Note: both the other two high schools are in Florida are magnet arts schools, RHS is a regular comprehensive.
Congrats to all those great musicians at RHS!
Great article in the Times this morning about almost-Superintendent Banda. Makes me think the Board picked the right person at the right time for this district.
I note that the Times is also trying to push this A+Washington initiative. LEV has a full-court press at their website. There is nothing wrong with various groups joining together to push for better education but what they are saying is nothing new:
- great teachers
- more data and tools to collect it
- early education
A+Washington circles back to the Excellent Schools Now coalition which also has a vague website. There are no names of people attached to these groups, just organizations and business groups. If you wanted to ask their leadership questions, well, there isn't any visible. There's no one to call but you can sign up as a supporter.
It's an odd thing for this many groups to want to look like a big, organized group when it's a collection of random information on a website.
Still waiting with crossed fingers for the results of the Essentially Ellington contest in NYC. Will update as I see them come in.
UPDATE: Roosevelt in top three for EE competition. Good job!
And finally, last night we went to Magnuson Park at twilight and watched that big, fat moon come up over the Cascades. It was gorgeous and, even for someone married almost 29 years, very romantic. Then I read that the state of Tennessee is considering a "gateway sexual activity" bill. From Time:
The controversial measure is intended to curb teen pregnancy and is an offshoot of the state’s growing abstinence-based sex education program.
At the heart of the matter, most of the controversy stems from the “gateway sexual activity” line, which remains vague and was not clearly defined before the bill went to vote. Some detractors argue that it could unreasonably punish teachers for allowing students to cuddle, hold hands or even hug, whether in the halls between classes or at a school dance.