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Seattle Public School Principals receive bribes, uh, bonuses, based on student test scores

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Seattle Public Schools and the Principals’ Association of Seattle Schools for 2013-2016, on page 17, Section B: SPS will offer individual effectiveness awards up … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 14 Comments

Brian Jones discusses Real vs. Phony Education Reform

I had the pleasure of hearing Brian Jones speak in Portland a few weekends ago, the day after the MAP boycott began, so things have been a bit crazy but…I … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Video: How Motivation is Driven by Purpose – and Not Monetary Incentives

Someone reminded me of a video that we posted a while back on motivation and merit pay. It seems like a good time to post it again. Dora

December 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Washington PTA Stacks the Deck Towards Charter Schools

In yesterday’s post I described one of the connections between Stand for Children, charter schools and the Washington State PTA, that being Chad Magendanz. Mr. Magendanz was one of the … Continue reading

October 11, 2011 · 6 Comments

Arne Duncan/President Obama’s New “Flexibility” Program, the NCLB Waivers

Observations: It’s interesting how President Obama in his speech yesterday referred to  No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as a failed program with no mention of Race to the Top (RTTT) … Continue reading

September 24, 2011 · 4 Comments

Whoa! Where did that come from Washington State PTA!? Charter schools?! Part 1

If you are a parent in a Seattle Public School, please forward this to your PTA legislative representative and president. They need to know the facts before voting on this … Continue reading

September 14, 2011 · 17 Comments

The Effect of High Stakes Testing and Michelle Rhee

As stated in this New York Times article posted this morning, the ed reformers’ media star Michelle Rhee has based her “success” as Chancellor of DC schools on increasing test … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

New York Has Finally Figured Out That Merit Pay Doesn’t Work

Ha! What was that again? You mean that someone is finally getting the fact that merit pay doesn’t work!? If you scroll down the right-hand column of this page and … Continue reading

July 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

This is What Happens With High Stakes Testing

Over testing of our students and merit pay, two of the planks in the platform of what has been termed “education reform”. Does it work? If you check out the … Continue reading

July 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

A Letter to Arne Duncan From a Teacher in Kansas-OW!

A teacher in Kansas, David Reber, tells it like it is to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, no holds barred. Dora Mr. Duncan, I read your Teacher Appreciation Week letter … Continue reading

May 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

…and other connections. Our Schools Coalition has not been active since September of 2010 after congratulating themselves on being a part of the bargaining process between the teacher’s union and … Continue reading

May 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

Legislation Action Alert: Senate Bill 5914

Bill 5914 Same song, second verse. In February, the Gates funded organization the League of Education Voters and yes, the Gates funded PTA, were pushing for the approval of two … Continue reading

April 11, 2011 · 4 Comments