Update: Renton's union approved their new contract today with over 95% approval.
As well, word is that the Sisley slums on 65th and 15th are coming down tomorrow. Good news no matter what but 1) I won't be there to see it and 2) not the ones in front of Roosevelt High.
end of update
Ross Hunter (D-Medina and one of the "roadkill" Dems) is leaving the Legislature to become Governor Inslee's Director of Early Learning. It's a nod to the prominence that early childhood ed is increasingly taking in public education. That means he is likely to be a point person for the City's Preschool Program.
The district announced that Ron English - on administrative leave since February - has "retired." I have seen no press announcement but this from a tweet from KPLU's Kyle Stokes.
Latest on the SEA contract negotiations comes from two directions (one a teacher and one Stokes) - there is nothing new. No movement towards an agreement. The word from the teacher is that the union can't even understand what the district is offering.
We had one reader suggest that there may be some collusion going on by the district and the union to "create" a crisis in the district. That would be a fairly venal thing to do but with the leadership at the top of both, I don't discount it entirely.
A strike will do no good and I find it hard to believe - with the McCleary money to both the district and to teachers - that there is not a way forward.