I have many threads to write - student surveys about teachers, Charter Commission meeting, Work Session on data privacy, transportation and athletics (all had very interesting parts).
It appears that LEV has joined forces with the City for the universal pre-school initiative. This is fine except that LEV has been tweeting that people should send e-mails to the Board, urging them to support early childhood education. So it was kind of funny at the Work Session on Families & Education on Wednesday when President Peaslee somewhat peevishly told the City staff that, of course the district supports early childhood learning but that no one has briefed the Board or staff on what a City/district partnership might look like. She did not seem happy that the Board was getting painted in this fashion by LEV.
Holly Miller of the City's Education Department hastened to say their office did not know why LEV was sending those tweets but, yes, the City does know that the district supports this effort and yes, they will be filling the district/Board in soon on what the City is planning.
Peaslee did go on to say that the City HAS to realize the space crunch that the district is in and there may be very little room to house any additional preschools. (My sources tell me that Councilman Burgess seems to not understand this issue and continues to think the district has space for multiple preschool classes.) Again, Ms. Miller said the City does understand and praised SPS staff for "creative" thinking on this issue even if there is not space at schools.
On the heels of that discussion, I have heard from those who have done the deep dig/thinking on the growth of the district and it seems that the district will continue to grow and, apparently, most
of that growth is most likely to take place in the lower grades (not
kindergarten but 1st/2nd). It could be that Pay for K is masking people
who may show up in bigger numbers in 1st grade and may stretch our
district's resources even more.
Bill Moyers interviews Diane Ravitch on his show on Sunday on KCTS at 6:30 p.m.
Letter that Neil DeGrasse Tyson wrote to Carl Sagan in 1975 when Tyson was a senior in high school. Tell your kids it never hurts to reach out to people. Tyson is now doing Sagan's Cosmos series (and it's very good).
What's on your mind?