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Saturday Morning Live for June 7, 2014

Host Kris Halterman discusses the little known “local-only” teacher’s union alternative, NWPE with the Freedom Foundations Jami Lund. The Waterville School District teachers have opted for this alternative and are very happy with the outcome. MR. JAMI LUND / Senior Policy Analyst / jlund@myFreedomFoundation.org My Social Links: Facebook  |  Google+ myFreedomFoundation.com 360.956.3482  |  PO Box 552 Olympia, WA 98507 Whatcom County School Districts open to reconsider union representation this year in June: Bellingham Blaine Lynden Nooksack Valley  

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Washington State Representative Jason Overstreet Demands WWU President’s Resignation

Representative Jason Overstreet makes a public demand for the resignation of Western Washington University President, Bruce Shepard. “How ironic that in a world where a University President cries for racial diversity in population demographics for his school of higher learning; yet there is no hue, nor cry from this University President or the Educators at Western  from “group think,” standardized education training?  How is a mandated, quasi-National curriculum called Common Core State Standards a path to diversity?” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 18, 2014 CONTACT: Kurt Hammond, Public Information Officer– (360) 786-7794 Rep. Jason Overstreet demands Western Washington University president’s resignation State Rep. Jason Overstreet is calling for the resignation of Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard after comments he made equating a “white” student body and faculty amounting to “failure.” “President Shepard’s continued and unflinching adherence to an intellectually void ideology that divides on skin color rather than uniting based on the content of character demands that he apologize to the students, potential students, and taxpayers who fund Western Washington University,” said Overstreet, R-Lynden. “He should resign immediately from his university president position.” Campusreform.org reported the story, providing links to the repeated comments that have been made in writing and on video. Shepard is quoted …

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Common Core has replaced Local Control and Local Voices in Public Education

One of the outcomes of Common Core has been to silence teachers who speak out against it.  Common Core has been federally adopted and  has silenced the voices of parents and teachers.  It is parents and  teachers role to advocate for the success of our children as it relates to the curriculm taught in our schools.  We need these voices to insure that we meet the needs of the children in our local communities. Is Common Core a good thing?  Or, is Common Core another step towards manipulating children to all look, think and act alike?  Kind of scary isn’t it?  Is it reminiscent of a future where we all live in idyllic communities such as that portrayed in the movie; “The Stepford Wives?”  Why would a nation built on rugged individualism strive to develop “Stepford Children,” or “Stepford Employees?” The YouTube video below, exemplifies the dangers of this national standardized curriculum called “Common Core.”  What will the future of education and the children who’s lives will forever be impacted by it, be?  Please take a moment to watch this video and talk to your child’s teacher. Rugged individualism – noun 1. individualism in social and economic affairs; belief not …

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How will Common Core change Public Education here and around the Nation?

View Full Album This week many people have seen the YouTube video of Mr. Small, who was arrested and faced a potential $2500 fine and up to 10 years in jail for allegedly assaulting a police officer.  Apparently all charges have been dropped, but why did this escalate to an arrest?  Where was the School Board, the police and the audience members in attendance who stood up for Mr. Small for his freedom of speech rights? What did Mr. Small do?  Watch the video (click here) and decide for yourself if this man, this husband, this father, this concerned American citizen did anything that justified the treatment he received at an open, public school board meeting?  When did it become a crime to ask a question of publicly elected officials that weren’t submitted in advance by a scripted process? Saturday Morning Live has a lot of information on our website related to Common Core and call on all individuals, parents, grandparents and US Constitution loving American Citizens to take time our of your day to learn about what the rewriting of curriculum will cost America.  It’s not just about the tens of millions and billions of dollars that will be …

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I Guess It’s Official–Alderwood to go I.B.

