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SPN spins exposed

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What is SPN? The State Policy Network is a little known but huge and very well-funded force pushing the Koch Brothers' and other far-right  foundations like the Waltons, Coors, Scaife and Bradley. In our state, SPN money goes to two groups who call themselves “think tanks” but who are closely aligned with the American legialtive Exchange Council (ALEC) – the Freedom Foundation (formerly the Evergreen Freedom Foundation) and the Seattle-based Washington Policy Center. Take a look at these political machines that are calling themselves think tanks.


Welcome to failing charters

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Listen to or read KUOW reporter Ann Dorn’s analysis of the six “established” out-of-state charter organizations who happen to be failing to consistently meet standards where they operate but are applying to open schools here. So much for bringing “successful” charter models to our state.  The deadline for applying is Nov. 22. Stay tuned


Peters' passion prevails

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Check out this savvy analysis of the recent Seattle School Board race. Money vs. passion.


The "core" of the matter

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Here are a few websites you can check this weekend if you’re thinking about Common Core State Standards: The Teaching Channel, Learn zillion, Share my lesson and Teachers pay teachers.


Keep an eye on races

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While making sure your ballot is in, keep your eyes on these education-related races outside of Washington. Check out what’s happening in Douglas County, CO. The Koch brothers are heavily involved in a local race and facing opposition from fed up parents and union members.


Public schools academically superior

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Read this interview with University of Illinois Professor Sarah Theule Lubienski who discovered something that goes against conventional wisdom: “Private schools – long assumed to be educationally superior – were underperforming public schools.”


Vote!

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Please take time to exercise your right to vote before election day Nov. 5. Mail your ballot in and know that your voice matters. Click here for WEA-endorsed candidates.

BEST foot forward

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Donations from WEA locals and councils -- and anyone else -- are being accepted  by WEA Fourth Corner to help the support staff at Bellingham Technical College. Members of the Bellingham Educational Support Team (BEST) honored the faculty union picket lines during last month’s strike and lost four days of pay unless they use personal leave and work extra days during the school year.


New York charters march on

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Check out what’s happening in New York this week as one charter school operator is closing all of her schools for the day to “strongly encourage” parents and students to march in a pro-charter rally.


Stories from school

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Want relevant, timely and compelling reading? Have a look at what your colleagues are writing about in the award-winning website, Stories From School.


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