Update: there is one Director Community meeting tomorrow - with Director Carr - from 8:30-10 am at Bethany Community Church with a hard stop at 10 am as the Board also has its Board retreat tomorrow from 10:30-3:00 pm at JSCEE. I would put up the agenda but it is not available. Why it isn't available is always a mystery (although here's the Board agenda for the next school board meeting). I'll lay odds there will be discussion of preschool (which staff does want to do) and bell times (which staff doesn't want to do). Good luck, Board members.
End of update.
(No, I am not officially back but I feel for Charlie.) I see a lot has been happening.
It appears that the district IS creating a taskforce on Prevention and Response to Sexual Harassment (PRSH), apply by September 26th.
The district also wants public comments on the new 21-page Superintendent's Procedure on Sexual Harassment.
I also note that there is a district narrative of the "Garfield High School Field Trip." I'm not sure I believe it is correct but that's their story and they are sticking to it. (That may change if any legal action happens against the district.)
The big smackdown from the Supreme Court over McCleary did not happen as the Supreme Court allowed the Legislature this session to get - this - done. But I can only say that I recall being much more worried about my mother when she was angry and quiet than angry and loud.
Besides getting McCleary done, it would be unwise for any legislator - or group of legislators - to believe that you can pit public education against social services. If only it would be that easy but no, the Legislature is actually going to have to do some real work - rescinding tax breaks, cutting pet programs or gasp! maybe even an income tax.
From the "With Friends Like This, Who Needs Enemies" file comes a video that I suppose is in support of Common Core. It is by turns offensive, vague and just plain useless. Apparently this marketing firm, Six One Seven Studios, did this all by itself (out of the goodness of their hearts).
Too many of the pro-Common Core videos were PowerPoints and talking heads,” Roberts said. “So we put out this video to help folks see the power of telling a fun but simple story with real people.” I don't believe this story is simple (although Grandpa comes off like a simpleton) or those were "real" people.
Their website says they do "innovative, engaging and authentic" work. If this is a good example of their work, they should worry.
What's on your mind?