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This is not an isolated incident
05/01/2015

Is anyone keeping count of juniors in Seattle who have opted out of this year’s SBAC? At this point, it is way more than 1,000. The Seattle School District says they are only monitoring four schools and that complete numbers won’t be available until mid-June and the Seattle Times reported this week that 100 percent of Nathan Hale students opted out; Ballard and Ingraham juniors opted out at right around 95 percent; Ingraham students were at 80 percent while both Roosevelt and Franklin reporters numbers that were quite high.


It's hard to stop the tide
04/29/2015

Check out the April 28 blog post in one of Seattle's most read education blogs. It talks about State School Superintendent Randy Dorn getting desperate. Students in Seattle are opting out of taking the SBAC in droves. One tactic is to blame WEA. The post says that is both insulting to educators and parents.


RA 2015 is nearly here
04/20/2015

WEA’s Rep Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, in Bellevue, WA. Some 1,000 WEA members are meeting to shape policy for the upcoming year. For more information, click here.


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The right thing to do

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You gotta’ love reading entertaining endorsements. Check "The Stranger" to see what they say about Initiative 1351.


Testing limits on the horizon

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As the burden of tests and testing weighs heavily on students, teachers, administrators and parents, states are pushing back saying students are taking too many exams and that the exams are being given too much weight, writes Education Week's Alyson Klein. The movement to stagger federally mandated tests is still in its early stages but definitely gaining momentum.


Schools held to outdated benchmark

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See what WEA President Kim Mead said in a "New York Times" article last week outlining the fact that our schools are, “caught in a political crossfire of a battle over education policy,” according to reporter Motoko Rich.


Money talks but doesn't always help

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Former New York Times journalist Bob Herbert questions why should America’s wealthiest individuals, foundations and families wield so much influence – often toxic – on the ways our students in public schools are taught? Read this thought-provoking article.


Opening Gates

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Read what Bill Gates has to say about the current Common Core controversy. More curious than what he regularly preaches about Common Core, are some of the comments he and others like Arne Duncan make about parents, teachers, unions and so on. Patronizing? Just a bit.


Misleading mail targets retired educators

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A company named Teachers Pension Advisory Services (TPAS) recently mailed Washington State School Districts letters claiming to offer a “free estimate of your Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) benefits.” This company has no affiliation with the Department of Retirement Systems and if you receive one of these letters, the DRS strongly encourages you to file a consumer complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s office.


A "Gallon" of research to raise awareness

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Test scores are not going up in York City schools in York, PA. And, because we all know that test scores are the one and only measurement of student success, it should come as no surprise that the district’s appointed (not elected) chief recovery officer says the district is talking with two for-profit charter school corporations – Mosaica Education Inc., and Charter School USA. Meanwhile, a York City teacher/organizer, Clovis Gallon, has been doing homework.


Flipped classrooms

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Those who believe in the flipped classroom – the kind where educators videotape their lectures and assign them for homework while using class time to help students with solving problems and traditional homework -- say it is making a significant difference for student learning.


What's the real agenda?

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Seattle School Board Director Marty McLaren wrote an op-ed for the “Seattle Times,” which they encouraged her to edit and submit again . . . which she did. It talks about the wonderful things going in in Seattle Schools. Instead, the newspaper published an editorial inviting the city to take over.


Addicted to Koch

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Seven years ago, while the Charles Koch Foundation considered whether or not to give Florida State University’s economics department a big donation, they let officials there know that the donation came with some strings attached.


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