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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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A new coloring page: Sorry, Governor Inslee, there’s no disguising your lack of leadership on school funding

A message from TRAP: Governor Inslee, you’ve put us in a tight spot. TRAP wants to believe the Governor of the State of Washington would do right by the million … 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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Beyond Measure, the film, in Seattle: “What counts can’t be counted”

Beyond Measure Featuring Q&A with Director/Producer Vicki Abeles January 28, 2016 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Garfield High School Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 … Continue reading

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The Color of Money: The McCleary Crime Scene Coloring Contest

Why a coloring contest? Because our elected officials are refusing to listen to the pleas of school board members, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and students. The usual political channels aren’t … 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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What everyone else knows about your child

So, there is the NSA which is creepy (an unconstitutional) enough spying on every citizen in this country who has an email account or cell phone, but what about all … Continue reading

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2o15 stats for Seattle Education

It was a busy year and we appreciate having so many visitors and loyal readers stop in to see what’s happening in the wild and wacky world of public education. … Continue reading

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What Bill Gates has spent so far in our state to support charter schools

  In response to my post on the Broad Foundation spending millions to force the Los Angeles Unified School District into converting at least 50% of public schools in the district … Continue reading

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Oops! Study Shows Computer Use in School Doesn’t Help Test Scores

In the next Families and Education Levy for Seattle, hundreds of millions of dollars are being earmarked for tech upgrades and computers. Needless to say, this is mostly in anticipation … Continue reading

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Standardized tests from a teacher’s point of view

Originally posted on The Progressive by Peter Greene. Straight Talk About Standardized Tests The People in Charge know, even before the test is taken, that some students will be marked … Continue reading

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Jeff Bryant: New Report Shines A Light Into The Charter School Black Box

A new policy brief from the National Education Policy Center pries at the lid of the charter school black box to shine a light into these institutions and reveal how … Continue reading

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The Atlantic: The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids

Kindergarten children will be taking the MAP test this year in Seattle, cruel as that might sound, and preschoolers will be evaluated for “kindergarten readiness” through “evaluations” per the mayor’s … Continue reading

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Seattle, we missed a bullet with Broad Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Eli Broad at Broad’s 2009 Inaugural Party for President Obama. Yes, Eli Broad via Don Nielson and Goodloe-Johnson brought us Brad Bernatek, Michael … Continue reading

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“We Are Not Throw-Aways!”: A Statement from the High Point Middle College Site Council

  A statement from the Site Council of the High Point Middle College: “WE ARE NOT THROW-AWAYS!” Why is Seattle Public Schools (SPS) denying our underserved students an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Garfield’s Black Student Union responds to rumored white supremacists march in Seattle

Fueled by statements of hatred and bigotry spewed by Donald Trump and echoed by others including the mainstream press who consider it infotainment for the masses, some folks who want desperately … Continue reading

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Video: Seattle teachers talk about the Seattle Education Association strike at the NWTSJ conference

For the first time in 30 years, Seattle educators went on strike for the schools Seattle students deserve and for the working conditions and compensation the teachers deserve. After five … Continue reading

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A “What not to say guide” for charter school advocates

For charter school advocates, the message is more important than the content charter schools offer. To view the entire booklet that Valerie Strauss refers to, go to Scribed. From the … Continue reading

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Race baiting by charter school advocates

From Politico: Critics call new charter school ad ‘racist’ “They found a way to make money and profit off little black boys and girls,” she said. “They act as if … Continue reading

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Guest post: We need a shake-up at Seattle Public Schools

The recent storm of controversy created by the announcement of the Seattle Public Schools central office of plans to cut 25-28 teachers across the school district in late October, and … Continue reading

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Put the brakes on the ESEA reauthorization bill #StopESEA

The ESEA reauthorization bill was released on Monday, November 30th. The bill is over 1,000 pages long and is scheduled for a vote this week on the House floor. It is not possible for citizens to … Continue reading

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An open letter to Superintendent Nyland: Save Middle College High School

Dear Dr. Nyland, I am writing to you and other senior administrators today to express my support for Middle College High School (MCHS).  MCHS families received a letter from Principal … Continue reading

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An open letter to Patty Murray on the ESEA rewrite: We need funding, NOT charter schools.

