Wow. The Snoqualmie Valley School District is spending (gulp) $208M on a new high school. (They are spending about $188M combining with state matching funds.) It is a huge project with completely new buildings including an auditorium, gym, football field with lights, baseball/softball fields, parking to fit about 2300 students. There will also be a freshman building that is separate from the main building.
Over in Spokane, the former Special Education director has filed a federal civil rights complaint with the Department of Education. From the Spokesman-Review:
Laura Pieper, the former director of special education, is alleging districtwide discrimination against special education students. Pieper was put on paid administrative leave in late May, and then left the district late last year.In Fresno, California, boys wore dresses to high school to protest the school's dress code that they believe is unfair. Boys cannot have long hair and wear earrings nor wear dresses or skirts. Apparently the ACLU has gone to court with this district over their dress code in the past. Interesting that this seems more directed at boys than girls (whereas many dress codes seem more punative against girls.) From the Sacramento Bee:
Pieper’s complaint covers a number of issues, but the most important, she said, is a policy that treats special education students differently than general education students in how they’re assigned to classes.
In a surprise vote last week, trustees went against recommendations that would have allowed boys to wear long hair and earrings and removed language that says dresses and skirts are for girls. The decades-old policy directly violates state education code, according to the ACLU.Will you look at that? Colorado offered free birth control and abortions fell by 42%. From Vox:
A student petition urging the board to approve a gender-neutral dress code had garnered nearly 2,500 signatures by Monday.
“When today’s youths don’t have a way to express who they are, they may just become another statistic in suicide rates,” Smart said. “CUSD can’t stop people from expressing themselves.”
The program, known as the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, provides intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants at little to no cost for low-income women at family planning clinics in Colorado. It contributed to a 40 percent drop in Colorado's teen birth rate and a 42 percent drop in the state's teen abortion rate between 2009 and 2013, according to state data.
Colorado's drop in teen births is part of a nationwide decline in the teen birth rate. There are multiple theories for this decline, ranging from greater use of long-acting reversible contraceptives to lead abatement programs.To note, Washington's teen birth rate, from 2008-2013, dropped by more than 40%. The overall U.S. drop during that period is about 36%.
Hey, it's the Lunar New Year and the Seattle Asian Art Museum is having a bevy of activities tomorrow from 11 am - 2 pm. It's free but RSVPs are requested. It's the Year of the Monkey.
Director Sue Peters is having a community meeting tomorrow at the Uptown Espresso meeting room, 500 Westlake Ave N, 8:30-10:00 am.
What's on your mind?