Tuesday, Jan. 17th
Region 6 PTSA Forum on charter schools at Washington Middle School from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
I want to note a couple of things here. One, this is not sponsored by the Seattle Council PTSA so please take note of that. President Lauren McGuire stated to me that they would be taking no stance on charter schools until legislation was offered (she and I spoke before legislation came out) and that the PTSA Board would read it and then consider their stance. Seems like a good way to go.
Second, while this is billed as a forum, to my mind, if you present a pro side and a con side, it's a debate. Keep in mind that Region 6 is not trying to educate parents as to what charters are (and are not); this is going to be two sides basically explaining why we should or should not have them. It's a little hard to follow that kind of debate if you don't even clearly understand the subject matter but that's what they are doing.
Lastly, what's interesting is that Ramona Hattendorf, the state PTSA governmental person has stated that the PTSA has 6 top issues this legislative session. None of them are about charters. That subject falls on their "supported" issues. And yet, there seems to be a remarkable amount of energy on charters. Hmm.
I look forward to forums on their top issues of improving basic education, math and science instruction, phonological awareness screening/reading instruction, changing layoff polices to include more than just seniority, funding education first in the state budget and research-based model for teacher compensation rewarding teacher effectiveness.
(Also, reading what the national PTA says about charters, it would seem they would NOT support them but that's another thread.)
Wednesday, Jan. 18th
Board Work Session on the Budget from 4-5:30 p.m. - yes, where to find the money to close up that budget gap?
School Board Meeting from 6-9 p.m. Agenda.
Thursday, Jan. 19th
Curriculum & Instruction/Operations Meeting of the Whole from 4-7 p.m.
Community Conversation with ELL and Special Education Directors from 6-7:30 p.m. at Broadview-Thompson K-8
Friday, Jan. 20th
BEX Oversight Committee meeting (which I mistakenly put down for last week) from 8:30-10:30 am
Saturday, Jan. 21st
Director DeBell Community meeting from 9-11 am at Cafe Appasionato
Director Peaslee Community meeting from 10:30 am - noon, Lake City Library