Update from Twitter via SPS:
The ACT exams scheduled for tomorrow at Franklin & Nathan Hale will still be held. Not impacted by strike.
end of update
Both President Carr's community meeting and the Board Retreat (scheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 12th) have been cancelled. What a surprise. Don't know when Carr will be available again; the Retreat is rescheduled for Sept. 26th.
There is another district press conference with updates on the strike at 3 pm. I may not be able to make it but again, will track -via Twitter- any new information.
Listened to both the KUOW Week in Review and their noon show as both talked about the strike (and charter schools, remember them?).
First, I actually like the people at Washington Policy Center as people but man, there is NOTHING they won't say to promote ed reform. Paul Guppy was on the Week in Review and he had some whoppers:
- He said the strike was the "nuclear option."
- He says that Aviation High and the Tri-Cities Delta High may be improperly funded with state funds because they aren't overseen by an elected board (as charters are not). I may be wrong but I thought both those had oversight by Superintendent Dorn; I'll ask his office.
- He echoed something a charter parent had tweeted to me which was that parents don't care how the money gets into the schools. Well, I can only say that taxpayers do and frankly, I think that is the lens that the Supreme Court should be looking thru.
- He said there are charters in 41 other states and "no controversy" with them. He said that as the 300th charter school failed in Florida and Ohio and Arizona are overrun with poorly-run charters. Unfortunately it was radio so I could not see if he made that statement with a straight face.
- Eric Barnett made the point that charters are limited and not every can access them (probably because they either are not in their region and/or there is not transportation to access them). Guppy answer is that there should be no cap.
- He also said that the teachers at Pride Prep were "volunteers." I think he meant they made the choice to be in a charter school but then again, anyone who applies for a teaching job is making a choice where they want to work.
- He also said - and I think very disrespectfully - that charter parents are "voluntarily engaged." Well, the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Seattle PTAs pour into their buildings? Also voluntary. Just because a parent makes a choice about where to send their kid does not make them more involved in their child's school.
- On McCleary, he said that the Legislature had increased funding by 19% which he hastened to say "wasn't everything" but that the "Legislature made a big sacrifice" and that was the view of "a lot of lawmakers." That "sacrifice" is our money, not the lawmakers. Another reason why we need a total overhaul of state funding.
- Essex Porter said that the charter school parents were registering their kids as homeschoolers but I'm not exactly sure how that would work.
According to OSPI:
RCW 28A.200.011(1) states that each person whose child is receiving home-based instruction under RCW 28A.225.010(4)
must file annually a signed declaration of intent that he or she is
planning to cause his or her child to receive home-based instruction. The declaration is to be filed by September 15 of the school year or
within two weeks of the beginning of any public school quarter,
trimester, or semester with (1) the superintendent of the public school
district within which the parent resides, or (2) the superintendent of a
nonresident public school district that accepts the transfer, in which
case, the student is considered a transfer student of the nonresident
You'll note that phrase "home-based instruction." What part of going to a charter school is home-based? As well, tick-tock because if all the charter students want to try this route, they have until next Tuesday to get it done. They are already three weeks in so that date is the final one.
Huge showing at "read-in" at Alki Beach today.