KING-5 did a report on our growing district. (And, if you hadn't heard, Seattle is apparently the fastest growing big city in the country. It is the 21st biggest city in the country.) KING reported that the district expects to have 60,000 students by 2020. That's just five-and-a-half years away.
In a very sad story from The Charlotte Observer, a charter school in Charlotte, NC, is closing immediately for financial reasons and now the 300+ students have to find somewhere else to finish the school year.
What makes this story doubly sad is that state officials knew this charter was off-track financially almost from the start of the school year. North Carolina charter supporters pushed to get their charter cap lifted and this was one of the first of 23 schools opened that year.
The state Office of Charter Schools sent staff to inspect the school in
March. The team reported concerns with the instruction and the support
for students with disabilities, said Director Joel Medley.
Bill Anderson of MeckEd, a nonprofit advocacy group that works
closely with CMS, said the StudentFirst collapse shows the need for
better oversight and the hazards of a rush to authorize more schools.
“I think we should all be concerned as more charter schools come
online,” he said. “At the end of the day, is this what’s best for the
More dress code news, this time for France. Made me smile. You go, boys.
Well, you can't accuse them of skirting the issue; last Friday, to
protest sexism, male students in the western French city of Nantes
turned up to school in skirts.
Hundreds of boys across 27 schools in the city took part in the "Lift the Skirt"
campaign, which was thought up by the students and backed by the
education ministry. Students who didn't feel like baring their legs
showed support by wearing stickers that read, "I am fighting against
sexism, are you?" The initiative was born to "take action to promote
awareness and change perceptions," amid a "feeling of daily discrimination" against female students.
The campaign follows a report from France's education ministry, published last summer, which found that teachers treat boys "in a preferential manner while
remaining convinced they are being totally fair," paying less academic
attention to girls and assigning them caretaking roles in class.