Also, The Color of Money - McCleary Crime Scene Coloring Contest will be announcing its winners next Saturday, the 20th.
We will be announcing the winners of our coloring contest, one kid and one adult, chosen by our Celebrity Artist Guest Judge Derek Erdman, at our Color In at Zeitgeist Coffee Saturday 2/20, from 4-6. Please turn in your coloring sheets by 2/18 at midnight to enter. (Need not be present to win-but we would love to see you!)For your own vote, here's one for parents on assessments from the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Hence, any and all of you with an interest in testing, value-added modeling, educational assessment, educational accountability policies, and the like are invited to post your questions, concerns, and comments using the hashtag #HowMuchTesting on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, or the social media platform of your choice, as these are the posts to which AERA’s panelists will respond.Soup for Teachers is have a Red for Ed day next week, Thursday the 18th, in support of teachers and public education. (It's part of a national movement.) It's a pretty great idea and I hope your school is participating. Basically, it's standing up at our schools and showing the legislature that, of course, Seattle parents care. (There was a snide remark at the Washington's Paramount Duty Facebook page by Rep. Chad Magendanz last week for the PTA focus day, noting the low numbers. He challenged parents/kids to show up in Olympia. Is showing up in Olympia the only way to show you care? He also claimed that PTA has lost its power and its membership because PTA has become too Seattle focused and too supportive of tax increases.)
Organizers are interested in all #HowMuchTesting posts, but they are particularly interested in video-recorded questions and comments of 30 – 45 seconds in duration so that you can ask your own questions, rather than having it read by a moderator. In addition, in order to provide ample time for the panel of experts to prepare for the discussion, comments and questions posted by March 17 have the best chances for inclusion in the debate.
On the 18th, before the morning bell, SPS parents and students will gather together with SEA members at every school in our district. Educators will be wearing RED and will have large poster boards labeled for your legislators, ready for your community to express to them the need for action on fully funding our public schools. When the bell rings, we will enter our schools together, united for funding and support of our public schools. School will begin on time. After school starts, we will have collection points for the poster boards at middle schools, a meet-up at the John Stanford Center, and caravan from there to Olympia. Join us!The contrast is the news that Boeing - which got double in tax breaks what it would take to fund McCleary - is now going to start cutting commercial airplane jobs.
The Olympian put out a great editorial this week - We’re 35th in tax burden; is that good? They go thru our state's tax burden, contrasting it with other states.
Of course, Washington’s tax burden feels pretty terrible for some people. A big reason is that it lands disproportionately on those who earn the least.
Other tax revenue may be needed for K-12 schools in 2017. That will evoke the inevitable claim that we’re overtaxed. When you hear that rant, ask the complaining person in your life what they would do to balance the load more fairly. That’s the real issue.There are no director community meetings tomorrow.
What's on your mind?