Tag Archives: Washington Education Association

Saturday Morning Live for June 11, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Jami Lund, the Freedom Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst on public education issues. Jami’s focus at the Freedom Foundation is on teachers’ rights, student curriculum, education costs, unionization cost vs. benefit analysis, and many, many, education related actions that form the future of Washington’s public education.

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Saturday Morning Live for May 23, 2015

Guest Host Todd Hausman interviews two public school teachers about the Washington State “Smarter Balanced” assessment test, and why so many students and their parents are protesting it.  

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Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 1, 2014

Host Kris Halterman discusses a potpourri of issues related to Whatcom County elections and political parties with guest Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation. Voting Ballots Due by Nov. 4th: Mail-in ballots should be at the Post Office before noon, or in you mailbox by Nov. 3rd. Ballots delivered to the Auditors Office of at the drop-boxes around the County must be delivered by 8PM on Nov. 4th to be valid. I just think it is important that you realize, that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go. ~ Clint Eastwood I’m a hardcore libertarian – I want everything legal – but I also believe that you have the right to free association. ~ Penn Jillette Well, I’m a libertarian conservative, so I believe in limited government/maximum individual freedom. ~ John Bolton I’ve often heard the complaint from both Democrat and Republican voters alike that they hate the fact that politicians get into office and they – and they’re fearful, they’re fearful to …

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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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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 19, 2014

Host Kris Halterman discusses Common Core with Freedom Foundation’s Glen Morgan.  Glen Morgan is on the School Board of Thurston County and Glen’s wife is a teacher.   

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Just Wondering?

I have some questions after listening to the news this weekend. Is this new Democratic message of going on the government dole (oops!…I mean less work) rather than working what U.S. workers want?  Is the spin from D.C. the message that trade union workers will continue to support with their political dollars?  It sounds to me like the Democratic Party has given up on job creation in the USA.  Is that good for union jobs?  Do they really want to support a political philosophy of laziness?  What happens to the blue collar workers that have been the backbone of our society? I also am wondering is this message “freedom from work,” what is being taught in our schools by teacher’s union members?  For years and years, they have poured their membership’s dues into the Democratic coffers .  If this catchy phrase “freedom from work” takes hold in our society, just who will be paying for teachers’ “tax-backed” salaries and “tax-paid-for” buildings?  Perhaps in places like New York or Hollywood, or Washington DC there are enough millionaires to pay for everything in a shrinking economy, but in Whatcom County it certainly begs the question, “how can we afford a new high …

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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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“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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I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate (Video)

Through a world of increased standardization, we are less likely to develop the creative, deep thinkers we need as a society. We increasingly rely on, and are judged by, the results on a standardized test. Those who can’t meet the adequate standards are cast as inferior or damaged goods. Humans are highly complex therefore, cannot (should not) be standardized.  Somewhere along the way someone decided what would be considered a “Smart” person.  Our increasing cookie cutter world is becoming so homogeneous (no thanks to tests like the SAT and the new Common Core standards) that we mold our learning specifically to it. Not doing well on this one test can have lasting effects on your future goals and asperations, because of your number (test score). School is a tool and not the “end all-be all” to learning. Everyday life will teach more, give more knowledge and understanding, than any test can actually measure. This premise is key.  A little tinkering, trial and error brings joy to learning. Whereas we may learn a lot from books and sources like Google, they cannot give anyone a fully fleshed out and developed mind. Remember, we must know where we have been to know where we are going and how to get there. ~ Jacob Deschenes

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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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