Tonight is the second of the Superintendent's regional meetings about the Strategic Plan at 6:30 p.m. at Hale High School.
I suspect that this particular meeting - coming on the heels of pushback from staff on later start times AND the brewing rebellion by schools over cuts to their budgets - might prove to be larger and more contentious than the one earlier this week. And Hale - having had a later start time for 10 years - is perfect backdrop for this discussion.
That said, the district loves its Powerpoint presentations and I suspect they will make whoever shows up wait for any questioning beyond issues around the Strategic Plan. But the district press release does say attendees can question district leadership so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Also to note, next week's School Board meeting should be a barnburner as several groups - Start School Later-Seattle, school staffs and NW Center parents - could show up to "express" their opinions of how SPS is doing.
From Start School Later - Seattle:
Thank you for your outreach to get more petition signers! Our numbers are growing, keep it up!
RALLY at the March 19 school board meeting from 4-6pm at the John
Stanford Center (2445 3rd Ave, S.) to protest delays and urge passage of
a resolution to work on later starts for fall 2015, not 2016. Dr.
Maida Chen of Children's Hospital will speak. We hope to pack the
meeting room with signs and supporters for later starts. Wear blue to
show we are sick of the delays.
Teachers will be holding a rally to protest budget cuts and will wear black.
support later starts and oppose budget cuts, wear black and blue to
show we're tired of mistreatment and are fighting for change.
will not disrupt the meeting but will show our resolve to align school
start times with the learning, health, and safety needs of students.