There's a lot there for folks interested in Special Education along with a couple of tasty items for those interested in high school graduation requirements, creative approach schools, Native American education, and discipline.
By the numbers:
a. Creative Approach Schools Update (Michael/Misa)
The last time the committee talked about Creative Approach Schools it was to learn that they were not being granted the freedoms they were promised and that no one in the JSCEE knew what they were or would cooperate with them. Let's see if any of that has been fixed. I wouldn't want to hear it from Michael Tolley; I would want to hear it from the CAS principals.
b. Policy 3201, Disciplinary Appeal Council (Pat/Ruth)
I could be wrong, but I believe this is a committee with a membership that's supposed to turnover, but either the committee has never met or its membership has never turned over. Something like that.
c. Assessment Framework Update (Eric)
Eric Anderson is a pathologically honest person swimming in sea of liars. No matter what he reports it's always refreshingly candid.
d. BAR for BEST Grant (Shauna/Chris)
Anyone know what this is?
e. BAR for Policy 6010, School Funding Model (Michael/Ken)
I wasn't aware that there was a plan to update this policy. I'm surprised that it didn't go before the Finance Committee instead. It's really all about money. The policy is one that is routinely violated. It requires a school funding model that:
"Result in a transparent school funding model that schools, families, and community members can understand"As soon as anyone can explain the funding for the six high schools that aren't funded through the WSS we will be a step closer to this. It would be lovely if one of the Board Directors asked about that. At least The Center School, The NOVA Project, The World School, and South Lake should be put on the WSS. I'm sure it would result in more funding for each of them.
f.Community Engagement Discussion for:
Policy 2151, Interscholastic Activities (Pegi/Erinn/Ronald/Eric)
Policy 2420, High School Grade and Credit Marking (Michael/Shauna/Lesley)
Policy 2415, High School Graduation Requirement (Michael/Shauna/Lesley)
What's interesting about this is that the discussion will not be about the decision, but how to present the decision to a public that is likely to object to it. A big part of the change will be the elimination of the GPA requirement. Before everyone - starting with the Seattle Times - goes wiggy about reducing rigor, it would be worth noting that of the 295 school districts in Washington State, only two have GPA requirements for graduation.
g.Update on Highly Capable Program iGrant Application (Shauna/Stephen)
Don't get excited. It's just an update on the grant. The application was due like on June 1st or so, but the OSPI hadn't posted the application form by then. Maybe they have by now. Being late on this grant application has never been an issue. Usually the delay is caused by the OSPI. They typically don't have the grant application form ready before the application deadline.
What you don't see is an Advanced Learning Policy. Still no policy while the work goes on without any guidance from the Board.
h. BAR for Instructional Materials CPR Action 14.12 (Shauna/Eric)
The CPR in this case is the annual audit by the OSPI called the Comprehensive Program Review.
i. Indigenous People of Washington State Curriculum (Michael/Shauna)
Native American education has historically been a challenge for Seattle Public Schools.
j. BAR for Birth-3 Contract (Zakiyyah/Michaela)
k.BAR for Revised C-CAP (Zakiyyah/Michaela)
l. BAR for NW Soil (Fairfax) Contract (Zakiyyah/Michaela)
m. BAR for Overlake Contract (Zakiyyah/Michaela)
n.BAR for Children’s Institute (CHILD) Contract (Zakiyyah/Michaela)
o. BAR for Seattle Children’s (Zakiyyah/Michaela)
p. BAR for Experimental Education Unit (U.W.) (Zakiyyah/Michaela)
Mixed in with all of these contracts to provide education services to hospital patients and annual renewals of some longtime special education programs, you will find the Revised Comprehensive Corrective Action Plan.
This contract apparently isn't ready to go. These were the fancy-schmancy consultants who would be the independent third party to monitor the implementation of the new Special Education delivery model. They ar the same folks who delivered this report. Whatever is causing the delay in inking this contract better get fixed soon. Tick-tock.