Update: just missed my e-mail letting me know that SPS has just released its "Facility Condition Assessment Report for 2014." This should make for interesting reading.
The district will engage the community over the next 13 months and ask
for input and feedback with regard to projects to be included in the BTA
IV capital levy.
I know something - don't use it like BEX to build/renovate (like $100M downtown high school and $53M to renovate the Federal Reserve building.) If those are on there, I'm voting no.
Is there no end to the number of people in government who suddenly want to invest in early childhood programs? It's almost as if they all got a memo. Or something.
The latest one is KC Executive Dow Constantine who plans to ask voters for a new levy for early childhood programs by next fall. The Times reports that he calls it "Best Starts for Kids."
In yet another curious item, the PI's Joel Connelly, in reviewing the Mayor's budget, says this:
Murray is creating a cabinet-level Department of Education and Early
Learning to work with “our diverse communities” and Seattle Public
Schools to “close our city’s opportunity gap.” It will have the ability
to go around the not-very-functional Seattle School Board and widely
disliked bureaucracy of the school district.
Really? Did yet ANOTHER memo go out about taking over Seattle Schools? Because, of course, the idea that the Mayor would create a new department and be able to go around the Board and the district is complete nonsense. The City certainly can decide on how to spend the F&E levy dollars; it's their tax-payer voted on dough. But no, a new department is not going to allow any city official to go around the district. But I'll ask (just to be sure).
There certainly is some kind of drumbeat going on out there.
Our new Washington State Teacher of the Year, Lyon Terry from Lawton Elementary, sits on the district committee that is aligning reading and writing curricula to CCSS.
The public meetings for the newest charter school applications (all four of them) have been going on. The one in Sunnyside from a group that received good marks in its first application (except in financials) has reapplied again. They would run a K-8 that will be a mix of in-class and online instruction (sounds like Rocketship). The Superintendent in Sunnyside spoke out against the charter, saying that his district was doing well with an over 80% graduation rate (above the state and national average).
Have an anxious child? Some pretty good tips on being a good parent in that situation from the Huffington Post Education blog.
From Disability Scoop, a story about the feds spending money for several research projects on how to help kids with autism nearly from birth to high school to job searching.
What's on your mind?