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Do you sometimes wonder why the Seattle Times does so many puff pieces on Bill Gates and his failed education initiatives?

It’s become clear to folks outside the circle of educators and public education advocates that all of Bill Gates ideas on how other children should be educated have failed and for many reasons. Bill Gates is not an educator, never … Continue reading Do you sometimes wonder why the Seattle Times does so many puff pieces on Bill Gates and his failed education initiatives?

The “Cancel your subscription to the Seattle Times” parent campaign is on

The majority of people I speak to are thoroughly disgusted with the Times and its biased editorials and selection  of topics headlined that seem to reflect the views and opinions of the moneyed few rather than providing real information. Bill … Continue reading The “Cancel your subscription to the Seattle Times” parent campaign is on

Bill Gates funds the media, including the Seattle Times’ Education Lab, then secretly meets with them

I am reposting this piece after an article appeared in the Huffington Post about Education Lab, a relatively new section of the Seattle Times funded by Bill Gates. This post was written by Mercedes Schneider and originally posted on her … Continue reading Bill Gates funds the media, including the Seattle Times’ Education Lab, then secretly meets with them

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

Scrappy Seattle Blogs Scoop the Seattle-McKenna Times on Charter School Initiative News

Both the Seattle Education Blog and the Seattle Schools Community Forum have reported on the Seattle School Board’s unanimous vote this Wednesday supporting a resolution to oppose the controversial charter schools initiative I-1240. But over at the city’s only remaining print newspaper of record: Crickets — and problematic free ads for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna. The Seattle School District is the largest public school district in the state, making this resolution obviously newsworthy, and a significant vote of No Confidence in I-1240. Could the Times’ silence on the growing community opposition to the heavily financed charter school initiative have … Continue reading Scrappy Seattle Blogs Scoop the Seattle-McKenna Times on Charter School Initiative News

The Seattle Times Is Wrong — Parents Do NOT Want Teachers Evaluated by Standardized Test Scores. VOTE NO on House Bill 2111

The Seattle Times published an unsigned editorial Tuesday making incorrect statements and accusing Representative Tomiko Santos of cowardice. Quite a load of rubbish for one editorial. The corporate ed reform gang who support the discredited and failed policy of tethering teacher evaluations to standardized test scores (known as “performance pay” or “merit pay”) are apparently all in a tizzy because House Bill 1443 — reincarnated once again as HB 2111 — a mess of legislative sausage-making, is on the ropes. Teachers and parents and any intelligent person who reads the research (Vanderbilt University has conducted multiple studies on merit pay)  … Continue reading The Seattle Times Is Wrong — Parents Do NOT Want Teachers Evaluated by Standardized Test Scores. VOTE NO on House Bill 2111

Oops, I Did It Again!

What happens when you have a Broad resident doing the numbers for a Broad trained superintendent? You get whatever Eli Broad wants. Sounds pretty simple and basic doesn’t it? We had our naysayers but not anymore. It’s a long story with an interesting history that I am tackling now for an article but let’s just start with Brad Bernatek, a Broad resident, who was hired by Raj Manhaus in 2006. Raj, as he is referred to, was superintendent of the Seattle Public School system at that time and had received “corporate training” at the Broad Foundation shortly after his appointment … Continue reading Oops, I Did It Again!

“Special to the Times” — Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson

Seattle Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson has an op-ed in yesterday’s Seattle Times about the new teacher’s contract, “Much work needed to build on Seattle’s groundbreaking contract.” What a surprise! There has been such a parade of fawning and blinkered (and downright inaccurate) editorials and articles coming out of the Times this year in support of the superintendent and her unmandated, often underhanded, Broad/Gates ed reform agenda that some of us suspect the school district PR office has its own cubicle inside the newspaper’s building. Here are my Friday morning thoughts on this latest effort at SPS spin. First off, the superintendent … Continue reading “Special to the Times” — Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson