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Video: The Progressive Fellows at the NPE Conference on racial equity (or a lack thereof)

The Progressive Magazine selected 12 blogger/journalists from around the country to contribute to The Progressive website on a regular basis. I was fortunate enough to be one of the Fellows … Continue reading

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Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray: A Wannabe Rahm?

Most researchers agree on one negative consequence — when mayors take charge of public schools, the role of parents and the community, especially among minority groups, can be marginalized and … Continue reading

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We are asking the OSPI State Superintendent candidates their position on opting out

The following letter was sent to each candidate for Superintendent of Public instruction. Their responses will be published on May 1st. -editor. Hello Candidates, My name is Carolyn Leith and … Continue reading

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A must watch: The Call to Education Justice Conference, Dr. Yohuro Williams spells it out

No introduction is needed. Dr. Yohuru Williams is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History at Fairfield University. He is the author of Teaching US History Beyond … Continue reading

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Washington BADASS Teachers (WA BATS) Opt-Out Cheer Squad

As Washington BADASS Teachers (WA-BATS), we believe that everyone should do anything and everything they can to fight the so-called “reforms” that are destroying our public schools.  Unfortunately, the reality … Continue reading

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Bill Gates in Washington State: Mayoral Control and Charter Schools

With a blanket permission by Anthony Cody to repost his work: The cities where our foundation has put the most money in is where there’s a single person responsible. In … Continue reading

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Bill 1497: Looks like Mayor Murray wants to run the school district now

…and Representative Eric Pettigrew is more than happy to help. (More on him later.)   This post is getting re-published due to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (our Wannabe Rahm) making … Continue reading

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Mayoral Control: The short of it

With Mayor Ed Murray, who looks to be a Wannabe Rahm, starting to make noise that looks, feels and sounds like a duck, in this case mayoral control, I decided … Continue reading

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Charter schools: Back to court in Washington State

  “I’m just frustrated that we can spend all this time and passion talking about what we want to do for a handful of schools, when I am frustrated that … Continue reading

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Common Sense Questions About the Common Core Test

I came across this article today while Googling information about the SBAC and is well worth a read. From eduresearcher by Roxana Marachi, PhD: Critical Questions about Computerized Assessments and … Continue reading

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Introducing the Decision to Support the Whole Child Refusal Form

It’s no secret that refusal forms provided by school districts are designed to shame and intimidate parents into second guessing their decision to keep their children from participating in high … Continue reading

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This just in: No standardized tests in Alaska this school year

From the Washington post: Alaska cancels all K-12 standardized tests for the year, citing technical problems Alaska officials have canceled the state’s computer-based standardized testing for the year, citing repeated … Continue reading

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Beware of “the 74”

I wrote an article recently about a post in “the 74” on their preponderance of interest in charter schools in Washington State. With sponsors such as the Waltons and Michael Bloomberg, both proponents of … Continue reading

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Why did both unions representing teachers endorse Hillary Clinton?

  This is a rhetorical question because I don’t have the answer but all teachers who are a part of either union, the AFT or the NEA, should question their leadership. … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges’ talk at the United Opt Out Conference

My youngest son enters third grade in Princeton next year and I have already told the principal that not only will he not be taking the standardized  test, but I will … Continue reading

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Cory Booker is no friend of public education

  …At least he wasn’t. I have heard Cory Booker’s name off and on for several years and not in a very good light. On Thursday he will be in … Continue reading

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Opting out of standardized testing is a diverse movement

By Jeff Bryant with The Progressive:  The Fight Against Standardized Testing is More Diverse Than You Think  In 2013, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tried to minimize the movement … Continue reading

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An interview with Washington State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones

  Erin Jones is running for Washington State Superintendent in charge of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). According to the OSPI webpage, it is “the primary agency charged … Continue reading

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Corporate Education Reform is modern day eugenics

Blinded by Pseudoscience: Standardized Testing is Modern Day Eugenics by Steven Singer at gadfly on the wall blog Make no mistake. Corporate Education Reform is modern day eugenics. It pretends to … Continue reading

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The Walmartization of our public schools

  Alice Walton donated $1.7M to the charter school initiative in Washington State in 2012. Was it because she cares so much about the children? She doesn’t seem to be … Continue reading

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McCleary Crime Scene Special Session Coloring Sheet

As parents with kids in public school, it takes a tremendous amount of restraint when describing the just completed session of the Washington State Legislature. A profanity laced tirade feels … Continue reading

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Money for charters but nothing for public schools? It’s time for a recall in Washington State

It’s amazing how some of our legislators can get real creative with funding charter schools but not so much with public schools. Ten Washington State Legislative Democrats voted to keep … Continue reading

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From the Black Agenda Report: BlackLivesMatter/CampaignZero Activist Brittney Packnett (Almost) Tries to Defend the Indefensible, Teach for America

  Originally posted on the Black Agenda Report: TFA/BlackLivesMatter/CampaignZero Activist Brittney Packnett (Almost) Tries to Defend the Indefensible Packnett’s problem however, and Teach For America’s too, is that their mission … Continue reading

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Watson Tango Fremont Washington Middle School PTA! Charter schools recruiting at your “High School Success Night”?!?

