Wondering what Donald Trump's plan is for K-12 public education? So is everybody else. From Media Matters:
Education Week reporter Andrew Ujifusa surveyed a bipartisan group of education experts and advocates about Trump’s education stances, and found widespread confusion over what Trump believes and what he could actually accomplish. Several conservative and centrist experts concluded that Trump did not know “what the federal role is, or could be” when it came to education policy, and that he “doesn’t know what ESSA is,” referring to the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind in December.Looks like Seattle Schools is not the only district growing; Bellevue SD has grown about 600 students per year over the last few years. From the Bellevue Reporter:
Despite the need for a new elementary school to relieve the district's enrollment growth, some Bellevue residents have reservations about changes to the attendance map will impact their schoolchildren and property values.Although one resident took a fairly mature attitude:
"This could potentially change the value of our homes," said Iulia Georgiu, whose children attend Bellevue High School. That being said, she recognizes that she may not like the changes made.Portland Public Schools voted yes on a resolution for ethnic studies in all Portland high schools within two years. From NBC News:
"They can't chose one thing that will be best for everybody," she said. "They have to do what they have to do, especially with all of the growth."
The impetus for the resolution comes from a multiethnic and multiracial group of Oregon high school students who participate in Asian Pacific Islander Leaders for the Liberation of Youth (ALLY), the youth-led organizing arm of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO).Have you taken the district's website survey yet? It's still live. Here's the remaining meeting schedule for it:
Students argue that a comprehensive ethnic studies program including content about Asian-, African-, Latino-, Pacific Islander-, Arab-, Native-, and LGBTQ-American communities, grounded in critical theory and histories of resistance, will help improve student grades, reduce absenteeism, and result in higher graduation rates for all students, especially as the demographics of the community become increasingly diverse.
• Tues., May 24, 6:30 -8 p.m. Thurgood Marshall Elementary PTA
• Thurs., May 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wing Luke Elementary family event
• Wed., June 1, 5 p.m., School Board meeting
• Thurs., June 2, 6 p.m., Leschi Elementary family dance
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