One story is that the District is consistent in collecting fines from the State over workplace safety violations for Local 609 members. It's a sad thing because 1) it's money walking out the door (just this money $32K) and 2) because apparently the District does not care enough about the safety of its employees. (I'll note this is not the first time for the District - they have paid out $28K in fines since 2011).
It's things like not properly training employees to use equipment that can burn their hands or amputate fingers. No emergency eye wash station. No training on hazardous chemicals. Out of eight violations, seven were labelled by the Department of Labor and Industries as "serious."
The West Seattle Blog reports that the largest elementary in West Seattle, Schmitz Park, is receiving three more portables (for what I was told is called "Schmitzville" by parents) this month. They are expecting 642 kids at SP in September. There are also portables going into Pathfinder and West Seattle Elementary.
Oh, and have you read the HALA committee report on housing in our city? I'll be writing a separate thread but on the same page (20) where they they want to work with other entities in the state/region like Seattle School District, just a couple of paragraphs later, they say this:
When land is not suitable for housing development, the unrestricted proceeds from sale should be dedicated to affordable housing development. The City should also create a mandate for the co- development of affordable housing in conjunction with new public buildings and investments such as community centers, libraries, charter schools, etc.
I looked thru the entire report. Nothing about helping OR investing in our existing system, just "investments" like charter schools.
Speaking of charter schools, West Seattle Blog also has this report on Summit Schools and their "awareness-raising" about their coming schools (one in West Seattle next year and two this fall, one in Tacoma and one in the International district). According to our charter law, Summit must have one public forum on the West Seattle site and it's scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st at
9601 35th SW from 6-8 pm.
9601 35th SW from 6-8 pm.
(The first two Summit schools will be high schools but the West Seattle site will be 6-12.) They claim each site will have its own Sped director but I find that hard to believe.)
If you recall my thread on Arne Duncan and the damage he has done to our public education system and that he is apparently going to stay until the bitter end, I also wrote that his wife and kids have already left D. C. And his kids will be going to a private school. With no Common Core and no SBAC/PARCC testing. From the Washington Post's The Answer Sheet:
Duncan talks a lot about giving parents school choices for their children, and, again, nobody should begrudge his own choices. But they do speak to a pattern among public policy-makers and influential philanthropists who push specific school reforms — such as charter schools, the elimination of teacher tenure, Common Core, and evaluation of teachers by test scores — yet send their own children to private schools that do none of these things.
What's on your mind?