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Are the Common Core Standards Illegal?

From Diane Ravitch’s blog: Is Common Core illegal? Did Duncan break the law? When I worked in the U.S. Department of Education in the early 1990s, I was frequently reminded … Continue reading

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Bill Gates bankrolls College and Career Ready programs, aka the Common Core Standards

This was originally posted in 2013 at the Washington Post website but is worth a read now. Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards For an initiative … Continue reading

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An Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending

  Mercedes Schneider breaks it down for us in her post: A Brief Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending One man, lots of money, nationally shaping a profession to … Continue reading

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Exceptional presentation: “Common Core State Standards: What are they and why should I care?”

  I have seen this presentation and J.R. Wilson provides the history of the Common Core Standards, where we are now and how it is affecting our schools, our students … Continue reading

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From the Missouri Court: Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) Violates The U.S. Constitution

“The Court finds that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented, whose existence and operation violate the Compact Clause … Continue reading

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Opt-Out of Standardized Tests Meeting in Seattle, Monday, March 9th

This is one in a series of monthly meetings addressing concerns and questions about opting your student out of standardized testing. The Washington Badass Teachers Association (WABATS) will be presenting … Continue reading

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Parents Across America webinar on Race, Poverty & Education

Join the Parents Across America Webinar Monday March 2 at 8 pm EST: The Impact of Poverty, Race and Cultural Bias on Educational Opportunity. Given the current state of racial … Continue reading

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Nathan Hale High School in Seattle says “No!” to the Common Core Standards SBAC test

The Common Core Standards associated Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam, the SBAC, will be implemented in March in the Seattle school district but this afternoon the Nathan Hale High School Senate, … Continue reading

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The 32nd, 34th, 36th, 37th and the 46th Democratic Legislative Districts passed resolutions opposing mayoral control

So far the 37th Democratic Legislative District unanimously passed a resolution opposing the bill that would allow the mayor to appoint two members to the school board. The 36th District also … Continue reading

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“College and Career Ready” is a Marketing Slogan

     Elizabeth Hanson has been a teacher, primarily teaching English Language Learners, and preparing students to take the General Education Development test (GED). She has taught teens to adults from … Continue reading

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House Bill 2048: Re-segregation through legislation

  Apartheid (… an Afrikaans word meaning “the state of being apart”, literally “apart-hood”) was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation… I feel very strongly … Continue reading

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6 Reasons why the Common Core Standards are a big fail: The facts down and dirty

  The Common Core Standards:  Had zero input from educators in the State of Washington. In fact, the Common Core “State” Standards were adopted by Washington State before the standards … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on standardized testing and its effect on students

“The assessment itself is completely artificial,” Chomsky asserts. “It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential . . . It’s … Continue reading

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What Toxic Testing Means

Carolyn Leith is a parent of two children in Seattle Public Schools and a contributor to this blog. She participated in the Washington State BATS Toxic Testing Rally in Olympia … Continue reading

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Who wrote the Common Core Standards? The Common Core 24

We have all heard stories about who decided on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that are now holding students and teachers hostage to a narrow curriculum and an endless … Continue reading

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Dr. Peter Gray on “The decline of play”

  In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall … Continue reading

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School Superintendents (and Principals), stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test

  From Jonathan Peltro’s education blog, “Wait, What!”: School Superintendents! Stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test With the Common Core Smarter Balanced … Continue reading

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New York resolution to support the “I refuse” movement

From the Port Jefferson Teachers Association website: New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), NY BATs, Lace to the Top (LttT), STCaucus, Long Island Opt-Out (LIOO), and the Port … Continue reading

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DFER’s Lisa Macfarlane : “Concerned Citizen”

There was another person who testified at the House hearings this week regarding mayoral control House Bill 1497 but this time in favor of the bill, Lisa Macfarlane. Ms. Macfarlane … Continue reading

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A checklist for parents considering Summit Sierra charter school in Seattle

Summit charter school has plans to open a charter school in the International District of Seattle in the fall of this year. So far, I have written two posts on … Continue reading

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i REFUSE !…the Common Core Standards

From the Long Island Press: ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It!’ Thousands of Long Island Students Opt-Out of Common Core Testing New York State United Teachers union President Richard Ianuzzi blasts … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards “…charter chains would prefer national standards… This would allow them to use prepackaged curricula across their charter outlets no matter the location…for dummied down standardized curriculum keeps … Continue reading

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We ARE winning. Here’s the scorecard

From the Network for Public Education: Top Ten “Why We Will Win” Stories of 2014 At the 1st annual conference of the Network for Public Education in Austin, Texas in March, NPE … Continue reading

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Diane Ravitch: “We are winning!”

Diane Ravitch and Chicago Activist Jitu Brown take on corporate education at the first Public Education Nation in Brooklyn, October 11, 2014.

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“College and Career Ready”, also known as Common Core Standards: Impossible assumptions and real sacrifices

Planning for college fills me with dread. The financial reality is just too sobering. Even with the amount of money my husband and I are able to put aside for … Continue reading

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Will the Seattle Office for Education give First Place charter levy money now that they’re on probation?

There have been some interesting developments at First Place charter school, the first charter school in Seattle. The Charter Commission has put it on probation. From KOMO news: State’s first … Continue reading

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The inherent racism of Summit public (charter) school

Summit Sierra charter school (which is calling itself Summit public school in Seattle) will be opening as a high school in Seattle in the International District in 2015. Let’s take a look … Continue reading

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Seattle Public School Principals receive bribes, uh, bonuses, based on student test scores

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Seattle Public Schools and the Principals’ Association of Seattle Schools for 2013-2016, on page 17, Section B: SPS will offer individual effectiveness awards up … Continue reading

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Mum’s the word on levy money for First Place charter school

If you read my post The Seattle Office for Education has decided it’s OK to use taxpayer levy dollars for charter schools, you would know about the fact that the … Continue reading

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Overseeing the Seattle Families and Education Oversight Committee: A citizen’s report

First, to catch readers up on my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the correspondence from the Seattle City Attorney’s Office to the Seattle Office for Education stating it … Continue reading

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The jargon of school reformers masks the poverty that stifles student achievement

I sat in on my first Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee meeting yesterday and the one thing that struck me the most was the useless jargon bandied about, phrases such … Continue reading

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The Seattle Office for Education has decided it’s OK to use taxpayer levy dollars for charter schools

The Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee may need a little oversight themselves. I decided it would be worthwhile to research further the Families and Education Levy, the oversight committee … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Seattle PreSchool for All Proposition 1B: Acelero, the fox watching over the hen house

It seems in the world of education these days that whenever someone has an idea, there are efforts in play to try to co-opt the idea and make money off … Continue reading

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Summit (Sierra) charter school: The skinny on the Gates-backed school set for Seattle, Brad Bernatek (remember him?) and a host of others

Bill Gates will be bringing yet another grand experiment onto public school children in Seattle soon in the form of a charter school “Sierra” which is part of the Summit … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards

This was written by a Parents Across America member, Laura Rogers, who lives in Spokane, Washington. She is the author of “Betrayed: How the Education Establishment Has Betrayed America and … Continue reading

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