Bill Gates in Washington State: Mayoral Control and Charter Schools

With a blanket permission by Anthony Cody to repost his work: The cities where our foundation has put the most money in is where there’s a single person responsible. In New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, the mayor has responsibility … Continue reading Bill Gates in Washington State: Mayoral Control and Charter Schools

The 32nd, 34th, 36th and the 37th Democratic Legislative Districts passed resolutions opposing mayoral control

So far the 37th Democratic Legislative District unanimously passed a resolution opposing the bill that would allow the mayor to appoint two members to the school board. The 36th District also passed a similar resolution unanimously along with the 34th Democratic … Continue reading The 32nd, 34th, 36th and the 37th Democratic Legislative Districts passed resolutions opposing mayoral control

The 37th Legislative District passed a resolution against Mayoral Control

This just in: Tonight, February 9th, the 37th Legislative District, home to Representatives Pettigrew who sponsored the mayoral control bill and Representative Santos who sponsored a bill along with Pettigrew to split the school district in half along racial lines, … Continue reading The 37th Legislative District passed a resolution against Mayoral Control

House Rep. Eric Pettigrew, House Bill 1497, mayoral control and the money

  The cities where our foundation has put the most money in is where there’s a single person responsible. In New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, the mayor has responsibility for the school system. So instead of having a committee … Continue reading House Rep. Eric Pettigrew, House Bill 1497, mayoral control and the money

Weekly Update, Part 2: The Gates Foundation, a smart ALEC and more charter school abuses

There was so much to report this week that I decided to break down the update into two parts. So on to Weekly Update, Part 2:  As I stated in a previous post, there was an Innovation Schools bill that passed through Olympia this year and was heralded by both sides of the aisle as a step forward in school innovation and was also seen as a way to sidestep the issue of charter schools. What many did not realize is that what was passed was legislation written by ALEC. We didn’t get “charter schools” but we got the next … Continue reading Weekly Update, Part 2: The Gates Foundation, a smart ALEC and more charter school abuses

Weekly Update: Opting out Texas style, the World Peace Game and who IS going to fix the plumbing?

First up, the parents are taking back their schools in Chicago. One of the steps in corporate ed reform is mayoral control of the school board through appointments rather than elections. This way, the moneyed few who influence the mayor can then also have influence over how the schools are run. This has worked very well for Eli Broad in Los Angeles where he has been great buddies with  Mayor Villaraigosa for many years. In Chicago where there has been mayoral control for 17 years, parents and concerned citizens are fighting to take back control of their schools by demanding … Continue reading Weekly Update: Opting out Texas style, the World Peace Game and who IS going to fix the plumbing?

Diane Ravitch on Democracy Now: “Poverty is the Problem”

“Poverty is the Problem” Check out Diane Ravitch and Brian Jones, narrator of the movie The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, on Democracy Now. The following is the introduction to this interview: As millions of students prepare to go back to school, budget cuts are resulting in teacher layoffs and larger classes across the country. This comes as the drive toward more standardized testing increases despite a string of cheating scandals in New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and other cities. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also recently unveiled a controversial plan to use waivers to rewrite parts of the … Continue reading Diane Ravitch on Democracy Now: “Poverty is the Problem”