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June 7th, 2019 - 12:10 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

A Charter Lesson for The Seattle Schools: Huge Success by Lebron James?

The Promise School (IPS),  a public elementary school aimed at at-risk children.in Akron, Ohio, opened in 2018.  Funds from the Akron Public Schools are augmented by a contribution from Lebron  James.  Both Lebron and other programs in Akron collaborate to guarantee IPS student tuition to att[...]

June 5th, 2019 - 12:53 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

ARE TEACHERS BADLY PAID? Is a starting salary of $80,000 too low?

A recent report by the NEA notes that only 5 percent of the students in a recent survey of college-bound students were interested in pursuing a career in education, a decrease of 16 percent between 2010 and 2014.  The NEA blames this, and the high rate of turnover in starting teachers, on what they[...]

June 4th, 2019 - 8:43 am § in Schools & Colleges

A Better Way to Hire Teachers.

I am very suspicious of “certification.” I have had great teachers .. first in the post-depression K-12 schools in Boston, then in college and grad school, and then in the Navy. None of these folks had teaching certificates.   Why then do the public schools insist on teaching certificat[...]

June 2nd, 2019 - 12:15 pm § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

The Attack on Charter Schools

  The teacher’s unions and school boards they elect are working hard to block new charter schools from opening.  Ironically, this is a liberal agenda but the propaganda and distortions of facts is very much in a Trumpian mold. The biggest example of the Trump effect  is the false distin[...]

May 21st, 2019 - 10:30 am § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, UW

Has the University of Washington Abandoned Tenure?

  Does the UW still have tenure?   When I became tenured, the code and state law described tenure in terms of a life long commitment to a position and a salary.  The commitment was defined in terms of an academic year of 9 or 12 months. For either period, the UW and the state were committed [&h[...]

May 20th, 2019 - 1:41 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

Why Does NO ONE want to be on the Seattle School Board?

Four of seven seats on the Seattle School Board will be up for grabs this November, and nearly all of the 14 people interested in filling them are newcomers. This is a horrible job. No pay for what is really a full-time job.  The board members do not just set policy, they are expected to act as [[...]

April 25th, 2019 - 1:07 am § in America, Racism, Schools & Colleges

Wake Forest University: for staff who identify as staff of color ONLY: Monday, May 6 at 4:00 pm in ZSR Room 477

The sad part of this is the continued insistence by all parties that race is real.  Race bigotry is real but “people of color” is as much a pejorative as the N word.  I do not doubt the good intentions of the Wake Forest administration but it is horrid that fifty-seven years after the [...]

April 22nd, 2019 - 1:04 am § in Misc., Schools & Colleges

Why MEDICARE FOR ALL is more SLOGAN than POLICY

This Is The Part Of ‘Medicare For All’ That You Never Hear About Bernie Sanders and allies want to squeeze hospitals, which is very necessary — and very difficult. By Jonathan Cohn Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his allies talk a lot about how “Medicare for All” would take back money fro[...]

April 10th, 2019 - 1:00 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, UW

The Scandal of Online Education

Highline, a new online magazine from the Huffington Post has a disturbing article on the abuse of higher education by private, for profit, online education services.   The author,  Kevin Carey is the director of education policy program at a  policy institute, New America.  His key points [...]

March 20th, 2019 - 10:38 am § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges

Is there a “Teacher Shortage” in Seattle?

The Seattle Times and the teachers union agree there is.  But is there a shortage of people who want to teach, or a shortage of people who the rules will let teach? This figure show the real problem  … in a tight and challenging job market no one wants to go to “teacher school.” [...]