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Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

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People around the state are receiving robo-calls from a (Gates backed Teachers United) teacher who was declared “Teacher of the Year” by The Office of the State Superintendent (OSPI) which is headed by the State Superintendent Randy Dorn. Mr. Dorn is also on the board of CCSSO which is an organization receiving $84M from Bill Gates to promote the Common Core Standards. Do you see where I’m going with this? Lyon Terry representing “Ready Washington” declares in his unsolicited call the virtues of the Common Core Standards and the importance of the SBAC test. So who or what is “Ready Washington”?

We did a quick search and oh, what a surprise, a coalition of the bought. Here’s the list:

Ready Washington Coalition:

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Partnership for Learning, the education arm of the Washington Roundtable. From the Gates Foundation website. received $499,492 “to support the Ready Washington Coalition and stakeholder groups to improve communications and outreach around the Common Core State Standards”.

Stand for Children Washington (Gates)

Washington STEM (Gates)

Excellent Schools Now, from their website, The steering committee of Excellent Schools Now consists of: League of Education Voters, Partnership for Learning, Schools Out Washington, Stand for Children Washington and Tabor 100. Received money through the League of Education Voters to the tune of $1,499,543 for the “Purpose: to continue public engagement and action project to advance the policies and priorities of A+ Washington through the Excellent Schools Now (ESN) Coalition.

Washington State PTA (Gates money)

Council of Presidents State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Department of Early Learning: $6M+ from Mr. Gates

League of Education Voters (Gates)

ReadyNation (Gates)

Democrats for Education Reform (Gates and corporate money)

Puget Sound Educational Service District (Who brought us Race to the Top and data mining of our students’ information)

Washington State Board of Education (populated with a few of the usual suspects. Dorn, Deborah Wilds-Gates and Peter Maier)

The Parents Union (Gates)

College Spark Washington

Schools Out Washington (Gates-$2M+)

Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (Gates- $1M+)

Washington Association of School Administrators

Washington Student Achievement Council (Gates)

Washington Roundtable (Big business money)

Renton Technical College (?)

Consider the source.

Most of these faux roots organizations and even some who are not, including the Washington State PTA, receive money from Bill Gates.

Check out How to create a faux grassroots ed reform organization!

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7 comments on “Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

  1. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015

    They undoubtedly got our phone number from our GET membership information. A complaint has been filed with the FCC because our number is on the do-not-call list, but it won’t stick. They are likely exempt, being a PAC.

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  3. Jeanette from Pasco
    April 9, 2015

    You might be a little paranoid (understandably) about how they got your number. I don’t have children and never had any, and I got that robo call from the “Teacher of the Year” too. Apparently they are just going through the phone book or something.

    I have a cousin and a friend who are teachers who warned me about the call so I didn’t even bother to listen. I was a victim of that great experiment called “New Math” back in the 60s that failed horribly. This sounds like “New Math” x 10.

    • seattleducation2010
      April 9, 2015

      That’s good to know because some parents are concerned that the WA State PTA might have provided Gates & Co. with student information.

      Dora

  4. Ted
    April 8, 2015

    Dora, I very much appreciate your work.

    Teacher of The Year was used to promote Common Core and SBAC via a robo-call. I guess the intent was to limit the opt-out movement. He must have forgotten to mention that our children are being used for product development and they are part of a longitudinal study. He also forgot to mention that 2015 SBAC will not be determined as valid until AFTER students take this test.

    • seattleducation2010
      April 8, 2015

      It will be interesting who this Teacher of the Year is and how they were deemed that accolade.

  5. hopeforourstudents
    April 8, 2015

    Reblogged this on Who's Minding the Children? and commented:
    Absolutely incredible!

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