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Seattle teachers considering a strike over funding

by Jesse Hagopian  Originally posted in the South Seattle Emerald. Turning the Streets Into Our Classroom By Wednesday this week every school in Seattle will have held a union vote … Continue reading

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What Corporations, Bill Gates and the Department of Defense Have Planned for Public Education: A video

      Alison McDowell, editor of Wrench in the Gears, gave a presentation titled Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education  on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Savage Kingdom: Recommended for high school students, with a caveat, and adults

Editor’s note: This book review was originally posted at Literary Leisure  and written by Taylor Baysinger. “And thy blush being turned to indignation, thou shalt wash, hast washed thy feet in … Continue reading

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An Interview with Kenneth Zeichner: Relay Graduate School of Education

  The reason that I use Lisa Delpit’s term “other people’s children” here is to underline the point that few if any Relay staff and advocates for the program in … Continue reading

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Presentation for Advocacy 101: My Personal Journey

On March 5th, my friend Shawna Murphy, co-hosted a roundtable discussion on advocacy. I was invited to participate on the panel. These are my opening remarks.  My name is Carolyn … Continue reading

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A Day Without Women action shows the importance of women in public schools

    Women have always been a valuable and integral part of the economy, and women’s paid work is becoming increasingly important to family well-being. In 2015, 42 percent of … Continue reading

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WA State House Bill 1518: “The Summer Step-Up Act” re: Social Emotional Learning: Why are we experimenting on low income four-year old’s?

I took a deep dive into the realm of Social Emotional Learning recently and someone brought to my attention a House Bill that is in committee at the time of … Continue reading

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Hybrid Learning, Cicada Killers & the Next Big Fight

Those seeking to privatize our schools know framing the conversation is key. That’s why institutions like the MacArthur Foundation have put serious time and money into social science research. Focus group … Continue reading

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How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?

  You cannot fully understand what is happening with Future Ready school redesign, 1:1 device programs, embedded assessments, gamification, classroom management apps, and the push for students in neighborhood schools … Continue reading

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McCleary Crime Scene Find the Money Word Search

A year ago Teacher Retention Advocate Parents (TRAP)  hosted a coloring contest to draw attention to Washington State’s criminally under-funded public schools. Today, TRAP is back – because the Legislature STILL can’t … Continue reading

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The Endgame of Corporate Reform, Part 3: Online Learning, Social, Emotional Learning and the Department of Defense

This is the third and final post in the series. Part 1: The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John … Continue reading

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The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

  “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning

What do you think should happen in this scenario? The superintendent of the largest school district in the state, through mismanagement and carelessness, runs up a crippling 35 million dollar … Continue reading

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Look What You’ve Done – An Open Letter to My Mother

When you announced your plans, at your 70th birthday last summer, to vote for him, I patiently explained why a vote for Trump was a direct vote against the safety … Continue reading

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Why We Need Independent Media

Posted with permission from TurningPointNews.org. About the author: Elizabeth Hanson M. Ed. Is a college instructor from Seattle Washington and co-founder of turningpointnews.org. She is also a co-author of the … Continue reading

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The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

I find it disturbing how quickly basic facts are flushed down the memory hole. Yes, Betsy Devos is the extreme example of the type of privatizer destroying public education, but … Continue reading

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New bedfellows in education: Bill Gates and Donald Trump

  Exactly how far will Bill Gates go in furthering his agenda of privatizing public schools and ensuring that Common Core Standards is instituted in every classroom across the country? … Continue reading

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It’s time to restructure the US Department of Education

  Two of our constitutional amendments played an important role in public education. In 1791, the 10th Amendment stated, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, … Continue reading

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Thanks to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), It’s a Year Too Late for Hand-Wringing over Charter Schools

Last year, I wrote an open letter to Senator Patty Murray pleading with her to reconsider the lavish financial support charter schools were slated to receive in the soon to … Continue reading

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24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

After an exhausting presidential election, those in power expect us to checkout and stop paying attention. Here’s a few good reason to stay vigilant. In Washington State, the race for … Continue reading

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During this time of giving, some recommendations

With a Trump presidency and administration, we need to strengthen and support organizations and news groups that fight to protect democracy and the rights of all human beings. To follow … Continue reading

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Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – $8 Million from the Gates Foundation and the Myth of Local Control

Remember when a return to local control was the biggest selling point for the passage of The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA)? States would be allowed to set their own … Continue reading

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ELO’s: How Community-Based Learning Advances the Cyber Education Agenda, Part 1

  Editor’s note: Post republished with permission from Wrench in the Gears. ELOs: How Community-Based Learning Advances the Cyber Education Agenda ELO’s are learning experiences that by definition happen OUTSIDE the classroom. … Continue reading

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Seattle’s response to the election: Student walk outs, community meetings and more

This is one of the many reasons I love Seattle. First, a press release: All School Walkout and Students Protest for Solidarity November 14, 2016 Students all across Seattle, will … Continue reading

