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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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Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut: A Parents Across America Webinar

Members of Parents Across America (PAA) have spent extensive time looking into quantities of writing and research that raise red flags about the impact of the EdTech explosion on our … Continue reading

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Questions We Should Be Asking About “Future Ready” Schools

  How far are we from the day we’ll be forced to rely on online education modules to inspire and excite the minds of young people; where badge collections replace … Continue reading

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Our question to OSPI candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal about the recent charter school grant to Washington State

While another lawsuit is pending in Washington State challenging the constitutionality of the Charter School law, the Washington State Charter School Commission and State Superintendent Randy Dorn fell all over … Continue reading

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Round 2 in Washington State over charter schools

Originally published in The Progressive: To Kill a Vampire: The Continued Resurrection of Charter Schools in Washington State Washington state residents have voted charter schools down three times. Twice, initiatives … Continue reading

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SEATTLE’S CEDAR PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: IS THERE RACIAL EQUITY?

Editor’s note: Original post written by Kevin Hilman for the Olympic Hills PTA blog. Post re-published with permission.  -Carolyn Leith  For the last year and a half, the Olympic Hills Elementary … Continue reading

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ALEC is Excited About the New Testing Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), so is iNACOL

  Personally, whenever a bill in Washington D.C. is praised for its bipartisan nature – I get worried. The common ground discovered by Democrats and Republicans, usually comes at our … Continue reading

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“Learning is Earning” the Rand Corporation way with digital badges and Edublocks

All of the elements are in place: There’s piece work employment without financial security or due process. The opportunity for corporations to pay employees in script instead of actual cash.  Smart … Continue reading

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The ESSA and opting out of the SBAC

Some state departments of education have threatened to withhold a high school diploma if a student doesn’t take and pass a so-called college readiness test in grade 11. However, no … Continue reading

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The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

Originally published in The Huffington Post, by co-editor Sue Peters I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our … Continue reading

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Our Children at Risk: Parents Across America reports dangers of too much ed tech

Members of Parents Across America (PAA) have spent extensive time looking into quantities of writing and research that raise red flags about the impact of the EdTech explosion on our … Continue reading

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Too much Tech for Students: A School Technology Opt-Out Letter

This was originally posted on the Parents Across America website. We reached out to Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of the just-released book, “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our … Continue reading

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Video: John Oliver on Charter Schools

The dirty laundry is finally being aired on prime time.  

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The Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board

  This article was originally published in The Progressive. Snuffing out Democracy-the Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board Seattle and the state of Washington have determinedly resisted the … Continue reading

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Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

UPDATE: Two mistakes have been corrected from the original post. Voters for Washington Children spent $15,000 in digital ads AGAINST Luis Moscoso in the District 1 Senate race. In addition, … Continue reading

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How privatization of schools works: An infograph

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It’s back to court for charter schools in Washington State

  The Washington State Supreme Court deemed charter schools unconstitutional in 2015 and yet the charter schools remained open on the promise of private money supporting them. The $14M never … Continue reading

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Who is actually running the US Department of Education?

  We have known about the Broad Prize award, representing an award given to school districts by the Broad Foundation, which is proudly displayed in the offices of the Department … Continue reading

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Email shows how Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plans to take over the school board

  If Mayor Murray wants to address the “achievement/opportunity gap” in a way that is more appropriate to his office, he needs to focus on a living wage for all … Continue reading

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This Goes Under “Cashing In On Ed Reform” : 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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What we never mention

    We speak of poverty which is devastating, it brings hunger, homelessness, ill health and an inability to focus in the classroom, but we have not spoken about the … Continue reading

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The right-wing propaganda machine Project Veritas is now going after teachers and their unions

The right wing attack dogs, Project Veritas, the group that took down ACORN and went after Planned Parenthood, is now targeting teachers and teachers’ unions. They “exposed” the president of the … Continue reading

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The Community Schools Initiative in New York: A common sense approach

Part of the challenge in turning around schools is that outside-of-school factors likely account for twice as much of the variance in student outcomes as do inside-of-school factors.5 Accordingly, the … Continue reading

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Charter schools: Separate and unequal in Detroit

A ‘Caste System’ of Schools From the New York Times: A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift On the face of it, Ana Rivera could have had almost … Continue reading

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Wayne Au, PhD: How a whiter Seattle creates more education inequities

Dr. Wayne Au is an Associate Professor of Education at the School of Educational Studies at University of Washington, Bothell, and an editor for Rethinking Schools, a magazine focused on … Continue reading

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Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State

From Truth in American Education: Washington State GOP Supports Student Privacy, Opposes Common Core The Washington State Republicans passed a student privacy resolution at their recent state convention last month in … 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 ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Reposted from SocialistWorker.org:   The education deform empire strikes back by Marilena Marchetti The battle over high-stakes testing and the future of public education is back in play after the … 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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Bill Gates backs climate denier Judge David Larson for Washington State Supreme Court position

Gates is so blinded by his desire to have charter schools in our state that he doesn’t seem to be concerned with the qualifications of an individual who will potentially … Continue reading

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OSPI State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors: A who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

In March of this year, my co-editor Carolyn Leith and I interviewed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Candidate Erin Jones. In preparation for the interview we noticed … Continue reading

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