“I want to make sure that every student, from Cape Flattery to Clover Park to Clarkston, has an equal opportunity to a basic education,” Dorn said. “That isn’t happening today. My plan will ensure that.”Also from OSPI, the announcement of math and science partnership grants to seven districts including Seattle.
The grants will be used to help increase student achievement in math and science. Specifically, the grants allow for partnerships between schools and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty at institutes of higher education.
State funding for the projects totals $1.9 million, to be split among the grantees. Awards, which have yet to be determined, range from $500,000 to $1.5 million and will be distributed during the course of the three-year grants.
The MSP grant program is part of the federal Title II, Part B section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The size of awards for each state is based on student population and poverty rates. Partnerships through MSP grants develop and implement programs that, among other benefits, focus on the education of mathematics and science teachers as a career-long process.I won't be able to follow-up with the district this week due to the Spring break but I'll ask which schools this might affect.
Speaking of ESEA (NCLB), the Senate bill on this issue is scheduled to be discussed in the Senate this morning with Senator Patty Murray and Senator Lamar Alexander leading that discussion.
KUOW reported this morning that Spokane School district is removing students whose parents have not submitted full accounting of vaccinations. The students will be allowed back in class if their parents either submit proof of vaccinations or file a request to waive vaccinations for religious or personal reasons. The district is offering immunization clinics all this week.
Also from Spokane School district:
The school day will be 30 minutes longer for elementary schoolers starting with the 2015-16 school year.
But this action only brings Spokane in line with the rest of the state who have longer school days for elementary students.
Interestingly, while their high school time stays at 8 am, they move elementary to 8:30 am (from 9 am) and middle schools to 9:00 (from 8:45 am).
And check out the chart out for elementary school time for districts around the state from their FAQs. It ranges from a high in Yakima of 7 hours, 15 minutes to a low in Spokane of 6 hours. Where is Seattle? Second from the bottom with 6 hours and 10 minutes. Eyeballing the chart, I'd say the average looks to be about 6 hours and 30 minutes. Kind of shocking to see that much difference from district to district.
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