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$3.3B Federal (tax) dollars going to charter schools with no accountability

Oh the irony. The mantra for corporate ed reform includes the word “accountability” used ad nauseam and yet the folks shouting this word the loudest are the least accountable. From … Continue reading

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The Seattle Education Association has voted to go on strike

With an 85% yes vote today, Seattle educators have voted to join the wave of one day strikes in Washington State over the legislature’s failure to fund education. The strike … Continue reading

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Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

Nova High School, an “option school” in Seattle that offers project based, student oriented learning with a focus on critical and creative thinking, broke the record in terms of opt … Continue reading

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Testimony by a mother who knows: The SBAC, graduation, “College and Career Ready”

I am a high school math teacher and Richland School District parent. I’ve worked on the SBAC as a contractor for McGraw-Hill and on assessment committees for Washington State’s Office of Superintendent … Continue reading

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95% of the Juniors at Ballard High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

The numbers keep rolling in and tell the story. A related story: Ingraham High School staff objects to the SBAC. Dora Taylor “As a former teacher, I know that ‘No … Continue reading

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It is confirmed: 80% of the 11th graders at Ingraham High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

I just received word this morning that 80% of the Juniors at Ingraham High School refused to take the SBAC test. 40% of the students were opted out by their … Continue reading

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95% of Garfield High School’s 11th graders have opted out of the Common Core SBAC

This just in. 95% of the Garfield High School 11th graders in Seattle have opted out of the Common Core SBAC tests. This is the same class that made history … Continue reading

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Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s scare tactics re: Opting Out of the Common Core SBAC

Dorn Speaks Out on Consequences of Test Refusals…Notated The following is a press release that State Superintendent Randy Dorn sent on Friday, April 24th in response to the number of … Continue reading

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Rolling teachers’ strike in Washington State

Seattle Teacher Jesse Hagopian Explains That Proposed State Budget Would Benefit Neither Teachers Nor Students Also see This just in: The Seattle Education Association membership representatives voted to support a … Continue reading

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190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment

From Truth in American Education: 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s ELA Assessment A New York-based Opt-Out advocacy group called United to Counter the Core reports that 190,836 students as … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Superintendent Nyland from the Opt Outs

Dear Superintendent Nyland, I recently attended a meeting where several SPS teachers spoke candidly about the culture of fear you are cultivating around SBAC testing and I find it to … Continue reading

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What if they gave the SBAC and no one took it? Ask the folks at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle

It has been confirmed that 100% of the 11th grade students at Nathan Hale High School opted out of the SBAC test this week. Here is the history in a … Continue reading

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