On the overturning of the charter school law, there is so much to say that I will be putting up a separate thread. There is an telephonic Charter Commission meeting tomorrow where the issue will be discussed.
On the state of the strike in SPS, the word is that, despite movement on the contract, that it seems unlikely they will get it done before tomorrow and highly likely there will be a strike. You will have to use your own best judgment about how you, as an SPS parent, want to view this strike. Of course, it would be a terrible imposition for parents - there is so much organizing of daily lives to do, explaining to your children and the worry about how long it would be for and those outcomes to your student's academic life.
I do urge you to consider that the union has been careful to say that the district has dragged its feet in coming to the table over and over. Will it do any good to blame anyone? Probably not but it may influence who you support. I myself will be supporting the teachers.
Latest SEA update.
Meanwhile, parent groups are expressing frustration at being left out of important decisions that could impact their student's lives. Specifically, two key items at the bargaining table, set recess times and possible expansion of the school day, are being negotiated behind closed doors.
"Again and again and again, as a parent, you often feel that you're sidelined and it's very difficult to feel that you're listened to," said Ramona Hattendorf, parent of two Seattle Public School students and vice-president of Community and Parents for Public Schools.
The district's had another update yesterday, mostly with childcare information, should a strike happen.
The Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools continue in mediation to reach agreement on a contract. Progress is being made, and updates will continue to be posted on the district web site, as well as through local media.
While negotiations continue, parents are encouraged to have contingency child care plans for Wednesday and beyond, in the event a strike occurs.
The Board is to have a special board meeting tonight with a Resolution on the labor issue. However, the Resolution will not be available until tonight which I find odd. They are wordsmithing all the way up to the start of the meeting? I have requested a copy.
Meanwhile, life goes on in the district.
There's a Board meeting tomorrow night and boy, it's full of some interesting items. I'll do a thread on it as well but here's the link. No mention of the Resolution on the possible strike nor the charter school ruling.
Equity and Race Advisory Committee Accepting Nominations.
The deadline for nominations or applications for the Equity and Race Advisory Committee is Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.
School Family Partnership Advisory Committee Accepting Nominations.
The deadline for nominations or applications for the School-Family Partnership Advisory Committee is Friday, September 18, 2015.
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