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Sep 15, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on Voices from the Picket Lines: Garfield High School.
kerala wants six more Board members like Sue Peters.

A good start on that will be electing Rick Burke and Jill Geary.
Please vote for those two.
Sep 15, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on Voices from the Picket Lines: Garfield High School.
Hey I think everyone should be up in arms about Professional Development, which is a top-down waste in most cases.

http://mathunderground.blogspot.com/2015…
Jul 14, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on The Stranger's Endorsements for the August 2015 Primary Election!.
Wake up -- there are other Seattle School Board races.
Vote for Rick Burke in position 2

http://www.rickburke4schools.com/

Jun 29, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on Teaching Tribal History Is Finally Required in Washington Public Schools.
The Next Fight: Getting Teachers Across the State to Embrace the Curriculum

Really??? Say What?

The real fight should be to do something to confront the major problems confronting rural Indian kids as well as other Indian kids.... and the fight to get teachers to embrace the curriculum is largely a diversion from the real problems..... but in a State that is waiting until 2018 to fund education to meet constitutional requirements funding $300,000 for Indian curriculum is about what I would expect.
Jun 29, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on Teaching Tribal History Is Finally Required in Washington Public Schools.
I've taught on the REZ at two locations and in another 75+% Native American public school.

Remember the absolute farce in regard to Seattle District Office's programs for Native kids a few years back.

If the goal is to improve the opportunity for Native Americans to get a quality education, then spending $300,000 on this program will hardly impact the huge problems in Indian Country. I do like the program and it may positively impact some students.

#1 The lowest tests scores are coming from rural schools on the Rez and schools like Chief Leschi, Lummi, Tahola, and White Swan many of which have more culturally relevant curriculum elements. Their test scores are low when compared with Indian kids in metropolitan areas.

#2 I would be a lot more impressed if the Governor and OSPI actually analyzed the problem and developed solutions....

#3 In looking up Lummi Schools under Ferndale SD on OSPI School Report Card, I found the following message:

Lummi Elementary School closed 10-23-2014
Lummi High School closed 10-23-2014
and yet these schools are still open and my buddy teaches at the high school and has a contract for next year.... So much for OSPI's School Report card's report on the demise of two schools.

Here are some MSP scores from Spring 2014

2013-14 MSP Results @Chief Leschi Schools (lots of culturally relevant activities)
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 45.3% 20.3%
4th Grade 38.1% 28.9%
5th Grade 58.7% 42.8%
6th Grade 41.6% 18.3%
7th Grade 35.7% 14.2%

State-wide results for all Native American & Alaska Native students =>

2013-14 MSP Results
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 49.7% 39.5%
4th Grade 46.0% 34.8%
5th Grade 52.6% 42.4%
6th Grade 49.1% 36.7%
7th Grade 43.4% 30.3%

Results for Native Americans & Alaska Natives in Seattle Schools =>

2013-14 MSP Results
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 45.4% 45.4%
4th Grade 50.0% 44.4%
5th Grade 57.1% 50.0%
6th Grade 53.3% 40.0%
7th Grade 41.9% 32.2%

Mount Adams SD @ White Swan (Yakima Nation)
2013-14 MSP Results
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 23.2% 20.0%
4th Grade 25.6% 20.5%
5th Grade 17.9% 7.6%
6th Grade 17.9% 12.8%
7th Grade SBAC SBAC

The results for rural schools in Indian Country are generally very poor ... yet our supposed education leaders have done nothing to positively effect any solutions. It is a really difficult situation with many causes. So does anyone care enough to improve this situation?

Gates Foundation participated in funding the Lummi Youth Academy for high school youth which has a residential component.

2013-14 MSP Results for Native Americans in all Ferndale Schools
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 40.0% 16.0%
4th Grade 33.3% 24.2%
5th Grade 18.1% 15.0%
6th Grade SBAC SBAC
7th Grade 46.8% 43.7%

2013-14 MSP Results for Native Americans in Marysville schools (Tulalip tribe)
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 43.8% 31.5%
4th Grade 38.3% 30.0%
5th Grade 32.5% 25.5%
6th Grade 41.1% 26.9%
7th Grade 37.2% 14.2%

2013-14 MSP Results for Native Americans in Tacoma Public Schools
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 48.5% 41.1%
4th Grade 61.9% 42.8%
5th Grade 65.3% 46.1%
6th Grade 47.3% 43.5%
7th Grade 53.5% 41.3%

So what is Tacoma doing in Reading?

