The Washington Senate voted unanimously for a bill to make it easier for minors to seal their records (for minor crimes). I'll have to read the bill but I doubt it will protect your child if the incident happened at school and it is now part of a school record. The FERPA changes would allow that kind of data to go out to vendors of all kinds (and even our friends at the Seattle Times).
Still no word on the tying of test scores to teacher evaluation bill. This is the last day for the Legislature to vote on non-budget bills.
The Kansas Supreme Court says public school funding cuts in their budgets hurt poorer districts and they have ruled it unconstitutional. From CBS News:
The Supreme Court sent the case back to district court for more
review to "promptly" determine what the adequate amount of funding
should be, but didn't set a deadline for a hearing. It did, however, set
a July 1 deadline for legislators to restore money for two funds aimed
at helping poorer districts with capital improvements and general school
A state Department of Education official
estimates legislators must increase funding by $129 million, in addition
to the more than $3 billion the state has budgeted for the 2014-2015
All states have language in their constitutions for providing public
school funding. But Kansas' courts in the past have been strong and
specific in spelling out how the state must carry out that
responsibility, and education advocates wondered earlier this year
whether the push in Kansas to base funding on costs - not political
considerations - would continue, perhaps emboldening parents and
educators in other states.
Already been "emboldened" in Washington State.
I checked on that KIRO report about the NW Center. The reporter there was reacting off old news. Namely, that the six-months for NWC's lease ends in June and that the district had asked Cascade to consider staying at Wilson-Pacific another 6 months.
There has been no decision made on this issue.
I know that Superintendent Banda met with the Mayor today. I spoke with the Superintendent at the Board meeting and he said the district was working to resolve this issue in a way that would serve both programs but that it needed to get done soon (in the best interests of both programs). I observed that this was taking a lot of staff time and he said it had and the hope was to find a solution very soon.
I listened to the testimony at the Board meeting on this issue. The Cascade side seems to be saying "Make this right" and the NWC side seems to be saying (and they had signs), "Stop the clock." I know the latter cannot be done (at least for the work at Wilson-Pacific - on that point the Board and the district are united). I think the clock could pause for NWC if, and only if, Cascade could be given a decent interim/permanent home.
But the NWC lease would have to end if there is no other place for Cascade.
Some ideas I have heard are housing them at JSCEE (I asked Banda and he said it was too far south for Cascade but frankly, it's better than W-P) or asking the City for help with a low-cost lease at Magnuson. I'd love to know what the City could offer.
All of the Board members who were present said they were listening to this discussion and hoping for good solutions for all (except Martin-Morris who steadfastly refuses to ever comment on testimony).
Director McLaren read from a letter she had sent a NWC parent. She said she understood the rock and the hard place everyone was in but "in my two years on the Board, I have admiration for the integrity and commitment of staff. I do not believe they are grasping, dishonest people and that they work hard as professionals. They work here because they care and have highly developed skills."
President Peaslee emphasized the issues around communications and said the district's "need for the space at the QA building where NWC is housed does not reflect against the value of NWC's work." She said the district has an obligation to Cascade which also serves students with unique learning needs and F/RL and "so this is a program that we are absolutely obligated to support."
She also let it be known that it wasn't helpful for other elected officials (and she said, "You know who I am talking about") to complain and not come forward with "actionable" ideas.
I would expect a decision by the end of the month (if not sooner).