- What was the goal? The goal is to share the best practices that have led to improvements in student achievement in Title I schools so that other schools/students can benefit from those best practices.
- What was the cost? The event was funded with nearly $1,000 of Title One money. The coffee and rolls for about 130 participants was $646. The rest was for binders and printing.
- Why was it free to participants? Again the purpose is staff development, which we believe is an important component of ensuring a well-trained employee workforce, and the cost was covered by Title I.
- Why did this event have its own website? The website was created by a consulting teacher working in the grants office as part of her workload and as part of her own professional development.
- Why were there 4 principals there? Principals were invited to attend but it was not required. They were offered an opportunity to meet with colleagues and share ideas with the goal of school improvement that will benefit all students in their schools.
In checking the Grants and Fiscal Compliance page, you can see the following about Supplemental Education Services (SES - this is additional academic instruction to increase the academic achievement of students who are low income and who attend schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 3 or more years.):
Participation in SES in Seattle Public Schools
2010-2011 School Year
4497 students eligible
1233 students participating (maximum capacity)
2009-2010 School Year
3500 students eligible
1797 students participating
2008-2009 School Year
1471 students eligible
897 students participating
2007-2008 School Year
1107 students eligible
327 students participated
What the heck happened from 2008 to now? We lost that much Title One funding that we are maxed out and yet serve only 27% of students? No matter - that $1,000 would have been better spent to help SPS children in the classroom.
Why is SPS spending time and resources educating other districts? This looks a lot like a one-day echo chamber of Silas Potter.
Frankly, I find this sickening. There is NO excuse for this kind of self-indulgent "summit."We don't have the time or the money to be putting on a dog-and-pony show to help other districts.
Title 1 funds should go DIRECTLY to students for their academic needs.