A vote for Sue Peters is a vote for the rest of us

Suzanne Estey’s claim to fame, as she has stated during her campaign, is her involvement as a board member of Community Center for Education Results (CCER), an “organization” that was created out of thin air by Bill Gates to the tune of over $4M to go after Race to the Top funding. This was a three-year push for funds that allow any interested third party to access not only the basic information of name, address and social security number of our students, but now lots more, more than any parent would want to see made public. And all for a … Continue reading A vote for Sue Peters is a vote for the rest of us

Sue Peters for Seattle School Board

I have been actively involved in the Seattle Public School District for the past nine years, as a parent, volunteer, public education advocate, education journalist and member of the district’s Superintendent Search Community Focus Group and the Strategic Plan Stakeholder Task Force. I was honored to be invited to serve on two task forces for the Seattle School District these past two years, both with significant responsibilities. As a member of the Superintendent Search Community Focus Group in March 2012, I worked with 22 other community leaders to help draft questions and interview the three finalists for superintendent, to guide … Continue reading Sue Peters for Seattle School Board

Two more schools join the Seattle MAP test boycott and USDOE study on the MAP gives it a failing grade

   …and the Washington Education Association Assembly has voted to support the boycott.      Ingraham High School and Thornton Creek Elementary have joined the MAP test boycott which brings the number of schools opting out of the MAP test to seven. 30 teachers at Roosevelt High School have also joined the protest and teachers at Franklin High School stated that if the test is to be given next year, they will boycott the MAP test also.      The list of boycotting schools as of today is: Ballard High School The Center School Chief Sealth International High School Garfield High School … Continue reading Two more schools join the Seattle MAP test boycott and USDOE study on the MAP gives it a failing grade

The Opt Out Update

By the way, the third MAP test which is given in the Fall is solely for the use of NWEA. That’s why it’s “optional”. We’re spending precious resources and time so that NWEA can have more test scores to plug into their database. That’s right people. You will note on the Seattle Public School (SPS) website that the Fall test is optional. It’s not needed by SPS for the purpose of tracking student data. NWEA should be paying us for that one. POP Quiz: OK Seattleites, look in the right hand corner at the “Note to self” and tell me, … Continue reading The Opt Out Update

Webinar: Teacher Jesse Hagopian of Garfield High School- How it can happen at your school

A webinar with Garfield High School Teacher Jesse Hagopian A free webinar featuring Jesse Hagopian, Garfield teacher and alumnus, as he discusses the background and current state of the fight to Scrap The Map. Today at 5pm PST. You must register via email to receive an invitation to the webinar: Write to garfieldteacherswebinar@gmail.com You will then receive a link to the webinar and easy technical directions for utilizing the free, online, web meeting service.   Continue reading Webinar: Teacher Jesse Hagopian of Garfield High School- How it can happen at your school

Wayne Au on His Alma Mater Garfield High School

This article has been reposted in full with permission by the author. Proud to be a Garfield Bulldog The growing support for Garfield teachers’ resistance to the MAP test is a testament to just how much the collective action of teachers at one school means to the rest of the world. On the afternoon of Thursday, January 10th, a group of about 15 teachers stood together in the front of room 206 at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. News cameras and audio recorders from local media outlets crowded the podium as reporters, students, colleagues, and supporters listened closely. The teachers … Continue reading Wayne Au on His Alma Mater Garfield High School

Orca K-8 teachers refuse to give the MAP test

According to the Seattle Times: Teachers and instructional assistants at a second Seattle school are refusing to give exams known as the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP — district-required tests that are given two or three times year. The test boycott that began at Seattle’s Garfield High has now spread to a second school — ORCA K-8, an alternative school in Rainier Valley. Eleven ORCA teachers and instructional assistants are refusing to give exams known as the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), district-required tests that are given two or three times year, according to ORCA teacher Matt Carter.   Continue reading Orca K-8 teachers refuse to give the MAP test

Parents Across America Seattle supports Garfield High School teachers’ principled opposition to the costly and inaccurate MAP® test

Parents Across America, Seattle, fully support and applaud the Garfield High School teaching staff in their refusal to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®)  test to their students. The teachers at Garfield, one of the district’s most respected high schools, have taken a thoughtful, principled stand against an expensive, time-consuming and inaccurate assessment product mandated by the Seattle Public School District. National education historian, Diane Ravitch, has also applauded the action of Garfield teachers, sending the teachers a letter of support and dedicating a statement on her blog to their announcement. Writes Ravitch: “For their courage, their integrity, and … Continue reading Parents Across America Seattle supports Garfield High School teachers’ principled opposition to the costly and inaccurate MAP® test

Part 1: High stakes testing : A little history

I will be posting a series on high stakes testing and opting out on this blog. Why? In other states where high stakes testing has become the norm, parents and educators are discovering that what is happening is harmful to their children and to education in general and they are pushing back by opting out. Unfortunately, high stakes testing has officially begun in Seattle. It started with the following memo from Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda issued this school year: “Beginning this fall, teachers who have been on this system for two school years prior to 2012-2013, and who … Continue reading Part 1: High stakes testing : A little history

The Seattle Public School Board says “NO!” on charter school Initiative 1240 and so does our superintendent

Last night the Seattle Public School board voted unanimously to pass a resolution opposing charter school Initiative 1240. Here is the resolution: A RESOLUTION of the Board of Directors of Seattle School District No. 1, King County, Seattle, Washington in opposition of Initiative 1240, which relates to the allowance of public charter schools in the state of Washington. WHEREAS, it is our role as elected members of the Board of Directors of Seattle School District #1 to support and maintain access to free and equal education for all students within our boundaries and serve as local representatives of the public; … Continue reading The Seattle Public School Board says “NO!” on charter school Initiative 1240 and so does our superintendent

A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s training programs and education policies

This was originally posted on the Parents Across America website by Leonie Haimson. It’s an excellent overview of the influence of Eli Broad on our educational system. I added the photo’s. Dora The question I ask is why should Eli Broad and Bill Gates have more of a say as to what goes on in my child’s classroom than I do?  Sue Peters, co-editor Seattle Education and founding member for Parents Across America. In recent months, three prominent school district superintendents resigned or were fired, after allegations of mismanagement, autocratic leadership styles, and/or the pursuit of unpopular policies. All three … Continue reading A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s training programs and education policies