The Weekly Update: Chomsky on Public Education, SWF’s need only apply, a Stand for Children Fail in Chicago and more

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed This week we’ll start with EduShyster and their article Single White Female The achievement gap is the civil rights issue of our time—which is why it may be necessary for us to destroy a large part of the Black middle class in order to achieve our goal of closing said gap. During the Chicago Teachers Union strike I encountered a stunning statistic. Since education reform arrived in Chicago, African Americans have dropped from 45% of the teaching force to just 19%. But how can that be? you must … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Chomsky on Public Education, SWF’s need only apply, a Stand for Children Fail in Chicago and more

EduShyster: Stuff White People Like: Education Reform

Here’s an excerpt. One lesson made abundantly clear by the recent Chicago teachers’ strike was that our nation suffers from a dearth of African-American hedge fund managers and venture capitalists. What can we do about this shameful scourge? I have no idea, but what I do know is that the strike revealed a fascinating split along race and class lines over what white hedge fund managers like to call priming the edu-pump for future profits education reform. The key take away: rich white people who send their kids to private schools were the only group to oppose the teachers’ strike. In … Continue reading EduShyster: Stuff White People Like: Education Reform

The Chicago teachers strike, Rahm Emmanuel, Stand for Children, the Gates Foundation, DFER, the Tea Party, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

So what do all of these folks have in common? Listen up Seattle. The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. On one side the 30,000 members of the CTU have called for a contract that includes fair compensation, meaningful job security for qualified teachers, smaller class sizes and a better school day with Art, Music, World Language and appropriate staffing levels to help our neediest students. On the other side, the Chicago Board of Education—which is managed by out of town reformers and Broad Foundation hires with little or no … Continue reading The Chicago teachers strike, Rahm Emmanuel, Stand for Children, the Gates Foundation, DFER, the Tea Party, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Stand for Children on Education Radio

In December of 2011, one of the programs on Education Radio focused on Stand for Children. With the Gates funded organizations Stand for Children (SFC) and the League of Education Voters (LEV) pushing for charter schools in our state and campaigning for state legislative candidates who are pro ed-reform, it seemed appropriate to once again take a look at this organization. To follow is the introduction to the radio show: Stand for Children or Stand for Profit? On this week’s show we take a look at Stand for Children, an organization that defines its mission as one of grassroots advocacy … Continue reading Stand for Children on Education Radio

Weekly Update: Opting out in Florida and Oklahoma, protests in Philadelphia and Bill Gates enters The Twilight Zone

This week more push back against standardized and high stakes testing. In Florida: 11 school districts sign national resolution criticizing “over-reliance” on testing; Orange and Seminole could discuss joining at meetings today UPDATE: Now it’s 12 districts, as Pinellas schools this afternoon signed on, too, reports FairTest. Eleven Florida school districts, including Osceola County’s, have signed the national anti-testing resolution that calls for states and the federal government to scale back on standardized testing, according to FairTest, the national organization that put the resolution together. “The Florida school boards signing the resolution, along with thousands of other organizations and individuals across … Continue reading Weekly Update: Opting out in Florida and Oklahoma, protests in Philadelphia and Bill Gates enters The Twilight Zone

An Open Letter from Former Stand for Children Activists About a Ballot Measure

If only the Stand for Children folks in our state had such convictions. The following is an open letter from former Stand for Children members in Massachusetts. As parents, teachers, and community members, we are Massachusetts grassroots activists for education. We read bills, testify at hearings, write letters to the editor, pore over budgets, speak at town meetings, make phone calls, and hold fundraisers. Many of us have done so for years. It was as part of this work and with great hope that we joined Stand for Children.  And—initially—Stand helped us do great work.  We cast a critical eye … Continue reading An Open Letter from Former Stand for Children Activists About a Ballot Measure

Legislative Action Alert: Let’s Not Allow Stand for Children to Take Over Our Democratic Process

Heads up, everyone — Stand for Children, Incorporated, the out of state political lobbying operation bankrolled by Gates and others, is boasting that it charged down to Olympia this past week and forced our legislators to breathe life back into the poorly written, politically volatile charter school bill and the damaging “teacher evaluation” bills. Call and write your legislators ASAP if you want them to listen to you, and not front groups for the corporate ed reform machine. Paid political operations like Stand for Children, Inc., The League of Education Voters (LEV) and Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) are trying … Continue reading Legislative Action Alert: Let’s Not Allow Stand for Children to Take Over Our Democratic Process

The Seattle School Board Incumbents, Stand for Children and Other Corporate Reform Backers

As I posted previously about Stand for Children (SFC) and their support of school board candidates in the article Stand for Children, School Board Elections, Washington State PTA and Charter Schools, Jonah Edelman, co-founder of Stand for Children,  states in regards to school board and legislative candidates that SFC supports: I’m being quite blunt here, the individual candidates were essentially a vehicle to execute a political objective… Later in the post I write: By the way, during my information search, I came across this on the Stand for Children website. Three of our very own school board incumbents are receiving … Continue reading The Seattle School Board Incumbents, Stand for Children and Other Corporate Reform Backers

Stand for Children, School Board Elections, Washington State PTA and Charter Schools

Stand for Children, School Board Elections, the Washington State PTA, Charter Schools and Chad Magendanz. As I previously posted in Stand for Children Stands for the Rich and Powerful, Stand for Children (SFC) has proudly declared by way of its’ co-founder  and Chief Executive Officer, Jonah Edelman, that he was successful in busting the teachers’ union in Chicago and he plans to do that again in the state of Washington. He has led the fight in other states by his own admonition in a video taped session during a seminar at the Aspen Institute, for “pension reform”, meaning cutting back … Continue reading Stand for Children, School Board Elections, Washington State PTA and Charter Schools

Stand for Children Stands for the Rich and the Powerful…

…who want to break the backs of the teachers’ unions. Many of us have said that before, now you can see and hear it for yourselves. This video was taken at the Aspen Ideas Festival which is heavily funded by Bill Gates. Stand For Children’s Co-Founder Jonah Edelman explains how he, with the support of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Arne Duncan’s  senior advisor Jo Anderson, out foxed the Chicago teachers’ union. This is where the money that Stand for Children raises actually goes to, to gain power for the billionaire boyz club,  DFER and all of those hedge fund … Continue reading Stand for Children Stands for the Rich and the Powerful…

Is Washington State government trying to jump on the ed reform bandwagon of failure?

Two recent attempts by WA state government to subvert democracy in order to potentially push an ed reform agenda are cause for alarm. Two eyebrow-raising news items out of Olympia strongly imply that Governor Gregoire and Co. may be positioning our state to turn some tricks yet again for “Race to the Top” bribery funding. Both involve bypassing the democratic process. This is the M.O. of many corporate ed reformers. Mayoral control of school districts is the desired scenario of top-down, anti-democratic ed reformers like Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg and  others. [See sidebar: Power grabs: the M.O. of Ed Reformers] … Continue reading Is Washington State government trying to jump on the ed reform bandwagon of failure?