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”

The Weekly Update: Money, power and corruption; Gates is not so sure his ideas will work…but, oh well; TFA, Inc cashes in again and more

Corruption kills. This post is dedicated to Laporshia Massey. From Parents United for Public Education in Philadelphia: Her name is Laporshia Massey and our hearts are breaking Our hearts are breaking over the death of beautiful 12 year old Bryant Elementary student Laporshia Massey, who died following an asthma attack that apparently started at school.  We grieve for her entire family and the Bryant community. According to the City Paper, Laporshia became ill during the school day. No nurse was scheduled. Laporshia called a family member, telling her repeatedly, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” A staff person drove the sixth … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Money, power and corruption; Gates is not so sure his ideas will work…but, oh well; TFA, Inc cashes in again and more

The Weekly Update: Predatory capitalism, privatization, sequestration and our children, Common Core Standards and opting out

Everyone is back in school, the privatizers are not letting up but parents, students and teachers are fighting back. Diane Ravitch is coming out with her new book on September 18th, a book that is totally awesome by the way. I will have a review posted on September 17th. We’ve got some great forums and events happening this Fall in Seattle, see the right hand column for information, and I am rested up, revved up and ready to go. First up, It’s the poverty stupid. Diane Ravitch in her new book, Reign of Error, points out very clearly how poverty … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Predatory capitalism, privatization, sequestration and our children, Common Core Standards and opting out

Closing Schools: Why it’s not a good idea

There are two ALEC style education bills that Washington State Senator Steve Litzow sponsored, SB5328 and SB 5329. The first bill would grade schools and the second bill would either close the “low performing” schools permanently, convert them into charter schools, have the principal fired or replace half of the teaching staff. These two bills represent what has become the favored process for privatizing our public schools; label schools as “failing” and then turn them into charter schools. The Republican dominated Washington State Senate recently passed the bills and now they are sitting on the desks of our education committee … Continue reading Closing Schools: Why it’s not a good idea

The Weekly Update: The good news the ed reformers don’t want you to hear, following the money of corporate reform, testing, the Common Core Standards and how it all relates

So much news, so little time. First, the good news from edushyster: The Great Deception How to convince the public to abandon the wishy-washy notion of education for all in three easy steps. It is an indisputably true fact that our public schools are *hopelessly* failing beyond any hope of excellence. Yet the public remains strangely attached to the idea that publicly-funded schools have an obligation to educate all kids. Alas, that old-fashioned notion of equity is like the Lindsay Lohan of principles: washed-up and of waning interest. Today’s edu-visionary is all about excellence: the laser-honed vision of a 21st … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The good news the ed reformers don’t want you to hear, following the money of corporate reform, testing, the Common Core Standards and how it all relates

Stand for Children’s Litzow is at it again. This time he wants to grade schools…so they can be closed and turned into charter schools

From the WSSDA Legislative Update SSB 5328 would create a pilot program school A-F grading system for the 2013-14 school year, with full implementation in the 2014-15 school year. The bill would require the accountability index being developed by OSPI and the State Board of Education (SBE) to use A-F grades, give added weight to student achievement in reading and graduation rates of all eligible “at risk” students. (At risk is defined as students scoring at level 1 or level 2 on the 8th grade reading and math MSPs). The bill also would require OSPI to contract with an organization … Continue reading Stand for Children’s Litzow is at it again. This time he wants to grade schools…so they can be closed and turned into charter schools

The Weekly Update: Seattle teachers stand firm, testing push back around the country, a parent offers ideas for those opt-out days and Yong Zhao on testing and standardization

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. It’s been quite a week in our fair city. Many of us here in Seattle have watched the destruction of the teaching profession, schools and communities around the country based on the use of standardized test scores to further an agenda of corporate reform and privatization using the scorched earth approach to education but we don’t want to see that happen in Seattle or anywhere else for that matter. Our teachers have placed themselves on the front line of defense here and I commend them for it and back … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Seattle teachers stand firm, testing push back around the country, a parent offers ideas for those opt-out days and Yong Zhao on testing and standardization

The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. This week has been a slower news week than usual for obvious reasons but the internet is burning up with announcements of new Facebook pages sprouting up started by an array of parents and teachers from around the country standing with their teachers and students and against the privatization of their schools. Just this morning I was invited to like four Facebook pages related to education. They are: Parents: What Colorado School Grades Doesn’t Want You to Know Parents & Educators against the Daniels & Bennett Educational Reform … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up

Karen Lewis: Why We’re Striking in Chicago

    This statement was issued on Monday, September 10, 2012 and a reminder of what this strike is all about: Negotiations have been intense but productive, however we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike. This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could avoid. Throughout these negotiations have I remained hopeful but determined. We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve. Talks have been productive in many areas. We have successfully won concessions for nursing mothers and … Continue reading Karen Lewis: Why We’re Striking in Chicago

The effect of education reform and Rahm Emanuel’s policies on Chicago Public Schools

This article is a must read. To follow is an excerpt from: Education Apartheid: The Racism Behind Chicago’s School “Reform” Dyett High School students are not allowed to enter the front door of their school. Instead, the more than 170 students at the Southside high school enter through the back. From there, they must spend their day pushing through other students in the one open hallway, after half of the building was placed off limits. “Just imagine, all these students in one hallway trying to get to where they’re going … everyone’s just trying to get through each other,” says … Continue reading The effect of education reform and Rahm Emanuel’s policies on Chicago Public Schools

Support for the Chicago Teachers’ Strike

    From the Chicago Teacher’s Union website: The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. On one side the 30,000 members of the CTU have called for a contract that includes fair compensation, meaningful job security for qualified teachers, smaller class sizes and a better school day with Art, Music, World Language and appropriate staffing levels to help our neediest students. On the other side, the Chicago Board of Education—which is managed by out of town reformers and Broad Foundation hires with little or no Chicago public school experience—has pushed … Continue reading Support for the Chicago Teachers’ Strike