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Now what: Getting past the neoliberal agenda

What we do next goes beyond the specifics of education to the larger picture. I saw the creep of neoliberalism in public school education with the notion that the free-market … Continue reading

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The Attack on Teachers Goes to College

Originally published on The Progressive website. The Attack on Teachers Goes to College The dramatic lockout of faculty at Long Island University in Brooklyn this fall brought home the reality … Continue reading

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The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools

Editor’s note: Cheri Kiesecker was a panelists for the Webinar: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut hosted by Parents Across America. Click here for links to the video recording and slides from the program. -Carolyn Leith … Continue reading

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Serious student privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform

Summit charter schools  opened a location in Seattle last year. The school calls what they do “blended” or “personalized” learning which means placing a student in front of a computer during most, … Continue reading

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Washington State’s Digital Promise School Districts: Creating new markets for personalized learning snake oil

Back in 2011, Congress created a non-profit which would allow education startups and software companies easier access to America’s public schools. The initiative was called Digital Promise. From White House … Continue reading

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The National Education Association (NEA) and Bill Gates

To follow is an open letter to NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia written by teacher and parent Kevin Ohlandt and originally posted on Exceptional Delaware. An Open Letter To NEA … Continue reading

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The deets on DFER, Democrats for Education Reform

  The following is the most comprehensive investigation and reporting that I have read so far about Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), a group disguising themselves as a Democratic political … Continue reading

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The NAACP calls for a moratorium on charter schools

On October 15, 2016, Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Board of Directors ratified a resolution Saturday adopted by delegates at its 2016 107th … Continue reading

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Parents Across America endorses #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool action by Washington State teachers

Parents Across America endorses the action of teachers, counselors, instructional assistants, office staff and other educators who will wear “Black Lives Matter” t-shirts to school on Wednesday, October 18th. We … Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: The Network of Public Education (NPE) supports educators in Washington State

    The Network of Public Education extends its support and solidarity to educators in Washington state who are taking a strong public stand in their action this week. By … Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: Hundreds of professors across the country support Seattle educators in their day of action

Originally posted at I Am an Educator. Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: Hundreds of professors across the country support Seattle educators in their day of action Over 200 scholars and professors nationwide sign … Continue reading

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Join Parents Across America’s Poverty, Race and Education book club series with Jesse Hagopian and his book “More Than a Score”

Topic: Race, Poverty, and Education: Let’s get real about leveling the playing field Time: Nov 20, 2016 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 4 PM Pacific Time  The guest for Parents Across … Continue reading

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The Seattle Education Association endorses the Black Lives Matter at School action

Re-posted from I Am an Educator: #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool: Hundreds of educators across Seattle to wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts to school on Oct. 19th Educators in Seattle are starting off the school … Continue reading

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Relay Graduate School Indoctrination

Editor’s note: Recently, Seattle Schools Community Forum published a guest post about the Summit Atlas Public Forum that was held on September 29th. The Summit charter school chain set up in … Continue reading

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Podesta emails show NEA behind the scenes on the Clinton endorsement

    From:bi@globalculturalstrategies.com To: john.podesta@gmail.com Date: 2016-03-13 17:06 Subject: From Bill Ivey …Secretary Clinton is not an entertainer, and not a celebrity in the Trump, Kardashian mold; what can she … Continue reading

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Teachers in Seattle affirm that Black Lives Matter in public schools

Editor’s note: There has been a run on the Black Lives Matter t-shirts. Our suggestion is to either wear a plain black t-shirt showing your support or order one online. … Continue reading

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How privatization of schools (charter schools) works: An infograph

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This Goes Under “Cashing In On Ed Reform”: Online charter school K12 Inc.

K12 Online Learning is in Washington State  using tax dollars to cash in on the online charter school industry. This was first published on the Seattle Education blog in 2012 and originally posted at … Continue reading

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Students’ rights in charter schools: There aren’t many

From edushyster at edushyster.com: Signing their rights away A series of court rulings suggests that students who attend charter schools do not have the same rights as public school students. … Continue reading

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The grifters of corporate ed reform: KIPP charter schools with the aid of the DOE

KIPP is a taxpayer-subsidized school franchise that pays no taxes on its revenue and provides a tax-deductible vehicle for uber-wealthy families to promote the school “choice” agenda. KIPP charter schools … 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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Green Dot charter schools: A cautionary tale

This post is being republished regarding Greendot charter schools. The charter school chain opened a school in Washington State in defiance of the Washington State Supreme Court ruling and word … Continue reading

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The Weekly Update: Charter schools, zero tolerance and minority students, the profiteering and scandals

First, a word from Noam Chomsky about our educational system. This was filmed at the Syracuse Peace Council’s 75th Anniversary event on May 11, 2011. And from Henry Giroux: When … Continue reading

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Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education: A Talk by Alison McDowell on March 25th

Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education March 25th, from 10:30 AM-Noon Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library 12501 28th … Continue reading

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