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September 25, 2019

Stand for Children: Using Its Oregon Money to Influence Louisiana’s 2019 BESE Election

I have been watching for out-of-state money influencing Louisiana’s October 2019 state board of ed (BESE) elections. On its 09/10/19 filing, one PAC, Stand for Children LA IEC, reported $420K in contributions; it reported spending $168K on six BESE candidates: James Garvey (Dist 1) Sandy Holloway (Dist 3) Ashley Ellis (Dist 5) Ronnie Morris (Dist […]

July 29, 2016

Stand for Children Has $725,100 Ready to Unseat Charter-unfriendly Judge

On September 4, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the state’s law regarding charter schools was unconstitutional because it depended upon funding meant for the state’s common schools. The Court upheld its opinion in November 2015. The author of the ruling is WA Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen, who happens to be up […]

December 19, 2015

No More Rayne Martin at Stand for Children Louisiana

On December 18, 2015, fellow blogger Jason France wrote a post about a malicious commercial that corporate reform organization Stand for Children created in order to falsely discredit former Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) member Carolyn Hill, who was running for re-election in October 2015. Aired the week preceding the October 24, 2015, election, […]

December 5, 2013

Stand for Children Louisiana: Teachers “Like” Common Core

It is very important to privatizing interests to promote the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). After all, there is a lot of money to be made in attendant curriculum development, and assessments, and data collection. Of course, those pushing CCSS cannot state as much directly. So, they offer lies, such as CCSS’s preparing students for future employment […]

October 22, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Stands Up for Traditional Public Ed, Puts Charter Schools in Their Place

Democratic presidential hopeful and Massachusetts senator, Elizabeth Warren, has finally released her plan for education, entitled, “A Great Public School Education for Every Student.” Note that in Warren’s plan, the term, “public school” means traditional public school– the neighborhood school, sufficiently supported and defended against much of the corporate ed reform attack against it. Warren’s education plan […]

October 8, 2018

American Academy of Pediatrics Suggests “Prescriptions for Play” for Children Ages Two Years and Younger

In August 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a paper that includes a “prescription for play” for children ages 2 years and younger. For those who are unsure what “play” might be, AAP offers the following general definition: The definition of play is elusive. However, there is a growing consensus that it is […]

December 8, 2017

Understanding the Magic that is BASIS Scottsdale, “The [Um,] Best Public High School in America.”

On December 06, 2017, Business Insider produced an article featuring BASIS Scottsdale (Arizona) charter school, “the best public high school in America,” as declared by US News and World Report, where BASIS charter schools frequently top the rankings. Business Insider is generous enough to extend BASIS “success” as apparently meaning charter schools are better than […]

September 17, 2015

Massachusetts, Roland Fryer, and a “Two-tiered System of Standardized Testing”?

On November 17, 2015, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will vote on either the PARCC assessments or the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) as the statewide assessment system for Massachusetts. In 2015, districts were able to decide on either PARCC or MCAS, with over half using PARCC. Massachusetts commissioner Mitchell Chester chairs […]

August 11, 2015

A Funders’ Guide to the Common Core State Standards

In fall 2012, three philanthropic mega-organizations, Education Funder Strategy Group, Grantmakers for Education, and Growth Philanthropy Network, united to form the Common Core Funders Working Group (CCFWG). The goal of this mega-mega philanthropic machine is to cement Common Core into American public education. Here is a description of the purpose of CCFWG as noted in December 2013: Recognizing the unique […]

August 10, 2015

An Open Letter to the Louisiana Standards Review Committee

Dear Louisiana Standards Review Committee Members: One of my principal concerns with the Common Core State Standards in English language arts (CCSS ELA) is its divorcing of textual understanding from context. (For an excellent explanation of this CCSS quality of isolating texts from their contexts, see this piece written by New York teacher education professor, […]