Apparently the teacher had reached out to a 16-year girl that he knew had attended View Ridge to ask if she would like to volunteer in his classroom (it is unclear if she had been in his class when she was at View Ridge). How he knew how to contact her is also unclear but he then allegedly sent her texts and anonymous comments in chat rooms. The girl felt uncomfortable and did the right thing and told her parents.
I report this because, as another reader suggested, parents (and teachers and school staff) should know what "grooming" behavior by an adult to a child looks like. It is important to know that if you see inappropriate behavior, you report it. School staff have been trained in how they should interact with children. Sometimes an action can be innocent or even accidental but on-going actions mean someone is not following training or there could be something more serious going on.
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Looking like the storm a'brewin' in the Legislature is growing over K-12 funding.
First up, critics are asking why Governor Inslee is not considering levy equalization. From the Times via the AP:
Then, the Republicans are - yet again - bringing up the idea of an education budget first, then the overall state budget. Naturally this make the Republicans look like they really care about education but can also look like a good way to push money to K-12 (good) at the expense of then slashing budgets from health and human services (bad). From the Times: