KOMO tv is reporting this:
A disturbing trend has been identified in Seattle public schools,
where marijuana now makes up most of the disciplinary actions
Between the start of the school year and Jan. 7, marijuana made up 77
percent of all disciplinary actions taken against students, district
That's a big number. What seems to be the issue?
Lately, school officials have faced a new threat: Marijuana edibles dressed up as sugary treats.
Everything from pot-infused caramels to drug-laced lemonade has been
confiscated. That's in addition to the pipes and joints collected.
The article doesn't explain how/why KOMO came across this news. I'll have to ask the district.
Reader Mary G said this:
If this is true, this is a stunning statistic, but how would one know?
The district has been unable to produce any reliable statistics for the
last two years, and certainly not any resembling real time statistics
and now all the sudden it is able to produce statistics since January of
this year? Four years ago, which is the last year I was able to get
good statistics, there were 431 incidents of selling or possessing
illegal drugs or controlled substances in the entire district.
Considering there were 4617 disciplinary actions recorded that involved
suspension or expulsion, that would make 9.3% of disciplinary actions
involved all illegal drugs/controlled substances.
Relevant district policy book, Student Rights and Responsibilities, starting on page 10.
A very upset editorial from the Seattle Medium, the African-American media company in SE Seattle about the bill from Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew to split the district in two. The writer, Chris H. Bennett, pulls no punches and likens them to Bull Connor, the "infamous Alabama sheriff" who supported segregation.
His major claim is that the split would be north/south which would resegregate schools and that the south end schools would receive less funding.
He gets some things wrong, claiming there is only one African-American on the School Board and that splitting the district north/south would mean more funding for the north. (Everyone gets the same state funding but Title One schools receive additional funding via the feds.)
(He does make an odd statement that there are no "American-born" African-Americans on the School Board. How he knows that I don't know.)
He states that many of his readers were not happy with this idea from Santos/Pettigrew which is interesting because the legislators say their constituents like this idea. It might have been a good idea to get public input from public meetings BEFORE floating this bill.
Directors Martin-Morris, Blanford and Peters all made comments in the comments section. Blanford and Martin-Morris both say they are American-born. Blanford says he testified against the bill. Peters states she think re-segregation is not the intent of the bill but could be an "unintended consequence."
Again, doing "something" just to do something is not solving a problem. And, it is beyond undemocratic and disingenuous to not have a public discussion before any bill like this is floated.