Explore Education Options Info Session: Fri. March 2nd @ Summit Library

Downloadable flyer:  Explore Education Options 2018 flyer PARENT INFO SESSION: Explore Education Options     @  Summit-Pierce County Library      5107 112th St. E.,  Tacoma, WA 98446 (Canyon Road exit off Highway 512) Friday March 2nd, 2018 6:00-6:30pm: DOORS OPEN, MEET AND GREET W/ REFRESHMENTS 6:30-8:30pm: INFO SESSION, ARRIVE LATE OR LEAVE EARLY, KIDS WELCOME Part … More Explore Education Options Info Session: Fri. March 2nd @ Summit Library

Don’t be fooled by DeVos- We still have Common Core via ESSA

Betsy DeVos states that Common Core is dead.  Don’t be fooled- we still have the original Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math here in Washington State. We are also locked into the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium by virtue of the submitted and approved state Every Student Succeeds Act plan by the US Dept. … More Don’t be fooled by DeVos- We still have Common Core via ESSA

Feds approve WA State ESSA Consolidated Plan

We will post more thoughts on this later, but the US Dept. of Education has now formally approved the WA State ESSA Consolidated Plan. Learn more here: http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2018/DOE-ApprovesPlan.aspx http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/ESSA/ConsolidatedPlan.aspx Here are prior info links about ESSA in general: https://wapie.wordpress.com/research-on-essa-implementation/    

Independent Thurston County group meet-up @3pm on Sat. Jan. 27th

Flyer:  Jan 27th info session flyer The facebook group “Puget Sound Citizens for Education Freedom” (mainly based in Pierce and Thurston Counties) will be holding a coffee shop meet-up info session on Saturday, January 27th starting at 3:00pm. Location: Forza Coffee 130 Marvin Road Lacey, WA 98503 Some topics to be discussed will be reasons … More Independent Thurston County group meet-up @3pm on Sat. Jan. 27th

Looking ahead to #StopFedEd in 2018

Greetings, Looking back on 2017, we are grateful for those who signed onto our WA State Coalition.  Unfortunately OSPI has proceeded to keep Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment. https://wapie.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/wa-state-coalition-letter/ We hope you’ve had a great holiday season and wish you a happy and healthy New Year!  United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) … More Looking ahead to #StopFedEd in 2018

WA State’s ESSA Plan-Peer Review Results

The results are in for the initial peer review portion of the submitted ESSA state plan by the US Department of Education. https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/statesubmission.html https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/map/wa.html https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/wainterimfeedbackletter.pdf Notice who signed the letter and notice the tight time frames for a response during the holiday break. https://truthinamericaneducation.com/elementary-and-secondary-education-act/jason-botel-reportedly-michigans-essa-plan-rejected/ http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2017/08/jason_botel_to_leave_education_department_post_essa_sources.html http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2017/07/sen_lamar_alexander_ed_depts_b.html  

The Origins of Local Control in Public Education

Here is some great historical background about how local control was rooted into Public Education.  The Homestead Act was a huge part of the expansion of public education that embedded the local control we have today. http://homesteadcongress.blogspot.com/2008/04/public-education.html There was also the “Ordinance for the Western Territory” This Ordinance is usually referred to in history books … More The Origins of Local Control in Public Education

Need Parent Feedback on ESSA Consolidated Plan- Accountability components

As mentioned before, OSPI will be holding a second round of the public comment late in the Spring. https://wapie.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/state-essa-workgroups-reconvening-for-phase-2-not-about-common-core/ http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/ESSA/AccountabilitySystem/pubdocs/ESSAStakeholderFeedbackSummary.pdf To reiterate how they have set this up: The ESSA Consolidated Plan draft is the planning document that outlines how Washington will implement the law. The plan outlines six core concepts in Washington’s plan to … More Need Parent Feedback on ESSA Consolidated Plan- Accountability components

Compiling New Evidence Against The Common Core

Now that we are 7 years into the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and related Assessments- we are charged with providing new evidence on where Common Core fails (and even harms!) our children in the HERE and NOW.  This blog post attempts to summarize the smoking guns and set us up with additional … More Compiling New Evidence Against The Common Core