- The Alliance for Education currently provides important school account services. The existing professional services agreement expired on March 31, 2015 with the expiration of the Districts formal memorandum of understanding. The Accounting Services Department will be issuing an RFP to compete these services and will work with Grants Administration to execute a six month professional services contract to transition these services until the procurement process is completed.
So two things. Does this mean no more MOU at all with the Alliance?
Two, I'm confused because I gave money to the World School on the Seattle Foundation's Give Big day and just received a letter from the Alliance saying they were the conduits for this money. What is the status of schools' funds at the Alliance?
- The Superintendent mentions visiting McClure and says this:
Many parents want a return to tracking and acceleration. They worry that inclusion takes too much time from their child. Separating students by ability is not appropriate or effective. We do need to meet each student where they are and challenge them to help them find that “spark” that many parents mentioned.
Students – all students – do in fact learn better in cooperative/diverse groups both academically and socio-emotionally. Inclusion is mandated by law for SpEd and for ELL and for Spectrum. RTI/MTSS requires us to provide supports in every classroom.
Wait, what? "Separating students by ability is not appropriate or effective?" Has he forgotten that is what the Highly Capable program - like most gifted programs throughout the country - does? (Not to mention Walk to Math.) As well, I would be happy to show the Superintendent the research I have read that says that students at the bottom do benefit from being in a mixed classroom but that students at the top do not.
And "inclusion is mandated by law for Spectrum?" I'd like to see the legal citation for that.
- Still at McClure, he said this:
How did we end up with this crazy testing? NCLB mandated testing 15 years ago – to help focus on closing opportunity gaps. This is our first year with 100% computer testing. That is a challenge. It will get better with time and more computers.
Now I'm confused because (1) I know that at least two high schools are doing paper and pencil ELA SBAC testing (those would be Hale and Ingraham - it's right on their webpages). So either he doesn't know this or is mistaken on his 100% computer testing statement. And the Superintendent's answer to testing mania is "better with time and more computers?" That's a real answer to parents?Two FYIs as well:
- the district quietly added another community meeting on Bell Times - it's Tuesday, May 19th at Ballard at 7 pm.
- the district has set a date for what I believe will be the first unveiling of possible BTA IV projects.
Seattle Public Schools is hosting a community meeting to share information, receive comments and answer questions about our upcoming Operations Levy and Buildings, Technology, Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy, to be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2016.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd in the John Stanford Center Auditorium, 2445-3rd Avenue South, from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Comments and questions may be emailed;
• for the BTA IV Capital Levy to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• for the Operations Levy to: email@example.com
• or mail to: Levies 2016, Seattle Public Schools, M.S. 22-336, P.O. Box 34165, Seattle, Washington, 98124-1165.
For additional information about the BTA Capital Levy, please visit http://bta.seattleschools.org