Students on buses currently enroute to school have been rerouted to Spartan Rec Center where parents with ID may pick them up. The district is asking parents to NOT send their kids to school today.
Also today, Hoquiam School District, Taholah School District on the Quinalt Reservation, Aberdeen School District and South Bend School district - all of these are closed today because of the landslides and flooding in their area.
Please send out some good karma/prayers for all these districts and their students and staffs.
Parents at Chief Sealth High School have been concerned and actively voicing those concerns for some time now over the IB program there. They say the participation rate has declined and so has the reputation for the program.
Their main concern is that the district says the program is an option for Advanced Learning BUT it is not funded thru the district but thru private grants. The parents want to see "a commitment to continue this program under the new Student Assignment Plan in the interest of equity in education."
Here are some of their concerns:
- blended honors program in 9th/10th grade not explained to parents and students
- What is our school’s and the school district’s commitment to the IB program?
- What funding and financial support is required to maintain the program? How much does the district contribute to the program? How much must CSIHS raise itself? What is the outlook for getting outside funding (if needed) over the next several years? What resources (staff time, expertise, etc.) does CSIHS invest in securing funding?
- If funding shortfalls for the program are likely (and I'm hoping this is not the case), are there alternatives to an IB program that would be better suited to our school?
- Are there racial/income disparities in students participating in the IB program? If so, what strategies does CSIHS have in place to increase the number and proportion of students of color and low income students in IB classes?
A SPS parent/attorney will be providing a 2-day workshop for Special Ed parents at Seattle University School of Law about preparing for a special education due process hearing.
This limited attendance two-day workshop will provide practical guidance to pro se parents on how to prepare for and navigate a special education due process hearing in Washington State.
The workshop is being held on two consecutive Saturday mornings - January 24 and 31 - from 8:30 am to Noon. Attendance is required for both sessions. Registration is limited to a maximum of 20 non-attorney parents.
Using provided materials, including a hearing notebook and a copy of the Washington State regulations, participants will individually identify a legal issue relevant to their student, draft a statement of the issue and prepare a due process hearing request. Ultimately, they will be able to identify appropriate exhibits and witnesses. By the end of the two-day workshop, participants will have worked through developing their issue, be better able to prepare multiple issues for hearing, and know how to draft their specific due process hearing request and assemble their hearing notebook.
The workshop is interactive and hands on. Participants will be expected to complete "assignments" as preparation for the next steps in the process. Throughout the sessions, there will be discussion about what to expect in the process and practical tips on how to make your case as effective and persuasive as possible.