OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

In March of this year, my co-editor Carolyn Leith and I interviewed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Candidate Erin Jones. In preparation for the interview we noticed several of her donors were pro-charter school individuals and organizations … Continue reading OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

UPDATE: Two mistakes have been corrected from the original post. Voters for Washington Children spent $15,000 in digital ads AGAINST Luis Moscoso in the District 1 Senate race. In addition, Voters for Washington Children spent $10,000 AGAINST Branden Durst in the … Continue reading Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

An interview with Washington State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones

  Erin Jones is running for Washington State Superintendent to be in charge of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). According to the OSPI webpage, it is “the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state”. Presently, … Continue reading An interview with Washington State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones

Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

Per a previous post titled, “Before you can fund the charter school, you have to fund an advocacy organization that can create a climate for the charter school to exist”, Bill Gates has been busy for several years funding established organizations … Continue reading Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

The Charter School Bill 1240 and the 1%: An Analysis

If only they had channeled all of the money represented above into our public schools in Seattle rather than into financing the corporate takeover of our educational system, we would have full time librarians, nurses, career counselors, enough teaching assistants … Continue reading The Charter School Bill 1240 and the 1%: An Analysis

Legislative Action Alert: Grading schools, closing schools and converting them into charter schools: SB5328 and SB5329

This is a one item agenda, grading schools, then transforming the schools with the lowest test scores into charter schools or closing them and providing the option of…a charter school or a public school outside of the student’s neighborhood. If you don’t understand the devastation that starts with high stakes testing and ends with school closings, check out the recent weekly update, The Weekly Update: Eli Broad’s how-to guide on closing schools and disaster capitalism up close and personal. Stand for Children, with their bought and paid for representative State Senator Steve Litzow, and the League of Education Voters have pushed … Continue reading Legislative Action Alert: Grading schools, closing schools and converting them into charter schools: SB5328 and SB5329

The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. Bill Gates and the Waltons have had their way with Washington State. With ads running continuously on TV channels for the last three weeks up to November 6th, Bill Gates and the Waltons finally got their way with us….unless there is a legal challenge regarding the state’s constitutional demand for oversight by OSPI. Stay tuned. The passage of I 1240 due to the financial backing of Stand for Children, Bill Gates, the Waltons and few other of the 1 percenters with the aid of the League of Education … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more

THE CHARTER-PUSHERS: WHO IS BANKROLLING THE $8 MILLION EFFORT (and counting) TO BRING CHARTERS TO WASHINGTON STATE?

WASHINGTON STATE VOTERS HAVE REJECTED CHARTER SCHOOLS THREE TIMES And for good reason – 83% of charter schools perform no better, or perform worse than genuinely public schools. (Source: Stanford University CREDO Report, 2009, the most comprehensive study of charter schools to date.) Yet, a small group of wealthy individuals & political lobbyists – a number of them from outside Washington State – still want to push charters on our state. They paid $3 million to get this controversial idea on the ballot this November, hiring professional signature gatherers — not volunteers — and they continue to pour large amounts … Continue reading THE CHARTER-PUSHERS: WHO IS BANKROLLING THE $8 MILLION EFFORT (and counting) TO BRING CHARTERS TO WASHINGTON STATE?

The inconvenient truth about charter school Initiative 1240

Initiative 1240, which is a resolution to set up charter schools in the state of Washington, circumvents our State Constitution because it would set up an alternative state school system not under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, July 2012 Bill Gates and the Walmart Walton’s are waging a campaign against democracy and public education and for the privatization of our schools through the tool of Initiative 1240. Bill Gates, the Walton’s and others from the “business community” in our state, have financially backed a campaign to get enough signatures … Continue reading The inconvenient truth about charter school Initiative 1240

The Chicago teachers strike, Rahm Emmanuel, Stand for Children, the Gates Foundation, DFER, the Tea Party, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

So what do all of these folks have in common? Listen up Seattle. The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. On one side the 30,000 members of the CTU have called for a contract that includes fair compensation, meaningful job security for qualified teachers, smaller class sizes and a better school day with Art, Music, World Language and appropriate staffing levels to help our neediest students. On the other side, the Chicago Board of Education—which is managed by out of town reformers and Broad Foundation hires with little or no … Continue reading The Chicago teachers strike, Rahm Emmanuel, Stand for Children, the Gates Foundation, DFER, the Tea Party, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Bain Capital, Stand for Children and Initiative 1240

Birds of a feather and all, Stand for Children, which is about the takeover of our public schools, has not only received donations from members of Bain Capital but the Managing Director at Bain Capital is on the Board of Directors for Stand for Children. Oh what a web… Stand for Children is also behind Initiative 1240 in our state which is an illegal maneuver to privatize our public schools by setting up charter schools with no local or state oversight by a public entity. See the article Why Initiative 1240 is Unconstitutional by David Spring. To get a better … Continue reading Bain Capital, Stand for Children and Initiative 1240