Taholah SD 70+% Native and 80% poverty (free & reduced meals)

2013-14 MSP Results for all students in Taholah SD
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 33.3% 8.3%
4th Grade 66.6% 46.6%
5th Grade 35.7% 21.4%
6th Grade <5.0% <5.0%
7th Grade <5.0% <5.0%

In both reading and math of 12 sixth graders more than 95% did not meet standard.
In both reading and math of 15 seventh graders more than 95% did not meet standard.

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Jul 26, 2012 WestSeattleDan commented on The "Pedophile's Paradise".
The article incorrectly states that:
Servants of the Paraclete—is a Jesuit-run psychiatric facility for troubled priests in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

It is not run by the Jesuits.
Try wikipedia for Servants of the Paraclete --- very interesting.
Mar 21, 2012 WestSeattleDan commented on Teach for America Signs Deal With Nation's Largest For-Profit Charter Schools Company.
Kitts you might profit from looking at Huntsville, Alabama's involvement with TFA.

http://www.rocketcitymom.com/?s=teach+fo…

Mar 21, 2012 WestSeattleDan commented on Teach for America Signs Deal With Nation's Largest For-Profit Charter Schools Company.
Kitts about those reputable studies look here =>

http://www.school-truth.com/TFA_letter_3…

Please note that the Mathematica study involved comparison with a group of teachers many of which did not meet certification requirements.

Seattle has a large supply of fully certificated teachers. The comparison group in the mathematica study was nothing like Seattle's situation.

TFA is a glorified well funded TEMP agency. Its product is not needed in Seattle.

The Board and Superintendent violated WAC 181-79A-231 to put this fiasco in place.
Mar 20, 2012 WestSeattleDan commented on At What Point Do We Start Deriding Public Schools as Just Another "Entitlement"?.
@ PEM 12:14 PM

And while TFAers may not be better than certified teachers, the districts they're going into need all the help they can get--the inner-city and impoverished schools TFA serves are already practically hiring any body with a pulse and a vaguely relevant degree.

I thought this discussion was about TFA in the Seattle Public Schools?

What are you talking about?


TFA newbies are not better than Traditionally certified new teachers. TFA teachers leave their assigned schools far sooner than Traditionally certified new teachers.

In Memphis where there is a large TFA presence: In four years, the TFA teacher return rate drops to under 9%. That just over 91% of TFA teachers will have to be replaced every four years.

TFA is a TEMP agency for teachers .... why are they in Seattle? Ask the 1% ers.

or ask Directors DeBell, Martin-Morris, Carr, or Smith-Blum.

Mar 20, 2012 WestSeattleDan commented on At What Point Do We Start Deriding Public Schools as Just Another "Entitlement"?.
@ Chris Jury ... about as far off track as possible.

Seattle is an outlier for the program. Most of the areas served have an impossible time finding anyone to teach, so it makes good sense to pay trainees a low wage to come in and commit to 2 years.

We are talking TFA here not Americorps of Jesuit Volunteer corps. TFA Corps Members get the same wage as a beginning fully credentialed teacher and perform as the teacher of record. This is not a situation of paying a low wage to trainees.

Committing to two years is unacceptable in a place like Seattle or Huntsville. Why create even more instability with a rapid turnover of marginally trained teachers in schools with high at risk student populations?

WHY? because this is all about TFA as an organization not about students.

Seattle is hardly an outlier. The TFA strategy is to do this in as many school districts as possible. Check out Huntsville, Alabama.

This is clearly a strategy from the Eli Broad play book. TFA in Seattle originated in a complex web of deception. Maria Goodloe-Johnson bought every plan fed to her by the Eli Broad Academy (she even got to sit on the Broad board).

Here are my two letters:
(1) to Tony Martinez of the State Auditor's Office in Seattle
http://www.school-truth.com/3-18-2012-Ma…

(2) to the Seattle School Directors
http://www.school-truth.com/TFA_letter_3…

Goldy has this TFA scam correctly identified.

Now let's see what those four current directors that voted for this TFA crap on several occasions do this time. (DeBell, Carr, Martin-Morris, Smith-Blum)
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