Speaking of class size, teachers in Kelso are trying two teachers in a classroom. Story from Longview Daily News.
Thanks to new state money, the Kelso School District was able to hire
Jennings to reduce K-3 class sizes at Rose Valley and Carrolls
elementaries. That state money was a partial fulfillment of the
voter-approved Initiative 1351, which the Legislature declined to
finance fully for four more years.
The teachers and their
principal, Mark Connolly (who is principal at both Rose Valley and
Carrolls), say doubling up gives them more time to work with small
groups of students and improves their teaching skills by giving them
another educator to talk with.
From Soup for Teachers:
WA PTSA's #1 priority is Funding McCleary. The Ballard HS PTSA board and
general membership recently voted to pass a resolution urging
legislators to promptly address the McCleary ruling. Please consider
contacting your local representatives urging them to "Fund McCleary
Now!" That's it. No need to write a long letter. Here's a link to find
your state legislators: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/
The governor also needs to hear from us. You can contact him at https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/.
Write the Governor today (and every week) and tell him this needs to get done. The Governor and the Legislature need to fill some real pressure.
Following on the heels of the Rainier Beach HS town hall on transportation comes news that the King County Council voted to end a policy that criminally charged youth for fare evasion on Metro. From KIRO:
County Code currently makes the non-payment of bus fare a potential
misdemeanor offense for youth. The charge could also lead to the accused
being banned from riding the bus, even if it is their only source of
transportation. Now, fare evasion remains only a civil citation for
youth and adults.
On the heels of President Obama's announcement of the desire to cut back on testing (read the fine print) comes a KIRO tv report that includes input from Professor Wayne Au, UW Bothell, and SPS teacher, Jesse Hagopian. A longer explanation of why Obama's words are somewhat hollow comes from blogger Peter Greene.
What's on your mind?