some … Continue reading The Facts DO Matter in Terms of Charter Schools

A Letter From a Parent to Our Legislators Regarding Charter Schools

A Parents Across America, Seattle member sent me this letter that she took to her student’s school and at least fifty people signed it  before she sent it on to our representatives in Olympia. It is actions such as this one which will keep our public schools public and open to the democratic process. Dora Dear     , I am writing to you today because I am concerned with the direction our state is heading with regard to education reform, in particular the move toward allowing charter schools into our state.   Charter school supporters see them as the panacea to closing … Continue reading A Letter From a Parent to Our Legislators Regarding Charter Schools