Approved at the 5/23 school board meeting:“Alderwood staff to attend an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program Training in Keystone, Colorado, June 30-July 3, 2013.  Expenses will be covered with Title I professional development funds, principal professional development funds, and district innovative program resource funds.”I guess it’s official. ~~ Honest Educator

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The Shell Game

I don’t remember much about my first visit to New York City in the summer of 1979, I was only eight years old at the time. But I remember visiting Yankee Stadium, counting steps on the way to the top of the Statue of Liberty, and the neon lights of Broadway. Strangely, I also remember seeing “The Shell Game” played for the very first time. I distinctly remember stopping dead in my tracks on the gray, Manhattan sidewalk. Hypnotized by the movement of shells, sliding over a makeshift cardboard box, I stood motionless as I desperately tried to follow the elusive pea with my eyes. The round, marble-like object kept disappearing from view, repeatedly being covered and uncovered in a dance of moving shells. Little did I know this was a well known con game, and was crushed when told I could not play. Public school districts play the shell game with parents and taxpayers all the time. Dressed in suits and armed with PowerPoint Presentations, their version has an annual payout of $105 million. At least that’s the budget in Bellingham. Yet despite their pleas for more education funding, administrative spending in Bellingham has increased steadily over the past …

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Is the Federal Government a Cure for, or Cause of Concern for Public Education?

The State of Washington has placed public education at the forefront of the States public obligation, but subrogating the curriculum to the Federal Government is not part of that deal.  Our State Constitution mandates that we fully fund the public school system, but does not tell us how much to spend or what to spend it on.  So, what does the State use to measure if we are adequately funding public education?  Is it graduation rates?  Is it a cumulative, means rated grade from student test scores?  Should it be based on each graduating students ability to get a job after graduation or their ability to find placement in some institute of higher learning?  Or, is it simply based on how many students are placed in a classroom with a State Certified Instructor who’s salary grows whether the children are adequately educated or not?  This question needs to be fully vetted and answered before we launch into anymore new ventures in publicly funded education. The last two weeks the SML program covered the looming national implementation of “Common Core State Standards; CCSS”  and “International Baccalaureate; IB” curriculum to Washington State Public Schools.  Both of these new schools of thought will …

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“Common Core”…Coming to a School Near You…Educate Yourself Now

In the coming months we will bring a number of articles, videos and personalities to the SML Education Contributor’s page, and the SML radio program.  There is a lot to read and understand about Common Core, when it comes to such a radical change in public education. I voted for the Washington State Charter School amendment.  The reason I voted for Charter Schools is that I believe in choices and autonomy for public, private and homeschool education, that is driven by the local community and elected officials who are accountable to the voters.  As I understand the Charter School Initiative, its goal is to allow communities to have more choices in what curriculum is used and how it is delivered.  Common Core and its close cousins, do not appear to achieve that ideal. That said, let’s start with a small clip taken from an article published by Evan Queitsch, in The Examiner March 27, 2013: Meanwhile, Eli Broad’s education connections rise to power in states (Lillian Lowery is Broad Superintendents Academy graduate and Jack Markell has attended Broad workshops) and even in the federal government (Arne Duncan is a Broad Academy graduate and often a feature speaker for new Academy …

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Common Core Lacks Common Sense

In 2009 the Obama administration announced Race to the Top, a $4.45 billion contest created to federalize K-12 education. States competed for a slice of the pie, and those that conformed were more likely to “win” additional funding for their public schools. Not surprisingly many states adopted new policies to make their applications more competitive, and 46 states adopted common standards as a result. Washington was one of the states to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) during this time, but unfortunately did not “win” federal dollars from either of the first two rounds. But the bills for CCSS have been adding up ever since. Apparently state legislators don’t consider it part of basic education anymore, as neither the House or Senate provided specific funds for implementation in their respective budget proposals. That means the burden of paying for CCSS is being kicked down to local school districts instead, along with expansive bureaucracy and stifling federal regulations. However the true cost of CCSS is far greater than that. It also denies us the wisdom, innovation, and accountability that comes from local communities. Even though legislators approved CCSS in 2010,  no one has any idea how they will affect students, …

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