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

Plan to host Teach for America at Univ. of Washington highlights hypocrisy of ed reform

The doublespeak of ed reformers who repeatedly declare that the key to a successful education is to put an “excellent” teacher in every classroom, and then turn around and promote young, Teach for America recruits — with only five weeks’ training, no in-class experience, and only a two-year commitment to the profession — as the answer, has come into sharp focus at the University of Washington in Seattle these past two weeks. On May 11, the University of Washington’s College of Education announced it would sponsor Teach for America at its teaching college, providing the missing component to the deal … Continue reading Plan to host Teach for America at Univ. of Washington highlights hypocrisy of ed reform

Race and The (mis)Measures of Academic Progress

An Op-Ed by Guest Contributor Jesse Hagopian: There is a lot of talk in well-financed education reform circles about “closing the achievement gap” – the difference in academic performance between more affluent white children and underprivileged kids of color. Plagiarizing phrases from the Civil Rights movement, these politically-connected reformers talk of a “revolution” in education accountability and claim to be building a high-stakes testing “movement” to measure the needs of students who have traditionally been left behind. Education Secretary Arne Duncan even referred to the opening of the film Waiting for “Superman”– which advocates charter schools and demonizes teachers’ unions … Continue reading Race and The (mis)Measures of Academic Progress

Video Friday: Seattle Teachers Speak on Corporate Reform; Labor Action in D.C. and Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms Illustrated

It’s Friday afternoon. Folks are thinking about the weekend and just want to tune out. I understand. So this afternoon, we are providing some videos for you to kick back and watch at your leisure. Have a nice weekend. Dora First up are a set of video’s from the Seattle University Academic Salon that was led by Seattle Public School teachers regarding the education (corporate) reform movement. You might want to turn up the volume on this first set of videos but it is well worth listening to. Eric Muhs on Teach for America, the Harlem School Zone, New Orleans … Continue reading Video Friday: Seattle Teachers Speak on Corporate Reform; Labor Action in D.C. and Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms Illustrated

The Superintendent’s Send-Off: Seattle School Board Fires Maria Goodloe-Johnson

The press was there in force, setting up equipment and asking for interviews. I tried my best to stay out of their way but was approached by one reporter who asked me where I stood on the issue of firing the superintendent. When I told her that I was for it, she looked dismayed. She told me that she couldn’t find anyone who was against the firing to interview. That was the general sentiment of the people who streamed into the board room last night. The vast majority of people in the room wanted the superintendent gone. It was a … Continue reading The Superintendent’s Send-Off: Seattle School Board Fires Maria Goodloe-Johnson

BREAKING NEWS: Seattle School Board Poised to Fire (Broad-trained) Supt. Goodloe-Johnson and CFO Don Kennedy

Without cause. Here is their statement, just released tonight. Okay, so the board is wimping out a bit (many have argued that there is a case to be made for firing with cause), but if they go through with this, it will be a step in the right direction for our beleaguered school district. We badly need new leadership and a new culture of honesty and accountability emanating from the John Stanford central office — with a focus on the kids. But it sounds like our Broad Superintendent’s Academy graduate will cost us another $264,000 (in severance). The board is … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Seattle School Board Poised to Fire (Broad-trained) Supt. Goodloe-Johnson and CFO Don Kennedy

Ten + Reasons Why the Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Marie Goodloe-Johnson, Should Be Fired With Cause

The Seattle School Board will be meeting in an Executive Session on Tuesday, March 1st, to deliberate on how to move forward after news broke about the scandal involving Silas Potter and the superintendent’s decision to keep the information from the school board. The information that was brought forward about Mr. Potter having an office inside the Stanford Center and doling out favors and money to minority businesses as well as providing assistance to minority businesses to obtain contracts for government projects that were not related to the Seattle Public School system is egregious enough. That Dr. Goodloe-Johnson chose to … Continue reading Ten + Reasons Why the Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Marie Goodloe-Johnson, Should Be Fired With Cause

Proposed House Bill 1609: More of the Same But Worse

Recently I described proposed Senate Bill 5399 which was about firing teachers when there are to be lay-off’s based on student test scores. This new bill proposed by, among others, our own Representative Reuven Carlyle who was instrumental in pushing through the ed reform Bill 6696 with the help of the Washington and Seattle PTA and the usual list of Broad backed, Gates funded suspects,  states that when there are budget cuts and a reduction in force (rif) is required, that teachers should be fired based on their “performance”. Another way of putting it is before the four-tier evaluation system … Continue reading Proposed House Bill 1609: More of the Same But Worse

“No Confidence” in Yet Another Broad Academy Grad: Jean-Claude Brizard

Sound familiar, Seattle? Dora Press Conference The Parent and Community Coalition for Educational Change will announce a Resolution of NO-CONFIDENCE in RCSD Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, 10:00 am, @ Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, Rochester, NY The Parent and Community Coalition for Educational Change is composed of the following organizations: ·        Alliance for Quality Education ·        Coalition for Common Sense in Education ·        Community Education Task Force ·        Green Party of Monroe County ·        Metro Justice We believe that Rochester City School District Superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard’s leadership and initiatives have caused serious harm to … Continue reading “No Confidence” in Yet Another Broad Academy Grad: Jean-Claude Brizard

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

That Was the Year That Was

Wow, 2010 sure did come and go! One of the reasons that I liked using 2010 as part of our blog title was because I felt that a lot would be going on in Seattle this year in terms of a big push towards ed reform and boy was I right! A lot of money was poured into the coffers of a few non-profits in Seattle by Gates and Broad to further their agenda. Our schools have now successfully been resegregated by our Broad-trained Superintendent and are now ripe for charter schools. Ed reform legislation was passed in the form … Continue reading That Was the Year That Was

Hijacked! The Battle for Seattle, Part 3

For the first two parts in these series, please see The Battle for Seattle, Part 1 and The Battle for Seattle: Hijacked!, Part 2. I’ve been asked about the aspect of the Broad training received by school board members regarding comments and opinions from the public and how they should be handled. My source on this information has chosen to remain anonymous but this is the information that I received, “…at the Broad training they were told, as board members, they would get thousands and thousands of ideas from the public but the only ideas they should pursue were those … Continue reading Hijacked! The Battle for Seattle, Part 3