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The latest cash grab : Teacher/charter school villages

  TFA recognizes the value of the Centers concept and has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Seawall Development Company to replicate the Centers for Educational Excellence model across the country. Philadelphia, along with Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, is … Continue reading The latest cash grab : Teacher/charter school villages

Weekly Update: First for some fun, and then more fun

First, for some fun check out: The three-day World Rhythm Festival in Seattle, a weekend of immersion in world music, drum and dance. 3 days packed with an amazing range of world music traditions, including African, Middle-Eastern, Latin, Indian, Brazilian, North American, and more. The World Rhythm Festival, which starts today, is at Seattle Center and the corresponding International Marketplace will be in the Fisher Pavilion. There will be dance and drumming workshops and special concerts and events for three days and the best part is that all the events are free. You can bring a drum and use it … Continue reading Weekly Update: First for some fun, and then more fun

Teach for America, Inc. Displays Taken Down in Portland and Seattle Apple Stores

According to a previous post on this blog, Parents Across America, Seattle: Part of Protest at Apple Store: Steve Jobs with Apple has gotten on the ed reform bandwagon and is offering free iPads to Teach for America recruits but of course none to real teachers who have teaching experience, degrees in education and have devoted their lives to their school communities.  Nope, this is for the TFA, Inc. recruits with five weeks of training to teach to the test and nothing more. I guess they need some sort of way to track all of those test scores. Check out … Continue reading Teach for America, Inc. Displays Taken Down in Portland and Seattle Apple Stores

How to tell if your School District is infected by the Broad Virus

Chicago has just learned that it will inherit Rochester, New York’s controversial and unpopular school superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard (Broad Superintendent’s Academy “Class of 2007”). Those of us who have experienced the “leadership” of  L.A. billionaire Eli Broad’s corporate-trained superintendents send … Continue reading How to tell if your School District is infected by the Broad Virus

Letter from a Teacher to Superintendent Enfield and Seattle School Board: Please don’t outsource our jobs to TFA

Despite growing enrollment and schools that are bursting at the seams throughout the district, the Seattle School District is apparently under-reporting enrollment in a number of its schools for this fall, and subsequently planning to announce teacher layoffs on May 15. Waiting in the wings are Teach for America, Inc. recruits which the School Board voted 6-1 (Director Patu dissenting) to contract with last year (with very little public discussion), at an added cost of $4,000/head, for reasons that remain unclear. The truth is, many of Seattle’s schools are alarmingly overcrowded, and the district plans to reopen two more elementary … Continue reading Letter from a Teacher to Superintendent Enfield and Seattle School Board: Please don’t outsource our jobs to TFA

Is Washington State government trying to jump on the ed reform bandwagon of failure?

Two recent attempts by WA state government to subvert democracy in order to potentially push an ed reform agenda are cause for alarm. Two eyebrow-raising news items out of Olympia strongly imply that Governor Gregoire and Co. may be positioning our state to turn some tricks yet again for “Race to the Top” bribery funding. Both involve bypassing the democratic process. This is the M.O. of many corporate ed reformers. Mayoral control of school districts is the desired scenario of top-down, anti-democratic ed reformers like Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg and  others. [See sidebar: Power grabs: the M.O. of Ed Reformers] … Continue reading Is Washington State government trying to jump on the ed reform bandwagon of failure?

My testimony to the Seattle School Board about FERPA (& student privacy)

An incident earlier this year in which the private contact information of 10,700 Seattle public school children and 1,400 teachers got passed along from the school district’s database to a political marketing firm prompted a group of parents to investigate this breach of privacy and formally request that the school district change its policy regarding FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Here is what I said to the Seattle School Board and superintendent on Oct. 6, 2010. I am an SPS parent and co-editor of the Seattle Education 2010 blog. Tonight I’d like to address concerns about how well … Continue reading My testimony to the Seattle School Board about FERPA (& student privacy)

Why the sudden pom-poms in Seattle for Teach for America, Inc.?

“Did you ever work at a job where, when you got enough skill to get a raise in pay, you were fired, and a new man put in?” – Jim from “In Dubious Battle,” John Steinbeck “The teaching profession in Seattle should be opened up to attract additional talent, including programs such as Teach for America.” – “Our Schools Coalition” “petition.” An agenda item was quietly slipped into tonight’s Seattle School Board meeting: an “Agreement with Teach for America” apparently to bring TFA recruits to the Puget Sound area as “teachers.” There has been no public discussion of this notion. … Continue reading Why the sudden pom-poms in Seattle for Teach for America, Inc.?