Back in Seattle after a visit in Arizona. My friends there told me how bad it is with their charter system. Their districts are being drained of money and they have many poor-quality charters. As well, the "top" charter high school, Basis, is doing exactly what we have thought - they start with one group of kids and graduate a much smaller group. In short, they weed out anyone that they don't want there. (Plus, my teacher friend's first question to me, "What do you think of Common Core?" I had to smile.)
Director Community Meetings tomorrow:
Carr - 8:30-10 am Bethany Community Church
Martin-Morris - 10 am - noon - NE Branch Library
Peters - 11 am - 1 pm - Magnolia Branch Library
The Times is asking, "What should top Nyland's to-do list for Seattle Schools?" I know you are busy but honestly, please go weigh in (or provide a comment here). Unfortunately, the Times gives an issue list - a very short list -
- parent involvement
- STEM preparation
Seriously? STEM? Does the district have NO idea what is happening in SPS? Capacity management? Testing issues? Lack of oversight by the Board of their own policies?
Currently, the Times' list has "other" winning (but there are only 24 votes).
Great event coming up - "Paramount Duty" - a discussion of the WA State constitution by the lead trial lawyer from McCleary, Tom Ahearne, and Andrew Nicolas from the WA State Budget and Policy Center.
I am also sticking in my own, off-education topic opinion - we need to cut our losses on the tunnel. Now. (Somewhere Mike McGinn is shaking his head.)
From the Onion, now we know what's wrong - Youthful Tendency Disorder.
What's on your mind?