Clarification: the forum on the school to prison pipeline (this Wednesday, the 29th at the New Holly Hall at 6pm) is NOT sponsored by either the King County Council or City Council. It was organized by a few members from each group. They have invited members of the Seattle School Board but it is unclear who may be going from that group. The featured speaker is Professor Wayne Au from UW Bothell.
This is a good opportunity to point out how valuable that Middle College is to preventing more kids from entering the pipeline. (I also suspect a fair number of candidates from City Council races as well as School Board races will be in attendance.)
Lots of state/national ed news:
Oregon gets 3-year reprieve from NCLB
North Carolina's Supreme Court rules for vouchers.
Washington State Budget and Policy Center reports too many kids are being left behind in economic recovery.
KIDS COUNT in Washington found that our state fares especially poorly
in economic security. A lack of quality employment for parents, combined
with high cost-of-living, is a significant challenge for Washington
Hilarious piece on TFA and Special Education from Voices of Resilience by Jennifer Kasten.
On teens and health, interesting new stats from Live Science on percentage of teen girls using the morning-after pill.
A survey conducted from 2011 to 2013 showed that, among females ages 15
to 19 who have had sexual intercourse, 22 percent said they had used
emergency contraception at least once in their lives. That's up from 8
percent in 2002, according to the new report from the National Center
for Health Statistics.
The new report also found that teenage sex in general is on the
decline. From 2011 to 2013, 44 percent of teen girls and 47 percent of
teen boys reported never having sex. That's a decrease of 14 percent for
females and 22 percent for males in the last 25 years, the researchers
Most teens who do have sex are using contraception: Nearly 80 percent
of teen girls and 84 percent of teen boys said they used contraception
(most often a condom) the first time they had sex from 2011 to 2013.
What's on your mind?