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:
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)
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)
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.