The Seattle Public Schools and the Experimental Education Unit had an extremely productive meeting about funding for the EEU kindergarten on Thursday, January 28th. With the help of the Washington Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds and OSPI we have reached a tentative agreement about a new structure for funding the EEU kindergarten program for the 2016-17 school year and beyond. SPS will be exploring, based upon the agreement currently in development, next steps for an appropriate enrollment process for enrolling students for the EEU kindergarten. We will continue to communicate updates in the days ahead.
From the Change.org petition page:
Jan 29, 2016 — EEU leadership met with representatives of SPS and OSPI yesterday and reached a resolution. Details are in progress, but the main components of the resolution are:
- SPS will continue to partner with EEU to provide publically available, fully inclusive kindergarten.
- EEU kindergarten services will be available for students and families for the 2016-2017 school year.
- The new agreement will specifically consider how EEU’s innovative model can be replicated across the district.
We are optimistic that this new agreement will not only secure more stable funding for the EEU kindergarten but also make inclusion a reality for more and more children.
Thank you all once again for your incredible support, relentless advocacy, and courageous stories. We truly did this together – everyone contributed their time, energy, and unique strengths to a common vision in which ALL children learn together, ALL children are embraced. This journey has exemplified the power of community – ordinary folks coming together and making a positive difference in the world that we all share.
This is exactly why #inclusionmatters.