As I previously reported, Chicago Public Schools had not wanted to give the PARCC (Common Core) assessment to all their students, saying they were not ready. Arne Duncan twisted their arm and they rescinded that announcement.
Here's a fairly amazing notice from one elementary PTA in Chicago where they say (as if it were a fundraiser):
The Blaine PTA would like to achieve a 100% PARCC opt out so our students can get back 10 hours of vital classroom instruction!
FYI, the Mayor unveiled a new 10-year city transportation plan, Move Seattle, yesterday. I think it will come to us in the form of a levy this fall. I read it with an eye to how it might help SPS. The word "school(s)" is mentioned nine times in relation to:
- fewer high school students getting a drivers license (from 1996 to 2010, from 85% to 73%)
- one 10-year goal is to "Improve safety in school zones"
- "make the 27% of the city without sidewalks more walkable - through constructing up to 30 new blocks of sidewalks"
- partner with SPS for 12 more school zone cameras
- improve school walk zones at up to 12 locations
(They note that the revenue from the school zone cameras would pay for the safety improvements around schools.)
As well, also in the plan, increasing biking access/safety (which would help students who bike to school.)
What's on your mind?