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6 Reasons why the Common Core Standards are a big fail: The facts down and dirty

  The Common Core Standards:  Had zero input from educators in the State of Washington. In fact, the Common Core “State” Standards were adopted by Washington State before the standards … Continue reading

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If you are an educator, sign this open letter to Congress and the Obama administration about test-focused reforms by February 20, 2015

…and if you are a parent, teacher, student or concerned citizen in the great state of Washington, contact Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s ranking member Senator Patty Murray … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Noam Chomsky on standardized testing and its effect on students

“The assessment itself is completely artificial,” Chomsky asserts. “It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential . . . It’s … Continue reading

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What Toxic Testing Means

Carolyn Leith is a parent of two children in Seattle Public Schools and a contributor to this blog. She participated in the Washington State BATS Toxic Testing Rally in Olympia … Continue reading

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Who wrote the Common Core Standards? The Common Core 24

We have all heard stories about who decided on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that are now holding students and teachers hostage to a narrow curriculum and an endless … Continue reading

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Video: Online testing and iPads: Epic Fail

New Maine schools online testing comes under fire in Lewiston. Lewiston Middle School teacher Brian Banton talks about newly discovered technology glitches with software for iPads.     Dora Taylor

February 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dr. Peter Gray on “The decline of play”

  In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall … Continue reading

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Apartheid House Bill 1860: No one wants to split Seattle in two except for Reps. Santos, Pettigrew and oh yeah… Magendanz. Remember him?

There is another whacked bill that was dropped last week by Representative Eric Pettigrew along with House Education Committee Chairperson Sharon Tomiko Santos. We’re still scratching our heads about Santos but…it’s … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

The 37th Legislative District passed a resolution against Mayoral Control

This just in: Tonight, February 9th, the 37th Legislative District, home to Representatives Pettigrew who sponsored the mayoral control bill and Representative Santos who sponsored a bill along with Pettigrew … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Black Lives Matter to Teachers in Seattle

200 plus teachers from Seattle, Renton and Highline met in downtown Seattle on Friday, February 6th to stand in solidarity with people around the country to say “Black Lives Matter … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Seattle Opt Out meeting on Tuesday, February 10 with Garfield teacher to speak about the New York Performance Standards Consortium

  Seattle Opt Out Meeting  Tuesday, February 10, at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM In the Meeting Room of the Beacon Hill Library 2821 Beacon Ave. South Seattle, 98144 “If … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

School Superintendents (and Principals), stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test

  From Jonathan Peltro’s education blog, “Wait, What!”: School Superintendents! Stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test With the Common Core Smarter Balanced … Continue reading

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