The UW's College of Education Master in Ed Policy is having a documentary film series on public education with panel discussions on each topic covered in each film. This week, they will cover The Cartel.
Where does all the money go? This is the question that drives the documentary, The Cartel, a penetrating look at the politics surrounding the funding of public education. If you're confused as to why a Seattle parent needed to donate $70,000 to keep a teacher in a public school, come see the film and get engaged in the discussion that follows. We will have four local education leaders to help us make sense of the issues raised, and to give us direction on how we might move the discussion forward.
· Dave Powell, Executive Director, Stand for Children
· Liv Finne, Director, Center for Education, Washington Policy Center
· Rob McGregor, Assistant Director, Leadership for Learning program at the UW, and former Superintendent of the Kelso School District
· John Higgins, Education reporter, Seattle Times
- Melissa Westbrook, public education advocate and writer/moderator of Seattle Schools Community Forum
Let me just start with a mini-rant (one extended over a series of years) - I hate the district's website. You cannot find anything in an intuitive manner. They don't have live links anymore to documents; they come at the end of agendas and you scroll and scroll and scroll.
But the worst? The calendar(s). They do NOT sync up. I was just checking and the main calendar, the one that should have EVERYTHING on it, doesn't it. (And I note that some people did not know Sue Peters had a community meeting because it was not on the main calendar. It WAS on the Board calendar but you had to click the link for Director Martin-Morris' community meeting to see it.)
Now I see that there is an "special" Executive Committee meeting/Work Session this week but it's ONLY on the Board calendar. Know what's on it? A public hearing for input on the upcoming school levies. Nothing like not letting people know. Speakers get two minutes and ONLY input on the levies is allowed.
It's on Wednesday, the 28th, starting at 4:00 pm. Naturally, the public hearing is the first thing on the agenda because you certainly wouldn't want people to get off work and be able to get there in time to weigh in on the over $1B the district wants from Seattle citizens.
The Work Session on the 2016-2017 Budget comes at 4:30 pm. (And they better wait until 4:30 pm because people should be given the chance to get there to weigh in.)
The Executive Committee Meeting starts at 6:00 pm to talk about the Nov. 4th Board meeting and then the Superintendent's evaluation.