The Weekly Update: More on the Common Core, push back and opting out of high stakes testing, the FTC steps in to protect student privacy, a gag order on teachers and more

Let’s start off with this gem: Annual Kindergarten Show Canceled to Allow Kids to Focus on College A beloved annual kindergarten show at a New York school was canceled this week by administrators in an apparent effort to prepare the five-year-olds for college, probably by teaching them that you can’t trust anyone. Administrators at the Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, New York, recently sent out a series of letters alerting parents that the annual song-and-dance show their children had been preparing for wasn’t good enough for their looming college applications. “The reason for eliminating the Kindergarten show is simple. … Continue reading The Weekly Update: More on the Common Core, push back and opting out of high stakes testing, the FTC steps in to protect student privacy, a gag order on teachers and more

The Road Map Project, Race to the Top, Bill Gates and your student’s privacy

  The Road Map Project, Race to the Top, Bill Gates, a national data bank, Wireless Gen…and FERPA? One of the deals that we made with the devil when it came to accepting Race to the Top dollars is the relinquishing of our children’s information. Gates and others have begun to collect information about our children from New York to LA and it is about to happen in Seattle thanks to the efforts of the Road Map project, school administrators are falling all over themselves to receive a pittance of educational funding, $40 M to be split between 7 districts in our state. That’s … Continue reading The Road Map Project, Race to the Top, Bill Gates and your student’s privacy

The Weekly Update: The Master Plan for privatizing our schools, student privacy, or a lack thereof, in Seattle Public Schools, Teach for America’s gold plated digs…and more.

There is so much insanity going on in the wild and whacked world of education these days that I am posting two updates this week and that does not include the opt out update. So let’s get started. First up, a follow-up on the issue of student privacy rights. Seattleites, if you haven’t already, check out The Road Map Project, Race to the Top, Bill Gates, a national data bank, Wireless Gen…and FERPA? to get up to speed on student privacy issues that could affect our students for the rest of their lives. There is a lawsuit in response to the … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The Master Plan for privatizing our schools, student privacy, or a lack thereof, in Seattle Public Schools, Teach for America’s gold plated digs…and more.

Suit alleges teachers forced to work at non-union charter schools in California

This is where all of this ed reform is  ultimately going…into the courts and then down the toilet. When you have charlatans hiding behind fauxroot puppet organizations, pulling the strings with millions of dollars so that others can make a fortune off of a public good, well, nothing good will come out of that with the deceit and lies that are perpetrated. It all comes out in the end. It will with Rhee, it has already with Stand for Children, everyone knows that the League of Education Voters is a poser, folks in the field of education know about Gates, … Continue reading Suit alleges teachers forced to work at non-union charter schools in California

Your Student’s Privacy

This is a very real issue. We saw a horrifying hand off of student data in Seattle two years ago. See: Should the School District Be Allowed to Give Our Kids’ Phone numbers, Addresses and Photos to Every Tom, Dick and Pollster? An excerpt: A number of Seattle Public Schools parents and teachers were recently shocked to read that the private contact information of 10,700 SPS children and 1,400 teachers had been given to a political marketing and polling firm by the school district. In March, Seattle-based Strategies 360/DMA Marketing used the information to conduct a telephone poll for the Our … Continue reading Your Student’s Privacy

New: A Weekly Update

Starting this week, I will be providing a weekly update of what I think were valuable or interesting articles and cartoons. This first publication is short because I just remembered that I was going to do this. Next week I will be more conscious of setting aside articles that I think need a closer look. If you would like to be on the mailing list for this weekly update, please e-mail me at seattle.ed2010@gmail.com and I’ll put you on the list for the Friday update. Week of September 4, 2011 Update First a little humor. http://standardizedtests.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=4346 Who has your child’s … Continue reading New: A Weekly Update

Seattle School District hires staffer from Strategies 360 – the political marketing firm that misused private student contact info to push ed reform agenda

The Seattle Public School District announced today that it has hired Lesley Rogers from Strategies 360 political marketing firm to oversee its communications. Chief Communications Officer appointed Seattle Public Schools on Friday announced the appointment of Lesley Rogers as the district’s Chief Communications Officer, following a national search. Rogers, who starts April 4, will oversee internal and external communications for the District. (…)  Rogers is leaving her job as Vice President of Communications for Strategies 360, where she directed communications efforts for a wide spectrum of clients in fields including education, environmental protection, renewable energy, public policy and transportation. (…) … Continue reading Seattle School District hires staffer from Strategies 360 – the political marketing firm that misused private student contact info to push ed reform agenda

My testimony to the Seattle School Board about FERPA (& student privacy)

An incident earlier this year in which the private contact information of 10,700 Seattle public school children and 1,400 teachers got passed along from the school district’s database to a political marketing firm prompted a group of parents to investigate this breach of privacy and formally request that the school district change its policy regarding FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Here is what I said to the Seattle School Board and superintendent on Oct. 6, 2010. I am an SPS parent and co-editor of the Seattle Education 2010 blog. Tonight I’d like to address concerns about how well … Continue reading My testimony to the Seattle School Board about FERPA (& student privacy)