Curriculum&Instruction meeting, JSCEE from 4:30-6:30 pm. Agenda
Once again, a jam-packed agenda which would seem to mean little discussion.
Tuesday, June 14th
OSPI is have a series of forums on the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which replaces NCLB. There will not be a forum in Seattle but one of the closest ones - in Everett - will be on Tuesday at the Everett Community Resource Center, 3900 Broadway.
The next one in our region will be July 19 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. There will be a webinar on August 1st.
Wednesday, June 15th
School Board meeting, JSCEE starting at 4:15 pm. Agenda
It a large agenda. Luckily, they moved many food contract items to the Consent agenda.
- Both this agenda and the C&I agenda have contract info with all the non-SPS facilities that provide Special Education services. So if you ever wanted to see who SPS contracts with (and how much they pay for) specialized services, it's in these two agendas and their accompanying documentation. A large number of items on the Intro list are in this category.
- The Written Rules of Student Conduct document will be voted on. I note that it will be translated into seven languages to serve both students and parents. Additionally, the district did meet with reps from the Equity and Race Advisory Committee, the City's Race and Social Justice Committee on Racial Disproportionality in Discipline, principals, and students from both Hale and Garfield as well as staff members in different related departments.
- the Principal CBA will be introduced even though the contract is not done.
- Both the Operations and Capital Budgets will be introduced. The General Fund is just under $790M (with smaller amounts for the ASB fund and debt service fund.) The Capital budget is just under $275M.
Sad to see that the district had to move almost $1M from the General Fund to the Debt Service Fund just for interest on the bonds for the JSCEE.
I defy anyone to read the notation for the Capital Fund on page 3 and tell me what it all really says. Meaning, that's a lot of jargon there. A chart might have been more helpful.
Thursday, June 16th
Executive Committee meeting, JSCEE from 11:00 am-11:15 am. This is a closed session but I have no idea what it is about. I would think if it were a closed session that all the directors would be there, not just the members of the committee.
Operations Committee meeting, JSCEE from 4:30-6:30 pm, Agenda not yet available.
Immediately following the Operations meeting there is a "closed meeting, per RCW 42.30.140" from 6:30-7:30 pm. Hmmm.
Friday, June 17th
Last day for all seniors. And, that night marks the start of graduation season with Rainier Beach, Nova, Ingraham, South Lake and Roosevelt all having their graduation ceremonies that night. Graduation schedule.
According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, the on-time graduation rate for the nation's public high schools has reached another all-time high.
Eighty-two percent of the class of 2014 graduated with a regular high school diploma within four years, as measured by the Education Department's Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, or ACGR.
The graduation rate rose by a full percentage point from the prior year and by 3 percentage points since 2011, when the department first started requiring states to calculate and report graduation rates using this method. Graduation rates in roughly half the states reached or exceeded the 85 percent mark for the class of 2014.Saturday, June 18th
Director Community meeting with Director Blanford at the Douglass-Truth Library from 10 am-11:30 pm.
I want to congratulate all members of the Class of 2016; you did it!
And parents, great job as well!