Seattle Public Schools in March 2016 initiated a process for addressing these challenges and others through the establishment of an International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force. The primary purpose of the Task Force is to prepare a report to the Superintendent of Schools regarding the impacts, risks and benefits for sustaining and expanding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The Superintendent will use this report, along with other important data in making recommendations to the School Board for potential changes in the 2017-18 school year.However, there is always the underlying issue of how this is funded. The district likes to start programs with little funding and then expect them to do well (or expect parents to raise money for them to do well.) So I am wary of this effort even as I applaud it.
As well, a reader alerted me to the website page that describes this effort and imagine my surprise to learn they are creating a taskforce to work on the report for the Superintendent. What is more troubling is this:
Timeline for Meetings:
Monday, March 28, 2016 5:15-6:30 pm
Thursday, April 7, 2016 5:15-6:30 pm
Monday, May 16, 2016 5:15-6:30 pm
Thursday, June 2, 2016 5:15-6:30 pm
Information about applying to the Task Force coming soon.
For more information, contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first meeting is in two weeks and they have not even formed the taskforce.
Also, that's a pretty tricky time to get to JSCEE for a meeting, so I'm thinking it would definitely limit who could serve.
Lastly, how much can you truly get done in an hour and fifteen minutes? The first meeting would be all about introductions, rules of engagement and the task at hand.
This doesn't look particularly authentic.
Thank you to reader L.