I'll have a separate thread but the Governor called a special session because the legislature didn't get its primary job - a supplemental budget - done. They took hours to argue for charter schools and against transgendered restrooms but couldn't get progress on McCleary nor get the budget done. As I always say - priorities, kids. (The Governor vetoed more than 20 bills and signed 10 bills but the charter bill was not among them. Since that bill was delivered at about the last minute, he has 20 days to sign it, veto it or allow it to pass into law without his signature.
Info on upcoming Democratic presidential caucuses here.
YyAnyone who will be 18 by November 8, 2016 and affirms they are a Democrat on Caucus Day is eligible to participate.Speaking of the presidential election, here's a great article from the NY Times on the struggles for parents about how to talk about Donald Trump (and his appalling behavior) to kids.
Parents, did you know your kid is concerned about your cellphone use? Truly one of those "do what I say, not what I do" teaching moments. From My Northwest.
Parents and children agreed on most guidelines, with "be present" being the most common request. But Hiniker says the children were the ones who said, "please, stop sharing information about me on Facebook."Seattle Schools is not the only district in our region with growing pains. Oak Harbor SD is finding its own way to cope (via KING 5):
"Kids felt that parents really should ask permission and talk with children before posting anything [on social media] about them," Hiniker said. "And parents felt that it was more acceptable to put up whatever was on their mind at the moment."
Growth at the nearby Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is expected to add another 750 elementary students by 2019.Sad story but compelling - a mother shares what she learned watching her 12-year old son kill himself in front of her 15 years ago.
Administrators are creating two "hybrid schools."
Fifth graders will move out of the elementary schools and combine with 6th graders to attend Oak Harbor Middle School. Seventh and 8th graders will go to North Whidbey Middle. That frees up 17 classrooms in the elementary schools that will become kindergarten through 4th grade. The hybrid plan has been approved by the Oak Harbor School Board. Administrators say it is much cheaper than paying for more portables or building a new elementary school.
Stephen Colbert is launched a huge fundraising event for teachers - via Donors Choose - across America.
He’s launched a #BestSchoolDay hashtag to encourage donations nationwide. Fifty-eight celebrities, athletes, business executives and more have joined in the cause, committing over $14 million to flash fund over 11,000 projects in communities spanning 47 states and D.C.Paul Allen is donating in support of Washington State; Bill and Melinda Gates and the Bezos Foundation (Amazon founder) chose other locales.
I'll have some responses from state superintendent candidates this weekend to my questionnaire plus the assorted pots of money - not dedicated funds - that this district has and some hard questions about what could be done with that money.
What's on your mind?