Video of Future Ready Schools Presentation

There was a great turn out for Alison McDowell’s presentation Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education.  If you weren’t able to make to the presentation you still have the opportunity to see the presentation.  Alison did an outstanding job of presenting a wealth of information showing some complex connections.  Watch this video and share it with others.

Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley and the Defense Department Plan to Remake Public Education

You can follow Alison’s blog at Wrench in the Gears.

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Sen. Murray on School Choice: Privatization, Vouchers, and Charters

Sen. Murray is speaking out about school choice, accountability, privatization, vouchers, and charters.  You can read a little about it in a press release titled Murray to Colleagues: Stand Up for Students and Fight Public School Privatization dated March 22, 2017.

The press release mentions a memo to the Democratic caucus.  You can download the memo here or you can scroll through the memo below.

As a main author of ESSA, I wonder why Sen. Murray didn’t address her concerns through ESSA.  Other questions pop up in my mind like, will the accountability Murray wants for private schools push them away from the playing field (not accepting vouchers or any gov’t funds) and further limiting school choice?  Sen. Murray does push for excellent public schools for every child.  In my eyes, the focus on improving public schools has received too little attention and what attention has been given hasn’t always been sensible.


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Oppose E2SHB 1661 Creating the department of children, youth, and families.

Please contact your state Senator and the members of the Washington
State Senate Human Services, Mental Health, & Housing Committee to urge
them to oppose E2SHB 1661.

E2SHB 1661 creates a mega-department by combining the Washington State
Department of Early Learning with the child welfare programs and the
juvenile justice programs from the Department of Social and Health
Services (DSHS). The Secretary of the department will be appointed, and
it will be overseen by a Board which will be appointed. No one in the
leadership will be directly accountable to the voters. This Department
will be under the Governor.

The new department will be called the _Department of Children, Youth,
and Families._ That covers just about everybody. It will be even more
overbearing than any of it’s component agencies.

See the bill:
HB 1661 – 2017-18 Creating the department of children, youth, and families.

This bill has already been passed by the State House of Representatives
and is now in the State Senate

The 258-page bill promotes a “data-focused environment in which there
are aligned outcomes.” The department will strive for “continuous
improvement”……involving “data collecting….” and will “conduct
quality assurance on programs.” In other words, there will be much
data-collection and sharing, and using those data to further state
government goals and policies. Sadly, experience shows that government
policies are not always in alignment with traditional family beliefs and

Below is information about the Hearing. If you can’t attend, please call
or e-mail your Senator and/or the members of the Human Services, Mental
Health & Housing Committee and urge them to oppose the bill, even
though many of them co-sponsored the companion bill in the Senate.

Please note: These hearing times and dates can and often do change.
Verify the date and time before you attend the meeting.

Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee
3/27/17 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA


* 2SHB 1280 – Including referred and diverted youth in establishing
community juvenile accountability program guidelines.


* 2SHB 1170 – Maintaining and facilitating court-based and
school-based efforts to promote attendance and reduce truancy.
* 2SHB 1402 – Concerning the rights and obligations associated with
incapacitated persons and other vulnerable adults.
* SHB 1477 – Concerning disclosure of health-related information
with persons with a close relationship with a patient.

Information provided by Citizens United for Responsible Education.

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Understanding the Day Care Shortage Presentation

Hear the stories from two providers on why regulations are forcing them to increase fees or close down their business.  Learn what you should know and how you can help providers.

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#commoncore Project: How Social Media is Changing the Politics of Education

You may have seen articles about this project.  Many articles about this project refer to this as a research report.  I hear many people refer to it as fake research.  So, as you peruse this report or actually read the information, do so with a questioning mind.

Hopefully,  I will be posting an article in a few days about this project report.  This posting is just to make sure you have access to the report in advance.

The report is posted online as an interactive website.  Some may find the interactive website to their liking while others, like myself, prefer the pdf version.  The pdf version can be downloaded by clicking here.

Here’s the title and some information from inside the pdf.

#commoncore Project: How Social Media is Changing the Politics of Education

Suggested Citation
Supovitz, J., Daly, A.J., del Fresno, M., & Kolouch, C. (2017). #commoncore Project. Retrieved from

Opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) or its institutional members.

This project received funding support from the Milken Family Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. The analyses, findings, and conclusions are the authors’ alone.


You can scroll through the pdf report below.

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SAT Season is Here–Beware

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Many school districts in the state administer the SAT. Check your school and district calendars for SAT administration dates if it is administered at your local high schools. Unwittingly, the majority of students provide personal information to the College Board … Continue reading

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Rep. Massie’s bill to terminate the U.S. Dept. of Ed raises questions

Rep. Massie (KY) introduced a bill last month to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. If you are like me, you probably don’t care for reading legislative bills. They tend to confusingly convoluted and are sometimes hard to figure out … Continue reading

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