I’d say the Washington Middle School PTA has some explaining to do. This is the flyer that went out to all of the parents at the middle school for High … Continue reading

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Charter schools and corruption

When there is privatization there is corruption. We have seen it with charter schools around the country, with prisons, detention facilities, utilities and the war machine. Here is yet another … Continue reading

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The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked!

For the first post in this series see: The Battle for Seattle, Part 1. The Battle for Seattle, Part 2: Hijacked!   The Broad Foundation was established in 1999 and … Continue reading

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Washington’s Charter School Battle—Let’s Set the Record Straight

Originally posted in The Progressive. Washington’s Charter School Fight—Let’s Set the Record Straight  Washington State has been ground zero in the fight over charter schools this past year, and misinformation … Continue reading

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A better way in educaton

My daughter is beginning to focus on the education of her future child and my first grandchild. She wrote the following post on her personal blog and I want to … Continue reading

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DFER loves Hillary, ’nuff said

If, as an education advocate, you were on the fence as a Democrat on who to vote for during this Presidential primary, look no further. By the way, DFER loved … Continue reading

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Mass media deception on Washington State charter school test scores

  Don’t be charter fooled. It’s interesting how much charter schools really do not want to be public schools beholden to public scrutiny. Case in point, 74, a slick media … Continue reading

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What our Washington State legislators CAN do to equitably fund educaton

I’ve seen enough dancing around the real issues of funding education in Washington State by our legislators and it’s time  for them to get serious or get another job. From … Continue reading

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Emails reveal OSPI in contempt of Supreme Court ruling on charter schools in Washington State

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled last fall that charter schools are unconstitutional in the state due to a lack of public oversight but that wasn’t going to stop someone … Continue reading

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Emails reveal the “Gates Machine” in action after the Washington State Supreme Court’s decision that charter schools are unconstitutional

    Is the Gates Foundation an invisible fourth branch of Washington’s state government? (Please note, as of 8:40 PM on 2/8/2015, more emails have been received. I will go … Continue reading

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From The Progressive: What Could Be Wrong With School Choice?

An excerpt: What Could Be Wrong With School Choice? This week marked the annual National School Choice Week with events across the country promoting “education options” such as charter schools … Continue reading

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“Those who drool to emulate New Orleans’ charter school program ought to dry their chins and take note”

From Mercedes Schneider’s EduBlog  deutsch29 Two Former New Orleans Charter Principals Exploited SPED Students for Money, Among Other Issues The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) does not systematically and regularly audit its … Continue reading

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Colonizing the Black Natives: Charter Schools and Teach for America

This piece was originally published on March 14, 2014 on Cloaking Inequity. Colonizing the Black Natives: Reflections from a former NOLA Charter School Dean of Students Each day, I could have up … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: Compare and Contrast

  In junior high (that’s what they called it then) and high school, my English teachers loved to give us writing assignments to “Compare and Contrast” something. It pertained to … Continue reading

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Another story of charter schools pushing out special ed students: The Success Charter chain

Since charter school franchises were established, there has been cherry picking of students and the pushing out of students who cannot perform on standardized tests, whether there are behavioral problems … Continue reading

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The out-of-district charter school scam has landed one CA supe a felony charge: Take heed Randy Dorn

 Randy Dorn steals a page out of California’s charter school playbook on the out-of-district, alternative learning /homeschool scheme. This is a cautionary tale for Randy Dorn and others playing the charter … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards: It’s all about the money

A popular “single” from the 70’s, “For the love of money”. Play it while reading this post or even sing along! From Truth in American Education: Textbook Publishers Being “In … Continue reading

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Rainier Prep charter school is anticipating funding from the state as they stay open illegally

  I’m not sure where this idea is coming from, yet, but Rainier Beach Prep charter school in the Highline School District is anticipating state funding from the state of … Continue reading

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The Mary Walker School District rescinds their request for charter schools in the Seattle Public School District

  The Mary Walker School District (MWSD) has rescinded their request for approval of charter schools in the City of Seattle after requests were made twice, first by The Office of the Superintendent of … Continue reading

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Is it Research – or Propaganda?

This article was published four years ago on this site but needs to see the light of day again. -Dora Taylor There’s a lot of brand new education research coming … Continue reading

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Does the Education Platform of the Washington State Democrats Mean Anything to Our Legislators?

During the busy holiday season, The Spokesman Review ran an article about a newly formed PAC called Act Now for Washington Students. The goal of this group is to sway … Continue reading

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The charter school shell game in Washington State: Money laundering at its best (or worst?) by way of OSPI

  If you haven’t been keeping up with the fight over charter schools in our state, for now just know that the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that charter … Continue reading

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Sing “Opting Out” to Auld Lang Syne: Happy New Year!

I just came across this on Facebook and wanted to share. For all in our great state, replace Al-ba-ny with O-lym-pia. Spread widely and Happy 2016!!!  

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NPE Conference: Education Bloggers Network panel

From the NPE Conference webpage: On Friday night, April 15, 2016, education advocates from around the country will begin gathering in Raleigh, North Carolina for NPE’s 3rdAnnual National Conference which … Continue reading

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