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Bill Gates rewrites history for Seattle students: Testimony on the Ida B. Wells School for Social Justice

This public testimony was given at the The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Education, not Criminalization! Town Hall. If you spoke at this event or have video you would like to share, please contact … Continue reading

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How KIPP charter school handles special ed/IEP students

Leonie Haimson posted this in 2012 and I have linked to it several times over the last few years. Because I seem to be on a roll about KIPP charter … Continue reading

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KIPP charter schools and the behavior modification of…teachers

“The No-Nonsense Nurturer Program has transformed the lives of thousands of students by transforming the practices of their teachers… It is simply a must-learn set of new skills for every … Continue reading

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System Failure: Charter Schools in Louisiana

Since 2005, approximately $700 million in public tax dollars have been spent on charter schools that currently have not achieved a C or better on the state’s grading system. New … Continue reading

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KIPP charter chain and torture adviser Marty Seligman: A match made in hell?

From KIPP’s own website: (And not to fret, I took a screen shot.)  KIPP’s innovative approach is grounded in the research of Dr. Martin Seligman and the late Dr. Chris Peterson (the “fathers“ of … Continue reading

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Civil Rights and Community Groups Demand End to High Stakes Testing and Moratorium on Charter Schools

This letter was issued on July 7, 2015. “We respectfully disagree that the proliferation of high stakes assessments and top-down interventions are needed in order to improve our schools.  We live … Continue reading

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Tests and testing in Seattle: Do you know how many tests your student takes in one year?

The answer is “probably not”. No one within the Seattle Public School District, besides School Board Director Sue Peters, seems to be concerned or be able to accurately report to … Continue reading

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We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here’s why

The self-designation of “reformer” by people who have never been in the classroom and have no actual training or experience in education is a smokescreen. What they are really after is profitability for their investor-owned … Continue reading

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The Gates owned Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) right here in Seattle

Whenever Bill Gates wants to justify his ideas that he imposes on school children around the country, he relies on the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) to appear with … Continue reading

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National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing

This resolution is modeled on a resolution passed by more than 819 Texas school boards in 2012 representing 80% of the districts and endorsed by 88% of the students. It was written … Continue reading

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Summer meals for children

Please send this on to others. Don’t let kids go hungry this summer.Just because school is out doesn’t mean students can’t get the same free or reduced-cost meals they rely … Continue reading

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Parents Across America endorses House Bill 2382, the “Enable More Parents to Opt-Out Without Endangering Resources Act”

June 16, 2015 Dear Representative Reed: Parents Across America is pleased to endorse H. 2382, the Enable More Parents to Opt-Out Without Endangering Resources Act. PAA is a non-partisan, non-profit … Continue reading

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Oregon passes Student Assessment Bill of Rights

From the Oregon Education Association: On June 11, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2655, the Student Assessment Bill of Rights. The Bill recognizes students and their parents as important stakeholders in … Continue reading

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It’s taking four months to send out results of the COMPUTERIZED Common Core Standards SBAC test. Really.

After millions of dollars in tests, workbooks, texts and technology along with weeks of lost library time and class time, this CCS SBAC test that is to close the achievement … Continue reading

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House Bill 2214 : Randy Dorn is not doing us any favors: Tax dollars for a Common Core Standards PR campaign and more

House Bill 2214: “AN ACT Relating to increasing academic rigor and streamlining 2 assessment requirements for high school students.” Just how far are we going to allow the state to … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards SBAC testing, the bully principal…and more

Public school is based on the the principle of inclusion, not exclusion. Kids are accepted however they arrive through the front door. Different ethnic backgrounds, economic status, personal triumphs or … Continue reading

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Bill Gates funds the media, including the Seattle Times’ Education Lab, then secretly meets with them

I am reposting this piece after an article appeared in the Huffington Post about Education Lab, a relatively new section of the Seattle Times funded by Bill Gates. This post … Continue reading

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Data and the illusion of objectivity

We have some great thinkers and writers in Seattle along with ardent advocates and tireless activists and I like to showcase them as much as possible. To follow is a … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on public school privatization in a nutshell

This is what we have seen happen in New Orleans, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. The following was posted on the Seattle Opt Out Facebook page: . Manufacture Crisis —> … Continue reading

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Green Dot charter schools: A cautionary tale

According to Melissa Westbrook over at the Seattle Schools Community Forum, Green Dot charter school is planning, with the help of Bill Gates, to open a charter school in West … Continue reading

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High-Stakes Testing is a Social Justice Issue

And here is why. 5 Reasons Why High-Stakes Testing Is a Social Justice Issue by Jon Greenberg and Gerardine Carroll Few things please parents more than learning that their children … Continue reading

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The Seattle teachers’ walkout in pictures

The teachers’ walkout occurred on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. For additional information on the strike, see The Seattle Education Association has voted to go on strike and Rolling teachers’ strike in … Continue reading

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Seattle Council PTSA supports the Seattle Education Association teacher walk-out, well, sort of

To follow is the Resolution that was passed by the Seattle Council PTSA: Whereas, these are unprecedented times in Washington state’s history as the State is in contempt of court … Continue reading

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Ten things you need to know about Amplify

1. Amplify is owned by Rupert Murdock of News Corp. Joel Klein, the divisive ex-chancellor of New York City schools, is the leader of News Corp’s education division. 2. Murdock … Continue reading

