It’s back to court for charter schools in Washington State

  The Washington State Supreme Court deemed charter schools unconstitutional in 2015 and yet the charter schools remained open on the promise of private money supporting them. The $14M never materialized and instead the State Superintendent funneled money surreptitiously into … Continue reading It’s back to court for charter schools in Washington State

What Bill Gates has spent so far in our state to support charter schools

  In response to my post on the Broad Foundation spending millions to force the Los Angeles Unified School District into converting at least 50% of public schools in the district into charter schools, a Seattle teacher posted the following. All of … Continue reading What Bill Gates has spent so far in our state to support charter schools

Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

On October 17 of this year, Jesse, Wayne and I spoke on a panel at the annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference sponsored by Rethinking Schools about the testing opt out movement, the recent Seattle teachers’ strike and the Washington State … Continue reading Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

Parents, educators, and community groups file lawsuit challenging new charter school law in Washington State

Parents, educators, and community groups file lawsuit challenging new charter school law A coalition of parents, educators, and community groups has filed a Complaint in King County Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 1240, Washington’s new Charter School Act. The Complaint asserts that the Charter School Act violates the Washington Constitution by improperly diverting public school funds to private organizations that are not subject to local voter control and by impeding the State’s constitutional obligation to amply provide for and fully fund K-12 public education. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the League of Women Voters of Washington, a … Continue reading Parents, educators, and community groups file lawsuit challenging new charter school law in Washington State

More information on the Walmart Waltons and charter school Initative 1240

Alice Walton is now the 2nd biggest donor to the Washington State charter school initiative at $1.7M. From the Walmart 1% website and posted on July 6, 2012: Walmartization of Washington Schools? Yesterday, the Washington Secretary of State’s office certified Initiative 1240 for the state’s November ballot. I-1240 would essentially permit charter schools in Washington, which currently doesn’t accommodate them.  The signature filing deadline was July 6; five days later, Alice Walton—who lives in Texas, not the Pacific Northwest—gave $600,000 to the pro-charter school committee. If passed, newly created charter schools would be exempt from some of the rules and … Continue reading More information on the Walmart Waltons and charter school Initative 1240

The Washington State PTA Convention: Be There

There is a movement underfoot to take our rogue PTA back in the state of Washington. It has been taken over with the likes of Stand for Children and the League of Education Voters (LEV) who have been setting the agenda for the WSPTA for the last two years, an agenda which includes merit pay for teachers, evaluating a teacher’s performance based on test scores and the introduction of charter schools in our state. What is  even more frightening is that since Lisa MacFarland, who founded LEV, is now with WA DFER, Democrats for Education Reform, the stakes have gone … Continue reading The Washington State PTA Convention: Be There

45th District Democrats Pass Anti-Charter Resolution

Resolution for Continued Prohibition of Charter Schools in Washington State Whereas the platforms of the King County Democrats and the Washington State Democrats specifically oppose 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 … Continue reading 45th District Democrats Pass Anti-Charter Resolution

Anti charter school resolution passed by The Nova Project PTSA

Resolution from The Nova Project PTSA (also referred to as Nova High School) The Nova Project is an alternative public high school in Seattle that is committed to equitable education for all students. Our community believes that fully funded public education is fundamental to the survival of our democracy and collective well-being. We call upon all citizens to demand adequate funding for public education and to reject efforts to privatize public schools. The Nova Community: * Supports the state Supreme Court ruling that Washington must comply with its constitutionally mandated, paramount duty to fully fund basic education. * Respects the … Continue reading Anti charter school resolution passed by The Nova Project PTSA

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?

What to expect in January from the corporate privatizers in the state of Washington

Remember: There is nothing “public” about charter schools except the funding of these franchises by our tax dollars. This began as a memorandum to a group of political and education activists in the state of Washington but as I started writing this, I realized that everyone in the state of Washington needs to be aware of what is coming down the pipe in Olympia in terms of the effort to privatize our public schools. Many companies and individuals have jumped onto the band wagon of “ed reform” because of the dollars involved with everything from testing to “online learning”. See … Continue reading What to expect in January from the corporate privatizers in the state of Washington