The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation

There’s a reason why Stand for Children doesn’t want to refer to the school conversion clause in Initiative 1240 as the parent trigger. If you Google “parent trigger”, articles come up about how it has divided communities, how it has been used as a tool for charter operators to take over existing school buildings and how it started with Steve Barr, then the CEO of the Green Dot charter chain to open a charter school in Compton amidst much uproar by the majority of parents using an existing school building. (Which begs the question, just where do Bill Gates, Alice … Continue reading The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation

The Weekly Update: More on New Orleans, another one bites the dust, a Broadie that is, the Seattle School Board will be voting on Initiative 1240, be there, and more news you might have missed

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. First, some business. Seattle school board to vote on Initiative 1240 resolution Seattle School Board Director Kay Smith-Blum introduced a resolution against the charter school Initiative 1240 at the Seattle School Board Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday. The Executive Committee agreed to move the resolution forward to a full Board vote on Wednesday, October 17th with a recommendation to approve the resolution. As many people as possible should be at this board meeting. It is a critical vote and you know that the well paid opposition  in the guise of … Continue reading The Weekly Update: More on New Orleans, another one bites the dust, a Broadie that is, the Seattle School Board will be voting on Initiative 1240, be there, and more news you might have missed

School takeover by Steve Barr and the Future Is Now charter school causes student walkout in New Orleans: Is this what we want Seattle?

This is the article and press release from the Louisiana Justice Institute. Two weeks after the school year started, the New Orleans School District allowed these charter operators to take over the school. Students at Walter L. Cohen in New Orleans began a walk out/protest on October 4th, 2012 when their teachers and administrators were dismissed and the announcement was made that Future Is Now Charter (Steven Barr, formerly of Green Dot in California, and Gideon Stein) would be taking over the governance of the school. A press conference is to be held today, Monday, October 8, at 3:00pm. This … Continue reading School takeover by Steve Barr and the Future Is Now charter school causes student walkout in New Orleans: Is this what we want Seattle?

Ed corporatists, charter franchise heads & the “teacher quality” Inquisition are coming to town! (PLUS, Special Guest — Michelle Rhee’s fiance!)

THIS JUST IN! — Courtesy of LEV (League of Education Voters–FUNDED BY THE GATES FOUNDATION) an onslaught of ed reform profiteers are coming to Seattle this October to speak as part of LEV’s imaginary “revolution.” “Voices from the Education Revolution Speakers Series” featuring: Richard Barth, CEO – KIPP Foundation (and the BROAD FOUNDATION; FUNDED BY THE GATES FOUNDATION) Timothy Daly, President – The New Teacher Project (FUNDED BY THE GATES FOUNDATION) Steve Barr, Founder & Emeritus Chair – Green Dot Public Schools (FUNDED BY THE GATES FOUNDATION) Moderated by Don Shalvey (Ed Director of the GATES FOUNDATION, former CEO and … Continue reading Ed corporatists, charter franchise heads & the “teacher quality” Inquisition are coming to town! (PLUS, Special Guest — Michelle Rhee’s fiance!)