In the "things that make you go, hmmm" column, a reporter from the Times covered the 100 Black Parents meeting about Garfield's Honors for All program and yet, nothing in the paper about it.
The vaccination issue has come again just as school is starting up. Two good stories, one from The Olympian and one from KUOW. The KUOW story has a link to King County Health where you can look up the vaccination rate at your child's school. A cursory check finds several "50-70% complete" schools throughout our district. The ones that have 50% or fewer tend to be private schools.
Nearly 90 percent of pediatricians encountered parents who opted out of vaccinations entirely in 2013, up from about 75 percent in 2006. And almost one in five parents asked to delay some or all of the potentially lifesaving shots.First Place School, which had served largely homeless children and had a troubled year as the first charter school in Washington state before it converted back to being private, is now cutting second to fifth grades. That may mean some new students on some Seattle schools. From KOMO news:
It also found a rise in the top reason doctors say parents reject immunizations: They just don’t think they’re necessary.
This week, many parents received a voice mail from the school informing them because of "budgetary constraints" First Place would operate as a private school for "pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and the 1st grade only". For parents like Hecker, whose daughter attends the second grade, they felt like they were duped.The 70mm Film Festival is coming up at the Cinerama. If you or your child have never seen a film in this format, consider going. They are showing a wide range of films from The Sound of Music to Aliens to Pink Floyd The Wall.
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