Interesting article on the growth of Montessori-based public schools (both traditional and charter.)
As a complete opposite to the Washington State Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court is taking a decidedly hands-off approach to school funding in that state. From NPR:
The Texas Supreme Court just doesn't want to get involved in how the state pays for its public schools. That was the signal the nine justices sent Friday when they unanimously ruled the state school funding system, which historically has been one of the country's most controversial, constitutional.Makes me glad to live in Washington State (even if the legislature is dragging its feet.)
But that wasn't before they called the system undeniably imperfect and said the 5 million Texas schoolchildren deserve better. But, "Accordingly, we decline to usurp legislative authority by issuing reform diktats from on high, supplanting lawmakers' policy wisdom with our own,"
In 1973, in the landmark San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, the U.S. Supreme Court found that there was no federal guarantee to equity in school funding. They told plaintiffs, led by parents from a poor, Hispanic district near San Antonio, that the system was imperfect but that it was up to the state to fix it.
In this new ruling, the Texas justices echoed that, saying, "Our judicial responsibility is not to second-guess or micromanage Texas education policy."
Sad story on Q13 about Beacon Hill Elementary's lack of a playground as well as Hawthorne Elementary's lack of the same.
The American Academic of Pediatrics says there should be a full-time nurse at every school.
"School nursing is one of the most effective ways to keep children healthy and in school and to prevent chronic absenteeism," Dr. Breena Welch Holmes, a lead author of the policy statement and chair of the AAP Council on School Health, said in an AAP news release.There's a panel discussion coming up on Wednesday, June 1st at Seattle Central Library on youth homelessness from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
I saw a great documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival. It's called Sonita and it's about an Afghan girl who fled to Iran with some of her family. She wants to be a rapper but her parents want to sell her into marriage. Heartbreaking but her determination for her hopes and dream (which are really about being her own person and getting an education) make it great film for teens. There's a showing on June 4th at Shoreline Community College.
Community Meeting with Director Rick Burke tomorrow at the Greenwood Library from 10 am to noon.
What's on your mind?