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Just when you thought you had enough, the Seattle Public School district bought another standardized test, Amplify

Created and funded by the Gates and Carnegie Foundations with $100 million, inBloom Inc. was designed to collect a maximum amount of confidential and personally identifiable student and teacher data … Continue reading

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The skinny on Pearson and the Common Core Standards

From Long Island Business News: Uncommon Costs by Claude Solnik The federal government is barred from creating the curriculum. But the feds set aside $4.35 billion to support the shift … Continue reading

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The Opt Out Lounge at STEM Seattle

I’ve been asking for opt-out stories and here is one that takes the cake: SBAC Sit-In: aka The Opt Out Lounge at STEM by Hannah Danforth West Seattle’s Louisa Boren … Continue reading

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Annotated References for PAA fact sheet “Common Core Basics” and position paper “PAA opposes Common Core State Standards, PARCC/SBAC tests”

This paper relates to the previous posts Parents Across America:The Common Core Basics and Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests The following references are … Continue reading

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Parents Across America: The Common Core Basics

What is the Common Core? The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), or “the Common Core,” are a set of learning standards, statements of what students should know and be able … Continue reading

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Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests

Parents Across America opposes both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the associated tests created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and the … Continue reading

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$3.3B Federal (tax) dollars going to charter schools with no accountability

Oh the irony. The mantra for corporate ed reform includes the word “accountability” used ad nauseam and yet the folks shouting this word the loudest are the least accountable. From … Continue reading

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The Seattle Education Association has voted to go on strike

With an 85% yes vote today, Seattle educators have voted to join the wave of one day strikes in Washington State over the legislature’s failure to fund education. The strike … Continue reading

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Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

Nova High School, an “option school” in Seattle that offers project based, student oriented learning with a focus on critical and creative thinking, broke the record in terms of opt … Continue reading

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Testimony by a mother who knows: The SBAC, graduation, “College and Career Ready”

I am a high school math teacher and Richland School District parent. I’ve worked on the SBAC as a contractor for McGraw-Hill and on assessment committees for Washington State’s Office of Superintendent … Continue reading

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95% of the Juniors at Ballard High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

The numbers keep rolling in and tell the story. A related story: Ingraham High School staff objects to the SBAC. Dora Taylor “As a former teacher, I know that ‘No … Continue reading

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It is confirmed: 80% of the 11th graders at Ingraham High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

I just received word this morning that 80% of the Juniors at Ingraham High School refused to take the SBAC test. 40% of the students were opted out by their … Continue reading

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95% of Garfield High School’s 11th graders have opted out of the Common Core SBAC

This just in. 95% of the Garfield High School 11th graders in Seattle have opted out of the Common Core SBAC tests. This is the same class that made history … Continue reading

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Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s scare tactics re: Opting Out of the Common Core SBAC

Dorn Speaks Out on Consequences of Test Refusals…Notated The following is a press release that State Superintendent Randy Dorn sent on Friday, April 24th in response to the number of … Continue reading

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Rolling teachers’ strike in Washington State

Seattle Teacher Jesse Hagopian Explains That Proposed State Budget Would Benefit Neither Teachers Nor Students Also see This just in: The Seattle Education Association membership representatives voted to support a … Continue reading

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190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment

From Truth in American Education: 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s ELA Assessment A New York-based Opt-Out advocacy group called United to Counter the Core reports that 190,836 students as … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Superintendent Nyland from the Opt Outs

Dear Superintendent Nyland, I recently attended a meeting where several SPS teachers spoke candidly about the culture of fear you are cultivating around SBAC testing and I find it to … Continue reading

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What if they gave the SBAC and no one took it? Ask the folks at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle

It has been confirmed that 100% of the 11th grade students at Nathan Hale High School opted out of the SBAC test this week. Here is the history in a … Continue reading

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This just in: The Seattle Education Association membership representatives voted to support a one day walkout

April 20th, 7:40 PM The Seattle Education Association just voted overwhelmingly to move forward with a one day walkout to make a statement about the the lack of state funding … Continue reading

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The Color of School Closures

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Video: Educators speak out on IEP and ELL children taking state tests

Educators from the Brooklyn New School (PS 146) in Brooklyn, NY speak out on IEP and ELL children taking state tests. Parents can stop the abuse. ‪#‎denythelie‬ ‪#‎denythedata‬ ‪#‎choosetorefuse‬

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Guest Post: Your Local Public School Is Failing at Addressing Racism – Here Are 4 Ways How

Your Local Public School Is Failing at Addressing Racism – Here Are 3 Ways How By Jon Greenberg Why study race? Ask students from a variety of racial backgrounds, and … Continue reading

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The Opt Out Update: From the Northwest to the “anti-testing tsunami” in New York to Pennsylvania where the hallways and classroom walls are covered with brown paper for three weeks

Update to the update, April 17, 2015: Thousands of students opt out of state mandated English Language Arts exam as families from Brooklyn to Buffalo boycott tests It’s an anti-testing … Continue reading

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Risking Public Money: California Charter School Fraud

From the Center for Popular Democracy. Risking Public Money: California Charter School Fraud Executive Summary In 1992, California became the second state in the nation to pass legislation authorizing the … Continue reading

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Seattle King County NAACP Statement on the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)

The following statement was read at the NAACP press conference on the Common Core Standards SBAC test: It is the position of the Seattle King County Branch of the NAACP … Continue reading

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