The superintendent mistook support for the Alliance for Education as support for Seattle Public Schools. Someone needs to tell him that the Alliance is an advocacy organization, not a fundraiser for the District.
There's an update on the RC-CAP, the plan to make our Special Education compliant with federal law. Some really fundamental matters continue to go un-addressed.
- Need to correct IEPs by November 14th in order to qualify for all the funding for which we are eligible
- Concerns about lack of interface between IEP online and PowerSchool causing too much handwork and errors
- Putting procedures and organization structures in place to ensure that staff/parents know where to get good information
- Stabilize leadership for Special Education and other departments
- Provide added supports to assist Wyeth and Michaela to put out fires, oversee the entire special education program and fix compliance issues
- Address communications by letting staff know of our corrective action compliance and addressing parent concerns
How long have they been working on this and they still have these basic problems? That's unacceptable.
The Teaching and Learning Update has a mealy-mouthed counter-whine in response to the complaints that the Board has heard about services for deaf and hard of hearing students. I defy anyone to pull any sense out of this statement other than: "We do stuff to serve these students - all kinds of stuff."
There are some new staff people, including some new folks in some high profile roles.
- Erin Stoen, Director of College and Career Readiness
- Chris Drape, STAR Mentor and Seattle Teacher Residency Program Manager
- Adam Dysart, Multi-Tiered System of Supports Program Manager
These people will soon be held responsible for the failure to implement initiatives that were poorly planned, inadequately funded, and pushed on people without their buy-in. Good luck, newbies!