Checking the Seattle Times, the final charter school ruling from the state supreme court is now gone from their home page. There's not even a listing under their "Education Lab" section. I guess the editorial board is now busy writing their latest missive to prop up what is truly a battered law.
As I said in one of my comments there, the Legislature would have a lot of explaining to do if they really tried to turn this around. They'd have to create some quasi public/private system for charters, find the money to prop them up (as well as the Charter Commission who would still need to oversee the majority of them) and then, of course, explain to the public why, during a short session with a lot of work including McCleary, they are choosing to do this work and divert money from other programs.
I think this law is on life-support and maybe the Legislature should just pull the plug and start over with a new law. A constitutional law.
Here's the trailer from the new Michael Moore documentary, "Where to Invade Next." He's going to "take over" other countries' great ideas including those on public education. This should be good.
Re: the arguing the other night at the Board meeting (where Director Patu really took it on the chin from some community members) about one of the SMART goals, closing the opportunity gap, here's the flyer that the district created last year about this program for African-American males. At the time, I remember seeing this and wondering why I wasn't hearing more about this program. I'm still wondering. The last page has a list of what ALL programs would like: "community-wide engagement, unwavering Board and Executive leadership ownership, dedicated cabinet-level "project-manager" and consistent resource allocation, culturally responsive professional development and accountability for performance."
There's a new book called Alice - Alert, Lockdown, Inform, counter, Evacuate - to help little kids know what to do in an active shooter situation. Someone made a video of parents reading the book.
One of my two least-favorite U.S. Supreme Court justices, Antonin Scalia, told a Georgetown law school group this week that there is nothing in the constitution that gives parents the right to direct the education and upbringing of their children.
Naturally, home-schooling groups especially don't like this ruling and have a whole list of court cases that seem to indicate otherwise. Of course, the actual right being in the constitution doesn't mean that the Court can't protect that right any way. Scalia is apparently against substantive due process i.e. being a strict constitutionalist although I think even he would say that the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" contained in the Declaration of Independence may cover child-rearing as well as the First Amendment.
There are three community meetings on Saturday. (Director Peters noted my plea for the new Board to try to have one community meeting per Saturday. She told me that it's hard to do but I'm thinking maybe with seven people and four Saturdays a month, maybe it could happen. The public really has no other way to see Board members in a group fashion.) See the district calendar for times and locations.
Friday Funny - making plans for the kids for that long Thanksgiving weekend? Forget Black Friday - take the kids to the Internet Cat Video Festival at SIIF. My latest fav cat video is cats and the scary, scary cucumber.
Transforming the internet phenomenon of cat cuteness from a solitary online experience to a real-world social event, the Internet Cat Video Festival
features over 85 viral cat videos in one engaging and exciting non stop
parade of **squee!** that will leave you with a smile on your face and a
purr in your heart!
What's on your mind?