Monday, March 19th
Another community meeting the City is putting on about Arts Education. This one is at South Shore K-8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21st
Board Work Session on HR from 4-5:30 p.m. No agenda posted yet.
School Board Meeting from 6-9 p.m. Agenda. As Charlie pointed out elsewhere, a big agenda with many property issues but a couple of major votes.
One is about continuing the contract with TFA and the other is over the governance policy, 1620BP.
Because of TFA, I'm sure this meeting will be full, both in the attendance and on the speakers list.
I feel fairly certain that the contract will be retained by a 4-3 vote. I think there are some Board members that believe if more TFA aren't hired and/or a donor found for the TFA fees, that the contract will just peter out in a couple of years.
Maybe but there are two items to consider. One, the powers that want TFA in SPS will open their wallets and pay the fees. So thinking that we wouldn't have more TFA because of donor issues is probably a non-issue. The other item is there is an internal push for TFA (via various staff) and I think that is probably distilling out to more principals. We'll see. I have faith in our site-based hiring teams but I also know that TFA has a big reach.
That big reach is wanting to prevent a bigger story getting out about UW's U-ACT program for TFA recruits fails from lack of students AND the even bigger story of if TFA fails to spark in Seattle Schools. If TFA leaves Seattle, it would probably be national education news.
Friday, March 23rd
BEX Oversight Committee meeting from 8:30-10:30 am at JSCEE
Saturday, March 24th
Community Meetings with Harium Martin Morris at Diva Espresso on Lake City from 9:30-11:30 am and also with Director Smith-Blum from 10-11:30 am at the Capitol Hill branch library.
Also for your calendar:
Seattle Public Schools will host three community meetings on April 3, 5 and 10, to share information and ask for feedback about options for possible building construction projects to be included in the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy package. Once final, this list of construction projects will be in front of Seattle voters in February 2013.
The Building Excellence capital program enables Seattle Public Schools to continue renovations and improvements to the buildings where teaching and learning takes place, to make each school an excellent school and where each student is being prepared to graduate from high school ready for college, career and life.
The community meetings will be held:
• 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Eckstein Middle School
• 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Denny International Middle School
• 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Mercer Middle School
Each meeting will include presentations by Capital Projects and Planning staff members, followed by a question and answer period with community attendees. Comments from the community will be collected, recorded, reviewed, considered and included in considering the Building Excellence IV Capital Levy projects package.