Opening day for the Washington State Legislature. Here's where the rubber meets the road on education.
For those legislators who don't want to raise taxes, tell us what you would cut elsewhere.
For those legislators who say we don't need more money for public education, tell us how you would spend the current dollars better. What would you cut and/or what would you add? (I'm pretty sure the "private sector could do it better and cheaper" will come into play at some point.)
Wednesday, January 16th
Committee of the Whole: Strategic Plan from 4-5:30 p.m.
College Goal Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Roosevelt High School
Thursday, January 17th
Operations Committee meeting of the Whole from 3:30-5:15 p.m. Agenda
There will be a number of construction contracts viewed at this meeting but it stands out in importance for two things: reviewing the 2013-2014 transportation services standards and "capacity management/NSAP- comparative data reviewed."
These two items will give guidance to what the interim plan will be for 2013-2014. From an e-mail from Director Peaslee:
Thanks to all who have provided input into our very public capacity planning process. Public involvement is playing a significant role and we are working very hard to land a plan that most will be able to support.
My community meeting last night was packed with parents from almost every impacted school in the north end. We reviewed two scenarios that I asked staff to compare to each other. Scenario 3 would lead to a 6th Grade Academy. Scenario 5 would lead to a roll up of the Comprehensive Middle School co-located at Jane Addams with the Environmental Sciences K-8.
The overwhelming demand from the majority present at the meeting was to delay any changes to middle school assignments by a year, allowing for adequate planning and complete information on the new programs. Some parents expressed the contrasting view that Eckstein is unacceptably crowded and enrollment must be reduced in the coming year.
Pegi McEvoy and her staff are now working on an alternative scenario, and will present this to the School Board during the Operations Committee on Thursday, January 17 from 4:15 to 5:15 at John Stanford Center. The public is welcome to observe. The School Board will vote on the final proposal at the regular legislative meeting on Wed, January 23.
Update: an e-mail from President Smith-Blum indicates that yes, there will be another scenario to come out at this Operations Committee meeting. I'll see if I can find out any advance details.
So yet ANOTHER scenario to come out? Will this be the one that says hold tight for another year and give real and needed planning a chance because of the wide-ranging implications for the entire district? We'll see.
Saturday, January 19th
Community Meeting with Director DeBell from 9-11 am at Caffe Appassionato,
4001 21st Avenue W.