March and Rally to Gates Foundation
To note: there is the march and rally to protest the ed reform work of the Gates Foundation today, starting at 5 pm at Westlake Park. The march will then go to the Gates Foundation on Mercer at 5th. There will be speeches and some kind of flash mob dance.
The police are warning of possible traffic issues.
From Diane Ravitch:
Speakers: Anthony Cody (prolific education leader from CA) & Kshama
Sawant (speaking as a teacher & city council member) will engage
the crowd by connecting public education issues to larger issues of
democracy vs. oligarchy. Morna McDermott & other education heroes
will also make the case for school transformation, not corporate
(Editor's note: Cody is a former teacher and writer at Education Week.)
Anthony Cody will be speaking at 10:30 on Friday June 27th at the
University of Washington HUB Room 332. His talk about the education
‘reform’ movement and how to reclaim our schools will be live streamed @
There will then be three breakout sessions for you to choose from
(these are as valuable as YOU make them! We aren’t teaching you what to
do, we are asking you to plan next steps for yourselves & to inspire
others new to organizing):
Opt Out planning in your locale: Why & How?
Creating 21st Century Schools-what is our vision?
Coalition Building with other organizers who see Gates as a threat to social justice
Following those three work groups we will show the movie
Standardized. A panel of speakers will do some Q & A following the
Details here: https://m.facebook.com/events/742638552449687
Location here: http://depts.washington.edu/thehub/reserve-the-hub/hub-spaces/hub-332/
Crosscut is saying (without attribution) that the City, the district and the Downtown Association are working on a proposal for the old Federal Building. Dr. Herdon is on vacation and I haven't yet been able to verify anything on this. The deadline is July 3rd.
The district's request for departures from City zoning were all passed by the committee in charge last night.
This turned into an ugly (and expensive) situation. I will attempt to post all the back and forth between the district and the lawyer hired by neighbors to protect their rights but I can only say - not pretty.
The district's hired lawyers (and I'm finding out the cost) said some of the issues around the bus areas were because of APP (not noting that the district also had to transport some students from around the region for the K-8 program). They also "noted" (read: threatened) the neighbors that if the district didn't get the departures, they might have to use the power of eminent domain and take some houses, stating, "as it has done in the past as necessary." (I am also asking when this last happened.)
The neighbors truly believe that two schools can't fit on that site. It seems to be the fields will definitely be smaller but weigh in if I am mistaken.