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 deets on DFER, Democrats for Education Reform

  The following is the most comprehensive investigation and reporting that I have read so far about Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), a group disguising themselves as a Democratic political group. DFER is a group working for business interests that pushes all things corporate education reform including charter schools, the dismantling of the teachers union, and support for Teach for America along with the Common Core Standards, among a myriad of other actions that are not in the best interest of students in public schools. To follow is the white paper written by two teachers on Democrats for Education Reform … Continue reading The deets on DFER, Democrats for Education Reform

Lisa Macfarlane with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privatization.

According to the PR Newswire, Lisa Macfarlane, formerly with the League of Education Voters (LEV) and now Director of Washington State Education Reform Now/Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), received a $10,000 grant from the Walton’s as an “Education Reformer to Watch” for her work on pushing charter school initiative 1240 in the state of Washington. And what does Ms. Macfarlane plan to do with the cash? Ensure that charter schools open in the state of Washington of course. Per DFER Watch: Democrats for Education Reform is a political action committee supported largely by hedge fund managers favoring charter schools, merit-pay tied … Continue reading Lisa Macfarlane with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privatization.

Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) candidates in Washington State

Be aware that there are candidates supported by Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) in Washington State. This organization funds efforts to privatize public schools. According to DFER Watch: Democrats for Education Reform is a political action committee supported largely by hedge fund managers favoring charter schools, merit-pay tied to test scores, high-stakes testing, school choice (including vouchers and tuition tax credits in some cases), mayoral control, and alternative teacher preparation programs. Diane Ravitch describes DFER in her post Follow the Money. If you want to know why so many politicians think so highly of charters, there is a basic rule of … Continue reading Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) candidates in Washington State

The sharks are circling Seattle Superintendent Banda

I attended the public reception for new Superintendent Banda last week which was sponsored by the Alliance for Education and El Centro de la Raza. Everyone was invited and about 400-500 people were in attendance when I arrived around 6:00 PM. As I entered the large hall where the reception was taking place, someone came up to a guest behind me and said that there were others in attendance from TFA. Apparently both of these guests were TFA recruits or alums. Wow, I thought, I had not even gotten into the room  and was already hearing about that organization. Later, … Continue reading The sharks are circling Seattle Superintendent Banda

Decline to Sign: The charter school initiative

A charter school initiative was submitted by the League of Education Voters, Stand for Children,  DFER (Democrats for Education Reform)  and Republican State Senator Steve Litzow yesterday and will require 250,000 signatures by July 8, 2012 to be on the ballot in November. This piece was written by Parents Across America, Tacoma member Jennifer Boutell. Charter Schools Initiative Introduced Today, First Analysis A charter school initiative introduced today will be on the November ballot, if supporters are able to gather 250,000 signatures by July 6th.  I did a quick read through today, to see how it compared to the very … Continue reading Decline to Sign: The charter school initiative

Weekly Update : The Philadelphia horror story, no more school libraries in DC if the school chancellor has anything to do with it, other privatizing insanity and the push back

All the news that fits…and there is a lot of it this week. If you haven’t watch it yet, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman is a must watch on the subject of charter schools. We have the ability in our state to learn from the mistakes of others who have gone down the road of privatization of their public schools. To put it simply, the process of corporatizing a public trust does far more harm than good. One action that the corporate privatizers of education do, instead of supporting our public schools and the individuals and institutions that … Continue reading Weekly Update : The Philadelphia horror story, no more school libraries in DC if the school chancellor has anything to do with it, other privatizing insanity and the push back