I attended the "listening tour" last night by members of the Legislature who appeared to want input on how to fund McCleary but had their own Senate bill that they presume will solve this issue. I'll have a separate thread but the kid speakers did it best (along with the panel of teacher/principal/superintendents. (One guy got thrown out of the room for interrupting and I had to ask a couple of legislators have a confab while I was talking if they might stop talking.)
Readers, I have a question for you - district or District when I am talking about our "district?" I go back and forth but it seems I should be more consistent. I'm thinking upper-case but I note that the Times goes lower-case.
The district has a blurb for parents about Schoology. A couple of things to wonder about: 1) nothing is mentioned about student data privacy and 2) just like The Source, Use is optional for our teaching staff.
The only district meeting of the week is the School Board meeting tomorrow, starting at 4:15 pm. I'll have a separate thread on there as there are several items to discuss. One is whether to extend the Superintendent's contract (I thought he said he only wanted to be here for three years) and two, whether he gets a bonus/raise (I'll just vote right now and say no as I note that Chief Sealth is now the latest school to see an "after-school-starts" staff cut).
The Times has an article about Leschi and their breaking up the perceived segregation there, between Montessori program students and the rest of the school. The article also states this:
Similar experiments are under discussion in other Seattle schools where tracked classes or special programs have exacerbated racial separation. At Washington Middle School, for example, all sixth-grade students from Spectrum, one of the district's programs for the academically gifted, are being mixed with mainstream students.
The Montessori program actually played a big role in changing the demographics at the school from the '702 to today. They also used to have a Spectrum program but are now an ALO school.
I was told by Enrollment that Montessori used to be a choice program (at least at Leschi) and now everyone is enrolled (this happened in the spring by the Board but I missed it). I'm not sure how it happened that more white families chose Montessori than black families but anyone could enroll for this free program.
A good article at Crosscut about the Washington State Supreme Court - not on the charter school law ruling but on the court itself.
Respected independent studies by the University of Chicago Law School
and the University of California Davis have consistently ranked
Washington’s Supreme Court as second and third in the nation for quality
opinions and the frequency of case citations of its rulings by courts
in neighboring states. This means other legal scholars and courts often
look to Washington’s top court for its thoughtful analysis and rulings.
Washington State’s Supreme Court consistently ranked among the top ten
in the nation and among the top five for quality opinions most cited by
outside states. The study also reviewed a U.S. Chamber of Commerce
survey of corporate attorneys who actually ranked Washington’s Supreme
Court in the top three for impartiality.
The McTeachers Night at McDonald's is back (story from NPR.) Please let us know if your school chooses to work teachers hard by having them work a full day at school and then, in the evening, work behind the counter at McDonald's. The National PTA is not aligned with McDonald's but our state PTA is and there are some areas where local PTAs are holding these events.
What's today? Why it's the National Council of Teachers of English Seventh Annual National Day of Writing. And here I am writing. #WhyIWrite
What's on your mind?