- Director Blanford has been working with the City on their preschool plan almost since he got elected. (I know this from some public disclosure e-mails.) Trouble is, I went back and looked at his campaign interviews and I can't find one that mentions it. Not even in a very detailed questionaire from the King County Dems where mentions being the director of an early learning center.
That seems odd given this statement he made in an e-mail to Councilman Burgess, Sara Morris from the Alliance and Holly Miller at the Office of Education in January 2014 about joining them on the preschool junket
Thanks for including me in this opportunity, which I'd like to pursue. As you know, I have some background in Early Learning (as the Executive Director of the White Center Early Learning Initiative) and hope to be a strong and informed advocate for Universal Preschool in my position on the Seattle School Board.
Apparently he didn't feel the need to tell voters this would be a special interest of his.
Director Blanford is becoming increasingly outspoken, sometimes for good and sometimes not. The good is when he called President Peaslee on her habit at committee meetings of trying to move the meeting along (good) but then asking a lot of questions but not allowing others to do so. He said it wasn't fair and he was right.
But then, at the Garfield PTSA meeting, all the things he said about the Garfield field trip incident? Not so good.
The Seattle Council PTSA will have their General Meeting on October 20th at 7 pm at Madrona K-8. They will have staff from the Transportation department to present "Busing 101." They will also present theirfive focus items for this year:
- school capacity/maintenance and overcrowding,
- safe environments including supervision, walk zones, transportation and "reasonable school start times that support healthy sleep."
- improved family engagement
- equity in initiatives and policies to provide all students with a quality education.
This Thursday, the 9th, the Washington State Charter Commission is expected to see the approval of at least two more charters (out of the four applications that cleared the process). I would expect to see Green Dot and Sunnyside Charter Academy to make it. Spokane School district, the only school district authorizer in the state, has approved one more, Spokane International Academy.
Good article about the drop in charter applications from the Seattle Weekly.
I came across this very useful webpage (which I honestly cannot remember if I have put up here before) on the History of School Funding in Washington State.
The Washington Post's take on "Parenting as a Gen Xer" - good luck with that. I'm not sure I would want to have school-aged kids because it would take some really careful thinking about them and their online lives.