- From a parent who attended the SCPTSA meeting on Monday, Flip Herndon told several parents that they are considering an annex for Hamilton.
There is space at JAMS and Eckstein but rather than admit the enrollment made a mistake by sending 5 feeder schools to Hamilton, the smallest, least flexible middle school, they are going to plow ahead with an un-workable and expensive facilities solution to an enrollment planning goof.
- At least two letters in support of the Africatown MOU say that Africatown should be returned to "Horace Mann upon completion of the renovations." One of these was from the head of the Seattle/King County branch, Gerald Hankerson. I asked him about it and he said that former Superintendent Banda gave an "verbal agreement" this would happen.
And if it doesn't? Is Africatown going to sue the district? Those of you with suggestion that more room for Garfield could be found at Mann may just be out of luck.
- Why would Director McLaren, at the Charter School Work Session, ask if charter schools could leave out Sped/ELL students "like in other parts of the country." She was assured that they couldn't under Washington State law. She looked reassured. There is NO charter law in the country that leaves out Sped/ELL students; that would be illegal. The problem is that charters are allowed to say they "don't have the programs/services" for those students and they get exited. Now THAT is allowed.
- Also at the Charter Work Session, Superintendent Nyland opened with the Board being on record as being against charter schools "but that was then and this is now."
- Now that the City Council has passed the Implementation Plan for their Preschool program, when do we see the draft of the preschool partnership agreement with SPS (which seems to be the linchpin of the whole thing)?
- At the Hale BTA IV meeting, parents repeatedly stated that they were worried more money would go to Technology than to building repairs/upgrades. This seemed to baffle staff.
- Biggest quote from that BTA IV meeting? Flip Herndon saying, "The Board decides what is going to be on the list and what isn't." I'm not sure I believe that.
- Also at BTA IV meeting, the district is going to spend a mere $19M on Lincoln before it opens as a high school. I can hear the howls from parents whose children get assigned there from my office.
- Also at the BTA IV, apparently Ballard High has "some spaces that can be reconfigured." Anyone know what they might be?
- When will the District ever define "assessment" versus "test?" Because I'm not sure they are the same thing but even if they are, that is one definition that parents need.
- How is it at the Curriculum & Instruction meeting that Director McLaren didn't seem to know that Common Core and SBAC are connected?
- Interesting how now NCLB is spoken of, across the board, as a terrible law and yet somehow testing 3-8th graders seems to be retained in its reincarnation?
- On bad choices, interesting to hear talk at the C&I meeting on how less-than-useful MAP was. Oh how the times have changed.
- Need help figuring out which middle school social studies book to choose? I'll make it easy to pare it down to two. Pick the two that DON'T have companies advertised on the front cover.
- How is it that Director Blanford, in asking questions on how/why the Board passed a resolution against charter schools, couldn't figure out to go look at the old Board meetings where it was discussed? He had to be told by no less than three people that he could do that.
- Also at the same work session, Blanford seemed confused - even to the point of asking out loud - which Seattle children he represents. If he really is bewildered by who he represents, he might be in the wrong job.