Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread

Interesting op-ed from several major charter operators in USA Today, speaking out against Trump's budget.
We realize that expressing concerns about a budget that benefits our schools may seem counter-intuitive. But we want to join with all those who are fighting to defend public education as an essential pillar of our democracy. We will ask Republicans and Democrats alike to reject these proposed cuts.
If only the Washington Charter Schools Association was speaking out like this about McCleary fulfillment. 

From the Washington Post:
President Trump signed bills Monday overturning two Obama-era education regulations, continuing the Republican majority’s effort to undo key pieces of the previous administration’s legacy.

Trump’s move scraps new requirements for programs that train new K-12 teachers and rolls back a set of rules outlining how states must carry out the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan federal law meant to hold schools accountable for student performance. In a signing ceremony at the White House Monday, the president hailed the measures for “removing an additional layer of bureaucracy to encourage freedom in our schools.”
He also sat at a child-sized table when he signed this.

From Education Lab, a story about Leschi Elementary.
Last week, our elementary school sent families an email: “A message was spray painted near the school on NE wall of corner of MLK and Yesler where we have a crossing guard for our students and parents. It said, ‘assimilate or leave.’”
On the news that Secretary of State Kim Wyman has been diagnosed with colon cancer (hers appears to be treatable and curable), I urge you to get that tube up your ass if you have any suspicions or are over 50 or have a family history.   Early detection can save your life.

What's on your mind?

May 1st Strike?

In case you were not aware, there is a debate/discussion - among teachers and parents - about a May 1st strike/walkout.  May 1st is International Workers' Day and one that is hugely celebrated throughout the world (although not so much in the U.S.)

The vote is to take place over this week and needs a three-fourths vote of SEA membership.

There is confusion, though, over the purpose of the strike.  Some say it is in support of fully funding schools, others say it is about immigrants' rights and still others say it is a focus on social justice. 

I saw on my Twitter feed today that Councilmembers Sawant and O'Brien say they are in support of the one-day strike. Here's their op-ed from the South Seattle Emerald.

As you can read below, there are differing opinions.  From comments here, I don't see much support from parents.  Here's what two different teachers have to say:

Let's Keep Public Education Public

Monday, March 27, 2017

House Dems Release Their Budget

Here's a link to the entire thing

Here's an assessment from the Tacoma News Tribune:
The state House released a $44.7-billion spending plan Monday that relies on $3 billion in new revenue over two years, mainly from new taxes on capital gains and tax hikes for some businesses.

The House plan would spend about $1.6 billion more than a rival proposal put forth last week by Senate Republicans, who proposed rejecting state worker contracts and making some cuts to social services to balance their budget.

Your Kids and Their Future

I've read a couple of good articles over the last week that I wanted to share.

Now It Will Get Real on McCleary Funding

The Dems will be releasing their proposal for the budget, including McCleary funding, today at noon. It will be televised on TVW.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

What's Next for Seattle Schools?

I'll ask that question because apparently, the district isn't going to ask you.

I bring this up after reading thru the presentation for last week's Work Session with one section about SMART goals and the other about the budget.  Here's the title for the SMART goals:

Selection of the 2017-18 Board Governance Priorities & Superintendent SMART Goals ... for next year.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Postcards for Education

Community Postcards for Education - A Kid Friendly Event!

DeVos Attempts to Undermine ESSA Requirements

Betsy DeVos is all about parent power via "choice."  She says this over and over, that the feds should allow parents to have the biggest power over where their child goes to school.

Apparently, that power stops at the schoolhouse door because it seems she doesn't believe in that power as far as what actually happens inside the school.

This and That

Great story from NPR -
A High School's Lesson For Helping English Language Learners Get To College

Friday, March 24, 2017

Washington State School Funding Updates

Update:  great analysis from the Washington Budget and Policy Center on the GOP bill.

Friday Open Thread

Want to see what a condo in the old Queen Anne High building looks like?  Here you go.

From the "hmmm" file: I have found no stories on Amazon's gift of music instruments to Rainier Beach High School except for this blog and the South Seattle Emerald.  Not the Times, nor tv stations.  Ditto on the Paul Allen donation to partner with the City and the district for more arts for students.  I know SPS put out press releases.  Two of the biggest philanthropists in our city give money to help public education and neither gets any notice from mainstream media.  Hmmm.