What education bills are still alive in the Legislature (from the Times):
Grading schools: The Senate has advanced a measure to assign A-F grades to schools based on factors including improvement of student test scores. Supporters say parents could get a clear sign of how a school is doing. Opponents insist it would be punitive and often unfair. (SB 5328)
Third-grade reading: The Senate has advanced a measure to require third-graders with inadequate reading skills to repeat a grade, attend summer school or otherwise improve their reading before enrolling in fourth grade. The measure also would authorize K-3 teacher training to help improve students’ reading. (SB 5237)
Dream Act: House Democrats and Republicans approved a measure that makes young illegal immigrants eligible for college financial aid. Lawmakers amended the bill on the floor to broaden its scope beyond young immigrants granted a temporary stay in the country under an Obama administration plan. The bill follows a law approved 10 years ago that made illegal-immigrant students eligible for in-state tuition if they met certain criteria. A similar bill died in the Senate. (HB 1817)
Not listed but apparently alive (according to the Seattle Education blog), SB 5329, which would use a "transformation" model that would take schools with the lowest test scores and use this model:
- Turnaround model: Replace the principal and rehire no more than 50% of the staff, and grant the principal sufficient operational flexibility (including in staffing, calendars/time and budgeting) to fully implement a comprehensive approach to substantially improve student outcomes.
- Restart model: Convert a school or close and reopen it under a charter school operator, a charter management organization, or an education management organization that has been selected through a rigorous review process.
- School closure: Close a school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the district that are higher achieving.
- Transformation model: Implement each of the following strategies: (1) replace the principal and take steps to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness; (2) institute comprehensive instructional reforms; (3) increase learning time and create community-oriented schools; and (4) provide operational flexibility and sustained support.
Also having community meetings on Saturday are Directors DeBell and Martin-Morris. Details at the thread, Seattle Schools This Week.
It's also Pluto Day at the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (home of the great tutoring group, 826) at 8414 Greenwood Ave N from 3-5 p.m.
3pm: sign making
4:20pm-ish: rally and debate. Enjoy tiny food offered by our volunteers AND very special mini Pluto cupcakes provided by the stellar Trophy Cupcakes! Talk with like-minded folk, share the love, eat stuff!
I know today is a "no school" day and parents you can celebrate - this is the last full/partial release day until Spring Break. That means your child will be in school every day for an entire month.
Last, I find that I have difficulty with these "phrase" names that some commenters are using to ID themselves. PLEASE - pick a character name, your first name, initials or a TWO-WORD (no longer) tag. I will give everyone the weekend to figure this out but sadly, will start deleting comments with unwieldy monikers. I find it very difficult to answer commenters with long names.
What's on your mind?