The Charter School Bill 1240 and the 1%: An Analysis

If only they had channeled all of the money represented above into our public schools in Seattle rather than into financing the corporate takeover of our educational system, we would have full time librarians, nurses, career counselors, enough teaching assistants … Continue reading The Charter School Bill 1240 and the 1%: An Analysis

Thoughts on the Washington State PTA Convention

I had watched the charter resolution develop over the last several months from the time that the original plank was developed by Chad Mangendanz and Alison Meryweather through until the convention when Chad got up and talked about his visit to KIPP in San Diego as a school board member and how wonderful the school  was and how there was a graduation rate of 95% and on and on. Chad called charter schools another “tool in the tool box” during his impassioned plea for the vote on the resolution. The tool reference has become a worn out phrase used by … Continue reading Thoughts on the Washington State PTA Convention

The Washington State PTA Convention: Be There

There is a movement underfoot to take our rogue PTA back in the state of Washington. It has been taken over with the likes of Stand for Children and the League of Education Voters (LEV) who have been setting the agenda for the WSPTA for the last two years, an agenda which includes merit pay for teachers, evaluating a teacher’s performance based on test scores and the introduction of charter schools in our state. What is  even more frightening is that since Lisa MacFarland, who founded LEV, is now with WA DFER, Democrats for Education Reform, the stakes have gone … Continue reading The Washington State PTA Convention: Be There

Weekly Update: 40+ School boards in Texas say enough is enough on testing, Arne Duncan gets an “F” and another one for the “How Low Can You Go?” category

Never a dull moment in the world of education. In the state of Washington we had some drama this week with Senator Rodney Tom deciding that he would hold the budget and the state hostage so that he could get his charter school legislation through by attaching a charter school clause to the originally agreed upon budget. Anything for a buck with some of our politicians. His backers are the usual suspects including the League of Education Voters (LEV), Stand for Children (SFC), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Nancy Ballmer who sits on the Advisory Board for SFC … Continue reading Weekly Update: 40+ School boards in Texas say enough is enough on testing, Arne Duncan gets an “F” and another one for the “How Low Can You Go?” category

We are the 99%.

If you are unemployed, underemployed or concerned about being next in line to lose your job, if you have given up on finding a job, if you are the sole provider in your family because your partner/spouse lost their job, if your children don’t have enough teachers, resources, materials in their schools and the PTA or parents have to pitch in financially just so that your children can have what you would consider a basic public education, then you are part of the 99%. If you are a union member watching your benefits and protections dissolve before your eyes thanks … Continue reading We are the 99%.

Good news! We found out what was costing so much in public education!

Thanks to Bill Gates and folks like Don Neilson, who will make a tidy profit off of online learning, we know what will happen to our students if we go the route of continuing to keep our children on computers rather than engaging them in healthy interaction with teachers and fellow students. Don’t we!? Thanks but no thanks. Dora By the way, one of the local voices for Bill Gates, the League of Education Voters, is touting “Digital Learning” as the best thing since sliced bread. Continue reading Good news! We found out what was costing so much in public education!

House Bill 1593 and Senate Bill 5667

The following is taking from the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) Legislative Update for today. By the way, this is a great resource for information on what’s happening in education in the state of Washington and daily updates are provided. The comments in italics are mine. Dora 2SHB 1593 – would create an alternative route to principal certification. Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (who seems to be pushing corporate reform big-time) offered several amendments, including making mentoring required for at least one full school year (rather than six months) and that provisional certificate holders would demonstrate some progress toward completing … Continue reading House Bill 1593 and Senate Bill 5667

Further fallout from the Seattle Channel Forum on Education

Ed Reform Knickers in a Knot Apparently the Alliance for Education and the League of Education Voters – two organizations here in town with lots of foundation and business funding, media access,  and a corporate ed reform agenda – are in a complete tizzy over last week’s Seattle Speaks forum on education. Why? Because the audience, by and large, didn’t agree with them and their agenda, so they are saying that the forum was biased. They are trying to spin the event, in which audience members and online viewers voiced their opinion of Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson’s “Five Year Strategic Plan,” … Continue reading Further fallout from the Seattle Channel Forum on Education