Monday, February 27, 2012

Public Charter School Forum Wednesday, 2/29

Hear pro, con and ask your questions.
Hosted by Washington State PTA Region 6
Wednesday, 2/29/12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Washington Middle School in Seattle (directions below)

This event includes a review of national and state PTA positions on charter schools. ALL regions are welcome. Please, come hear what pro and con advocates have to say and what pro and con speakers from the academic world have to say.

Moderated by C.R. Douglas, Political Analyst, Q13 Fox News
PTA positions reviewed by Ramona Hattendorf, Government Relations Coordinator, Washington State PTA.


  • Olga Addae: President, Seattle Education Association. Con speaker
  • Rosalund Jenkins: Director, Black Education Strategy Roundtable. Pro speaker
  • Dr. Wayne Au: Assistant Professor, Education Program, UW Bothell, and editor, RethinkingSchools. Con speaker 
  • Robin Lake: Associate Director, Center for Reinventing Education, UW Bothell. Pro speaker

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Washington Middle School Cafeteria
2101 S. Jackson St, Seattle 98144
From S. Jackson Street go south on 20th Ave South, take first left onto S. Weller St, (going around the Franz Bakery). At 20th Place South, parking lot is on your right, school entrance is to the left.
Questions: Contact Heidi Bennett, WA State PTA Region 6 Legislative Chair

Olga Addae -
Olga Addae is president of the Seattle Education Association, and a former science teacher in Seattle Public Schools. SEA represents non-administrative certificated employees (mostly teachers, but also includes counselors and others who must be certificated), para-professional employees and office professionals. SEA is part of the Washington Education Association and National Education Association.
Rosalund Jenkins -
Rosalund Jenkins heads the Black Education Strategy Roundtable, an advisory group that advocates for new policies and programs to improve the educational attainment of Black learners at all levels of education in Washington. She is the former executive director of Washington State Commission on African American Affairs.
Wayne Au -

Wayne Au taught high school social studies and language arts. He is an assistant professor in the Education Program at the University of Washington, Bothell Campus. He is editor of Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice, co-editor of Rethinking Our Classrooms Volume 1 (Revised and Expanded Edition), and writes regularly for Rethinking Schools, a magazine "committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy." Wayne is also author and editor of many academic articles and books, and his most recent book, Critical Curriculum Studies: Curriculum, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing, was published by Routledge in 2011.

Robin Lake -
Robin Lake is associate director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothell, where she specializes in charter school research and policy development that focuses on effective accountability policies, scale and supply, and school district use of chartering as a reform strategy. She has authored numerous studies and technical assistance reports on charter schools. She is co-author, with Paul Hill, of Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education (Brookings Press) and editor of Unique School Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs and the annual report, Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools.
WSPTA REGION 6 includes councils and local units in Seattle, Shoreline, Northshore and Vashon Island school districts.

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