Monday, Feb. 27th
Open Enrollment for Seattle Public Schools begins. Open Enrollment ends on March 9, 2012.
Wednesday, Feb. 29th
PTA Charter School Forum at Washington Middle School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. moderated by C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox News.
This should be interesting as it comes almost at the end of the legislative session instead of its original date nearer the beginning. Also, the charter bill(s) are in such limbo, I wondering if there will be any discussion of the bill itself. That would be a pity because the issue should be about this charter bill.
You can have abstract but detailed discussions around charters but it's how charters would play out in our state that matters.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this event so I hope to see a lot of feedback from those who do.
Also, there are two different Board events, both at the same time on Wednesday.
One is a Work Session on the Budget from 4-5:30 p.m. and the other is an Executive Committee Meeting of the Whole from 4-6 p.m. I'll have to ask about this on Monday. There are no agendas yet available for these meetings.
I also want to note that Marty McLaren is the new Chair of the Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee.
Thursday, March 1st
Rally and March for Public Education. Cities across the U.S. will be taking action to support public education. The Seattle Rally and March is being organized by Occupy Seattle Public Education work group.
Rally at Westlake Center at 2:45 p.m., followed by a march at 3:30 p.m. to the Gates Foundation to support a "Grade-In" conducted by teachers from the SEA and a "Teach-In" about charter schools by UW Professor Wayne Au.
At 4:30 p.m. members of the gorup plan to challenge Gates Foundation policy analysts to a "Policy Throwdown" - a general assembly-style open discussion of public education by Jesse Hagopian.
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Informational meeting on K-5 STEM at Boren at Denny Middle Schoool, 2601 SW Kenyon St. from 7-8:30 p.m. To note, this will be an identical presentation to the first meeting held on Feb. 15th. Might they have more answers? STEM at Boren is an option program and will be open to any student in Seattle entering kindergarten or grades 1-5 in September.
To learn more about K-5 STEM at Boren, visit http://bit.ly/K5STEM or send an email to K5STEM@seattleschool.org. Want to help shape the future of STEM? Applications for the Design Team are available at http://bit.ly/K5STEMdesignteam and due by Friday, March 2.
Saturday, March 3rd
School Board retreat from 10 am - 5 p.m. at JSCEE in the Auditorium.