  Dear Senator Patty Murray, I saw on Twitter that you got into politics because of school funding cuts. Your tweet explains how after going to Olympia, you were dismissed … Continue reading

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Guest Op-Ed: Teachers deserve thanks, not blame

TEACHERS DESERVE THANKS, NOT BLAME by Dr. Tom Staszewski It’s time to stop blaming and criticizing teachers and start thanking and acknowledging them. Our schools reflect society, and society has … Continue reading

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The charter school crowd now wants to hold McCleary hostage

So, because the charter school operators opened charter schools before a judgement came down from the Supreme Court and they refuse to allow public oversight of their charter chains although … Continue reading

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Patty Murray’s ESEA Re-Write Leaves No Assessment Behind

  Being somewhat naive, I had hoped No Child Left Behind (NCLB) would die quietly, without notice. Regrettably, a few somebodies were paying attention. After all, way too much money … Continue reading

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The Washington State Supreme Court Denies Further Consideration of the Charter School Ruling

Yesterday, on November 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Washington State ruled they will not reconsider their decision that charter schools are not common schools and should therefore will not … Continue reading

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“Corporatized” the movie: Coming to your neighborhood soon…if you can help

From the Busy Boy Productions website: Filmmakers Jack Paar and Ron Halpern are creating a film that will blow the lid off of the corruption that is behind the corporate … Continue reading

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An open letter to the Seattle School Board: Rethink idea of a raise and contract extension for Superintendent Nyland

The following is an open letter from parent, Jill MacCorkle, to Seattle’s current and newly elected School Board Directors. At the November 18, 2015 School Board meeting, Directors will be … Continue reading

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Why You Can Opt Out of Standardized Tests Without Fear of Penalties to Your School

From Fair Test: Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School States, districts and schools sometimes claim they will lose federal Title I funds … Continue reading

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Why rich folks love charter schools

…even though they would never send their children to one. As a result of this change to the tax code, banks and equity funds that invest in charter schools in … Continue reading

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Charter Schools : A Map of Failure and a Money Vortex

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a special report on its year-long investigation into charter school spending in the United States. See “Charter School Black Hole”. PR Watch … Continue reading

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What the Washington State Supreme Court Decision on Charter Schools Achieved

Originally posted on The Progressive: The Washington State Supreme Court ruled on September 4, 2015 that charter schools are not “common schools” and therefore cannot be funded by common school … Continue reading

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From the Vermont Education Agency to parents: These SBAC test scores don’t mean anything

These tests are based on a narrow definition of “college and career ready.” In truth, there are many different careers and colleges and there are just as many different definitions … Continue reading

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Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

On October 17 of this year, Jesse, Wayne and I spoke on a panel at the annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference sponsored by Rethinking Schools about the testing opt out … Continue reading

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Wait, what?! Here’s just a few issues that COULD be solved with Superintendent Nyland’s $13,000 Raise.

“My raise is not going to solve any of the issues we have on the table. I’ve done better than anyone else and I will take the smallest raise in … Continue reading

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Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

Obama’s call to reduce testing to 2% of the school year still requires students to take standardized tests for an outlandish twenty-four hours.  And it isn’t even all the time … Continue reading

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2016 United Opt Out Conference: Transcending Resistance, Igniting Revolution

United Opt Out National Conference Friday, February 26, 2016 Sunday, February 28, 2016 Philadelphia, PA  Transcending Resistance, Igniting Revolution It is time for revolution.   It is time for non-negotiable demands. … Continue reading

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An alternative to high stakes testing works. New York schools have proven it.

71 percent of English language learners in New York Performance Standards Consortium schools graduated on time in 2015, versus 37 percent across New York City, where all but two of the consortium … Continue reading

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