State Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) announced that the Legislature passed his bill HB1240 on the use of restraint and isolation techniques in public schools. The bill will now go to Governor Inslee for his signature.
“This bill makes sure that treating people with respect and dignity doesn’t end when a child walks through the doors of their school,” said Pollet. “Schools should create an environment where students can learn without fear of having their behavior corrected with the use of restraints and isolation. This bill prohibits the use of these tactics and promotes the use of positive interventions which are proven to be effective.”He said that parents and advocates for people with disabilities helped mightily to win the day.
Paramount Pictures announced today that it is sending a copy of the film, Selma, to every single high school in the U.S. (public and private).
“Our ‘SELMA’ filmmaking journey has had many highlights, but to me, the response from students and educators has been the most magnificent part of the experience. To think that this triumphant story of dignity and justice will be available to every high school in this country is a realization of many dreams and many hopes,” said director Ava DuVernay. “I applaud Paramount on this extraordinary effort, and salute the teachers who will provide classes and context on the work of Dr. King and his comrades to the young minds of our nation.”
Teachers who would like to receive a copy of the “SELMA” companion study guide can visit http://bazaned.com.Ever wondered what/how Seattle Schools spends its dollars vis a vis other districts? Here's a 2013-2104 table on that subject. SPS acquits itself fairly well but I always have confusion over whether they are counting central administration and central office as one thing or two. I cannot believe their hiring at central adm hasn't gone up.
Here's another interesting SPS document - Expenditures by Category, 2010-2015.
Speaking of spending, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center has a good article - Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students.
Our Progress Index shows that progress is stalled or going backward on 11 out of 13 indicators related to education in our state.They get right to the point.
Progress on education is stalled due to our broken revenue system. Our state has unbalanced tax policies that favor wealthy families and big businesses, and it disproportionately relies on revenue from low- and middle-income families and small businesses. As a result, funding for education has fallen behind by 14 percent since 2008. On top of that, the Legislature needs to increase funding for K-12 education by $4.5 billion to fulfill requirements under the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling and to give teachers – who haven’t had a cost-of-living increase in six years – a long-overdue raise.