The scoop on Chelsea Byers, Seattle public school board candidate

Chelsea Byers is running against School Board Director Betty Patu, a champion of public education advocating for equity in education for all. Ms. Byers, on the other hand, is a former Teach for America (TFA) recruit who taught in a school without any formal training for two years in Oakland, California in what I imagine was a charter school. Most charter schools are staffed by poorly paid and under qualified Teach for America recruits and are rarely hired by a pubic school district when it is between a TFA recruit and a certified teacher with a background in education.   … Continue reading The scoop on Chelsea Byers, Seattle public school board candidate

The stealth campaign for charter schools found in emails of Seattle Public School employees and the candidacy of Omar Vasquez

  We have published several articles on Summit charter schools and “personalized learning” which is a sugar coated description of placing students in front of a computer for all their lessons and tests. There is nothing personalized about the programs, … Continue reading The stealth campaign for charter schools found in emails of Seattle Public School employees and the candidacy of Omar Vasquez

Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

John Krull agreed to answer our questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I implemented … Continue reading Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association video: What corporations have in store for public schools

The third episode of PJSTA Live, in affiliation with Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association, deals with what corporate reformers see as the future of public education. The two guests in this episode are Alison McDowell and Jia Lee.  Alison McDowell is a parent … Continue reading Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association video: What corporations have in store for public schools

Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education: A Talk by Alison McDowell on March 25th

Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education March 25th, from 10:30 AM-Noon Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library 12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125 This talk is free and … Continue reading Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education: A Talk by Alison McDowell on March 25th

Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools

  How far are we from the day we’ll be forced to rely on online education modules to inspire and excite the minds of young people; where badge collections replace diplomas; and virtual reality games substitute for Friday night dances, … Continue reading Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools