Because I know that Sacajawea's principal got notified last night, at the last possible minute, that the district had cut 1.0 FTE at the school. "Decreased enrollment" was the reason but it has been suggested that many parents got spooked by no bus service outside the boundaries. (And it's no picnic for those who live within the boundaries as it is an area without sidewalks.)
This may be happening at other schools so if you know families who have not yet enrolled a student, ask them to get it done soon. Otherwise, you might wonder what happened to that teacher or staff member you liked so much at your school when you don't see that person in September.
It's not that the district doesn't have the right to do this but what about common decency?
I am reminded about morals and decency from attending the Mayor's announcement today of the Seattle Preschool Program campaign for a ballot measure to provide funding for Seattle's pre-schoolers. The Mayor said there was a "moral cost" to not doing this and that we, as adults, could not fail these children.
I agree but meanwhile, the institution that he left won't consider the moral cost to K-12 for not fulfilling McCleary. Where is his outrage on that issue? It plagues us to this day.
He very clearly wants a "partnership" with Seattle Schools and the "members of the school district" (whoever they might be.) And yet he could not even introduce the Superintendent by name (and, for whatever reason, Banda didn't state his own name).
I note that Banda was there as was Charles Wright, deputy
superintendent. None of the Board was in attendance (and they were
invited) and they didn't even merit a mention. (But Murray, ever the
scold, kept telling the audience to applaud the speakers. Very weird.)
But the Mayor could give big props, in the handouts and at the event, to Councilman Tim Burgess. He called Burgess, "the Godfather for pre-K" (and Burgess laughed but I'm not sure he liked that name).
There were several troubling points to this program.
One is that a couple of City councilmembers have said elsewhere that many citizens are asking, "How much can you keep asking us to fund?" I believe there will be a breaking point. Was it the Transportation measure? Well, that actually passed in Seattle. Parks? Pre-K for all? I wonder.
Another issue is that it states that the program "will be provided through a mixed-delivery system, with classrooms offered by Seattle Public Schools and community providers." Yes, I did ask about space because the Mayor actually referenced the growth in SPS and nodded at Banda when he said it.
The Mayor said he knows that the district struggles because of the previous cuts by the Legislature and said it was "pilot" program. He said the room might come from renovations in community centers (without explaining where THAT money would come from) and that SPS was doing its own renovations. And yet, front and center in the literature it says, SPS classrooms.
Note to the Mayor and Councilman Burgess - seriously, gentlemen - there is NO room at the inn, now or in the foreseeable future. Please don't add more pressure to an already serious facilities situation.
As well they mention "align practices, responsibilities, and timelines and to address data sharing, academic expectations, curriculum alignment and professional development." That alignment may come from Common Core. The data-sharing? Something to ask more questions about in the future.
To bring it back to the main topic, check with your principal in case there is bad news so that you can try to do something about it before the end of the school year. We are now just about a month from the end of the school year.