UPDATE: If you’re the parent of a soon-to-be middle-schooler, mark your calendars for this Thursday, January 29th. McClure Middle School is hosting an Open House and Tour to help families learn more about Queen Anne’s neighborhood middle school. Incoming students can learn more about their new school and parents can learn more about what McClure offers its students.
Check out the flyer below for all the information you need to know:
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If you are a member of your PTA, you might consider weighing in on the issue of hybrid mayoral control of the school board to both your unit (if they are taking a stand) and to the SCPTSA.
President – Katherine Schomer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Legislative Chair – Eden Mack, email@example.com
I think my stand is pretty clear; no. It's not democratic, it questions voters abilities to make their own choice, there is no proof that the current mayor has any real credibility in this area and there is no solid proof that hybrid boards do any better.
I understand that there will be a hearing on the Pettigrew-sponsored bill at the Education Committee in the Legislature. I have no problem with that because let's a have a full airing of the issues and allow committee members to see the flaw in this thinking. Folks complained previously that some ed issues never made it to even a hearing - well, now's your chance but I would believe it will be a tough sell.
What's rather interesting is the lack of interest from other media like the Times and Crosscut who very much lean to this kind of ed reform. You have to wonder, "Why so silent?"
In other ed reform news, the state Democratic Party committee has voted to REJECT Common Core. This from my colleague, Anthony Cody's blog, Living in Dialogue.
The Central Committee of the Washington State Democratic Party
has passed a resolution that roundly condemns the Common Core standards.
This is the first time a statewide Democratic Party committee has taken
a public position against the Common Core, and it happened in the back
yard of the Gates Foundation, which has provided the funding that made
the national standards project possible. This could signal a sea-change
for the beleaguered standards, because up until now, political
opposition has been strongest in the Republican party.
In other local ed reform news, a lengthy story from the Tacoma Tribune over the rising tide of parents opting-out of testing. It features many parent activists I have worked with like Sandi Strong.
These standardized tests are among the more than two dozen — both state-
and district-mandated — that Tacoma Public Schools will administer at
various grade levels this year.
Tacoma Superintendent Carla Santorno is paying attention to the growing
discontent, and she understands the limits of standardized tests.
And she worries about what will happen if too many high-performing students opt out.
“That skews the data,” Santorno said.
Hamel said standardized tests provide “a narrow and incomplete picture
of the students we see day in and day out.” He said they rarely give
teachers information they don’t already know about their students.