Update: I have attempted to get rid of the annoying CAPTCHA feature. I'm hoping it works but that we don't see a lot of spam because of it. I know if I found it annoying so did my readers. Let me know how it goes.
Update on SBAC from SPS Communications: our assessment folks have communicated to principals that they may use the form or accept any signed refusal.
End of update
I will have a follow-up to the SBAC opt-out form. I sought clarity from the district, got it partially and am now awaiting a response.
The House budget will come out today but the hearing has been moved to Monday.
Healthy Student Survey results - I haven't had time to read it in-depth yet.
The Charter Commission is having a special phone-in meeting today. It's an interesting thing - they will go into Executive Session to discuss a "legal matter" with no final action taken. Then, they will go back to having a public meeting if there are any "action items" from the Executive Session. I will venture to guess this is about First Place and whether they have done what the Commission wanted them to in order to remain open as a charter school. My guess is no. I believe if the Commission is to close the school, they would have to take a vote in an open meeting.
Interesting map of the opt-outs in Ohio for the PARCC testing.
Have you played the latest parlor game? keeping count of how many editorials/op-eds the Seattle Times prints about how important it is to get the NCLB waiver back, how its loss is hurting kids and, oh, by the way, it's "just closing a loophole" according to Rep Chad Magendanz at Facebook and the authors of the latest op-ed, Senator Mark Mullet and Senator Jamie Pedersen, say the changes would be "modest" and make it sound like simple wordsmithing.
The Senators say that $1M in Seattle funds has been spent on private tutors in an "uneven way" (fewer than 500 kids received private tutoring out of an eligible 20K). Well, who's fault is that? I'd guess the district didn't bend over backwards to tell parents. But, as Superintendent Nyland DID say at the last Board meeting, it was a good thing for those parents who did get tutoring for their children.
(They also said the districts would have to "scramble" to spend the rest of the money not used for children who changed schools and/or received private tutoring. I have great confidence Seattle School district will figure out how to spend extra dollars.)
Sadly, not one word in this opt-ed about McCleary. Priorities,kids.
Friday funny for your tweens and teens: a cover of 'Uptown Funk' by Voldemort.
Also for the kids, Science! How to unleash Lucifer's Squid