What's your education wish for 2015?
Let's go with three wishes; one for Seattle Schools, one for the state, and one national.
1) For this district, a perennial favorite of mine, a School Board that does its REAL job. Providing oversight and accountability. Examining the "priorities" of the district vis a vis school-based needs/parent desires. Not accepting excuses from upper management on serious issues. But this will not come from the majority of the current Board (clearly) so we have the work to find, support and elect four new people for the Board. (I know - it's a big job but it has been done before.)
2) You might have thought I would say "enact McCleary" but honestly, that's the Legislature's job and it's the constitutional mandate. There shouldn't even be any discussion that drags on for months and months.
Nope, my wish is for the Washington State Supreme Court to overturn the charter school law. I think the law is unconstitutional. There is just one charter school open at this point (and it's already on probation).
During the campaign, we were told, over and over, that this was the "best" charter law in the country. That may be but apparently, the creators forgot to align it with our state constitution. So, if it is overturned, they can go back to the drawing board and start again. (My best guess is that the Court will split the baby somehow. I don't think that will truly work and will engender more arguing so throwing the whole thing out makes more sense to me.)
3) Nationally, I would like to see every single state and the feds enact student data privacy restrictions with REAL gatekeeping and REAL punishment. Every single entity that wants access to data should fear the ramifications if they foul up.
Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year's Eve into our new 2015.