The Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune: Same players, new game

Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune (Click the image for a better view. Click the title for a pdf.)   “Quality Preschool for All”. It sounds so right, just what we want for all of our children. But … Continue reading The Proposition 1B “Preschool for All” Wheel of Fortune: Same players, new game

Who Is Backing Teach for America, Inc. in Seattle?

From Publicola last week. The school board tabled a motion earlier this week to hire two Teach for America recruits. Teach for America sends idealistic young folks to teach in inner city and low-income districts all around the country.The board didn’t go for it because one prerequisite the board had set for hiring TFA teachers (a controversial move to start with because TFA teachers aren’t certified) was disclosing where the funding comes from. TFA charges a $4,000 fee for every teacher they deliver and private donors who support getting TFA teachers in Seattle schools said they would cover the cost. … Continue reading Who Is Backing Teach for America, Inc. in Seattle?

The Lines of Influence in Education Reform

[Originally published in 2010 when few if any people knew the connection between Gates’ money and public education.]   See the Lines of Influence in Education Reform flow chart here. After working on this off and on for a few months with input from several other parents, Sue and I sat down this weekend and started to hammer out a bubble diagram of the flow of money and influence in this ed-reform movement that is taking a strangle hold on this country and our children. The above link is to a hand drawn diagram that we completed. Anyway, let’s get … Continue reading The Lines of Influence in Education Reform