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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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On the Road with the ‪#‎OptOutBus2016:‬ Coast to Coast Free Books for Kids Tour

Editor’s note: Susan and Shawn Dufresne are social justice and education activists. A brief introduction: Susan DuFresne – Integrated Kindergarten Teacher with General Education and Special Education endorsements – 7 … Continue reading

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Representative Ruth Kagi is no friend of public education

  Let’s take big money out of politics starting with Ruth Kagi. There is a race in the 32nd Legislative District in Seattle where an educator, Wesley Irwin, is running … 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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How all children can succeed…and it’s not about charter schools or constant testing

From the Washington State Budget and Policy Center: State of Washington’s Kids 2016, co-published with the Children’s Alliance through our Washington KIDS COUNT partnership, shows that children are better able … Continue reading

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Video: John Nichols & Robert McChesney: “People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy”

  We have been losing our democracy incrementally over time. I began to notice it beginning with the corporate reform movement in public education and then began to see the … Continue reading

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ACT study: Common Core, not ready for prime time

Reposted from Truth in American Education: ACT: Common Core Does Not Reflect College Readiness in Some Aspects ACT released a study called the ACT National Curriculum Study that demonstrates, once … Continue reading

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Chris Reykdal’s  Statement on the Seattle School Board’s  Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

In a five to one vote with Director Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of … Continue reading

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Erin Jones’ Statement on the Seattle School Board’s Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

In a five to one vote with Director Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of … Continue reading

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Study shows the Common Core PARCC test does not determine college readiness

Is the SBAC any different? The PARCC tests have been criticized for being administered in high-stakes circumstances before they were validated. PARCC’s rejoinder is they had content validity, meaning that … Continue reading

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We’re asking the OSPI State Superintendent candidates their position on Seattle Public Schools pursing alternative assessment frameworks under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The following letter was sent to each candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Their responses will be published on June 5th. -editor. Hello Candidates, My name is Carolyn Leith and … Continue reading

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Seattle Public School Board votes to pursue alternative to SBAC under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

  In a five to one vote with Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of … Continue reading

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What’s the big secret about the SBAC and PARCC test questions?

Back in the day, after I took a test and it was graded, I got my test paper back to see what questions I got wrong. It was part of … Continue reading

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Video: Clinical Child Psychologist: The Common Core Standards are developmentally inappropriate

Child clinical psychologist presents how the Common Core Standards are developmentally inappropriate for young students at a conference held at Notre Dame in 2013. Submitted by Dora Taylor

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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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A Student Perspective on Staffing Cuts to the Center School’s Arts Program.

  photo courtesy of Ted Zee Through most of middle school I was homeschooled. I was artistic and I didn’t learn in a conventional way. I hated public schools and … Continue reading

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Chris Reykdal’s Statement on Opting Out

We asked all of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates their position on opting out of the SBAC. Four of the candidates responded to our … Continue reading

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Erin Jones’ Statement on Opting Out

We asked all of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates their position on opting out of the SBAC. Four of the candidates responded to our … Continue reading

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Video: The Progressive Fellows at the NPE Conference on racial equity (or a lack thereof)

The Progressive Magazine selected 12 blogger/journalists from around the country to contribute to The Progressive website on a regular basis. I was fortunate enough to be one of the Fellows … Continue reading

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Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray: A Wannabe Rahm?

Most researchers agree on one negative consequence — when mayors take charge of public schools, the role of parents and the community, especially among minority groups, can be marginalized and … Continue reading

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A must watch: The Call to Education Justice Conference, Dr. Yohuro Williams spells it out

No introduction is needed. Dr. Yohuru Williams is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History at Fairfield University. He is the author of Teaching US History Beyond … Continue reading

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Washington BADASS Teachers (WA BATS) Opt-Out Cheer Squad

As Washington BADASS Teachers (WA-BATS), we believe that everyone should do anything and everything they can to fight the so-called “reforms” that are destroying our public schools.  Unfortunately, the reality … 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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Mayoral Control: The short of it

With Mayor Ed Murray, who looks to be a Wannabe Rahm, starting to make noise that looks, feels and sounds like a duck, in this case mayoral control, I decided … Continue reading

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Charter schools: Back to court in Washington State

  “I’m just frustrated that we can spend all this time and passion talking about what we want to do for a handful of schools, when I am frustrated that … Continue reading

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Common Sense Questions About the Common Core Test

I came across this article today while Googling information about the SBAC and is well worth a read. From eduresearcher by Roxana Marachi, PhD: Critical Questions about Computerized Assessments and … Continue reading

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Introducing the Decision to Support the Whole Child Refusal Form

It’s no secret that refusal forms provided by school districts are designed to shame and intimidate parents into second guessing their decision to keep their children from participating in high … Continue reading

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This just in: No standardized tests in Alaska this school year

From the Washington post: Alaska cancels all K-12 standardized tests for the year, citing technical problems Alaska officials have canceled the state’s computer-based standardized testing for the year, citing repeated … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges’ talk at the United Opt Out Conference

My youngest son enters third grade in Princeton next year and I have already told the principal that not only will he not be taking the standardized  test, but I will … Continue reading

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The ESEA rewrite: We need funding, NOT charter schools.

This is a repost of the original article written by my co-editor Carolyn Leith titled An open letter to Patty Murray on the ESEA rewrite: We need funding, NOT charter schools and posted … 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, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York. The following was posted on the Seattle Opt Out Facebook page: . Manufacture Crisis … Continue reading

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The Common Core SBAC: Separating fact from fiction, the top ten FAQ’s and answers about opting out

  There have been a lot of questions about the Common Core Standards (CCS) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests. There have also been conflicting messages, misinformation, some … Continue reading

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Bill Gates tells us why *his* high school was a great learning environment

Today’s post was submitted by HiPointDem, a supporter of public education: Bill’s high school, Lakeside, is Seattle’s most elite private school. The current tuition is $28K (not including food, books, … Continue reading

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Q and A with candidate Wesley Irwin running in the 32nd District for State Representative

  Previously I interviewed Wesley Irwin via Skype but the next day my computer died and I have yet to recover my work. In the meantime, I sent Mr. Irwin … Continue reading

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An interview with OSPI candidate David Spring

  The interview starts at 2:49. I am new at this, posting recordings, so the first few minutes is of me and David discussing some minor issues. Even though I … Continue reading

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