Well, that was embarrassing. I knew this was a busy weekend in Seattle and trying to help parents out, I posted a list of events from last year. (Darn Google - I typed in "this weekend" but clearly should have searched by date). I apologize for any confusion. I just decided to delete the whole thing.
From Diane Ravitch's blog, we learn that officials in the Oklahoma DOE posted, at the website, personal information about students who had not taken the state test. These students had received exemptions and thus, waived their rights under FERPA but that didn't mean the state education officials had to do what they did. Unhappy legislators want to know if this was done out of ignorance or as retribution for students who opted out. What seems clear is that this was a distinct action and not an accident; meaning, someone had to directly put this info out there.
Congrats to West Seattle High School which learned it is receiving a grant from the Families & Education levy funds of $350k over the next seven years. This info comes from the West Seattle blog. It is funding a plethora of important work like mandatory after-school study hall and Saturday school, early interventions, and more.
A story from Seattle Bike Blog (via the Eckstein Bikes Facebook page) about the high bike ridership at Bryant Elementary.
Another huge bike to school success story. Bryant has had a bike to
school program for about six years, but this was their biggest Bike to
School Month ever. Check out these numbers: 143 kids participated in
May, riding over 1300 round trips to and from school. This was over a
50% increase from last year!
It is a good idea to make our streets safe for bikes especially in neighborhood areas where there are schools. It's good exercise and gives a child a sense of independence. I know this is not an option for every student at every school but it's an option worth considering.
Start School Later Seattle will meet on Monday 6/11 at 5pm at the
Wayward Coffee House on 65th and Roosevelt (parking available off the