Feds probing Seattle schools’ treatment of black students
This story is about a U.S. Department of Education investigation into whether black students in Seattle schools are punished more frequently and more harshly than white students for the same behavior. The comments section reveals some really horrible racist remarks and, more than anything, a gross misunderstanding of the purported problem. The feds are not investigating whether black students are punished more frequently (they are) but whether they are punished differently from other students for similar infractions.
Senate GOP scales back education agenda
This story is a good one. Brian Rosenthal writes about how the
The GOP may have given up on their micromanaging reforms, but the Seattle Times has not. In Editorial: State lawmakers should support education-reform bills the Seattle Times editorial board endorses micromanagement of school districts by the state legislature that they would never tolerate from a school board (at least a school board they don't like). In this editorial the Times opines that the state legislature should determine when students should be promoted from the 3rd grade to the 4th grade and which math class middle school students should take.
Hilariously, just the day before Lynne Varner wrote a screed in opposition to exactly the same kind of thinking when she said Zero tolerance school discipline policies that make zero sense.
But not even Lynne Varner can beat Michelle Rhee when it comes to expressing self-contradictory and ill-informed opinions. The Times saw fit to publish Ms Rhee's error-filled Op-ed: MAP boycott is about keeping test scores out of teacher evaluations. Wow. The woman is clueless.
It's not all crazytown. Op-ed: Funding education in Washington state requires more taxes by Remy Trupin states the obvious: the state has to fund education and they can't do it with the money they have now. They will have to raise taxes. This simple statement of fact inspired howling in the comments by people who have no clue about how their tax rates compare to anyone else's.
On top of this we have the announcement of the Charter School Commission in the opinion section, but not in the news section of the paper. Weird, eh?