Three years since the Sandy Hook shootings.
The SEA, at their representative assembly last night, voted in a resolution in support of Middle College High School (MCHS) for its almost 25 years of serving students of color who are disenfranchised or in crisis. They note that this means that six teachers of color have been administratively displace or removed from their positions.
State that SEA’s position is that the historical focus of the MCHS
program and curriculum on social justice and critical pedagogy at all
sites must be maintained. We believe failure to do so would contradict
the focus on equity agreed to by both SEA and the district during the
recent contract negotiations;
Los Angeles schools were shut down today over an electronic terror threat relating to backpacks and was directed at schools themselves (not places like buses.)
The Seattle Times continues its turn towards less reporting in their education news stories to fit their editorial side. Here are two examples.
One, they finally have a story about First Place Scholars closing as a charter school. That happened Friday and it took them until Monday to report that the first charter school in Washington State was closing as a charter? In fact, the focus of the article was more about the principal, Dr. Linda Whitehead, being forced out.
What haven't they written about? Well, there's the issue of all these ads - both mail and tv - in support of charter schools. Who paid for these? Don't know but probably the Washington State Charter Schools Association via their big-pockets Gates money because I'm fairly certain that buying local tv time during Sunday football games is not cheap.
Nothing about how Superintendent Dorn is twisting the ALE regulations for these students (and boy, I hope all districts take note because what he is doing will financially benefit Mary Walker School District and why can't other districts have these benefits as well?)
As well, they have a story about how the City's pre-k program is "meeting its diversity goals." That's great but fail to note that two out of the three classrooms in Seattle Schools are way underenrolled. Not a peep.
But I was at a political holiday party this weekend and had a chat with Mayor Murray. I'll have a longer thread on some of what he said but when I brought up this issue of the underenrolled classrooms he said, "They're in bad locations."
And then the Times has this quote:
"We really hope the school district will step in and provide significantly more classrooms," said city councilman Tim Burgess, one of the preschool program's chief advocates."
He "really" does? Parents, what section of your school can you give up? Because Councilman Burgess thinks that the district has the space, resources and time to do this.
Another Republican presidential candidate debate tonight - cross your fingers that public education even gets mentioned.
More Star Wars on my mind - the annual gingerbread house display at the Sheraton downtown is Star Wars-themed this year. The Stranger has a whole list of activities around town.
What's on your mind?