I note that some of the comments call out Bellevue School District for this kind of thing as well as Rainier Beach High School. The activities at RBHS have been covered in the Times previously but I don't really know what the story is in Bellevue.
But when parents want sports to become the focus at a school (and the school allows it), it benefits no one. There is no "you're helping low-income/minority students" when they are allowed to play as they are not passing classes.
From the John Rogers Elementary school community:
So this community finds itself scrambling for space and are now down to closet space. The district says, "these kids are coming; find the room." That seems like a very heavy lift at a very late stage."John Rogers will have 4 kindergarten classes this year! With that many kindergarteners (85) the school is scrambling to move classrooms, offices and closets around. Staff have asked if anyone is available to help ..."
And where will all these preschool rooms come from that the City wants? It's a fantasy.
Please keep the students, teachers and staff of the school district in Ferguson, Missouri in your thoughts. Three out of four schools continue to be closed today. I'm sure it must be a confusing, difficult time for all involved and helping students make sense of what is happening is a big job.
I'm at the Charter Commission meeting this morning.
What's on your mind?