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Pay for Success & the McCleary Crisis: Did the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Help Position Social Impact Bonds as a Last Resort Funding Option for Our Public Schools?

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Betsy DeVos’ Education Tax Credits Will Take Money Away from the States

This article was originally posted on The Progressive and titled: Four Things Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Want You to Know about Education Tax Credits Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pay for Success – Also Known as Social Impact Bonds, Senator Orrin Hatch & the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Back in the early 2000’s Sun Microsystems’ Scott McNealy described the pending merger between Hewlett-Packard and Compaq as “the sound of two garbage trucks colliding”. Whenever I read through the 449 page abomination that … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · 5 Comments

Vague, Regressive Taxes – like a Soda Tax, Aren’t Going to Save our Public Schools.

I’m becoming increasingly wary of slick political campaigns which promise to help our resource starved public schools, and once enacted, end up doing more harm than good. How can you … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 3 Comments

Seattle Teacher’s Response to DeVos Anti-Science Crusade

This article was originally published in The Progressive. Trump and Devos Ignore Science, but This High School Teacher and His Students Embrace It The announcement on June 1 by President … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

An Open Letter to the Mukilteo School Board: Sometimes Doing the Right Thing Means Breaking the Rules and Allowing Kids to Walk in Graduation with Their Peers.

Dear Mukilteo School Board members, Over the two weeks before our district graduations, I wrote and implored you to allow students who have not yet met standards via these tests … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

Editor’s Note: This is an important interview which slipped under the radar of many parents and educators. In it, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal talks about McCleary and education funding, Plus, … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Shock Doctrine, McCleary, De-linking Graduation from State Mandated Tests, and State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Education Vision

If you don’t have to see or live with the consequences of your decisions, it becomes very easy to do bad things. In Olympia, this is especially true as the … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

McCleary Crime Scene: Help Unscramble Governor Inslee and House Speaker Frank Chopp with this Fun Worksheet.

Here at the temporary Olympia branch of TRAP Headquarters, nothing makes our eyes roll like politicians giving lectures on the value of compromise and the McCleary decision. What Governor Inslee … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

It’s time for a Human Rights Act

I wrote the following letter today to the Mayor and City Council in Portland, Oregon where I live at this time. To the Mayor of Portland and the City Council, … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Personalized Learning Pathways & the Gig Economy

Individual learning pathways, 21st century skills, Embracing the whole child; These empowering phrases are being used to sell the public on a technology-centric, radical redesign of public education. Why? So … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 5 Comments

Seattle Public Schools IT Head John Krull answers our questions…well, sort of

John Krull agreed to answer our questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment