From SPS Communications:
Earlier this month, Seattle Public Schools sought applicants for a newly
formed Native American Advisory Committee. A number of applicants have
been received but SPS encourages more to apply. The extended deadline is Monday, April 22.
The initial committee term is April 2013 to June 2015. Nomination forms are available here and can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 34164
Seattle, WA, 98124
Nominations can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle Public Schools wants to add a half-hour to the school day for
elementary students by as early as the next school year. But the
district must first align a number of variables, including funding and
The average school day for Seattle’s
elementary students is six hours and five minutes, which is thought to
be the shortest school day in the Puget Sound region. The reason for it
dates back to 1975 when the district cut the day short following two
Now, nearly four decades later, officials are
laying the groundwork to finally reverse that. The impetus, says Deputy
Superintendent Bob Boesche, is the unequal quality of non-core subjects
like gym and the arts.
“We want to give an assurance that whether
you’re attending school in the north, the south, the east, the west,
you're able to receive an assurance of basic academic instruction in all
of our elementaries,” Boesche said.
This is news to me and, according to the story, the SEA. Naturally, the union would have to sign onto this idea.
Boesche says the cost of having certificated teachers take over the arts
and PE would add up to about $8 million, and additional costs would be
determined in collective bargaining with the teachers' union.
As of last week, though, the Seattle Education Association was
unaware a longer school day was even being considered. Extending the day
has led to major labor battles elsewhere, like Chicago. But in Seattle, SEA President Jonathan Knapp seems open to the idea.
devil’s always in the details, but yeah, there’s definitely a case to
be made for having more time in the day for the things that really
enrich the experience for kids,” Knapp said.
But, Knapp added,
what the district would do with the extra time is a key question—would
it really be art and gym, or would it get sucked up into test prep?
I'm a little baffled as I didn't hear this at the Equitable Access work session.
Also, from KUOW, a story about the nearly 15,000 seniors who have yet to pass all the end-of-course exams. The most problematic? Math.
Kids should have passed either the algebra or the geometry test by the
end of 10th grade. Make-up tests are given twice a year. But if students
haven’t passed by 12th grade, their best chance is often to complete a
Collection of Evidence: a set of math problems the state provides as an
alternative to the math test.
It’s not clear how many students will be kept from graduating because
of the new math standards. The state is due to release the results of
the latest exams and math problem sets soon.
graduation requirements will only be getting harder. Two years from now,
seniors are supposed to pass a second math test – and a science test –
in order to get their diplomas.
I don't have the numbers for SPS but I suspect it is pretty high.
I knew that via the Families & Education levy that SPS would be doing some sort of summer school. This is great but unfortunately it will only be for high school students. This from KUOW:
District College and Career Readiness Coordinator Janet Blanford said
this summer, high school students who have fallen behind on credits
will be able to take language arts, geometry and algebra classes at
Chief Sealth International, Cleveland and Roosevelt high schools. She
said 11th and 12th graders will get priority enrollment.
pressures led the district to end its popular summer school program
after the 2010 session. Blanford said Families and Education Levy
funding has allowed the district to reinstate the highest-demand
classes. She said the district is still working out the details, but
plans to have space for about 225 students.