Still nothing new on the charter bill front. As I reported yesterday, there is some last ditch bill - still sans any link/info about it except it appears to be a funding bill for a year - out there. So what's left?
Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 - Last day to read in opposite house
committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the
record on the floor) from House fiscal committees and Senate Ways &
Means and Transportation committees.
Friday, March 4, 2016 - Last day to consider (pass) opposite
house bills (5 p.m.) (except initiatives and alternatives to
initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets,
differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and
closing of the session).
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Last day allowed for regular session under state constitution.
So if you considered this latest bill as part of the budget, then next Friday would be the last day anything could be done.
The Times has weighed in with Time for drama to end: House should vote on charter schools.
Let's just say they blame everyone except the people who ARE to blame for this drama - the people who brought us this unconstitutional initiative and the charter schools/Charter Commission who did not protect families who enrolled in these schools. I will agree that the charter initiative passed but I would like to see how that vote would play out today. The WSCSA could only muster less than 17,000 signatures -statewide- on their petition they started in September. Not exactly a ringing show of endorsement.
The UW spring lectures series list is out and they have some good offerings. Among the lectures that may be of interest to you:
- I'm coming out: sexual orientation and gender identify in the U.S.
- Understanding and legitimizing how indigenous children learn
- Autism intervention in the community
KUOW story on a local girl and her experience being homeschooled.
The Times has a follow-up story about the day this month that over 200 black men came to South Shore Pre-k-8 to encourage and support the children of color there. A businessman in Detroit saw the story and is offering 10, $10K scholarships to African-American male students who attended South Shore and are graduating this year. They will be selected only on the basis of an essay.
I don't know where most South Shore students end up for high school but I'd have to guess Rainier Beach, Cleveland or Franklin.
This is a truly wonderful thing to happen but I will gently point out that South Shore seems to get a fair amount of resources and attention as compared to many other deserving schools with similar populations.
What's on your mind?