I put up another update on the Center School incident yesterday. It sounds like both staff and students did a great job in handling the situation.
Fun fact: there are now only about 20+ schools where parents pay for kindergarten. The district has managed, through LAP dollars and other funding, to fill in that half-day that the state doesn't pay for. McCleary can't come fast enough.
I also note that the district has financial documents, like Race to the Top, that reference "in-kind" staff time "donations." Keep this in mind around initiatives like RttT and preschool. 1B likes to say that SPS doesn't have to give space but I'm certain that any partnership will include a lot of staff time from several departments. In-kind donations of staff time, whether dollars exchange hands or not, are REAL money.
A reader had mentioned this previously but here's a list from OSPI of school bus violations statewide by drivers in cars. Number of vehicles that passed buses: 371. Most were in the morning (190) with afternoon close behind (166). There were 206 that passed from the rear and 165 from the front. Most passed on the left but at least 14 passed on the right.
The Board Work Session about the MOU with the Alliance for Education is today and yet there is no presentation posted. No way for parents or the public to know what it is or to weigh in. I will note that the Alliance not only covers its costs by handling PTA funds for some schools, they make a profit on it. If they are making money, then that activity should go out to bid. SPS needs to make sure they are getting the best possible deal for this work (and it seems unethical to not allow other groups/companies access to this work).
What's on your mind?