Great and inspiring video of teachers in Cleveland who sing "One More Day" (from Le Miz with their own lyrics) until school starts. Great voices, great hope for a great school year. These are teachers who care and there's a lot more of them out there and here in Seattle Schools.
Another good video about working as a team (this one about taking public transit). Kids would like this one.
Is your school ready for September 9th? I've been hearing that some schools are very worried about their lack of space. For example, it seems West Woodland has been growing by leaps and bounds (they will have five kindergarten classes) but didn't get a promised portable. Instead, they will get a ...trailer. I don't think hoping that opening more schools (thru BEX and other programs) is a plan. Or, if it is, it's one that knows, in advance, that the populations of our stressed buildings will just have to take it on the chin for years to come.
That doesn't feel like a plan.
Speaking of school facilities, you do know that the DNR mandate (Department of Natural Resources) is this:
Washington state's DNR has a contested constitutional mandate to log state trust forests to contribute money to K-12 school construction by selling public timber to private industrial forestry companies. These “timber dollars” first pay for DNR expenses and the ever-shrinking remainder revenue goes towards school construction.
The Times had an op-ed in April 2015 to highlight this from teacher, Web Hutchins, who said that "the McCleary decision highlights the need to better fund public education without reliance on timber sales."
DNR's share of these costs has apparently gone from 60% of school construction costs in the '80s to just about 25% in the naughts.
It's an interesting intersection of ecology and public education that seems to not serve either.
This just in from the Stranger Slog:
The State Supreme Court Ruled that Public Officials' Private Texts Are Sometimes Public Records: "In a unanimous decision, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that text messages created on Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s private phone are public records if they pertain to public business," writes the Tacoma News Tribune. "The 9-0 ruling from the high court, written by Justice Mary Yu, comes in a case closely watched by open-government advocates, who praised the ruling as a precedent-setting and sensible decision for the digital age."What's on your mind?