Much was revealed at the Growth Boundaries presentation this afternoon. Here is just a short list:
There will be new service delivery models for Special Education: Resource, Access, Behaior, Contained, and Distinct. We don't know what these mean or how they will work, and the whole thing is subject to the collective bargaining process, but it looks like radical change.
There will be a new delivery model for APP. The District isn't saying what it will be or how it will work. They won't even offer the pretense of engagement on it until next year - after they make all of the decisions.
There will be a new delivery model for Spectrum. It appears to be nothing. For many families this will be nothing new.
Just because a school chooses to become a STEM school it doesn't make it a STEM school. It's only a STEM school if the District decides that it will be a STEM school. The difference is indistinguishable in practice, but the District says that one kind of STEM is a program and the other is a curricular focus.
The district says that international education and language immersion are synonymous. They deny the existence of students in international schools (like Beacon Hill, Mercer, Denny, Hamilton, Ingraham, and Sealth) who are not in language immersion programs.
Option schools are not schools; they are programs.
Pathfinder is the option school for the Denny service area despite the fact that it is not in the Denny service area. Elementary language immersion schools, however, even after they become option schools, must be located within the geographical boundaries of an international middle school even when they no longer have a geographic community.
Montessori programs are not an option and equitable access to them is not important.
Dearborn Park may become a language immersion school, but it would not become an option school. No explanation is provided.
We really, really need the equitable access framework that the staff was supposed to have in September in time for BEX IV planning. It isn't even on the staff's timeline. They appear to have dropped all plans to complete it.
The District staff plays a game in which the rules are different for everyone and keep changing.
The determination of a delivery model for APP - including program size - will come after the decision of how many sites to have and how big the programs will be.
Community engagement still comes AFTER the decisions all of the decisions have been made and too close to the final vote to have any influence in the outcome. The staff claim that "the conversation is just getting started" but all of the decisions have already been made and they aren't talking to anyone.