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

Weekly Update, January 22, 2012: Rent-a-preacher, teachers and a school that works

A lot has been going on in the last two weeks nationally and I am now just getting caught up. There is a lot going on in the state of Washington with Stand for Children, et al, trying to do an end run around the people by going directly to the state legislators to attempt to privatize our educational system. It worked in Wisconsin, as Jonah Edelman with Stand for Children proudly proclaimed in the video of him at the Aspen Institute so of course it will work in Washington, right? Well, that’s what he said would happen. He said … Continue reading Weekly Update, January 22, 2012: Rent-a-preacher, teachers and a school that works

What to expect in January from the corporate privatizers in the state of Washington

Remember: There is nothing “public” about charter schools except the funding of these franchises by our tax dollars. This began as a memorandum to a group of political and education activists in the state of Washington but as I started writing this, I realized that everyone in the state of Washington needs to be aware of what is coming down the pipe in Olympia in terms of the effort to privatize our public schools. Many companies and individuals have jumped onto the band wagon of “ed reform” because of the dollars involved with everything from testing to “online learning”. See … Continue reading What to expect in January from the corporate privatizers in the state of Washington

New: A Weekly Update

Starting this week, I will be providing a weekly update of what I think were valuable or interesting articles and cartoons. This first publication is short because I just remembered that I was going to do this. Next week I will be more conscious of setting aside articles that I think need a closer look. If you would like to be on the mailing list for this weekly update, please e-mail me at seattle.ed2010@gmail.com and I’ll put you on the list for the Friday update. Week of September 4, 2011 Update First a little humor. http://standardizedtests.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=4346 Who has your child’s … Continue reading New: A Weekly Update

Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

…and other connections. Our Schools Coalition has not been active since September of 2010 after congratulating themselves on being a part of the bargaining process between the teacher’s union and the superintendent. According to their website: The coalition formed here strongly supports the following changes to the Seattle Public School teacher contract, to be renegotiated beginning April 2010 for agreement by the start of the 2010-2011 school year. We advocate that all reforms outlined below be fully implemented in time for the 2011-2012 school year. Our Schools Coalition proposed changes to the teacher contract*: (This is when they used their … Continue reading Strategies 360/DMA Marketing Caught Red Handed in Tacoma

Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Connecting the dots… Yet another ed reform Astroturf organization emerges out of nowhere.  A new Astroturf group has just emerged in Tacoma, WA, that sounds a lot like the one that was fabricated in Seattle last year, with the same mission: to influence the upcoming teacher’s contract negotiations. More specifically, its goal is to impose an outside corporate ed reform agenda on teachers by tricking them into believing there is broad public support for these (discredited) reforms when in fact there isn’t. This latest entity is called the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition” and it emerged in late April. Just like … Continue reading Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Education Push Polls: 9 Fake Questions Versus 9 Real Questions

Seattle, remember that push poll that the Broad and Gates backed Alliance for Education did last year just before contract negotiations began between our Broad-trained superintendent and the teachers’ union? There were several interesting comments made about it on the Save Seattle Schools blog last year. Since then we have discovered that this sort of manufacturing of consent has happened in several parts of the country when the corporate reform groups want to swoop in and takeover schools, turn them into charter schools and bust the teachers’ union so that the charter franchises can then hire cheap labor, many times … Continue reading Education Push Polls: 9 Fake Questions Versus 9 Real Questions

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

Seattle School District hires staffer from Strategies 360 – the political marketing firm that misused private student contact info to push ed reform agenda

The Seattle Public School District announced today that it has hired Lesley Rogers from Strategies 360 political marketing firm to oversee its communications. Chief Communications Officer appointed Seattle Public Schools on Friday announced the appointment of Lesley Rogers as the district’s Chief Communications Officer, following a national search. Rogers, who starts April 4, will oversee internal and external communications for the District. (…)  Rogers is leaving her job as Vice President of Communications for Strategies 360, where she directed communications efforts for a wide spectrum of clients in fields including education, environmental protection, renewable energy, public policy and transportation. (…) … Continue reading Seattle School District hires staffer from Strategies 360 – the political marketing firm that misused private student contact info to push ed reform agenda

Loose Ends – Strategies 360, Susan Enfield, Crazy Talk & Quakes

Here some thoughts on a number of items that have been in the news lately. Business as Usual at SPS? Many of us were shocked to read that the Seattle Public School District hired Strategies 360/DMA Marketing to do its publicity last October. If SPS is serious about changing the culture and direction that bred the Pottergate scandal, and instituting a new era of trust with the community, then it needs to discontinue its already shady association with Strategies 360/DMA Marketing. This company has a bad reputation among us parents. Here’s why: in 2009-10, Strategies 360/DMA created a push-poll and … Continue reading Loose Ends – Strategies 360, Susan Enfield, Crazy Talk & Quakes

That Was the Year That Was

Wow, 2010 sure did come and go! One of the reasons that I liked using 2010 as part of our blog title was because I felt that a lot would be going on in Seattle this year in terms of a big push towards ed reform and boy was I right! A lot of money was poured into the coffers of a few non-profits in Seattle by Gates and Broad to further their agenda. Our schools have now successfully been resegregated by our Broad-trained Superintendent and are now ripe for charter schools. Ed reform legislation was passed in the form … Continue reading That Was the Year That Was

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)