Not on the district's homepage but of note:
The Enrollment Service Center will be closed to the public from July 13
through Aug. 7, 2015, allowing for necessary new school year system
transitions. During this time, students and families will be unable to
access or submit online choice or admission forms. Additionally, the
Enrollment front counter, Enrollment Service and Customer Service
mailboxes, faxes, and Enrollment phone lines will be closed.
These services are closed during the transition to reduce significant
backlog, including incomplete documents received during this shutdown
period, which would delay the timely enrollment of new students once the
updated system is online. The Customer Service phone lines and
receptionist desk will remain open to the public to serve those who need
to contact other JSCEE internal personnel or departments. Enrollment
will re-open its doors again on Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
I'm a bit perplexed as to why Enrollment phone lines/counter/mailboxes have to be closed. I mean they can still answer basic questions on enrollment issues, no? Or is the website supposed to suffice (unless, of course, you don't have a computer)?
NCLB is coming back up as a topic when the House reconvenes in July. Apparently there are several amendments that are coming from conservatives. One is pretty funny - it would allow schools to keep federal money but opt out of the federal regulations that come with it.
As the movement towards getting rid of the use of the Confederate flag gains momentum, a good question from the Washington Post's Answer Sheet? What about the nearly 200 schools named for Confederate leaders? What about Confederacy-themed school mascots?
School systems are becoming more sensitive to the potential for controversy over names, according to a 2007 study by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,
which found that it has become much less common for schools to be named
after people, as school districts opt instead for names that are more
generic, such as geographic features or patriotic themes.
One perspective on why the City's Department of Education and Early Learning backed down on revoking the Families and Education grants to Emerson and Sand Point might be that Councilman Tim Burgess is in a tight race with Jon Grant and John Roderick in the at-large race in District 8. Burgess got asked at a recent forum about this issue and apparently it was a spirited discussion. Maybe he didn't realize that his advocacy about what he thinks best for Seattle public education would be something he would be challenged on during the election season. Between the Mayor's huge $900M+ transportation levy (which includes some dollars for transportation issues at schools) and the City's new preschool levy, I think we might hear more about this during the coming campaign season.
What's on your mind?