Today, Mayor Mike McGinn gave his fourth State of the City speech. Education and our schools were a major priority. There is no probably no stronger foundation for opportunity, and long term economic success, than ensuring that our children are educated. Click here to view the speech.
Early learning is a critical place where we can make an even bigger difference. The achievement gap need not be permanent. Kids shouldn't have to go to their first day of kindergarten starting off two laps behind the other kids. If we focus on early learning, every kid can start on that path together.
This fall, the City Office for Education will launch an Early Learning Academy to provide high quality, evidence-based early learning training for preschool providers in Seattle. This initiative will improve school readiness outcomes for young children and serve as an important element of the City's pre-kindergarten through third grade focus. We'll work to link high quality preschool to K-3 education, to bring all children to reading at grade level in third grade - a critical milestone for success. With training for preschool providers, we can improve outcomes for all kids in preschool.
Last week voters passed two levies to fund Seattle school operations and to build new capacity for a growing city.
We’re going to do everything we can at the City to help. We are forming an interdepartmental team that brings together the City departments who have a role in construction permits to get this new capacity online as quickly as possible.
Last year we launched our Be Super Safe campaign and released our Road Safety Action Plan, after hearing from many in Seattle that we need to do more to make our streets safer. This plan has a long-term goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.
We’re launching an outreach campaign to reduce speeding, distraction, and traveling while impaired, while ensuring that more people know and follow the rules of the road. This campaign also encourages people to look out for each other, no matter what way you use to get around our city.
Today we made an important announcement that builds on this work: we will develop a School Road Safety Analysis and Action Plan. This effort will include:
- Analysis of accessibility and safety at all of our public schools.
- An implementation plan for installing additional school zone speed cameras.
- An analysis of school zones and walking routes.
- Development of a process and criteria for identifying and prioritizing physical improvements near schools with cameras, building on our current Safe Routes to School work.
- Analysis of existing legislation and policies related to school safety and determine if any changes are needed.
- Development of safety and mobility education programs for all schools.
We will keep you informed as this project continues. If you would have questions, or would like to get involved, please contact email@example.com.
You can watch the entire State of the City speech here.