- BAR for Highly Capable Students Annual Plan for 2015-16 (Heath/Martin)
I am interested to see that the Plan states that teachers and other staff can refer students to the program. I thought that had ended and it was by parent application only.
This was on page 4 - District reviews services for each student periodically to ensure services meet each student's needs and capabilities. Parents, is that what you have seen?
The district says it will be serving 4,502 students (I take that to be just the Highly Capable students.)
- Special Education MOU (Jessee/Clancy/Hanson) (no documentation)
- MTSS (no documentation)
- Community Alignment Initiative Review (no documentation)
- Data Sharing Agreements Review - there's a list of groups that receive "identifiable and proxy" student data. There are 37 groups, by my count, including the City's DEEL and Lakeside (?).
Most of the "Consent type" markings for each group are either "Institutional Service-Principal" (I don't know for certain what that means) or "Parent Consent." The one outlier? DEEL which is labelled "lead/strategic partner." The PowerPoint that follows the list seems to indicate that partners obviously have a agreement with the District but it seems odd to have only one on the list and not explain that.
News on the Teachers' Contract Negotiations
Not to be the bearer of ill tidings but this was noted in the SEA's update:
Our contract guarantees an allocation of teachers and Special Education instructional assistants (IAs).
Now, the District wants to throw out all of our Special Ed IA staffing ratios, and be allowed to come up with a new system on their own outside of bargaining.
"Why would we just leave staffing up to the District?" said Phyllis Campano, SEA vice president and special education teacher. "They have done nothing to build trust with frontline staff. The District should have come to us much earlier to begin bargaining over this. This is just disrespectful."
Top district administrators have routinely skipped our joint special education task force meetings. They didn't attend our bargaining session in June when we made our proposal regarding Special Education, even though the District itself had selected that date to discuss Special Education.
Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that their bargaining proposal, coming months after we started bargaining in May, is actually not to bargain at all. Instead, they want us to hand over decision-making to them.
As I previously reported, the SEA is having their big General Meeting on the contract on August 24th.
Lastly, I have been fairly vocal about my neighborhood and the Sisley slums that front Roosevelt High School. The buildings are now starting to crumble down and some are using the backyards as dumpsters.
I complained to City Attorney Pete Holmes' office and received this news from Assistant City Attorney Roger Wynne:
My colleague who has been working most closely on the Sisley properties reports that all three houses on 65th St. opposite Roosevelt High School are being worked on so they can be demolished by the Roosevelt Development Group (RDG). Asbestos cleanup is happening now. RDG has said the houses will be demolished within the month.
That's great news except for a couple of things.
One, RHS does not front NE 65th so I'm not sure which "houses" he is talking about. If he is talking about the one building and couple of structures right at the corner of 15th NE and NE 66th in front of RHS, that would still be great. Frankly, taking down ANY of the Sisley buildings would be great.
Two, the Roosevelt Development Group (RDG) has not exactly been the soul of honesty in dealing with our neighborhood so I would take anything they say with a grain of salt.
Lastly, it sure would be nice if this were to happen, that it got done before RHS opens its doors on the first day of school.