Petition to save EEU inclusive kindergarten program.
The mandate has come down from the Supreme Court to King County Superior Court on the SC's ruling on the charter school law.
The opinion and the order changing opinion became final on December 9, 2015. This cause is mandated to the superior court from which the appellate review was taken for further proceedings in accordance with the attached true copy of the opinion.
I assume the KC Court will be issuing its own final mandate on the issue soon.
There is to be a board meeting this afternoon at 5 pm at First Place Scholars about the future of their principal as well as whether they may or may not change their status as a charter school. It seems they are not going the ALE route (but not clear if they didn't understand how to or if they are choosing not to.) There is also disturbing news that some entity (again unclear who) is offering charter schools "grant" money to stay open for December/January but it comes with stipulations. I am seeking clarity on this issue because, if true, (and it's not OSPI or the Charter Commission), then some outside group is seeking to influence the direction of charter schools in Washington State via money.
Apparently some parents and staff are planning to picket the school all day today in protest over the lack of transparency from the First Place Scholars board.
The UW Public Lectures series for winter is called "Equity and Difference: Keeping the Conversation Going." It looks to be a strong series. I'm attending this lecture in Feb. - Doing race better: Race and the reform of urban schools.
Kids and manners - an interesting article from the NY Times.
A national parent group for children who have dyslexia - Decoding Dyslexia - is getting national attention including an article at Education Week.
Good article from Forbes(!) magazine about the need for vocational education in schools.
Yet despite the growing evidence that four-year college programs serve
fewer and fewer of our students, states continue to cut vocational
The justification, of course, is budgetary; these programs (which
include auto body technology, aviation maintenance, audio production,
real estate and photography) are expensive to operate. But in a
situation where 70% of high school students do not go to college, nearly
half of those who do go fail to graduate, and over half of the
graduates are unemployed or underemployed, is vocational education
really expendable? Or is it the smartest investment we could make in our
children, our businesses, and our country’s economic future?
Put this meeting on your calendar (and kudos to SPS staff) - Understanding the School Budget at JSCEE on January 25, 2016 from 6-8 pm.
What's on your mind?