The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked!

For the first post in this series see: The Battle for Seattle, Part 1. The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked!   The Broad Foundation was established in 1999 and Eli Broad wasted no time in providing funds to school … Continue reading The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked!

Seattle, we missed a bullet with Broad Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Eli Broad at Broad’s 2009 Inaugural Party for President Obama. Yes, Eli Broad via Don Nielson and Goodloe-Johnson brought us Brad Bernatek, Michael Tolley (more on him later),  Teach for America, Inc. (TFA, … Continue reading Seattle, we missed a bullet with Broad Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

Don Neilson, the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design

Don Nielson recently had yet another op ed published by the Seattle Times, a newspaper which has provided many wealthy (white) men with a platform and microphone to share their opinions with the rest of us on public education. This … Continue reading Don Neilson, the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design

Weekly Update: Online Learning and Charter School Failures, Successful Military Children and of Course, Much, Much More

This first article by Dave Sirota on how it still boils down to economics in education. See What Real Education Reform Looks Like. Below is an excerpt: As 2011 draws to a close, we can confidently declare that one of the biggest debates over education is — mercifully — resolved. We may not have addressed all of the huge challenges facing our schools, but we finally have empirical data ruling out apocryphal theories and exposing the fundamental problems. We’ve learned, for instance, that our entire education system is not “in crisis,” as so many executives in the for-profit education industry … Continue reading Weekly Update: Online Learning and Charter School Failures, Successful Military Children and of Course, Much, Much More

The PTA, “Ed Reform”, Don Nielson and Bill 1443

Ramona Hattendorf, who was the Seattle president of the PTA and is now a lobbyist for the Washington State PTSA, proudly announced in her newsletter, “Grassroots Connection”, this morning the passage through the State Senate of Ed Reform Bill 1443. Before I go any further I would like to mention that the PTA in our state jumped on the bandwagon of ed reform two years ago with the Community Values Statement that was pushed by the Washington State PTA, Stand for Children, the Alliance for Education and a faux roots organization that popped up out of nowhere and has since … Continue reading The PTA, “Ed Reform”, Don Nielson and Bill 1443

The Battle for Seattle, Part 4

To start at the beginning, there is Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 to this series. This is Part 4: Hijacked! I want to reiterate at this juncture that what is happening in Seattle is a microcosm of what is happening around the country at this time. When we first discovered the connection that our superintendent had with the Broad Foundation, many of us thought that this was a single episode of happenstance but as we began to dig deeper, it was discovered that this was happening around the country. The other aspect that concerns me is that the … Continue reading The Battle for Seattle, Part 4

The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Seattle school district hijacked by Eli Broad and Bill Gates

For the first post in this series see: The Battle for Seattle, Part 1 Part Deux The Broad Foundation was established in 1999 and Eli Broad wasted no time in providing funds to school systems around the country including Seattle. In 2000, the Broad Foundation provided the Seattle Public School system with $800,000 for “teacher training” by way of the Alliance for Education. That same year, according to the Broad Foundation’s Annual Report for 2009-2010, “Wendy Kopp, whose decade-old venture called Teach for America grew out of her senior thesis at Princeton University, visits Eli Broad seeking guidance and support. … Continue reading The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Seattle school district hijacked by Eli Broad and Bill Gates