Innovation Schools/Creative Approach Schools and ALEC

Last year legislation was pushed through referred to as the Innovation Schools bill. Sue and I called this bill a charter school bill in sheep’s clothing. Then, our district’s union leadership decided to take this on to show that we could have innovative schools in Seattle and therefore didn’t need charter schools even though we have “Option Schools”, which are progressive alternative schools, Montessori, STEM, the IB program and other schools and programs that could be considered “innovative schools”. There were objections to the term “Innovation Schools” because that was too close to what charter schools were so the leadership … Continue reading Innovation Schools/Creative Approach Schools and ALEC

Creative Approach Schools Lawsuit and Fundraiser

This is a guest post by Jack Whelan and an action that I support. Why We’re Bringing Suit against the Creative Approach Schools MOU On June 22, there will be a hearing to decide whether the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding Creative Approach Schools between the district and the SEA, the local teachers union, is legal. This MOU grants the superintendent the right to waive any Board policy while approving the transformation of neighborhood schools into Creative Approach Schools. This could include waiving whistle-blower policy, conflict of interest policies, academic and financial policies–any policy!  It also removes parents from the … Continue reading Creative Approach Schools Lawsuit and Fundraiser

Weekly Update: Strike in Chicago? NCTQ , and ALEC (finally) Exposed…but will Inslee get a clue?

It seems that with the tragedy of the shooting of an innocent young man in Florida, the dominoes have started to fall for ALEC. As described very clearly on The ED Show by Van Jones, ALEC  pushes a right-wing pro big-money agenda. As many of us have been aware of for a while now, their reach has gone as far as our educational system where they have templates that legislators can use to simply plug in the appropriate words and voila! ed reform in a nice package, corporate style. For additional information on how ALEC has affected our school districts … Continue reading Weekly Update: Strike in Chicago? NCTQ , and ALEC (finally) Exposed…but will Inslee get a clue?

Parents Across America/Seattle’s letter to SEA representatives about the MOU

Below is a letter that is being handed out this evening by members of Parents Across America-Seattle to teachers before the vote on the MOU regarding the Creative Approach Schools. Hi educators, We are parents of children at Seattle Public Schools who are concerned about the defunding and privatization of our schools. As you decide whether to approve the MOU on “Creative Approach Schools,” we have a few points we hope you will consider. • Many of the provisions in the contract that protect you as teachers also help our kids. Broad waivers of the contract means that things like … Continue reading Parents Across America/Seattle’s letter to SEA representatives about the MOU