Anyone go to the SPS Sped meeting last night?
This Friday is the deadline to file for elected races for November. Still no one from Director Peaslee's district has filed. I'm sure someone will and that one person will just walk onto the Board. That's a terrible thing for democracy, no matter who the person is.
Speaking of school board races, there is a candidate forum at the Fightin' 46th this Thursday at the George Center for Community, 2212 NE 125th St. It opens at 7 pm with the program starting at 7:30 pm. It's a great opportunity to meet the candidates. (Note: I'll have a candidate wrap-up thread, probably on Sat morning of all the candidates, their websites/Facebook pages, etc.)
SPS' request for a waiver from NCLB was denied by the U.S. Department of Ed. Seattle had applied on its own because its teacher contract DID include use of test scores in triggering a look at teaching in any given classroom but did not include using test scores in teacher evaluations. (I would say that Seattle struck out on a pretty good path of looking to help teachers, not punish them.) The feds said no to the idea of one district being able to work outside of the state's structure.
The Times is reporting that a group of eight schools in California DID get their own waivers even as California didn't. However, those districts are using test scores for teacher evaluation.
Lastly, and sadly, a teenaged girl in Marysville, walking with a friend on train tracks, was killed on Saturday by a train. Explain to your children that trains DO run on the train tracks and tell them that tracks are no place for kids to walk or play. She sounded like a wonderful young lady.
What's on your mind?