Yes, I will have a separate thread on the data breach that apparently happened at a law firm that was handling a Special Education case for the district.
Community meetings tomorrow:
Director Blanford, 10am-11:30 am at Douglass Truth Branch Library
Director Martin-Morris, 10 am-noon at NE Library branch
News about SPS:
- from the Times, problems getting subs for schools in the Puget Sound region. In SPS, Emerson Elementary seems to have the most problems finding subs. The SEA contract requires that all regular teachers have two days of special education training and finding subs for all those days is difficult. SPS also requires a teaching certificate which adds to the problem (most area districts do not). Might be something to talk about next contract negotiation time.
- also from the Times, a great story about Franklin High School (a quiet gem in our district) about a project based on the LBJ years and the War on Poverty. The project brings in diverse groups of students working with the Seattle Rep on a theatrical project.
- State Superintendent Randy Dorn says McCleary can't be implemented without a new source of revenue. As well, the State Board of Ed adopted a resolution in September saying that a new revenue stream is needed.
Add to that 1351 which, if confirmed as having passed, would then go into effect in 60 days. Quite the double whammy and the ball is in the Legislature's court. (FYI, Ross Hunter was quoted at Publicola saying the discussion is going to be a "bloodblath.")
Meanwhile the Times is suggesting that the Legislature could "amend or suspend" 1351 but that can't happen without a two-thirds vote of the Legislature two years AFTER it is approved.
In great irony, they also suggested that the passage of 1351 was "narrow" and that should allow lawmakers "leeway" to suspend it in order to fulfill McCleary.
Can you say hypocrites? When 1240 passed for charter schools, it was the "will of the people" and how dare anyone challenge it. Now when 1351 passes - by a very narrow margin - the Legislature can have at it at will.
What the Times forgets is that there are other things that can be done (oh ye of little imagination).
Great event at the Burke Museum tomorrow - Meet the Mammals. You (and your child) can touch many specimens of mammals from their collection and they will have activities just for kids. They will also have live animals who help with research and a police dog.
What's on your mind?